Drowning in your Own Sweat – Warning!
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah a while he was having he mine
the last time I was in this Monroe road Masjid in Trinidad, I recall.
It was a much hotter day and it felt very hot in the masjid. It seems like mashallah the masjid has progressed. And there seems to be some air conditioning units, which is really, really something impressive.
And I thank Allah for those who made that possible and those who are paying for it. And the reason I say this is Allah chooses whose money he wants in the house of Allah.
So if you are a person who never gives to the masjid, please consider giving, because it's Allah, who chooses where your money goes and mine based on what he wants. When the heart is good and pure, it will lean towards good and fewer things. Nonetheless, the reason I started this way is looking at man how man adjusts every time. When he needs things, he makes sure he works towards it. You want a house you can't just get it you need to work, save up and continue saving up and then make a plan and buy a house and perhaps a better house at some point and so on. The same applies if you'd like clothes or phones or anything you want man
you work towards it. I said moments ago look at the air conditioning units in this masjid and look at the vehicles and the cars we have and look at where we are today compared to where we were the last time we've progressed for how long? How long is that going to help you for you got a new house 20 years after that you have to go back to Allah. You got a new job you can enjoy it for 510 1520 years after that what you got something maybe 40 years let's give it to you 50 years after that what
what about the eternity that is to come thereafter? What preparation Have you made for that? Yes, Mashallah. It's much more important. We'd like to see air conditioning units in our graves.
We'd like to see air conditioning units in the hereafter we'd like to be in a garden where in which rivers flow beneath and at the same time the temperature is superb. You want that you need to be you need to work towards it. Allah chooses. When you see facility on Earth quickly as a believer, ask yourself, have I facilitated my hereafter by the help of Allah?
When you want something nice in the latest on Earth, quickly ask yourself Have I arranged and organized the latest for the hereafter?
What technology have I used in order to earn the pleasure of Allah to get to the hereafter, so that
I don't regret how I used my time on Earth.
People will come to you from far and wide. I am here today. I'm sure they are those much more senior than I am much more knowledgeable than I am much more beloved to you than I am who have visited you and will visit you. What's the point? Why are they here?
Do you think they traveled far and wide just to come here and see the place and enjoy? No.
We will be questioned if your life has not moved forward and you have not come closer to Allah and something has got clicked in you. It was a waste of time. futile exercise.
Today on Earth, many of us mashallah we enjoy the material wealth we have in a way
depending on the person you are that's either beneficial or harmful, and sometimes neither beneficial nor harmful.
Harmful in the sense that sometimes every weekend we're sitting out with our friends on a Friday night, where are you? Where are you? The word they use in this country is we're live in a grid. I had to figure out what lightning meant and I quickly realized it means just chilling in some language right? So chili and lime together makes like a little bit of a masala you know.
And so you're lying you sitting relaxing, talking to each other and what exactly is it some might be puffing a cigarette, some might be doing drugs, some might be drinking alcohol, some might be committing some sins, adultery, whatever it may be we chilling with our friends depends on your group. I ask you my brothers and sisters moments ago the Imam the shares that the
Imam of the masjid got up and he was encouraging people to attend a Friday night or was it after Mercury something right? And I thought to myself I said well Allah He imagined we have a choice once a week. Can we just go
Oh, and lion way House of Allah. It's not even called lightning. It's actually the real deal.
Let me have my group of friends, you will be resurrected with your group of friends. Do you know that? Well, let me have a few guys. We went to the masjid once a week, 20 minutes, he Imam went out of his way to say it's only 20 minutes deep. You say that? Only 20 minutes. Immediately I said, I'm gonna talk about this because Wallahi The reality is we spend so much time doing things. We'll go out on a boat. We'll go somewhere. I don't know if you guys go fishing, but you probably do because you're living with water all around you. And we will have a little party yesterday I saw a fireworks and where I was my room. I opened the
curtains. And I noticed a lot of vehicles in a car park that's not too far from there. Men, women and children all watching the fireworks and I just said Mashallah. It's okay. It's it. But the question is, are we prepared to gather what to give some form of importance to a degree, to something that's going to take us through eternity? Something that will change your life and your children's lives? And it's not so much people are getting up and asking you will you please come to the house of Allah for 20 minutes on a Friday? They're not even supposed to be asking you. You're supposed to be coming and saying, Please don't make it. 20 Let's chill for another 20 minutes, make
it 40 We'll come and talk together. And not just the tough scene we want someone we can ask questions to and they can give us answers and learn and we want more and more and more. This used to happen some time back. Now it's far less. Less people will come in encourage the Imam to say you know what? We'd like to have x y and Zed. I've got 20 guys with me Can we start?
That will be your paradox. That will be your air conditioned in the hereafter. Some of us we turn on the heater in the middle of summer
in the middle of summer would you turn on the heater right now we're in the masjid anyone's ready to turn on the heater even if it's just a one bar heater. Do you know what is the one burrito?
It's a little heated with one bar and the pie is really hot and what happens it lets out heat. Would you do that right now? Anyone? No.
Goal now Jahan NEMA Eshan do how Mora Allah tells us in the Quran.
The fire of hell is far hotter. You're going to need the cooling more than you need it today. Rather than turn on the heater in summer.
If you look at the example I've given you,
you you'd understand what I mean is we shouldn't be adding fuel to fire you're a believer don't drown in sins don't drown in that which is displeasing to Allah.
You believe in the hereafter you believe in the final day you believe in heaven and hell, well then you need to know if you're going to be heading towards help and you keep on telling the heater on what was going to happen.
Turn on an air conditioner one day
when the Prophet Salah Salem used to hear the alarm being called out by Billa Lectora Baja the Allah Ron
he used to say
it was the coolness of his eyes to pray Coura trying to leave his Salah why the coolness of the eyes. We always make it to our May Allah granted the coolness of your eyes, in your children and so on and so forth.
No one's ever said May Allah give you the heat of your eyes. Although when we want to refer to something that supposedly took us by storm, we say Oh it's hot man.
May Allah Almighty grant us coolness. May Allah bless us. All I'm asking you is for yourself and for myself.
To get closer to Allah each time someone comes. Each time you have an opportunity, listen to them, blend them in here.
You know what you need to change in your life. You know exactly where you're standing in your relationship with Allah. You know the obstacles between you and Allah. You know what is required in order to polish yourself and you also know you're a human.
Don't allow yourself to turn on the heater by justifying your sins rather, every time you fall. Come back to Allah
am telling not going to do this again. Forgive me, strengthen me. Give me a good set of friends.
Make me in love with the masjid. And why do I say this because the Hadith says the one who was in love with the masjid, whose heart is connected to the masjid at all times, shall be a VIP on the day of judgment
that they're going to call you on the day of the heat.
What type of heat the Hadith says the sun's going to be hovering over the heads of the people and they will be sweating so much that some of them will be drowning in their own sweat.
On that day, imagine being called out by your name by your name. Come we have a special place for you. And you go into this different place, you know, show you know how it feels because it's quite hot in Trinidad at the moment when you open the door of some building or your house or whatever. And it's so cool. You just go in and it's like you're somewhere else.
Imagine on the Day of Judgment when everyone's drowning in their sweat and your code please come
why me? People might be surprised looking at what's going on here although each one will be worried about himself primarily but
just for argument's sake if people had to look they will be surprised why this guy they didn't know your secret between you and Allah. When we sin we want to keep it secret. But when we do good deeds, the whole world must know Instagram.
Why? Because let them see what I'm doing. They must see I'm a good man. You're a good man. Why don't you Instagram the rest of you when you're yelling and screaming and swearing and shouting
Allah has blessed us by covering the evil and the the the that which is not good is competent someone looks at you they see handsome man Mashallah. They don't know what's going on behind the scenes. The wife looks and says, What handsome man come and see a show you the CCTV from all.
Allah bless you. When your family based witness, you're a good man, you're a good man, because they with you. 24/7. So be good. Go out of your way to be good.
Same applies the other way around.
You know, the men say, oh, you know, you always side with the women. My beloved brothers, you don't listen to the lectures, they listen to them. They listen so attentively, they will remove a clip. And you think we haven't balanced it. But if you go and listen, you can also take out those clips and do the same. But then the men say we don't have the time for that. But is it my fault? Is it my fault?
We're balancing it by saying My dear sisters, improve your attitude, the way you talk.
Young girls, as they grow older need to be conscious of their character, and how caring they are for everyone else. And don't be selfish. And don't create these little
groups where you belong to another. I've had so many cases of suicidal girls in girls schools who are telling you that they have picked on me and they say this and they laugh and because I'm not a part of their clique, this is what happens and that what happens and you are shocked. Sometimes you know, whose children are doing this? And you wonder, do these parents even know what their daughters are up to?
We shouldn't do that. Make people feel welcome. Go out of your way to give people where and Allah will give you with?
You see someone sitting
looking like perhaps they don't have much in terms of worldly items. Are you prepared to smile at him? Salaam Alaikum. How are you my brother and walk away? This man's made a mistake. You show his greeting me.
You gave him value by greeting him. Allah will grant you more value. In fact to be more correct, you gave yourself value by greeting him
because you lived as a good Muslim.
It reminds me of when we give money to poor people. We're taught by our religion, that you must consider yourself fortunate that Allah gave you an opportunity to give Allah mentioned I see a poor man. Look at the difference. One who doesn't believe might throw some money and say Take it. Give him food that's filled with worms and mold. And you believe it's leftover brother eaters? No.
Don't give them that which you yourself are not prepared
to make use of
or it is unfit for a human being.
You see a poor person. Those who don't believe sometimes
They may treat them better than the believers who have become for a moment. forgetful of who their lord is.
You find a lot of non Muslims very current. And sometimes you find the Muslim appearing to be so religious. And they are so rude.
What ambassador? Are you for the deen of Allah? Where do you think you're going?
In sha Allah we change that. I'm a Muslim. My name is Abdullah. I'm extremely happy. I'm excited. When I meet anyone,
every Tom, John and Harry that they might see, we will at least carry ourselves in the way that they would
learn that this is a respectful faith. These people are good. And Allah gives us opportunities.
I remember back home when there was a disaster and I'm sure here too, when Corona happened. There must have been Muslims who got up and helped everyone be the Muslim or not.
I'm sure with those opportunities not given to us by Allah. Yes, they weren't. Well, if that's the case, thank Allah who used you remain humble follow up.
Corona did not remain forever and will not remain forever. But lessons were learned. We learned lessons everyone learnt lessons, lives were lost and lives were indeed lost.
But we thank Allah Almighty for whatever he blessed us with
looks for opportunities to turn on his air condition.
looks for opportunities
to have his own inverter ready in my country.
Back in southern Africa, we have a problem with power. I don't know if you have a problem. It goes off as a golf. Not really. You guys are fortunate.
anytime day or night you can go when he's gonna come back. Sometimes, you know, sometimes you don't know mostly, you have no clue.
What do people do? Initially, they bought generators. And I'm thinking to myself, do you have a generator for your grave?
Myself? May Allah help us
when the lights are off? What nor are you going to have there? Anything? Well how to develop it is by doing your photo.
Do your photo you get to know do you have a shot you get to know change your life you get to know commit a sin. You've turned off your lights. Turn them on quickly. Again, you're a human you might have faulted quickly come back. Oh Allah, forgive me. Click lights on again.
Come back. How many messages do you want before you're going to turn?
I've said in the past, who do you want to come to tell you to change? Before you change? say his name? We bring him here.
Will you change?
You don't even need that. Isn't it enough for you and die that Allah has reminded us in such a beautiful way? Oh man, I don't wish to take away your world to give you the hereafter. But what I am doing, I'm going to give you the best of this world and the next, discipline yourself.
When Allah sets rules, those rules are there in order to help us lead a life of goodness, not in order to create distressing harm for us.
So believer knows, Allah has given me an opportunity.
When someone passes you when anything comes to you, it was not a mistake and it's not a coincidence not for Allah. For you as a human coincidence.
Oh, I bumped into this guy coincidently Allah says we plan that before you were born
Subhana Allah, you met him. You were going to get one chance. What did you do?
You gave him such a dirty look or her if it's the case of the sisters, like I said,
dirty look made them feel meaningless, cheap, said a bad word.
And walked off Europe believer.
Believe in Allah. You'd like some nor did you carry yourself in the Noorani way.
Did you carry yourself in a way that perhaps you knew
would be turned on?
Wallah he anyone whom a sin has dangled in front of them left it for the sake of Allah. There is known that they are given that will shine in this world and the next. So much so
Even if your temper
is flaring, and you control it, you have a no
controlling your anger and your temper is mentioned in the Quran and in the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, many of us couldn't be bothered why? I'm a strong man, I have everything I can wait, I can get angry. What's the big deal?
You know, you're truly language.
It's a slam, right? It has in it a bit of a twin, right? I may not understand everything, but I know. But there's something about all languages. That when a guy is swearing, no matter what, you know, this guy swearing, I'm telling you this guy is when
you don't know a language and there's someone looking at you and they saying things and then there's another guy. You see the the expression on the face changes the way they're seeing the changes. No one swears that you're looking at smiling. When they swear to God, the swear words, they don't do that. a swear word comes with an attitude. It comes with darkness.
It comes in the way that people can pick up there's something wrong here.
Calm down. You don't need those words to be recorded in your book of deeds.
A believer remembers that they are angels writing down your good deeds, your bad deeds, your words and everything you want good. You have a book. Your book is being offered and written by you saw over it? Well, you made a mistake. Just say please crossed that erase it wasn't mean, rub it out. We're going to start again, or we're going to rewrite that particular paragraph or that chapter. Allah says for as long as you're alive, you can do that.
How many people have led their lives far away from Allah that they've come they found Allah, even if they were not belonging to the faith at all, and they came or they were in the faith, but they lost the path and they came? How many people sometimes from among our leaders, who are good examples have had that type of a past?
Why does Allah do that? Number one, for them, yes, it's a good thing. But for everyone else to know that the fact that you might be involved in something negative doesn't mean you don't have a future but you need to change it now.
That's fine fact that you've done something really wrong. Don't lose hope in Allah. But you need to change it now. All forgive me. What happens the angels write that down.
Oh, Allah wipe this out. Allah instructs the angels to wipe it out. It's wiped out on the table. Many of them become a Bala. The one who sought forgiveness from a sin repeated to Allah is equivalent to the one who didn't do it at all.
Which means it's wiped up.
And if you do good deeds thereafter, they are multiplied so much my brothers and sisters
surely we can change ourselves. Like I said earlier, I know what I'm involved in. And so do you. I know the habits that need changing and so do you. I know where my weaknesses are and so do you. Sometimes I may not know certain things I expect you to come and show me and tell me in a respectful way. My brother You don't realize but you know what? When you speaking you're speaking with a lot of arrogance, man. You belittling people. Oh man, I mean it. I mean God My heart is clean. Your heart can be squeaky clean but you still screaming at people stopping and people's excuses. My heart is clean. But all our hearts are clean.
cleanse your heart that's there as well but what I mean is that's not an excuse to continue. My heart is clean committing Zina but my heart is clean. You're drinking alcohol but my heart is clean. Well then everyone's heart is clean. When they taking you to jahannam you get Telemark is clean and easy clean hands also here because your actions were did they pose their actions with it? What's the point?
May Allah Almighty forgive us? So my brothers and sisters, reminders come to us and only a set number of reminders will come to you and I
the reason why we say this is because look at new Hani Salam.
He called his people for 950 years, he kept on telling him worship Allah alone, worship Allah alone worship Allah alone. In the morning, in the afternoon in the evening in the night, he tried different times. He tried different age groups. He tried everyone everything, not one year or 10 years or 100 years, not 500 years but 950 years.
Call our meeting need our to call me Leila.
How? He says Oh Allah, I call my people let Elan wonder ha I call them by title by date. I
I called all of them.
I tried my best you made me an OB and you told me to deliver the message and to keep reminding I reminded them and I reminded them of Oh Allah. The young when they are growing older, they are becoming worse than the old ones. He says it it's in the Quran.
La Vie do in La Virgen and Kufa. He says, You know what? They're not giving birth. Except to those who are even worse they have, they are sinful, totally far from you complete disbelief and so on.
And he's complaining, what do I learn from it? Why did Allah tell me the story and tell it to you? Because Allah wants you that when the reminder comes to you Don't be like the people of
Allah became so upset with him, he drowned them.
But the point is, when no had a salon complained, and he didn't complain for many, many years after that, he says all I've tried my best really only 11 People believe the message 950 years.
11 people believe accepted the message in 950 years 11.
One narration takes the figure all the way up to 80. But that there's no there's nothing more.
If you study the narrations that mentioned the number of people who accepted the message of no alayhi salam, lowest figure, which they say is the most correct his 11th
highest figure goes up to 80. No problem. Let's take 8080 in 950 years.
Allah Almighty says to him
at one point, now stop telling them anything, start building the ark.
laying your minimal comic every
Nobody is going to believe
from your people, except those who have already believed. So stop calling them so
nobody's going to believe except those who have already believed so stop calling him it's over. What I learned from this is I need to fear if Allah chose that 1000 messages are going to come to me before I turn and those 1000 have already come. I might not get any more messages now. It's the punishment.
The number of times someone's going to remind you is limited. It's fixed. Allah knows already. You're gonna get 700 reminders you're gonna get 1000 5000 10,000 reminders in your life after that it's over.
So if you heard a word of anyone encouraging you to come closer to Allah thing coming back Oh Allah I thank you for sending someone to remind me to come closer to you.
ya see him so via scene we read it often so often what happened? There is a story of a man What did the man say? He called the people towards Allah. They didn't want to accept Allah says We gave him gentlemen. Was it his fault? No, he only called them towards goodness. That's it. He did the De Soto to LogMeIn. Allah mentions of the person from the family of Iran who call these people towards goodness. Yeah, told me Molly at the local Ilana Jante, whatever, only Elan now, my people what's wrong with you? I'm calling you towards saving yourself from the fire and you're calling me to go into the fire? He says What did I do? Am I not only just telling you come close to Allah AdRoll come
in Al Aziz in the fall I'm calling you towards the most powerful, the most forgiving.
So the same applies in our lives we have these people
may we be from among them because there comes a time when we our duty as Muslims is not only to change our lives to learn it's also to tell others and remind them it will help you
Majan you tell someone every day, read Quran a day read Quran everyday you yourself are not reading the Quran, you will feel ashamed because they're gonna tell you how much do you read?
I'll tell you a true story. Before I came the time is almost up.
You see, there was a brother who was a Muslim he was a revert and he didn't know how to make a man property.
It's a true story. I was in the masjid. I won't tell you exactly where But anyway, he came to me after Salah years back and he told me you know what? They are troubling me every day this guy this guy who's in charge at the masjid he's telling me you don't know how to make a van you must learn how to make a van so I told him okay, let me learn way they don't want to show me where and how. But he was an elderly man. So I told him I looked at this other guy said to me do with it.
Add him, please, today you make other than I will make exactly how you make. And that man couldn't even make a man. He couldn't. So when this guy says, Look, you know what? I've decided today you make the abandoned I'll copy you he got so upset that they fired me from the job.
They fight because why he couldn't do it himself but he's telling this guy to do it. Now what we would do is we would at least say each other, we learned together come the two of us. Let's go and learn how to do that. Now you're speaking, you're not belittling someone, you actually come in let's go and see and find look for him. Nowadays, we're lucky we have no internet and mobile at that time, it wasn't there. But nonetheless, I tell you,
when you want to tell someone to do good, and you are still not doing that particular good, it will prompt you and you should feel a little bit embarrassed. Let me also read, do you read you telling me to read theory? Is it inshallah that's the answer if you're using sha Allah, which means I will. But do you read you don't need to know my good deeds, secret between me and Allah. Now suddenly the good deeds are a secret between you and Allah. They still are in actual fact, but it's okay. Isn't it good encouragement. May Allah Almighty strengthen all of us. But Allah here, I've enjoyed myself, every time I've come to Trinidad, the people are good, they are caring, they're loving, they're
hospitable, and they have a lot of kindness in their hearts. My brothers, my sisters, work on the good habits that you have, work on the goodness that Allah has blessed you with. He has given you a lot. There are so many kind faces that I see. I would love to spend more time with the people. It's not easy. I see people coming there greet and say it's out of the love. And I feel it and I feel the goodness and I make dua that Allah improve me because I'm just a brother of yours just like you are. I've also battled with things and I want to improve myself and I'd like you to join me chama in this beautiful journey so that when we meet in Ghana, we will speak about you know, we had a Monroe road
Masjid where we used to do sujood for Allah and here we are today with Allah. May Allah Almighty take us in a condition that He is pleased with us. And may Allah Almighty help us improve like I said, my end.
Use the time you have not only to chill with your friends, but come and make friends in the house of Allah and come let's chill here and do a good thing. In fact, we might not be in an eating and drinking but we will sit and we'll have something more important than eat and drink and our children will follow us. May Allah bless all of us and go to Korea that was Allah wa salam ala VEDA