Setting Our Priorities Right
Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
File Size: 25.78MB
Episode Transcript ©
Transcripts are auto-generated and thus will be be inaccurate and at times crude. We are considering building a system to allow volunteers to edit transcripts in a controlled system. No part of this transcript may be copied or referenced or transmitted in any way whatsoever.
In our hamdulillah Allah who want to stay in a harness to fuel whenever he mentioned Rudy fusina will see the Rena me the healer who Fela mobile Allah Who am a YouTube little fella her the
shadow Allah ilaha illallah wa de hula Sherry kala shadow no Muhammad and Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa early he was a limb. Here are you Halina Herman otaku la haka to quality.
Walter Moton. Illa. One to Muslim on here are you Hannah suitable Rob de como la the Halacha comin FC Wahida Hola, caminhadas Oh Jaha with me in Houma region Cathy wrong one is
What law haliaeetus Luna we are. In Aloha cannoli como la peba Johan lady in la hora Hulu overland said either useless glaucoma and ACOEM Well, if you're looking to overcome one Miyota in our Sula who FERPA differs 1000 Alima Barra duva in us the whole Hadith Nicola Allahu
wa Jai all had you had you and Abby, Gina Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was sent my Shabbat UMO remark to her Wakulla Maha desert in Morocco, livedata and Lara, 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 devotion and ultimate love but Allah alone, and I testify that Muhammad Sallallahu orally he went early, he was a lamb is His servant and His Messenger or you who believe fear Allah as you
should be feared and do not accept as Muslims in a state of submission,
or mankind. be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person and from him he created his wife. 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 and all water 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 those of Allah. And the best guidance is that of Prophet 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 religion are considered to be heretic innovations. And every heretic innovation is misguidance.
I remember telling me the Rahim Allah Allah collects in his sunnah on the authority of Ebola Hiralal the Allahu Anhu that Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said men, Hosni Islam will not be Turku mela Yanni
a sign a token of
the goodness of one's Islam. One's adherence to Islam, one's commitment to Islam and fulfillment of the conditions of Islam. A token of this being in good state is that this person,
keep their attention away from things that don't.
Things that are not things that are none of their business, things that are of no concern to them.
So a person would give his attention or her attention to matters that really concern them, matters of importance, matters of priority.
And scholars have commented on this hadith in multiple ways. And some of the scholars said, this actually
constitutes a third of Islam. This hadith, this beautiful statement really covers a third of Islam. Some of them said, No, it covers actually Islam in its entirety. And it depends on the way you look at the Hadith. So let's break it down. See how we can have this time at this time and age, how we can implement this beautiful prophetic statement and advice.
The prophets iclm is saying he's describing
how we can tell if someone's Iman someone's faith.
Someone's practice of Islam is in is in an optimal condition that is done well that this person is doing well with Allah subhanaw taala this person, or this person knows their priorities right? This person is going about Islam and about life the right way.
What is that sign is that this person prioritizes, their attention, their economic with where they put their attention, because we humans, we have limited resources, we have limited time in this life. And if you spend it and never comes back,
and the time the limited time that you have in this life, you cannot attend to everything. You can't be in more than one place at the same time. And if you put your attention on someone and something, it means you're taking your attention by default, you take your attention away from other things. You have to be selective, you have to prioritize. If you put your attention, let's say,
on reading a book, that means that the same time you're not watching TV, you're not talking to other people. When you say yes to one thing, you're saying no to a myriad of other things.
We have to recognize the limitation that we have limitation of time, and limitation of attention, you can only attend to one thing at a time.
And when you attend to one thing, you are turning away from other things at the same time.
And that's what your life is. Your life is a series or a sequence of where you put your attention on. And that's what your life is. That's what the quote, that's what defines the quality of your life. So if you are busy with trivial things, you're putting your attention on a trivial thing after another trivial thing, and so on and so forth. You're going to live a trivial life. That's what your life will be your life is defined, but by what you put your attention on, you will put your attention on lofty, sublime issues, you're going to find that your life lifts,
you put your attention on petty things,
you're not you will live a life of insignificance and waste.
That's what constitutes our lives. This is why it's important the Prophet sallahu wa Salam is indicating all of that, in the simple statement,
he's seeing a sign that your Islam is in good shape, is that you're putting your attention on what's most important, what's most consequential, what is most beneficial, because if you're not doing that, you are putting your attention on something that is less optimal, if not harmful, and that's going to define the quality of your life, then it's going to define your final future, your destiny with Allah Subhan, Allah to Allah. So the Prophet SAW, Selim is urging us here to spend our life wisely. And life is not just time passing by. It's how you use your time.
And how do you use your time, you can bring it down to one thing, what you put your attention on? What do you engage with? What do you choose, and we choose based on our value system, because all of us whether we like it or not, whether we admit that or we don't, we have a value system that is functioning within us, this value system, it basically lists things that we have access to in the world, things in our life, according to a hierarchy of importance and value. So we have things that are valuable things, we appreciate them, okay, we attach high value to and things of less value,
then subconsciously, that's what all of us do.
We start to prioritize,
we start to put our attention and give ourselves to things that are higher on this list of value.
So whatever you engage with, that's an indication of what kind of map you have for life and for the world.
So those who are spending their time with
insignificant, petty issues that are considered to be a waste of time. You can tell the value system of these people is corrupted,
And Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran
about the consequences of this, Allah says about the people who will end up in the Hellfire on the day of judgment that they will say yeah, late and you're condemned totally hayati. I wish
I have put forth for my real life.
This life that is given to you is precious the attention, the ability to attend, to attend to things, to attend to things, to put attention on things, to engage with things is a valuable gift, your capacity to bring your consciousness and yourself to deal with something is a very, it's a miracle from Allah. It's a very precious gift, how do you use it? What do you spend it on indicates what kind of value system you have. So if you are spending it on things that are insignificant, it shows that you have got your priorities messed up. And what's going to happen on the day of judgment is that you would realize this would just be brought to your face that you have put your attention
on things of lesser value.
And you have wasted the gifts that you were given.
So a sign of someone's good faith and good Eman is that they put their attention, or they limit their attention only to the things that matter the most for them. issues of importance. Now this is one thing, and this is how most of us understand the Hadith. But there is another implied lesson in this hadith. What if someone
have according to their value system, the highest thing in their life, the highest thing on the value system
is a trivial thing. Someone who was brought up in a society was brought up by parents or lived in an environment that indoctrinated them in a way that made trivial things of high importance to them.
That life is about financial success. That's it.
It's about wealth. It's about money, it's about your bank account.
Does that apply to this? Because this person, they say this person is being true to this, and they are putting their attention completely on business, and on business opportunities, investments, and they just keep growing. They're birth, day in and day out? Is this person applying the Hadith because they are limiting their attention? Only to things that matter the most to them? things of importance to them? No.
There's another subtle meaning implied meaning in the hadith is that the Prophet Solomon saying set your priorities right, your value system has to be correct. Otherwise, you would give value to things that have no value.
So how do we know that something has true value in this life so that we can spend our attention and our life on things of value things that are worth it, so that we get a payoff. So we that so that our business becomes successful and profitable.
We can only figure this out when we understand the meaning of this life. What is this life about and every society, every culture, every kind of education, either directly or indirectly imparts this kind of information. It tells you what's important, what's worth your life, what's worth your blood and sweat. What's worth your investment, your effort, your hard work, your nights, your days, what is with that? But is for every human being to take that upon themselves and investigate and make a research and not take suggestions and cultures on face value. Question scrutinize them. Find out for yourself.
Self reflect, look into your heart. What is that saying? Read the history. Read the revelation. Contemplate about past nations about past people. Take lessons reflect on the reality of this life and what it means to you. What is the point? Why are we here? Why were we allotted this time on this earth? And given these faculties, our sight our hearing our capacity to attend to things to think, to rationalize,
to be cognizant of things?
To be able to deal with the world? Why were we given all of that? Was it just for us to become richer, to become more popular, to become more beautiful?
Or to dress up nicely? Or to eat the best foods
or to live in a beautiful house? Or to just travel around and enjoy your time?
Why were we given that primarily all these
up part of the package of this life but what is the main point? What is the transaction about Allah says under the colorful motor will hire Talia blue Akuma ucommerce He's the one who created different life in order to test you who is going to
The best in terms of their actions inner and outer meaning how do you live life?
You were brought in this world to make your way back to Allah. To me, you make your way back to Allah to go against your base nature, which is more like animals
to override it and live like an angel on earth, not completely pure, but always choosing what is good over what's evil. What is moral of what's immoral, make the best choice in every situation to the best of your ability. That's it, knowing that there is an end to this life and that it leads to the hereafter it leads to Allah subhana wa Tada. Allah says, kefir to Corona Billa he was confirmed by me to confirm my you're here today he told John how come you disbelieve in Allah? How come you live your life indifferent to Allah? When he's the one who brought you into existence? You are nothing you will all your existence to Allah you came from Him
and He sustains that existence for you.
But then he's gonna take that existence for your so you become non existent again from my Yomi Tuco he's gonna cause you to die you're gonna go back to non existence again. Why? Because he says so and I'm because you like it or not because you dislike it. Regardless of what you think about it a wish what you wish for.
Then he's going to bring you back to existence, are you here come then he's going to bring you back to life again. That shows you a fully dependent on him. When he says Be you are when he says you're gone, you're gone.
Not only that, you're gonna come back to him like you can't run away from Allah. You can't run away Villa get as rich as you want. As famous if you want as you as famous as you want, as beautiful as you want, as resourceful as you want, as influential as you want.
Do whatever you want to do, eventually, you're going to return to Allah, you You began from him, and you're going to go back to him and between both you are under his control and his command.
Where are you going?
Where are you go and that's what your life is about.
So on your your value system should reflect this. Set your priorities, right, who's your priority, Allah, so the prophets I said, I'm gonna he says, Man, Hosni Islam in total Kumala, that a sign and a token of someone's good Iman and good Islam is that this person knows where to put their attention.
And they they're not willing, or unwilling to spend the retention on anything that doesn't bring them closer to Allah.
Anything, they're not willing to put their attention on anything that could compromise, even minimally on their capacity to to draw nearer to Allah, and earn more credit with him.
They're very studious, they're focused. They know what the business of life is. But there's a lot of business on the periphery on the side, in significant business that comes as part of the package of life. But it's not what life is. But many people take that from the fringes and make their life about it. It's just like someone going on a business trip, let's say to Europe, and instead of attending the business meetings, and making deals,
they just go from one restaurant to the other, trying different cuisines,
missing all of their meetings and their business transactions.
It would be absurd to do that. Most of humanity, that's what we're doing, we keep came here in this life, to rescue ourselves, bring ourselves back to Jannah. Back to our home. That's what the point is. And Allah gave us everything we need in order to make this a reality. And he said, that's your challenge. And I'm going to provide you with everything else in your life, to make your experience rich and to give you resources and utility. Then we take the utility, and we forget about the moat, the main purpose, and we make our life about all of these things and the fringes.
Instead of the world serving us, which is why it was created, we end up serving it and worshipping it.
That's what the Prophet SAW Selim is saying, Put your priorities right.
So what a believer does is that when you talk to them about something that doesn't bring them closer, closer to Allah, when you ask them for five minutes, and doesn't bring them closer to Allah, they're not interested.
That time is precious. Life is precious, because if something doesn't bring you to
Allah takes you away from Allah.
there is no standstill in this life and let me share what he said in this life. There's no standstill you're either moving forward or going backward.
Because the clock is ticking. And five times you spend with things that don't bring you closer to Allah, you have missed, you know, some advance some kind of advancement on your journey, just force wasting that five minutes three or five minutes behind now.
That's how we should deal with life. It's a serious business. I call low quality high there was talk for a while you're looking for stuff
and hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala Sayyidina Muhammad Ali, he was happy to hear Jemaine Well, In another Hadith collected by Al Bukhari and Muslim also on the authority of Abu Dhabi, Allahu Anhu. The Prophet says to them gives us another example, a very clear, precise example on how this rule applies or how it could be implemented. Something as simple as this. The prophets lie Selim says, Man, can you let me know Billa he will, you will actually fill you up with urine? How will your smart
whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day that them say that which is good, or remain silent?
This is how we apply the first Hadith in terms of speech.
Most of us speak unconsciously, speak from desire, from impulse, we speak even on autopilot, our tongue is running on its own without us holding ourselves accountable. And that's a prescription for disaster with Allah subhanaw taala because the Prophet SAW Selim said, Well, hello Jacobo and NASA fanatee lm in a hurry him Illa Hassan was in a team is there anything else that sends people drags people on their faces to the hellfire, but the consequences of their own words, tongues, what they say. So the prophets also let me saying, who truly believes in Allah and the Last Day because believing in Allah and the Last Day is not only an idea, it's a way of life.
It sets the priorities that I am here, to make it safe back to Allah subhanaw taala and earn paradise. That's what my life is about. And I'm going to arrange everything else in my life according to this priority. That's what belief means. So before I speak, I asked myself and I engage in an inner conversation, and I asked myself,
Why am I saying this? Is it for Allah or not?
And what I'm going to say is, it's something that is pleasing to Allah are nuts.
And even if it's pleasing to Allah, is it something that is going to bring about good or not?
So if the answer is yes to all of these things, then yes, I should see it. And that means it's going to bring me closer to Allah, I'm taking some steps forward.
But if the answer is I don't know, or maybe or not.
And then you should desist.
That's what the Prophet SAW sent me saying, and if we act just by this, if everyone just keeps to their own business and their own business, is making it to Allah, including worldly matters, that unnecessary taking care of your family and your kids, and earning an income,
and even socializing and being good with people and having a life, that's part of your journey to Allah because you need it as a human being. You can't live as a monk.
You can't live as a monk, you need life.
But life is there just because it's part of the package. Not that you seeking it for its own sake.
So if everyone lives like that, their mind their own business, they're not concerned they're not watching people. Why did this person go there? Go go here, talk to this. Talk to that why they dressed dressed up this way? Why are they wearing a cap or not wearing a cap? What have they done their hair this way? Why have they done they're beaten this way? Why are they wearing pants?
Why or why are they wearing red or orange or yellow?
What is this person doing in their own home?
That's a waste of your life.
He means you got your priorities wrong. And you're going to regret every minute that you waste engaged in things that don't bring you closer to Allah subhanaw taala.
If you do that you're not your you simplify your life. Be very simple, will be more meaningful. You will have focus you won't be distracted, fragmented all over the place. You will have clear focus, a sense of direction things will make sense things will add up.
Then you will have a clearer moral compass because you know what's good and what's bad.
You're not torn apart in two different directions.
And then you will start to have a sense of fulfillment, accomplishment progress, because like your life is simple, so straightforward.
And then eventually, even your presence becomes pleasant.
Most of the problems of the world in the world will disappear just by doing that. Just by doing that we are creating problems for ourselves and others, just by trying to be super smart, and intelligent and trying to fix the world's problems, when our lives you know, are full of problems and issues and we're unable even to face them.
So the prophets advice is very powerful. And it's very simple, because the complexity of life comes primarily from our wrong decisions. So we ask Allah Subhana Allah to give us this focus, and to make our lives all about him, and to give us all to help us lead meaningful, healthy and rich lives. Allama Philomena will want me now 20 Muslim you know when Muslim Yeah, even what a llama for Luna I don't know when I was wasted often every every now with a bit abdominal sadhana alcohol and caffeine. Allama fildena Aliwal Idina Williamson, Elena, we are automatically are hammered rahimian Allahumma Brumley how the Lomatium rushed your SOP Hello pa rt COVID RT here I know my sciatic where
your movie kita because from that interview because Allah Allah already he will set up a lot of Macoun did Mr. Latina mean animate minion if equally makan olam happen Dima humps on at all the home life a lot of Indian homeless man on the rocking Medicaid
in the La Jolla model but anyway he tell you a little bit about why and how and in fascia you will carry Well, you're welcome and I look into the Coronado Lucha Coco Moscow who Allah and yummy he has come masala whom I was selling mobile color Africa Zuleika Muhammad Ali he was had huge money