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Gems of Belief in the Hereafter
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The Straight Path Women’s Convention in Malaysia
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah He was happy.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his household, his companions. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them all and to bless every single one of us, and to grant us all goodness in this world and the next May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us entry into heaven into gentleness, without reckoning in a way that through His mercy, we are so pleased that we will be able to smile all the way I mean,
my mothers and sisters, it is indeed
a very important topic.
When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam discussed important topics.
He discussed them in such a simple manner that they were understood so easily by those who are around remember at that time, people were highly intelligent, they were highly educated, but they were unlimited. There's a difference between the two, unlimited meaning unable to read and write the majority of them, but they were highly educated, they were very wise they knew a lot. And they progressed as life passed, because of them following of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And that was the following of Allah subhanho wa Taala, through the advent of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So there is a very famous Hadith that is known as Hadith gibreel. If we hear the term
jabrill, Hadith jabril, we should know that it refers to one thing, it refers to an incident where the Prophet peace be upon him was seated with some of his companions, and they came a man, and this man walked in to this match this match this meaning like a little sitting in gathering of some of the companions. And as he came in Subhana, Allah, he looked in a certain way. And this was described by the companions of the man whom they say we saw a man, he was very good looking, he was in white clothing, completely white in terms of clothing, and his hair.
His hair was totally black, so panela, completely black. So white clothing, black hair, and
none of us knew him from amongst us, which means he came from afar, he came from somewhere far away, nobody knew him from amongst us. But at the same time, there was no sign that he had undertaken the journey.
Obviously, what this would mean is, if it's a person, nobody knows they are from far. And if they are from afar, they would be a little sign to say, you know what, this person has red eyes, perhaps they have, you know, bags, as we call them under the eyes, perhaps they're looking a little bit tired and so on normal, because you made a long journey. But this man, no sign whatsoever. So he comes in, and everyone's watching, looking, he greets, he sits down in a way that we sit towards the end of Salah known as a shepherd, right? When we sit, he sat in the same way, and the Prophet peace be upon him was sitting in a similar way. So I think this is disturbing me, my brothers, the
feedback here is a little bit too much.
So what happened is Subhana Allah, He sat in a way that his knees were touching the knees of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam that is very, very close to Panama. That is extremely close. And he says, he started asking questions. Oh, Mohammed, what is Islam? Now everyone's watching, hey, this person, the way he's asking for you and me, it would seem rude, but obviously the Sahaba of the 11 who were listening, watching because they knew that Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam himself was there. Let's wait and watch how the reaction is.
Oh, Mohammed salatu salam, what is Islam he says Islam. And he explains the five minutes in brief, he says, to bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah, and that I am the messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala and to fulfill your Salah, and to give your Zakah and to fulfill your fasting Ramadan, and to go for Hajj. If you are able and capable Minnesota Led Zeppelin whoever can go and whoever has the means. So he says,
which means you have spoken the truth. So the Sahaba are looking at this man. And they are thinking to themselves, they are surprised. He's asking and he's saying Yeah, you're right. You know, imagine the little boy coming into your classroom. And he asked the question, man, what's the sum? You know, I don't know. For example, this divided by this
And then you say, Well, the answer is this is Yeah, you're right. You're right.
That's exactly what happened to Muhammad Sallallahu sallam. But the man asked another question, follow up question before anyone could say anything. There was another question. What's the question? What is he man? What is he man? Now, you and I, if we don't have that knowledge, we wouldn't even know that there is a difference between Islam and a man, a Muslim and the movement, there is a difference between the two you wouldn't know if you had not learned. So he asks, What is the man the Sahaba? The Allahumma surprised this man is asking in this way, but Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam responded. And what did he say? He said, that he man is. And he mentioned the six pillars
to me Nabila to believe in Allah, wa T. And the angels were called to be he and the books that were revealed to the messengers, also he and all the messengers that had come down, you need to believe in all of them, when you're in Africa, and the last day, to believe in the last day well, and to believe in faith that good and bad is from Allah when we hear one morning minima, you know, he will surely mean Allah, the sweet and the sour of destiny, all of fate is from Allah.
the good and the bad of fate is from Allah subhanho wa Taala you need to believe you need to surrender. So these are six pillars. And right at the end, one of the pillars is reiterated, reiterated, so it sounds like Seven Pillars, but it's actually six. Let's take a look at it. We say amen to Bill, don't we say amen to Bill? I believe in Allah. I believe in Allah, wa T and the angels. That's the second one. One is Allah then the angels. What could you be he was really he was the Amina, will cut them. Heidi washer Rahim in Allah. Hi, Tara. And there is one that some people add, they say well bath and bath, meaning the resurrection, the resurrection, and believe in the
last day they are added and put into one because they are all connected to post dead do we follow? They are all connected to post dead. So this is why the majority will tell you there are six pillars of Islam. Once in a while you may get someone who will say there are seven, they are still referring to the same six, they are still referring to the same six, the only thing they've done is they've separated belief in the last day and belief in resurrection as two different things yet they are both connected to the belief in the life after death.
It's connected to life after death. This is something amazing. So he says you have spoken the truth.
Again, the Sahaba.
We were surprised with this man. He's asking and he's confirming after that, it seems like he knew something. Then he says tell us what is a cell? What is he sent? Now the Sahaba are listening. Some of them may have known some of them may not have known. They may be in the learning process. And some of them it was refreshing for them obviously to hear this again. So he says the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says la San Juan tiempo de la con la Katara.
In New York, a son is a level where you worship Allah as though you are seeing him. It's a very high level of worship. And if you cannot do that, then at least you worship Allah as though or knowing that he is watching over you. So for example, when I'm fulfilling my Salah, I say Allahu Akbar, and I should be feeling and this is the highest level that I am seeing Allah subhanho wa Taala one might say, well, we don't have a description of Allah subhanho wa Taala besides the hadith of Ayesha, where she says the prophets of Allah Salaam, the description of Allah subhanho wa Taala moon era
he was new, so we don't have the precise description, but we do know that that's Allah subhanho wa Taala I have a very powerful feeling within me that you know what I'm This is for Allah. I feel like I'm a small speck among the huge and numerous creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala I am putting my head on the ground for Allah. So just picture yourself a little small person in the presence of the huge and numinous creation of Allah prostrating for Allah alone. And if you can't do that, because not everyone is able to do that. Then at least you need to know Allah is watching me. That's a beautiful level. I'm sure we can do that. When we say Allahu Akbar, oh, Allah is watching me so I'm
beautifying my prayer and beautifying the way I go to school because I'm showing off to who to Allah. That's the only show off in worship that is permissible to Allah.
We're not allowed to show off it's called Rhea, Rhea meaning
to, you know, to display to show off to mankind to human beings and so on, we are not allowed to show off at all except to Allah when it comes to acts of worship. Remember this, whenever you're worshiping Allah, when you put on your scarf, make sure.
And this is a tough one. Make sure that it is not for the rest of everyone else. And I'm doing it because what will this sister say? And what will the other brothers say? And what will zones? No, I'm doing it for the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala Yes, I might do it in a in a good way. You know, you don't have to just throw a rag onto your head just as it is. No, you can do it in a good way. On condition. If you would like a true reward for it. You need to do it in order to please Allah subhanho wa Taala to show off to Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah, it's tough for me, it's so hard for me. It's very difficult. So many people might look down upon me for as long as you don't, I
don't mind I'm doing it for you.
That's what it is, Oh Allah, what I want to do here is for you alone, I am showing you that I'm worshiping you when I die, I would like you to take me into your mercy. These are the gems of belief in the hereafter.
Why? Because I'm doing something now firmly believing that I'm showing it off to Allah because he's my maker in the first place. And he is the same Supreme Being that I'm going to return to at the end. So I want to show him you sent me here on a mission, what is the mission to find you to worship you alone and to do deeds that will please you abstain from that which you have prohibited and wherever wherever I have faltered, I seek your forgiveness. That is part of his plan. He told you that in the instructions, right when you read the instructions, 12341 of them you find seek forgiveness wherever you have faltered and I will forgive you. Amazing. That is hope in the
hereafter. Imagine if Allah says if you commit a sin, you're not forgiven. It's over. Even if you ask for it with us, someone apologizes to ask us I don't want not interested. Apologize. I don't want accept the apology. It's okay if you can accept it. Allah says it to Abu Bakr Siddiq. The lesson is for all of us in order to know when his daughter or the lover and Ayesha Siddiqa. Allahumma when she was accused of fornication or adultery when she was accused of the crime itself by people who are just hypocrites, rumour mongers, and some of the people spread the rumor one of those was a man known as misbehaved. Natha Viola and he fell, he fell into the spreading of tail and
rumor comes up across the Allahu anhu saying, This man is a relative of mine. He's a poor man, I've been spending money on him and in return, he's spreading rumors about my own daughter minimum is one law I will never spend on him again. Which means I'm not going to forgive this man. So Allah revealed verses, while I
De Soto, Allah says, it is not befitting for those with virtue and honor those whom Allah has bestowed wealth upon and goodness upon that they say that they will not spend upon those who have made hegira the poor the relatives, let them forgive, let them embrace and forgive.
For Indeed Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. Do you not want Allah to forgive you? Well, then forgive this young man, and you will find allies most forgiving, Most Merciful. The lesson I learned from this is when people apologized to me if I would like the mercy of Allah, I need to accept the apology.
I need to accept the apology when we've demanded an apology. Perhaps we may receive it with insincerity. Remember this. When you demand an apology you may get it very insincere. When it comes without the demand it is more sincere. Remember this.
When we seek the forgiveness of Allah, it is genuine, it is sincere.
So Allah subhana wa Jalla says, if you are genuine, sincere, you really regret there is remorse, you admit I will forgive you. And you know what will happen as a result when you get to the hereafter and we're talking about the gems of belief in the year after, I promise you that there will be no mention of that sin of yours at all. Even those who recorded it will be made to forgive it. If you did good deeds after having sought forgiveness. No matter what it was. That's our last plan. So this is the goodness Allah keeps us going. He knows we have been created as human beings, and he is the one who made us. But at the same time, he says when you lead your lives, try and worship me, you
way that you know, I'm watching. That's the lower level of a Santa, sir is two levels.
The lower level is, you know, that I'm watching. So what would happen? Would you falter? The reality is no you wouldn't falter. And if you did, because shaitan keeps trying shaitan keeps trying, if you did falter, you know, Allah is watching, and Ally's merciful, he will forgive me for as long as I seek their forgiveness, and through his will. And through his assistance, I will not commit the sin the game. And if you happen to falter thereafter, a year later, a month later, two years later, five years later, you fall back into the same sin. Don't lose hope, go back into the same seeking of forgiveness, you're still alive, aren't you?
You know, as they say, The match is not yet over, you can still score a goal, so go and score it. If you are to, for example, witness a match. You might notice one team scores earlier on it doesn't mean they won the match, you have to wait and see the score at the end. The same applies to our lives. Shaytan might have scored 10 goals and then you score one it doesn't mean you have lost or shaman has one. At the end, you might score 1020 goals at once. What was the score 11 to shaman and 22 you What happened? You want because at the end, you were the one who scored when the final whistle was blown. There we are with us when the final trumpet is blown. That is how we will be
judged by Allah subhanho wa jal.
No matter how you lead your life right now, there is a hadith that says there would be a person who may have led their lives in such a an outwardly pious way. But at the end, they did such evil deeds and their lives ended in an evil way they would lose and what happens with a person who lead their lives or people who lead their lives in such an evil way. And at the end, they seek forgiveness, they're remorseful, they ask Allah forgiveness. Allah says mercy to them. The example of a person there is a specific Heidi, the example of a particular person, the Hadith says 70 years of bad deeds, and at the end, they did a good deed and Allah granted them gentlemen. So gems of the belief
in the Hereafter, you never know which one of the deeds that you've done with sincerity for the sake of Allah has been loved by Allah to the degree that He grants you paradise ignoring all the other deeds. That's what it is. Take a look at the hadith of a man who quench the thirst of a dog, a woman who cringed for example, the thirst of a cat, and so on. There are so many examples. And these examples go to show that even though some of these people were really evil in terms of the amount of sin they committed, they had sincerity and they turned to Allah through a deed of compassion.
They felt in their hearts that we reach out Allah subhanho wa Taala love the deed and he says, I looked at this deed and I forgave a person. Now we have one problem What is the problem? from amongst us? They are those whom shaitan comes to again and says, Look, don't worry, nevermind your dress code Never mind what you do. You can go to the clubs you can party, you can alcohol, you can adultery, everything. Just keep a whole load of cats and start feeding them every day.
Yes, that's a misunderstanding. That is absolutely wrong. It is your duty to be the best Muslim possible. The best human being possible. You have one chance, wouldn't you like to win the match? Today we look at World Cup and we are excited because our team won. We know nobody from the team, but we are more excited than they are. We get so upset. We start crying real tears when they've lost.
What about the real match, let that not distract you from real life matters. The real life there is it's not a game actually. But it works somehow. Similarly, in certain aspects of it, the fact that it has a beginning and an end and the fact that whoever scores the most wins. This is something regarding the hereafter you are alive, my sisters, you are alive, you are breathing.
You know what for as long as you are alive, you still have a lot of hope in the mercy of Allah. And don't think that if something has happened, not according to your liking that Allah dislikes you hates, you know, he has packaged you a test as we said in the earlier lecture, he is packaged for you a certain package, he will test you with those tests, they have to come in your direction, you will not be able to chase them away. You have to take them in your stride and you have to do the best given the situation you're in.
You have to you have no option. You know a day may come when you might be present in a place where something really disastrous happens whether it is a tsunami, whether it is an earthquake, whether it is some form of disaster created by men or otherwise. And you need to know how to deal with it. You cannot become despondent, you have to have hope in the mercy of Allah so much so that my mothers and sisters I can tell you as we grow older, we become weaker. You know that the peak of age is 40 years.
The Quran speaks of Allah should in more than one place, which means the peak. And Allah says that is 40 years when man gets to the peak of 40 years, which means after 40 at 40, you've arrived at the top of the summit the top of the mountain. And now you're sliding down slowly, slowly, you cannot deny that, you know, we feel good when we are 6070. And
it's an honor to be told you are now looking old Subhanallah because why it's a gem of the belief in the Hereafter, you are reminded you're going to allow when you are told that you are becoming old and you are returning to Allah do you become depressed, if that's the case, you still need to purify your belief. Don't be depressed. Death is not something evil, it has to happen to every one of us, if death was even allowed, would not have written it for anyone. But it is written for absolutely all of the creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
It's just going from stage one to stage Do you want to graduate from primary school to the university or from secondary school to the university, but you want to still remain in the same classroom, you got to walk out, that's when you're going to get your graduation Subhanallah that's when you're going to be able to go now to the next stage walk out who can walk out very bad. That's what that's how we look at life as I don't want to walk out of this life. Allah says, you don't take your own life away. No suicide is prohibited. We all know that it's a major sin. A person who commits suicide will not be seeing the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala unless they were unwell
mentally, and they didn't know what they were doing. That's between them and Allah. And for this reason, we never judge people who may have committed suicide due to depression because you don't know upon what condition they've died. But at the same time, we will continue speaking about how prohibited it is because life is sacred. And it is the ownership of Allah, not mine and not yours.
Remember, this life is so sacred, it's not owned by you. It is owned by Allah, you're not allowed to take it away. You cannot not even your own life because your own life is owned by Allah subhanho wa Taala. Remember this. And this is where Islam says that it is prohibited to harm yourself. You know, those who are trying to give up smoking, may Allah make it easy for you.
It said that I have to say this in front of all the mothers and sisters, but sadly, I've seen mothers and sisters puffing away, like chimneys.
My beloved mothers and sisters, it's a bad habit, give it up, it harms you, doesn't it. If you take a look at some of the packages of cigarettes that show you you know, photographs of lungs and little, you know, body parts, it is a disgrace to believe that I'm a movement, I believe in Allah, I want to get to the hereafter. And yeah, I am actually trying to harm the same body that is actually not even mine. Allah gave you this body as a uniform, just to be known in this world. Otherwise it's going to go That's it, you're going to be separated from the body you will carry on and the body will probably be buried and it may be decomposed in no time.
So we need to know that Allah Subhana Allah has kept something unique for us. You have hope you've sought forgiveness. Allah has forgiven you believe in your heart. Allah has forgiven me when you become older and as you become sickly it has to happen. You cannot remain healthy forever. Things change, they have to change. So if you don't believe properly in the hereafter you become depressed. You become a person who wants to cling to life at any cost, any costs. You become a person who wants to defy your age. Don't worry, if people say Mashallah, this person is aging now, so what hamdulillah you know, you might not want to say it in a disastrous way. I'm not promoting that you
say to one another, you're looking old sister. I'm not promoting that you say that to one another. Don't hurt one another. But I am trying to say become conscious of the fact that you no longer as you were before, when you were younger, you no longer so what you do prepare for the meeting with a lot. And how do you prepare for the meeting with Alan?
Well, the Quran tells you very clearly you're looking forward to meeting with Allah. Guess what? Allah is looking forward to meeting with you. Amazing.
Man I have balika Allah, Allah Allah tala whoever loves to meet with Allah Allah loves to meet with them. Remember this from Ghana yo Julie.
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sure to have a lot of us needed we say oh coffee Mashallah. We needed a Juma? Do you know what it means? Have you read the last verse of Soraka Allah tells you who ever once whoever is looking forward to meeting with Allah.
Whoever is looking forward to meeting with the one who made them who is looking forward to meeting with him. Guess what
Allah says he should make sure that he's doing two things, then the meeting will be fruitful.
do good deeds that are acceptable. allama Amel means a deed referring to acts of worship, and solid means acceptable, pure good, what is an acceptable deep and acceptable deed unanimously, according to the scholars of Tafseer and Hadith and jurisprudence, an acceptable deed or an acceptable act of worship is that act of worship that was taught, instructed or practiced upon by Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, that's it.
So if someone asks you what is a good deed, a good deed is a deed that was taught, practiced or promoted, instructed by Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam that is a good deed in terms of acts of worship.
If you have engaged in an act of worship sincerely for the sake of Allah, Allah alone, and it has made you cry, and you've become moved by, but it was not instructed or taught or brought about by Mohammed salatu salam, and he has not condoned it in any way, trust me, you've wasted your time preparing for the meeting with Allah, it's going to be a terrible meeting. Mallanna do that to us.
So it's not good enough for us to do deeds that are nowhere to be found in the instruction of the one whom Allah loves so much that he chose him as the best of creation, the most noble of prophets, and to come to us to teach us and instruct us, and we ignore that completely. I've ignored it. I know better than Mohammed, Who was he? I know better than him. I will do an act of worship. He didn't do because it makes me cry. It makes me We will lie. If you go to the non Muslims, they will also make you weep, they will make you cry. shaitan can also make you cry, do you know that that's not a sign that what you're doing is right, I was moved by it. being moved by it is not a sign that
it was right, you need to know was it instructed by the most beloved, the one whom I'd like to enter Paradise with? If that's the case, don't increase, don't decrease nothing. Be as best as you can remain there. This is something simple, logical, and I always tell people if you know the Quran, you know the meaning of the Quran, nobody can fool you. The problem is when you don't know the meaning of the Quran, or you've just heard it and you haven't confirmed it, you may be fooled. People might con you. They might tell you, you know, to get to Allah, you need to go through mediums and you go through one medium, another medium, another medium, trust me, the medium itself has no guarantee
that it will be in general. Remember this?
May Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us, I might be standing in front of you. What right do I have to tell you to worship me to honor me to do this to me? Who am I? Nobody? That's it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease.
Then the verse continues. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and let them never associate partners with me in worship.
So whoever is looking forward to meeting with Allah, you want to go into the Hereafter, you want to have a beautiful hereafter you want to be the queen of Queens in the hereafter. Yes, there is a simple method so that you can go and read the last verse. What does Allah say? You will look whoever is looking forward to the meeting with that up, let them do deeds that were done or taught or condoned, instructed, by all that which was brought by Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam that's number one. Number two is let them never ever associate partners with me in worship, no way. You worship your maker alone. And this is something unique. When it comes to the Muslims. The whole religion is based
on the oneness of Allah. That's what makes us monotheistic.
That's what makes us different. Why would the polytheists fought at the time of Mecca? If they were correct, they would have been no for no fighting, they would have been no war, nothing at all.
But they were wrong and not only wrong, they you served the world they did not live and let live. That is why when they when they drove the muslimeen out of Mecca, and they usurped their wealth and muslimeen came back in order to get it back. This is mine, this was mine. When we were weakened, don't try the new toolkit. Now we are prepared to come and reclaim what was legitimately ours.
So we believe that we will never enter an act of worship for a stick or a stone or a saint, or a grave or a tree or an animal or any of the other creatures of Allah, the One Who made you is the only one
who is fit to be worshipped. That's it. When we say la ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah What does it mean?
There is no one worthy of worship.
If you say there is no God but Allah someone might say you're telling a lie. There are so many gods.
So we need to say there is no true God besides Allah.
They may be 1000 Gods a million gods. But there is no true God besides Allah so you don't just translate it literally and say there is no God but Allah, the proper translation comes with a slight bit of an explanation through a word worthy of worship. There is none worthy of worship. besides Allah, no deity, nothing worthy of worship. Besides he who made me whoever made me he's the one that I wish. That's it, no one else.
This is why, and I'm sure you have seen people you may have seen people declare their Shahada as they are entering the fold of Islam, reverting to Islam, what do they say eyeshadow, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Muhammad, Abu rasuluh, or Mohammedan Rasulullah. You can say it either way, when is more simple for those who may not be speaking the Arabic language. So I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah.
This goes back to the core, it shows you that in Islam, the main thing even to enter the fold of Islam, you need to say I'm never going to worship anyone or anything but Allah, but we still find ourselves worshiping this one, and that one, and this saint and that dead man and this grave and this, for example, three and this why, for what?
it negates your faith because you are lying, that you believe that there is none worthy of worship Allah because you're worshiping things besides Allah. Simple as that. Common logic, don't let shapen make your belief in the hereafter become shaky, because then what will happen is when you get there, you might find yourself on the wrong side.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen us, my brothers and sisters, this is actually a serious topic. It is actually a very serious topic because those who don't believe in the Hereafter, for example, there are people who don't believe in the hereafter. They are perhaps those who don't even believe there is a God, they become really depressed towards the end of their life, because they actually don't have a clue where they're going.
They don't have a clue. At least we are looking forward to something and we know that look, today, we are so sophisticated, do you really think that we would just naturally hear so sophisticated the clothing you have the watches, you have everything you have the perfume, you have the design, you know the shape, you have everything your eyes, your nose, how it works, the the environment, the motor vehicles you use and the way Allah has given us the ability, the mind the brain, when I was flying into this country and looking at the clouds and thinking so hard Allah, look at the creation of Allah, it's raining here, it's not raining here, look at how a shadow is created here, this part
of the earth, look at how there are seasons, look at everything, look around you, everything will lead you to the fact that there is a maker. And all Ally's saying is look, we want you to worship that very maker alone. And you tell yourself, I'm so sophisticated. I have for example, children, family members, perhaps a bit of wealth, things that are dear to me. Do you really think that suddenly boom and everything is gone? gone forever? You never get to see them. They never get to see you when it's all over and gone. Do you really think that? The reality is our lives are too complex and complicated to have just been now you there now you're not you have to be going somewhere where
the others whom I've really loved, and whom I've really been with, and whom I really care for, will be there as well. That's what it is. I believe that firmly. Those whom I've loved, they could not have just disappeared into thin air. gems of the belief in the hereafter would dictate that definitely I'm going to see in him. Those are one of the gyms otherwise we would die depressed. Imagine you lose a loved one and you're told it's over. It's gone. Never going to see them. They're never going to see you. It's cut and that's it. Forget about them. They were just like a little animal that was just, you know, dead and gone. How we believe we are momineen it's Allah subhanho wa
Taala and Allah subhanho wa Taala has given it to us in an amazing way. He says, We brought you into life from non existence, where were you say if I'm 40 years old, for example, where was I 41 years ago, 42 years ago, I was not even to be mentioned, I was nothing I was not even in existence yet. Not at all. Not in the form of a seaman note no in the form of an egg, nothing.
And then what happened is I came into creation by the poudre of Allah, imagine when you are born, or when you when you are still a little zygotes in the belly of your mom. Do you know what? The multiplication of those cells is so quick, so rapid, so unique and so perfect, that your eyes fall in place, everything else falls in? Do you really think that's one day we just going to suddenly chop off that's important.
Those who don't believe in the hereafter. They suffer
very deeply later on in their lives when they start losing their energies when they struggle.
When they struggle and suffer, they really have a problem. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to strengthen us, my brothers and sisters, they are issues that we need to deal with within our own belief. We need to bear in mind that Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed us bestowed upon us in a billion in one ways, the gifts that we take for granted.
We take a lot of gifts for granted so panela one of them is the fact that we push through so many of the difficulties of life, having hope that the life after death is going to be easier.
imagine when I am seeking deal, what do I do? I tend to Allah and I say Allah helped me grant me shifa, Grant, make your Yala Let this be an expiation for sins I may have committed, let this be an elevation of status in the hereafter. And Allah says yes, it will be an elevation of status for you in the hereafter. I believe there will be a perfect life that is going to come. I am too sophisticated, as a creature of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
believe that there is imperfection even in the Hereafter, enough of imperfection in this world. So Panama, the Hereafter, absolutely perfect. The imperfections here they are such that they lead me to the hope that I need in order to get to the hereafter. Looking forward to that perfection.
And this is why ask those who don't have a faith, ask those who don't have a religion who don't believe in the hereafter. Is Your Life perfect. They will tell you no, not at all. Not a single person can tell you their life is perfect. No one even those who just run behind the whole day and all night. Those who are running behind the world entire life. They will tell you it's not perfect. I have problems at work. I have problems with my health. I have problems in my love life. I have problems in this and problems in that so many issues going on. Well, what is it you're looking forward for? or two? What are you looking forward to?
They will tell you well, I don't know some of them will take their lives away thinking that that's it. It's over.
SubhanAllah they will tell you that it's over.
imagined imagine you came into the world you followed the whims and fancies of the world you did not believe in a creator a maker you did not worship Allah you didn't believe in the hereafter still you suffered in this world? How come?
How come we will go through similar to what you went through. But the difference is we have hope that in the future, there is a hereafter we have belief that we will be in a better place. That's what it is. That belief keeps us going. And it keeps us discipline. If a person does not believe they are let loose. They do what they want. They commit sins as they wish they start thinking in a way that to Kerala they want to start marrying the sheep and the goats. And for them Wow. That's it because they have no belief. They are not governed by anything besides whims and fancies. They are busy thinking up new things to do. You know, I wouldn't be surprised if people begin to stop Allah
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us all purity and goodness and cleanliness, but people begin to legitimize marriage to animals. And it may happen in the next 10 years. And guess what it might be illegal in some countries to condemn it after 50 years from today.
Because that's how the world is moving. Things that have already happened that were considered absolutely unacceptable 50 years ago to talk about them today, you may be locked up in some countries.
Where is your belief in the hereafter? We believe that we were brought into this world for a purpose. We believe that that purpose is made clear in the poem, it's common logic, I will worship whoever made me alone. And that's it. So Han Allah, this is what makes you a believing female. This is what makes you a believing male. When you say to yourself, I came into this world I could not have just come in for for fun for nothing. I I have such a life look we have feelings for one another for our children, for our spouses, we have we can we you know we we can feel if if we touch something the past that is sharp, we are hurt. If we put our hands for example, on a candle we will
be burned. And you are trying to tell me that there is no hereafter you're trying to tell me that we suddenly come to an end decomposed in the soil. Some people say you become a bird or a snake or a donkey or a monkey depending on how you lead your life. We believe no, we will not be degraded rather we will graduate into something greater. Allah does not make you and then degrade you into something you know lower than what you work. This is the highest of all creation is mankind.
Have a look at
the most honored the most noble of all the creatures of Allah, Allah made men
Subhana Allah, so we believe in the hereafter.
All this stemmed from the hadith of gibreel, when we spoke of a man and we spoke of a son, and I told you, I will tell you the difference between Islam and the man, let me explain to you, a lot of us, what would happen is we would say, I'm a Muslim. You know what, that's quite accurate. Sometimes it may not be because we're not Muslim Muslim, comes from the root words, you know, a few a root word made up of three letters, the scene, the Lamb, and the meme. And what we would find with these three letters in the Arabic language, they are expanded and extended to refer to two main points. One is peace. So people say Islam means peace. Correct. And the other is submission is Islam. I
submitted. The idea here is when you submit, you achieve peace, you don't submit, you don't achieve peace. I have spoken to so many people who have been so depressed because of themselves.
Turning away from Allah,
depression, I have had people and I'm sure you've seen it, and some of you might have experienced it yourself. Those who discard their prayer, those who discard them, those who lose themselves in the nightlife and the glamour and the glitter, or the glamour and the glitter of the dirty life. They're into pornography they into drugs, they become
locked up in a Dark Pit in a dark corner. At a certain stage, they become fed up with their lives. so fed up why it's Allah gift that you are fed up, because Allah is trying to tell you hang on, there is something much more noble. And I want to teach you something you know, to smile is asuna. I'm sure we all know that right? Do you know if you go to work as a Muslim? And you always have a good expression on your face? You're always smiling. Guess what will happen? There are so many people around you today
that are not Muslim that don't have belief.
They are searching for one thing everyone is searching for one thing, contentment, happiness. Everyone is looking for happiness, no matter how much wealth they have something wrong in the home, something around you. That's a gift of Allah searching for happiness, and they see you every time you're smiling. That sooner. So I'm smiling my expression, and you know, these people working with me, but look at her. She's just smiling. We have this problem, that problem What's going on? She's just smiling. automatically. It makes them feel good. Number one, number two, it makes them want to know what is it that makes you keep smiling. You have bigger problems than mine, but I see no
problems. It's okay. It's one of those things. And I've got a small little problem. One peanut was stuck in my throat and I almost died. You know? So panela it's the expression on your face. That's why it's a sooner it's not just a smile is not just a sooner for nothing. You can talk about it for two days.
It's a smile is something genuine, it, it really gives the it creates an ambience that is indescribable.
It may it gives a feeling of goodness. It makes people forget about their problems. In fact, it makes them feel that this is not even a problem worth being depressed about not even and at the same time. So paralyzed solves your own matters. You're happy you have opened Alhamdulillah things could have been worse. I'm looking at people who've lost all their children, I've just lost to Subhan Allah May Allah grant you gentlemen, Allah grant them, gentlemen, your sub your patients will definitely be a gem for the hereafter. Your sub your patients will definitely be a gem for the hereafter. Remember this. So you smile and that is something you beam
it is just a tsunami. so important. Many of us are not even bothered. We look so depressed that even the happy people become depressed when they see us.
It happens sometimes if he was happy and they see you and then
what happened here? Because Oh, that's it. May Allah never make us from among those who being negative energy. May we be from among those who have been positive energy all the time, no matter what. It's a bother, not only for yourself, you've reached out to others through a beautiful smile. And it doesn't always have to be such a broad smile that people think that you know what, this is not legit. People can pick up that it's legitimate. It's just an expression on your face, even if it just you just break into it. So hon Allah so getting back to the issue of Islam, it is to submit to Allah when I say I'm a Muslim, it means I've submitted to Allah. Muslim Islam refers to five
Generally when we use the term Islam on its own, it includes Eman in it. It includes the belief in it. But when we use the two terms together and we want to know the difference then let's listen to it. Islam is five pillars take a look at them to answer the Shahada so people can see I've uttered it, I've said it right? Physically, I've surrendered to it. I've said the words people have witnessed it, and so on. So I'm considered a person who surrendered. I said, things I fulfill my Salah people can see that this person is fulfilling their Salah, it's an action, it is something physical, you can actually see it. I abstained from food, people can see this person is not eating I
gave them the only eating for example, at this time, it is something physical, they can see Islam, you can actually see they are deeds that can be noticed and seen. That's what it is. This is a car you've given people have seen, for example, they can see they could see you we are taught obviously to try our best not to make a public issue out of it unless there is some benefit from publicizing. We shouldn't be publicizing. But at the same time, people know they can see it's physical, you go for Hajj, everybody knows you're going for Hajj, Mashallah
and so on?
That is Islam, you have surrendered and submitted. But do you believe in your heart? No one knows besides you and Allah. That's where the issue of don't judge me comes in. To judge me. I know, it's a lot. But the problem is today, we're saying don't judge me because we don't want to be told my sister, the way you've covered yourself is actually not ideal. The problem with us and we have a problem on both sides here, both sides of the coin one is the way people correct others becomes very, very embarrassing, and sometimes so derogatory, and cutting that we forget, we all need correction.
And on the other hand, the way we react to correction is such that we just don't want to be corrected sometimes. So we have a problem on both sides. You know, sometimes people say, Oh, you know,
you shouldn't be judging, but I'm supposed to be correcting All I did is in a nice way, say, Oh, my sister, you know, I have 1001 weaknesses, please, can you highlight them? For me? I'd like to improve. And you know what, I don't mean to be bad. It's just the two of us. I'm not saying it in public. But I'd like you to consider x y Zed. You tell her what you want. So Pamela, you've said it in a beautiful way, not in an arrogant way. Not in a holier than thou way this is where people actually turn away from the faith because we preach the faith in a way that we are holier than them. I'm holier than you Subhan Allah, I feel like I'm really a big person, you are going to help. Have
you heard that? If you haven't, you're lucky Mashallah you're fortunate, because they are people who make you who give you that vibe, the feeling you're going to help who said you're going to help for now we're alive, who knows the person being spoken to might become better than the person speaking, it's possible and who knows they might already be better.
But that does not mean that we should not be advising one another. Similarly when it comes to the issue of
when it comes to the issue of surrendering to the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. We need to know that Islam,
that the word Islam is used for that which is physical that which you can see the word Eman is used for that which you cannot see. So, I believe I believe in what I believe in Allah. Okay. You said you believe in Allah, whether you actually believe in Allah or not, no one knows. Besides you and Allah, many of us claim to be believers in Allah alone. And yet we do think sometimes that are not really that you agree. So we need to purify because if you would, like a beautiful hereafter, purify yourself, cleanse yourself, worship Allah in a beautiful way in a way that he wants to worship Him alone.
And at the same time, we say one malarkey, I believe in the angels, whether you do believe in the angels or not, Allah knows you knows it's in the heart, isn't it?
So if someone were to come to you and say, You don't believe in Allah, you have the right to say, Don't judge me, because that nobody can see besides you and Allah, if someone says you don't believe in the angels, you have the right to say, Don't judge me I do.
If someone says, Don't you don't believe for example, in the previous prophets or profits, you have the right to say don't judge me because it's in the heart. There is no way of manifesting it besides
Allah subhanho wa Taala, knowing That's it, meaning it's only in the knowledge of Allah.
So we believe that his email, email, this is why in the Quran, there is a verse towards the end of the way, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the some of the Bedouin Arabs call it.
Some of the Bedouin, Adam said, We are believers. We are believers. So Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was instructed to remind them that you are not yet believers. So far, you are just submitters, but belief has not yet infiltrated the heart. column to me, no
As alumna, what am I a fully a man who be able to be calm say that
you are, you have not yet believed, but you have submitted Islam now you have submitted but email is not yet engraved in your heart, you need to know and you need to believe so email is a struggle all the way
Subhan Allah to preserve it so that it's not lost.
I'm a Mormon.
Or I'm not a movement.
Allah creates people from among them, there are many. And there are those who are not many one of
those who are meaning the quality of that a man would obviously differ in the sense that you feel very pious sometimes don't you, you feel very pious, sometimes you feel closer, you hear a powerful talk, you want to change, change quickly, because you will not remain on that level for long, the minute you come out, you're bombarded by so many other things in the environment, you may not remain on that level. So if you would like to change your life, you would like to do something, do it now. Don't wait for tomorrow, when you walk out, you wait to meet those same friends of yours who used to take you to the clubs and they'll say Come on, man, let's enjoy it. You know, in reality, outwardly,
they are enjoying inside, they are dying, spiritually dead. And if they don't feel that they are spiritually dead right now, they will feel it a little bit later on. once something is depleted from either their health or their wealth or something else with us. As it depletes. We look forward to the meeting with Allah. And I've spoken to many people who happen to be sickly and ill, sometimes terminally ill sometimes on what you and I would term the deathbed. The reason why we cannot confirm it's a deathbed is because Allah alone knows whether he's going to grant them cure or take them away. But we can say the final, you know, illness that they finally passed away with.
And I would always say to such people, die with a smile, have opened the mercy of Allah. Remember, keep on asking Allah forgiveness and keep on repeating your Shahada and have hope that you are going to a better place because you see the reason why I would say this to them is people will die depressed or they will die hopeful. If you are a believer, you will never die depressed.
You are suffering there is pain here there is cancer in the body. May Allah grant cure to all those who may have any sickness. I mean, you have cancer person has AIDS, for example, someone else has something else, for example, and they happen to be patient, they happen to have returned to Allah, that pain they are going through Allah's mercy dictates that they will not go through pain beyond a certain threshold.
They will be unconscious after that.
If you fell from the second floor of a building, for example, and you broke 10 bones, you would be unconscious within a split second. Allah doesn't want you to taste pain beyond a certain threshold. That's his mercy.
So if it's beyond a certain point, you don't this is why people faint. This is why people go become unconscious. You know, you've lost a lot of blood, what happens you actually just go down and you fainted. The pass out, why is the mercy of Allah, imagine if Allah wanted you to taste all of that pain.
There is only a certain amount you can take Allah knows that he won't allow you to go beyond and there comes a threshold where he just takes your life away, gone. He knew it was going to happen. He took it away. So don't worry, it's not going to be that bad that people make it out to be your death. You know, when you die, you can relax, don't talk to me that way I am going to die. I am going to die. And I believe in the hereafter. One of the best gems is for us to know that we will die with hope. We are hopeful you smile and say Oh Allah I know agree to a better place. I know I'm going to your mercy Allah I know I did a lot of bad things in my life. But all I know you will
forgive me. I've asked you forgiveness. You know, I had a person many years back when the AIDS disease was claiming so many people in Zimbabwe
what happened is some people came to me and said, You know, this is a punishment of Allah and at the same time, these people are going to join them. I said, hang on, hang on, hang on. They have a better chance to enter general than you and I because they are they their hearts would have been softened. They asked us forgiveness, knowing that you know what I'm going you and I don't even know that you go in and you might go before that. So don't come to me and tell me that because a person has AIDS or because they have a disease for whatever reason that they will go to hell Who are you? Do you own? How are you the CEO of hell? Allah forgive us.
You cannot say that to anyone never ever. You can never tell someone because you know you suffered so Allah hates you never. Perhaps it's Allah love. And Allah tells you I will make you go through difficulty in this world so that you do not go through it in the hereafter.
Do you struggle to suffer at once? Wait, come here we've got something in store for you, when you see you will be so so happy. Let me give you one of the gems of belief in the hereafter. The Hadith makes mention of how a sick person will be getting reward such with it when they see it in the hereafter they will say, Oh Allah, why didn't you keep me sick for longer?
Because Hey, I, you know, it happened. And when I was sitting talking to some young people, I gave them one example and I want to give it to you because it's obviously something worth thinking about. If someone told you that, I'm going to give you a cough.
But for every time you coughed and the flame came out with blood, I give you 20,000 US dollars.
What would happen I think there would be a line of youngsters who are wanting to cough blood. Do you agree with me? Sorry to give you this example, but I'm only trying to bring something closer to the mind. Some people wouldn't mind going through a sickness. There are people today in some of the poorer countries of the globe who don't mind going through giving birth for someone else. islamically It's Haram. Remember this. They don't mind the you know, the child of someone else being put into their belly for nine months giving birth to a person who's not connected to them besides through that gestation period, and they are doing it in order to be paid for it imagined.
Near Death. So many may have lost their lives in that childbirth, but they don't mind because they making For example, 5000 US dollars out of it. Wow. I told you islamically it's Haram. It's not allowed is prohibited. It's a no go area because lineage and marriage and childbirth and all this is sacred, it belongs to Allah alone. He chooses whether he wants to give it to you or not. And as we said in the earlier lecture, if you do not have children may Allah bless you with them you may pursue whatever means you would like to pursue on condition that they are permissible such as the medical Avenue and so on.
Remember this, but at the same time, if Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept you ill and sick. Nevermind 20,000 US dollars you will be getting something in return with one condition and that is your sub together with the man you have your patience, what did I say moments ago? Patience is one of the biggest gems that you would have to come to your rescue when it's your hereafter when you arrive in the Hereafter, you will have these huge points of assistance and help. What will they be they will be your patience. I was very patient I went through a lot. I went through torment I went through disease I went through marital crisis disrespect problems within those problems without clothes,
whatever it was. So hon Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala help us
whenever I speak of in laws I hear whispers I hope
I hope we are not the bad ones.
make life easy for others Allah makes life easy for you and make life easy for others allowing make your life easy and your hereafter listen manifests our Muslim incompetent men corabi Dunia
karapatan mimco bo mill Kiana. Whoever alleviates the suffering of a human being in this world, Allah will alleviate their suffering on the year on on the great day. Subhana Allah the Day of Judgment.
Subhana Allah. And another narration says whoever makes things easy for people, Allah will make things easy for them in the world. And in the next. And another narration says whoever covers the faults of believers, Allah will cover their faults in the hereafter. Look at these gems.
You cover the faults today.
very sadly, we have technology and we have the social media that a lot of us are using in order
to spread gossip and rumor and whatnot about people. By doing that we losing our gems or collecting dust no one will know it's a diamond It looks like a stone. Why? Because you've just been spreading rumors about everyone you use your WhatsApp and your BBM and your Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and WeChat and line and whatever else
to do what you know that system this person or the child they had this child is illegitimate that person's doing this that person's that this person's marriage is about to break that one is you know doomed to hell the other person was seen drinking once all that got to do with you spreading it forward. If you want as a believer, you need to help the situation. or shut up. Sorry to say that
but that's exactly what it is. You need to keep quiet. You might say Why did you say that? I did for a reason because sometimes that's exactly what you need.
SubhanAllah Keep quiet. If you're a believing male or female and you would like to have a good hereafter when you see someone doing bad ask yourself how best can I help? That's the word. But how best Can I destroy their lives? No.
Destroy people's lives, good people because the movies teach us to do that. Because environment teaches us to do that. You break each other's lives. You know little girls fighting like cats. Why? But it's happening and it's happening on a global level. And it's on the rise. It's growing because people don't believe in the hereafter. You see your sister make life easy for her. You see her excelling. congratulate her be happy for her, we become jealous. What is this all about you losing your hair after
you losing your hair after? So let's try our best the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala to improve ourselves, my mothers and sisters, what is important for us to know is that we call ourselves Muslim. But are we definitely Muslim? Meaning we say we've surrendered? Have you surrendered? It's a question.
You might say not yet. Okay, we'll try your best. Secondly, what you need to know is we call ourselves movement, we say we are believers do you really believe? Do you really believe that good in bad faith is from Allah. And we've discussed this in the past speaking about fate and destiny and predestiny. Allah says in the Quran, that he has kept predestiny in order that you don't become so excited regarding what you've got, and you don't become depressed regarding what is being taken away from
so that you do not become so saddened with what Allah took away. It's good to say this was just predestined.
And so that you do not become too happy with what Allah has given you in the sense that it draws you or drives you to arrogance and pump and pride. Allah says, hang on, you're just a man, you're just a human being. You just a woman, you're just a creature of ours. We've bestowed upon you, we can take it away from you. If you have wealth today, position today, beauty today, goodness today, do not think it's going to last forever. There will come a day if Allah once he can take it away from you in several ways with disgrace or
with grace, which means with goodness with respect, or he can leave you in that position or with that gift of his it's all allas plan. He says, it's our decision, we will do you believe correctly. It will help you through your life and take you into the hereafter. I want to end off by saying something very important.
And that is my brothers and sisters in life. We never get everything we want. But we get so many things that we take for granted. Remember, those things that happen not according to your liking. If you were to bear patience, if you were to try your best with whatever capacity you've been given by Allah subhanho wa Taala and at the same time, you were to bear patience regarding what Allah has put in your life, by the will of Allah, you will be going to a very good place, learn to improve yourselves, learn to improve whatever you you know, whatever you learn, try and put it into practice. we improve ourselves, we humble ourselves, we become people closer to Allah, we reach out
to human beings, we reach out to Muslims, we reach out to non Muslims, we reach out to the creatures of Allah, I always say if a person was given heaven because of quenching the thirst of a dog or a cat. What about quenching the thirst of a human being? Who's not a Muslim?
I think they are far more noble and far greater than a cat and the dog in terms of disturbance of service. Remember what I've said? What I mean is disturbance of service. If I see a dog drowning, and next to them a human being drowning by right, who should I say first?
So panel I remember
I entered this shop I entered I was at an airport in Johannesburg many years ago and I entered the one of the stores and I bought something I can't recall what it was and there was a lady sitting at the back and she was at the till when I purchased the stuff I went to the till and I paid and they were a few coins now you know coins are difficult to carry sometimes especially when you're crossing through the the security checkpoint and so on. They beep and one hand I have a habit a few coins donate them to a good cause. So you know like they say your change can make a change so Mashallah, it does. So hamdulillah what happened is I looked at her and I had these coins quite a bit, but they
were these coins. And I told her
Do you have a little tin I can put it in perhaps ASPCA or something? You know, ASPCA stands for society? for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Okay. I got it right. Yeah. So, so basically ASPCA. So there was a little like a doggie there with a small box in front of thing ASPCA, you know, small little, like a little thing they said, and I just saw it as I was asking her the question, and I was about to put the money in and she says, You know what she said?
She says I'm the only dog here.
Which means please give me the money I needed more than putting it in. And I said, No, you're a human being I gave her because obviously, she might have needed the money for whatever reason. But I gave her what I said, Please don't call yourself a donkey, you know? So she says, No, I was just trying to say, you know, she made it clear that I was just gonna say, instead of putting it into there, give it to me. I said, What if I knew we were allowed to give tips, some people are offended when you give them change. So I don't know. It's good, you made it clear. The point I'm raising is, look, it's nature, it's natural to feel that this guy is I need this and he's giving it to an
animal. We are not saying we don't look after the animals, but there is a prioritization, that's all there is. There is prioritization, that's all there is.
This is why when it comes to the issue of Zika, you cannot give it to an animal. But when it comes to an issue of voluntary charities, you may want to look after some of the needs or some of the preservation or whatever else to do with animals, but that also from a portion of that which is voluntary, voluntary, charity, not use the car, the car, they are a snuff, there are certain people and certain parties that you have to give to, you cannot cross the boundary there. May Allah make it easy for us, I pray, and I have hope in the mercy of Allah and I pray that Allah grant us all gentlemen, a better hereafter. And I really asked you, if you feel in your heart, you would like to
change your life for the better. If there is a sin you are committing that you want to drop, if there is a good deed that you would like to add or do in your life, from the teachings of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam,
make the resolution here. And now before you get up from your seat, have your life changed. Do not say I'm going to go out and change. You may never get a chance again. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us, maybe strengthen us May He grant us every form of goodness, May He grant us paradise, and may He make the hereafter better than this particular life was sallallahu wasallam albaraka Allah and Mohammed Subhan Allah Subhana Allah,
Allah, Allah, Allah and Mr. Furukawa to boil it