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Patience & Prayer – Powerful
Channel: Mufti Menk
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Lecture delivered at the Zayed bin Muhammad Family Gathering in Khawaneej, Dubai. Hosted by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Department of Dubai.
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah while he was happy here Jemaine we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household all his companions, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless them all and we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us, and to bless our offspring those to come up to the end.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant ease to every one of us And may Allah subhanahu wa taala make easy for us whatever difficulties we may be going through my brothers and sisters in Islam.
It is indeed an honor to be here at this beautiful venue desired bin Mohammed family gathering, and to be able to speak to you this evening on a topic that will bring about lots of contentment if we were to take heed, because it comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And from the words of the blessing messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam molars peace and blessings be upon him and every one of us. Similarly, what we do need to know is when the Almighty created us, we had no choice. None of us seated here can say, I had a choice to come on to the earth. It was imposed on us by the supreme deity, the one in absolute control, the one who has created the entire creation, he decided that he
wants us to be created to
and this is evidence enough to prove that we owe him we owe him because some people go through difficulties and they think I don't want to live. But in actual fact, you have to live because the one who made you knows why he made you. And this is why Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it absolutely clear that He is the Creator, he is the Sustainer right at the beginning, if you were to start the Quran, and I'm sure all of you if not, most of you would know, the first verse of the opening surah or chapter of the Quran, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Alhamdulillah your beloved me All praise is due to Allah.
Allah mean, the term of boon refers to the creator nourisher cherisher sustainer provider protector cure, the one in whose hands lies absolutely every aspect of existence, he is known as Robin, so he is Rob of alameen. He is the load
all the different creatures from the beginning to this day and right up to the end. He is the Lord. He takes care of the earth, just like he takes care of human beings.
nothing that walks on Earth, nothing that walks on Earth.
Except that its sustenance is upon Allah. Don't worry about sustenance, Allah will sustain you, Allah will provide for you, Allah will give you just like Allah subhanho wa Taala gives the bird that flies suspended in the air. Know that our calluna Allah has
to do. What
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, if you trust Allah subhanho wa Taala in the proper way, he will sustain you just like he sustains the bird. He will look after you. Now some people sit back and they relax and they say okay, Allah says he will look after me just like he looks after a bit. So let me just sit back and wait. I can be lazy I can be anything. Whatever is written for me will come. while learning the Hadith is not complete the Hadith says meaning what we've spoken about so far, we still need to speak about the end of the Hadith. It says that bird leaves the nest with an empty belly in the morning. It goes out and comes back at the end of the day with a belly that is
filled where it got its food from the help of Allah but it worked hard throughout the day. Many of us work very, very hard. We work hard, alone will give you a lower provide keep
calling out to the owner of sustenance. The difficulty is sometimes the glamour of the world overtakes us in a way that we don't realize the owner of the money that we're looking for is actually the maker who made us. So when we get closer to Him, we become wealthier people Subhan Allah,
I will say, Oh, I will recite a few verses through the course of this evening's lecture, that will prove to you that if you want sustenance, you need to get closer to Allah. You need to get closer to your maker, he will provide for you, he will grant you Subhan Allah. So
we all find that in our lives as we're born and we grow up, there are difficulties our parents face challenges to look after us. Our parents find it difficult. Our mothers have spent sleepless nights our fathers as well. I hope the fathers are not just lazy, sitting back relaxing and leave it for the mom, you need to take care of the child as well. Sometimes you need to give the mom also sometimes you need to give the mom a little bit of sleep and say Don't worry tonight I'm on guard so how do we do that? Mashallah, I hope it will happen by the word of Allah. May Allah make it easy, but we feel the difficulty it's not easy, it's exciting when someone is expecting and we get so
happy Mashallah unexpecting May Allah make it easy, may Allah grant you a birth that will be inshallah easy, it won't be free of difficulty, but Allah can make it as easy as possible. However, once the child is born, it's a whole new ballgame. Your life changes, you go through hardship, sleepless nights, you might struggle in terms of finances, because now you have a child, but Allah knows that that is his plan. That is what you are on earth for to strive within the obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala. so that by the time you leave the earth, you have already developed a link with the maker whom you are going to return to and you have lived the life such that the baton, you
passed it on to the next generation. Yesterday, I was speaking to a group of young men and I was telling them you know what, it would be quite simple to divide our lives into three because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that our motto Mati, Medina, sistina, Illa, Sabine, the average lifespan of the members of my oma between 60 and 70 years, say, for example, 60, let's take the lower figure,
the first 20 years, the previous generation is teaching you how to live life. Do you realize that the first 20 years, your parents, your teachers, whoever else, they are teaching you how to live your life, the second 20 years, you are living your life, so panela so now I am graduated, perhaps 2025 I'm living my life, I got married, I have my children, what am I doing, I'm enjoying a little bit here. And then you got 40 years after that the last 20 years, you are now preparing the next generation to live a life. It's amazing how these 60 words now this is not from the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam this division. This is just from our experience, we will notice that
the first portion of your life, people of the previous generation are teaching you what life is all about the middle of it, you are living your life, the end of it, you are busy teaching other people how to live the life it goes to show you what Allah says
in the book,
fill out the body. Remember when Allah subhanho wa Taala when you are told the angels I am creating a Khalifa on Earth, what is the meaning of halifa one of the meanings is those who come one after the other. That is one of the meanings of Khalifa that means I came, my parents taught me, I lead the life. I teach my children I leave, they leave their lives, they teach their children they leave, and so on. It's amazing how this is the plan of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So I will face challenges I was created in order to face the earth and the earth is not simple. It is filled with obstacles. Just like if you were to enroll into a beautiful college that has a very high name in terms of
education in your country. It's not going to be a walk in the park Subhanallah it's going to be difficult. You need to be facing examination after examination
and test upon test and guess what? The more qualified you become, the more difficult the tests are. At the beginning. They are very easy, simple tests. They give you an interview. They asked you what do you know about medicine? And you say well, not much. They say well, that's why you're here come we will teach you as they teach you one concept. They test you about it when they teach
20 concepts they test you about 20 concepts, then you go into the practicals and then you become a doctor after you have passed the final examinations. So when it comes to the earth, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us I put you into this exam room you will go there you will learn what it's all about. By the time you clock maturity of puberty, you are now called McCullough you are responsible, you are answerable to Allah subhanho wa Taala What will we do, Allah says, has given me otaku?
boo Sadako wala
DB surah. Allah says, Does men think do you think that it's sufficient for you to say we believe and you will not be tested? In fact, we have tested those before you as well in order to determine and distinguish who from amongst you are truthful and who are false in their claim.
People say sometimes, why I'm a believer, why do I have so many tests? Why do I have so many difficulties? Why do I have so many hardships? I can tell you why because you are in the school you are in the exam room you have undertaken that Allah is one you have believed that Allah is one and you believe this is the messenger Allah says okay, can you really believe we're going to test you so how would we test you you believe allies the Sustainer you believe allies the cure you believe Allah is the
all wise the whole knowledgeable you believe He is the Lord of the worlds okay? So when we make you sick or ill, Mellotron just kills me. When we make you sick, or ill, we want to see what you do. Will you employ methods that are against what we have taught, or you will do that which is permissible, you go to the doctor, you may want to read some more on you may want to look after yourself, there is something called morality that morality that meaning those chapters of the boron whereby if you were to read them, you would be protected from the devil and his progeny. You need to read them morning and evening. It is like medication. If you have high cholesterol, and the doctor
tells you, you need five milligrams of custard every single day. At this time, what will happen if you miss it, if you stop it, your cholesterol levels will go high. The same applies if Allah tells you to protect yourself from the devil, you need to read the last two sutras of the Quran or you need to include when it ayatul kursi, which is a verse of the Quran in surah baqarah. And if you don't do that, don't blame anyone when you become ill or sick. Remember this, it's a test from Allah, you need patience in order to end your now one might be asking, this is an introduction to a beautiful topic. When it was advertised. I saw it said their patience and prayer solver was Salah.
That's what it said. supper was Salah. And I'd like to add to that as well. That the importance of being generous, the importance of giving. So why did I start this way to show you that we will be tested? Does man think that he came on to the earth in order to just enjoy without being tested? No, you will enjoy with the tests. Allah did not say you're not going to enjoy, but there will be pockets of difficulties that will overtake you at times, so difficult, so hard that you will need find good words to encourage you, you will need people around you to give you some hope. And this is why in law so if you take a look at the short surah a beautiful verse at the end, Allah says let me
me know sorry.
have been what?
Allah swears an oath by time. Allah says I swear by time
that all mankind is at loss. All Mankind is lost, except for those who believe and do good deeds, and they encourage each other or they remind me
each other, they constantly remind each other regarding the truth, and they constantly remind each other to bear and patience. Wow. Wow Subhan Allah, constantly, if I see you, you're in a difficult time difficult situation you are my perhaps son or daughter or spouse or whoever else you may be to mean just a normal person. It is my duty. If I'm a good believer to tell you, don't worry, everything will be okay. It's fine. It will be okay. Turn to Allah. Don't lose hope, continue. We're all struggling. We're all going through challenges. Keep on going. Don't give up. Those words are so powerful. My brothers and sisters, use them often. encourage people at your workplace, Muslim, non
Muslim, whoever it is, give them a word of hope. Because when you give them a word of hope, Allah will create hope in your own life. And Allah will give you so many doors and avenues of goodness. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will bless you in 1,000,001 ways. So this is why if you were to take a careful look at sort of Baqarah verse number 155, Allah says quite clearly, we will test all of you, you know, it's like the college It reminds me of a college where you know, someone in charge is telling you every week you're going to have a test. And every month you will have a slightly more difficult test. And every year, you're going to have a major examination. If you graduate, guess
what? We're going to make it more difficult for you.
If you pass, we're going to make it more difficult for you, you're going to get the following year more difficult tests. So don't think that once I passed the one test that says I'm going to sit back relax, wow, you will get a prize at the end of your secondary school. Perhaps you get a certificate with all A's. How happy are you? Your parents are happy, you are happy, your family's happy and you can get a brilliant job or a placement at a university of your choice because you have all a stars or distinctions. Was it easy? No. I spent sleepless nights I worked hard. I gave up my iPhone. Imagine because I needed to study I gave up my games, my Facebook, my Twitter, my Instagram because
I needed to study. The exams of Allah are far more important than those. So if you pass one, the next one will be more difficult. Allah says while
what a beautiful verse.
Verse number 155. And after that, Allah says we will definitely test all of you you know the term in the Arabic language is emphasized. It is called a tacky tacky means emphasized in a powerful way. There is an extra lamb, there is a double noon which means definitely definitely we are going to test you do not think that you are going to get away without the test. You have to be tested. What are you going to test us with Allah sachet emotional
part of fear, you might be scared, sometimes fear might overtake you, whatever fear it is, fear is of so many different things. I leave that to you to think about.
So Allah starts off by saying mental health will joueur you will be tested with hunger, so many different ways. Maybe there might be food, but you may not be able to eat it or they may not be food and you will not be able to eat May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to appreciate the food we have. And this is why one of the best things that I have heard is the fact that this is the year of giving in this particular nation. generosity and giving. When you have eaten, don't waste, make sure that whatever is left behind is given to those. And when I say left behind, you know, I visited for East Asia. And I remember entering a restaurant and I learned something. I remember the
name of the restaurant it was to buy to buy. That was the name. How do I remember it because I said to myself there are two pies in here. So two pies. That's the name of the restaurant. Some of you might know if you visited the Malaysia, Singapore, perhaps the Philippines etc. So
They said that you pay so much for a buffet.
And we will charge you by weighing your plate when you are leaving to see how much food you have left behind for every 100 grams or something charged so much I cannot remember the figure. And I was so impressed because I told myself Subhan Allah, we have a bad habit. What is the bad habit? When like, it's a buffet, I took my plate, I feel I feel I'm not what I'll just fill it why it's a buffet. That's why and I filled it full like a mountain, you know?
And what did I eat one or two things and I left it in and gone. What did you take it for? I paid for it.
You paid for it that does not justify the wastage. This is why congratulations to the rulers who are trying to conscient eyes us about wasting.
Rather than wasting, give it away. Make sure that you give some kind of love. Going back to the verse Allah says, Allah will test you with hunger.
We started with fear and hunger and Latin, lack of wealth or loss in produce or loss of life. All these things are mentioned in this verse, then Allah says, give good news to those who are patient, those who best suffer those who are understanding the control that Allah has of entire creation.
I was asked once, if Allah is so merciful, why do people die?
The child asking me the question had a beautiful question. If Allah is so merciful, why do people die, because to him, death is the end. So I will sit my son, if you believe you will realize that it's the mercy of Allah that actually makes us die. Allah does not allow you to taste pain beyond a certain point. And this is why if you are inflicted with some harm, or you are hurt or injured beyond the point, it becomes numb beyond the point you become unconscious and beyond the point you lose your life because Allah does not want you to feel pain beyond a certain point. And on top of that, my son and I was talking to this young boy, I told him, I said, Do you know what? When you
have worked so hard throughout the year, what happens at the end of the year at your school? You have a prize given? Would you love it? If you were called up on the stage, and you were given your prize? He said obviously I would love it. Is that not a big gift? Yes, it's a very big gift. I said so Allah tells you that while you're on Earth, we will test you again and again. Whoever passed those tests, we will call them up for the price. You know, there is a hottie which speaks about the day of price giving when I say that their fries giving him I'm referring to the day of judgment and what happened thereafter, or what will happen thereafter. I'm sure you've heard over duration with
the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him says there are seven categories of people who will be granted a special shape the day that they will be no shade besides that shade of Allah subhanho wa Taala Sebastian, you will know whom Allahu ta v arshi Yama La Villa in la de novo. And there are seven categories. What is that? Those are all prizes of those who endured. They were patient, they were forbearance, they practice restraint, they tried their best, they constantly sought the forgiveness of Allah, Allah will call them out on the Day of Judgment. And Allah will say, you know what, you tried hard. We tested you. We tested you with the toughest of tests. But that's because we love you.
The Hadith says in the law, Bob Dylan intellia. When Allah loves a slave, he tests him, he tests her. If you have problems my brothers and sisters, remember, I do too. He does to everyone else does do have a different nature. We have issues. We all deal with it differently depending on our closeness with our maker.
This is why the verse says, give good news to those who bear suffering. To those who are patient, give good news to those who understand they need to develop their link with their maker.
And the Hadith also says
man or a woman empty law,
the greater reward will be with the greater test. apply this to the school situation. It's true. When you have a simple question, what is one plus one? I think they give you a half a mark for getting it right. But when you have a long question that took you half an hour to solve, they give you 20 marks Do you agree? The same applies with Allah subhanaw taala when he gave you a test that lasted five whole years, six years you had difficulty you struggled you went through one thing after another financial problems social problem, health problems, spouse problem, every other problem you can think about Allah will give you 90 out of 100 based on that.
And then you graduate when you how do you graduate
You have to get into the prize giving, where is the prize giving on this side of life or that side of life.
It's on that side of this life. What that means is, there is a life that is absolutely eternal that begins the day this life ends. So this is what I was explaining to the young lad to tell him you know what you want to get to the prize giving without going to the school on that day without planning on the stage.
You cannot you cannot achieve gender without dying. If I were to ask you today, how many of you want to put up your hand everyone who put up their hand right? The whole crowd who wants better nice everyone. But if I were to ask you who wants to die right now? I think we all just look down. I don't want to die. But you want Jenna Jenna is on the other side. May Allah make it easy for us to understand this is the blessing of Allah. This is the gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Live your life to its extent Allah chooses when you will die, you are not allowed to harm yourself. Allah says while
in law cannot be Cumani man, do not harm yourself, do not kill yourself, do not commit suicide in any way. For Indeed Allah is very merciful upon you, if only you realize May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us realize this. So these are the blessings of Allah we need to be patient and that patience we will be able to achieve when we develop a link with Allah.
Now what link was Allah subhanho wa Taala
you will notice many times in the pond many places Allah links to things he links what is called summer with Salah. So he says, bear patience and establish your prayer. I can read for you a few verses the first is best number 45 of surah. Allah says
wasn't that enormous sadhana Sala seek help through two things. Sub and that is simple translation is patience but I will get to the longer translation inshallah. In a few moments. See patience through sub.
Patience. Sorry, seek help through patience. Seek help, through patience and prayer.
What's the connection between the two? Let's go back to the Hadith of
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in Sahih. Muslim Israel is recorded to have said that
shocked Shalom eema. That's the beginning of the Hadith he speaks of cleanliness. We spoke about that today in Juma in the Friday lecture, that cleanliness is half of your faith. It is a huge portion of your faith. You need to maintain cleanliness, not only that which is physical, but cleanliness in terms of a clean mind.
Clean in terms of your relationship with Allah, clean in terms of your relationship with the rest of the creation of Allah your character and conduct needs to be clean, and you need to maintain cleanliness in every aspect of your life. But Ben Hadid continues to say was salatu
salam to noon, the prayer when we speak of Salah we are talking of the five daily prayers and you can add to it that which is voluntary. Allah says that Salah is the light.
And then after that, the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam obviously these are his words, but the message is from Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says a Salah to noon, and he says thereafter
when it comes to sovereign, he says was Sovereign, the
sovereign patience is a light but a different type of a light. One might ask what's the difference between noon and India? Let me tell you go back to the Quran to see the difference Allah says who will levy Jalla Sham Samia
amazing verse. Allah subhanho wa Taala says it is he who has made the sun
BIA and he has made the moon new tool was used to refer to light. The difference is one is calm and serene. It comes with a beautiful atmosphere and an ambience that is different. That is new.
So when you fulfill your Salah Salatu moon, Salah will bring about lots of comfort. It is called Cora to live the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says
I have been granted the coolness of my eyes in Salah.
So when you fulfill your prayer and you do it, you've washed yourself, you have a beautiful place and you start off Allahu Akbar. Amazingly, there is a beautiful serene feeling, it is something that is filled with contentment, just like the light of the full moon, when you are to look at it, it is white, it does not have a burning in it, it is cool, you can look into it, it is absolutely beautiful, you achieve contentment, beauty, calmness and so on from your prayer. But when it comes to sub sub means patience, it also refers to restraint. Let me take a moment to explain to you the three categories of sovereign sovereign means that patience,
it normally we just use the term patience, but when you have to fulfill the command of Allah subhanho wa Taala the strength that is required to do it is also known as Saba.
I am bearing suburb, because I need to fulfill the laws of Allah. There are two major types of laws. One is the do's and the other the don'ts. So for the do's, I need someone to do their to get up early morning to read Serato somehow realize not a joke.
Get used to it, it becomes your habit, you will open your eyes automatically at the time of Salah because you're used to it, your body has this computer. That is amazing. That's a gift of Allah. But if you're a person who sleeps any time any day, you're not worried about it. It's going to be really tough. You put one clock, two clocks, three clocks, and each one of them you press news, news, news, and still when you snooze, you lose so you've lost your Serato that's what happened. May Allah subhanho wa Taala Forgive us, but you need the strength to fulfill this instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala that is known as sobre la
to bear patience regarding the obedience of Allah. And then you need a different type of restraint, which is also included in the meaning of subtle restraint, to abstain from the prohibitions of Allah the don'ts, I see something I want to do it but it's in the displeasure of a lot. So I say no, I will stay away from it. To stay away from it. You need power, you need restraint, you need sovereign.
And the third type of sovereign is patience that is required to accept the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. When Allah subhanho wa Taala has tested something for you. We know it is predestined.
When that happens, we have to surrender to the decree of Allah. Allah took the life away of someone close to you, it has to happen. He told you he will do that in the Quran. He said, I'm going to do this. That's what he said. So Allah will do it. We have to lose our loved ones because we have to go Don't worry if you do good deeds, Allah says Allah Nina Rahman What about Hungary yet Oh, beanie man in upon Abby Maria to whom Allah gives good news to those whose family members follow up in that goodness, Allah says we will gather you together later on, don't worry, you're going to meet each other. You can gather in paradise the condition is you need to do good deeds. You need to try you
need to believe and you need to, you know, there are people sometimes they don't believe in the hereafter. I remember once I was sitting on an aircraft,
and I was sitting next to someone and I meet a lot of interesting people, Mashallah. And this brother tells me, you know what, you guys are crazy. What do you mean you don't even know me? You call me crazy. He says, You believe that? We are going to hell? I said, sorry. What religion do you belong to? He says I'm an atheist. I said, you know, with all due respect, obviously, we have a limited level of policy and Mashallah we, we will coexist by all means, but I want to tell you, why are you worried about it when you don't even believe in the hereafter?
me he was quiet. I said, Okay, have you thought about it? If you are worried about what I've said about the hereafter when you don't even believe in it, it means deep down perhaps there is something in you that is telling you Hey, what if this guy is telling the truth, so hard Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us and guide us? May Allah open our doors like I say, Well, I my brothers and sisters,
we have a live and let live policy. We will coexist. We will have our differences we have to have the differences. These differences must not make us become violent. They must not make us spread hate. They must rather make us engage one another in positive discussion so that we can be enlightened regarding the decisions we have made in our lives. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the ability to make the best decision
based on sound knowledge, so, I was speaking about the light of the sun and the light of the moon and the fact that this one is called the and that one is called nor so Allah says with the Salah, you achieve the nor, and with the summer you achieve the the the is like the sun, when I need to abstain from something, there is a bit of an energy required. It's a little bit of heat, I see something that I really love, I really like but there is a certain power that is required for me to stay away. Whereas when it comes to Salah that is a very positive energy, I just say a lot. And I'm so calm, I'm so relaxed. So panela imagine going onto the ground and putting your forehead or
forward however you want to pronounce it, putting it onto the ground and saying oh my maker You are the highest, you are the greatest. Oh you who made me. I declare your praise and I declare that you are the highest Subhana Allah Allah that's what the Muslim said, when they go down into frustration. It is a position filled with humility between you and you'll make a direct.
Imagine you go down and you are picturing this to say I'm in front of my maker on my you know prostration on all seven booms and I am there saying oh my maker You are the highest. That is such a beautiful feeling. This is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says a Salah to no Salah is more it has any beauty. And then this verse comes to be understood.
Yeah, I mean, man was
he was Sana in Allah Hamas savini in verse number 153 of silicon Baqarah. Allah says, Oh, you who believe.
seek assistance, seek help, help regarding what your issues, your problems, whatever you have, the assistance you will get will be through two things. Two major things suffer and Salah bear patients and I've explained to you the three aspects of it, and fulfill your prayer. Why fulfill your prayer, you develop your link with Allah, you develop your link with your maker, I tell you, the more patient you are regarding abstaining from prohibitions, the more sweetness you derive from this beautiful Salah when a person has stayed away from prohibitions, he will definitely or she will definitely be able to achieve a beautiful sweetness and taste of the prayer such that he or she will
want to pray every time and more than just the obligatory prayer, even that which is over and above the obligation, voluntary. I enjoy it. Because now I know the value of this prayer. So you have a problem, bear patience, but together with it, build your link with Allah because he has the solution to your problems. And what is the solution to my problems? Well, ah he, the owner of that solution is Allah if I need wealth he will provide if I need anything he will provide. You know, it's amazing how we take a look at certain acts of worship. a byproduct of those acts of worship happens to be things that we are looking for in our day to day lives. You know, when we seek forgiveness of Allah,
it is one of the ways of earning sustenance,
wealth, if I have a blockage of say, my wealth, I feel as a human being something is wrong. What is wrong, I don't know I cannot earn or I'm earning. My money is getting wasted. I don't understand my brother, my sister, perhaps you are doing something prohibited. Perhaps you are engaged in heroin. Your money is being wasted. There is no Baraka, no blessing. The Quran teaches us this going back to the story of the Prophet Noah May peace be upon him No, Halle Salaam, Allah says that Noah told his people and this is so
cool to start. Back home in who can have you seen this
amazing verse. Allah says no. He told his people, I told them to seek the forgiveness of Allah for indeed he is most forgiving. He will open the skies with beneficial rain as a result, and he will grant you wealth and children that you so desperately want. Amazing. Now, it is wrong for us to say I am praying because I need money. I don't have money. Today we were taught if you pray, you will have money or if you ask Allah
forgiveness, you will have money. So I am only seeking forgiveness to have money, the intention is wrong.
Because that wealth, that sustenance, those children are a byproduct. byproduct means you will seek the forgiveness of Allah because you are remorseful regarding what you've done, you will pray because you consider it an honor and an obligation unto Allah. And Allah says, as a result of that, your door will be open, and we will start providing for you slowly but surely.
Again, there was a youngster, once after my speech, I spoke about forgiveness and so on and how Allah will open your doors, if you were to pray. And if you were to be seeking the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala constantly. So three days later, the boy comes to me and he says, You know what? I've been praying for three days. I haven't missed a prayer. But I'm still struggling with the same problem. I tell my son, how old are you? He says, I think it was 16. I said, for a few years, you have not been praying. Now you expect three days dedication, every problem will be resolved. That's not it.
If you are not studying for so many years, suddenly you study for three days, and you want to get a doctorate or master's, whatever, it doesn't happen. It will come with hard work, dedicate yourself, I have, you know, fulfill it for a year. And you see things start opening one after the other. My brothers and sisters, when you go through difficulties, sometimes you think it is bad for you. But Allah knows it is the best thing for you. I give you an example. People who have health problems, financial problems, family problems. And the other issues that you have, you have an issue you're trying to get married, you don't know if that marriage is actually going to work. I know of people
who have fought to marry someone, they married them, they have a child or two and there is a divorce. And then they say I should never have fought for this. But you didn't know perhaps Allah created an obstacle in order to keep you away from it. This is why there is something known as istikhara istikhara, meaning seeking the guidance of Allah subhanho wa Taala in a certain matter, what do we say at the end of that supplication? We say Oh Allah, if you know that this is not good for me, it's not good for my Deen, it's not good for my faith for my present for my future, then keep it away from me create a barrier between that and myself. So suddenly, many barriers are being
created. But you still say my staccato was positive, it was positive, you don't know we have a miss notion. People think when you read this drive is too hard, you will see a dream.
That's not true. You may, but 90% of the time, you won't. It will either be facilitated, made easy or made difficult. Read the meaning of that draft. And you will know how you will get a response or law. If this is good for me, it is good for my Dean, my junior my life, my future, my afra my hereafter, then make it easy for me and give me a blessing in it. So suddenly, the doors start opening the next day you get a phone call. The following day, someone tells you a good word, then someone else tells you my brother, I heard something nice. It's all positive science. And things are facilitated. So the point I'm raising is we will all go through difficulties, problems issues. Why
are they better for us? And it turns
the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says the affairs of a true believer are amazing. Because when goodness comes in his or her direction, he or she is thankful it's better for him. And when difficulty and hardship comes in his or her direction, he or she has patience, that is better. How many of us in all honesty,
we don't really pray properly. We don't really obey the instructions of Allah in a proper way we are weak and we say and we have a human you know I remember
one man was telling me that
every time I remind a friend of mine about the wrong that he's doing he keeps he keeps on saying me too hard for me. Make dua for me. Brother stop your alcohol. Brother stop the drugs make your alpha me brother stop the pornography make to alpha me. Wow. Together with Dre, you need to do something as well. Yes, do is powerful. Continue making drama, especially like for our children, for those whom we don't have sometimes absolute control over one of the most powerful elements and aspects if you want to something may go on. But I want to tell you when Allah exposes you to something that you need to make a do out for. He's showing you Who is the boss. He's showing you who is in charge.
And he brings you to him. Like I was saying many of us were not ideal but don't you
Greetings after we've had a big problem in our lives, we become better in terms of our relationship with Allah, you have a problem, you have a difficulty, you have a sickness, and suddenly you go to the masjid for the first time in so many weeks. And when you become regular, and then you lay Raise your hands and you say, Oh Allah, I'm crying to help me. I seek forgiveness for the evil I've done. Wow. So what happened? Had it not been for that difficulty in your life, you perhaps would not have called out to your maker, so don't you see how it was a gift for you? Allah says, Oh, I love you look at this worshipper of mine, the Hadith says Allah becomes so happy with the repentance of any
one of his worshipers. So you made the law happy, but Allah brought you in, Allah roped you in through difficulty,
had it not been for that hardship? Perhaps you may not have come through. So this is why that sobre la sala they come together, they come together, you will bear patients regarding the difficulties you are facing, but at the same time, make sure that for the solution of those difficulties, you turn to Salah where do we get this from? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in several narrations mentioned is made of how Illa has ababu Amman fasea illa salam, when things used to overtake him, when a difficulty used to come in his direction, immediately he used to make haste towards prayer Salah
that is the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets sallallahu alayhi wa sallam melas peace and blessings be upon him. If he used to resort to prayer, whenever he had any form of issues or matters that were of concern. What about us? How many of us you have a problem? First thing you do? You wash yourself and you cry to your maker? Oh, my maker help me. Try it. He will help you and continue and don't say why are you not listening to me? He heard you he knows he knows when the time is right. He knows what is better for you. Sometimes you want to deal a business deal and you're making to our to Allah, you want the job. You're asking Allah my job. Allah knows, perhaps you might
get that job. And as a result of some relationship, you develop at the job, you might lose your marriage. So Allah says, hang on, that job is not good for you. We're not going to give it to you. And you're busy saying Oh Allah, why are you not giving me the job? Trust Allah. He knows trust your maker, he knows what he's doing. He will give you the right job. Sometimes a person earns too much. They end up in the clubs, they end up drinking in the pubs they end up wasting their money, they end up doing things that perhaps are immoral and so on because they've got money.
So losses for you and going to keep you at a job where perhaps the salary is slightly lower so that you don't get to this particular issue and problem may Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us And may Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors. So if you take a look at Sora aha I was making mention of the risk. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says what more
he was Bobby Riley, Lana's and who carries for nozomu kawana Kiba truly
was number 132 surah. Allah says,
instruct your family to fulfill the obligation of prayer and be patient upon it. Now this is the patience to obey the instruction of Allah. Allah says we are not asking you to sustain us we are not asking you sustenance, we will provide for you, you fulfill your prayer we will provide for you so My duty is to fulfill the prayer for the sake of Allah. As a result of that I will be provided for I will be getting sustenance and I will be leading a content life. My brothers and sisters These are just some of the benefits of this beautiful patience. Do you know that in order for us to earn paradise, we need two important qualities. The first quality is top quality. top quality means the
consciousness of Allah, you need to be conscious of your maker, I need to be conscious of the fact that I'm going to return to my maker number one number two is
I need good character.
good conduct. If I have good character and good conduct, I can earn paradise through that. how or why. That may explain.
taqwa or consciousness is connected to your lips.
With your maker, and character and conduct is connected to your link with the creatures of the same maker who made you.
So Allah made me, right. And Allah made all of you and allow me the animals and allow me everything else. My relationship with Allah needs to be correct. And my relationship with the rest of the creatures of the same Allah who made me needs to be correct, because I need to acknowledge that the same way he made me he made them. So there's definitely some rights that need to be fulfilled between us. It's amazing. This is why my brothers and sisters, it's important for us to bear patience when it comes to the development of your character. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told a young lad who asked him for advice.
That means don't get angry. He says, Okay, give me more advice. He says,
Don't get angry. He says, Okay, give me more advice. He says, Don't get angry. I mean, imagine if you were to ask me, why were to ask you a question. Give me advice. And he just told me one word once, twice, thrice, I think we would get attacked or irritated. Perhaps, when it comes to Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, it only showed the importance of controlling your anger, control it. Many of us in the home, we tend to explore, explore, literally.
Why? Because they are vulnerable. You know, when you go to work, how many hours are you at work for a few hours in the day.
It's easy to put up a show to pretend whom you are not. But the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says, Hey, you can
be the best from amongst you are those who are best to their Adam's apple here includes primarily your spouse, and thereafter your family members. Why? The reason is, they see you 24 seven, they see you in a condition that nobody else sees you. If your wife or your husband, or your children or your parents can bear witness those who live with you can bear witness that you are a lovely human being, then you are indeed a lovely human being because they know you, as we would say inside out, they know everything about you. This is why my brothers and sisters, will you make an effort to develop the beautiful characters and conducts that need to be developed within the law?
Will you improve the way you speak to your spouse, your children? Will you develop your relationship with others, those who are Muslim those who are not Muslim? I've been faced with so many emails, and so many requests of people who have embraced Islam, and they say but why sometimes some of the Muslims don't really accept us. What do we offer a person who declares Shahada?
When someone declares the Shahada, they enter the fold of Islam, they revert to Islam, we say that we don't we. And then everyone says Allahu Akbar. And that's all after that you go away.
The same brother Mashallah. He's purer than you because he accepted Islam. Now he wants to marry within your family. What do you say? No, no, no, not at all. What does he know? He doesn't belong to my city, my village. He doesn't come from my country. He doesn't belong. But hang on. Is that what Islam taught? Are you not ashamed of yourself? Subhan Allah, the day he declared his Shahada, you were the one who said that. So loudly, you should have just said my brother, I love you. I declare that I love you really, we are equal Subhana Allah, you didn't need to scream and yell like a hypocrite. When you did not have the feeling in your heart.
his brother, there is a story mentioned about their marriage, how they were from Africa, but they were married Subhan Allah within the companions of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Because of their value, because of the fact that they will believe is the Prophet peace be upon him speaks about
character and link with the maker. If those two are in order with an individual, let them get married. So Pamela, I know I diverted a little bit to mention this because it requires a lot of restraint. And it requires discipline, and it requires a link with Allah and it requires lots of knowledge, to be able to embrace one another, to be able to save yourself from racism.
Many of us think that we are not racist. But when the test comes to us, we fail it dismally. Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard has made that not happen to us. My brothers and sisters, you know, we have difficulties amongst ourselves.
Sometimes you have a problem, you have an issue, someone did something bad to you, maybe your husband, maybe your wife, your children, maybe someone you went with maybe someone on the street, I promise you, as a Muslim, you need to consider forgiving them.
Why? Because Allah says, sometimes when you forgive, and when you embrace, and when you bear patients, it is more beneficial for you, it is better for you, while I'm
Those who bear patience and forgive, indeed, that is the best of offense, the best thing you could do. It's difficult. Not easy. Someone might say they're doing bad to me so much. They're doing bad to me so much, how can I keep forgiving them, you have a point. But consider this. If you forgive, there is a greater chance that Allah will forgive you.
And if you are patient, there is a greater chance Allah will be patient with you. Come easy.
And sometimes if you don't forgive, the price you shall pay might just be far greater. Then if you were patient for a while, I give you one example. There was a sister who contacted me some time back. She has three children. Her husband, unfortunately had an affair with someone. And she told me
that I need your help. But please don't tell me to be patient.
Okay, you need my help. But please don't tell me to be patient. So I told her my sister. What did he do? He did this. He did that? Well, ah, he no justification. That was bad. It was unacceptable. It was terrible. It was really wrong. It was major. Has his life changed? Has he admitted? Yes, he's admitted. Has he said I'm sorry? Yes, he has has his life changing anyway, yes, it has. But I can't forgive him. Okay, no problem.
If his life has changed, if he's become very transparent now in his relationships, if you are satisfied that he has made an effort, and if you are seeing within him that he's becoming a better person, then I would suggest you consider the following that if you want to divorce, just because of a mistake that was made, perhaps you might become a statistic. But if you are after seeing all this positive change. Remember, I'm saying this because I don't encourage people to just bear patients and bear patients and bear patients. And the guy keeps on harming and harming and harming and harming No, no, no, there is a limit beyond which nobody can tolerate it. My brothers and sisters,
sometimes the difficulty is with the sisters. But a lot of the times it's with the brothers anyway. So
what would happen is,
I told her, perhaps if a divorce happens, you may be a statistic whereby he will get married again, he's a happy man and he's excited, and perhaps someone much younger, and you know, there is no shortage, etc, etc. And I said, What will happen to you, you will have gone away, now you're going to struggle because you're going to fight for maintenance, you're going to fight for something else. Your people will look at you there is a stigma attached. Unfortunately, you know, I was asked recently about divorced women.
And what is the encouragement Islam has given about marrying those who are divorced and I said, Look, you don't need to look at my life, or the lives of the Companions for this. You can go straight to the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. All his wives were previously married besides one. Did you know that?
So can Subhana Allah. All these wives were previously married, besides one Irish and the rest of them were previously married. So there is a very high status, there is nothing wrong. If a person's been through a divorce, they are still as you're the most pure of all chose that type of those types of women Subhan Allah windows and devotions. So my brothers, let's not have a misunderstanding to say someone who's divorced is actually someone who is cheap or they're low or they have lost their value, no way. Sometimes they will add value that you would never have imagined. Go back to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam take a look at how he used to miss Khadija bilthoven.
beyond her death, such that there is a hadith that makes mention of the fact that he used to keep a good relationship by giving some gifts to some of her friends. Later on, amazing Who are these people? These are the Friends of Khadija
and he used to sell to them something sometimes
He's to remember them sometimes. So, going back to what I was saying, I told the sister Look, my sister if you bear patients, and you try to increase your link with Allah subhanaw taala, you need to make sure that you develop your link with Allah that will occupy you, it will keep you in the right track and bear patience. Look at the man. remember Allah thank Allah subhanho wa Taala, you will find within no time things will improve. You know what, a few years down the line, I can't recall how many. But I got a message from this brother saying my brother, I want to tell you that the advice you gave my wife was so brilliant. We went through the most difficult time but today, our
relationship is far stronger than it ever was before the problem we had. Looking at the gift of Allah, Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala in the radical amin as well Oh, Allah says it clearly. Whoever is prepared to bear patience and forgive, that's the best thing you could do.
Subhan Allah, it's the best thing you could do. There are so many verses that speak about the reward of those who bear patients in this world and the next in
Indeed, Allah subhanho wa Taala recompenses those who bet patience in an unlimited fashion, unlimited in this world and the next you will see the fruits of your patience. But if you're not patient, impatient, what will happen?
You taste a little bit of it. I am not saying that you need to enjoy oppression. I'm not saying that. I am saying that when you do good by being patient where you can be patient. Allah never ever throws the reward of those who do good. I want to give you the most beautiful example.
Use of alayhis salam, the Prophet Joseph May peace be upon him. I'm sure you know the story. It is amazing. Allah says in the Quran nanako soiree sanel cosas causes, we are relating to you the most beautiful of stories.
That was the story of use of the Prophet Joseph, the whole chapter is named after him. And it is the only story that is found in one place from the beginning to the end.
At the end, you know, the brothers of use of alayhis salam, what did they do to him.
They tried to harm him, they wanted to kill him, they put him in the well they did this to him. They did that to him. They did so much. They literally plotted against him. They tried their luck against him. They threw him in the pit. He got up someone sold him, someone bought him someone tried to lure him to committing a sin, they jailed him and he continued to handle law bearing patience, how many things plenty one after the other, so many things. At the end, the law made him a powerful person he was in authority.
And finally his brothers came in. He was so delighted, but obviously he needed to deal with this mentor.
He had a good heart. How many of us have a good heart?
It's not too late. You can develop your heart. You can develop the qualities of your heart, you can eradicate the hatred you have. You can work on the jealousy, the envy the ill feeling. People get jealous very quickly. It's becoming more and more common. You have a beautiful car. You have some hot a lot, a beautiful robe. People become jealous. I can't believe it. It's becoming worse. Welcome these qualities. Look at Yusuf Ali Salam. He asked his brothers.
Allah makes mention of him. Allah Allah Allah aim to
Allah says he asked his brothers, do you know what you did to Joseph and his brother when you were ignorant? Look at him blaming the devil. Look at him blaming shape on when
You were ignorant, which means I excuse you. Do you know what you did to us and his brother, they immediately thought to themselves, it's impossible for anyone to know what was done to us when his brother unless it's him himself, they looked at him and they said, What's the possibilities of you being useful? Are you use?
He says, Yes, I am used to. This is my brother.
Allah has favored us. That's the word. He didn't say, I hate you guys. I'm gonna fix you guys. I'm gonna show you guys I'm gonna make sure I'm the greeter. Today I'm going to jail you and that's what we would do. I think
a lot of us will do that to our own spouses. Let alone someone else. We will do it. I'm going to fix you, I'll show you.
I'm going to make you regret your decision, etc, etc. We have bad words. So what happens we suffer as a result of our own plot, we struggle we suffer. Because we have a bad plot. Don't do that. Try to find within your heart, the soft spot that will look and learn from the stories allow makes mention of he doesn't talk about it for nothing. He talks about it because he wants you to learn a lesson from it. So he says, Allah faithfulness. You know what that means. In one sentence, he told them, no matter what you did, what you tried, from the beginning to the end, look at how Allah gave me as a direct result of your action.
Had you not plotted against me from the beginning, I would not have been here.
Sometimes we lose a job. We get so upset, but we don't realize Allah wants to give you a better job. Only after five years, you're going to say hamdulillah you might start your own business and it might flourish. And Allah says, look, you were so upset when you lost the job. Look at where you are today. So be happy. My brothers and sisters Easter enormous suffering was Salah, so long as you're bearing patience and your Salah is in order nothing evil can happen to you No It cannot use the valley Salam says I am used to this is my brother Allah has famous for indeed whoever is conscious of Allah and they bear patience. Allah will never waste the reward of those who do good
in who Turkey was built for.
A general masini those indeed those who are conscious of Allah conscious of Allah meaning you fulfill their obligations as best as you can. You abstain from the prohibitions as best as you can you seek the forgiveness of Allah as best as you can. That is the consciousness of Allah. consciousness of Allah is to create a barrier between you and Allah displeasure by fulfilling his commands and staying away from prohibitions. That is the consciousness of Allah, it is called, that will lie.
So whoever is conscious of Allah
and based patience,
alone will not waste the reward of those who do good. Imagine Allah calls them mercy mean, Allah says they are the ones who do good. Who is a good who is a doer of good.
a doer of good is a person who has taqwa. And how do I know it? Because it is in this West and it is in several other verses, as well. Allah will not waste your reward when you were patient, alone will give you the problem is my brothers and sisters. In patience, we become impatient. You know what that means? We say okay, I'm going to forgive. And after a while, you say, Oh Allah, I'm still waiting.
You're becoming impatient. That's why the Hadith says use the jaboulet. millennia study, beautiful narration, when you make dua to Allah you call out to Allah, Allah give me Allah grant me Allah says we will give to all of you for as long as you are not impatient. So the Sahaba asked the question, what is this impatient? What do you mean impatient? He says, for one of you to say, I called out and I call out and I called out but Allah didn't answer. That means you became impatient. Allah knows. When I say, Well,
I'm looking for a job. Firstly, I need to develop a link with Allah. You know, when you know someone, when you are close to someone, you say, give me a job, you don't have a job. Come, come, come, I'll give you double the salary thing and why? Because I'm friends with you and you're a big boss. Allah is bigger than anyone else. So when you have a good relationship with him, What are you looking for?
Harris crushing. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam clearly says get close to Allah during times of ease.
The problem with us is we only get close to Allah during times of difficulty. Well, that's good, it's good. But there is something better what is better times of ease, you have no problem right now you have a job, you have a wife, you have a husband, you have children, you have a car, you have a house, you have a good salary, you have everything else you have peace, you have serenity you have get close to Allah. Now. You know
the day difficulty is about to come in your direction, Allah will be closer to you, Allah will get closer to you. So this is why we say when you lose a job, I'm giving you practical examples right?
And you say well give me Hey Be patient, it might take a while. But if you do is thr if you try if you are impatient, you may not get it. Because you are saying online. I'm calling out to you for the last 40 days you did nothing stops rula that is an insult to Allah to do that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease in Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Create for us an environment that makes it easy for us to fulfill our Salah. It's not easy to be in good company. It requires a lot of restraint. Sometimes you have glamorous company company that is bubbly, but when you don't ever think of your obligations under your maker, and you have a small problem. That problem can become be if you forget your maker in totality. But if you continue to obey the law, you try your best. That doesn't mean you don't enjoy. Some people think when I have a good relation with Allah, it means I must just sit at home and dancing. I am not allowed to enjoy anything I cannot just sit then I'm a pious person. No. pious people can also enjoy Subhana Allah
within the limits of Allah. The only difference is they enjoy in such a way that they don't compromise their obligation unto Allah. If I go for a party or a picnic, I don't compromise a loss instruction. When it comes the time for prayer, I pray because I know I need to please Allah subhanho wa Taala. But once I finished my prayer, I go back and I'm sitting and talking and so on, I don't back bite.
I need to be patient. When we bad bite, we're sowing a seed of evil, that will grow a lot of evil that will come back to us. But when we fulfill prayer, when we are charitable, when we give that which is good.
In the cause of Allah subhanho wa Taala we're sowing a seed of goodness, it will grow in goodness and come back to us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness. So my brothers and sisters,
so many verses of the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about how it is better to bend patience. I hope you've understood this. I want to spend a moment to speak about a difficulty that people are facing today.
We live with one another in our families in our homes.
And sometimes we get irritated with one of them, we make life difficult for one another. Sometimes you're making life difficult for your daughter, for your son, for your spouse, for your daughter in law, perhaps for your son in law, maybe for someone, you're making life difficult for them by doing what by imposing on them things by living with them without considering them. You need to bear patience because there is a great chance that Allah subhanho wa Taala can create a different type of difficulty for you in a short space of time. And this is why when you do evil, there is a chance that that evil will definitely come back to you in some way or another even if you are to harm an
Subhana Allah moments ago, we were speaking about giving because you know that this is the year of generosity and giving here in the UAE. And I'd like to let you know something interesting.
I always mentioned this, because I love it. Each time I speak about it a new aspect of tones.
So the idea is in Buhari with the Prophet sallallahu Sallam speaks about a man who was thirsty. And he went into or he went down. Well, now I presume at the time, the Wells was such that you had to go down to get things. You know if there is a bucket with a rope, it will go down. If there isn't you have to go down. So he went down and he drank some water because he was extremely thirsty. It was a very hot day. It was a dry day and a dry season and he came up when he came up. He saw a dog
he saw a dog.
Let's be honest.
If you saw a dog right now, what would you do?
Am I right?
Am I right?
It's a reality.
We would run away Hey, go this way that way. Many of us
Maybe not all of us, many of us would run away. A dog is coming from one corner, we already walking through the other corner. That's what would happen. So you can imagine this relation. And we do know there are more rules and regulations pertaining to our relationship with a dog than there are when it comes to sheep and goats and animals that we can eat perhaps, and maybe a cat or kitten, etc. Dogs. There's a few more rules and regulations in Islam regarding your relationship with a dog. However, what is absolutely interesting is this hadith speaks of a dog. There was a dog Sangeeta, California last year colusa Amina LaRoche What happened? The dog was painting, and it was licking
It was a sign of thirst, very thirsty dog. So the man looks at the dog. And immediately he felt mercy. What did he feel? He felt mercy. But guess what?
He didn't have a container or a bucket. He thought to himself, this dog is as thirsty as I was, before I went into the world, I was fortunate enough to be able to go down the web, the dog will not be able to go down the web. So let me go down the well for the dog.
So Panama, for who?
Not for whom, for what? For a dog.
So he went down the well. And he realized, you know, the best thing I can use to fill the water is my own shoe. My own shoe. So he took out his leather sock. It's called the hoof in the Arabic language. He took it out, he removed it, he filled it with water, he came up and he took the time he made the effort to actually take that and to give the dog some water to quench the thirst of the dog. Amazing Subhana Allah, Allah loves the deal so much that Allah forgave his sins.
Allah forgive his sins. I asked myself a question, How come? This wasn't another human being? Why wasn't it a cat? Why wasn't it something sweet, like a parrot or a bird that it was feeling thirsty? So it came into my hand and as you know, being somewhat something sweet, why is it a dog, it is a dog, I believe, in order for us to learn a lesson that there is a reward in every thing that has a life.
So if there is another human being, who might be totally different from you, in faith, inclination, in ways in so many different ways, in dressing whatever else totally different from you, for you to reach out to a human being is far more important than for you to reach out to an animal, although the latter is also important. What that means is Islam teaches us to be kind to animals, definitely. But Islam teaches us to prioritize. Like I've always said, if you have a man drowning, and next to him, there is a dog, you don't start with the dog. You know, you start with the man.
And this time I gave an example of a man because the last time I gave an example of a woman, and I heard someone saying unless it's your mother in law, may Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us. That's not on. It's not on at all. So my brothers and sisters, what we need to know is we will save both the intention is to save the dog and the men. But we start off with the man save him, we go back, we take the dog and we save the dog. So if Allah subhanho wa Taala is teaching us that he delivered this man
from sin, or he forgave him should I say, as a result of compassion towards this animal? Why can't we be kind to one another? Why can we not be kind? Why don't we reach out to one another, become generous, donate and give?
And try not to waste the excess? Learn to reach out to one another? I promise you you will achieve the forgiveness of Allah. If Allah forgive the man for a dog, what do you think he's going to do if you were kind to a human being? So common law?
Common logic? This is amazing. And we should talk about this. We should speak to one another about it because many people think I'm a Muslim. That's it. I am a good Muslim. I just took down and carry on. I ignore the rest of the world around me. Yes. One thing is lowering the gaze. But it doesn't mean when something is happening that requires your assistance. You use the excuse of lowering your gaze to allow them to suffer and you say I was lowering my gaze. I'm a good Muslim. What are you talking about? May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us goodness and ease. My brothers and sisters. We all ultimately want paradise, don't we?
Without the patience, you won't get a paradise because patience
is the correct answer to most of the tests that Allah tests as well.
The correct answer is patience. Imagine a standard answer patience, how do we know this? Listen to what Allah says sudo facility verse number 35, speaking about paradise, or my hula
hoop will attain this beautiful paradise.
The it will not be attained except by those who will patient, it will not be attained except by those who will have a great portion from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
This patience that you enjoy, you will definitely see a reward for it. Use of Allah salam, I told you he forgave.
If he did not forgive, what would have happened?
Have you thought of that? If he did not forgive? What would have happened? Well,
I can't even say because he did forgive. But I can imagine
the story would not have ended well, do you agree? It has ended in such a beautiful way where Allah says he forgave them when he called his parents when his parents came up. And even the father when the children said we did wrong, you know what he says? He says, I will seek a last forgiveness for you. Allah will forgive you. He is most forgiving, Most Merciful, but he was patient with them. We need to be patient with our children. They may do things that perhaps are not ideal, but that's what we're there for. And the loss of Hannah hautala will be patient with us.
Similarly, many times people say things to us.
People spread rumors about us, every one of us without exception, someone somewhere behind your back or even sometimes in your presence. They will say things that are not accurate about you. They will say things that are hurtful, they will lie about you. They will say things behind your back that are absolutely derogatory that are unacceptable. What does Allah say about that?
You have to go back to the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was known as a phenomenal halki wakamaru surely the best of creation, the most noble of all prophets. And people said that he was a womanizer. They said he was after money. They said he was after power. They said he was just after the authority he wanted and he was greedy. Oh bill, may Allah safeguard us.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
may have been the big cabela Boo.
verse number 39 of surah Kahf. Allah says, Be patient regarding what they are saying. They will continue saying things, be patient, don't get ourselves and if you want to help yourself, then you need to declare the praise of Allah constantly. Subhana Allah hamdulillah Praise be to Allah Glory be to Allah, I glorify you, oh, my makeup, I declare your praise or my maker, you are the greatest, oh, my maker etc. And it will help you to overcome rumors that are being spread about you behind your back. Don't turn towards them don't incline towards them. You need to bear patience. You need to seek Allah's help. But this verse shows us that people will talk about you, especially when
you're a good person.
They may say things, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the best.
They said the worst things about him. But they were just a handful. What happened at the end? At the end the loss of Hannah what Allah says
in a cafe Nina
z, O Muhammad Salam sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we have safeguarded you. We have sufficed you.
against those who would like to mock you, they won't be able to harm your reputation. The people can do what they want. They can say what they want. Your reputation is intact.
Because you praise the Lord, you were patient, you fulfilled what Allah wanted. Same applies to us, obviously on a totally different level. But if you are patient
Allah subhanho wa Taala will grant you the best of this world and the next he will protect you, your name will be purified for you by the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala if not in this world, then in the next
what happened to her.
She was accused of so much but Allah cleansed and purified her and a lot of inverses speaking about her purity for the love of Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to cleanse our hearts regarding one another. And to cleanse our hearts regarding the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we need to develop a beautiful, clean heart. And we need to understand that Allah subhanho wa Taala has tested us in every way. And we need to pass that test. My brothers and sisters, there is a lot that can be said. But I've spoken this evening about Sabbath and salah and giving,
And I hope that we've benefited from what I've said
this evening, or should I say this afternoon,
I visited a group of children.
And we spoke about giving.
And I explained to them in a way that I felt was the best when you speak to children.
Later on, when I uploaded this talk, someone told me that I think you need to tell the adults the same thing. So in two minutes, I will speak to you about the benefits of giving. We always hear when you give you get it right when you give you receive we hear that a lot. zeca is actually referred to as arms to the poor and needy or charity.
Generally, it is a small percentage, perhaps two and a half percent. A lot calls it a habit. methadone levena
una de sabini la camisa de Hubba. Allah says the example of those who spend in the good cause of Allah. And the cause of Allah is any good cause for the pleasure of Allah any good cause is called the cause of Allah, those who spend is like the example of a seed.
The example of a seed. So I want to ask you, when Allah asks you to pay your second, what percentage is in perhaps perhaps two and a half percent? Okay? In most cases, it is two and a half. If there is farming or mining, maybe the rules do change slightly, but let's speak about the general public, two and a half percent.
And it is a see
when you eat fruit,
what percentage of the fruit is a seed?
Say I have an apple, I'm eating an apple. How much of the apple? Do I eat? 98% 97 and a half percent? Two and a half percent seeds? What do I do I leave it. What do I do with it? Well, if I'm sharp enough, let's see. I don't eat. I'll give it back to where, where it came from? Where did it come from came from a tree farm. So what I do is I take the seed, if I couldn't be bothered to put the seed back into the soil to look after it. It will grow.
Who ate the apple? You ate the apple? The whole apple? Yes, the whole apple. You waited for the small seed, you left it? You put it back into the
earth. What happened? Allah through his power caused that to grow. And to give you how many apples 1000s you now have 1000s of apples. But it started off with one apple. Are you following. The same applies to any other fruit? Look at the pears.
So Panama you have the pet, you eat it, who ate you ate, how much of it, all of it.
But what I left was just the seed will lay the same applies to your wealth. If you weren't when you give your charity, you ate your wealth, you ate all of it. What you gained was a small seed. Allah says kamati Hepburn it is the example of a seed it's so insignificant, two and a half percent is so small, give it it is actually meritorious to give more than that and what will happen it will go down
and as you water it with good character good conduct law to Lusaka. It can be many will ever don't ever destroy your charities by bragging and being foul mouthed. No, don't be good. And Allah will bless you in a million ways you find the tree will grow and you will have little
Lots and lots of wealth. This is the example that we gave to the children. And I'm letting you know that when you sow that seed by giving, you shall receive much more than you gave by the will of Allah. So let this be a year of giving. give as much as you can and continue even beyond this year for indeed you will read much more than you have sown by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala Apollo Tony hada sallallahu wasallam mobarak Allah Nabina Muhammad wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.