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salaam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam O Allah Muhammad Ali Al amin Nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi would be a woman to be on BSN in Isla yo Medina.
We praise Allah Subhana Allah to Allah we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them all. And may every single one of us be blessed.
My brothers and sisters, it is indeed an honor to be here in front of you. And I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala
opens our hearts in a way that the message comes from the heart to the heart and that it is relevant in Sharla, something we can take home and ponder over.
We all know that as Muslims, we have duties unto Allah Subhana Allah to Allah because the term Muslim actually means a person who has submitted to the law of Allah or whatever Allah subhanho wa Taala has dictated and decreed that is a Muslim. So sometimes we call ourselves Muslims when we say I'm a Muslim, but in actual fact, we have not yet submitted to the laws of Allah, perhaps we are paying lip service to it. And we would need much improvement. And I'd like to think that myself included, and perhaps most of us, if not every single one of us, there is always room for improvement in the way we have worshipped Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the way we have surrendered
to Allah instruction and command, and this always shows within a person's character and conduct
and the way we treat others, especially today, across the globe, we find people who sometimes and I spoke about this last night for some of you who might have been with us.
Sometimes what we find is, people claim to be Muslim, and they claim to be followers of the sooner Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but the way they treat others, is actually so bad, that it leaves a bad taste in the mouths of those who interact with them. I don't know why I'm saying mouths, but perhaps it's because we speak foul language. We choose words that are hurtful how then do we expect people to turn to the dean, and how do we expect to benefit ourselves and this is why one of the most important aspects that I need to worry about in yourselves is the way we use our tongues.
If you take a look at the message of Allah subhanho wa Taala, you will find it quite clear where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and this is
O you who believe be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And after that which is upright, the deed means that which is upright straight. We could also say only after that which is upright, which means stay away from language that is found from falsehood. Stay away from anything that is vulgar, that which is intentionally hurtful to others, remember to other to other words of goodness, remember to apologize to people remember to say that which is straightforward, and so on. All this is included in that term study than that which is straight. We stay away from so many from all the different types of words that are bad, unacceptable, and we utter words that are good, so much so
that even if you were to utter words of kindness and love to your own spouse and children and parents and family members, you would find that that would be considered a straight up right speech. May Allah protect us. And you look at the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he clearly says a true believer is me who is not vulgar. He is not bad mouth, he does not utter swear words he does not lie. These are the narrations of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So to develop character, it's not going to just come without an effort. I call on you to make a major massive effort to work on your character and conduct so that you can improve yourself as a Muslim
because many of us sadly think Islam is one thing and character and conduct is another yet your character is a reflection of you
Islam and your Eman And this is why when Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam was asked by his companions regarding something that I desperately want and you do probably definitely one. What is that?
Gentlemen, gentlemen, may Allah grant us Jenna, I want Jenna and so do you. Don't you want gentlemen?
Yes, you do so panela Don't you want gender?
You do. So, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked, What are the characteristics of those who will be entering gentlemen? You know, there are so many people who will be entering gender, what are their characteristics? And he made it clear. He mentioned two main qualities, what are they chuckwalla he was
the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala the fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala every time you are worried about your link with Allah and your relation with Allah, I need to ask myself, am I really questioning myself? What is my link with Allah? How close Am I to Allah? subhanho wa Taala? Are we questioning ourselves? Am I better in my link with Allah subhanho wa Taala today than I was yesterday, or then I was earlier on this morning, perhaps, if that is my concern, and that is my worry. And that is what I am always asking myself that means by the word of Allah, I'm heading in the right direction. But if I'm a person who never ever thinks, what's my link with Allah, how can
we then ever have that beautiful link with Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because in order to develop that link, we will need to be disciplined, we will need to improve ourselves, we will need to get up for Salah not solely because we have to, like I say, because we want to difference between the two. We get up for Salah at some stage because we have to, it's our duty, but there is a stage higher than that. And that is when you develop your link with Allah, you fulfill your Salah, because you want to over and above that obligation I want to do it. So this is why you find yourself dressing appropriately because I want to dress appropriately. There is there is obviously the ruling a person
would not be sinful if they did it because they have to do it. But we would achieve a greater reward if we did it because we want to do it over and above the obligation that Allah has placed on our shoulders. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. So this is why the same narration says you need the koala that is one of the characteristics that will earn you the paradise that we all want. And for your information the difference between a believer and a non believer, one looks forward to the meeting with his maker, while the other does not. Remember this, you have people sometimes walking all over the world, if they are not believers in Allah subhanho wa Taala if they
don't have belief, they would not be looking forward to the day they meet with Allah. If you are a true believer, you look forward to the day you meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala you look forward to the last day you know that there is a life after death which is far more valuable, and far more important and in fact that is the most important thing for us. It is more important than whatever is happening around me today. Whatever I am being affected by or the profit and loss that I may be experiencing in my own business life or family life or anything else. Today in this world is not as important as my era. This is why we are taught as muslimeen do not compromise your hereafter do not
compromise your Paradise by falling into the traps of the world. Sometimes people want to do something they want to achieve something that is unacceptable in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But because it is being marketed so strongly, they tend to fall into it not realizing that you know what I'm just doing. I have just sold a huge mansion in Ghana. And I received in return for it a payment and that is something minor that is even the displeasure of Allah that cannot bring about any goodness. So getting back to what we were saying about taqwa to develop that characteristic requires a great effort. It requires the constant question what is my link with
Allah? How can I improve myself my brothers and sisters I can do better every day. I must look at myself and say, how have I improved my link with Allah whether it's my dress code, whether it is the quality of Salah because some of us Mashallah, if I were to ask you how many of you read five Salah day, a lot of us who put up our hands, I hope all of us would, but the quality of that Salah is a value it is of essence.
If we're not going to be from amongst those who are bothered about the quality of that Salah, then how are we going to improve we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us more conscious of it. So remember this regarding the link of Allah subhanho wa Taala then when it comes to the issue of character, good character and conduct that is your link with fellow human beings. How do you treat others? How do you talk to them? How do you deal with them. This is something that will make you a person who will
Learn paradise because it's not easy to deal with people have different temperaments, perhaps sometimes different likes and dislikes. Perhaps sometimes people who are loud mouths or sometimes people who talk in a way that you cannot hear them, sometimes people who are difficult because maybe they might have had issues in their early age and early life, and it might be reflecting later on. And this is why they might be behaving in a specific way. And here you come as a movement and a believer and you don't even have the time to think that this person I need to acknowledge Allah has made us all different and this is why I will address them with a little bit more patience than I do
others may Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to have patience with one another.
Not everybody will develop. Not everybody will develop spiritually or religiously, at your pace, and your speed. This is why I always say part of good character is to acknowledge that it took us so many years to come into the fold of goodness and to realize your link with your maker why is it that we become so blunt with people and so harsh with others that we want them to turn in five minutes two minutes yet it took us 50 years to turn
and this is a characteristic of a Muslim to consider the fact that I might have likely say found Islam years after I was born which means maybe at the age of 20 3040 some of us may be at the age of 4550 when we started getting you know pains in our legs mela crunchy fair to everyone who who is suffering in any way any form of humaneness I mean,
to be honest, it took me so many years just an example. If it took me so many years to find the path and to tread upon it. I cannot expect someone else to find that path.
According to my whims and fancies my desires we need to remember in
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The messenger is being told, you do not guide whomsoever you wish, but Allah guides whomsoever He wishes. So what's our duty, Our duty is to convey the message. And this is why regarding the messengers, the prophets of Allah, Allah subhanho, wa Taala, ma,
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the duty of the messenger is not more than conveying the message, he doesn't have the capacity to actually instill the guidance in you. But he can guide you by showing you the path whether you take upon it or not, is in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So we need to be patient with one another.
One of the sicknesses or ailments of the age is the issue of becoming judgmental very quickly with one another. We become impatient where we look at the brother Subhana Allah or we might come across a sister who may not be as practicing as we are perhaps outwardly. And suddenly we find ourselves developing this hatred towards them as a person not realizing my brother two years ago, you might have been in a worse position than they ever words throughout their lives. What happened?
You have no patience. We are not at all saying we condone that which is wrong. No, don't get me wrong. But we need to work patiently with people we need to realize and understand my duty and yours is to convey the message not only verbally, but through my beautiful character that is enshrined by Islam. Amazing. We say I'm a Muslim, I'm a Muslim, but your character and conduct is nowhere near Islam. Why is that the case? So it is important for me to ensure that I am a loving Muslim where when people look at me, he seems to care a lot this person is so calm. So content, let me find out what is the motivation behind this contentment and the calmness that this person has and the
goodness they treat everyone with kindness when they meet a person perhaps? Who might look like you know, sometimes we see people and usually accommodate this guy as a drug addict. Just because he looks a little bit like a heavy smoker. Allah protect us. Look, I'm just finding an excuse for that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, either way, we should be leaving the bad habit. But there are two things. If you develop such a hatred for the individual, how are you going to work on the quality This is why I call upon you. Let's work on our own qualities. And let's help others work on their qualities. The way that will happen is go back to the tsunami hombres. Allahu Allah He was
Allah. Look at him how he used to engage in Salah at night. So much so that I used to ask him, you're praying and you know your status, you know the status of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam maybe he is the Messenger of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He knows that he is anything
Paradise by the word of Allah by the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. That was a status given to him forgiven completely, we would say Nabhi Min ambia Allah, the best of creation or the highest of prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he's standing in prayer
until his feet are swollen, his legs are swelling.
And when he's asked why, he says, should I not be a thankful servant? Can I not show thankfulness to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now, I want to pause here and ask a question to myself and yourselves.
Look at what he says his thankfulness to Allah. It did not make him arrogant at all. No Did he says you know what, I pray that you have a big deal.
That is your secret between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala. But what he did do Subhana Allah, he was the most humble person he spoke to everyone he spoke to them come. And Allah subhanho wa Taala describes him as Harry soon alikoum he was very concerned about the turning of the people towards the goodness and he always sees every opportunity to express the goodness to the people that you know what, here is the path, you will see it not only or you will hear about it, you you won't only hear about it, but you will see it also enshrined in the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So the same applies to us. If we work on our own qualities at night, we are praying, we
develop our link with Allah. If Allah is done correctly, it will instill within us that care and the true concern for everyone else in humanity.
I am concerned about the non Muslims as well, I'm concerned about their well being in every single way. I need to be why because I'm a Muslim.
And this would make me reach out to them in so many different ways to Panama, so many different ways. And I always look at ourselves here.
And I say to myself, Subhana, Allah, the bulk of us, maybe all of us, in fact, I could comfortably say all of us, at some stage, our forefathers some way down the line.
Our forefathers were not Muslim. Do you know that they accepted Islam, even if someone has some of their forefathers out in the Sahaba of the Allahu anhu. But the Sahaba Robbie Allahu anhu also accepted Islam, they will not Muslim before Islam came obviously, they accepted the deed. Now what I am saying is because if we were to treat every non Muslim as a potential Muslim throughout our lives, whether they accepted it in our lives or not, and whether they accepted it before they died or not, if we treated them as potential Muslims, we would solve the problems of the globe by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And we need to make sure we understand, a person dislikes a bad habit, a person dislikes for example, that which is wrong. But the individual we always have hoped to Panama there is a distinct difference in the Sharia distinct difference in Islam, between the individual and the act, we need to understand. And we need to constantly have hope. If I were to make mention, for example, of a person, just for example, if I were to say a name of someone who's caused a lot of harm to you.
Part of your weakness would be to say this man is evil, no hope we closing the chapter on him and he's going to help. That's part of our weakness, but the character of a Muslim would always have hope. Look at Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. If you were to ask yourself who was or give me a name of a person who harmed him the most in the early stages? I'm sure you would agree with me the name Abuja hell. I'm sure you would agree. Abu Jamal, what was he? He was one of the most outspoken, most hardcore, hardline enemies of Islam, who, who actually went out of his way to cause bodily harm, physical harm to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. After that, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi
wasallam says Allahumma Islam,
Allah, Grant strength to Islam through the acceptance of Islam of one of these two, who were those two the two main enemies?
The reason why I make mention of this is where is the character of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And where is our character and conduct yet we call ourselves good Muslims. I'm a good Muslim, Allah, I'm really a good Muslim. And the way you look at others is actually the sign of a person who does not know the student or the lifestyle of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam we have a bad habit of picking that which suits us. We have a bad habit of taking that which suits us and if everyone takes that which suits them, then we have a whole lot of people collectively, we might come up with good character and conduct as a
collective group but individually, each one is lacking in something or another. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to grasp what is being said and may help us to strengthen ourselves and may help us to help one another. My brothers and sisters, this is why if you want paradise, you need to develop your link with Allah and you need to be conscious of your link with your fellow human beings. If you take a look at these two terms that I made mention of in the Hadith where Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is being asked of how the qualities of those getting into paradise, he makes mention of hokulani the rights of Allah subhanho wa Taala on one hand, that which you owe, allow
your link with Allah, and
the rights of the worshipers of Allah subhanho wa Taala over you, you need to be conscious of it make life easy for others, we have sometimes a stressful life suddenly because I'm a man who's not faithful solely because I'm a man, not faithful to Allah not faithful to those around me, or a woman who perhaps has the tongue May Allah subhanahu wa taala protect us that is a sharp tongue.
Sometimes it happens to the men, sometimes women does not. It's not particularly peculiar to any gender in particular, but it happens to anyone and everyone we need to become conscious. How do I talk to me? What is my treatment of my family members, my spouse, how much time do I spend with my spouse and family members? Remember Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam always showed that he was the best to his wives and family members. And he actually says
the best from amongst you those who are best to your family members, your spouses, your children and so on. Your parents have time for them. Make the time many of us think for a moment that we are brilliant Muslim, when last Did you speak to your mother and had
to hear that?
Allah never make us up to those dirty words, no matter what, even if you have a difference of opinion with her. Remember, be respectful, because that is the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala comes to those who are kind to their parents so much. So even if they are not Muslim, the Koran invites you and instructs you to be kind to them.
We may not want to obey an instruction that contradicts the law of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In fact, we're not supposed to do that. But
anything else became, remember, fulfill your parent non Muslim, they asked you please can you help me? I've got a doctor's appointment. Can you take me to the hospital? You don't say that's a non Muslim man. I am not supposed to take them to the hospital. Why? Why should I do? No, it is your duty, your obligation. In fact, you are sinful if you don't reach out to them in that way. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding. So sometimes the walk understanding that we seem to be getting of the dean, that you know what this Dean teaches us to be very bad and very harsh and very arrogant. When it comes to the treatment of those who don't follow the thin line that I may be upon,
we should know we are not just on any line, we should know that we're actually doing something that is far away from the teachings of the dean, because my concern should be how best can I reach out to the rest of my brothers and sisters in humanity?
You know, one day I was seated in probably I may I end with the story.
I was seated not a long time ago with some people and a waiter at a restaurant. And I said brother, can you please get me some water? And the man went and Mashallah he brought back water and whatever happened? And the brother sitting with me told me how could you call him brother? How could you call him brother? You are a demon. I said, Look, to be honest with you. I don't want to get into big debates. It depends what you are referring to when you say a brother. What if he's your blood brother and he's not a Muslim? He's still your brother. But he's your blood brother. So it depends what your meaning. There are people who are my brothers and sisters in faith. And there are people
who are my brothers and sisters in humanity. We cannot deny that the Quran acknowledges it. Listen to what Allah says regarding the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala take a look at one example is called Allah whom Abu Saleh Han Allah.
Allah speaks of the messengers when they told their people who are these people, they were people who rejected the message of these messages, but Allah says their brother Salah told them Why don't you see Allah Are you not going to be conscious of Allah, their brother Luke told them May peace be upon the messengers and mela decent
blessings be upon us all.
Their brother told them they brother in what these people rejected the message, brother in humanity, they were part of the same community, they may have even had links of blood SubhanAllah. So let's not have this notion that everyone else who perhaps doesn't fit on the hairline that I am trading upon, is not even fit to be called my brother or my sister. Because it all depends what you mean by that. If they are not your brother in faith, they may be your brother in humanity or your sister, may Allah subhanahu wa Jalla help us to reach out to others reach out to yourself, I don't have much time today. But by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. I hope that the little bit that I have said,
would actually be of help to us, my brothers and sisters, to quickly recap, may we work and I call on yourselves and myself. May we work as hard as we can on our tongues and on our behavior, our link with Allah develop it for the sake of Allah, it's your link with your maker develop it, you need to it's about time you did improve yourself and develop your link with others. with human beings at large. I know of so many people that I've interacted with that have had nothing to do with Islam. Sometimes they've disliked Islam. And yet after interacting with them, they've changed their attitude. I remember a call that we got from a certain woman, a lady and I don't know exactly who
she was. But she contacted us at the office and said, You know what, I always believe Islam was barbaric, and it was preached hate and it did this and it did that. But after having seen what you do, and after having seen the articles in the paper, you know, we have certain articles we put in the paper every week back at home. And after having seen this and that I just want you to know that through the effort that you guys have made, I now acknowledge that this is a heavenly religion. So so she did not accept the fate of Islam but the minimum is the enmity she had was actually decreased through knowledge. And this is why I firmly believe that a lot of the times people have this notion
through ignorance which is wrong about others. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to cure him through him and through knowledge. May Allah subhanahu wa taala open every door of ours my 25 minutes a half Habibi, we think Allah subhanho wa Taala I really appreciate the fact that you've sat and listened attentively, please pray for me. We pray for you as well and Allah guide you all and protect you all and guide myself and protect me as well. And us all in the home at large. Really, I cannot end without making mention of our brothers and sisters across the globe who are suffering in so many different ways to Panama, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us to reach out to them in
whatever way we can. There are so many humanitarian organizations that are reaching out to them by the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. At least we can support these efforts. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to develop ourselves by reaching out to them for Salatu was salam o Baraka Island. Amina Mohammed