Preparing For The Departure From This World
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are profound advice to the believers. Allah subhanaw taala says and the meaning of the verses is as follows. Or you who believe. Do not let your wealth your possessions and the material things. And also your children, your progeny, your family. Don't let any of that distract you. Or preoccupy you
from the remembrance of Allah from the Corolla.
For whoever does this will be among the losers.
Then Allah says spend from what We have provided for you.
Before death comes to one of you.
And at that moment, this person says,
Oh Allah had you just
kicked me for a little bit more. So that I spent or give out for your sake I spend for your sake.
And I be from among the righteous are the people who do good.
Then Allah says, and Allah will not delay any soul or any person beyond their appointed time in this life.
And Allah is indeed full aware.
And acquainted with what you do.
These are profound words. A very powerful advice that a believer a true Muslim should always stay mindful of.
Allah subhanaw taala Alice let's let's start breaking it down taking it one element at a time and see what we what benefits we can draw from this. Allah says yeah you Halina Amendola tool Hickam, moi, LUCAM, Walla, walla to come and decree law. Do not let your possessions, your wealth, the material things of this world do not let them distract you.
The material things in this world, the things you possess are a blessing from Allah subhanho wa taala.
So they are essentially good.
They are essentially good they are we call them blessings. Allah created them, and gave them to us for our own sake,
but for an overall purpose. So they are good, they're essentially good, but good things could be used the wrong way.
They could be applied in a way that becomes detrimental and unhealthy and that's when they oppose the purpose for which they were created. That shows that the blessings of Allah subhanaw taala wealth resourcefulness, there is there is power that comes with with with wealth, there is resourcefulness there is more ability.
You're given more reach and more influence with money, you can do more things, whether good or bad.
Yet Allah subhanaw taala says that these great blessings from Allah subhanaw taala could turn as a detriment to the purpose of your creation, they could start serving the opposite of the purpose for which they were given to you.
So make sure you use them for the purpose for the original purpose that they are given to you for
they are given to help you do what worship Allah fulfill the purpose of your creation, the moment they start to take from that purpose.
The moment that your attention to them starts to detract from the rights of ALLAH SubhanA, WA Tada, they become detrimental, they become negative, they turn into a curse. And that has to do with the way you use them. The way you process them, the way you think about them the way the way you relate to them.
And this is why Allah says in another place and the Quran
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That from your wealth from your family, from your children, there is an enemy for you.
There's an doesn't mean that your wealth is an enemy, it doesn't mean your children and your family are an enemy, they are a blessing from Allah. But if you do not use them well to serve the ultimate purpose of your existence and their existence, they can work against that purpose, and that's when they become an enemy, you make an enemy out of them. So this is what Allah subhanaw taala is saying.
So money, wealth, children resources do not have an intrinsic value of themselves and absolute value, whether they are good or evil, these are all needs. It depends how depends on how you use them. So Allah is drawing our attention of a very serious pitfall that we are inclined to fall into. And that's to use the blessings that are given us to give it to us to to help us reach Allah subhanaw taala we can actually through the Gift of free will and choice, we are able to use them against that purpose, and that's when they turn into an enemy. So we have to be careful of this proclivity of this tendency and of this possibility. We have to be alert.
We cannot let down our God.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
Don't let them distract you.
a deeper level of responsibility and attention that you need to give to your wealth to earning
and to making a living. And it's something that is noble in Islam. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam warns against failing to provide for your dependents the messengers also says in an authentic hadith, Catherine I believe, if men and Yuliya mignon, it is sufficient of a sin. It's such a huge sin for a person.
It this sin is destructive enough that a person fails to provide meaning intentionally or
They do not do what they can to provide for their dependents. It's a sin.
Yet if money or wealth or possessions become a distraction from the main purpose, they turn into an enemy. So this is something that we have to be very careful about mindful of this. The second thing is your own children your own family, although they could be a blessing for you and your loved no matter, the Allahu Anhu It is narrated from him that every every time
he saw his daughter, his daughter sort of came to him and he gave her a hug his little daughter
he he would address her with something he would say Welcome Welcome to the sheet Welcome to the shield that protects me from the Hellfire
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are children are blessings, the fact that we take care of them the fact that they come through us the fact that we educate them, that we cultivate them, and we help them fulfill the purpose of their creation. This is a source of great blessings from Allah subhanaw taala, the fact that we provide for them and we treat them well.
It becomes an opportunity for us to earn Allah's pleasure and into paradise. Yet, if we exceed the limit with this to the point that our taking care of our children and pleasing them, starts to work at the expense of the main purpose of worshipping Allah subhanho wa taala.
Then it starts to be counterproductive, it starts to take us more to the hellfire. And that's what Allah Subhana Allah is warning us against. So this is something we have to be careful about an Allah here is addressing the believers, the believers specifically who are meant to be already on the path leading to Allah subhanaw taala, that our people were supposed to have made the commitment to worship Allah and fulfill the purpose of their creation.
Allah says, Whoever falls into this, these will be the losers, these people would be the losers. So we are. And we have this natural propensity to avoid being among the losers, we don't want to be among the losers. And most people tend to, to, to use or apply this tendency. Only in this world, they want to win every game or every competition.
But this propensity is built in us in order to help us and to guide us to save ourselves from the hellfire and make sure that we make it to paradise.
Then Allah says,
And the Lord reminds us, Allah puts this advice in context.
And he gives us a practical advice. Allah says, spend from what you have been given from what We have provided for you. There is a point here that everything you have,
don't feel entitled to it.
Don't ever think that you truly possess it, that you have a true sense of ownership. You don't possess anything of your own.
Even your existence, your very existence is dependent on Allah. So you don't even own your own existence. So understand your temporary nature, your dependent nature, your your, that you cannot exist on your own. You don't have a merit on your own, you don't have any rights on your own. Everything is just gifted to you.
So Allah is saying the money that you have the wealth that you have, even if it's little, it is from Allah and it belongs to Allah, you are entrusted with it as a means of testing you how you are going to handle it. Are you going to use it in service of the main purpose of your creation? Or are you going to make yourself the purpose and the goal of this of this life which is some sort of departure from your from your exists from from the purpose of your existence.
So spend from what you have been given. And this is a very profound exercise. Many people think about spending as an external exercise that you give from some of the some of the wealth that you have, you give that you extend it to others, you depart from it, and think that's what it is. This is the tip of the iceberg the reality of giving. And the the the the
the body of giving of what happens the dynamics of giving take place in the heart where no one can see. This is why Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran
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by being on purpose, you will not truly achieve that unless until you have spent from what you love you depart. So there is some kind of attachment to what you possess, which is unhealthy, you need to sever that connection, why to free your heart from any connection to other than Allah, so you're willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala, this brings you back on path.
So Allah is showing Allah is giving us a way to cultivate ourselves, to develop ourselves and Allah. And so there is this kind of change element that is taking place within us. There's a spiritual kind of profound process taking place. But there is also eternal consequences for this, Allah appreciates the sadaqa. And Allah rewards you immensely for this before the moment of death comes because it's going to come. So Allah is putting our life in context. Because many people treat life as if they are going to stay here forever, we tend to act
as if there is no death.
As if there is no departure from this life, when actually the biggest factor about this life is that it is temporary, that you're going to leave
that there is an end for your existence here. And you should never think about life in a way that excludes this fact that you're here on a temporary basis. Don't ever entertain the thought, don't ever plan. Don't ever arrive at a conclusion that has to do with life. While you are unaware of the fact that it is temporary, and it has an end.
It has a beginning and it has an end you're going to leave. So and this will help you make wise, optimal decisions about this well about your life, and how to use whatever Allah has given you. So Allah says, spin from what we have given you before death comes to you before that and inevitable and comes to you. And then you wake up to this fact and you want to fix
all of your actions, you want to change your your direction.
And you start to say, Oh Allah, just delay me a little bit more. So I can pay I can give and this shows the profound nature and the powerful impact that sadaqa has upon us as humans. The scholars said that the person only thought as they were dying,
the only thought or the first thing that jumped to their mind that could potentially save them and increase their chances of pleasing Allah and entering paradise at the moment of death was sadaqa. When you are on this bridge, crossing over to the hereafter when you are the most awake as yet you haven't arrived or him alone to and this is one of the greatest of a turban. He says A nurse will suka Allah be hungry dunya weather effect.
He said people are intoxicated people are hypnotized as they are in this life. They are in a dream. They wake up the the moment of death.
So when a person is so aware and so wait at the moment of death, where they think about the best, the best chances are with sadaqa with giving for the sake of Allah departing from what they love.
And it shows the profoundness of sadaqa and this is something we should not forget or grow heedless of the importance of sadaqa in our life. It's profound. And one of the best things about sadaqa it doesn't take time. It's an instant. It's an instant. And also, it's available to everyone even when you don't have when you have very little it's appreciated when you get from the little that you have as the profit slice of them said Saba cada Rahman Mia tell feeder, that one little hump
supersedes and is appreciated by Allah even more than 100,000 Quran How come because if the person gives from a position of lack, they have given so much a person the President has today, he gives one that's half of the wealth 50% of their wealth. Whereas if someone has millions and they give 100,000 This is a fraction of the wealth. So it's proportionate.
So we should always consider sadaqa as a means to save ourselves to rectify our ways, and to build credit with Allah subhanho wa taala.
And Allah shows the moment of regret that is inevitable in the life of every human being. Some of the early generations of a self said
that when a person dies, everyone experiences regret. He sat in Moats.
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al musi and low can acid, while Mufson and Oh Canada fear Sunny. Everyone experiences remorse and regret at the time of death. If this person did not do well, they would regret that they have, they did not do well in their life. But if they have done well, they would still feel remorse and regret, because they wish at that time that they had done even better than what they already did.
So a person says, oh, Allah give me just a bit more time so I can give sadaqa and I can become righteous and correct my ways. Allah says, Allah is not going to delay Allah is not going to give anyone more time. That's it. You've been given your appointed time. when your time comes, you're going to leave. So you better be ready from now, don't, don't postpone don't put it off. Don't do it last minute because you don't know when death is going to come and in what state is going to meet you. So as long as you have your senses, you have your awareness you have your, your chance now utilize it.
Do not procrastinate.
Allah subhanaw taala says, What's
legend, nothing Audible has somewhere to follow up and race race. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam says Sadie who will be a man. Feet and unclip are a little more evil than
the Prophet SAW. Selim says haste rush to good deeds, something you should never delay good deeds.
You can't get enough of them raised to them. Because trials, tribulations confusion is on the way. As long as you are able to do good deeds do that because there will be times in your life where you will not be able to do that. So seize the moment. Allah says Allah will not delay Allah will not give more time to anyone. And Allah aware is aware of everything that you do. Cody how there was stuff for the lady when a compass stuff
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa Sadie admit in one died. So if we live our lives, in the light of this divine advice,
there is no better way to live.
That means keeping ourselves in check. Making sure that we have our final destination always in sight.
We have a sense of direction. We have a sense of awareness of the temporary ness of this world. That it's it's fleeting nature, that it's going to end and an awareness it also gives us an awareness of who we are that we don't own anything everything that we are given is a test is a trial. And the blessings from Allah subhanaw taala could turn into a curse, if we do not manage them well.
If we do not observe the rights of Allah subhanaw taala
with regards to them.
This is what life is about and anyone who expects life just to be smooth ride as a smooth ride, then they're definitely going to have a bumpy ride. It's the nature of this life to test to for us to be tested. And Allah subhanaw taala clarifies or clearly states in the Quran as to why he brought us into existence glosses Allah the Halacha multiwell higher layer below a ucommerce anomala He Allah created life and death and life so that he tests you who will be better in their actions and actions here does not mean only external actions, behaviors, but that includes primarily actions of the heart,
in our states, that are within our control, and the verses also show something very important. With regards to why we were created. We were created for the Corolla zoologia
Allah says do not let your wealth and your children and your family distract you from remembering Allah. Allah actually created the whole world to remember him
to celebrate His names and attributes, because that's the ultimate truth in life.
So the world is a reflection of the names and attributes of Allah.
So unless we fulfill this person with this purpose,
we are departed departing from this divine prescript
Shouldn't and that's dangerous. So this shows us the importance of the remembrance of Allah, you remember Allah with your tongue, you remember Allah in your heart, you remember Allah subhanaw taala in your conduct,
all your actions, your attitudes, your steps in life, are they informed, and are they designed according to this purpose, which is to celebrate the names of Allah to make their meanings manifest.
That's why we are here.
And profound and beautiful purpose, it sets you in the right on the right track, you will have a sense of mission,
a sense of Nativity to yourself, because this is how you are designed inside, you will be true to your nature, it will be fulfilling, it will be profound. And it will be meaningful and this will help you handle life deal with its pains. Life is extremely painful. If you are not on the right track, the pain is magnified. Because a lot of it will come from inside.
When you depart your true nature, when you are
not aligned with who you truly are, there is so much pain magnified in your life. So let's hold on to this divine prescription. And let's try our best not to let anything distract us from Allah subhanaw taala and our obligations and our commitment to him. And let's race to sadaqa. And here I want to seize an opportunity in the life of the in the light of these conditions that we are in. Look for opportunities for sadaqa for you to spend, even if it's little you're going through some tough circumstances give from the little just a little bit even if it's symbolic. Give that so that you do not
get to a point or any you don't have any stage in your life where you are not giving, give from the little you have and look at the you're not either people who are poor people are in need oh look at the your local Masjid a lot of the masajid here are you know renting their own
their own location, their rent, renting them, there is a lot of expenses, a lot of them masajid have a lot of running costs, and they need your support, they need your help. These are the houses of Allah subhanaw taala this these are the places where the name of Allah is mentioned. So do whatever little that you can to help them out and to help the poor people and find any cause that rings a bell we you that resonates that you find to be a good path that will bring you to Allah subhanaw taala utilize it spend in it. And you know whenever you give for the sake of Allah Allah will give you back and it requires trust true trust we ask Allah subhanaw taala to help us to be from his
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