Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
Khalid Bin Al-Walid Mosque
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Let's start with a question.
Sometimes I do that.
And since the the topic or the theme of this lecture is how to prepare for the Akela.
Let's try something out.
And I'll give you four shapes. I'll give you four shapes, and I need each one of you to choose one of them. Don't try to rationalize.
Just try to pick the shape that stays at the forefront of your thoughts. Okay, I'll give four shapes, let's do it quickly. Okay, a circle,
a circle, a square, a triangle, and a z letter Zed.
So you have a circle, square, triangle, and as the letter Okay, let me see how many circles we have.
Who chose a circle? Put your hands up work and see them up? Don't be shy.
Okay. Usually the circles are the people who love change.
By the way, that's some that's not something I'm making up. That's something scientifically proven. Okay. People who choose usually identify with a circle, the people who have a tendency for leadership, they love to bring about change. So the people who usually not satisfied with the status quo,
how many squares we have?
Less squares among the brothers sisters usually says have more squares. But usually, do you know what a square means?
A square means people who are very punctual. They usually accountants, people who pay attention to details.
circles are big starters. And squares are finishers in all future circle.
And tell me if I'm wrong. You usually start something and you leave it in the middle.
squares, they usually they do a tidy job and they get they usually close things. They managed to complete things.
Let's do let's see who has a triangle is a triangle.
You know, other people haven't chosen anything yet.
Not seeing enough numbers. Triangle. Do you know what a triangle is?
If you're married, don't let your wife or your husband know that you're a triangle.
If you're not married, don't let your parents know that.
triangles are the people who usually make it to the top.
I'm not done yet. People who make it to the top no matter what it takes, even if it means pushing people out of the way.
The vicious people but ambitious. And let's go back to finally to the Z's. Okay, don't put your hand up.
How many people chose this z letter?
Okay, the Z letter.
You know the only statement that actually summarizes this kind of people.
I do it my way. That's who they are. Okay. I do things my way. I don't care. You know, these are the people who cross traffic lights, red traffic lights. They park on the sidewalk. They they do different things. There's no shade better than the other. But it's just you know, people compliment one another.
What does this have to do with preparing for the hereafter?
What does it have to do with getting ready for the hereafter? Okay, people who would like who would like to share the platform with me? The other come here on the stage or they leave.
It can't be sitting on the seats here and talking you either come and share the platform with me or go find another hole and then you can make your speech.
What does these shapes tell us about preparing for the hereafter? They tell us so many things in the autumn and the whole analyst panatela says we'll let the Naja had rufina Lennar the home sabudana
Those who strive in our cause we shall guide them to our ways.
Now the question is,
is there more than one way leading to Allah subhanaw taala was the only one way
and the fatty how we always ask Allah to Allah for what the straight path, show us the straight path guide us on the straight path. But here in other words last month is saying su bolena guide will guide them to our ways. So is there one way or many ways leading to Allah? subhanaw taala?
Is it one?
Or is it more than one way?
Who says it's one
who says it's more than one way?
Who's not sure?
Most of you.
shine, this is a good thing. By the way.
You don't have to be shy.
The way to Allah subhanaw taala is one the way to Allah subhanaw taala is one, but
it's just like a highway and it has different lanes in it.
Because people are different. Allah created people different. And Allah gave people a general highway that leads them to Jenna leads them to Allah subhanaw taala but because people have differences, Allah, Allah to Allah
accommodates that. Allah accommodates that. Look at the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you'd see that the messenger sallallahu sallam, he used to choose some of his companions as leaders. And he used to warn some of them against becoming leaders.
The prophet SAW Selim never chose Halliburton really to teach people Islam. Because hardly, we will it was a military leader, he was he had a mentality, you know, a strategic mentality. So he was best or he would best fit as a leader of an army. And that was exactly where Khalid we will leave it alone, had the one of the best kind of contributions in the history of Islam, if not our best, only Allah and
the loving Omar, there were people who had to head for knowledge. So this was the way or their their excellence or their contribution.
So yes, the way to Allah subhanaw taala is one but there are different ways. And the reason I gave you this kind of question is that you need to find out what is your lane on the way to Allah subhanho wa Taala if you ask a lot of the Muslims, you know, you know, what do you want to do in this life? Or I want I want to please Allah subhanaw taala want to enter paradise? How are you going to go about doing it?
How are you going about to achieve that goal?
A lot of us have a very vague idea. I just want to pray, I just want to be good Muslim, and I'll get there.
But believe me, in a practical sense, this is not enough. This is not enough at all you need to know exactly what Allah has given you. What talents Allah has put in you, what gifts Allah has given you. So you can actually choose you can utilize them, you can capitalize on them, and inshallah you can make your best contribution for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala and reach somewhere and get something done.
We do that in almost every aspect in life. We do that when we choose whatever study we go whatever subject we're going to study in university.
We choose when we choose our profession or our future career, we make sure that we choose something that that is suitable for us something we can excel in. But why when it comes to the religion of Allah subhanho wa Taala our brains go idle. We don't take it seriously. We don't really think about that.
I have a friend who recently got a job in a city, which is about 300 kilometers from Toronto.
And he decided to move there.
And the last couple of weeks, he studied the city
from every possible angle.
He knew what the population was. He knew what the house price or rent was.
He learned what in a kind of market there is what kind of schooling what kind of schools there are there. The Muslim Muslim population. He learned so many details about that place. He even went there a few times. Now why did they do that?
Because this guy took his move seriously.
He took the move seriously. He knew that he was going to move in a couple in a few weeks to that city. So he made sure that everything is ready. He's prepared for everything. So soon he's going to rent a place and soon he's going to find a school for his kids. Soon he actually already found a job.
And he's getting all the preparations ready? Why? Because he took his move seriously. Now we all know as Muslims that because it's part of our belief that we are going to travel to the Iraq we actually traveling day in and day out. We're traveling to the hereafter. But do we take this move Seriously?
Have we really prepared for the athlete? Ah, seriously? Have you really chosen where you want to be in paradise?
Where exactly you want to be in paradise? what level you're going to have in paradise? Who are the people you want to be in paradise? What are you going to do now to make sure that you make it to paradise? Have you taken that seriously? Do you have a plan for that? Do you have a timeline? Do you have a time limit? Do you have a schedule for that?
Would you say one day I'll arrive there?
If you don't take you move seriously, you will not prepare you will not get ready for it. And that's exactly what a Lost Planet Allah says. insalata passion and that's the core of my talk today. Allah Subhana Allah to Allah says, Yeah, you holla Deena Amano, Turpan, la Wilton little Neff, Suma. demat lizarraga What jacala Oh, you who believe have Taqwa of Allah fear Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and let every soul that every human being every one of you. Let them look forward to what it has prepared for tomorrow.
Tomorrow, what kind of tomorrow is a lot talking about is a lot talking about your tomorrow when you get a job is a lot talking about you tomorrow, when you get married, is a lot talking about you tomorrow, when you have children is a lot talking about you tomorrow and you make a move to another country or another city is a lot talking about you tomorrow when you move into a new house.
That's when we think about tomorrow. That's what usually comes to our minds tomorrow. Get ready for tomorrow. Prepare yourself for tomorrow. But Allah subhanaw taala when he talks about tomorrow, he has something else in it last month, it has something else to do to invite us to Allah subhanaw taala is talking about the hereafter because that's the real tomorrow.
I know about a man who works so hard throughout his life, to get rid of rent and buy his own house and this was overseas.
And the man worked really hard. And for years he was, you know, opposing the idea of getting mortgage. He didn't want to get into labor.
But under so much pressure from his wife and his family and relatives he just gave in, and he decided to take mortgage. So he bought a new house. We actually he built the house.
But he took a loan from the bank.
When the house was ready the day they were meant to move into the house will lie the same day the man passed away. He never made it to that house.
He never made he made it to the other house. He made it to the real tomorrow. What is he prepared for tomorrow?
He had a plan but Allah had another plan for him.
Now we have to make sure that this doesn't happen to us.
That our plan matches the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And that's what that's what Islam is all about.
Allah has a will.
And he has given you choice about it.
If you struggle, if you strive to make you will match as well, you will be successful.
But if you have another plan that is distinct from the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala you you will pay a price
that no one can afford to pay, which is your eternal life. How long do you expect to live in this world? Most of you are in their teenage years. Yeah. How long do you expect to live 50 years from now?
You know, if you live, you know beyond after 70. You spend most of your time in hospital chasing medication. So it's more of a torture.
I spoke to I was speaking to a doctor a few weeks ago. And he said, You know people in this country live long. A lot of them survive until they they're in the 90s and sometimes they reached 100.
And most of them wish they could die.
A lot of them wish because they suffer from a lot of illnesses and diseases. And for them it's about this life and about enjoying it. A lot of them when they go through surgery, they wish they never wake up.
So how long are you going to live? How long are you going to enjoy this life for 70 years.
Maybe you don't feel it but as someone in their 60s
And they'll tell you, you know, the 60 years, they just weren't like that. It's just like, you know, it's like a blink. It just will. I feel like just yesterday I was in my 20s, the day before I was, you know, in my teenage years. That's what this life is all about. So you think you have you know, the whole world or this whole life in front of you, that's a mirage. The older you grow, the less time the less value time has or your life highs, you won't feel it, you start passing by so quickly. Once you pass 20, believe me, it's just you, you're like on a roller coaster, life will just pi will pass it will pass by just like that. You won't even feel it in your 30s you don't even feel yours.
It's just like it feels like days, then you will be in your 40s your 50s. And you think or you will be you still do you will be still dreaming about your future, you won't realize that you have lost it already.
So you need to prepare for that real tomorrow. But how do we prepare for tomorrow? Do we take it seriously?
No, I can tell you, you know, and anyone in this whole can tell you how to prepare for the hereafter. You have to worship Allah alone. You have to pray, you have to fast, you have to give the care. You have to make head you have to be a righteous person, you have to do everything Allah commands you. And you have to abstain from everything that is Helen prohibited. Everyone can tell you. It's not rocket science. But that's not what we need to know. What we truly need to know
is how can we take this life seriously, and take one move to the hereafter seriously. So we truly benefit from our stay in this world. A lot of people and unfortunately some people who teach Muslims, they could be Imams, they could be
they could be sometimes call themselves students of knowledge or moolah or ILM, etc. But when they approach people and they admonish people about Islam, do you know what they usually say? They say, you know, forget about this dunya the Africa is much, much better than this. Dunya Why waste your time? You know, getting education, getting degrees and getting a job? Why think about these things? Just think about the alpha?
Are you familiar with that kind of discourse? Are you familiar with that? You know, think about the hereafter forget about this world? Forget about this life? Is that the kind of thing a lot of people you know, you know, try to remind Muslims with,
but that's not these are not the true teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam
that these are not the exact teachings of the Prophet Islam. Yes, you should aim at the hereafter you should aim at paradise.
But how can you make it to paradise without this world?
You know, everything in this world, including wealth, including education, any kind of resources you can think about.
They are given to you by Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, not to distract you from the hereafter. Allah doesn't want to, you know, distract you from making it to paradise. Allah doesn't want to make it hard for you. A law actually says in the Quran, something to the contrary.
He says, you read the law, who will you be in a coma do come soon. And Latina men kubla Khan were to bellicum Allah subhanaw taala he wants to clarify things to you. And the Lord wants to show you teach you lessons from the people who came before and Allah wants to read to accept you repentance. And then two verses later last month, Allah says you read Allahu Allah you have fancam wahala Collinson, Oba. Allah wants to lessen your burden, Allah wants to make things easy for you. And man in these indeed is created week. By his own nature, man is weak.
So why does the last pantalla give us all of these distractions, money, wealth, status,
family, education, all the attainment of all the all the attractions of this world? Why did Allah put them on our way? Because you cannot make it to paradise without these things. Allah made these things as tools that we use them to make it to paradise. But it's only when you use them the wrong way, they become a distraction. But if you use them the right way, that's the best way to prepare yourself for the hereafter. A lot of people think Islam is about trying to be as poor as possible. Be away from this life as much as possible, you know, live on the margin as much as possible, then you will make it to paradise. But that wasn't the way of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. It's not the
message that was preached by the prophets Allah nor his companions. And Allah probably Allah who and he says, A Dunia murottal aphylla. He says this dunya is the fertile soil is the fertile land for the Akela that means you cannot make it to the apple. You cannot make it
paradise without this life, without the resources, a loved one in this life.
And this is why I moved to LA and when he embraced Islam, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam told him, I'm going to send you in a military expedition.
And from this expedition, you're going to get a lot of wealth, in terms of spoils of war.
And the Lord is going to give you victory. And Roman as he said, O Messenger of Allah, I did not embrace Islam to get anything from this world. I don't have any dreams about this. Well, I don't want to get wealth. The prophet SAW Selim gave him a beautiful statement, he said, mailman, or slowly, you're virtually silent.
He said, What a blessing thing, to have good money for a righteous person.
So the prophet SAW Selim was recommending us to aspire, that kind of richness, that kind of wealth.
Why? Because he knows that if he's a righteous person, he's going to use it for the right end, he's going to use it as a means to paradise.
You know, the poor Muslims one day they came to the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and they said, O Messenger of Allah, the wealthy Muslims, you know, they make a lot of donations, they give away their money for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. But we don't have this privilege. So they're going to be better than the sight of Allah, they're going to leave us behind.
So give us something so the process of selling to them to make some kind of Vicar Subhanallah will hem de la la, la, la, la, la, la Aqua 33 times. And the person said, If you do that, no one will get more than the reward you get.
So they went about doing it. Then later on, they came to the offices and they said, you know, the rich people among the Muslims are doing the same. So now they get to give out from their money, and they're getting to do the same kind of Vicar, and they're getting more reward than us. The prophet SAW, Selim said, danika law here at Himalaya. That's the privilege that's a gift from Allah subhanaw taala. He gives it to whomever He wills.
So that means if you are a Muslim, and you are rich, if you are a Muslim, and you are educated, if you are a Muslim, and you have resources, you have strength, you have influence, you are in a better position of pleasing Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. And actually, you might even guarantee a higher level in paradise.
This way the prophets of Salaam says, a week, higher on what happens in Allah human life, the strong Muslim,
the powerful Muslim,
is dearer to Allah and closer to Allah than the Muslim who is weak.
So how can we prepare for the Hereafter, you prepare for the hereafter by using this dunya using this life and whatever Allah has given you in this world, as a bridge as a as a means to paradise. That's how you can make it. And that's exactly how the prophet SAW Selim lived. And that's exactly how the companions of the Prophet SAW son lived. Now the prophet SAW Selim towards the end of his life, he was extremely rich, extremely rich, to the extent that after the Battle of honan, from his own share, there were new Muslims who embraced Islam after the conquest of Mecca. The prophet SAW Selim used to give one of them a valley full of camels. Imagine a valley full of camels is worth
millions today is worth millions today. The prophet SAW Selim received it on the same day, he gave it out to people. So the person in reality and in actuality, he was rich. But he used that money and use that wealth to get closer to Allah subhanaw taala to strengthen Islam. Imagine all Muslims get poor, all Muslims, you know, they give up education, what kind of community is going to have what kind of future you're going to have?
And the prophets of Salaam says a little earlier Hi, Ron mineralia the souffle the upper hand is better than the lower hand. That means when you give when you have authority, when you have power, when you have wealth, when you have influence you are in better position of pleasing Allah subhanaw taala you're actually closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So how, you know, I would say in this world and in this life,
when you embark on some kind of study, some kind of business,
you usually plan things well,
you plan things well, you get a proper plan, you study yourself, well, you study what kind of resources you have, how much money you have to start with, okay? What kind of talent allies put in you, like some people have a head for us. So they usually, you know, choose some kind of specialization with which is in line with that basically studied graphic design.
They study arts. Some people have had for business they go and study business administration, they study
they qualify to become accountants and so on and so forth. So we usually have a plan for things for our future for tomorrow. For the Hereafter, what kind of plan do you have?
Do you have a specific plan? Do you know what assets Allah has put in use so he can use them to get closer to Allah subhana wa Tada. That's how you prepare for the hereafter. It's a business with a loss of hello to edit the relationship between between us and Allah subhanaw taala is a business. Go to Surah Joseph surah to stuff Allah subhanaw taala says will help do locum unathi Jonathan g komen idebenone shalina guide you to a business transaction that will save you from a horrible punishment.
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you believe in Allah, and you strive in the, in the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So it's a business transaction? So how can you have a business? How can you set up a business without having a proper plan without knowing exactly what you have, without knowing exactly what you're trading with? Who you're trading with?
Without knowing the market, you cannot. It's the same thing
with Allah subhana wa tan. So you need to do exactly to know what you have. And what Allah has given you.
Something else that will help you actually in help every one of us
prepare for the hereafter. Or take it seriously
is creating the right focus when it comes to your time horizon.
This might be a bit difficult, but I'll try to break it down.
If you are given $1,000. If you're given $1,000 and is said to you, you have only these $1,000 to survive for the week.
What are you going to do?
over the week you will spend the $1,000.
But if you are given the same $1,000. And it is said to you that you have these $1,000 to survive for the whole month,
you will have a different plan once you
you'd have a different plan. Why is that? Because of your time horizon, there's a focus on time that we have in our brains all the time.
You think that we go through this life just like that? No.
Every thought that goes through your brain, everything you think about
it has a time element to it.
There's a time element to it.
So when you have a project when you have an idea when you have a plan,
usually your time horizon has a powerful impact on how you will deal with that thing.
And that's the difference between Muslims and non Muslims. That's the difference between people who believe in Allah subhanaw taala people who don't believe in Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. Do you know that Allah teaches us this kind of notion throughout the Quran?
Do you think this notion makes you the most powerful on Earth as a Muslim?
But most of the time, we don't realize
where can we find this in the Quran?
You know, when people go through hardship,
there are people who remain patient and strong. And the people who are crushed by circumstances Who are the people who survive, usually the people who have the right time horizon, the right time perspective. Allah subhanaw taala teaches that and teaches us that in the Quran, he Allah, Allah says, will enable you to accomplish a mental health when you do when a person mentally unwell, he will emphasize with them a lot, why Bashar Assad Will you know, we shall try you with loss, loss of human souls, loss of crops and food and some fear
and give glad tidings to the patient ones. The patient ones, patient ones are the ones who survive calamity. The patient ones are the patient ones are those who keep and maintain composure, even at hard times. But what is the description of these people? A lot of internet says allatheena either a cyber Tomasi button call in Allah. We're in LA Raji on
These are the people that when they are hit by calamity, the patient ones, what do they say? They say to Allah we belong, and unto Allah We will return. What does that mean?
That means we came from Allah subhanaw taala, He created us. And then unlike is the time horizon, and unto Allah, we will return. That means our life does not start with birth and end with death.
That means life is much longer than that. There's a bigger time horizon. Our life is bigger than that. So even if I'm going through hardship,
okay, I'm not stuck in the moment, I'm not stuck in the present moment, I realized that I have a longer life. Even after death, there's a longer life eternal, eternal, there's a longer life. So even if things don't work out for me, at this moment, I have a bright future with Allah subhanaw taala I have a bright future, I don't have to worry about it. It's with Allah subhanaw taala I have so much to enjoy, I have so much to reap, I have so much to benefit from ahead of me. So I don't have to worry about the moment so much, because my life is much bigger than that. My life is much longer than most people think about. And this is what makes people patient. This is what makes
people survive any kind of calamity and any kind of hardship, they have something to look up to. They have something to strive for. They have something to dream about. Unlike people will get stuck with the moment. And they actually are crushed by the pressure of the moment.
So if you create the kind of horizon looking at the Hereafter, being sure that death is not the end. Death is actually just the beginning.
Death is the beginning.
life starts after death and this is what Allah Subhan Allah says in Surah, two Lanka boots were in
fear Allah tala e l one.
The Hereafter is the real life. In this world, you don't have a real life. It's not a real, it's just a test.
So if you have all these beautiful dreams, about what kind of person who's going to be, you cannot reach that in this world. You might reach some of it, but the reality and your true dreams should be attached to the hereafter. Once you get that you will start taking the hereafter seriously.
Okay, you start taking this life seriously.
Another powerful notion.
Actually, let me share a story with you and it shows Actually, there was a woman and that's a real story.
In the United States, she was a non Muslim and non Muslim.
She was excellent in school. And she studied psychology.
As she was two weeks before her graduation, she had straight A's throughout her school. And when she was two weeks away from graduation,
she had a car accident.
And she had an injury and head injury in her head. What happened? She went in a coma,
and she lost her memory.
When she woke up, she didn't know who she was. She couldn't remember anything about her schooling, education, family, nothing. And thus all the hard years of work are gone now. And the doctors told her you have no hope getting back your memory.
Something else happened.
She used to live with her father because the father had been separated from the mother.
And the father was a psychic.
So many times she woke up in the middle of the night with her father having a knife just overhead.
life treated her really hard. She ended up working.
guessing what in a nightclub.
She ended up working in nightclub
as a contact person for prostitutes. She would hook up people with prostitutes. She was a non Muslim.
Life got really hard for her. Until one day she said I decided to drive my car and in my life put an end to that suffering.
So she was driving and she said I couldn't
do that to myself. So what I did in a rainy night,
I was driving and I pulled over next to a petrol station or a gas station.
And I lost my mind. She says, I can't remember what what I was doing.
But people later on later on told me exactly what I would what I did. She said, I got off of the car, and I started banging on my car. And I was saying something. There was one statement I was saying. She said, At that moment, I hadn't have any kind of real contact with Muslims.
Except that I was told to keep away from them.
And I, I used to, you know, hear some of the, because in the neighborhood, there was some Muslims. I used to hear some of their prayers. She said, the guys who are working in the gas station, they were Hindus, and they knew me.
They took me to hospital. And I went again, in a coma. When I woke up, they told me this story, they said, You were saying something strange. You just got off your car. You were banging on your car, and you were screaming and crying. You were all in tears. And you were saying something we couldn't understand. But we recognized this is something Muslims say.
And guess what? She was saying Bismillah.
She was saying Bismillah, the sister herself. She told me the story firsthand.
She said I was I she said, Well, I don't know what Bismillah means. And I don't know what made me just say it.
Anyway, she went through therapy
with psychiatrists, and so on and so forth. And one day, she got depressed again, one night, she got depressed again. And
she built a very good relationship with a female psychiatrist who was, you know, dealing with her case. And this psychiatrists that night, was leaving on a holiday for a month. So she told her if you need some help, here is a number, call this lady and she will help you.
And she did the same night.
She picked up the phone. She dialed that number. And the lady answered, she told her Listen, I need your help. I'm really in bad shape. And I need you to help me now.
She said, okay, where are you? She gives you that dress. She said, I'm just down the road. I'm on the same road as you are. What you need to do is just drive five minutes south or north. She gives you that dress. She said, just pull over there
and walk into my office. She said I did. But when I reached the address, it wasn't an office. I looked at the place. It's an Islamic Center.
It's an Islamic center. And this is something I learned to keep away from. Remember, she was told to keep away from Muslims.
She said, I called the lady again. And I said, Listen, I'm just outside, but I don't see your office. I only see an Islamic center or a mosque. She says I'm actually in the mosque.
My office is in the mosque.
She said I don't trust you.
She just walked into my office. She said no. to that. Okay, I'll come to you. So the lady went, she sat with her in the car and she spoke with her. Once she built that bridge of trust.
She's telling telling her about her life and about his suffering. Then they build that friendship between them. And this lady ended up becoming a Muslim.
She ended up becoming a Muslim.
She became a Muslim. And she didn't have a place to stay.
None of the Muslims gave her a place to stay.
That's the first encounter with a Muslim community. Okay, just to show you how much we prepare ourselves, how we are serious about preparing ourselves for the hereafter.
The first thing she found she encountered that none of the Muslim families accepted to to keep keep her in their house.
So what happened? One of the Imams and he's a he's one of the famous brothers Imam bleah. imams. Leah, he's known he's, he grew up in the UK, and I think he's in
he's in California somewhere in California.
earring Islamic center of Irving
He moved out of his own apartment, and he let her stay for a few months. May Allah reward him. That's an example of a Muslim brother.
Then he arranges for her she wants to go to a Muslim country, she decides to go to Morocco.
The moment she takes a taxi or a cab from the airport, that's her first encounter in a Muslim country. Okay, nothing specific about Morocco, it could have happened in any other place. The taxi driver
tries to drive to drive her out in the desert.
But fortunately for her because of her rough upbringing, she says, I know how to fight like a man. So I broke the guy's nose. And I managed to escape.
She lived for a few months in Morocco, and she said twice.
Twice. People were tried it or people tried to two people tried to kidnap me, Muslims.
Ultimately, she ended up in trouble because of all of these things. And she was sent back to America
to the United States and the United States.
She starts helping Muslim refugees.
Because she knew the priest who was doing,
a missionary job
trying to help Muslim refugees, Muslim migrants, provide them with accommodation, provide them with papers, facilities, getting them a bank account, all of this help, just to convert them.
She said, I started helping refugees. And I started competing competing with that man and Hamdulillah, we got some of the help of the Muslims. She ended up being blackmailed by that priest. He actually put her in trouble with the authorities, some false accusations.
And she ended up
having to leave the United States. The lawyer told her leave the United States, they don't have a real case against you.
But going through this, this whole legal process is going to wreck your life.
So ultimately, Al Hamdulillah she found her husband in Egypt, a very good brother.
And she's married now. And she has a son.
And since she became a Muslim, she says her whole life changed.
This poor woman who has been through all of this hardship, all of this pain.
When you ask her, what do you want? You know, what would you wish for? What kind of help do you need?
And we've done that a few times with a couple of organizations. She says, I want nothing.
And the reason we offered her our help,
is a special project she has.
She built a website. Actually the website is inactive now, because she likes people who can help her manpower. But she has a few pages on Facebook
for new Muslims.
And guess how many people she has collectively on these Facebook pages. All new Muslims that need support by herself. She gives them emotional support, advice, connections, fatwah. She doesn't give a fatwa. But she has a network of scholars and students of knowledge, who answer questions for her. And she doesn't she work 17 hours a day from home. And she doesn't get a penny for her work. She has more than
12,000 reverts that she looks after by herself.
She manages to get them into marriage. She manages to give them counseling and advice by herself. And she's very successful.
That's one system.
And she did she's been through all of this. And that's the difference she's creating in the lives of 1000s of people. What kind of support does she get? Nothing. What kind of compensation does she get from that? Nothing.
To me, this is the kind of person who is preparing himself for the hereafter.
And that's my second point that I was going to talk about. The first one was time horizon. The second thing was build your life around your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala
you want to play basketball you want to become one of the fathers.
Famous basketball players build out around your relationship with the last panel to find a good cause for that.
Put it within the right context, you want to become a successful businessman. Nothing wrong with that. You want to become a professor, get your PhD kit, get all of the, you know these wonderful degrees, go ahead and do it. But do it for the right reason. Do it for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, and they guarantee you will reach your full potential. Because you knew work for this dunya you don't reach that it's impossible. Because your heart is made for Allah.
Your heart is made for a last panel to Allah. And if you make the last panel to Allah, your ultimate goal, anything in this world
will serve that the ultimate goal or the ultimate objective, and you will become successful because you have real meaning to your life now. But if you just want to become a blasted basketball player just just for the sake of fame, just for the sake of wealth, just for the sake of just being a basketball player.
What are you going to get? There's so many people who reach the top, then they don't know what to do after that. So they end up as drug addicts they end up doing all of the bad and nasty stuff.
let you live your life be for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, you still can be more successful.
A lot of people think that once you connect with Allah subhanaw taala, you have to throw the world behind. You
a lot of people think that once they
keep a loss penalty Allah and Islam away from their lives, they will let the world know
who created this life. Who created the wealth that you want, who created fame, who created success, it's Allah. So when you connect with a lie, you're going straight to the source.
You're going straight to Allah subhanaw taala who just buy if you're sincere with him, just say Allah give me he will just give you he has no problem giving you
but if you put the religion of Allah subhanaw taala on this side, and you chase these things, because these things actually were made to serve you. Allah subhanaw taala many times in the Quran, he mentioned that he created everything in the heavens and the earth, for your service, to help you to make life possible for you, ultimately, to help you worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. So the moment you start chasing these things and forget about Allah, your servants become your gods, you become this servant. Once you aspire after something, you become a slave.
But when you aspire for Allah Subhana, WA Tada, these things become your slaves, and they become the tools that take you to a last panel to Hana.
So instead of us, and that was my main my main point here in this talk, I could have just told you about, okay, you have to pray, you have to fast you have to do these righteous things, you have to remember this and that all of these are good things to remember. But if you don't have the grounds for that, this information is not going to benefit you.
You need to create the frame for all of these beautiful Islamic teachings, so they become beneficial.
So remember these two things, live your life for Allah Subhana Allah to Allah,
and you will be successful in everything else. Because things will, will gain more momentum and more intensity. Second points. Make sure that your your time horizon, your perspective and time is right.
You're not created to live for 70 years. Only. You're not created to live even for 10 years only.
You're created to live forever,
and you will live forever. You will each and every single one of us will live forever.
So 70 years, nothing. 80 years is nothing. There's an eternal life awaiting you. So make sure that when you plan for your future, and you put things together for your future, that that's the future you're working towards.
the near future is taken care of. Once you have a focus, a deeper focus a longer inside
the near future that is your education. And that is your future. That is your profession and your career that's taking that's automatically taken care of. Because Islam builds you to be an ideal human being. And no one can reach their full potential as human beings except with Islam.
And believe it or not, that's what we ask Allah subhanaw taala for every day.
If you pray the five daily prayers, you asking Allah for that 17 times
And they, at least when you say the nasolabial, muster team,
guide us, show us and guide us on the straight path. That's what you're talking about. Because of the straight path doesn't mean just, you know, going through this life as a failure, and then achieving paradise. Things don't work like that. The prophet SAW Selim wasn't a failure. He was the best success story, and so were his companions.
So when you ask a loss mentor for the straight path, that means you're asking Allah for an ideal life, ideal life in this world, that will be the first step to achieving paradise. That's what Islam is about. If you think Islam is about making life miserable, and making it to paradise, you don't know that's not Islam that the prophets of Salaam came with. That's another Deen you talking about? Islam, which the prophets of Salaam came with is meant to help you as a human being reach the full potential of what a human being means. And that's the only way you qualify to make it to paradise.
The life of the companions was full of success, full of achievements.
And that's how we should be that's the only way out for us. And that's the only future that we have. So we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to make us from among those who truly achieve a Serato Mr. team and they become real Muslims, who are successful in this world and in the Hereafter, and be sure that you will only be successful in the hereafter. If you are successful here and this I will close with this segment from amount of time he said, We're lucky enough adonia lagenda men Lamia told her. Lamia
will law he in this life there is a paradise. There is a gender. Whoever fails to enter it. He will never enter Paradise in the hereafter.
And that's having this connection with Allah Subhana Allah to Allah does that Kamala Harris have lots of them and ebina Mohammed Ali was Barack Luffy