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Sister’s Weekly Lesson from Harare Zimbabwe
inshallah we'll be reading from verse number one.
On page number 570 of Sahih International translation
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah, Allah He was happy woman. Voila. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household without exception. All his companions without exception. We ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless them all. And we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless every single one of us and to grant us goodness, and to grant us entry into paradise. I mean, my mothers and sisters, this is a surah, named after the hypocrites. So these hypocrites were actually those who are divided into a few categories. The first type of hypocrites
the worst. Those are the ones who pretend to be Muslim, but they are not they enter the fold of Islam in order to fulfill an agenda. So they would like to forward their agenda with the enemies of Islam. They pretend to be Muslims, they come in they say the Shahada, but they are not Muslims. They infiltrate the ranks of the Muslim mean they come for Salah they create the
They create problems, they create issues, and they will never muslimeen in their hearts. They always used to utter good words, but inside they belonged to someone else. They belonged to something else, they actually affiliated or belonged to a totally different faith.
From Among these, they were those who are named by Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. In fact, he was given the names from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So for you and I to say that this person is a hypocrite, in this sense, it would be wrong for us. We don't know anyone who has the Shahada, who says a shadow Allah ilaha illallah wa shadow Allah, Mohammed Abu rasuluh, I bear witness there is none worthy of worship besides Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad peace be upon him is the final messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, then definitely it would be for us a Muslim, the person would be known as a Muslim, and they would be submitters because outwardly they have
surrendered to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Obviously, we would love to see them, fulfilling their obligations unto Allah and abstaining from prohibitions that Allah subhanho wa Taala has made clear. So that's the first type of hypocrite those who enter the fold of Islam without being Muslim. They are doing that for an agenda for those. They have been warned of something extremely dangerous. Allah says
in aluna Vt NaVi, Kini, Esfahani, meenan.
Indeed such hypocrites are or will be in the lowest level of the fire, and they will never have anyone to help him the lowest level of the fire, meaning the hottest, you know, when you have a flame, the hottest part of that flame is where all the coal is in where all the stones are, or whatever may be at the bottom of that particular fire, you would find all the fuel so Allah says they will be part of that fuel, they will be in the lowest part of the fire and nobody will be able to help them because that would be the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that's just a warning for everyone to say, don't be hypocrites to this degree where
obviously we should not be hypocrites at all, but this is the worst degree possible. So Allah subhanho wa Taala speaks about them. I said earlier that Allah subhanho wa Taala informed Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam have the names of people who were hypocrites when it came to believe they were not Muslim, but they pretended to be Muslim from among them was Abdullah hypnobabies saloon, he pretended to be a companion of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was a Jewish man and before he had entered the faith, or in fact, he was one of the men from he was one of the men from the people of Medina. The Jewish men was a different person later on known as Abdullah, who
said that he was the founder of the shia sect of the Muslim mean, he came into the fold of Islam, and he pretended to be a Muslim and he started creating hatred against the companions. And for this reason, you find the Shia do not believe in the companions of Muhammad salallahu alayhi wasallam at all, besides six of them, yesterday, I actually saw a clip of how people were entering she hasn't they have to swear Abu Bakar Omar and earthman are the long run home and our Isha and hafsa about their Lahore in Houma and they have to declare that I bear witness that those are in the fire. That's how you become a Shia. So this these clips are available online, let's not fool ourselves.
They are their faith is based on cursing all the Sahaba of the Aloha known for this reason you will notice when I started this lecture and of late I have been saying May Allah blessings be upon the family of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam without exception. And may Allah blessings be upon the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam without exception, the minute you say without exception, it is confirmation who you are and your identity. May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of us without exception as well. I mean,
so my brothers and sisters, these hypocrites were those who entered the fold of Islam in order to divide the Muslims to split them to destroy the Muslim unity and to destroy the belief that Islam had come with. And if you notice, the names that were given by Allah subhanho wa Taala to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam were quite a few. He only told one companion those names and this person's this companions name was Eva havenly. Amanda will be a loved one, and a horrible man who is gone on record as having asked her a favor to the man for the list, and has a family member or their loved one who refused. So on that amarapura saatavilla one who said, Well, I just want to know if my
name is on the list, which means I just want you to confirm that I'm not from among the hypocrites, they were worried because obviously they tried their best to adopt the commands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But it would be good to know that your name is not from among the baddies. Those who are evil those who are in
Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed this entire surah, exposing some of the qualities of the hypocrites. The second type of hypocrites are those who are mostly mean, but they say one thing and they do something else. And in this, a lot of the people are actually included. This type of hypocrisy is not Nevada, in belief, but it is rather than the FARC nifa, meaning hypocrisy in deeds. So you say you're a Muslim, but then you don't dress properly. You say you adopt the instruction of Allah, but then you keep on disobeying Allah instruction, and you keep on doing it. One is to do it out of sin. And the other is to do it out of defiance, and to keep on doing it without even thinking
about changing. Recently, people say, Oh, you know, My son was radicalized. The first signs was that they began to, for example, fulfill their Salah in the masjid, or my daughter was radicalized, one of the first signs was she began to wear a scarf. Well, if that's the case, my beloved mothers and sisters, my father's the parents who are out there, then you need to know that there was your duty from the beginning to have filled the void that was in the heart or in the life of that child of yours for spirituality by by bringing them towards wearing the scarf or going to the masjid yourself, without allowing others to involve in such a way that they would then become further away
from the family. So when the family is drinking, the clubbing and so on, and calling themselves Muslims cosmetic Muslims, in that particular case, when a child find something wrong with the pornography that the dad is watching, and the drinking and the drugs that the dad or the mom are participating in, you know, within their own lives, calling themselves Muslim in the frustration of the child may lead the child towards Allah subhanho wa Taala. to that level, or to that point, there was nothing wrong. So to have good on the scarf and quit pornography and quit evil, that was a duty of all the parents to instill in their children, because the parents failed in their duty children
went to search for it elsewhere. That is where the problem was. So when you don't teach your children correct Islam, remember there is a void in men, they will definitely search for their maker, they will search for happiness, they watch you they see how lack how much lack of contentment there is in your life, they see how sad you are, they see the sins you're engaged in, they don't want to lead that life they are searching for something better it is there it is provided from Allah, if you are not going to guide them, if you're not going to help them to put on the scarf, for example, to be able to live as a Muslim to fulfill their Salah to be able to abstain from
prohibition, then they will search for it elsewhere. That is the moment you have faith. That is the moment you have failed, because then you have predators sitting outside. Obviously, when people come for guidance, you will have the vast majority of Muslim scholars who preach peace and tolerance and goodness Alhamdulillah if they fall into those hands, good news.
But there are people online who are sitting in waiting to radicalize our children in a bad way in the sense that they will sit and start off with that which is common that which is supposed to be and men, they teach them or they take them on to a level where they begin to teach them something totally wrong and unacceptable. And they take them away from you. And they become radicalized in a very bad sense. They become violent extremists, who are people who the whole world is worried about today, including ourselves.
So let's understand It's not wrong for your child to become devoted, there's a very big difference, the child is devoted, but if they were devoted by external forces and not within the home, then there is a possibility of that having been at the hands of those who are going to abuse them. In that particular sense. It's quite clear what I'm saying. And I hope we understand most of us Mashallah we dress appropriately we try to fulfill our Salah we stay away from Haram, we eat only halal food, we are so concerned and bothered about our income and our halaal and so on, we try to fulfill our Salah as best as possible. So many things, the dress code, we could for example,
listening to the beat and the music of today and so on. So, all this does not mean we are radical, but it means we are devoted and Alhamdulillah I know of non Muslims who are devoted in a similar way.
When I say that, I mean I know of non Muslims are not into pornography, not into drinking. They also try and pray in their own prayers as best as possible. They are devoted, they would never commit the sins within their faith. That means they are devoted in their own faith. So devotion is not the problem what the problem is when a person actually becomes devoted at the hands of people who are going to then convert that into something radical, unacceptable, making them hate others in the way that they want to harm them. And this is where the problem lies. So I believe it's the failure of the parents. They need to understand for us to try and lead a life of
You know, Satan, for example, a life full of clubbing a life full of drugs, a life full of gambling, a life full of sin, a life full of adultery and a life full of pornography. In that particular case, the children will be fighting within themselves to get out of that, and we would have never been their Guiding Light. So don't blame the child for having found Allah. But you blame yourself for the child thereafter, having been abused by people who made the child feel that this is what Allah taught it, Allah did not teach it. Okay, that was quite clear. And the reason I make mention of this is because we are speaking of hypocrites, we as Muslims are sometimes guilty of not following what
we say we are. Similarly, we don't even want to learn about it. It's it's very, very hypocritical to say, I'm a Muslim, and you don't have a clue what Islam teaches. You don't have a clue about the Quran, you don't even know how to respond to people who start claiming that the Quran has violent verses in it. Yet the Bible has 1000 times more violent and dangerous verses in it.
And if you were to Google it, you'd actually find it. But the reality is, when you don't have knowledge, you begin to think that these verses have a meaning outside the context in which they were actually revealed, whether it is the Bible or the Quran, or whatever else. In our case, obviously, it's important for us to know the Quran to understand the context in which the verses were revealed to understand how these verses are applicable in my life, when for example, everything fits into place, then we will be able to understand better and we will be able to fulfill in a better way. So my mothers and sisters extremely important for us to note that it's our duty to live
as best as we can, according to what we claim we are.
And wherever we falter, we commit sin, we should actually then turn to Allah in repentance. And Allah is most forgiving, Most Merciful. So Allah revealed this entire surah in order to expose the liars in order to expose the hypocrites and Allah subhanho wa Taala commences it by telling Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam how to react when the hypocrites come to you promising and swearing using oaths. You know, they will say when law he I promise In the name of Allah, I take an oath, for example, in this name and that name and I promise you yet they're lying. So Allah says Elijah, a kimono cocoon, when the hypocrites will come to you, you know what they will say calluna Shahada, we
testify that you are the Messenger of Allah.
And Allah is saying, Allah knows that you are His messenger and Allah testifies that the hypocrites are liars. So this verse is actually confirming that there are people who say, I testify You are the messenger and in their hearts they do not testify, they are actually lying. They there is no justification there. So Allah says, Allah who is hadoo ml Manasa tienen la casa de boon, Allah the best witness, Allah testifies that the hypocrites are indeed liars. Then Allah says, they have made their oaths a scream for the hypocrisy. Thus they hinder men from the path of Allah. Verily, evil is what they used to do.
One of the signs of a hypocrite is that they do evil, they preach evil, they teach evil, they promote evil, a true movement, a true believer would actually promote peace and goodness would promote that which would result in the calmness and contentment of an individual. That's a true believer, but a fake person who is a hypocrite. They preach evil, they preach hatred, intolerance, they preach harm to others. You know, the true believers, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us from among them, their concern is how best Can I promote this faith in a way that the maximum number of people see the goodness in it? That's what it is. That's a true believer, but those who are evil
those who promote evil and harm, those are the ones whom you need to be careful of, we need to We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to protect us. If we take a look at the Noble Quran, or should I say the Sahaba international translation it says
they have taken their oaths as a cover. So they avert people from the way of Allah. Indeed, it was evil that they were doing what they were doing was very evil, and they are evil doers. So Allah calls it an oath. All they said is, I bear witness. That's what they said. How do we bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger and Allah says the term I bear witness is equivalent to an oath being taken. So Allah says that oath of theirs
is just being used as a cover. Be careful, be careful of people statements, sometimes they would just be lying. So they need to prove those statements by the actions that they would then be showing all they would be engaged in.
Verse number three, Allah subhanho wa Taala says Allah can be unknown Amano from Makkah. farofa to be Allah pulumi him for whom life Cahoon that is because they believed and then they disbelieved, so their hearts was sealed over
And they do not understand. So this is mentioning a different category of hypocrites, those who believed initially and then they disbelieved. They are also hypocrites, within their hearts, they have a shaking, they don't believe they no longer believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala so Allah says, You know what, be careful, these people are hypocrites. They do not understand liars cohoon lie on their DB versus lie on the moon, or liars kahun they don't know or they don't understand.
Subhan Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make us from those who understand you need to make an effort to understand you need to go out to learn, you need to make sure people say my Eman is weak, which means you know, I'm shaky, you're shaky because you haven't made an effort to learn that's what it is. If you learnt and you understood and you compared and you knew and you knew how to answer people, in that particular case, you would not be shaking, there is no way you can actually shake when your mind is firm, when you believe is firm.
And the sign of a true believer is the calmness, the contentment that that person achieves in their heart. That's a sign of conviction and firm belief. And it's a sign of being on the straight path. It's a path full of goodness, full of peace and stability, calmness, serenity, these are the words may Allah subhanho wa Taala Grant us peace.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, when you see them their forms, please you which means Wow, look at them, they look so good looking. They are, they are big in size, muscular people, Mashallah, at that time, the head of the hypocrites was quite a muscular person, big in size, big in size. And if he was looked at people would say, Wow, look at this guy. So Allah says, Do not be deceived by looks. Basically, that's what we're learning. Don't be deceived by the outward appearance of a person, a person who might appear to be a scrawny, thin person who perhaps no one wants to look at might be so close to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And nobody would have known don't maltreat people based on their
looks based on their color, their race and so on. No, Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us in this regard, this verse is a wake up call to say sometimes those who look so pious are actually not, don't be deceived by the outward looks, that does not mean that do not concentrate on your own outward looks.
it doesn't mean do not concentrate on your own outward looks. You need to make sure that you are also dressed appropriately to please Allah. But don't be fooled by others who may be dressed in a way that seems pious, but they are involved in all sorts of mischief. They are hypocrites. They would like to harm us people who come to you with a broad smile. Be careful, that smile could just be a plastic one. It could just be one that is there in order to deceive you. What's the point of someone who smiles so broad and as you leave? They are stabbing you in your back. I'd rather have a person who frowns who's upset and lets me know that I'm angry. I'm upset with you because of x, y
and Zed at least I know how to tackle it. At least I know how to answer how to deal with it. So panela that person is far better because they're not hypocrites a person who says listen this guy I'm sorry I don't like you.
I don't like you. Why? Because I think you did this and you did that and that was very bad. It gives you the opportunity to clarify and to clear but the person who said Mr. Lee you know with the bro the smile from ear to ear such that you even developed chaps and cracks on your lips.
And as soon as you leave you know this person here they stealing money from me from wherever are they doing this? Why couldn't you have told them straight on their face? Don't be a hypocrite Allah has kept an entire surah named after hypocrites in order to combat people like this.
So don't do that. And as much as we talk about others, my mothers and sisters what's important is for me to ask myself do I have these qualities you meet someone Oh Mashallah sister How are you? You know, Marshall Good to see you and in your heart.
You know, there's a moving sound of a cow snowfield love stuff. Now Allah forgive us Don't ever let that happen.
cleanse the heart. My mothers and sisters too many of the homeless problems are connected to hypocrites.
So Allah says, when you see them, they have forms please You
obviously I diverted in order to try and current ties it for us to learn lessons from this.
And if they speak, you listen to the speech. Wow, they're eloquent as well. Sometimes Mashallah. They can tell you things in they can con you through what they're saying, you know, especially the salesmen who know that the product they have is fake, for example, and they tell you genuine, genuine, I'm telling you, this thing is legit. As soon as you buy it, they disappear.
The product is broken. What happens to the guarantee? you dial the number? This number does not exist. Have you heard that?
May Allah subhanho wa Taala, forgive us, I'm just giving you an example throwing an example or two in order for us to relate to this. When you when they speak, you listen to them, you're convinced by their speech. There's so many hypocrites recently I heard a guy claiming to have converted from Islam to Christianity and Indian guy, claiming that the Quran led him to Jesus because the word of Allah and the spirit of Allah is referring to Jesus or Jesus is higher than Mohammed and so on and so forth. He spoke absolute nonsense, complete nonsense. He didn't even know the Arabic language to translate what the meaning of rural law he is, and the meaning of kalama to lie, he doesn't even
know the word of Allah simply means b. b. b. When Allah wants to create something, he says B and it is that the meaning of the word of Allah, it's not a Christian meaning the Christians have a different meaning the word of Allah, to them, the Word of God is something totally different. The Muslim mean believe the Word of God is actually a word uttered. It's a word, Be and it is. That's what the word is, doesn't make you so it's something you know, so different than something else. It's the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala, Adam was one of the first of humankind he was also created by the same word.
Be, and he was Jesus Be and he was. So that's Allah decision, he does as he wishes, and the term rohilla he is referring to the soul from Allah Subhana, Allah to Allah souls from Allah, when Allah subhanho wa Taala wants to elevate the status of something, he connects it to himself like Baitullah, the house of Allah, the house of Allah. So this is the soul of Allah, which means Allah has sent it
out of the law, he means the earth of Allah.
These are common Arabic term. So this is why I said, the person doesn't know the Arabic language trying to come the whole world and presenting the interview in such a way that those who are weakened don't know much about their own faith in terms of Islam would probably begin to ask questions. Well, it's good to ask questions, but get the answers from the right people.
It's so foolish. I mean, if that was correct, the whole of the Muslim world would have converted a long, long time back. Why is it that more and more people are accepting Islam even though it's not easy to do so today? Because the whole world is standing up against
what people have hijacked in terms of
faith and religion, and use the name of Islam in order to promote that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding, May Allah keep us steadfast, there is definitely definitely the plan of shapen to take our faith away from us and our children. And it's happening in such a way that we become so apologetic that we give up our Islamic teachings. We don't want to be seen as Muslim in our names shouldn't sound Muslim, our dress code shouldn't look Muslim. We shouldn't be seen going to the masjid. Well, if that's the case, I tell you, the next generation will not even have known what we were. They won't because we were too shy to live up to it. So what if the whole world thinks
you're bad, but you have proven that you will dress appropriately, you will make sure you live as a Muslim, and you're still one of the best possible people going out reaching out not only to other human beings of different faiths and inclinations, but even animals and the other plants as per the instruction upon you as a Muslim.
That's when they will realize the beauty of Islam. 2 billion people on earth perhaps, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from hypocrisy. So going back to the point, be careful
of the outward appearance of people don't let it fool you. That doesn't mean you shouldn't concentrate on it. Some people think you know what, I don't need to dress appropriately. I don't need to be seen in the masjid. I don't need to look like a Muslim. I don't need to have a name like a Muslim, for example, because Allah knows my heart. Allah knows your heart. And Allah will keep on knowing your heart until you die, isn't it? stopzilla don't use that as an excuse to
convince yourself that it's okay to sin. No.
Yes, you might tell people please don't judge me. That's okay. But don't judge me meaning that you know what, don't think I'm an evil person. No, I'm not. I'm busy struggling to, to to obey the instruction of Allah subhanho wa Taala my struggles I know about Yes. We appreciate that type of comment, or we appreciate those in that situation. But a person who keeps on drinking you know, and you can actually hear the alcohol go down the throat you know, good, good, good, good, good. I'm sure you might be hearing people who don't know how to drink for example, or want to drink too much and they kept on doing don't judge me. Stop judging. Stop judging your sound the way you talking is
judging yourself Subhanallah You don't even know you probably seen three of your own self in the middle.
Love walkabout Which one are you talking about?
So it's foolish to say don't judge me to run away from advice and just to keep on sinning. But if a person is struggling and they're trying to come out of something they've been in and so on, yes, we encourage them to keep on trying. And we ask Allah to have mercy on them and on every one of us. So in this particular surah, Allah speaks about all of these categories. And Allah says, Look, there will be people outwardly, they will look so good, and their speech will be so sweet, but you don't know you don't know whether they are beneficial or harmful.
So just be careful. Just be careful.
Now, don't go around looking at everyone who looks pious and say this person must be a hypocrite. That person must be a hypocrite, that person don't do that. That's not what he's meant. Allah is just telling you look, be careful, be alert.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us there is a hadith which speaks about a person who is the biggest loser. And Allah says, through the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam because it's a Hadith, that the biggest loser, the most bankrupt person will be the one who was very pious on Earth. They used to read Salah they used to give zakah they used to have so many good deeds, but they used to back by they used to deceive, they used to slander the harm, they ate the wealth of this person, and they did this to that person. So on the Day of Judgment, all their good deeds will go to everybody else and they will be cast in Hellfire because they will then be made to shoulder
the burden of others whom they owe goodness to because of what bad they have done to them.
That's a loser. So in the world, they appear to be so pious Subhanallah
so holy, that some of their good deeds slipped through all those holes, Stouffer Allah May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from that type of behavior.
Allah mentions another quality of the hypocrites
first number four Allah says when you see them their forms please you and if they speak you listen to their speech. They are as if they were pieces of wood propped up pieces of wood propped up here referring to bodies, empty bodies with empty minds and the empty hearts. You know, it's like a piece of wood, bamboo outwardly wow and inside hollow completely nothing. Nothing hollow. So be careful.
of people who appear like tree trunks nothing inside.
Then Allah says they think that every shout is against them. You know this Yes. a boon akula sigh hatin Allah him listen to it and memorizing Yes, a boon akula se hace la they think that every shout is against them. When anyone says anything, they feel that this is being projected at me.
Now, my mothers and sisters, a lot of us are guilty of this. Someone says something. And we think oh, they did it because of me, is what they did. Because of me. That's a sign of hypocrisy. Don't do that. Don't allow yourself to keep on thinking about others. It's going to depress you, they did not do it because of you.
Someone said something and said, you know, mothers and sisters, it's important for us to cleanse our hearts. Are they talking about me? It's okay, if you feeling that, okay, this speech is related to me in the sense that I must improve this person perhaps doesn't know you. A lot of the times when I speak, for example, people come to me and say, What do you know of the problem we have, and I don't know, I've got no time to know, I don't have gigabyte capacity in my harddrive. For me to be able to put that type of silly information in my head. And, and you know, slow down my entire processing speed of my own computer and talk in my head here.
I don't have the time and space. I'm not a little gossiper, who's worried about everybody else's life. I'm worried about real life issues in my own life. And I'm worried about positively convincing people to become better and myself to begin with.
So don't think that this man knows and this guy knows this and that, and I don't know anything. And I don't want to know, trust me, I don't want to know.
The less you know about people's problems, the better. And if you want to know them only to be a positive contribution towards the solution, then that's the only time you deserve to know.
But if you want to know what happened, you know, you know what's apt? Actually, it's supposed to be what's up? You know?
It's just an application so they call it WhatsApp right? Do you know that that's all about WhatsApp? You want to know what's happening? That's all down what what's happening. You know, I saw this you know, my neighbor did this. You know, this what happened to this person? You know, my mother in law. Whoa, oh, Yo, what's up with Jim when you start those stories, but to be honest with you, the reality is, all of that could be backbiting deceiving, gossiping, so on so forth, saying things you did not solve the problem. That's what it is. You did not resolve the matter. You didn't. May Allah forgive us. In fact, you earn sin because you told
About people behind their backs. As much as it's become easy to earn reward, it's become easy to earn sin as well. So my mothers and sisters, let's be careful
what we say.
And let's be careful how we perceive what others say when people say, you know, we need to fulfill Salah Look, look, look, she's poking me, you know, you know, we need to dress appropriately Oh, he must have just seen me come out of my cards as
a must. Nobody saw anything. That is just a hypocritical feeling within you sometimes. Yes, there is a fine line between the two feelings. One is you begin to hate the person because you think they're attacking you. That's what we are talking about. But to is when you take and you taking the message because you know, this message is it's directed at me that's from Allah. If, for example, I've said something that's impacted in your life, or you've said something that's impacted in my life, that's from Allah, I happily took it, I embraced it. And I changed my life. That's from Allah subhanho wa Taala. I took it to be personal to be myself, yes, because I wanted to improve that is a sign of a
believer. But when you take it personally in the wrong sense, whereby you begin to hate the person and think they're attacking you, that's what is being spoken about. That's hypocrisy.
A person is walking calmly and casually down your street, this person is a thief, they want to steal from our house. It happens, they not a thief, you might want to close your gate because you want to protect yourself, but stop pointing at someone who's innocently walking down the road. It's happening to muslimeen across the globe, people walking strolling down the streets, and everyone's saying, you know what, this person is a terrorist.
And you may be doing it in your own small way, in the sense that you blaming others for things they are not, don't do that. Don't just think everything is against you. And in this particular instance, obviously, at that time, whenever verses were revealed, whenever people used to say something, the hypocrites used to say, well, they're attacking us, do they talking about us? They're talking about us. They're not talking about you. They don't have the time to talk about you. They don't know you. They don't want to know you.
So Panama, each one has his own problems. So if you have the time to talk negative about someone else, trust me, it's going to snatch your contentment away.
Remember what I just said? If you have the time to talk negatively about others, it's going to snatch your contentment away your own contentment. It's going to go
oh, this woman did you see she bought the latest car? I'm sure she must have stolen the money. I'm sure her husband's probably dealing in drugs. I'm sure they probably did this and did that. What are you talking about? Why are you saying things like those four what why do you want to engage negatively be such a hypocrite? And when we see them Wow, nice car can have a ride.
or drive you talking about? May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us they didn't steal your money. So carry on. Just leave your life. However, they got it. Allah bless him. Perhaps the gold coins dropped from the ceiling in their case, Hungary law. So what
the point is, let's not engage negatively in people's lives. And let's not think that whatever people are saying is against us in a bad way. No. And let's not think they referring to us in a negative way. Like I said, you take it personally in a good way, not in a bad way.
So this is why Yasser buena coolessay hatena him it's used even as a
statement or a phrase that is said commonly where people feel offended very fast. And they think that you know what, this person is attacking me. People say yes, I'm gonna kill him. It's a sign of hypocrisy. When everybody when they when they begin to think that whatever everybody is saying is just against us. Nobody's against you. Nobody actually is against you. Nobody.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, they are the enemy. So beware of them. May Allah destroy him. How are they diluted?
Look at how they have been fabricating. That's what Allah saying. They are the enemy. Beware of them. Imagine Allah is saying May Allah destroy them. Allah is saying, may Allah destroy them.
The reason is, in some people say look, Elijah Rahim. Allah is so forgiving. Why is he saying he wants to destroy this type of people? Because the reason is, they are the worst of the lot. They are hypocrites they pretending to be someone whom they are not and they actually causing so much harm. They'd rather come out in the open and say, this is where I belong. This is what it is. These people are hiding behind barriers in order to destroy in order to deceive so Allah says, may Allah subhanho wa Taala destroy them.
But Allah Allah and
how they are, how are they denying or deviating from the right path? Look at it. That's what Allah is saying. Look at how they deny or deviating from the right path. And when it is said to them come to the
messenger of Allah.
When it is said to them, they come, the Messenger of Allah will ask forgiveness for you. They turn their heads aside, and you see them evading while they are arrogant.
Yes, when they were told that Come, come to the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he will seek forgiveness for you, and perhaps Allah will forgive you. They turned their head, and they ran away in an arrogant way they evaded now my mothers and sisters, how do I learn a lesson from this?
When the message of the same messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam comes to us to people, and we then turn our heads away and say it's okay, I'm gone.
Haven't we just fallen into a similar category?
We haven't even turned to Allah subhanho wa Taala. We haven't even become better people. We haven't cleansed our hearts. We haven't resolved our matters. We haven't tried to resolve our matters.
Yes, we fall into a similar category whereby we are being instructed by the messenger salallahu alayhi wasallam, to do something, and we just turn away. So don't turn away. Like I said moments ago, don't use the word don't judge me in order to run away from becoming a better person from improving yourself from quitting sin and bad habits.
So Allah says, It is all the same for them. Whether you ask forgiveness for them or do not ask forgiveness for them. Never will ALLAH forgive them because they themselves have not asked forgiveness. You see the difference? When you ask forgiveness for someone else who doesn't want you to ask for that forgiveness? What's the point Allah says I'm not going to forgive them, because they don't want the forgiveness.
I've given the example in the past have a child who is unruly at school, and the headmaster calls the parents and the child continues to be unruly, and the parents continue to apologize. Those apologies are not accepted, because it's not the child who's apologizing. It's the parents and the child is continuing to do whatever evil the child keeps, keeps on doing.
Maybe not evil, because it's just a child, but perhaps bad. Something wrong. But the day the child says listen, I'm sorry, I'm wrong. I won't do it again. Then even if the parents didn't ask for that forgiveness, it should have been enough with the headmaster.
Totally different example when it comes to Allah. But we just draw a similarity. On some lines.
You ask Allah for forgiveness for someone else who doesn't really want that forgiveness. Allah says, Stop it, man. They don't want it. And this is the reason why if parents or if people have passed on, and they have chosen this belief over a man, don't ask Allah for their forgiveness and for their forehead for having mercy on them. Because Allah says don't do that. They didn't want it.
So you're just wasting your time.
People say but why can't I asked forgiveness for this person? They knew about Islam Eman, Allah they didn't want it they chose another path leave them let it be between them and Allah they can sort it out you don't involve they did not want it at all. You cannot shove a Mercedes Benz down the throat of someone who loves Toyota. You can't
maybe in Zimbabwe who can to be honest with you,
but then they won't have the money to service the vehicle every time you service a Mercedes you need enough to buy one little Corolla Did you know that?
So my mothers and sisters it's common logic Allah tells you don't Allah told Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam not to even regarding his own uncle.
Allah says even Ibrahim Alayhi Salam we told him Don't your father chose a path he knew what he was doing. He chose it he didn't want your path for for like he probably was praying that you went on to his path stuff.
So this is why Allah says seek forgiveness for them or don't seek forgiveness for them. You know what? Never will ALLAH forgive them. Indeed Allah does not guide those defiantly disobedient people. Did you hear that? Allah does not guide those who are defiantly disobedient when you say look, I'm involved in this for example, in morality and it is wrong. And I know it's a weakness and I asked Allah forgiveness and I'm trying my best to come out of it. You know what, there is still hope for you there is mercy. But if you say you know what, I'm engaged in this immorality and there's nothing that says is wrong, and I'm going to carry on doing it. It's not immoral, it's actually now moral.
Then you are called a person who's defiantly disobedient. And Allah says he does not guide those who are defiantly disobedient and there's no even point seeking Allah forgiveness for that.
They are the ones who say, Do not spend on those who are with the Messenger of Allah until they disband. And yet Allah says to Allah belongs the depositories of the heavens and the earth. But the hypocrites do not understand. They are saying don't spend in the path of Allah. You see one of the signs of the hypocrites, they are stingy and they encourage others to be stingy like them. They don't want to spend so they don't want to
spend anything they don't want to spend for the cause of Allah for something that will please Allah for to reach out to the poor, the needy, the cause of Allah to build or for example to to spend on anything that will please Allah they don't want they say no, no, no, don't spend. And Allah says, You know what you don't realize all that wealth actually belongs to Allah. The depository is from the beginning belong to Allah in the heavens and on earth, everything belongs to Allah, this is just a test. So you'd better spend a sign of a hypocrite doesn't spend in the cause of Allah, a sign of a good believer spins and knows that I need to spend because if I die, all this is going to be a
waste, a waste.
What's the point of accumulating billions and you haven't even spent it and you die. And guess what happens Normally, the more you leave, the greater the chances of hatred, enmity, and even the the intent of harming one another within your own children because of the amounts that you've left behind. It has happened in a lot of homes, people don't speak to each other. Why? Because father left a little bit too much. And those whom father left nothing, perhaps the good buddies, Mashallah good friends, it's just a lesson. It's not a rule. There is the opposite, obviously, on all sides, and there are things that have happened to the other way. But this is just by way of example.
So my mothers and sisters, take a look at this. The hypocrites are those who don't spend and they discourage people from spending.
Then do you know what they say? If we return to Almudena, the more honored in power will surely expel, they're from the more humble which means the lower in their eyes. And Allah says to Allah belongs the honor,
and to his messenger and to the believers, but the hypocrites do not know, honor is ultimately belonging to Allah to the messenger to the believers, ultimate honor, in the interim, you might see something you might see this and that, but ultimately, those are the ones the owners of honor. Now, this was at the time of the battle.
Where the hypocrites said that you know what, these Muslims are gonna, they're never going to come back, they never going to come back. So we will definitely keep the remainder of them out. When they come back. We got a big Alliance, and we will definitely be from among the winners, we will be from among those who are victorious and Allah says they don't even know verse number nine, Allah says, Oh, you who have believed, in fact, no, that's not verse number nine.
Verse number nine says, Oh, you who have believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah, never let your wealth or your children distance you from Allah. What a clear verse, oh, you who have believed never let your wealth or your children, your family members divert you from Allah from the remembrance of Allah, and whoever does that is indeed a loser. They are from the losers. So this verse shows that you can become a hypocrite when you allow your family members, your wealth and anything else, your position, your cloud, your authority, your looks, whatever else to divert you from Allah, then you become a loser. Don't no matter what you have
become close to Allah. Your children might, for example, sometimes divert you or certain things may or responsibilities might make you forget about Allah. Don't let that happen. No way. People say no, no, no, I'm just changing the nappy, change the nappy, just hang on. Salah will take you five minutes, not more than that. Don't worry. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah grant us goodness, Allah open our doors, I've given you one small example. It's probably not even applicable in the lives of most, but I don't want to get too technical.
It's quite clear. When we say your children, don't let them divert you from the remembrance of Allah from getting close to Allah, your wealth as well. Okay, let's proceed to the next verse. Allah says, and spend in the way of Allah from that we have provided you before death approaches one of you. And then he says, My Lord, if only you would delay me for a brief term, so that I would give charity and be from among the righteous. So Allah says, use your life in such a way that you don't regret it the day that overtakes you. That's what Allah saying, imagine this verse is actually telling you spend what we've given you, before death overtakes you. And then when you die, and you see the reward of
having spent and you see the sin of having been stingy. And then you say, oh, Allah sent me back quickly. Let me spend whatever I had and be righteous, and then I'll quickly come back unless it's too late. Too late. You can't do that. So this is why I spend from now
ever complain? Someone asked you how is the situation What's happening? You said hamdulillah. It's not as it used to be before but Alhamdulillah we are going through tough times, but Alhamdulillah we only eat one meal a day, but at hamdulillah. Wow.
Thank Allah upon all conditions.
And the last verse of the surah and I know I've taken a little bit more of your time. But the last verse of the surah Allah says never will alert
delay a soul when it's time has come. And Allah is aware of what you do. When your time comes, you are going that's what it is. Allah tells us clearly Well, I you fear Allah who never sent. When your time comes, Allah will never delay a soul. When your death approaches There you are, you're going to leave. So just leave with a smile. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us goodness, prepare for the day be conscious of the fact that it could be any moment. You know what you and I could die right here right now we could if Allah wills you may never see your house again. You may never go and see your loved ones again you there may be people you never meet again, here in this world. If Allah
once that can happen. If Allah wants to take you away in any way, a small little clock can actually just finish you up and you don't even know.
But the winners are those who prepare for the day. They die with a smile because they know they're getting to a better place. They've spent their years in this world in the best possible way. They've sought forgiveness as best as they could, as much as they can. One of the best ways of earning Paradise is to constantly ask Allah forgiveness. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us was Allah wa salam o Baraka ala nabina Muhammad