Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
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All praises due to Allah, we praise Him. We seek his aid and we ask 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 in and can guide you bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped. None has the right to our ultimate love and devotion. But Allah subhanho wa Taala alone. And I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was sending them his his servant, and His Messenger, or you who believe, Fear Allah as he should be feared and dying not except in a state of submission to your Lord, 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, women, and fear Allah through whom you demand your mutual rights and observe the rights of your kin. Surely online is an old watch over you, oh 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 words are those of Allah. And the best guidance is that of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was selling them and the worst things in the religion are the
newly invented matters. For all the newly invented matters in religious matters are considered to be an innovation. And every innovation in religion is an everyday misguidance.
He was calling upon Allah subhanho wa Taala to grant him a child for a long time.
For a long time, he's hoping that his wife will be able to bear a child.
He got desperate, and she got desperate, but they never lost hope in a loss of Hannah what she even went beyond the age of being able to give birth.
And then afterwards, Allah subhanho wa Taala grants him a son,
a law grandson, my son after a long time, and due to his mission, he's unable to spend the early years of his son's life with him. She was away from his son, away from his family for quite some time.
Then when his child reaches the age where he can be of assistance to his father, when his son
is able to offer his dad some help, so maybe his son has become a teenager. He's somehow independent. He has some level of physical strength and he's able to help his father Wow.
The coal comes to him
in his dream, and it tells him, sacrifice your son,
sacrifice your son.
It was shocking.
It caught him off guard God, God.
And that was Prophet Ibrahim any sinner.
After having waited for such a long time to have a son, after Allah had granted him a son,
after he hadn't been able to spend a long time with his son, who was living in Mecca.
And in one of his trips to Mecca, where he reunites with his son, his son now is more of a teenager, his son now has grown. A lot reveals to him sacrifice your son. And you can imagine the amount of love that he has to his son, after being desperate.
After being away from his son, sometimes, as a parent, as a father, or as a mother. You might travel, you might not see your son for quite some time, sometimes even your son, or your daughter, they go to school, or they go on a summer camp, or they go on a trip trip, you miss them.
And it's painful. And you weep and you cry and it hurts you. Sometimes your son goes outside, and you just concern for your son, something might happen to them, you concern for your daughter, some heart, some harm might come their way. And your heart bleeds as a parent.
But then after he's reunited with his son, Allah tells him sacrifice your own son, if you do it,
you do it yourself.
What does the brain do?
What does he do? He's obedient on this spot. He knows it's a command from the Almighty.
And he knows what his mission is.
So automatically, he goes to inform his son, his young son.
And he says to him, yeah, been a year in the army and he
says, Oh, my son,
I've been I've seen a dream and the dream is of the of the prophets is a revelation from Allah. As the prophet SAW, Selim says, In the authentic hadith, MBA,
the dreams or the visions of the prophets, are a true revelation from Allah.
There's not some kind of random thoughts that the Prophet see in the dream like every one of us, when a prophet see something, it's a revelation from Allah, it's a command from Allah.
So he says to his son, that I see in my dream that I'm sacrificing you. What does this son reply? How does this son reply, the son of a prophet, he's a prophet and the son of a prophet.
He's obedient to Allah and he knows who he's dealing with.
Allah is beyond doubt for him. The command of Allah is beyond question for him. the mercy of Allah is guaranteed.
There's no doubt about it.
He says, Yeah, but the family motto, Mom, oh, my dad, do what you are commanded to do. Do it. Go ahead.
And automatically, no time is being wasted.
No second thoughts. No time to enjoy before that sacrifice.
They're not buying time. They're not wasting time. I'm not hesitant. Just go about doing it execution.
That's the biggest test. Allah subhanaw taala says about that in the whole world, Bella.
Indeed, indeed. This is the true revealingly test. This is the ultimate test
that reveals the reality of the person
the concept of sacrifice
The concept of sacrifice.
And in a sense, that's what the days that lie ahead of us round the corner, are about. This has to do with hedge with the rituals of hedge and you
the slaughter that we offer,
the total Bernie that we offer, the animals that we slaughtered
during the days of aids
are a reminder, and are a symbol that take us back to that beautiful meaning manifested by Prophet Ibrahim, and he said him and his son is married and he sent him not only as a memory, but as an example, as a role model for us as a way of life for us to follow, to learn from it teaches us something so valuable about who we are, and about this life, and about how we should treat the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And about the important principle of sacrifice.
Because life, if you look at it, is full of sacrifices.
There's a sacrifice that is forced upon you, you have no choice about it.
It's decided, you have to go through it.
And there are other types of sacrifice where you take the initiative,
and you proactively seek such sacrifices.
And you would not understand none of us would understand what's the concept of sacrifice and what it means without reflecting on the story, this beautiful story of Prophet Ibrahim and estimating Li mesilla. And that's what we are going to do today.
And we will take the lessons from how Allah subhanaw taala reads the story. When I see how it starts. We want to see how it unfolds. We want to live with the story. And try to get into the mindset of Abraham and his family and he must sit down
and try to see what kind of heart they had to be able to display such a level of sacrifice and obedience and transcendence and selflessness for the sake of Allah. And then how does the concept of sacrifice play out in our lives? And what are the consequences? If we understand it, live by and abide by it? There are treasures in it that we can only unlock
if we follow the example of these great prophets and then we will see what is the reward that Allah gives the people who trust them.
So last one of China's he mentioned is the story of Ibrahim and his cinnamon soda to sofort. He says he Nerys leader of Prophet Ibrahim Allah says
that Ibrahim made the dilemma of be heavily Amina slyly
Oh my Lord, grant me righteous children, righteous progeny. Allah give me children that are righteous are going to be obedient. They're going to be servants of Allah Almighty. They're going to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala
is one of the biggest tests and most painful, agonizing tests in life for a father or a mother. To have a son or a daughter
who don't follow the truth. It's painful.
It tears your heart apart as a parent's excuse to know that your son or your daughter are exposing themselves to the eternal pain and agony of the Hellfire is painful, painful, because the sun is part of your heart is a piece of you. And you don't want that to end up in the Hellfire
for Bashar mobiola I mean, Helene, Allah says we gave him the glad tidings
of patient for bearing son.
And that took a long time.
And that teaches us a lesson that you might call upon Allah subhanaw taala. And it doesn't mean Allah works for you. It doesn't mean a law works on your own conditions and terms and expectations. Allah answers the door when it's right
at the perfect time.
So Ibrahim for more than a decade, actually, for more than two to three decades, he's expecting the son and hoping that Allah would grant him as a child. And a lot has not responded immediately a lot of responds when the time is right. Why because unless plan is better than your plan for yourself.
So law finally gives him a son
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yada, yada, yada, yada from Miami, and he had fun.
When his son reached a level where he could be of assistance to his father, he, he became a real asset, his father in the world, who was physically capable, mentally aware and ready to deal with life. That's the time when every effort if every ounce of effort and sacrifice you put with your son, that's when you, that's when you start to reap the fruits, that's when it starts to pay off.
Allah says to him, oh, he sees in a dream with a lot commands and to sacrifice his son. sacrifice your own sense. After all of that
allowance to see who comes first, you love for your son, long awaited for son,
or your love for Allah,
your attachment to your own child,
or your devotion and obedience to a law, which comes first. And sometimes, oftentimes life presents you with paradoxes, where you have to make a choice.
And the choices sometimes that you have to make are not between good and bad.
Sometimes we are between good and good.
And it's hard to sacrifice what's good for what's good.
sacrifice. And sometimes life offers you a sacrifice or a choice.
That you have to give up on something of value for the sake of something of a greater value. And it's tough, and it's hard.
So Allah puts Ibrahim in front of a difficult choice,
either a law
or your son,
either a law
or your son, which one you're gonna choose, and life is gonna test you.
Life is gonna test us.
There will be moments where you have to sacrifice something you love. But a lot is testing your priorities. What is your value system? What comes first? How do you organize your priorities.
There will be moments where this will be tested. And you have to be ready for that the only way you're ready for that is to have your priorities set. Right. And clearly, you have to be clear about what comes first to you. What's at the top of your list.
You can't leave that for that moment. Because sometimes you will be blinded by emotion motion, you have to know what comes first, you have to develop clarity about what you are willing to sacrifice and for what and what you will never afford to sacrifice.
Sometimes you'll have to sacrifice your physical well being. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your time. Sometimes you have to sacrifice
your connection to your family. Sometimes you have to sacrifice your finances. You're hardly you're the you have the Earned finances what you worked hard to earn and get yes, sometimes you have to sacrifice what you have received as a gift from Allah after long term of wishing and hard work. Sometimes you'll have to sacrifice it for something greater. And it's tough.
And when the call is close, and the competition is narrow. If you don't have clarity, you're not you might make make the wrong choices. So Ibrahim alayhis salam had his priorities clearly identify when Allah said despite all of his attachment to his son, and not only Allah said, let go of your son or abandon him. Allah said you sacrifice. You do it yourself.
Extremely difficult and challenging. But with Ibrahim, there's no moment of hesitation. There's no moment of hesitation. A law comes first. No matter what
he does, he goes about to inform his son so that they can
can do it together, both obediently his son displays the same level of devotion. He says, Yeah, but if as much Oh my dad do, what are you are commanded? No question, no hesitation. He's not asking for a break. Let me think about it. Give me some time. So I can buy into that. So I can swallow that. So I can fathom that I can make sense of it. Give me some time to figure it out.
None of that happens. Why? Because the priorities are set. Clearly, they know what the what comes first. There's no question about it. And secondly, they know who they're dealing with. You're dealing with a law, you're dealing with a law, when you're dealing with a law, you know, you're not going to be handed short of what is optimal. You're gonna get the best, you're gonna get the best. But you have to have your priorities right. That's why it's hard to make a compromise. That's why it's hard sometimes to make a sacrifice. That's why it's hard to obey Allah and let go of our desires of our plans of our wishes.
Or what we want badly.
Because our priorities are not clear in our mind.
We haven't identified them clearly.
So Ibrahim, and his main aim is cinema go about executing the slaughter Lord.
Soon as Ibrahim and Islam engages physically in the slaughter,
Allah subhana wa, brings him out the relief the way out of that Allah sends down around
an animal to be slaughtered as a ransom for Ismail.
And Allah says to Ibrahim, whenever you know, below him,
or the doctor in NACA Daddy,
or Ibrahim you have been true, you have been, you have been faithful to the command of Alon to your commitment to Allah. So when you say la ilaha illallah wa, when you say Allahu Akbar, you mean it, mean it's not just lip service, you live that true, it's true in your heart, your priorities are clear, Allah is number one, regardless, you have full submission, obedience and trust in Allah subhanaw taala you know, Allah will not let you down.
That made you go through this predicament through this hard test. And Allah says in America that he can lead us in mercy. And that's how we recompense the ceiling, the ones who do the best reach the highest level of a man which you worship Allah is if you see any, you know, allies, merciful, you know, allies fear and just, you know, last winter will not let you down.
That's what Essen is. So that's why you could do something like that.
You have that level of clarity and trust in Allah.
And when you have that level and act upon it, what's gonna happen, Allah will give you a way out, you cannot lose a lot did not let him sacrifice his own son.
But why is Ibrahim went ahead with it.
You have to cross the river of trust. You have to go against your fears and against your concerns, and against your desires and short sightedness so that you can see what's beyond.
What's off to that, but most of us don't give ourselves the chance. We don't give ourselves an opportunity to find out what's on the other side. We're too scared. So we back off. That's why we don't get to see what happens on the other side. We don't get to see the mercy of Allah and the greatness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then Allah says in
the end, this is indeed
this is the revealing test, the ultimate revealing test that shows what's in your heart, a lot of reveals your reality through these tests. So sacrifice reveals the level of our devotion.
We the sacrifice reveals who we are.
And then Allah says whether they know who we depend on him, and we have rands, and with a great animal to slaughter what Allah Allah evil alkylene Allah gave Ibrahim and Ismail this great heritage in his great example that would last till the end of days. Salam O Allah Ibrahim, peace be upon him Allah him Okay, there you can see my seniors. That's how we reward those who have sat in a woman a bad minion, indeed he is from our believing servants. believe that's a belief. That's the hallmark of belief.
That's the concept of sacrifice self.
Precise is that you are willing to offer something of great value, something you are attached to,
for something of a greater value.
But the call is close to you.
And it's tough because you want both.
But the circumstances and the test allows you one.
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala Sayyidina, Muhammad wa ala and he was happy that sacrifice is a trade is a trade off,
you have to give up something to get another thing and you can't get both
live AI is going to put you through that. It's gonna put you through that
in many ways and fashions.
So when you pray, you're making a sacrifice. Instead of spending your time with something else with family, maybe with work, or with doing whatever you enjoy, you take taking the time out, and you're placing it in something of greater value to you. So that's a sacrifice. When you fast, you're disengaging from something you're attached to food and drink.
For some time, it's a sacrifice, you are making an investment. We do that in business. People who have some finances some assets, they do a sacrifice, instead of enjoying their money. Now when keeping it in their possession, they are putting it on the line, they're investing it, they're risking it. Why? Because they believe they're gonna get a greater value by putting this on the line. So they're willing to make the trade off.
When you study as a student, when you go to school, instead of instead of just chilling and playing around and enjoying yourself, you're putting hard work, you're studying and you're learning.
And you're going through exams and stuff. That's a sacrifice, because you expect to get something of greater value in your future. It's an investment. That's what sacrifice is.
If you spend your time playing video games, and playing basketball and hockey here and there, and you don't work hard on your studies,
you haven't made a sacrifice, you're going to struggle when you grow up, you won't be in good shape. And those who made the sacrifice, when they were younger will start reaping the fruits, we make that sacrifice, but there is an element of risk, there is discomfort in it.
So when these days come the days of the hedger and we try to fast and worship on loss of benefits either more, it's a sacrifice that we are doing. We're investing our time in something, and we sacrificing something of value and hoping to get something of a greater value. And that's the whole test of life, you are given this life, you can either enjoy it and do what you want, and you will get some value out of it. But you have the other choice of taking the harder way, the more demanding way. And you sacrifice your joys and your pleasures and your whims and your desires for the sake of an eternal life.
Unlimited pleasure and connection to your Lord in paradise. That's a sacrifice. That's an investment. That's a trade off.
And even those who do the opposite are making a sacrifice. And that's what I'm going to go into close with. You're given this life as an opportunity and
up given the hereafter and paradise as a potential gift, conditional.
It is conditional.
It's an opportunity.
If you choose this life and do whatever you want and do everything wrong, and ignore the hereafter you have sacrificed the hereafter. You have sacrificed an eternal life of joy and bliss for the sake of
short term life, that if it gives you some pleasure, if it makes you laugh, also makes you cry.
We're all making sacrifices. We're all making trade offs.
And the sacrifices you make.
They just reveal what your priorities are.
Your choices reveal what's really in your hearts We ask Allah subhanaw taala to help us make the right choices and the right sacrifices. Aloma phenomenal. You know, it may not honestly mean honestly I met him in one allama friend and over and over and over
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