Shooting for the Moon
Channel: Mufti Menk
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An enthusiastic talk motivating us to aim for Jannah, how to achieve the aim explaining with the help of one of the companions of the Prophet SAW, AbdurRehman Ibn Aufw RA and achieving inspiration through the life of Prophet SAW. Mufti Menk also emphasizes on enduring sabr with the struggle of the life and seeking knowledge for the pleasure of Allah SWT.
Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah All praise is indeed due to Allah the Creator. The nourisher cherishes sustainer provider protector cure, what will suddenly we will send him or Allah.
Mohammed O Allah, Allah He was happy he wouldn't have been omentum young son Elijah within blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, may Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all, and bless every single one of us. May Allah bless our offspring, those to come up to the end, May Allah keep them steadfast, and keep every single one of us steadfast as well, my brothers and sisters and hamdulillah we thank Allah subhanho wa Jalla for gathering us here with the purpose of gaining closeness to him. I'm sure every single one of us here is being inspired, would like to be inspired, or has just been inspired.
It's not enough to achieve inspiration and do nothing about it. It is said that within the first few hours of having listened to a talk that is powerful, if you don't act on it, perhaps the intention or the strength of wanting to act on it begins to diminish, such that within 48 hours it disappears completely. So if your life has to change, it has to change while you are listening to the talk. It has to change as you are seated, do not say I will change as soon as I leave. I will go home and from tomorrow morning I'm going to start again, not at all right here right now is where decisions have to be made. Remember this when we shoot for the moon, we will never be able to get to the moon
we will never be able to go close to the moon. If we do not have a plan of action. If we are not serious about it. People say I'd like to achieve what would you like to achieve when you are sleeping every day you've made no resolutions take a look at the Kufa every year. When the year is ending. They openly pronounce their resolutions. These are my new year's resolutions and a lot of them have some decent resolutions regarding giving up bad happens quitting smoking, quitting this and that working hard in order to earn trying to get this and get that so many different things. With us as muslimeen We are not meant to wait for the year to end in order to make a resolution.
Rather, Allah subhanho wa Taala sends to us messages
through various means. And these messages are meant for our ears. I'm sure you may have heard of a hadith where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says masaba can do
that which God to you was never meant to miss you. And that which miscue was never meant to get to you. So Panama, from this, people understand, okay, if someone shoots a gun in your direction, and the bullet happens to whizzed past your ear, it was never meant to get to you. Yes, that's included in the ad. They could have tried, but it was never meant for you. But what's included in it is something else. It's regarding every aspect of your life. When you hear a message, it was meant for your ears. This is why my brothers and sisters, would you confirm that? We hear messages sometimes as though the speaker knows us personally. Do you agree? as though he is addressing a problem that's
in my own home? Like someone went to him and told him you know what, this is what I'm going through, please talk about it. Nobody told him anything. He doesn't know you. He doesn't know your problem. It is an inspiration from Allah subhanho wa Taala. meant for your ears, your situation, when people speak about divorce and you're about to go through it. When people speak about children and you have the crisis when people speak about financial issues and you are going through one when people speak about medical problems and you have one. Don't think for a moment they know you they are spying on you. They are preying on you know, it's Allah who knows absolutely everything. He made them say
because he wants to give you a sign of hope. He wants to give you that light or the ray of hope so that you can turn to Him and you need to take it seriously. Don't take it lightly. Remember this is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. When we say shoot for the moon, you need to be aiming very, very high. Take a look at the Sahaba of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. There are so many examples once the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam met a certain Bedouin man as he was returning from a journey and the Bedouin man happened to be hospitable to
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam so when he left sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he told the Bedouin visit us as well meaning visit us in Medina as well. So when the Bedouin visited them the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he returned to the hospitality with goodness. And then he asked him, he says, he asked me, What What would you like?
Who is or who is saying this? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is asking the Bedouin, to ask him whatever he wants. And he started because this man was not so knowledgeable. He started asking material items, regarding conveyance regarding shoes, regarding a home and so on.
And when you look at another example of those with knowledge, take a look at Robbie Naka. He was a young boy, at the time when he served Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And to cut the long story short, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, suddenly asked me, What do you want? Tell me what you want?
Amazing. What do you think he said, today? If I were to tell you, what do you want? A few moments ago, I was with some people. And one of them said, My aim is within two years, I want to own a Ferrari.
And I happen to say Subhan Allah with all due respect, obviously, that everyone has an aim, at least it's an aim. I happen to say, do you know what? You may want to change that over time, it may change. You may not have the Ferrari I know of people who own Ferraris and bugattis and Lamborghinis, and they get fed up and tired for them. It's nothing. You can't even drive the car. It's not practical. You've only got 90 kilometers on it. And each time you drove it, you had 2000 greengate fine minimum because of speeding, so Panama.
So they didn't tell you I didn't think you really want to drive it. You'd rather go and test drive one or pay in order to take one for a ride. And that's enough for you. You know, like they say, nowadays with the social media and Instagram and everything else, you have people who've gone on holiday, they are considered not having gone on holiday if they haven't taken photographs.
And those who have not gone on holiday, they are considered the holiday makers for as long as they have photographs, even if they're photoshopped. So they are people who show you we are in Langkawi, we are here we are in Penang, and they are just at home, they have a background and that's it, taking photos. That's it.
Let's not fool ourselves, my brothers and sisters, let's understand we need to live the real life when you aim, aim high. So this young man the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, asked me he says yeah, Rasulullah Nakamura, foccacia caffiene Jana Ola I want and this is a young boy.
All I want is to be in your company in paradise. That's it.
So the Prophet salatu salam looks at him and says, Is there anything else, you know, was there? Is there something else perhaps, you know, maybe you're just asking, he says, No, that's it. I just want your company in paradise. Now that is such a smart way of putting it because you're going to be in the highest level of gentlemen, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is not someone ordinary. He's not an ordinary person. He's the nopea of Allah, he's the best of creation, he is the highest of the lot, he will be the highest ranked in gentlemen.
Subhan Allah. So the Prophet sallallahu Sallam told him something that I want to share with you and seriously share with you today. He says, help me or help yourself to achieve that. Or help me to help you to achieve that.
By finding yourself in prostration, very often,
which means fulfill your Salah, if you really want paradise, make sure you fulfill your five daily prayers, make sure you have the position of sujood the position of prostration make sure you are in it very, very often, then you will get what you've just asked for. He didn't just say okay, you will have it. He showed him the way and you need to be serious about it. I cannot say I want to achieve this, and I'm busy sleeping at home. I cannot say I want a job and I haven't looked for it. I cannot say I want to promotion and I haven't worked hard. I cannot say I want to study and I've done nothing about it. I cannot say I want to speak the Arabic language. Someone yesterday told me My
wish is to speak the Arabic language. I said my brother stop wishing and start doing something about it.
That's a movement. That's a true believer. How long am I going to continue saying My wish is to learn the Arabic language. Keep wishing. We wish for things that we don't have and we keep on wishing until the day we die. Do something about it.
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Ask people get the course it might be online it might be in your neighborhood you don't know so many things are happening in this beautiful country of yours. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless you and bless us all.
Do something about it.
This is why the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says you want genda with me do something about it. What is it? Salah don't miss. And if your Salah is not missed the rest of your DD will be solidified as time passes. If you are serious with your prayer, everything else will solidify. So I want to ask you the question today. What is it that you are aiming for as a believer? The true answer should be the true answer should be Jana, I hope everyone said in paradise. That's what we want. In this world we will struggle in this world we will go through lots of difficulty we spoke about it yesterday. Many of the other speakers spoke about the same.
But we need to realize if you want paradise, there is a way of getting it the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says Allah innosilicon La Jolla, behold, the commodity of Allah is expensive. What is the commodity? It is Jenna. And I've always given an example of a person who's bought a house,
higher purchase or mortgage.
They are paying on a monthly basis installments when you miss one payment, what happens?
You might be fine. You missed two or three payments, you can lose the house even if you paid for two, three years, or five years or 10 years, you miss a few payments, there is a possibility of you losing the house.
What happens with Jenna every Salah is a payment, it is a payment for a house that is far more valuable than these houses in damansara
it is a serious payment. Every time you miss a Salah default, every time you miss one prayer,
you losing out on your house. And if you miss more, you might lose that house completely. This is why if you have aspirations, you are a person who wants to achieve the utmost and that is paradise. You need to get up and do something about it make a payment, what is the payment, when there is a sin that is to be committed? You stay away and you say Oh Allah, this is because I want Gentlemen, I will please you. I know there are so many things that I would be able to do on earth that would displease you, I won't do it because my aim is to please you Oh Allah so that you can be pleased with me.
Have you heard the verse of the Quran where Allah describes some of the companions and Allah subhana wa Jalla says,
Allah is pleased upon them, they are pleased with Allah and Allah has prepared for them paradise to be pleased with Allah and for him to be pleased with you is something unique, that is when you will definitely achieve paradise, but to be able to earn the pleasure of Allah you need to pay pay in what way abstain from prohibitions that he has told you and engage in that which is compulsory obligatory upon you and on top of that, start fulfilling acts that are not compulsory, but they would earn the pleasure of Allah. So a lot of us Mashallah we fulfill our five daily prayers and hamdulillah but it's just a follow up. We are quick to start coming to me and we are gone from
that's it. Why don't you increase it because I want to earn the pleasure of Allah. Start reading your Sunnah. Start reading your nothing Take your time about things may go do correctly. This is called aiming high.
But the problem is sometimes we don't think of where we're going. If you sit and pause for a moment and ponder over your own life and your age and the fact that you are becoming older and you witness the others who have already gone forth to the Hereafter, you will realize I need to prepare before I go more for the hereafter than I am for the rest of this life.
Even in this world if you'd like to achieve things, material items, like I said moments ago, you cannot sit unemployed and continue to beg when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was faced with a man who said I don't have anything. I don't have anything.
In my house, absolutely nothing. He had a small commodity the professor Selim says bring it and he sold it for two Durham's and at the same time he bought his food with one and with the other one the Prophet sallallahu Sallam said buy an ax, he bought an x and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says right now go and work with it and come back. Let's see what you bring forward. He came back in the evening with two theorems.
Then the Prophet sallallahu Sallam made a draft for him and told him go away for 15 days and come back.
When work hard with this axe, you don't need a qualification to work with an axe. You don't say I don't know how to use the axe, I don't have a PhD. No, you know, everyone knows that x you you get used to it over time.
He came back 15 days later with 30 theorems. Wow, he now has money. But there was a time when he was begging he was asking, and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says what a lie it is better for you.
It is better for you to work hard and earn money through your perspiration than to ask them to seek don't go and ask you are healthy.
mela protectors take a look at how
came to Medina munawwara at the time of the era, he was a wealthy man in Mecca, he lost everything and he came with nothing.
And he was told Okay, you know what? I will give you my
half of my wealth.
And I will give you so and so and I will help you with this much and that much. He says May Allah grant you Baraka just show me where is the marketplace?
Look at this. He's doing something about it. He was aiming very high.
Not only in the deal, but even in this worldly life. He went out to the marketplace and his deal was successful. A few days later, he got married. So Hannah law and marriage at the time was no big deal. The problem we have today, we make such a big deal of it. That Subhanallah if we are left out and not invited, we will stop talking to people. You didn't invite me to the wedding because these people didn't invite me to the wedding. What is it? They wanted a simple wedding, they only had 2050 people so what you are not from among them make dua for them. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam was not invited to the wedding of a man who's one of the 10 who was who are granted or told you are in
He was not invited. So when the Prophet sallallaahu salam saw a yellow mark on his clothing, that yellow mark, according to some narrations was a mark of perfume. And it's a luxury.
He had known obviously, that this man perhaps has got married. He says, oh, man, what's this yellow mark on your clothing? He says, oh, messenger. I got married. If it was asked you see, I'm not talking to you ever again. How could you have got married? We so close with friends? You didn't tell me? You didn't invite me? No, no, no, these people will not petty. They were not small minded. They aimed very high. They aim in life was not to be invited to weddings. That's not what it was all about.
Their aim in life was not to show off things. Their aim in life was not these little minor items that put a smile on the face for five minutes. And after that you depress the game. No, they aim very high. They aim to please Allah. So the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says, oh, Abdullah, man, have you had a party? Have you invited people for something known as Lima. And when we say the word when Lima for us, it's like, you need to invite 300 people walima minimum you need to invite 700 people and you need to actually have a big hole and everyone needs to wear a uniform. And we need to order clothing six months in advance and get the sizes of the sisters and everyone who's going to
come as bridesmaid and maids. And they complain because the day of the wedding they've already gained two three kilos doesn't fit them anymore, or they've lost two three kilos and it doesn't fit them in. And those are disasters, one upon the other people are upset, people are angry, a small thing goes wrong and the world comes to an end. It was such a happy occasion spoiled because of one or two items. For us. That's what the volume is all about.
Someone desperately couldn't make it and we don't talk to them. I invited you You didn't come that's it. I don't want these people are against me something goes wrong in your marriage. I think it was them because they didn't even come to the wedding. They were upset. That's how small minded we are.
That is how picky we've become. And the deen is much higher. You are aiming for Allah subhanho wa Taala pleasure. You're not aiming for little items in this world. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept the example of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, he says, I have not yet meaning
Allah and who says I have not done anything yet. He says only one oh bisha he says have a little gathering of food for perhaps your close family and friends, even if it means by sacrificing all with one cheap one. It's enough call a few people and habit.
So it happened.
He called a few people and he had it. And he worked so hard that in no time. He was known as one of the richest of the Sahaba of
one of the wealthiest Do you know what? He did not earn his wealth by leaving out his Salah. He did not earn his wealth by saying you know
I am at work but I can't leave my Salah because I'm going to lose my job or my boss doesn't agree your bosses Allah, if you're aiming for gentlemen, your bosses Allah, you will go and do something about it in a nice way. You will speak to them, you will convince them you will work so hard that they will allow you time off. Recently, I was given an example of a sister who works somewhere. She says initially, when I started my job, they were a little bit hostile because of my day job. And I worked so hard in no time, I started doing better than a lot of the other workmates of mine that my boss told me, when it's time for prayer, don't forget to go and pray. And my boss reminds me to go
and pray Subhana Allah, starting from one point, getting to another because hard work, you're doing something you're not lazy. You don't just sit back, we have a new generation of young people, boys and girls. What do they do? They sit back and relax.
They want to become wealthy in five minutes, I promise you.
And they are playing games, games. You know, the first time I saw someone a few years ago, playing with this Nintendo Wii, have you heard it?
And I see them
fist in the air. And I'm like, what's going on? And I said,
Roger, I actually told a brother of mine, I think this person needs a bit of help. They need a little bit of assistance. Look, they're going crazy. You know, I can't describe what they were doing. But they were holding something in their hand and he is heating the air and jumping this way. And that's what's going on. There's a TV screen and you like sort of in front of the TV screen and you like hitting the air here.
And that person wants to become a doctor, doctor or what?
You know, we it could mean we and it could also mean we smile. Viola. Allah forgive us. It depends what you do all your life. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen our children and ourselves as well. Yes, there is a time to play but you need to have limitations. You need to know when to stop. You need to know how much it is your phone, for example, today is the biggest distraction ever. Did you know that? People were arguing to say no, it's an email Allah? Yes, it's a Nirmala. We don't debate that what we are debating is how it's being used the majority of people and I'd like to take the liberty in saying this, the majority of people are using it without the discipline that is
required when using it.
And that's probably a respectful way of wording it.
Your phone is a gift of Allah, your WhatsApp, your WeChat, your Blackberry, whatever messenger, your Facebook, your Twitter, your Instagram. There are so many other platforms that Snapchat and what have you.
Yes, it's an email. But the bulk of us need to be disciplined in that regard. Set yourself a time.
I sit in I think, I think a lot that I've seen the years when there was no internet, no mobile phones, I'm sure a lot of us may have right.
And I forgotten how it felt I have literally forgotten what life was like when they had to. When I was younger, I used to do this but I forgotten. I don't know how it feels anymore when they had to place a call with the operator in order to call the city next to your city. So you have to dial operator and you have to say this is my number. This is who I am. And I'd like to place a call this is the number this is the person I'd like to speak to they will tell you we will call you back and how excited you would get when one hour later.
That was the default thing. That's how it used to go Do you remember? Now you've got everything else Han Allah, you know all sorts of ringtone so embarrassing sometimes in the masjid. You know, the most embarrassing thing was, we were sitting in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala and it was a Juma and the man was speaking about
something, okay, something important.
And the next thing a song
from the church
was literally playing full volume in the machine. And it was in from the first soft so it was close to the Imam. So the microphone caught the song.
And it was terrible because the moment to stop. And he said please turn off your phone and then he changed his topic. And he started speaking about mobile phones.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us really I feel sorry for that brother because I have had instances where people's phones have run in salah and I deal with it a little bit differently because for me, I believe that those who are true believers when something embarrassing happens in prayer, that itself is enough for them to learn a lesson. I don't need to talk about it. I don't need to turn back after salah and the whole must
turns and embarrasses one person. I remember once the phone rang, and we were, I was at the back, we had arrived a little bit late, and we joined Salah in the first block, and we had finished Salah with everyone else but arrived a little bit late. And I was sitting at the back, and then someone's phone had rung in one of the records. And as soon as Salah finished because this phone was an irritation, everybody turned back to look. And I knew his phone rang. But the irony is he turned back as well.
So what could I do? I had to turn back.
Because they're looking at me now.
But this is how intelligent the young people have become.
Imagine your phone is ringing you so embarrassed, the whole machines looking at you. And you casually just turn around look at somebody else.
how excited we used to get many years back when they say is this this this number? Did you place a call for this? Okay, hold on, Your call is connected. And they say hello, and you get so excited. I don't know if you recall, right.
I think a lot of you do.
that those were the days when we used to sit at home. And we had high aspirations than we do today. Did you know that much higher aspiration today, a lot of people's aspiration is to have the latest mobile phone as soon as it comes out. Otherwise, that's it. A lot of the sisters out here and the brothers, a lot of our aspiration is following the trends of clothing. The minute the latest is coming up, I must have it if I don't, there's a problem.
That's your aspiration.
And you know that type of aspiration, you will never ever be quenched impossible, because Allah has created this world in such a way that it runs, and anyone who runs behind it, it will always run faster than them, you can have the iPhone six today, tomorrow morning, they will be a seven, you can have the seven, the next day, they will be an eight, you can have the eight and they will decide it's no longer galaxy II we are now changing the name to omit.
I promise you, and then you went back and you want and even if you have the best and the latest, you will still want it because those aspirations are so shallow. So change it. It must not be the latest trends that you are following online. It must be the pleasure of Allah, you will be content even with your Galaxy tune, you know that
you'll be happy with it. You say no, this is old, faithful. I like him. It's done nothing wrong to me.
Allah forgive us.
But let's take a look at our own aspirations. And I gave you one example because it's a reality. People have always told me you talk a little bit too much about the mobile phone. And I said, I know why I do that. Because every one of us has a mobile phone, I want you to put up your hand if you do not have a mobile phone put up your hand very high, you don't have and you don't use one at all. I can only see two or three hands and then also perhaps your dad must have prohibited
Mashallah brilliant while lying. And I'm sure these people have higher aspirations. They are aiming for something much higher.
with us. It's about accessories. It's about perfumes, it's about shoes. It's about people looking and being wowed by what you look like. While he does what it is. We've watched the material world taking over so badly that we've lost the plot. We don't know where to aim. We look at people on the television and we aim that way. And I've always said stop aiming to be like the girl on the television because the girl on the television herself is not even like the same girl on the television in real life.
we're just acting and life is not an act to be honest with you.
Life is real. It comes to an end, it comes to an abrupt end.
And then what happens
you can't meet the angel of death and say Hang on, hang on. I need to quickly WhatsApp Hang on, hang on. I have the latest phone. So Panama some of us when we are going on holiday. We've stopped asking whether it is halal food whether there's a Masjid whether there's Muslim mean, we've stopped searching for you know brothers and sisters in faith. The destination we're going is the Wi Fi. That's the only question. If there is internet Wi Fi that's the best holiday ever. Before we used to sit on the beach and admire the power of Allah and the beauty across the oceans Today we are sitting there like I said, we are just on WhatsApp and we are on our chats what was the point of flying all
the way there wasting your money when you are going to sit here on your phone throughout? When you go on holiday leave the phone Subhanallah
See, no one even said anything silence. dead silence. What did he just say? Is he crazy?
He would have to aim high. You have to please allow your
Salah, you're Sokka you're a bad and even lick regarding worldly items you want to make use of the phone and various other things. You want to have a car and the house you want to assist your children perhaps so that the next generation will be able to live a little bit more comfortably. You know, when we work hard and we earn money, we bought a house, we want to earn more money so we can buy houses for our children. Do you agree? Yes. Why do we want to buy houses for our children? Can I tell you why? Because buy an item movement and the believer is supposed to think that if I facilitate that much for my child, perhaps they will be able to have more time with Allah subhanho
wa Taala perhaps they will be able to use the time to learn the deen to put it into practice so I will get to reward a lot of people whose belief is weak have stopped thinking that way they've become so material they don't even know the intention. Why is it that I am looking for my children to have a house before even when I only managed to afford a house 30 years after I got my first job.
Because things have changed. Everything is come upside down. We don't even know so the son, the daughter, sometimes they have the houses Mashallah they are still not happy. They are still lacking contentment, some of them are lazy, they don't have jobs, they have to sell the house because of their debts.
Sometimes we leave a large amount of money they are fighting because they want to get the largest share of that wealth. We are gone. So what was your aim?
What did you leave behind? What will you leave behind the day you go? That's one question. But the more important question is, what will you take with you? The day you go?
A lot of us say Mashallah, this guy was such a good guy. You know, he passed away he was a millionaire. He set up all his children, he was so good. No one actually thinks about what did he take with him? A man who was wealthy and spent his wealth in the course of Allah is the one who took it all with him.
When you spend something, it's written next to your name, the minute you've left it, it now belongs to someone else, not your name, then
you do indeed, and continue to indeed,
you know, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Subhan Allah if you take a look at how it started at the age of 14, with revelation that came in in the cave of Hira and GB Ronnie salat wa salam came with the words to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
At that time, what happened? He was a man who was known as a person who was an orphan at the beginning. He grew up, the people knew he was truthful and honest.
He didn't have that authority and clout of Makkah from a political perspective. But look over a period of 23 years.
Everything changed completely and totally. He was not only the political leader, the religious leader, the spiritual leader, the messenger, the most loved of Allah, the One who brought the goodness to the people, but it was so high that that message got through to entire mankind and to the creatures of Allah subhana wa Jalla. So much so that one lie today, we are seated here.
We was that, one might argue that Okay, that was Prophethood It was definitely profitable. But Allah says,
Allah He was,
indeed for you in the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a beautiful example to emulate to follow.
He was an orphan. If Allah wanted, Allah didn't need to make him an offer. But it's in order for us to aim high, whether you are an orphan, whether you've lost your mother, your father, your child, or anyone else must not deter you from achieving your goal, you will still earn the pleasure of Allah, you can succeed in this world and the next there are people who've succeeded, yet they have suffered much more than you and I have in this world and they have achieved much more than you and I have both in this world as well as the next.
Don't become despondent. Don't become a person who loses hope so easily.
Yesterday I spoke about how important it is to have hope in Allah. How important it is. To be able to feel within you that Allah is forgiving you. You are genuine and asking Allah forgiveness. So ALLAH forgive you.
Don't let your sin bog you down. But remember my brothers and sisters, we aim for paradise. We aim for Jenna, that is the ultimate goal and we need to work towards it each time there is a sin to be committed and you abstain from it. Tell yourself and tell us and Allah Allah I did this for you. You prohibited this. That is
Why I didn't do it.
It's because you prohibited it, that I didn't do it.
So Panama, my brothers and sisters, if you would like to achieve the greatest inspiration ever, it's important to go through the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, the greatest of creation,
the greatest of creation, there is nothing that you would be able to have in terms of an example, better than that of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam his statements, his words, they are they are considered sacred, in the sense that Allah says
he does not utter words from his own whims and fancies from his desires. It is indeed revelation revealed to him by Allah subhanho wa Taala.
That is why it's recorded as
added, meaning anything uttered by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, anything he did, even the movements, the acknowledgments, the way he walked, the way he talked, how he lived his life, everything is considered part and parcel of the era of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam it is recorded for you and I to follow.
Take a look at the wealthiest of the wealthy at the time of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and slightly after that, they aim very high. They knew they sacrifice their wealth, their time and they were so knowledgeable after life now.
Initially, when he began to ask questions, they were some of the people some of the people asked him What is it? Why are you asking so many questions when Abu Bakr and Omar Abdullah and woman they are in our presence, people will ask them they will get the answers. He continued, such that he became known as one of the greatest of the knowledgeable from the Sahaba.
At the time of Hajj, he used to have such a huge group of people asking him questions, learning from him. He used to do that. He used to teach rules and regulations. But he was just a young boy, but he aimed very high.
One very important reminder, when you aim high, do not be impatient. It is a struggle of a lifetime. You want to learn learning, the process continues up to date, it doesn't stop. If you want to learn, the process continues up to date. It doesn't stop some handler. So don't think I want to learn. And five minutes later, 10 minutes later, you think you're a knowledgeable person, just because you heard one lecture just because you attended a motivational talk. That's not what it's all about. You will have to struggle, put an effort. People say I want to learn more about the deen. Well, firstly, you have to search for it. Secondly, you have to register. Thirdly, you will have to spend your time
your money, your effort, your energy, so pantalon
there are a lot of people who if Justin Bieber was to come here to K L, they wouldn't mind paying 1000 greengage they wouldn't mind paying 10,000 to engage. They wouldn't mind borrowing money in order to have a seat somewhere nearby. And sometimes muslimeen SubhanAllah. I remember in one country, and I won't mention it because I don't want to poke. But at the same time I remember in one country,
one of these actors was coming through and they say all the VIP tables were paid off by Muslims,
by Muslim in the same Muslims who witnessed something religious happening. And in order to cover costs, there is an expense and that is shared among the people that are the first to complain. How can you charge the tearing? 100 days what How can you do this? But brother you are ready to pay 1000 for someone else who's going to take you in another materialistic direction, the direction that is heading towards the left for example.
This one is taking you straight to gentlemen shaytan will come to you. That's his job. What's a man's job? He has a job and he's very, very focused. Remember this, a lot of us lose our own focus. shavon never loses focus. He knows what he wants. When it's time for Salah he has to distract you when it's time for something good. He will make you complain He will make you have thoughts He will make things come to your mind he will make you find fault with people someone is speaking solid facts from the Quran and the sooner shaman will come to you and make you think in your heart. You know what this guy I don't want to listen to you because he doesn't do whatever I do in terms of
what came down through my forefathers to me and that's I've been doing it for years and then the man is speaking to you from what Allah said, from what the messenger sallallahu Sallam said, change your life.
Lindemann mania? Listen, some people are too scared to listen. They don't want to listen. They say no, no, no, if I listen to this, I'm gonna have to change my life. Listen to it while live. It is a message that
Life intended for you Subhan Allah, Allah will ask you about it. My Word, I sent it down for you, why didn't you read it? Why didn't you try to understand the word of Allah, you would never be fooled by people of the globe. Only if you understood the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Today people are making a mockery of religion. You know why we haven't even aimed to understand the word of Allah? What aspirations do we have?
We haven't even aimed to understand the Quran.
And so, whatever we do sometimes is contaminated with so many other things, because the filter that is there, we refuse to put it to use it.
When Allah asks you, what did you do my word I sent it to you and I gave you a life of 70, whole years, in 70 years, you could not make the effort to learn my word to you, it would have taken you five years out of 70. To study that properly, correctly, thoroughly. You didn't even do that much.
What answer Do you want to give Allah subhanho wa Taala This is why my brothers and sisters let us aim very, very high. And let us understand it is the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he has shavon working on us in order for us to be able to achieve a greater reward. Some people ask, Well, why did Allah create the devil? And why does the Devil You Know, lead us astray? Try to deviate us. That is because
you will achieve a reward. By simply understanding this is coming from the devil, I stay away from it.
Just staying away from it, you've already achieved the reward. That's the plan of Allah.
So this is why it's not only engaging in good deeds, but it's also abstaining from prohibitions. shaitan will come and beautify things that are unsafe that shaitan will beautify for you so many things. It's up to you to be strong, it's up to you to be able
to restrain yourself. And it's up to you to
be strong enough to fulfill the command of Allah when shaytan is making you lazy laziness, a lot of us and Allah He, a lot of us, myself included, we can do much, much, much better when it comes to recitation of the Quran on a daily basis. Don't you agree?
There we are, I can do better as well. The amount we read, sometimes we haven't read and the day has passed. How dare you? Who gave you this day? It was Allah subhanho wa Taala. You mean you didn't pick up his book and read one verse two verses? You didn't? How
May Allah forgive us all.
Pick up the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. First thing in the morning, open it out, we at least the page.
This is for those who aspire for gender. You want paradise to not divorce yourself from the word of Allah. Because that would mean you're divorcing yourself from your own aspirations.
The word of Allah, and it doesn't stop only at reading or reciting the Arabic. You need to now go into the English. Look at it. Go into your language. Look at it, see it, study it, ask questions. Ask those who know to interpret it for you get the various interpretations, compare it understand it. Go to those whom you trust, get the knowledge from them, see what they say. purify your knowledge always shape and use the plan with the Christians. He used the same plan with the Muslims.
The plan was not to worship Allah to worship everyone and anyone besides Allah.
That's what Allah says in the Quran. But you haven't yet read the Quran. So you don't even know what's the plan of the devil. Imagine, if I were to tell you listen, there are robbers who are coming to your business, they are going to scale the wall, they will deactivate the alarms they will come in from the north. And they will actually break the window in this way they will have they will come in and they are planning this and this and this. And I give you the book and I say Listen, if you want to save your business, read this book.
You wait you haven't read it? Nothing has happened. And you complain a thieves game. And then I tell you listen, didn't I give you a book to tell you the thief will come and how they would steal. You say oh was that the book?
That's what we're doing with the plan. Allah is telling you, there is a devil. He is he this is what he will do. He will come he will rub your Eman. He will rub your arm. He will rub your agenda, which is your aspiration. He wants to take it away from you and this is how he will do it. He will come this direction he will make you think he will make you that and this is how you will protect yourself from him. But we've never read the book a man dies. And then Allah asked him but didn't I send you the book is
Oh, what's that what the book was all about? Okay, okay, okay, send me back. That'd be going now doing that.
Analysis too late, too late. My brothers and sisters, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to grant us direction, to make a strong to make us from people who aspire
and these petty items, yes, we might want to achieve a few things. It's not wrong to have the latest phone, I perhaps do have quite a phone that's quite latest myself.
It's not wrong to have the latest but it's wrong to run after it in a way that you miss your main objective. It's wrong to run after it in a way that you miss your main objective. You miss what you're aiming for. what's the what's the point of having everything you want, but you don't have a link with Allah subhanho wa Taala it can never bring about contentment. If you have Allah
you will always have contentment even if you have nothing in terms of material items of the world. And if you have all the material items of the world but you don't have Allah you will never be able to achieve contentment. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us contentment or sallallahu wasallam ah Baraka, Allah Subhana Allah Subhana Allah Mohammed, you