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A Path to Paradise 1

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Episode Notes

Jumu’ah Lecture from Masjid Al Falaah – Harare, Zimbabwe

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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.

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smilla hamdulillah salat wa salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah He was heavy Jemaine, we praise Allah subhanahu wa Jalla we thank him upon all conditions we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household all his companions May Allah Subhana Allah Allah bless them all. And may He bless every single one of us and May He grant us goodness in this world and the next And may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect our offspring in a way that they to serve the dean in an upright manner such that they also contribute towards this beautiful Dean and earn Jenna by the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. My beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, we

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have just completed the month of Ramadan. And the Hadith speaks of a DA of jabril alayhi salatu was salam, as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was climbing on the member and one of the drawers was way Lululemon andraka Ravana Phantom yoga formula will be or destruction be upon the one who has witnessed the month of Ramadan and did not achieve forgiveness. This means Ramadan is the month of forgiveness, where forgiveness is being distributed and literally in our language dished out completely. Foolish is a person who does not get from that forgiveness, if you desperately in need of something. And you heard that it is being distributed wholesale just outside. It is only

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arrogance and pride that would make you not want to go and get from it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us. So when a person is searching for forgiveness desperately in need of that forgiveness, and Allah says I'm dishing it out completely, then it would only be the pride and the arrogance within a person that would not want them to achieve that forgiveness. However,

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there are many other deeds that need to be taken into consideration because they too would result in a person's entry into Jenna. Ultimately, that is what I want and that is what we all want. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us, Jenna. So I want to spend a few moments looking at these deeds, the deeds of gender, the deeds that would result in a person entering gender.

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We spoke about fasting and we spoke about how one can achieve forgiveness in Ramadan at the same time, although it may be important for me to start with Eamon but let me start with the issue of fasting. Because indeed, not only the month of Ramadan, should we be fasting in but rather evening? Sure. Well, you and I know there are six fasts that are a Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and highly recommended he says when sama Ravana Tomas bajo Sita Misha. Welcome to Casa Madara. And I'm sure by now we know what that means. So, above that, two days a week, every Monday and Thursday, it's as soon as Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam try that, try it out. Sometimes it's not far out. It's

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not compulsory, but it's a tsunami. Also, we have the fasting three days in the lunar calendar, the month, the lunar month. So the 13th 14th and 15th. Try it sometimes you will find the benefits of it not only spiritual, and religious, but even the health benefits of it are tremendous. On top of that, there is a special door through which those people who are serious about fasting in this world will enter from when it comes to gender. So those who are fasting and those who used to take it seriously did it for the sake of Allah for the right reasons. They will be granted entry into gender through a door known as Arabian why we say those who took it seriously. Some people fast to lose

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weight. Some people sadly gained weight in the month of Ramadan. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us guidance, some people fast in order for it to be solely and only beneficial to their health. If that is the case, perhaps you might achieve some of that. But what will happen regarding your link with Allah? The answer is well You've spoilt it because your intention was wrong. However, if your intention is correct, and on top of that you do see the health benefits etc. That was a bonus. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us so let's take fasting more seriously my brothers and sisters, outside the month of Ramadan. I call on yourselves and myself to become a little bit more

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serious about the six facets of chawan they do not have to be consecutive. They can be any days of the month of shall Well besides the first one. And at the same time. If you have Kaaba or you have missed fasts of Ramadan, do them first because those are obligatory and the rest become

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Soon and we cannot give preference to the student over that which is foreign, although they are both very important. So my brothers and sisters that is one thing also Let's become more serious about the two fasts every week. Try it out sometime like we say, also the fast of the month the three fast May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. We have several other fasts in the year, but if we start with these then inshallah we will be introduced to those similarly, going to Jenna you require a man but together with a man something else, your Eman alone will not take you two gentlemen Remember that? No way in the Quran does Allah say the moon will get Jenna he always says when levena

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mano y mano Sani had una Inca.

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If you want to guarantee place in Jenna, you need to believe and on top of your belief, you need to work towards it. You need to do good deeds. So Allah subhanho wa Taala did not say those who believe will attain genda because he knows there will be people who say I believe we believe we believe but in essence they don't believe because evidence of belief is in your deeds. You can say what you want. Allah says Allah to Allah. Amen. column two minnow Allah kuno Islam.

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While I'm a man who ficolo become the Bedouins at the time, they said, We are believers, Allah says tell them you are not believers, you've only surrendered. But a man has not yet entered your heart. You might be doing deeds outwardly, but only Allah knows the condition of your heart. So your condition needs to be correct in terms of the insides in your heart. And on top of that, your deeds need to prove that you believe you say with your tongue and you work towards it also with your with your body parts. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us goodness. So Eman, it's extremely important for us to realize that together with a man, you also need good deeds. One might say well, I have a

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man but I'm weak and weak in the sense that I've committed certain sins here and there. Well, I want to inform you another way of earning Paradise is to keep seeking the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You ask Allah forgiveness and Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant you gender at a boomin and then become an Adam Bella, I'm sure we've heard this a few times, the meaning of which is the one who has repented from sin is equivalent to He who has no sin at all. So if you want to wipe out your past, there is a way in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala and that way is to seek forgiveness. But you have one problem, what is the problem? When you have wronged a fellow human

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being? Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Go and sort your mess out with that fellow human being first, and then I will forgive you the rest of it. But I will not take the rights of a fellow human being of yours away when you have wronged him. He has the right to say Oh Allah, I want justice here. And the court of Allah subhanho wa Taala is the ultimate court where Allah says lavonne melanio On this day, there will be no oppression, the truth is manifest. It is clear. This is why the Prophet sallallahu wasallam speaks about sorting out the problems between yourselves before it is too late. If you sought it out in this dunya perhaps you will achieve the mercy of Allah. If

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people have the arrogance to say I leave this for the day of the AMA. They have no clue perhaps it will turn out that they would have been wrong. May Allah subhanahu Allah grant us ease sometimes we are convinced that we are right. But in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala we are totally wrong. It would be absurd to leave that to the day of judgment and suddenly you find out on that day. Oh no. What did I do? No matter what we'd rather have sorted it out. It's one of the ways of earning Jenna. Allah says what Sadie Oh, Ella was woofie Ratan Ravi Kumar Jang.

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It's a long verse, but the beginning of it is,

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race towards Make haste towards the forgiveness of Allah and paradise. These two things, what does that mean? Anything that will result in me getting to Jenna, I need to rush towards it. I must not worry about anything. I must run towards achieving gender, I must run towards achieving the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Ultimately, if you have lost the entire dunya your whole life was a mess. But if it was in the right side in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala of the page, then you have achieved gender, you will achieve the mercy of Allah you lost nothing. People will forget about the difficulties they had for the 60 or 70 years that they were on this earth. Once we

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achieve the goodness of gender we forget of the problems of the dunya and once we achieve the evil of Johanna, may Allah protect us. We forget about the luxuries of this dunya that we had so much

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My brothers and sisters the luxuries we have are all temporary. They are very, very temporary like we say, may Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, we will make use of what the dunya has offered us on condition that we do not give it preference over the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala or the law and the rule of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us all. Similarly, what is of utmost importance for us to notice one of the ways of achieving gentlemen and Paradise is to develop your consciousness of Allah, it is known as dukkha dukkha. Take a look at the beautiful hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam where he was asked by the companions or messenger sallallahu alayhi wa

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sallam, what are the deeds that if I were to do them, I would achieve paradise? Or what are the deeds that the people who entered paradise have engaged in? What are their qualities? They entered gentlemen, what are their qualities? He made mention of two things, just two things. What are they? He says, the koala. He was known for loci, Allahu Akbar, my brothers and sisters, he says, the consciousness of Allah and

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great character and conduct those are the two things that will take you to paradise. think very carefully of what I've just said. Great character and conduct can actually make you get a rank of a friend of Allah. According to one of the narrations. The prophet SAW, Selim says a person can achieve the high ranks in the eyes of Allah through good character and conduct. And also emulation makes mention of how when a person's character and conduct is not good, it is a sign of their loose connection with Allah. They don't have a strong connection with Allah. They don't respect the other creatures whom the same Allah has created. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us so a sign of your

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piety is your character, your conduct exemplary, absolutely beautiful. You work hard on developing it the same duration says or messenger tell us about the people of the fire. What are the characteristics of this, he says two things would land them in jahannam Alpha Mo, will follow photo stokfella May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, he says two things, the tongue and the private parts. And this is why in another narration, he says to his companions, any one of you who guarantees me that correct use of that which lies between the cheeks, meaning the tongue, and that which lies between the thighs, meaning the private parts, I guarantee him a place in general, think

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of it carefully it means it has to be a serious matter. immorality is something that can lead you to jahannam and at the same time, your time is something that can lead you to jahannam this is why Allah says regarding the tongue, woman, Sano coulomb

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illallah wa rahmatullah

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wa Paula in any non Muslim me, who can be better than the one who calls towards Allah using that tongue, who can be better in speech, Poland means use of the tongue, who can use the tongue in a better way than he who calls towards Allah subhanho wa Taala. But on top of that, he does good deeds himself, and he considers himself from amongst the Muslims from amongst this large group known as Muslims. The minute you say, I'm a Muslim, and you have used your tongue in the correct way. And at the same time you have done good deeds, you can be rest assured that before you die, the angels will come to inform you of a good place in general, that's according to this beautiful verse of surah to

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zomer. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us general for those where Allah subhanho wa Taala clearly says that the angels will descend upon such people prior to their death, just before their death to give them good news. Don't worry, don't panic, what's about to happen to you? Don't worry, you are going to a beautiful place there. May Allah subhanho wa Taala guidance. So my brothers and sisters, the use of the tongue can either make you a person from those who will enter Heaven, or make you a person from those who will enter hellfire. Take a look at another narration one of the most powerful narrations that I'm sure a lot of us may have heard, because it is the last Hadith in Sahih al

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Bukhari and it is a hadith that is oft repeated Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam says, Kelly mahtani fatahna Allah Listen, Shaquille attorney filmyzilla Annie Habib attorney, Allah Subhana Allah He will be handy Subhana Allah Allah him the use of the tongue. Again, the prophets of Allah Salaam says there are two words that are very light, two little sentences, very light on the tongue. They take nothing from you. Nothing at all very light on the tongue, but very, very heavy on the scale.

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And at the same time they are so loved by Allah subhanho wa Taala What are they Subhana Allah He will be Hamdi. Subhana Allah he'll have him spend the moment to say these words right now Subhana Allah He will be Hamdi. Subhana Allah, He loves him. They are so heavy in the eyes of Allah, it shows that you can use your tongue to achieve the love of Allah. Once you have the love of Allah, what are you worried about? May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us but shavon keeps attacking, and he keeps telling us to use swear words, falsehood, etc, etc, hurt people's feelings, utter that which is incorrect, invalid, etc, and so on. May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us if we do that what

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would happen? We would be negating the good that we've done. It's now like a seesaw. When one goes up, the other one goes down, one goes up, the other one goes down, we need to choose which side we want to be heavier. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us. So my brothers and sisters, the tongue, absolutely important for us to be able to use it or become conscious of how we use it in such a way that we can engender to feel those through the tongue. Remember when Allah says that you will earn gentle with this deed? It might seem simple, but in another narration, the prophets Allah, Allah says Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah Allah, He says, Behold, the commodity that Allah is selling to

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you is very expensive. That is genuine, Allah is giving it to us, it's very expensive, it's not something light, you need to work towards it, it's going to be a tough road there. That's what it's all about. It's a tough road. And as you go through, you need to know how to, you need to know how to wipe out the bad that has happened on your path, and convert it into good in such a way that at the end of the race, you find yourself in the front, you know, if you have watched these races, or if you know about races, say Formula One or any other ways you find people going around the track, it doesn't mean even if it comes to athletics, it doesn't mean the person who is at the front at the

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beginning is the winner. Ultimately, those with experience will tell you no way someone near the back, who knows what he's doing. He's consistent, even in a small way he's running but he's consistent in his pace, he's going to win the race, not the guy who started off with a big bang and suddenly halfway through his legging, you know, you have a puncture, you have an accident, you have this you have that, you know, you went round the race, one split second can drop you behind how far you know that the same applies to our path regarding gender, the Hadees is a Llama Llama de la, we're in the best deeds are those that are done regularly, even if they are little small deeds.

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Those are the ones where now you're watching the race and you're actually running slowly. So you know that you are consistent, you are trying, Allah says Don't worry, you will win the race. But if you think today I'm a pious man, I'm going to read the whole Quran. And then for the rest of the year, there's nothing happening. You are similar to a person who was right in the front, suddenly, you had a flat out a blowout, and it took you so long to fix it that everybody beat you. And now you're the last person they had to disqualify you such that people beat you in the lab such that you were still in the previous lab when they were in the lab that was ahead. May Allah subhanho wa Taala

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grant us an understanding. So if you take a look at these types of examples, obviously I'm bringing them just to become closer to our understanding. They apply also in our own Deen some people you find them extremely pious, and suddenly the very next day, everything else happens and they head in the wrong direction. The Hadith says a person can do good deeds for 70 years, right at the end, they can do such a bad deed that they it can result in their loss of entry into gender and perhaps their entry into jahannam. And the person can have done bad deeds for 70 years right at the end, they can have done such a powerful deal that Allah subhanho wa Taala grant them gentlemen, it is in the best

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of our interest to make sure that we don't fall into the first category. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us consistency in our deeds, the fact that we soften our hearts We finished the month of Ramadan. You see the month of Ramadan, what happens on the day of eat, the phone vibrates, someone was actually joking about it and seeing Perhaps that is shapen with his network now being activated once again. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us remember the parties that we have on the day of Eve and never ever parties to welcome the devil back. But they are parties to be thankful to Allah for giving us the opportunity to worship Him. So on that day, we have an extremely bad which is

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known as the Salah of Eden the hotel of eat, we are thanking Allah subhanho wa Taala my brothers and sisters These are just a few beautiful words. Obviously it's a vast topic. If Allah Subhana Allah gives us the opportunity to continue with it I will probably continue on how to attain gentlemen, the reason is all of us would love to intergender May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us or Jenna or sallallahu wasallam or Baraka, Allah Nabina Muhammad