How to get from Sinner to Winner
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Ghana National Mosque
My beloved brothers, my sisters, every time we speak to each other, we should remind each other about developing the correct relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala
we should remind each other about Toccoa the consciousness of Allah, every time we connect this connection should be a great reminder of the fact that we are going to return to Allah subhanho wa taala.
One of the most important factors that we as believers bear in mind is that Allah created us and we shall be returning back to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah.
And the purpose of His creation here is in order for us to prepare for the meeting with him in the hereafter.
So my beloved brothers and sisters, we know that Allah Almighty has instructed us to do certain things, and he has prohibited certain things.
We know that Allah Almighty has instructed certain things and he has prohibited certain things.
When we fulfill the instructions of Allah, we achieve the happiness of Allah, we achieved the comfort, the contentment, the joy in this world, and the ultimate success of the hereafter. Similarly, when your heart or mind inclines towards that which is displeasing to Allah subhanho wa taala.
When your heart or mind inclines to that which is displeasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala
if you were to hold back because of Allah subhanho wa Taala is love and the fact that you want to please Him, you will be earning a reward just by holding back for the sake of Allah.
So my brothers and sisters, every time you want to do something that is displeasing to Allah, remind yourself that you have to go back to Allah How will you show your face to Allah subhanho wa Taala when you have not stayed back from that which displeases Him, and that alone should help you to stay away from this, they are termed sins although
a lulu, they are the sins they are divided into two categories that which is minor, that which is major.
The major sins are those which Allah Almighty has mentioned a specific punishment for in this world and the next all there is some severe warning about the likes of adultery,
con consumption of intoxicants,
These are just some of the major sins.
The most major of all of them is association of partnership with Allah.
And therefore my brothers and sisters,
if we were to look at these major sins, Allah Almighty tells us that when you engage in repentance, when you want to seek the forgiveness of Allah, he readily accepts it all the time, such that when a person enters the fold of Islam or says his or her shahada, the bad that they've done in the past is completely deleted and wiped out the same applies. We have just entered the month of Muharram 1445 Hijiri. Those who have come back from hardship for Allah Almighty tells them that if you your Hajj was accepted,
it deletes and wipes out all the bad that was done in the past, everything gone, forgiven, wiped out. That is the power of such a great pillar of Islam.
So, Allah Almighty gives us opportunity to turn back to him even from major sin,
the minor sins, the small things that we do, we sometimes constantly do them. Allah Almighty tells us be careful. When you get to us to a minus and then you continue to engage in it. It becomes major by virtue of repetition.
May Allah forgive us? But Allah Almighty has a great gift for us. He says, do good deeds, they will automatically wipe out your sins in Al Hasan, do we even say
Indeed, good deeds will automatically Eclipse or wipe out the bad deeds.
On the Day of Judgment, Allah will place a scale of justice. On one side, the good on the other side, the bad, those who have more good than bad, good news to them and those who have more bad than good, they have none to blame besides themselves. My beloved brothers, my sisters, I want to address a very important matter, some of the evil effects of sins. When a person commits a sin, what happens?
Firstly, did you know that when you commit a sin, the angels hold back from writing the sin for a short period of time, hoping that you will engage in repentance and they will not need to write it. Say, for example, I took some money from you. And I told you, I'm going to give you back just now in 10 minutes, they may not be a need of writing it and so on, you're waiting for 10 minutes, and 15 minutes and maybe 20 minutes, and I give you back the money. There was nothing written but I gave you you gave me and I gave you back.
When it comes to sins, the minute you commit a sin, the angels are told by Allah Almighty to hold the pen and to wait. Like I love who we are to, perhaps this person might turn to me and seek forgiveness. And this is why Allah says the one who commits sin and immediately repents, Allah will forgive him and grant him or her paradise.
Because they realize they have a lot to answer to. You have a lot to answer to that is what is of importance. So when you commit something that is wrong, immediately turn back to Allah regretted the true sign of a believer, as soon as you do something wrong your heart when you are done with it, your heart tells you I should not have done this. It was something I did not need to do. It was unnecessary. Why did I do it and there is regret that regret is a good sign. It's a sign of the love of Allah subhanho wa taala.
So my brothers and sisters, if you do not turn to Allah, even after a time, there is a black spot that will come into your heart
and you commit another sin. And the third one initially when you are first committing a sin,
the level of remorse as you commit it, the second time begins to reduce, it becomes less and less and less such that when you get used to it, it is normalized for you, for you to drink alcohol for you to commit this sin or that sin or eat usually an interest or what have you becomes normalized. The reason is you're used to it, it's going on and on. You have not turned to Allah. So Allah Almighty
one of the ways that he is showing you his displeasure, is that he does not grant you acceptance to engage in worship. Now my brothers and sisters, today we are seated here in a beautiful beautiful masjid, one of the most beautiful houses of Allah in this part of the world, this National Mosque of Accra in Ghana,
is this not the house of Allah, the fact that you are here is a sign of the love of Allah, it's the sign of the Mercy of Allah, what deal do you offer Allah today? What deal do you offer Allah He does not need your deals, but the deal is of your benefit and mine. Are you not going to offer Allah to say Oh Allah, you accepted me you love me enough to give me the edge and the need in my heart to go to the masjid and you gave me the energy and capacity to get there now that I'm here I promise you I want to repent to you and change my ways and habits. I want to quit the bad that I'm doing and I want to become a better person is that not a good deal?
If you came for Jumeirah, Friday, and every Friday you made one promise to Allah to do something good or to stop something bad, you would become a much much better Muslim.
And you would be proud of your own self and your own achievement. But the problem is we come to the masjid. As we are leaving we forget we even forget what the Imam said and we are busy with something else and we are busy doing something and as we exit we are talking to each other about this deal or that person or where we are going to eat and so on.
My brothers my sisters, don't underestimate the favor of Allah upon you. When a person gets used to singing It's a sign that Allah subhanahu wa taala is not pleased with that person.
Allah gives you the acceptance and grants you the energy to come towards him. It's a sign of the love of Allah.
Did you fulfill your Salah today the five daily Salah if you have not you have work to do. And if you have, thank Allah, it's a sign of the love of Allah work on other things more and more. Because life is such that from the beginning to the end, you will be working on yourself. Right at the beginning, someone is working on you, your parents, your teachers, and as you grow older, you have to work on yourself, development of your relation with Allah, your character, your conduct, and so on. But if you were to continue in those sins, like I said, you get used to it. And it actually takes you away from fulfilling the duties Unto Allah. You become lazy to pray, because you are
involved in sin.
When you are praying, you want to rush you don't have the sweetness of prayer because the sweetness of Ibadah is taken away from the one who's constantly sinning and they are not seeking the forgiveness of Allah. If you seek the forgiveness of Allah, good news, but we are talking about those who don't want to turn to Allah. They don't even think that I need to turn back to Allah. I need to change myself. The thought itself is a blessing thoughts, follow it up with action.
Rasul Allah He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He used to seek the forgiveness of Allah between 70 and 100 times a day. I am his follower, you are his follower. How many times are you seeking the forgiveness of Allah? How many times am I seeking the forgiveness of Allah on a daily basis. Just like when a person is drowning in sin and doesn't want to turn to Allah, just like it makes them far from other acts of worship. The minute you turn to Allah, He will bring you closer to goodness, you find it is easy for you to dress in the correct way. Because you are conscious of Allah, you quit your sins. But when you are involved, so so much in some things, you won't feel the importance of other things. You won't feel the need to stop from
other things because you are already involved in something and you don't even have the relation with Allah the way it should be.
for worldly matters, we want Allah to provide for us, we need money. We need a good job. We need a good house, we need decent clothing, we need some food so that we can survive. Who owns all of that? Is it not Allah? Allah owns absolutely everything. Allah owns your wealth, the keys to the doors of everything is owned by Allah, my brothers, my sisters, if you have a bad relation with ALLAH, do you really think he's going to bless your wealth? Do you really think he's going to bless your clothing and your food do you really think is going to bless your family and your circle of friends, because when you engage in sin, then you don't want to turn back to Allah, even your circle of friends
becomes people who will not encourage you towards good they will encourage you only in the direction that you are already heading.
So my brothers and sisters, it is absolutely important to ponder over this. Sometimes we are struggling in life and we are not close to Allah. Perhaps it is a sign of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to make you come to him. He is the owner of the solution of the problem that you are facing. That is Allah.
And this is why Allah Almighty asks us constantly, don't lose hope in my mercy. Come to me.
The happiness of Allah when someone says, Oh ALLAH forgive me, is described in the Hadith
as a joy, that is of the highest level imagine why would Allah be happy? When you and I
are creatures of his, he is the maker, he does not mean us but still he is happy that you came back. So happy. That is one of the highest levels of happiness. Allah says, This person has come back Subhanallah to me.
When the person engages in EBA at times, Allah Almighty tells the angels look at so and so he came Subhanallah Why would Allah talk about you?
Allah talks about anyone who remembers him.
For the Caroni of God, come remember me and I will remember you Allah says,
wish for only one attack for all. Be grateful to me and don't be ungrateful, showing in gratitude be great
fool. Remember me how many of us engage in a car every day? Subhan Allah Al Hamdulillah Allahu Akbar Allah Ilaha illa Allah husband Allah who were killed Nirmal Mola, Wunderman Nasi, whatever other car you are fulfilling
from the teachings of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, how many of us are doing a car, the reality is a very small number from amongst us very small, my brothers, my sisters, increase your vicar. Increase your car, Allah will bless you.
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Whoever remembers Allah in private, Allah remembers him also privately, whoever remembers Allah in the gathering, Allah remembers them in a gathering better than that gathering, which is the gathering of the angels don't you want Allah to talk about you? When you you can do that by turning to him seeking forgiveness and reminding others about Allah. So Allah will talk about you.
You want Allah to make you happy, but you don't want to make Allah happy? Subhan Allah, Allah, Allah mean, we want man once he cries, oh Allah give me this, give me this, give me this, give me this, give me this. But when Allah says, do this, we are not prepared to do that. This is why we have no blessings in our wealth. We have no blessings in our families, we have no blessings in our sustenance, no blessings in our clothing, in our homes, in our businesses, because we need to fine tune the relationship with our maker.
Fine tune it. Turn back to him. Promise Allah to quit the sin and see the blessings that Allah Almighty will grant you,
my brothers, my sisters, if we continue to involve in sin. There comes a time when if we were to call out to Allah and to ask him something he will not give us.
There is a Hadith of a man
who makes a long journey.
And he is disheveled and at the same time hungry and thirsty. And He's raising his arms to the skies asking Allah Allah Allah give me this and that.
And the prophets of Allah, Allah Salam says, his food is haram. His clothing is haram. His dwelling is haram. And he has been fed by haram. How does he expect a response from Allah in a positive way? How
but the Mercy of Allah still gives us we are all sinful to different degrees. Does Allah not give us does Allah not provide for us still?
Can we not turn back to Allah? Can we not soften the heart?
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Has the time not come for the believers to soften their hearts towards the remembrance of Allah, the Quran, the reminder of Allah has the time not come. We see the globe going through so many struggles, the Ummah is going through a lot of challenges. Can we not come together
and turn to Allah
and stop the little bad things we are doing. Maybe it might be that because of the bad we are doing, we may be punished by Allah. We don't like to talk about that because we don't want to hear about it. Because men only wants to hear nice things. But we need to address the matter because it is reality
is the punishment of Allah were to come? Who would save us from it.
But the good news is if you repent to Allah, Allah Almighty tells us very beautifully. Why am I can Allah who live nearby whom we
defeat him why man can Allahu be by whom one whom Mr. V? Oh, Allah says, Allah Almighty, will not punish them for as long as you are in the midst. Who is that? Muhammad allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Sometimes Allah saves an entire community because of one man in that community who is close to Allah. So Allah does not destroy the nation. Why? We have one man who is very close to Allah because of that everyone is safe. That's the verse of the Quran. The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah says for as long as you are in their midst, we won't punish them.
And the second verse, or the second part of it,
Allah will not punish them for as long as they are seeking His forgiveness. When you say Oh ALLAH forgive me, Oh ALLAH forgive me every day. If something negative happens to you, it is not the punishment of Allah How do I know because I seek the forgiveness of Allah even if I were to commit a sin immediately I regret and I say, Oh Allah strengthened me grant me goodness forgive me. I repent, I regret I don't want to do it again. And what do we say Allah whom mfine Behala Lee can haram ik wogonin If you follow the commandments, you are Oh Allah, grant me sufficiency in Halal so that I do not do that which is haram and give me sufficiency of sustenance from you, so that I do not depend
on anyone, but you.
Those are the favors of Allah.
There are so many other impactful things that happen to an individual and to community when we allow sin, to continue without turning back to Allah. So therefore today from this beautiful pulpit, I call on one and all to turn to Allah. Seek His forgiveness every day, work on your weaknesses, you will know what your weaknesses are, you know what your skills are. I know what mine are, work on them. Every day you should notice an improvement
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