Channel: Mufti Menk
Al Manar Centre Dubai UAE
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
smilla rahmanir rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah humble Allah mean All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala the one who's created, the one who nourishes, sustains, provides protects cures, and the one who has absolute control of every aspect of existence. Was Salatu was Salam ala COVID mursaleen Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa amin
complete blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his entire household all his companions without exception. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all and May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of you as well without exception. And may Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless our offspring, those who come up to the end of time May Allah keep them all steadfast on the deen And may Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us all ease from whatever difficulties we may be facing in our lives. I mean, my brothers and sisters in Islam, it is an honor to be here this evening in Dubai, at this beautiful almenara Center.
I want to start off by saying, each one of us goes through difficulties and hardship. We all have issues that we face challenges and life is never just to sail through. You have to have things, challenges, issues, problems, difficulties, sometimes disaster calamity and so on. And these are all part of the tests of Allah subhanho wa Taala. May Allah make it easy for every one of us hope is indeed the portion of a believer, if you believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala you will always have hope. And you will always know that there is a supreme maker who is most merciful you and I know that we repeat so much. In fact, he has so many times a day, so many times in every Salah in every
prayer. And you and I do know that Allah subhanho wa Taala has chosen his qualities and names to be in that particular surah those Have mercy. So he says Alhamdulillah bill, me in
All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds when he says a man or him the beneficence, the Most Merciful or the one who has a
broad mercy and the one who is the owner of a specified mercy. These are the qualities of Allah subhanho wa Taala He wants us to be hopeful, don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala no matter what you're going through, better days are definitely to follow. Even if your entire lifetime has been difficult. Remember, better days are to follow in the hereafter. It is the mercy of Allah, the more you go through and then you're here in the correct way as a believer through what we would know as supper or patience.
You need to understand the reward of it is so great that Allah says he will recompense those who have gone through endurance in a way that he alone knows in one place in the Quran, Allah subhana wa Jalla says without account, which means unlimited reward is unlimited. It's so big that you ask, what do you want for it? You know, when we get to paradise and we get to Jenna, may Allah grant us all paradise. mela Grandis all Jenna, I mean,
when we get there, there is no limit. You can ask for what you want. You've been told that and so if I, you get whatever you want, so there is no limit to it. You cannot be told you know, there's a ration we only giving five to you today. No, it's unlimited. You say what you want, it's there. So the limitations are only for this dunya and in this world. But a loser is the one who
has struggled and suffered in this world become depressed by becoming angry with Allah subhanho wa Taala. That means they fail to engage in sub. And then they die in a condition that they were totally away from Allah subhanho wa Taala and then they've lost their hereafter. We don't want that to happen to us. And for this reason, it's important for us to look at narrations that have mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala manifests in them clear in them. Yes. It's also important to look at what Allah says about the warnings to those who do evil.
It's something that we need to strike a balance, you know, your child, you commend them, you thank them. You congratulate the child when the child does well, but at the same time, you know, that once in a while, you need to remind them, warn them, Hey, you know if you're going to do this, perhaps something else is going to come in your direction that you don't like today.
I'd like to think one of the most effective ways of disciplining children is just to take away a little bit of what they have in terms of technology. And I think a lot of them would come right. If you say, you go here, I take away your iPad. No, please don't know that. I don't know. I'll be okay. Before it used to be a little bit different when I was younger, the belt used to come out Mashallah.
So, times have changed. The same applies with us. times change, but Islam doesn't change the Quran doesn't change the Sharia doesn't change, the system of Allah doesn't change. So when I say times change with us, I think we need more hope than anything else, because it's quite depressing just reading a newspaper. It's quite depressing. Just looking at the news. It's quite depressing sometimes just to hear what one another have to say. It's an age of materialism where even if your salary is okay, everything is fine, you have a car, but because the car happens to have been perhaps modeled in 2000, and we're now sitting 16 years later, we are depressed. But it gets you from point
A to point B, you are depressed and sad, not because you don't have you have but you don't have what you want. You've just got what you need. That's why we become depressed. Allah is giving you what you need, but perhaps he's kept away what you want from you as part of your tests. So why am I starting this way? yet? We're supposed to be talking about the splendid seven.
For me, I've learned something crucial. Allah subhanho wa Taala looks for any excuse to forgive you and to grant you, Jenna, to grant you paradise. Give him something, something.
When you look at the doors of Jenna, it's not just one door.
There are eight different doors, so many different doors, and so many different deeds that will earn you Jenna, they will get you into gentlemen. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has mercy dictates that a specific single deed can at times get you straight into paradise. If Allah loves it, that doesn't mean just do one thing. I can give you one example. You know, there is a narration which makes mention of how someone entered paradise because of being compassionate towards an animal a cat, right? So because of being compassionate towards the cat, they were told, okay, this person was in general in general. So I remember meeting someone who told me you know what, I really have no hope I
don't read salah and not dressed properly. But I've kept a lot of cats.
I kept a lot of cats, because I know Allah loves cats. How can you say that you've misinterpreted the whole thing. I'm not saying Allah doesn't love or loves the cats. No. But the reality is there was compassion Allah is showing you to be compassionate towards others. Yes, that could lead towards your paradise, it doesn't mean that you need to collect a bunch of or you know, a whole pack of dogs, for example, because there is another narration making mention of a certain man who actually filled his leather sock or his shoe with some water in order to quench the thirst of a dog and that deed was so loved by Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah forgave him.
It is uniquely in your life, your deeds, the moment you get to display to Allah subhanho wa Taala that compassion, remember this. So there are so many of these deeds. I give you another example. If it's so difficult to dress islamically, especially for the sisters, because of what's going on across the globe, because of the environment you may be living in that may not be Islamic, because of whatever other reason, it's so difficult. So many have contemplated abandoning the hijab, based on what hooligans and those who are not connected to Islam are perpetrating in the name of Islam in terms of violence and killings across the globe or in some parts of the globe. And it has a negative
impact on every one of us. So some contemplate to abandon the hijab, because it's become difficult to catch, for example, the public transport in certain countries, identifying yourself as a Muslim, my system for you, your paradise lies in remaining applied upright for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala as difficult as it was, you said, Oh Allah, I you you can see how difficult it is, you know, but I'm never going to compromise something that is connected to your pleasure. That's your agenda. That to me is more important than anything else. it because it's that moment that will determine what deed is of value.
At a time when it's extremely difficult for you to do something and you do it for the sake of Allah. That is what the value is all about, for example, Salah it might be simple for you to read salata or because you work in the midst of muslimeen and everyone's praying and you just simply can't say, you know what, I'll give it a miss. You know, remember, this is a true story. Okay.
There was a group of people choose
Going as well. And what happened is, we were on an outing, and we said, okay, we're praying. So you know, some of the sisters are exempt from praying on certain days. So someone was asking one of the sisters was asking them come, are you coming to pray? She says, No, I'm not praying. I'm not praying until they got to some of the young boys. And they also tried it. I'm not praying, what do you mean? I'm not praying? But how come they say no? What do you mean? How come they say no, it's not just they their choice. Anyway, these kids did not know what exactly was the Sheree rulings, I don't even know some of them. I don't even think some of them might have known what actually happens to females
May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless all our sisters and make it easy for them, whatever Allah has imposed upon them, and whatever they go through. And the same applies to the males. Whatever Allah subhanho wa Taala has chosen for us we are happy with and we are not competing with Allah, we ask Allah subhana wa Jalla to make things easy for us. So when it's difficult for you to do something, you do it for the pleasure of Allah, that deed has value, greater value Imagine you have just got to sleep because of all the stress of the world and all your worries and thoughts. You've been awake most of the night and an hour before Salatin familiari closes and Mashallah you falling off
beautiful dream and then your alarm rings, the clock, loud noise and you get up. And you sit up as much as you know you love that sleep. As much as you know, it came after such a great effort, but you make sure you realize and understand and you've lived up to the fact that your prayer comes before your sleep. Then you know, a solid human unknown, it will actually now hold that value. Imagine Allah has asked us through Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam to call people to that prayer in the morning saying, a Salah to Cairo Mina No, indeed the prayer is better than sleep. So if you do that, you surely you will earn the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. My brothers and sisters have, like
I said, everyone's going through difficulties not because allow us to make your life difficult. But because Allah wants to give you opportunities to get closer to him, look at it that way.
You have an illness, you have a sickness, you may have arthritis, you may have just been, for example, diagnosed with something you may be a person who doesn't have children, you may be a person who doesn't have male or female children, depending you may be a person who's going through some marital crisis, some financial issue, it's not because Allah wants to put you through a problem. It's because Allah wants you to become closer to him, and to use these issues to earn your gender, he will give it to you. And if you are patient, by the will of Allah, you will get that paradise. So, so many different ways of entering gender, so many different deeds that please Allah subhanho wa
Taala not just one thing, someone will enter agenda because of how much Allah gave them wealth, and they used it, someone will enter agenda because Allah gave them an expertise, they used it, someone will enter agenda because Allah subhana wa Jalla blessed them with strength, they used it, someone will enter agenda because perhaps Allah put them somewhere at the place where or at a time when there was a need for them. And they helped out look at the floods that are happening across the globe, in Chennai, and in South America, and so on those who are there, and they are able and capable to help and they are helping and even from amongst us if you're able and capable to reach
out to those in need. And you have reached out at that moment. Allah is watching. He knows it would be wrong for you who consume perfectly well, who is perhaps very fit person who knows how to dive, and at the same time people are drowning and you say, okay, you know, like what they do nowadays, someone drowning out and they take out the cameras and
they take everyone wants to take photos, and someone says wait, wait, wait, don't go and help them right now. One more. One more. Have you heard the word one more? When the taking pictures? One more? How can you do that? You need to know when to take the photograph and when not to take it. people today are so obsessed that when there is a dire desperate need of you to rush to the assistance of a person who's dying, you're more interested in taking the picture, documenting the scene. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive our obsession with technology. And trust me, it affects everyone, every one of us can do better when it comes to technology, every one of us. And that's just a broad
statement. But it's applicable to all myself included, may Allah grant me, goodness, and make us all from among those whom goodness is granted to me.
So there are so many integrations that make mention of these deeds that are loved by Allah this evening, we want to talk about a group of people that I usually refer to as VIPs. Because in our language, VIP means a very important person. Imagine today, someone from the crowd who's sitting there and desperately wants to get to the front and suddenly your name is called out from here.
Think about it for him.
Wouldn't you be excited? Wow, hey, I'm gonna go and sit in the front Mashallah, you'd need a bit of a jersey or something. It's a bit nippy and cold here tonight. But anyway, you'd be excited. You know, these young men brothers who are sitting right here. I'm sure they were at the back now thinking to themselves, you know what the place is full. It's crowded. Well, to be honest, you are called right to the front. It doesn't mean come late next time inshallah. Yeah, it's a bonus of coming late. Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and some others might be thinking I came so early, and I'm sitting in the middle. Don't worry. I want to give you an example. If your name was called out
today, you would be so excited as I entered, I saw some brothers and sisters looking so excited. I didn't know what to say. I just had to carry on walking around and I greeted them and walked and I'm thinking to myself, may Allah grant them such excitement on the Day of Judgment.
That is the true excitement to be excited in this world is actually nothing.
What is the true happiness? What is the true competition, it's to get to paradise it's to be in general that day when we are given our books in the right hand, that is the day we will be super excited in order to get it there. We need to work in this world in a way that whatever challenges Allah put in our lives Mashallah we will carry on always looking happy. You won't know what type of stress perhaps I might have. You won't even know why. Because we are trained to be true believers who are smiling Come with me. May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us. So this narration of VIP is very important persons. Imagine if your name is called on the Day of Judgment. The sun is so low, people
are sweating, so much happening. Everyone's worried NFC NFC, each person's worried about themselves, their deeds, the day of exposure, the day when all deeds may be laid bare. May Allah help us well, if you don't want your deeds to be laid bare, there is a way out, seek forgiveness, Allah wipes it out such that even the angels don't know what's going on.
That's why I started off by saying Allah is merciful have imagined Allah subhanho wa Taala tells you that if you repent and you do good deeds, we will convert the bad you've done into good, so panela for the scales of the Day of Judgment. That's Allah.
Allah, he can you buy
alone makes mention of the punishment of those who commit sin. And then he says the exception is of those who repent and do good deeds thereafter. So if you repent,
the bad is wiped out. If you repent and do good deeds thereafter and your life is changed, then the bad comes back in a different form, what's the form? It comes on to the scale of good deeds because you have forsaken it for the sake of Allah, a person committing adultery habitually, and they continue committing the sin, one after the other and it becomes a habit. They are piling up their evil, isn't it? The sins are being piled up. And there comes a day when they say, Oh Allah, I'm cutting it for your sake, forgive me. I admit, I regret I repent and I won't do it again. If they replace that with good deeds, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, in this particular verse, we will
replace the evil that the people have done in the past those people who have repented and followed up with good deeds thereafter, we will we will replace that with good on the right side of the scale, may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to give up the sins that we've been committing for so long, we all sin differently, some major, some minor, let's try and have a little bit of shame. Let's try and turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala. We call ourselves Muslim mean, we want to see solutions to the problems that we're facing across the globe. The best way is to start off with ourselves. May Allah subhana wa Taala help us do that. So imagine on that day, when it's the
day of exposure, everything is going to come to the fore. And Allah subhanho wa Taala there is an announcement being made saying so and so there is a special place for you today.
And suddenly is your name, your name? Wow. And you're excited. And the next thing, the next best thing perhaps is you're so excited going to this place that Allah has chosen for you. And you're so proud of the fact that what you did in on earth really has helped. That's the day you're allowed to be proud. You know, pride is prohibited in this world. When I say Friday, I'm talking of the arrogant pride. I'm not talking about when someone says I'm proud to be a Muslim. They are not arrogant to be a Muslim.
They're proud means they're happy. So if you say I'm proud to be a Muslim, it means I'm happy to be a Muslim. I don't need to hide the fact that I'm a Muslim. You say, I'm a proud Muslim, it doesn't mean I'm an arrogant Muslim. Because the two do not go hand in hand in hand, the two opposite poles, pride and Islam. They don't really they're not they don't really come together. Like a mechanical behemoth Allah.
The Prophet sallallahu Sallam is reported to have said, a person will not enter Paradise if they have even a mustard seeds weight worth of pride in their heart. So it's just to show us that you need to deal with the pride that is arrogance within the heart, may Allah protect us from it.
So the beautiful deed here that we are talking about is when a person is happy to be a Muslim, such that you don't have to hide your identity. You know, people say, it's so hard to be Muslim today. Well, there are billions of us. If every one of us happens to be living Islam, we will send the correct image across the globe, and it will become easier to live as a Muslim. But if every one of us is going to hide our identity, when people look at us doing good deeds, they won't even know Muslims are doing good deeds. Why? Because the names have changed, they become names that nobody can recognize as muslimeen. And the the identity has changed completely. May Allah subhanho wa Taala
grant us the shade on the Day of Judgment. I mean, so these VIPs will be called into what they will be called into an area a place What is that place? Allah knows best? What exactly is that shade, it's a special shade from Allah subhanho wa Taala. The details regarding matters of belief should stop exactly where the verses stop, or the authentic narration stop, you need to know that I cannot add one sentence and I cannot deduct one sentence. That is what we believe. So if someone says, Give me the details of the shade, I can only give you what the messenger has said, in authentic durations. And if someone has disputed the authenticity of a narration, I can tell you look, I can
go this far. But I don't know beyond this. There is no point in entering territory of the that which is unseen.
From your own whims and fancies, because it's not left to you and I to decide. It's up to Allah and the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who delivered the message of Allah subhanho wa Taala. They let us know. And whatever they told us is enough for us. We don't need to know more. It's not difficult for us to say, Look, I don't know, someone asked me, for example, give me more details of the shade. I want to know what temperature is it going to be like? I've got no clue. I don't even know if they're going to be measuring the temperature on that day, to be honest. And that's not a wrong answer. I don't know. But imagine someone says I'm sure it'll be room temperature 23 degrees.
Where did you get that from? Just because you're comfortable with 23 degrees, you think that that's going to be okay there. So we don't know these details. Let's understand. People get entrapped by the details, juicy details that are given by people sometimes with beards. And that's nowhere to be found. So the man says yes, don't worry, you look on your left, you'll see a bottle of coke sounds a little weird. Just because you like Coke does not necessarily mean you're going to get it in heaven. Not at all. Who knows? May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. The reason I make mention of this is just to highlight the fact that we are sometimes in trapped by matters or in matters of belief, by
narrations that don't exist. Sometimes people want to add details just to make you say, Wow, did you hear that? But where did you get the detail from my brother, stop at the Hades stop at the Quranic verse. These are matters of the unseen May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us so we are being told we were told that this is the shade of Allah. So when we say the shade of Allah, it's actually the shade created by Allah subhanho wa Taala some narration say say it's the shade of the arch of Allah subhanho wa Taala I do not have the capacity of giving you greater detail. All I know is that it is definitely a shade that Allah subhanho wa Taala will have on that particular day, which will protect
the people which will give them a very, very high status, it will definitely make them feel that they have been honored on that day. You know, when a child works hard throughout the year, at the end of the year, they want to see a prize at the school. And when they are called out the names of the people are called out the child is excited. The child is so excited going up while prize giving. They are honored on that day for what for the hard work that they have engaged in throughout the year. You and I have a life. It's hard. Trust me it is difficult. Many of us, myself included. There are days when you feel so low, but you keep on going. When people look at you. They think wow, this
person doesn't seem like they've got any problems in life. You don't know I probably have a ton of problems more than you do. It's just the way you handle it.
That's life. It's a challenge. This is your school you have to work hard through
The Life and at the end of it you know what will happen, you will get a reward you will get a recompense by Allah you will be definitely given something you will be happy with, from your maker. So these are the categories of people starting off Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us through the blessing lips of Muhammad salallahu alayhi wa sallam he makes mention of it, he says seven categories of people will be given a special shape. This does not mean that they are only seven categories of people who will be honored on the Day of Judgment. No, there are so many other categories that will be honored in so many different ways. There are certain groups of people who
will be granted entry without reckoning into general. No reckoning, that's a bigger honor. That's a huge honor. Imagine if you're told, listen, we know that there's so much you've done, but we want to give you paradise without even looking at your deeds. Just walk straight through, you know, when you walk through, and I've always given this example because it affects us all. When we travel, you're walking through the customs.
Whether you have something or you don't have something who likes to be stopped, no one. You want to be told, You know what? just proceed they look at you they smile, they greet you sometimes I hope they do. And then at the end of the day, you walk out and you're so excited you either excited because you had something and it was not declared. Or you're excited because you didn't have something and people will be instructed you will not stop so Mashallah, what what were you wearing? Maybe I should wear that clothing the next time I walk through. So panela Don't worry. In this world, that doesn't mean much, although it makes us happy. When it happens to you and I on the Day
of Judgment. May Allah make it happen. I mean, you know that I mean, could just have been the moment so Panama. So don't lose out on saying these amines. May Allah let it happen to us that we are given genda without reckoning. I mean,
imagine you're told, listen, we just love this one deed you've done so much. We want to give you general notary, no, he said, No, nothing, no punishment, no account, walk straight through and you say
I don't even know if that would happen. Because I don't think we'd have the time to even think about it. We just be sailing straight through May Allah subhanho wa Taala give it to us. So there are so many categories of people who will be honored. Today, we're only talking of a specific narration of Abu huraira Allah and who made mention of in the most authentic books of Hadith, it is narration with de la, which means it's a narration that is agreed upon, it's of the highest level of authenticity. And I want to make mention to you something very interesting.
If you look at the qualities I'm about to make mention of you will notice something amazing. These are qualities of people who have sacrificed. They are people who like yourselves and myself, who have tried on earth to do things. Imagine if there was only one thing and we were out of it, we would feel hopeless, but it can include any one of us, as you will notice in a few moments. Don't you want a special shade on the day of judgment? I do? We all do. So listen, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says, The first of those people is Mr. monatti. Imam.
Now there was an Egyptian actor known as a dilemma. I don't know if you've heard him, or if you heard about him, I think he died sometime back.
And there was one man who actually said, Well, he died. I said, What are you talking about? He died. I said, this is talking of a quality. If you don't know the Arabic language, don't just jump to meanings please go and ask people who know. And the reason I say this is some of us don't have a clue. And we just think this is what it means. And that's what it means no, going back to the authentic sources in order to learn what it means. Email means a leader, adult means just a ruler, who is just and the scholars have included in that category, anyone given any form of leadership or authority, who fulfills it? with justice? Allah says you deserve. You deserve to have a VIP status
on the Day of Judgment. You deserve to have this special shade on the day of judgment because you had authority. You could have done whatever you wanted while you were in authority, but you didn't. You were fearful of Allah, you adjust when your own family members did wrong. You made sure you stood up and told them you're doing wrong. When your enemies did what was right. You made sure that you acknowledged it even though they were your enemies. Today, we look at people and we say what this person is not a Muslim. You know what, I don't need to even look I don't Can I tell you you're reaching out to those who are non Muslim could also be your ticket to heaven. It could.
Like I always say some way up the ladder. Our forefathers were not Muslim, someone worked on them. Someone spoke to them. Someone did something good to them, by the will of Allah by the permission of Allah. That's how they turned to Islam. And so generations later we are Muslim or sometimes we ourselves have reverted to Islam because of that.
Because of someone doing good to us, imagine if we will not imagine if we were not
in interaction with Muslims, and if we were not Muslim mean,
how would we have known about Islam and the goodness, especially with it being bombarded on a on a global level, like I said, due to the actions of a few misguided ones, how may Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to be kind to one and all, I always like to give an example of the animals and I say, If Allah subhanho wa Taala has said, that paradise shall be given to certain people who are kind to animals. And if Allah has written that you should be compassionate towards animals. Don't you think for a moment that that compassion when directed to fellow human beings, who perhaps follow a different faith would be far far more important and much greater in reward?
If quenching the thirst of a dog can earn you paradise, then what about quenching the thirst of a human being?
Surely it will earn you paradise in an even quicker way. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Have mercy on us.
So the first category Eman is a leader. Ideal means a person who is just It teaches us the importance of justice. And it teaches us this even if you're not a leader, in our lives, every one of us has a certain type of leadership, you know that it says could look Omar, we could look at each one of you. Each one of you is a leader, or Arar here would refer to a person who is responsible, each one of you is responsible, you have certain duties to fulfill. And each one of you is responsible for the way you fulfill those duties. Imagine you're a mother in the home, you're a father, you're the manager, you're the boss, you're the CEO, you're a person whom a few people work,
and are you just an ordinary individual working, you could have cheated, you could have done things against what was right or against the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But guess what you didn't.
And you were honest, you are upright, because you knew that if Allah is saying a leader who is just gets such a high status on the Day of Judgment, then surely justice is something great. You follow the point, I need to be just I need to be fair, I need to be a person who stands firm, and upright upon that which is balanced and correct. No matter who it is. Sometimes we side with family members in the dispute just because for us Blood is thicker than water, as they say. But we are taught that even if you all family members are wrong.
You have to acknowledge it. You have to say Listen, you know what, you are my son, you are my brother, you are whoever you are my family. But you know what, in this issue, you are wrong.
It's not easy. It's not easy to be just when Allah tells you you have paradise for a deed, you need to know that deed is not just a walk through the park. No, it's going to be difficult.
Imagine leadership starting from the highest level. Meaning if you're a leader of a nation,
it includes that definitely and it seeps down. And in fact, as a lesson, it gets to all of us the lesson the importance of justice in Islam, wow. Allah says if you adjust, then you deserve a special VIP status. Now pause there for a moment. When you have leaders on Earth, no matter who they are, you have someone who you look up to, and they have leadership in them Allah has bestowed upon them some form of leadership. There are normally VIPs right? In this world.
Who would want that VIP status snatched away from them. Nobody imagined you tasted what it feels like to have. Wow authority but of power, a say clouds and suddenly you the man Subhana Allah, you know, you're the person. You're the woman so to speak.
Everything happens according to you. Would you like that to be snatched away from you? The answer is no. Well, Allah says Hang on, you might be a VIP on Earth. But there is one way of getting VIP status in the hereafter as well. And that is while you are a VIP on Earth, you need to make sure you use those days to humble yourself to be just to be fair with everyone to be concerned about someone standing right at the back there. The same way you are concerned about those who are seated in the front. I'm just giving you an example.
It's unfair for me to just say you know what, how's it guys you guys okay? And I'm concentrating on these few faces. Again, they came later than those and look where they're sitting Mashallah. Wow.
Just from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So it's unfair for me to ignore the rest. I feel in my heart
that if I could have given each one of the people a little bit of time, I would have, but honestly, we're human beings there needs to be understanding on both sides. But at the same time, let's leave that we are just mere mortals, we are human beings. Let's talk about Allah subhanho wa Taala. He loves justice so much that definitely that quality if we were to instill it in our own lives. And if we were to try and be as Justice as possible coming, what made, the VIP status will never be snatched away from us, those who are in authority will remain on a high pedestal, even on the Day of Judgment. Because nobody in authority wants that to be snatched away in a way that they are
disgraced. mentioned, a person was a huge leader and suddenly disgraced, they cannot even walk on the street. Who wants that? May Allah protect us, we don't want that to happen in the Hereafter, you might have had it in the world, you want to preserve it and continue it and take it further. It's quite simple. You need to be just
May Allah Subhana, which Allah grant us, goodness, let's move to the next quality.
Now it includes
most of us,
the Hadees is gives hope. And imagine if I did stop today, okay, there is one person whom Allah will give us, you know, the special shade on the Day of Judgment, and that is adjust ruler, and it stopped there, we would look at the narration and say, well, it doesn't apply to me, I'm sure people would say doesn't apply to me, although I've just proven to you that it does apply because it depicts the importance of justice, doesn't it? It does, it shows you how important justice is. If that's what a person will get them definitely justice is something grand. However, the Allah's mercy dictates that he won't just stop at one category, he wants to give you a chance. Also, you know,
today to rub shoulders with the VIPs is a big mission. It's an issue, you want to meet someone you either meet them by chance by luck, or, you know, when we say luck here, I better clarify, we're not talking of something an Islamic, I just mean something
chosen by Allah. And you had absolutely no role to play in that. You know, tonight, Allah gave you a role to play in attending or in watching, if you're watching the live stream. What was that role? Allah gave you the energy and so on and so forth. You had to make the effort to come that if it was yours, Allah gave you the ability, and then he allowed you to do it, right. So yes, this was planned by Allah. But imagine, if nobody planned I was sitting in an aircraft and I sat next to a really, really important person whom I wanted to meet. That wasn't planned by me.
It was totally and absolutely planned by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And it was a moment I got that was something I'm sure you're itching to know who that was. Anyway, let's leave that.
But at the same time, it was something from Allah, this is I'm just showing you the difference between the two. So when when I say it was just luck, I'm not talking of the Islamic thing where people say, Oh, you know, lots are not to be thrown in, you know, this luck, and we don't believe in luck and so on. Everything is planned by Allah. Nobody's contesting that. All we're saying is, it was something where Allah alone without any role of yours to be played with your energy or effort had decided and chosen. There's a difference between the two. It's always Allah alone. But sometimes Allah gives you the ability, if you don't do it, you won't get it. If you do it, you get it. And
Allah already knew what would happen but you had to play the role. I mean, nobody can sit at home and say, I want to go to almanor Center. But if Allah wills I'll get there for now. I'm just in bed.
I hope you're still listening over livestream May Allah subhanho wa Jalla Gracia goodness. So my brothers and sisters, it's something
Allah subhanho wa Taala
once all of us to have hope.
So he's included more categories. If he wanted, he could have taught us six categories, 20 categories, 50 categories, five categories, but we have seven categories who chose that Allah subhana wa, who brought it to us the messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So the second category Sha Boone
Shafi by the delight Allah,
the youth, a young male or female, female is included in this. It's the Arabic terminology Sha bone is referring to a specific youth, a youth young person who grows up in the obedience of Allah.
I see this silence a lot of people are saying when I'm already grown up,
don't worry, you're also going to have more categories where you will be included unless mercy includes them. But let's pause for a moment and take a look at this. As you're growing older, you get to your teenage you know nowadays, it starts a little bit earlier the irritations because
Perhaps I think technology and so many other things the way we eat and whatever else, it is so many other reasons. You know, normally when you get to about 12, then 1313 they say these are the teenagers, that's what they call teenagers. Why? Because adolescent years, a little bit difficult transformation from childhood to adulthood, that transformation, some never transform. I called one man I said, How old are you? He said, 60 I said, I think you are 16 he said, Why are you acting like a teenager man? Some people never transform if you notice their childhood, they behave, they misbehave throughout their lives. They never settle down. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us settle
and some you don't even notice they're so mature from a young age 12 1314 they're okay and 13 sometimes they're young and but they still Mashallah, however, there is a transformation even physically and Allah knows that and Allah knows you will be going through challenges, hormonal changes, Allah knows you will be having days where you might be frustrated, there might be things happening, you think you're the most powerful person on earth, a lot of the young people at a certain age think they can beat up mike tyson and everybody put together
that's how they think because why you bubbling bursting with energies, everything happening. And Alaska is
obviously such a young person, if they grow up in the obedience of Allah, they are sowing the seeds of a day when they will be given the shade of Allah subhanho wa Taala a special shade.
This would have to include parental involvement, or it would have to involve the parents or guardians, or someone who teaches you who tells you who speaks to you and keeps reminding you in a beautiful way. Because if you're a young person and you're growing up, you would need to know that Allah subhanho wa Taala said, Listen, in these years, if you are calm, if you're cool, you try your best to grow up in the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala you don't just let loose, you know, you have these urges. Like I said, hormonal changes, perhaps levels of testosterone, you know, fluctuating and so on. You don't just go out and start doing what you wish. So the clubs have you
registered every day, you know, ticked off, yes, this guy is there is there is there no sins to be committed? Well, I they're available. It's anyone who wants to commit a sin, the sins are available. What makes you better is when you can control yourself for the sake of Allah be a human being, don't just release yourself, I tell you sins come with a lot of depression. They bring about regret, if not today, then tomorrow. And the law says you can cut it by repenting.
You can seek forgiveness. So Pamela, it's amazing. You just say Oh Allah, I've had my bad ways, my bad habits. I've committed this sin that sin. I admit I regret I seek your forgiveness and I won't do it again. And Allah says the sin is wiped out, guess what you do not ever need to confess a sin to anyone, no matter who they are. besides Allah subhanho wa Taala. I confess to Allah, that's what makes me a Muslim.
You don't need to tell a soul what you've done.
That's part of Islam. Your respect is intact. Allah covered you when you were singing? Do you think he's going to expose you when you've been repenting?
So the audience is a young person. And yeah, you hear means people with energy. I don't think there's a cap to it. You know, I can't just tell you look, it's from 13 to 30. I cannot say that youth, as someone who's growing up, you grow up in the obedience of Allah. So as you're young, you've mature and guess what your books are now opened. You know, the Hadith says roofie Alcala morons lf the pen is lifted from three people, that means the angels do not record the deeds of three people, whatever you see in your dream, you're not responsible for some Allah subhanho wa Taala. So if a person went in his dream, and he did something, he's not responsible. She's not
responsible for what she dreamed he dreamt that's part of this ideal, the first category of people.
Similarly, a person who is insane, they're not in the right frame of mind or they're not they are mad, so to speak, you know, they're not in their mind.
They will not be held responsible for their utterances and their actions. For as long as certain conditions are met. I'm just saying that the person who's not in their mind, they're not held responsible, accountable for deeds and actions.
And the third category is
a subby tell him a child until the child becomes physically sexually mature. Child is mature now. So you've got to an age. Once you get to that age, the angels begin to rise up
So your Salah better have been in order before that this is why the Hadith speaks of encouraging your kids to fulfill their prayer at the age of seven, and disciplining them in that regard at the age of 10. And so on the Hadith continues, because by the time they get to that age where they they are now considered,
having arrived at the age of puberty, and the books are open, what would happen?
You want all their prayers to be written from day one. So this person grew up in the obedience of Allah, may Allah make it easy for us as parents to look after our children. And may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for our children. And you know, like I said earlier, the environment, sometimes it's very difficult. And it's the same applies to the television, and various other forms of media. As much as it's important to know what's going on. It's important to also know whether you're being brainwashed or not very important to also know whether what you are watching and seeing and believing is actually the fact May Allah subhanahu wa Jalla help us I mean, so a young person
growing up in the obedience of Allah, they kept themselves clean, they kept themselves with a good slate as best as possible, they avoided major sin, and they try their best to obey Allah instruction and so on. Allah says, You know what, because you control the bubbling energy and the bursting energy that was there, and you made sure you channeled it towards the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala, we want to give you a VIP status on the Day of Judgment. So can Allah, it's worth it. Now, let's go back to the lesson I drew, when we spoke about justice from this, what I learned also, is the importance of controlling your energies and your desires, control them, it's better for you
If Allah says he's going to give the those who grow up having controlled themselves a special place on the Day of Judgment, then surely that controlling itself must be such an important thing. And it is.
So now comes the people who say, Well, you know what, I either fell during these years, so I'm not included in this category, or I'm already old. So I'm not included in this category. And I did whatever I wanted to when I was younger. So the mercy of Allah dictates that there will be more categories that will be spoken about.
or Jonathan Calvo, whom Allah will massage it, a man whose heart is hanging in the house of Allah in the masjid. That's the literal translation. Let's go further. The women might say, what about us? That's a very good question. What about you? That's right, you have the right to ask the question.
Well, this has to do with the importance of the prayer, turning to Allah, the houses of Allah when it comes to the men and the Salah itself when it comes to the females, but they're both included in it.
if it's a sister, and she's concerned about the next prayer, the moment she finishes the current prayer, then her heart is hanging at the place of worship. And this is why the term Masjid
linguistically refers to a place of solitude. Did you know that
it's a place where you put your head down. So generally, you have said that they call it a ga meaning. It's the term used to refer to the piece of cloth or the little carpet or whatever you would like to lay down in order to put your head down to such that such that means frustration in the Arabic language. So said Jada, taken from sajida sujood Masjid, also from the same route, it's where you put your head down to the ground. So the sisters are included, if their hearts were hanging to the place of prayer, the next time they had to make the prayer, what is meant by my heart is hanging in the house of Allah or in the masjid.
Imagine that it didn't say Baitullah, but it includes Baitullah, meaning the house of Allah.
If you read Salah to john, for example, in the house of Allah and this as you come out, you're wondering, where am I going to make my work today? Am I going to be here? Okay, I will go to that machine because I'm going to work and I have an errand and I'm going to be at that place, for example. So I'm going to go there, what happened, your concern for the next prayer will lead you to this VIP status on the day of judgment and concern. So I'm not talking about the current prayer. I'm talking about your concern for the next one. Because your heart is literally stuck there. You need to go there. You know, when you're in love, and they say, where's your heart? Oh, my heart is in and
then you mentioned the country where your wife is, for example, I hope Allah subhanahu wa Jalla make it clean and halaal
My heart is dead. What does that mean? I'd love to go there, Michelle. Why? Someone I love is there, isn't it? So halala exciting.
We get so excited when it comes to something of that nature. What about well, if someone says Where's your heart stuck in the machine? Why? Hey, I don't want to miss my next press.
wow, Mashallah, it means I just love Allah so much. I can't wait to be in communication with you once again, in this specific way known as prayer at this place where he asks me to go, Wow, I want to go for Allah. So I want to go again, brothers and sisters make an effort to fulfill your prayer on time. One of the biggest traps of the devil, and perhaps we may speak about it tomorrow, we have a topic connected to this to the prayers
is him convincing you that there is still time for your prayer? That's the first trap, the biggest trap. A person who's regularly with their prayers, for example, shaytan says, hang on, you just heard the other day still another two hours to go for the ending of the time. You say yeah, you're right. And you carry on doing your work. Suddenly, two hours, five minutes finished? And you say, Oh, no, I missed the prayer.
So if your heart is always hanging
in the masjid, for example, to the place where to do this supposed to be, like we said, the proper meaning here referring to the masjid the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But for the sisters, it would obviously include
the place where you're going to make it a Saturday.
I'm interested in the next one. So therefore, you deserve the status. My connection with the one who is the owner of the day of judgment was more important to me than my connection with anyone else. Therefore he on the Day of Judgment decided that I will get a VIP status. You follow the point? Someone might say Why? Why does Allah want to give a status to such a person? Well, they were interested in Allah. This is why there's a powerful generation that raises the hair. Do you know what it is? Man? Allah, Allah, Allah.
Whoever loves to meet with Allah, looking forward to it, guess what? Allah loves to meet with you and looking forward to it. Do
you love to meet with Allah, you want to meet with your maker? Well, your maker wants to meet with you too. Subhana Allah Hadid says whoever goes close to Allah handspun Allah gets closer to him. A whole foot more than that.
Whoever walks towards Allah, Allah comes to him rushing, which means a lot comes even quicker than you can. Allah subhanho wa Taala grant does is help. Malaga does Jenna. So this is this the third category?
We spoke about Mr. monatti. I'm sure you've understood what that means. Right? Shah Boone, national Liberty light, the young person who grew up in the obedience of Allah, Allah Julian konbu. mala Campbell massage is a person whose heart is hanging the place of sujood the masjid
gives importance to Salah brothers and sisters, before I move to the fourth, let me inform you or let me remind yourselves and myself.
We can improve when it comes to prayer,
timing, quality, and then quantity.
We can improve.
If your timing is right, you can improve on your quality. If your quality is right, then you can improve on your quantity. There's no point in making so many units of prayer. You know, they're known as records, so many units of prayer, so many records, but each one of them is just like, blah, blah, blah. But you know, there was there were two kids reading salata. tarawih, you know, tarawih is known for, you know, Ferrari, and so on.
Speed up, I'm sure you've seen it on the internet. I saw it. And Allah hates and embarrassment. That's not an act of worship. That's an insult to Allah. I'd rather you don't pray that in that way. insulting Allah subhanho wa Taala.
How can you reduce Salah that is voluntary, to something that is such a big burden on your shoulders that you just want to get on with it and move. Is that how you teacher maker? Come on. Imagine if you if your loved one had to teach you like that. Say, okay, stuff in law, you wouldn't like it. So why would you like to treat a law like that? Take your time in prayer. You need to feel the calmness of the prayer. You need to feel the goodness in that prayer. This is when you will achieve. So these kids were reading them salata tarawih at one of the schools, one of the mattresses, and they were being told, You know what we're gonna be watching, everyone's gonna be leading because you guys,
you're studying the Quran, and you guys are memorizing, so you need to you know, 2323 guys need to read the Salah, so that you can memorize and you can revise the Quran.
So this one guys reading. And in fact, they were sitting and chatting. And as the teacher walks in, and they hear the footsteps and they don't know their work, they don't know what to read. The only thing they know is what I'm about to say. And so the youngster get somebody says yeah, Allahu Allahu Akbar. And the next time he says Allah moon Allah, and the next time he says yes, Hakuna LA. How can you treat a man like
Yana monta Cantalamessa what it's all about. Anyway, those who are kids, there are some adults who literally follow the quickest mosque. A lot of us are guilty of this am I right?
Am I right?
Be honest, am I right? They all said yes themselves. Did you hear that? May Allah forgive us all myself included? Allah He, when you when you are close to Allah,
in prayer, time means nothing, nothing. If you want to know that you are close to Allah, ask yourself, Am I concerned about the timing? When it comes to prayer?
Those of us who are imams from amongst us here or those who might hear this later? I'm not saying test the patience of those behind you, please. We're not saying that. You know, they complain to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
had his mother in law, who, when he was sent to Cuba to lead, and there was a complaint about the fact that he used to read long Salah long. So the prophet SAW Selim says, Hey, are you trying to cause a problem here? Stick to the sutras and he gave him you know, roughly how much you should read. Don't prolong it so long. That's a panel of people become so angry. I'm sure you've heard the one about
the new Muslim who entered there. And he was reading his Salah, and suddenly, the Imam continued reading and he continued reading and is he standing in prayer and the Imam continued and everybody's standing in his thing. He himself, you know what? This is just Salatin fetcher. It's the beginning of the day, and this man is reading. It's been 20 minutes, and he's carrying on. Anyway, he was patient because he didn't know much. When he finished he asks, Hey, tell me something. What was he reading? So the guy next to me says no, this is important. So right, so it's a surah in the Quran. What's it called? It's called Baqarah. What does that mean? It means the cow.
It means the cow. So the guy says, Okay.
Wow, okay. I know it's long. It's a long soda. So he knows now when he comes to Salah, he's gonna ask a what? So that's been great. If it's the cow, he says, a you know what?
So he arrives, and the mom starts off.
And I'm taraka Lara buka bs habil field. So he asked, hey, what summarize this? Someone says no, no, don't worry. Don't worry. What do you mean? Don't worry. What's the surah? He says, it's called a field. What does that mean? Anything?
If the cow was so long, imagine what the elephant will be like.
Foolish behavior. Is that how you treat Allah subhanaw taala. That's terrible, unacceptable. When it comes to time and your prayer, especially when it comes to voluntary prayers. Don't spoil the reward of your voluntary tarawih for example, by running after that, which is the quickest
you don't do that.
Your heart should be with your Salah. And going I want to correct recitation that I can follow and at the same time, it's not too slow that it agitates people and not too fast that the words are being minced.
Now people might say, Well, you know what, that's a tough one for me to be included in the category of those whose hearts are stuck to the next Salah or to the prayer or to the masjid and so on. It's a bit of a tough one. So hang on,
promise yourself, you will work towards it. That's good enough, promise yourself, you will work towards it. That's good enough as a beginning.
But if you're sitting here and saying I don't think I can make that you've given up before you've even started. Don't do that.
So let's go to the next category more hope. Raja localu mahalo Allah Campbell, Masada then we have Raja Lani, Taha, Barfi, la he, each dama la waterfall la la.
Too many the term men is used, but it would also include two sisters, two females
who love each other. For the sake of Allah.
Love each other for the pleasure of Allah.
They come together in the pleasure of Allah, they leave each other in the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah says, You love each other for the sake of Allah, you love each other for my sake, Allah says, Well, you deserve a VIP status on the Day of Judgment. You know what? It's not easy to love someone for the sake of Allah.
What brings us together? It's solely Allah. Why are you here tonight? I hope it's solely Allah.
I love you for the pleasure of Allah. Yes, indeed you do.
And so do I.
What that means, let me inform you of something interesting. The love
For the pleasure of Allah is very broad. You feel it when you see people trying to obey Allah instruction in one way or another. And that makes you feel the connection. So I'm walking in the streets of London, for example. And I see a sister dressed like a proper Muslim, I've got no clue who she is. And I see her perhaps pushing her little kids stroller and so on. And I know how difficult it is to dress that way and I will never know who she was. And in my mind, I say so can Allah I feel the connection. She will never know me I will never know her what's connecting me to her. The fact that she's trying to please Allah, she's doing something to please Allah. Oh Allah
help her. Or a lot grant goodness, Allah make it easy for her.
This can happen at an airport at a public place, Muslim country, non Muslim country imagine you get into the masjid. Now, if it is a person of the opposite sex, you do not have to tell them that you know what, I love you for the pleasure of Allah. But if it's a person of the same sex, it's assumed not to actually tell them if you can.
You know, I recall these people and it happens a lot of the times where you have youngsters, they say they tell some good enough you for the pleasure of Allah. Okay? Is that like a password? You know, for the pleasure of Allah, that does that make the first part of it Allah, you know, relax, take it easy.
You can just make dua for them. Allah knows that you care for them the pleasure of Allah and you love them. There's nothing wrong in loving your sisters in Islam, for the pleasure of Allah. But there's something wrong in what you do with it. If it really is for the pleasure of Allah, you know, its limits, you know, its lines, you know, what to do with it, you know what to say, you know when to say you know, if you have to say things, how to say them and so on.
I remember I told this one young couple who said no, no, no, I said How did you get to know each other? Interesting question.
No, you know, we were we were studying together the same year Oh, Mashallah, you know, she was such a good child. Mashallah, well, you you're a child calling her a child as well. That's what it is. But at the same time, how did it develop? Well, I told her that you know what, I love you for the pleasure of Allah. And that's where it started. Okay, so, love for the pleasure of Allah became love for my own pleasure. That's what happened.
Love for the pleasure of Allah became love for my own pleasure. Make it halaal that will continue love for the pleasure of Allah, you can love your family members for the pleasure of Allah. But Allah has given you a different type of love when it comes to your father and mother. I can love my father for the pleasure of Allah.
And I can dislike him for the pleasure of Allah. But I have a different type of a love of filial love. For example, I have a different type of a love and the connection that is there. That would make me fulfill his rights even if he was not a Muslim.
Because of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So when it comes to others, yes, I love you for the pleasure of Allah and that's it. So Allah, however, you happen to now do business with the person, you happen to now do so much more with the person, no problem, you still love them for the pleasure of Allah and you will still guide them, you will still help them when they guide you. You will take the guidance. You know, if you love someone for the sake of Allah, when they correct you, you take the correction because you know, hey, this person told me what's right and wrong and I need to this is for the sake of Allah. And when they tell you something
Subhan Allah the other way around, if you were to tell them something, they should be ready to take it.
Subhana Allah. So let's understand that when you see someone, for example, in the masjid, in the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala, you enter, and you see an old man in one corner, reading Salah, and he's trying, he's in sujood don't tell yourself this man is boasting, he's arrogant. He's showing off this lady, for example, started wearing Hijab and so on. She just wants to show off No, have a good thought that look, this person is trying to obey Allah so I love them. I mean, I'm so I wish I was in that hand, I was in that position where I could also read Salah in such a way and at this age when I am so old like him, perhaps Allah May Allah grant me the ability to do that. It
encourages us, it motivates us to do good. That's what is the benefit of love in Allah is it will motivate us and help us collectively to do good and encourage us to head in the right direction. This is why it is so important. Like I said, when Allah says you're going to get something big in return for a deed, that deed is something serious. It's not just a minor thing. It has some broad great benefit you love for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Imagine you're at work, and you speak to your colleagues about Allah and about Islam, and they show such a keen interest in suddenly, against all odds they enter the fold of Islam. Now when people enter the fold of Islam, for example, they have challenges, what are the challenges their family members, their workplace, their dress code, their prayer place, so many other things, their friends, a lot changes any changes
magically and drastically, and many of them have a vacuum that is not filled properly, that only Allah can fill because a lot of us take 10 steps back. We're interested in someone reverting, and after the reversion What happened? Well, I don't know the last time I saw them was the day they reverted. What did you do? You should love them enough for the sake of Allah to follow through to say, Subhan Allah, they are as clean as ever. I was in Nigeria, two days back, and there was someone who entered the fold of Islam, a system. And I told her, I said, You know what? You're cleaning in us who are born Muslim, because your slate in your book is just open now. So please pray for us. And
she was like, What do you mean, and I had to explain
that Islam deletes whatever was before it. If you reverted to Islam, everything bad you did in the past is gone. It's cut. So you've got the best of slates at the moment.
And I encourage the brothers and sisters to follow up with them to say, Listen, don't just abandon them and leave them.
So love for the sake of Allah, you will reach out for the sake of Allah, you will do things for the pleasure of Allah, you will do things in order to earn a reward from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I want to clarify one point I've come across some people, sometimes even wealthy people, they tell you look, I'm doing this, but I don't want a reward. I don't want acknowledgement. I don't want anything. What do you mean you don't want to reward? No, I'm just doing it because I've got this money Who gave you the money to do it? Well, Allah.
Allah wants you to do this expecting a reward from Allah subhana wa jal, but I don't understand that I just want to do it from the goodness of my heart. That heart belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala. He wants you to do it to enter the world. If he wanted, he could have removed you from the equation he did not need you so much good is happening without you and me. I mean, the floods in Chennai, for example, who's helping, if you're not helping, no problem. Others are helping people are helping and assisting. It's not like nobody's gonna assist. Everyone's gonna sit back and relax and watch it on TV.
Even if it means $5 $2 people are giving
Subhan Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us may grant us goodness you love people for the sake of Allah you reach out to them, you care for them. So much so that the Hadith says that Amina elbonian you know, the believers are like a building, you know, building
the bricks all together, go and see how it is.
And another narration says like one body, either steca Minwoo, tada Allahu ser, we'll just say the bisaya wilhelma. If a single organ of the body
is complaining of pain, the entire body is restless, and suffers insomnia. Because it's just one little nail on the baby finger that's affected. What happened all bodies affected, concern. concern, your love for someone for the pleasure of Allah would definitely be displayed through concern you have for them as well.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us and may we learn to love one another for the sake of Allah, there is an issue and the problem that we face today. You see someone trying to obey Allah instruction, the first thing that some people's minds are driven to.
You don't like the person you look at for a difference between you and them. Don't do that. Don't go out hunting for differences. And don't just dislike someone because perhaps they read Salah slightly different from you, or they have their finger in the head slightly different from yours. No, that's the devil's plan to make you hate one another. today one of the biggest reasons
that we are being
we are struggling and suffering the way we are, is because even those who are like minded have become disunited over small items. Minor matters petty things have divided us.
I don't like your brother. Why? Because of the way you have a mustache. It's got nothing to do with you. Come on, man. SubhanAllah did I steal the hair from your face? Something
Subhan Allah, What a silly, silly example.
But that's how petty people have become, we dislike it. We look for a reason why we don't like the system. Okay? The sister for example, struggled through her life. You don't know her struggles. And now Mashallah she's putting on something she's tough trying to cover herself and you pass a cutting comment and you don't even know you've just, you know, thrown everything away.
At least they putting on some not everyone's on your level. No. They won't be on your level of piety. And guess what? When you start thinking that you are more pious than them, that's where the problem is.
I always say when someone thinks they holier than you, yes, they're not talking about piety. They're talking about holes. Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. They have holes in their heart. They have holes in their minds.
holes all over May Allah subhanho wa Taala not let that happen to us. Let's move on. So we spoke about those two who love each other for the sake of Allah, the pleasure of Allah, what brought you together was Allah or for example, you tended to you, there was a link that became strong because of Allah, this person is doing good, this person obeys Allah, this person is trying, this person has quit sin, this person is trying to read salah and so on and I care for them. I love them for the sake of Allah Alhamdulillah beautiful.
Then there is an issue that is of extreme importance and what I love about this Hadeeth it is straight to the point. No coverings, no candy coating, you know, no, I think the Hadees Is that who Mr. toman Sabino Jamal sakala in de la,
a man who was called to commit adultery, or to phony Kate, by a woman who was so beautiful, and she had a high status, everything was there facilitation, there was no way that there was an obstacle between the two, except the consciousness of Allah. So the man says, I feel Allah, I won't do this. And the same applies in the other way. If a man happens to call a woman to commit the same sin, and it's all facilitated, and the man is a big boss, and he's a top person, and for example, he's a good looking guy as well, and everything is there and it's going to be done in secret. Nobody's going to know. And the woman says, I feel alone, I'd rather lose my job than to sleep with my boss.
Allahu Akbar, the Hadith is so direct. Can you believe so direct?
Imagine if this is the status of a person who turned down an offer.
Only for the sake of Allah. What do you think is the crime of a person who makes the offer?
And on the globe at the moment? How much have we heard of women being abused? They are told you know what, you have a problem with something, whether it's your permit, whether it's your something else, your work, your job is at stake. But you know what? If you do me a sexual favor, I get it done for you. As easy as that. The choice is yours. Now you can walk out of that door, and the woman is crying, and she's literally depressed. How can this happen? This man, I've respected him. He has respect. He enjoys it in society. He's the boss. If he wants, he can sign it. But he's won something dirty for me to take my honor my dignity.
Allah says If you say no, you will be a VIP on the Day of Judgment. Now do you know why you deserve it? You might have lost your job. You might have lost your status. You might have had your permit revoked, you might have had everything Allah says I'm watching. That was your one ticket to heaven.
And I'm quite sure this problem is becoming more and more common because we are living in an immoral indecent world at the moment, which is becoming more and more immoral and indecent.
Didn't I tell you the heartbeat was straight to the point we could say blunt, which means you know, it just came straight brothers and sisters, Fiamma. Those who are calling towards this. What will you get from a moment of pleasure? dishonouring a female or the other way around? this hadith speaks about a man saying no, someone might ask why? Why didn't the Hadees say the woman saying no, I tell you why women will generally in fact, for a man when everything is facilitated, it becomes difficult to say no people, no women would probably hold back a man. He's a man. He said yes. Why not? It's all facilitated. He needs more power to say no. than a woman a woman by nature, she wouldn't move
into this type of immorality so quickly.
With a man you and I know. It's different. That's why the women say those are men. You know, they look at you and they keep on looking at you. They keep on looking at you. And the man's gonna appear to the ground and he's still looking at you. And then he gives you evidence from the Hadith to prove that his look is okay. It's still the first look.
How do you number one is you doing wrong? Number two is you embarrassing the people? And number three is you want to present your religious evidence to suit what you've just done now. Sevilla
you know I was in Nigeria two days ago and we sat with some of the panelists and one of them a local Nigerian children. He was speaking about how when something comes on your screen, as you are on your phone or laptop, and it happens to be hard on you know you have a nude image
Someone you're not supposed to be looking at. So what are you supposed to do? He said, Look, the first glance is yours, which means you can, how did you know it was bad? Because you looked at it. And you quickly either changed the page or did something. But he says nowadays the same stuff. Look at this.
Hey, hey guys, check this now. Look at how La quwata illa Billah got here, guys, you know, and you spend 20 minutes saying
you've defeated the purpose, one lie, that's reality. It's happening.
You saw it, delete it and carry on. Don't infest your mind with it. And don't use a religious excuse and keep on uttering Allah's Name and keep on looking at that. That's blasphemy, man.
That's insulting Allah subhanho wa Taala it's a reality people are doing it. That's why I'm talking about it. I found it really funny when he said it. So I'm sharing it with you today.
So this is the thing if you can hold yourself back, control yourself, your sexual desires control them. It's a direct indication, direct instruction to say control yourself.
Now people might say,
you know what, I fallen in the past. Well go back to the Quran and the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam and you will find narrations that make it clear that you can still be forgiven.
only be him. Those who have committed immorality, adultery, fornication, whatever other immoral immorality, it is, those who have committed immorality or oppressed themselves in one way or another. And then remember Allah and that leads them to seeking Allah's forgiveness. The rest of the verses say, Allah will forgive them who is going to forgive them besides Allah Who forgives sins besides Allah?
So then Allah says,
Allah he catches
to be more.
For them, there will be forgiveness from their Lord, and they will be guardians of paradise. Who are those? Those who committed the sin they committed adultery, they committed fornication, they committed so many different types of immoral deeds, but they turned to Allah they sought forgiveness. They came back to Allah they asked his forgiveness. Allah says we will forgive them And grant them paradise still. Wow. Didn't I start off by saying have opened the mercy of Allah.
Shea fan comes to you and makes you depressed. Even after you've asked Allah forgiveness. And shavonne comes to make you ask yourself, Will I ever be forgiven? The answer is you've already been forgiven perhaps by Allah. Why depressed yourself? Move on that don't let the past bog you down with regret that leads to depression. No, you regret in order to repent, you don't regret in order to become depressed you have to carry on with your life.
None of us seated here can say we're perfect. We haven't sinned. Yes, the nature of sin differs from person to person. But those warm tears that roll down the cheeks seeking the forgiveness of Allah, that's what will earn you Jenna and paradise and the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So take it easy.
Turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala ask his forgiveness. And remember, always control yourself. Try your best wherever you faltered, turn that to Allah quickly.
It starts off sometimes
by a mere message.
The message is either on WhatsApp, or perhaps BBM or maybe social media, little dm on Instagram or something. And then it goes further. And it goes further and further until shavon makes sure that he gets you exactly where he wants to get you. When I tell you if you have already fallen come out of it. You can snap out of it come out of it for the sake of Allah. And if you're a man, and you'd like to get it Hillel trust me there are ways of getting it Helen. You have no excuse in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala nothing whatsoever. Allah says I made it simple for you and easy for you to get it done legitimately. Legally, you chose the devil's way. Why? May Allah strengthen so May Allah help
us honor one another? I told you this applies both ways male to female and female to male. The reason why the Hadith makes mention of one is obviously for reasons. There are reasons I mentioned some of them.
It doesn't mean the other is not included.
Then the same duration continues. Like I said such a person deserves the VIP status you have held back something that was really
You were able to do your whole body wanted it your mind wanted it your heart wanted it. There was nothing stopping you. And you just said, You know what, I can't do this. I just can't do this. I feel
you deserve the VIP status on the Day of Judgment. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us.
Then the narration continues and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, or Julian
sadaqa sadati FASFA
had tala tala shimadzu Mattoon ficou me know, a person who spins in the course of Allah, they are charitable they give and they hide their charity in a way that the left hand does not know what the right hand has given. for them. We will also give them a special shape. Look, it's getting easier, isn't it? We started off with a man when Adam shabu Nasha that Allah tala Rajaram kaboom Allah can be massaging radula need to have Elijah La, la, la La, la, la, la la, la la, la. I hope you now know those five categories. The sixth one is becoming easier to give a charity and to be secretive about it.
No one knows. Because when you give wealth, you want acknowledgement.
It comes naturally sometimes. And sometimes you know, I don't want acknowledgement. Please don't tell anyone anything. Okay, okay, fine. But can we mention your name in the vote of thanks? Okay, that's fine. Well, there we are.
Vote of things we want to thank. If the vote of thanks came without you saying anything, no problem. But you should have gone out of your way to say Listen, I'm donating 3 million here. And I don't even want to know. In fact, you can send someone else to donate the 3 million Is that okay? Make sure he did it because sometimes in the way it might disappear.
Imagine a person wants to donate a huge amount and you don't even know it was them. And they keep on coming in greeting you and you keep on treating them the way you treat the rest of the Muslim. This is why do not underestimate who's sitting right next to you right now. Including you guys here. Mashallah. They are VIPs in the eyes of Allah who might be sitting right next to you, and you don't know you treat them in an inner in a way. Oh, this guy's complexion is darker than mine. This guy looks cooler than mine. Oh, he's smelling a perspiration when I've got the latest boss perfume.
That's not the height in the eyes of Allah. This person could be closer to Allah that you can imagine. They are all the beautiful greeting with a beautiful smile, even the sisters amongst yourselves. Sometimes there's a lot of arrogance, you see a person of a different nationality. You see a person who might not be exactly like, you know, greeting, no, salaam no color, we went to a proper Islamic talk, to get to know those seated next to you in a beautiful way, greet smile, make the people feel good, they will want to come next time because they will say Wow, we enjoyed ourselves. But you go there and you sit and you move away. Why? Because the person next to you,
perhaps comes from some other part of the world that you don't consider as high tea as yours stokfella stuff stop. You're a Muslim, you should be feeling this.
Why do we want to become higher than others? For what, like I said, you don't know who's next to you. Perhaps one day, you may need them in this world before the next by the will of Allah. Imagine if there was a huge accident, and the person who was sitting right next to his sister. It's you and you look at them. And you think to yourself, wow, this was the society refused to greet I refuse. But she's so conscious to help me. She still continued. Now we became friends. Why? Because she helped you. Let it be for the sake of Allah from the beginning.
That's what it is learn to greet one another. Don't be arrogant.
And you know what? If someone is asking you something that you cannot deliver, tell them I can't deliver this. I cannot deliver this. But let it happen. For example, so is his brother, will you visit me at my home? Look, I can't I'm so sorry. I can't I love you. But I can't visit you. You know, can you give me please five minutes of your time? You know what I can give you a few seconds because if I could give everyone five minutes, you have to be honest, you have to be open. And if they think about it, they will understand they will know that yes, there is there are limitations. The problem is and like I've done this in one of the massages once where I asked him to greet one
another to get to know one another perhaps you know the brothers to exchange details of what you're doing and so on. And one of them came back to him and said please don't ever do that again. And I said Why? He says I got so many Muslims coming to my business now that they know what I'm doing begging for discounts. It's embarrassing me man.
Is that what we should get to know each other for don't just to get your own benefit? I'm there and ask you by the way do you work? I'm the CEO of this company. Oh, Allah sent you here man.
won't come next time because they're going to think to themselves you know, I'm sure they are really important people sitting in our midst quietly unconvinced they are even among the sisters. I'm convinced. They are
Really important people seated around you all are important, but perhaps some people who have gone out of their way to be here, I acknowledge that may Allah bless you. May Allah grant you the best of this world and the next. This is what makes the oma people don't know that what you've done in order to be here, for example.
This is why we say when you give when you do, you don't have to brag about it. I tell you,
there was someone who did something for me for me.
And every time he reminds me, he says, You know what, don't forget, I did this. I did. I told him, You know what, brother? I calculate the amount and I'll give it back to you. What do you mean, I said, I don't want you to talk about that.
And to be honest, later on, I actually took that amount and gave it to a charity and told him listen your amount and give it to the charity. I'm telling you about my own example. And I did it in a nice way because it became too much.
You want to do something for someone do it for the sake of Allah not to get
you know, to brag about it for the rest of your life. You know, remember you here because of me remember that? What are you talking about? It's Allah is I might acknowledge, I'm not saying don't think people know, thank them.
But the giver is who we are speaking about today. The Giver should be a one who does not want to clock mileage out of his giving, besides the pleasure of Allah. No mileage Oh, you don't know I was at a foreign competition in Johannesburg some time back. And someone who was watching from overseas happened to say that you know what, I want to donate an ombre for the person who wins and so much and so much for all these and an extra amount of cash for all these people who is it anonymous? Who's this anonymous system? It's good sometimes to say brother or sister because sisters can also be encouraged. Anonymous system donating huge amounts. Who is she? No one has a clue.
Well, one or two people might know who might be, you know, have collected the thing. She doesn't want to clock mileage. She did it from one part of the world to people in another part of the world whom she probably will never ever meet. But it was for the sake of Allah. This is just an example. Are you ready? You build an institution and you don't say it's my Institute? You build a Masjid you don't say my mosque? I put the money? No, it's for Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Allah subhanho wa Taala help us so you want a special status you got to fight that human desire of wanting to be known as a big boss.
So panel, I've known some really, really important people who have taught me some huge lessons.
I knew a chef called a chef Salah had to lie Allah He passed away.
He was responsible on the haramain he was the head of the army.
Each unit had I mean, but can Medina.
He wore slippers with tender years. He never had a car he used to catch a taxi.
And you wouldn't even guess it was him? Yes. When he had to rise to the occasion he did.
But I asked him personally. Why don't you have a car? He says yeah, one of the you know, he's spoken Arabic saying you know my son. If I have a car, I need to worry about parking. And he'd worry about this. I need to worry about that. So many things on my head. I jump anywhere. My Street has so many taxes. I jump in 10 real 20 real I'm where I want to be. And I don't need to worry. I just jump out and I'm there. And I'm thinking wow, we all want cars. We want a vehicle I just earned my first 2,001st thing. Kia, the cheapest car loan. Sorry, I No offense to those who work for Kia over might be the it's a lovely car. Although I've never driven one or never driven in one. But I'm sure it's
okay. At least a lot of people do.
But the point I'm raising is something else. It's to show simplicity. The man taught me a lesson. And I'm talking about him because he's passed away and I give him gender. He won the King Faisal award for how he won so many awards in his life. humble man.
Those of you who might know a little bit of Arabic And Google, check some of his clips. Look at the simplicity of the men. You won't believe that he was a minister at one stage in Saudi Arabia and later on, he became sure issue Holloman he was the one who selected a lot of the Imams are part of the procedure of the process. powerful men but he was humbled. Some of us don't even have one 10th or one 20th of opposition have some of those people and we want to lead a life full of extravagance bigger than anyone else. We will hire vehicles to make like where the biggest bosses because you know why they say in Dubai is who you are. You got to pretend to be who you are not in order to be
said hello to come on. What type of a trend is that? I hope that's not true. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala blesses, may he strengthen us. Give things for the sake of Allah give things without one thing.
To be known, so this is the Hadith. And the Hadith beautifully makes mention of the hands here, that the left hand does not know what the right hand will spend. And one of the reasons is it is assumed not to use the right hand to do good things.
So when you're giving a donation, try to give even if it's a little person on the street or some box you putting it into, try to use that right hand put it in. And we would have derived that even from this beautiful Hadith, among many other narrations of masala sauce. And the last one is probably one way we all become hopeful.
We roll into life once again have mercy. You know, we mentioned all these people who are going to get a special place on the Day of Judgment, right? And sometimes we might still be feeling I wonder if I'm gonna fall into one of these categories. I wonder if I'm going to fall into one of these categories. But I tell you, the last one will make us all think inshallah we will, shall we?
What's the last one that Kerala has hollien. Father,
a man and a woman is included in it. You know, the Arabic language obviously, there's something known as stedelijk. Sometimes one is made mention of which includes the other. Its linguistic, I'm not going to go into it but it includes a female a man or a woman who remembers Allah all alone, and the eyes are filled with tears.
Subhana Allah, doesn't it happen to you and I sometimes we sit in we thinking of Allah we thinking of something. And the greatness of Allah, what Allah has done, or even just the tests of Allah, and so much and suddenly we just cry and crying to who just my tears just came in because of Allah. I'm just crying ally so merciful, so great, and has kept us going, or allows testing me with so much love.
And we're crying. These tears are loved by Allah. Rarely enough By Allah, a person who's committed sin, for example, and suddenly, somehow they just kind to Allah, sometimes they burst out. The hottie doesn't even speak about the tear dropping down. It says your eyes were filled with the tears, a person whose eyes were filled with the tears or perhaps overflowed with the tears.
So this is Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala how beautiful a gift. Thank Allah, my beloved brothers and sisters, we've indeed had a lot that we've spoken about this evening. I'm sure we fit in some way. And I'm sure we've learned a lot of lessons, I hope and I pray that each one of us can develop to become better people this evening, promise yourself I will. I promise myself that I will try my best to be a better person from now. And I usually say don't say from tomorrow morning from the New Year from here. That's all a waste of time, say from now. Everything will change by the will of Allah. My brothers and sisters. It's been an honor to be
speaking to you this evening. And I hope I haven't taken up too much of your time. I actually just spoke until I completed whatever I wanted to say. And at the same time the weather's been absolutely awesome. Don't you agree? hamdulillah. So to get this type of natural air condition is quite rare in this part of the world except in the season. So let's make the most of it inshallah, we hope to see you all again tomorrow. if Allah wills until then, was the law was cinnamal Baraka Allah, Amina Mohammed Subhana labmd satanic along with the Ganesha to La La Land, the stuff will go on.