If this was your last day
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Friday 14th June Jumu’ah at Masjid Uthman, Kuwait
Beloved brothers and sisters, we thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for giving us this opportunity to meet in this beautiful house of his. And we asked the almighty to make it a means of acceptance for all of us For indeed, getting to the house of the Almighty. On a blessed day of Friday, is an act that is obligatory upon us, my beloved brothers, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us from those who can prepare very early in the morning on a Friday, and who can take pride in our beliefs and our religion, and who can arrive very early at the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala For indeed every Friday there is a competition that takes place with the angels at the doors of every Masjid,
writing down the names of those who are entering the masjid first and then the next.
Let us try and make sure that we are amongst the top now and again. We ask the almighty to grant us goodness. Brothers and sisters, if this was the last day that you had to live, what would you do? That is a question I asked myself and yourselves. Think for a moment if you were told that this is your last day, what is it that you would do right now? The first thing I would do is declare my faith in Allah subhanho wa Taala and repent for my wrongdoings. For indeed the declaration of faith is something that is far more heavy on the scale than anything else. There are so many integrations, one of them makes mention of a man who will come on the Day of Judgment with 99 files full of evil,
and they will be put on the scale. And all those evil deeds will be on the scale. He would look and think that there is absolutely no hope and as he is imagining that this would be his doom suddenly a little card comes out of one of the files.
And the card has on it the inscription of La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah mela, peace and blessings be upon all the messengers that he has sent to us. This inscription would bear witness that this man had uttered these words with complete conviction once in his life. And thereafter the Almighty will instruct that that card be placed on the other side of the scale as a good deed and do you know what? It will tip the scale and it will eclipse the 99 files each one of them from the east to the west. This Hadith is known as Hades will be pata May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to have hope in his mercy, and at the same time to fear His wrath and his punishment.
Brothers and sisters, it is a generation of the sorts that gives us hope and makes us repeat this declaration time and again eyeshadow Allah ilaha illallah wa shadow Anna Mohammed Abu rasuluh if we are used to repeating this declaration several times a day, the day that is definitely our last day, we would perhaps utter it as the last term before we leave the world. And the narration says
whomsoever has uttered La ilaha illAllah as the last words before they leave shall enter Paradise. May Allah subhanahu wa Jalla grant us that opportunity, and May he accept us for those blessed words. So make it your habit, and I should make it mine to repeat these words, not merely by tongue,
but to lead our lives in a way that inshallah We will also be able to uphold the values of the very statement that we are attending. There is no point in a person declaring that he believes that Mohammed May peace be upon him is the messenger yet his life is totally void of the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam each one of us my brothers and sisters, should make a very big effort on a daily basis to improve ourselves. Nobody's perfect each one of us have involved in some sort of sin minor or major May Allah forgive us.
May He protect us from major sin and may He make us more conscious of minus sin, each one of us is trying our best to improve. Remember, if this was your last day, you would cancel all appointments of sin that you might have made. And this may just be your last day. This would mean that anyone whom out of the fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the love for him cancels any of their sinful appointments or deeds, they would definitely earn the pleasure of the Almighty He becomes happy with them, who knows, they could be a deed that one had planned to do, which was so accessible to that particular person.
And solely because of the Almighty and the consciousness of the Almighty, they decided to cancel the deed. Who knows Allah might look at that cancellation and grant such a person paradise. Take a look at the Hadith
Which makes mention of seven categories of people who will be granted a special shade on the day of the AMA. especial shade on the Day of Judgment. They will be the VIPs of the day of judgment when we have scorching heat more scorching than the city of Kuwait this afternoon, we will be having such heat and yet the beautiful feeling of such an air condition today is so good that when we walk into the house of Allah subhanho wa Taala, we forget about the heat outside. So imagine if we are granted a special shade and a special place on the Day of Judgment. Well, there are seven categories that are made mention of from amongst those who will be getting that particular shape, may Allah make us
from at least one of those categories.
From amongst them is a man who was invited to commit adultery by a woman who was very good looking of high social standing and perhaps economic standing as well, of high lineage without any form of barrier in the sense that it was very easily facilitated the prophecy was there, the facilitation was there. Nothing stopped him from engaging in adultery besides the fact he says in me a half a law, I fear a law. So Allah says such a man deserves my shade on the Day of Judgment. He deserves this VIP standing on the Day of Judgment. My brothers and sisters This means if you cancel a sin, or if you abstain from it solely because you are conscious of your maker, he will grant you something
good in return. Something that will definitely make you smile The day that everyone else will be frowning. May Allah protect us.
So brothers and sisters, we repent, we ask Allah for forgiveness as well. If this was my last day, I would constantly repent throughout the day. Take a look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam were in the narrations make mention of how he used to repent 70 times a day and some narrations say up to 100 times a day he used to repent and ask him last forgiveness yet my brothers and sisters he did not commit sin. He was protected by Allah subhanho wa Taala so he engaged in
asking Allah forgiveness Allah forgive me, Allah forgive my wrongdoings. Allah forgive that which I have done, which I know and that which I don't know, he used to repeat different wordings of forgiveness and repentance up to 100 times a day. Brothers and sisters Be honest. How many times have you and I sought forgiveness today? I think the majority of us would say not yet Allahu Akbar.
So if we get into this beautiful habit of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam of asking Allah forgiveness, it will do a lot of good for us because at Evo mina lumbee, Camilla them Bella, we need to know that a person who repents from a sin is equivalent to He who has never sinned. May Allah subhanahu wa Jalla forgive us so much so that Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about the beauty of forgiveness.
And we find him saying
after making mention of some of the sinful people and some of the sins that people engaging, and the type of punishment that will be multiplied for them, Allah says except for those who repent and do good deeds, if you have these two conditions, repenting and doing good deeds, Allah says, We will delete those sins and in fact convert them into good deeds on the right side of the scale, such that when you and I arrive on the Day of Judgment, we will see so many good deeds that perhaps we may not have engaged in directly upon questioning, you will find out those were the sins that Allah has converted into good deeds because of two conditions, you sought forgiveness. And after that you did
good deeds, how many of us are ready to seek forgiveness and to do good deeds thereafter? Brothers and sisters, no matter what you've done in the past, never lose hope in the mercy of Allah. No matter how bad your past has been. There comes a day when you should change and so should I for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala life is not everlasting, but the life after death is indeed everlasting. So prepare for the life that is everlasting. Once you are in this temporary life, as we always say at dunya double Mama 102 double macaron foo min Mama recomb Lima currycomb.
The life of this world is just a pass pass time. It's a place of passing and the life of the Hereafter is a place of everlast everlasting. So take from
Your passing place that which will be beneficial for you, in your everlasting place something common sense. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, bless us, may he make a strong and steadfast brothers and sisters, if this was the last day you were living, it would be in the best of your interests to go out to those whom you have wronged and so have I. And to ask them for forgiveness, whether they forgive you or not, is up to them. The fact that you have tried very humbly, and you have said my brother, my sister, my father, my mother, my wife, my brother, or my son, my daughter, and so on my uncle and aunt or my in laws, I have wronged you in this way or in that way, please forgive me. I
really plead with you, they will come a day that Allah has described in the Koran.
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any a day that wealth and children will not help you. Nothing will avail besides me who has arrived with a pure heart May Allah grant us that pure hearts May Allah purified for us. So brothers and sisters, do not be too proud to go out and ask those whom you have wronged for forgiveness, even if it is a worker who has worked for you and you have spoken out loud to them. Take a look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his time when he was passing one of his companions who was beating a slave of his and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tapped him on the back. And as he turned around Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, I would like you to know that the Almighty has
greater power over you than you have over the slave of yours. He looked at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam quite embarrassed, and at the same time, he was trembling in the fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he said, O Messenger, I free him for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala how many of us are ready to make peace with those whom we work with? And for those who work for us or with those who work for us? Sometimes we take it for granted because the Almighty has placed them on a lower level than us not realizing they may be in paradise before me and you take a look at Villa de la and habashi.
How powerful a messenger he was. Yet earlier he was downtrodden by omega and the others in Mecca. And yet when Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came back from the Mirage, he looks at banana.
And he says, oh, Bilal, I heard your footsteps in paradise. Yeah.
I heard your footsteps in paradise. Sometimes there are people who work for us who are more regular with their prayers than we are. Sometimes they are closer to Allah than we are brothers and sisters. If this was your last day, ask yourself have I picked up the word of Allah to read it? How often do I read the Word of Allah subhanho wa Taala? Do I read the Quran on a daily basis? Do I try to understand what Allah has said? Sometimes we whip through the verses of the Quran without concentrating on the meaning not realizing that Allah subhanho wa Taala has revealed the Quran in order that it be a reminder for myself and yourselves. And in order that we ponder over its verses
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A book that we have revealed blesses in order that is versus be pondered over and that it may act as a reminder for those with sound intellects. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Bless us all. Brothers and sisters, if this was your last day,
how would we fulfill our own Salah? Would we whip through it and test through this sujood the frustration and the bowing the ruku? Is that what we would do? I don't think so. If this was my last day, I would take my time in my prayer, and I would ensure that the prayer is done in a way that perhaps Allah Take me away in the condition of sujood May Allah grant that to us.
Brothers and sisters, if you look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam statements, he says suddenly salata more than whenever you pray, you should pray as though that prayer is your last and final opportunity to pray. If that is the case, what would go wrong in your prayer brothers and sisters? Sometimes we rush to the masjid and we rush out of the masjid quicker than we rushed to the masjid. If that is the case, surely there is room for improvement. Brothers and sisters. Sometimes we pick our heads on the ground.
As though we are doing a favor to our maker, not realizing that Allah subhanho wa Taala does not need us for our acts of worship. It is us who need Allah for every moment you spend in sujood and prostration you are in actual fact the closest you ever could be to your own maker. Listen to the words, aka Boma Hakuna abdulah be
the closest that a slave can be to his maker is when he is in the condition of frustration. Now, will you rush through that frustration? Are you irritated with the creation with the creator or with your link with the creator? Sometimes we read Salah as though we are irritated with Allah, Allah, may Allah protect us. We need to improve on that my brothers and sisters, if we treat every single day of our lives, as though it is going to be the last day that we are going to be given an opportunity to live, we will become much better people, any and every opportunity. any and every opportunity to do a good deed shall be done. And any and every opportunity to abstain from a sin
shall be done. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us another question. If today was the last day that you were to live, how would you eat and drink? It's interesting, we would definitely name a bar before we start eating. And we would not indulge in a way that we got ourselves that we can't even walk after we've eaten because we know I just need to eat a little bit to perhaps survive until the fixed time of Allah subhanho wa Taala I will thank him for my food and my drink. And at the same time I will use the energy that I derive from the food and drink for something that will be meaningful in my life so it can help me in the hereafter. So brothers and sisters whenever you are
eating and drinking, if you are a believer, and you feel that this is perhaps the last opportunity I will have to eat and drink you will automatically fulfill the Sunnah of Tom Watson only Shara but was only nervous as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam teaches us and he encouraged us try to maintain a third for solids, a third for liquids and the third for air. Amazing. Some people if we were to tell them if this was your last day, what would you do? They perhaps might tell you we would send as much as we can meaning we would fulfill as many desires as we can because we only live once so we should enjoy it. We have a new phenomenon on the globe, which states you only live once or
YOLO that is void of belief. A min does not believe in that a more mean a person who believes in Allah realizes that life is a sacred gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala it is a test and an examination. Just like when you enter an exam room, you cannot do anything that is against the examination board. You cannot cheat or deceive the invigilators will perhaps catch you and you might be disqualified totally. So we have one huge examination center known as the dunya. And every one of us are being carefully invigilated by the angels and other witnesses. And each one of us is worried we should not be disqualified from Paradise Yala granted to us through your mercy.
My brothers and sisters, we have so many gifts that Allah has blessed us that he has not given others on the globe. We have food and clothing, we have accommodation, we have good limbs, Mashallah in good health. We need to ask ourselves, if this is my last day in this world, how have I reached out to the others who are going to remain on the globe after I leave? Today we have Muslims who are suffering across the globe, be it in Syria or Somalia, be it in any other country like Burma or Bangladesh? How many of us have reached out to these people through our own pockets, through the little money that we have through the wealth that we have? There are people as we are seated here
who are dying of hunger across the globe? They are your brothers and sisters, if this was your last day, how did your millions help you? How did your 1000s help you if you could not spare perhaps a small percentage for those whom you might leave behind? Do you want your heirs to fight over your wealth after you leave, we'll go and study the lives of the wealthy. A lot of them across the globe, their wealth is being scrounged upon by their own heirs who whom they have left behind some of them brothers and sisters who have stopped speaking to one another solely because the father was a rich man now that he passed away they are fighting over his wealth better than all that would be if I
could donate a little charity and I could teach my children to be donating as well and charitable people. For indeed if I leave a child whom I have taught goodness, it will be of benefit for me, as you know the generation of Muhammad Sallallahu
AlLahi wa sallam clearly says that a person who passes away their deeds are cut off except for three, what are those three, a little child of theirs who prays for them a charitable deed that continues in reward or a piece of knowledge that they have imparted. Maybe Almighty makers from any one of those three. And May He grant us from amongst those three, four indeed my brothers and sisters today, we have a notion that when someone passes away, we should all make dua for that person. Yes, we should.
Sometimes, after the person passes away, people will build a Masjid on his name. People will draw boreholes on his name or her name. The question I have, what did you do in your life? That is the question why did you wait to die for others to do it on your name? Do it once you're alive.
You want to draw the balls get them done now. You want to do something build MST get it done. Now. You want to be benevolent? Go ahead now don't wait to die and then people do it on your behalf. One wonders how Allah subhanho wa Taala will look at those deeds. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us all. People ask a question. We want to read Quran because someone has passed away? What if they themselves? Never ever read the Quran? How then are you going to benefit them? If someone did not pray himself or herself, we will ask Allah to forgive them. But you cannot now pray on their behalf and say, You know what? I will fulfill all the prayers that this person did not pray. If that was
the case, would it be right for us to declare the Shahada in place of someone who did not declare it in their lives? No one has you
know, soul shall shoulder the burden of another. We need to know this. And this is why the Almighty is most merciful most forgiving brothers and sisters impart some goodness if there is anything good you are planning to do do it today. Don't wait for tomorrow you may never see tomorrow. If there is anything bad you are planning to quit quit it today. Whether it is a habit of a cigarette, or a shisha or whatever else it is that is considered minor by some yet they are not minor. They are dangerous not only for your health, but even for your spirituality and your body. And for the day you meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala would you be proud of the fact that you have smoked away
500,000 boxes of malborough in your life, may Allah protect us. With that amount of money, perhaps we might have been able to assist 5000 refugees who do not have homes today in Palestine.
My brothers and sisters, let's reach out to one another. And one of the best points we can say reach out to yourself reach out to the good inside you every one of us is made up of a lot of good and sometimes a little bit of bad as well. Some of us allow the bad to dominate in such a way that nobody can see the good in us. And some of us allow the good to dominate, such that it eclipses the bad I call on you and myself today to increase the good and to decrease the bad make it your business and mind to prepare for the day you meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala This is why I started with the narration where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam speaks of an cavius
an intelligent person and intellect a sound sharp person who is he is neither one who has a PhD who can outwit others, perhaps who can outdo others in terms of work and salary and so on. The Hadith says mandanna nafsa. He is the one who recognizes who he is, he recognizes himself and he does deeds which will help him after death.
An intelligent person is He who recognizes himself. How would you recognize yourself? Ask yourself if I am 40 years old, for example, where was I 45 years ago?
Don't stop until you find an answer. And then ask yourself, where are those who have passed away last year and the previous year? Where did they go? and ask yourself? can I avoid going? Where they went?
You will answer these questions. And when you answer them, you will come to realize that life is so short, that people who are more powerful than us and more wealthy than us. They have bigger physical build. They also died and today they are not even available for us to speak to how to zoom in home in
Do you feel any one of them? Any one of them? Do you feel their presence here? Or can you even hear a slight sound of theirs? They were more powerful than you and they had much more wealth than you they have all gone to meet their maker. So am I and so are you. They will come a day 100 years from today when nobody will know that we exist.
If there will come a time when our great grandchildren will not even know our name, do you know that and evidence for that? How many of you know your first generation grandfather? I think very few, very few. May Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us goodness. So in the same way that five years before birth, we will not to be mentioned, perhaps 100 years after death, the bulk of us will never ever be mentioned again. Even our own progeny will never know that we existed. They might know that some way somehow I had a grandfather who came from this region of the world, but they won't be able to pinpoint and the evidence for that is we beyond a certain point, cannot pinpoint And do you know
what, as the years are passing, we are becoming more and more oblivious, of who our fathers and grandfathers were. We are becoming people who are not even bothered with our own relatives, and we don't even know that this person is related to me.
Yet we are supposed to be fulfilling their rights and duties. We are supposed to be looking after one another. May Allah subhanahu Allah bless us, brothers and sisters, I have spoken. And I have tried to answer a question if this was your last day, what would you do? How would you change your life? Brothers and Sisters repent for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala for I seek repentance as well. And I asked the almighty to forgive me and to forgive all the believers. And we asked the almighty to grant us goodness in Paradise and make us more conscious of our deeds. Brothers and sisters. Amara Malhotra the Allahu anhu had a statement that is recorded next to his name, he used
to say has evil emphasis on Kabbalah and to have Sabu take account of your deeds before they are taken account of. And what this would mean is make sure that you have a record of your deeds scattered with lots and lots of repentance before the almighty takes a record of those deeds. And you find you find that you have deeds that you are embarrassed about maybe Almighty for give us the beauty my brothers and sisters to seek forgiveness there are four conditions. If these four conditions are met, the sin is wiped out and deleted. Firstly, admit that you are wrong. Secondly, regret the sin that you have committed. Thirdly, ask the almighty to forgive you and falsely
promised not to do it again. The minute you meet these four conditions, there is no way that you will not be forgiven. But there is bad news as well. What is the bad news? If you have committed a sin against a fellow human being there is one more condition and that is a first condition. What is that? You need to go to them and seek forgiveness and that is not easy? Because Allah is an affordable Rahim most forgiving, Most Merciful fellow human beings are not a fool or Rahim they are not most forgiving, Most Merciful. So make sure that your link with fellow human beings is a link of goodness. And this is why when someone addresses you with ignorance, you need to just say peace and
walk away as the Quran instructs us rather than start engaging them in discussion in a way that we begin to say hurtful words that might usurp their rights. What either
a true worshipper of Allah is He Who when he is addressed by the ignorant, he just says peace and walks away, he knows it is going to be futile fruitless to engage in debate and discussion in certain quarters. So we asked the almighty to make us from those who can take account of our own deeds and wherever you are going wrong. It is quite simple to put things straight, seek forgiveness, ask Allah and he will wipe out imagine. I'm not too sure about the policies of this particular country. But what I do know in most countries, you have a tax man who is very, very feared. Every little dollar that is earned has to be recorded. And if they catch you with $1 you've earned which
you didn't which you did not record you shall be fine. People are so worried. They hire top accountants, and they pay 1000s of dollars in order that every dollar is accounted for in a way that we will be saved from undue and unnecessary embarrassment. nobody's asking me or you to hire accountants and pay them 1000s of dollars in order to teach us how to go into paradise and take account of our own deeds. We have lectures in the massagin we have Rama we have scholars, we have people who remind us of goodness, we have the Friday we have so many other gifts of Allah. Today we have radio programs, we have so many other programs, the media is full of goodness as well. If you
look for the right things, you will find it if you are hunting for the wrong things they will lead you astray. So brothers and sisters, in the same way that we are bothered about how every dollar must be accounted for. By the for the tax man of this world. We need to be bothered on a higher level of meaning.
with Allah subhanho wa Taala with correct accounts and the beauty is in this world if you take your accounts and you present them when you are wrong, you're penalized when it comes to Allah subhanho wa Taala. The minute you've seen that your accounts do not balance. You can balance them with Toba Subhana Allah, you can balance it with repentance I said moments ago no matter what you've done my brother, no matter what you've done my sister in the past, let the past be the past. Turn a new leaf today become a better person, give up your gambling give up you're perhaps
hooked. Meaning if you are hooked onto something wrong, give it up. Whatever it is, whether it is adultery open or graphy anything else the scourges of the age of plenty there are so many to mention. I know and you know where our weaknesses are May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us all brothers and sisters. These reminders come now and again. For us to say that I will turn tomorrow is not good enough. If you are motivated now. Say to yourself, I turn now to Allah what just what do you hear Lim lady
over honey even mama and Amina machine, I have turned my face to Allah subhanho wa Taala I have dedicated my entire life to Allah subhanho wa Taala if we are to leave the turning until tomorrow morning or until we go out of this house of Allah the spirituality outside shall dilute the feeling that we feel right now in the house of Allah the spirituality is high we may we may not hear another sermon because Allah might take us away before the end of today. May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless us all and May He grant us goodness and ease masala Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen