Duty Unto Allah and His Creatures
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Friday Jumu’ah Lecture from Masjid Al Falaah in Harare Zimbabwe on the duties unto our Maker and those unto the rest of the creatures of the same Maker.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah He was happy Jemaine All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his household his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all. May He bless every one of us and our offspring those to come up to the end. May Allah keeper steadfast grant us all ease and goodness, my brothers and sisters in Islam, we as Muslims believe that we have been created and placed onto the earth as a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala. When we were younger, perhaps we did
not understand the meaning of that. But as you grow older, and you witness the reality of life, and you begin to see people leave the earth, you see them die, and you see what their purpose was. And you see how short their lifespan actually was, you begin to understand the reality of this test. Allah subhanho wa Taala placed us in this beautiful place known as the earth, with an even more beautiful place awaiting us if we behave ourselves on Earth. As simple as that. Now when I say behave ourselves, it sounds like we're addressing children, but in essence to Allah subhanho wa Taala we are creatures, we are creatures Allah has favored to create better than the rest of the
creatures. So in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Lakota fall upon
us and Fie, Sangeeta buoy we have indeed created mankind in the best of postures, the best posture possible you have it.
And this when Allah says something is the best, he's challenging you because he doesn't lie. He's challenging you to say there is nothing better than the posture of men in creation that I have created. So if you take a look at your organs and exactly where they are placed, and how they are made, your voice the voice box how you speak. Allah says it is absolutely the best. There is nothing you as a human being can think of to be better than your own posture because this was heavenly. It was from Allah subhanho wa Taala I always tell people, can you imagine your nose in a different place? To this day? I have not got a single person saying yes, I can imagine it What are you going
to say at the back way on your shoulder way where it is right now is the best place to pan Allah. Allah subhanho wa Taala also says while other coven Burnie indeed the children of Adam, we have honored them. We have given them a dignity, there is a respect that they carry Subhana Allah, look at how we are clothed. The clothing itself is a respect that a person has been given by Allah subhanho wa Taala, a gift of Allah. And this is why if you want to be respected, you need to know how to cover yourself, the less you were
those who believe would probably say, the less you will be respected. people begin to look at you as a sex object. You can say what you want, but they tend to look at you for the wrong reasons. As a believer,
they tend to value you based on what you've shown, not based on who exactly you are. Today I want to speak about something extremely important, this beautiful test, what does it entail? Allah made you created you on the earth? And he has said, I have put you on this earth in order to test you in order to test you. So when you come into the exam room or the school, what do you expect? You expect? Questions, situations, you need to answer them, you need to go into them, it will be an obstacle course that you need to come out from successful. So that's what life is every day you will have a test. Nobody from amongst us can say I will not be tested. I have not been tested. I do not
wish to be tested. When you have wealth, a lower test you when you don't have wealth, a lower test you when you have health a lower test you when you don't have health, a lower test you It all depends on what you do, what you do in every situation that Allah puts you in. So we have two major duties that we need to fulfill. What are these two duties? The first is the duty you have unto Allah, the One Who made you you have a duty under
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can be can carry Allah the hall apocrypha waka like Allahu Akbar, Allah says, All men, what has deceived you? What is it that has deceived you? against your own maker? How could you transgress against your own maker? Your rub? The one who is fooled or full of honor? The one who is full of
Subhana Allah mercy, the one who's full of all the greatest of qualities, how can you be deceived regarding this creator of yours? How can you turn away from your Creator? The one who has made you the one who has fashioned you the one who has given you your identity? You know, the identity we have? Who gave it to us? It was Allah subhanho wa Taala he chose I know you by name, how do I know your name because I know your face. As soon as I see you from a distance I know Oh, this is so and so how Allah gift to be able to recognize you imagine if we all had the same face. We would need number plates. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
It's a gift of Allah. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in an amazing, unique way, oh man, you have to worship Me and Me alone. That's the that's the primary duty unto Allah. The first set of duties is your duty unto Allah, what is the main duty unto Allah and taboo Allah to Shri COVID, a Hadith of
the Allahu anhu, where the Prophet sallallahu Sallam asks him, Omar, do you know the duty of the creation towards Allah?
The Prophet sallallahu wasallam responded to the same question that he was asking me, Japan, he says, to worship him without associating partners with him, that is your primary test on Earth.
It is one of the main things in fact, it is the main thing that you are being tested with when you come on to the earth. So remember this, my beloved brothers and sisters, your test is to worship Allah alone, rent the acts of worship to Allah. In the meantime, when you came onto the earth, you came without anything, you were naked, so was I, who closed you, your parents, if they were not there, whoever was nearby, they put something on to you, in order to give you the honor, the respect to distinguish you from the animal, so panela the animals when they're born, what happens? No cow begins to take a piece of cloth and cover the other cow, it doesn't happen. But human beings, part
of your dignity is to cover you. When you are when you die, what happens, you are covered Subhanallah, again, you are covered both times by someone else, not you. That's a gift of Allah, Allah is showing you Oh, man, you are here for a purpose. When you came, you came with nothing, someone covered you. When you die, you die with nothing, someone will cover you. You go Subhana, Allah, what happened in the middle, that was your test. That's your examination. When you entered the school, you knew nothing. In the school, you learned everything, then you have your final examination, and you have monthly tests and weekly tests that may contribute towards the final
result. But when you graduate from the school, what happens, you just take the results, you take the results, that's it at the school, they might talk about you, if you were an outstanding student, they might write your name on one of the boards out there to say in 1999, so and so was there. And that's what they will say this man was a very brilliant student, but that is not really going to help you.
It is not going to help you. Unless you have practiced upon what you've learned. I learned mathematics and come the day of the examination. I know one plus one is two, but purposely I say no, it's three. And then I start laughing and say that was just a joke. You failed already. Because on the ground, you need to say the right thing. The same applies with Allah. We know what's right and wrong. When we were kids. We learned halal Haram, we learned so many things. As we grew older, we know what is permissible, what will earn the anger of Allah, what is going to end the Wrath of Allah, we know it. But the sad reality is, we intentionally sometimes go against it. I know that by
me doing this act, I'm going to earn the displeasure of Allah, but I still do the act. Don't be foolish. My brothers and sisters, Allah loves us enough to say, if you seek forgiveness, I will still forgive you. Subhana Allah, it reminds me of an examination paper whilst you're writing, and then you realize a I did the wrong thing. I wrote the wrong thing. You can cross it off. You can ask for another paper The invigilator will gladly provide you with another paper. You can
The correct answer for as long as you are inside the exam room, the minute you exited the room too late. So when you die, it's too late. When you are alive, you can ask for another paper clean paper write the correct answer. Oh, you wrote it wrong the second time. Okay, delete it the second time, write the correct answer the third time. Yes, that's the way Allah operates. He will give you a chance upon chance, but you don't know when the bell is suddenly going to ring. You know, recently we've been having power cuts and you have a power surge. I was explaining death to one of the youngsters a few days ago and he was telling me how does it feel like to die? I said my son, I have
not yet died. So I cannot explain to you how it will be except from the Quran and the Sunnah.
But Allah subhanho wa Taala says when you believe and you've done good deeds, your death will be very easy. It's like turning off a switch. The only difference is when you turn off a switch you know you're turning it off. In this case, it's more like an MC be tripping what happened there was life and suddenly boom, it's gone. No more life. What happened it was not so painful. It was just there was no nothing actually was destroyed. The MC be tripped and life came to an end. Electricity came to an end. That's the same that will happen to us. One day they will be a surge. What's the surge something happens either it's and this is Allah's mercy to be able to blame something either
it's a heart attack either it's a car crash either it is something either you get burnt, what happens there is a surge after that mseb trips, you're gone. So Pamela, the appliances, everything remain in the house, the electricity is not there anymore, you are not there you are gone. May Allah make it easy for us on that day. This was just a little example. But the primary duty unto Allah is to worship Allah alone. Worship Allah, Allah, make sure you fulfill your duties unto Allah. It is called Allah, the rights of Allah. When Allah tells you to do something, make sure you do it. When Allah tells you to abstain from something, make sure you abstain from it so that you can earn the
mercy of Allah keep on asking him when you do a good deed or banner Taco Bell Minh in
the semi onlinee Oh Allah accepted from us. I did the good deed. I read my Salah, I read my Quran I fasted I gave my Zakat I went for Hajj, I went for ombre, Oh Allah accepted from me. The acceptance is more important than anything else. If you did it correctly for the for the right reasons with the correct intention. Allah will accept it but ask Allah to accept it. So everything good you do, don't just feel good about it and say, right, that's me. I'm a big man. No, no. You need to ask Allah to accept it. First of all, Ibrahim alayhis salam and his son Ismail Alayhi Salam were instructed to build the Kaaba by Allah subhanho wa Taala when they completed it, the Quran Surah Baqarah. This is
where the verse comes. He says after he fulfilled the instruction of a lot to him to build the house. Oh Allah, we've now built the house accepted from us. Subhan Allah for indeed you are all hearing you are all knowing.
So when you do a good deed, ask Allah to accept it. When you do something for Allah. ask Allah to accept it and ask Allah to forgive your shortcomings or to Ballina in
Rahim. Oh Allah, forgive us, you are indeed to rob, what's the meaning of the web?
The web refers to two things. The term Toba means two things it means to return to Allah and for Allah it means to accept the forgiveness. So when you say to one who turns to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And when you say mantapa tabela Allah, whoever seeks the forgiveness of Allah whoever returns to Allah, Allah will forgive him. The same word is used Dabba and taba. So it means both things depending on the context. When you use taba, referring to Allah, it means the acceptance of the Toba when you use taba referring to human beings, it means to return to Allah in forgiveness, seeking forgiveness. So, this is why we always say, Oh Allah, forgive us, for indeed you are the acceptor of
forgiveness. You are the one who accepts forgiveness, not once. So many times.
Allah says to those who know the Arabic language, they know that there is emphasis, the wow is doubled. And there is an emphasis it's called keyed in the Arabic language for a reason to show you that it happens often.
This is a reason Subhanallah so when Allah says Tao, it means he forgives you once. That's not one of his names. It is one of
the worshiper of the one who always forgives much
One time, every time so my brothers and sisters Don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala Don't lose hope in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala seek His forgiveness, worship Him alone, always look at how shape man is trying to trap you because shape and his job is to trap. That's what shape man's job is. So it's like a multiple choice. And I've said this before as well, where you have a question, one plus one. I said it last week, if I'm not mistaken, one plus one equals a two, B three,
c zero, you got to choose a B or C shaytan keeps on telling you a it see it see. And you know, a, it is a not B or C it is a I know I learned it. But shaytan convinces you know I'm telling you, there's a new technology out it's no longer two. It's something advanced just like zero, you get it right. When you write zero, you fake. That's what shaytan does to us. When it comes to sim you know what's wrong. You know, this is going to earn the displeasure of Allah but chances Hang on, don't worry, it's okay. You know, allies will give you sometimes this is what a man does. Don't worry one time, right? It has a disastrous effect upon us, my brothers, my sisters.
But I want to go on to the second set of duties that we have the first one, the duties unto Allah, I spoke about the primary duty unto Allah to worship Him alone, without associating partners with him. Allah alone deserves all acts of worship. So shaytan will come and try and make you render an act of worship to someone else to something else. Be careful, keep on asking yourself, Am I involved in any way? In schilke? In association of partners with Allah, why do I need to keep on asking myself that question, because that is the main thing that shaytan will trap you buy. That is the main objective of your creation on earth is to ensure that you worship Allah alone, right at the beginning. Surah
Al Baqarah, the first instruction Allah gives men Allah says, Yeah, I saw a Buddha by como la de holla Kaku Oh, people worship, you're up who created you? don't worship anything else, obviously, worship, you're up who created you? So once I've worshipped Allah and I make sure that Allah subhanho wa Taala definitely, indeed is being worshipped alone, I need to realize there is another set of duties, what are those set of duties? I have fulfilled my duty unto my maker.
Now, my maker has made other creatures besides me, the same maker.
If your father has other children besides you, what do they become? your brothers, your sisters, right? How because they are linked to you via a parent. When Allah has created other creatures, he created them for a purpose.
The purpose is to test you through the rest of the creatures that you will interact with throughout your little test. Subhana Allah, so I fulfill my duty unto Allah as my maker, and I have to fulfill my duty unto the rest of the creatures of the same maker, because they were made by the same Allah. Today when we sit, we feel entitled, every one of us thinks I am me. And it is I. That's what we think right now you're sitting, you are important to yourself, very important to yourself, but you become a winner. When you start thinking the man next to me is equally important. That's when you are a winner. Because then you start realizing that I'm not the only one here my life on earth is
very short. I come here and I will be known for something and I will leave this is why the one who cheats The one who deceives the one who has bad deeds. The Hadith says on the Day of Judgment, they will each have a flag. What is the flag has he heard the two Fulani boo Fulani?
This person? What is this flag? This flag is the deception of that man son of that man, which means by name you are known for what you really achieved on Earth. You are a big deceiver. So now on the Day of Judgment, you are known as the deceiver, you are a liar. So on the Day of Judgment, you are known as a liar, so panela remember this, you know it's easy for me and you to call each other liars. That means nothing. But what really means something when Allah declares someone a liar, then the game is over. May Allah forgive us
in rajala, like you ever been in the Leica daban, a person who lies begins to believe the lies and begins to forget the truth in such a way that a lot declares his name as a liar, it's over his brain shuts down to the truth, complete shutdown. He doesn't know it is closed and switched off. And he begins to believe in reality that voila, he loves him. This thing is the truth yet it is a lie.
Why? Because the Hadith says when a man is satisfied with his falsehood, he is written by Allah.
by the law he's written in with Allah subhanho wa Taala. As a liar, the door is closed. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not do that to us. So on the Day of Judgment, the door is definitely closed, because people will have their flags the question I have for myself and yourselves. Powerful question, serious question. And voila, it is no joke. We are now aging. We are becoming older and older, closer to our graves as the days pass. We're lucky. The question is, what would you like to be known as on the day of judgment? That's the question. I repeat the question on the day of judgment in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala. What do you want to be known as, work towards that?
work towards it? If you work towards it, trust me, Allah will grant you that. But if you defy, and if you deny, and if your ego disallows you from turning back, then remember, it is none other than you to blame for Allah yellowman nafsa. The Hadith says, Whoever sees anything besides goodness, they can only blame themselves, they can only blame themselves. So my brothers and sisters, you have a duty unto your brothers and sisters who are next to you, your brothers and sisters across the globe. The other creatures have Allah the trees, the plants, the animals, the dogs, the pigs, everything, Allah made it for a purpose. Do you know as Muslims, we know the regulations regarding
pig, pork, bacon, whatever else, we know how we become very, very. What can I say? We become very protective over ourselves when there is association with May Allah grant us all honor and dignity association with a pig. So someone say no, no, no, no, no pig, not at all. Please don't, you know, don't do this. And I won't associate myself. But remember one thing, as much as a pig is considered the way it is considered in Islam. We are not allowed to suddenly just harm the pig. As a result of that. You see a pig, you start throwing stones? No, that is haram. The pig has a liver, the pig has lungs, the pig has a soul that soul was created by the same creator who created your soul? Have you
thought of it that way? The answer is, oh,
well, it's the first time I'm looking at it that way, the dog, the dog out there that we throw stones at now the builder, may Allah protect us from doing that. It's wrong because the same Allah maker who made you and me what law he think about it, he made the dog he gave the dog a soul. The dog was also born just like you were born, the pig was also born just like you were born at the test is encapsulated in a specific set of rules. And that is you won't consume you won't touch etc, etc. Did Allah say just go and do as you please start throwing stones and harm and kill letting cry that no way? No way. Not at all. Even when you are, for example, getting rid of rodents or something that
is a nuisance. You need to do it in the most respectful way, knowing Oh Allah with your permission, and getting rid of this.
When you are sacrificing slaughtering an animal for consumption to eat, you have a duty unto the cow, you have a duty unto the sheep, what is the duty you need to use the most humane, the most simple, the quickest way of
taking the life of that animal, because it has rights that you need to fulfill. So panela the animals. So this is why we say we talk about Coco Cola, when we talk about a Coco a body, we talk about the rights of Allah, the rights of the worshipers, the others who are around you, you don't deceive them, you don't cheat them, you don't steal from them, you don't lie about them, you you honor them, you you make sure that you protect them, you lend help you lend assistance, you know, today, a lot of us are going through various struggles, because the situation not only here, but across the globe is a little bit tough. Do you know that if you cannot help someone,
the biggest thing you can do, don't harm them.
That is the biggest gift. There was a time when people used to say, Oh, this guy is my friend. Why? Because you know, he helps me. My brother, Allah is the one who gave you that. If yes, you respect them, you honor them, but you need to know the limits of that relationship to you know, a man who is a murderer. You cannot support him simply because he helps you know, you have to understand your duty unto the rest of the creatures of Allah stand up for justice for the sake of Allah, not for the sake of a hand that feeds you know, for the sake of Allah because if Allah once the tables will turn and they can turn and what happened
You're stuck on the Day of Judgment with a flag saying a man who stood up for injustice solely because there was a hand that fed him. Allah forgive us. May Allah grant us a lesson and an understanding. This is why we say my brothers and sisters,
there was a time when we used to say this man is good, he helped me law he The Times have changed. This man is brilliant because he does not harm me. That's where we are today. And I consider my best friends, those who have not harmed me, I don't need your help. I just need you not to harm me. Leave me alone. That's all. All of you would agree with the same thing I'm saying because life has changed, where people are looking how to harm this man. You see a person driving a beautiful vehicle. First thing, this man must be doing drugs man. Why say that? If you kept quiet, you are an honorable person. You are honorable leave him did he steal from you? The answer is no. Well then do
your thing. Subhana Allah Subhana Allah May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us a beautiful understanding. My time is up my brothers and sisters, but this is a beautiful topic I thought of touching on to say we have two primary duties that towards our maker, and that towards the rest of the creatures of the same maker, starting with mankind. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness May Allah make us the best of people. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the best of the dunya and the Akira May we become closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala may love and unity spread in our community and in all other communities and depalma at large, may we embrace one another with justice
for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala in a way that will please Allah such that our problems of the dunya and the archaea are resolved simply by the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala akuto Kohli has also sallahu wa salam ala nabina Muhammad