Don’t Complain – Contribute Instead
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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, none can lead astray. And whomsoever Allah leaves to go astray, Nan can guide I testify that there is none worthy of our worship and devotion but the Almighty Allah alone, who has no partners, and I testify that Muhammad Sallallahu ala he were early he was Salam is His servant and His Messenger or you who believe, fear Allah as you should be feared and die not accept, in submission as Muslims, all mankind, be dutiful to your 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 kin. Surely Allah is ever an old 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 your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed attained a great achievement. The best words are the Divine Words of Allah. And the best guidance is that of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was seldom and the worst things in the religion are the newly invented matters for all the newly invented matters in
religion, or heretical innovation and Bidda. And every bidder is misguidance.
When humanity was in full darkness, the darkness of worshipping other than Allah
the darkness of worshipping this dunya
its pleasures, and its promise
and worshipping the creation in different shapes and forms. In the middle of that darkness,
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
Muhammad at the time and he has Salatu was Salam was not pleased with that. His fitrah was so pure his human nature was so pure that
it recognized that this was not the right way for humans to live. So he was searching for answers.
He was trying to contemplate he was reflecting on the state of the people.
And his heart
was searching for the truth.
And in one of those moments, and he as he was contemplating and searching for the truth, Allah subhanaw taala sends to him prophet or angel Jibreel Alayhis Salam, and He reveals the message to him.
Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam could have just complained
about the state of affairs of humanity.
But he knew
that blame and complaint doesn't change anything.
On When Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam spent about 13
yours inviting his people to Islam in Maccha.
His very tribe are rubbish. inviting them to Islam the response was primarily negative. It was physical and verbal attack on his person and his companions. It was mainly rejection and resistance to his Dawa. It was personal attacks on him. Some of his companions were already killed, and many of them were tortured. It became increasingly difficult for them just to practice Islam even in their private life. They were chased, they were targeted, they were hunted down.
Yet whenever when it got when it came to be a dead end, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam could have just complained he could have just resigned
to this hopeless and helpless situation.
But that caused him to seek means beyond Makkah. And he started meeting the Pilgrims during the Hajj season, meeting the pilgrims coming from different parts of the Arabian Peninsula. He was meeting with them, he was introducing himself and presenting the message of Allah to them, inviting them to Islam.
seeking new horizons for his Dawa.
He did not succumb to the state of helplessness and complaint about what was going on in Mecca, and about the desperate state of Mecca.
And through one of those attempts, Allah subhanaw taala opened the city of the Ethel rib
to Islam, so Islam entered it which became later on, and in Medina, the city of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
after different military encounters with Quraysh
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam along with the Muslims
set out to Mecca from Medina to Mecca. In order to perform Umrah, the minor Hajj, the minor pilgrimage
and they arrive at the borders of Mecca and the napkins are taken by surprise. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and the Muslims had only their personal weapon, which is the sword. They were not equipped for war. Because they didn't come for war, they came to perform an act of worship. And even in the tradition of oral English, the pagan tradition of Quraysh. They were not allowed to prevent or to stop anyone from entering the house and worshiping Allah. Yet. They refused to allow the Muslims in.
But that encounter
opened a new opportunity for Muslims. So the Muslims did not perform ombre that year. The Muslims yes were disappointed.
But it opened a new opportunity for a truce and forward for an agreement with Quraysh where the Muslims for the first time felt safe. There was no imminent attack on them, they felt safe, that they could now live safely in Medina and they could reach out to other people, inviting them to Islam for the first time in their history.
And it was that point in the Muslim history that the datawalk of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his call to the worship of Allah alone started spreading exponentially in the Arabian Peninsula, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam gained so many followers
to the point that about two years later
the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam marches to Mecca with more than 10,000 soldiers
that was never expected.
So the fact that Farage refused to allow the Muslims to perform Umrah and decided to send them back to Medina, that opened the space for this kind of treaty that gave the Muslims the space to feel safe with regards to any attack from Kurdish and now they could free their mind
and direct their effort. Some word constructive, so they reached out to the different tribes in the Arabian Peninsula. They invited them to Islam the Prophet sallallahu Sallam sent his companions in the different corners of the Arabian Peninsula inviting the Arabs to Islam, and many of them answered positively and they became Muslim. Thus
The number of the Muslims grow exponentially.
Yes, at the time the Muslims were instructed to get out of the State of Iran and march back to Medina. A lot of them were disappointed they were in disbelief. They couldn't even break the State of Iran. They didn't want to do that.
Let's go back in time,
back in time to Prophet Yusuf Alayhi Salam.
Prophet Yusuf Ali Salam was
set up by his brothers. He was left in the well.
He was picked up by a trading caravan who took him as a slave and sold him into slavery in Egypt.
Then he was bought by one of the officials in Egypt
and made into a servant, a slave in that household.
And then the wife of his master
becomes infatuated with him. She invites him to sin and he refuses.
She abuses him.
She blackmails him, she puts pressure on him in different kinds. And eventually, he is accused falsely and sent to jail.
And in jail,
he spends years
and not knowing how things are going to end up yet. He had his trust in Allah. You will never hear a word of complaint coming from Prophet Yusuf Alayhi Salam.
And when it seems to be the darkest moment because the predicaments have been coming to him, one after the other.
And the later ones are even more intense than the previous ones.
Then an opportunity comes from the womb of the predicament itself.
And then the king sees that dream and use of Alayhis Salam, that kind of trial that was going to come upon people seven years of drought, where potentially many people would have starved to death.
That's a calamity that's a disaster natural disaster. Yet, it brought with it an opportunity for use of allihies salaam to be freed, to beg him to be empowered, and also to establish more justice and save the lives of millions of people at the time.
An imam Shafi Bahama hello to Allah.
Learning from a young age, the sciences of Islam, studying with the best scholars of his time traveling
to Medina, then back to Mecca again, then to Iraq, then to a sham.
Then coming back to America.
He sees that the Muslims, the scholars, the Muslims, the Muslim scholars are divided into two approaches.
He found that in an Hadith, who was so meticulous and concerned about how to preserve the narrations from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam screw scrutinize the narrations and sift out the fabricated narrations to keep the Sunnah pure, unadulterated, yet he found some kind of shortcomings among them.
They leaned more towards being literalist, taking the surface meanings of the text which led sometimes to them being inconsistent in their logic.
And then in Iraq, he found an array
the scholars who depended so much into diving into the deeper meaning of the text, but they did not have the same share and the same axis to the narrations of Hadith. And the fact was the narrations from the companions of the Allahu Allah. So they exercised their intellectual prowess
in order to distill principles and use them to arrive at conclusions and fatwa, when they didn't have a clear Hadith from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam but he found some shortcomings that there was an over reliance among them over using logic sometimes to favorite over some narrations.
He found that some of their conclusions contradicted narrations or were inconsistent with some of the reasons
is from the Prophet sallallahu Sallam such a big divide.
And not an easy problem, because this has to do with the
the jurisprudence what is halal and what is haram, the guidance from Allah subhanaw taala, and also the matters of al Qaeda. And instead of complaining and saying, Oh, these people have a right to intellectual, the so proud of their minds. And these al Hadith are so obsessed with memorization, and keeping everything to the surface meaning instead of complaining about that, which he could have done, I'm sure many people of his time must have done this, on both sides, blaming the others, Mr. Musharraf, and he found an opportunity that when there is a problem, that's an opportunity
for you to offer a valuable contribution, and that's what Allah allows problems in this life.
So Mr. Musharraf, instead of complaining, he figured out a way to study the Quran. The Sunnah of the Prophet SAW Selim, which he was very well versed at, and he had very good access to all of that.
And the fatawa of the companions are the Allahu unknown. How did they derive rulings of halal and haram? How did they How did they derive conclusions from the words of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam in such a systematic and consistent way?
He was conscious of that he was aware of that. So he managed to distill to pull from that system consistent rules that can guide reasoning that can guide how we interpret the Quran, how we interpret the Sunnah, and how do we derive ruling some from them while being consistent and never contradicting ourselves.
And thus, he put the cornerstone
for a famous and a very important science in Islam that is called or sold on
the foundations of that scholars depend on today, you can't be a scholar, you can't be a student of knowledge if you have not mastered solely folk.
So whenever there's something that we call problem,
we have two possible paths, either complain
and feel bad.
And consider ourselves to be a victim,
and to whine about our suffering and about How inconsiderate other people are.
Or we can take a proactive approach and see this as an opportunity to offer something valuable
to offer a solution
and help the owner with regards to this.
And if you look at the prophets, if you read the stories of the prophets very carefully, if you look at the life of the companions of the Allahu,
and the great Muslim scholars throughout the time,
you will notice that this was their approach.
There is no space in their life for complaining, whining, and playing the victim card.
And the reason Allah allows problems in this life and issues and challenges,
because that's an invitation.
That's an invitation for us to address them.
It's an it's an opportunity for you to offer something to offer a contribution and be rewarded by Allah subhanaw taala for what you offer.
And that's that should be our attitude. The reason
I brought all these examples is an incident that happened last week. The brothers from the media,
Last week, he says there was a clip that they shared on one of the social media platforms from here from Ebola. And it was about the obligations of husband small clip from a big talk.
So he says there was quite some some reaction to that.
So I had a look at it. And I looked at the
And I don't say there were comments, there were battles.
Because it was about the obligation, one side of the responsibility of the husband towards his spouse and his children. And then you find that females are just saying men are so bad, you don't find good men these days. All men are just for themselves. They don't fulfill their responsibilities. They're no good men these days. And then you look at the other side, which is the men and all of them are saying
You know, women are ungrateful, you can't find a good wife these days, everyone is just complaining and whining.
Yes, the situation is not easy. But you know what complaining
is no genius. Everyone can do it.
Everyone can find faults. Everyone can complain, everyone can whine and cry, everyone can do that everyone can write off a huge segment of society or the community, men are bad, women are bad.
There's nothing special in that there's nothing even good about that.
And if such a problem exists, and it does exist, that means that's an invitation that's calling.
Instead of complaining about that, if you're a young man or a young woman,
maybe this is an opportunity calling for you.
To address it, to contribute to the solution, because you're not solving a problem by complaining about it, there must be reasons for why the state is as it is.
And instead of wasting your time and your energy complaining, why not come up with something.
And this is not limited to this problem, there are so many problems around Life is full of challenges.
And the reason we having this topic for this hotbar is that you will find this everywhere, you will find this in your private life, you will find it in public life, you will find it at many levels.
And instead of complaining and just you know, writing people off, or demonizing others,
you can actually do something constructive. You can offer a contribution. And it doesn't have to be a flashy thing.
It doesn't have to be a select something celebrated by the public. It could be something no one knows about. But Allah subhanaw taala. And that's enough.
So you look at the prophets, Allah wa salam, every problem that he faced in his life, he turned into an opportunity. Because that's what every problem is, if you look at it from the other side, you're going to see an opportunity presenting itself. It's an attitude.
And as a Muslim, we are supposed to develop an attitude of opportunity or a mindset of opportunity, rather than a mindset of blame.
Because we said many times that this life is difficult, and is full of challenges. And the reason Allah allowed these challenges into existence, is that Allah is calling upon us to offer something good if there was no problems, what are you going to contribute?
What is contribution? It's the answer to a problem. It's an answer to suffering.
So this is something that I believe we should consider. In our private life. It doesn't have to be big scale.
Could be at a very limited scale, maybe in your family, maybe within yourself, or maybe with a small social circle. Or maybe at the intellectual level, maybe at the scientific level, maybe at the social level, maybe working with the youth, maybe working with the elderly.
But instead of complaining you make a positive impact.
It's an act of worship, it's an opportunity to to come closer to Allah subhanaw taala. Earlier that was the Fulani welcome, stuff.
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala COVID Mursaleen. So you didn't know Mohammedan. While earlier he was happy, he made two simple examples just on this kind of mindset. The prophets, Allah Islam shows us how we can actually manage differences in marriage, since we already spoke about marriage,
to manage differences and even inconveniences in marriage, but manage them wisely in a proactive way. The Prophet salallahu Salam says La Jolla for a minute Mina in Cary Hammond have full control over Yemen,
that not a husband, hate or dislike his wife,
because he dislikes some of her traits
or some of her actions, some of her behaviors.
Because if you dislike something about her, there must be something else that you like about her.
So that's a proactive approach instead of complaining and, you know, always focusing on the problems and the issues, you can actually change the perspective.
And this could change the dynamics in the relationship. The other example is,
actually these are two examples, but similar.
About 20 years ago, there was a guy, a young man
in Iraq in Baghdad.
He noticed that in the streets, there is a lot of children without parents homeless.
Children who have no parents who are left to their fate.
And he could have complained like many people at the time about that, and about the state and about the government not doing, what it should do, and so on and so forth. But he decided to take a proactive approach.
And he took under his wing for kids. He treated them as his own.
It took him to his house.
And then he taught them trade trades. He, he educated them very well. He taught them trades.
And he emphasized the sense of family, so that they don't feel even that they are orphans. He was like a father to them. And then the four children became 40.
Then at then 100.
And people were inspired by his story, and they started donating to him. And he has a big huge house complex, where he has his children and his children. Now, these are the ones that he is taking care of the ones he sponsored, and he took care of. They're all now celebrated in the Iraqi society. When any one of them applies to jobs, they are given,
you know, an advantage.
People respect them, people love them, and they feel they don't feel as orphans.
So this is someone who could have complained about this about such that situation. But he decided to make a difference instead. A similar example is I believe many of you saw on social media. A few years ago, there was a Libyan brother who lives in the United States. And he takes under his wing view of the orphan or children that are left in the street. And he takes care of them.
And he helps them he educates them, feeds them, and offers them true love.
So these are beautiful examples. So this is an invitation consider this to be an invitation today, do this exercise, look around in your life? What are you frustrated with?
There must be many areas. And not every problem is for you. By the way. It's important to be wise and to use something that you believe in something that you are passionate about something that is something something obviously that is pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala something that you would maybe invest a good
chunk of your life
into solving a problem and offering a contribution.
It could be in any area of life as long as it's intrinsically good.
Take that proactive approach. It's the way of the prophets. I think he was Salatu was Salam is the wave of the righteous people all the time. And don't resort don't succumb to complaining. It poisons your heart. It really doesn't help anyone and it makes you cynical, makes you resentful.
It poisons you know you your heart and your mind. You don't want to do that.
If you see a problem instead of complaining about it and just holding others accountable, which is not a good place. Usually people who complain they actually just they are worse than the people that complain about
because when you compare yourself to the West people you become worse than them. It's easier for you have a justification. And that's one of the tricks of Shavon the Prophet SAW Selim says, Man Carl hella can NASA who Allah Quran whoever said people are corrupted, he's the most corrupted of them.
Other people it's not their account is not with you, it's with Allah.
So do something positive in life, figure out something you want to contribute and don't contribute for your own personal glory, or your own personal legacy, as they say with some Muslims promote.
And don't get shipped onto deceive you about your own personal glorification. Do something for the sake of Allah, the concept of sacrifice, this concept of sacrifice.
Sacrifice is what elevates humans. And now today in today's culture, they call it victimhood. They call it victim if you are to sacrifice, they say Oh, you are a victim. If you are a mother who sacrifice or your victim to your kids, you wasted your life. If you sacrifice for the sake of your family, they say Oh, you are a maid and a servant. If you're a man you sacrifice for your children, they would say oh, you you gave up opportunity for what for kids who are going to grow to be ungrateful.
Life is made by sacrifice. Jana is arrived at by sacrifice.
Don't let this kind of pop culture poison your mind and push you away from sacrifice. Sacrifice is what makes humans humans is the noblest thing because you don't actually give from yourself. You give something in fact
area to get something superior because you win at the level of the heart you grow you get more than what you give is Allah is the most generous.
We ask Allah subhana wa Tana to help us be people who contribute rather than people who complain and to be proactive in approaching good Lama for little Minion and with me now when most of them and I'm gonna mostly mattes, Allah, Haman, Homer and white Allama for Lenovo, Lenovo, Lenovo itself and Effie Emelina
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