The Beneficial Loss – Motivational Evening
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Salam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu
Smilla he will Hamdulillah he was Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah Heba Allah Allah He was rbh mine, the verses read by Chef Mooney, who are verses of Surah Al Anbiya. And this surah amazingly mentions challenges faced by the prophets of Allah. And the fact that they turned to Allah in DUA and supplication. And Allah allowed them to go through a time. He did not need to do that. But he allowed them to go through a time when people did not listen to what they had to say yet they were sent by Allah to remind the people and they went to through struggles at the hands of the very people they were sent to remove from the darkness and bring them to the light. And Allah Almighty
says each one of them called out to us in a specific, unique way. And we responded to each one of them at a point when we knew that it's right to give them what they're asking for, we gave them in whom can who sat here own I feel Marathi. Allah speaks about all the prophets and he said every one of them used to make an effort towards and haste towards doing good deeds, al-hayat. Herat refers to the goodness and all goodness in terms of the worship of Allah and the charities and so on starting with worshiping Allah alone.
You worship your maker alone. And what they did is they continue to help others even though people were nasty towards them, look at Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam just by way of example, when the people of tar if had hurled stones at him, and the people have thought if I had sworn him, they actually injured him. When he was given an opportunity to harm them back. He said, Allahu Madico will mean for in whom? Leia, Allah moon, or Allah guide my people because they don't know. They don't know.
What don't they know? They don't know what has happened. I have a message from you. Oh Allah, I am your messenger. They are literally throwing stones at me ha hurling abuse at me without realizing that they're actually harming a messenger of Allah. But he made the dua for them.
Instead, nubby Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went a step further, when the people he called towards the goodness did not listen to the goodness in PA if and harmed him. He complained about his own weakness. He didn't complain about their harshness. He says, Oh Allah, I am so weak Allahumma inni a schooI, Lake wa for Kuwaiti, Oh Allah, I complained to you the weakness, the fact that I am weak, my own strength is less, it's weak.
So imagine, he's asking Allah for greater strength to be able to give that message to them in a way that they accept it. Today, my brothers and sisters, do we not have reminders from Allah? Do we not have so many things that happen in our lives, so many things that happen in our lives, where Allah Almighty wants us to turn to him, he's tapping us on the shoulder. He wants us to become a better person. He wants us to draw closer to Him. He wants us to fulfill our obligations unto him. He wants us to change our bad ways to good ways. And he gives us reminders. We ask Allah when we're in need. And then when we have what Allah has given us what we've been asking for, at times,
we roam around the Earth as though we never had a need. And as though it was US and US alone, and that's it. So Allah sends us reminders in this story. Are these stories in Surah Al Ambia. Allah Almighty mentions one after the other all of the prophets, this evenings versus chef money you started with a Europe Alayhis Salam, what are you but if nada, uh, yo,
who knows? Uh, you been English? How is it said?
Chef Munir. I didn't ask you, Chef, you are the chef. Yes, job Alayhis Salam
a yo Bala is Salam. Allah blessed him with so much Allah blessed him with children with goodness with health with so much
And then suddenly Allah took it away after years years
at the beginning, when he was tested
he didn't want to complain to Allah when his wife told him according to one of the narrations that why don't you call out to Allah?
He says, I won't complain obviously calling out to Allah we all call out to Allah I won't complain. Because Allah has blessed me for longer than he took the things away from me. I have had blessings for so many years. And my test is only so little. And Allah He that's the reason why I say to you, my brothers, my sisters, and I've said it every time I remember what Allah He my brothers, my sisters, Allah promises you in the Quran, he says we're into our dunya Mata Allahu Allah to Allah. If you are to count the favors of Allah on you, you will never, ever be able to count all of them never.
And the opposite of that is true. Do you know what that means? Listen carefully. It's a big one.
If you are to count the difficulties in your life, you can count them. You can count them. That's Allah. That's the promise of Allah. Allah says the gifts you won't count the hardship you can count all of you think for a moment, how many hardships Do you have? What is the problem in your life? I promise you you can say 123 You can think of things how many hardships you have, you can count but what is you have? You will never be able to count? Don't? Doesn't Allah subhanho wa Taala favor us beyond what we are deserving of.
People become despondent and turn away from Allah simply because they have two challenges in their lives. You lost the job, the job j ob.
You lost the job. What happened?
That's the problem. I have, oh, now, that's it. I'm becoming despondent. Allah doesn't love me. Allah doesn't care for me. And I'm turning away from a stone Viola, that shouldn't happen. You lost the job, maybe Allah loves you. That's why you lost the job. Because while you were floating in so much of money, and in such a job, you might have been doing something that might not have been good for you. So Allah says, We want to tap you come closer to us. When you shed your first tears crying for a new job, those tears are worth more than the entire previous job that you had. Why? Because those are warm tears of repentance. I'm turning to Allah. And I'm asking Allah's goodness. And I'm
really I'm starting to worship Allah. How many of us, myself included? How many of us have gotten up for tahajjud? Because we had the problem or an examination, haven't we? You have an issue. I'm going to get up tomorrow morning for tahajjud. Because I want to cry to Allah, you say to yourself, and you get up in the morning and you cry to Allah? And what are you crying about your problem? Don't you agree? If it was your problem that drew you to tahajjud Your life should be full of issues? Don't you think?
Well, I don't think so. I think we should be that good. Even without our problems. That's the aim. Let's aim for that. To say, Oh Allah, when you took something away from me, I cried to you. But when you blessed me, I'm going to worship you even more. That's why one of the tests have been who Adam is when he has, what does he do?
You have more and more and more you need to develop characteristics. Number one, with your wealth, you must worship Allah you must make sure that that wealth facilitates your visit to the masjid, your visit to good things you you go to the sick and ill you visit those perhaps who suffered some form of Allah's give them a good word, and you spend that money on the poor in your family. And then beyond that in your community, and across the globe, you reach out with that finance or with that money to others as well. Not just for yourself.
In the home, can we say the owner Phil Hi rot, the prophets of Allah used to compete or they used to actually make haste towards
good deeds, I said, starts off by worshipping Allah and it continues to helping people. They helped so many people how many stories they are, have Nabina Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam helping even those who were not believers.
How many stories are there of people of the Ummah or stories of the past? Were people, men and women who were kind to animals as well. And what did Allah do for them? Is that not hierarchy? Is that not some goodness? It's also a part of it. Then Allah says he had Runa they used to make dua to us, they used to call out to us. Allah has the solution to your problem. Allah owns what you're asking for. So ask him, Allah owns it.
Your own Anna Robin whare Harbin Oh,
hoping that we will answer them.
And Robin in all of Allah
Eman is such that we should strike a balance between the fear of the punishment of Allah and the Wrath of Allah and hope in His mercy. The correct balance is what Eman is because the Hadith says Al Eman, banal Hovi Raja, you have too much fear in you and no hope you will lose the path you have too much hope and no fear, you will lose the path. I spoke earlier at a different venue and I said, the person who commits a sin with the intention that because Allah is so merciful, it's okay for me to do this, I will just say I Stanfill Allah after that, and I will be fine and good to go is at a loss at a loss, why you've misunderstood the Name of Allah, the qualities of Allah, the hope is there to
give you hope.
Not to encourage you to sin. There we go. May Allah strengthen us, we are all human beings, we all falter. And we all are a work in progress, myself included. I want to improve myself in so many things, and every one of us should want to improve ourselves in so many things. Be it your five daily prayer, be it your connection with the Quran, I can invite you quickly towards something. Can I invite you towards something really good? I invite you towards reading at least one verse of the Quran a day. Is that not a beautiful invitation? Lovely invitation. Come on guys.
Who's accepting the invitation at least one verse a day put up your hands. MashAllah amazing, amazing. So then if it was that good, we can make it to inshallah bioecological. Allah bless you and all of us at least once a day one verse a day Wallah, it's a beginning. Let me explain to you what would happen when you sincerely connect with the word of the maker who made you and the rest of the creation. When you sincerely connect with it Wallahi it is magnetizing magnetic, it will automatically lead you towards going into it more and more and more. And the same applies to any of these acts of worship, such as salah. If you sincerely pray, you begin to enjoy your Ibadah when you
enjoy your worship, it's a sign of the love of Allah for you.
One of the signs of the love of Allah is I'm looking forward to the salah Sonata I'm really looking forward to it. Why I'm gonna enjoy myself. If you're enjoying yourself, do you think you're just going to stop at the fire up? You're gonna go beyond the firearm until Allah loves you. The hadith says the most beloved thing to me Allah is telling us in a hadith pudsey is that which I made compulsory, if it was not so beloved to me, I would not have made it compulsory.
Then Allah says, My slave continues to become closer to me through the Sunnah and the Nephele until I love him Subhanallah until I love him. So you feel that Allah says when the prophets called out to us for their issues,
they had hope.
They also feared, feared what so many different things. We fear the wrath of Allah imagine a prophet of Allah.
It reminds me of the companions of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, we believe that they were the best to tread the earth, after the prophets Sahaba to Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam
and they used to be concerned about their own conditions. On what Barbara the Allahu Anhu was concerned, if his name was from among the hypocrites.
And you and I are not even bothered. May Allah forgive me forgive all of us and grant us Jana.
The idea is let's strengthen ourselves. The prophets of Allah were tested. I told you Nabina Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, he made the dua for TA if he says, Oh Allah guide them they don't know. Can I ask you today, you go to ta if from the citizens of that place? How many people do not believe in Allah?
By rights, all of them accepted Islam.
What happened? Wasn't there a time when all of them were harming Nabi Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam
it was the DUA it was the sincerity when you want something and I want something turned to Allah consider it an honor, that Allah has taken something away from you if that thing brings you closer to Allah. And that brings me to another point. The point is, something negative happens to you. How do you know whether it's a punishment or the Mercy of Allah? You desperately want to marry someone and something happens every day I receive messages and emails from males and females
Every day I receive these messages and emails, in all honesty where they say, You know what I'd like to get married, I want to get married, I everything is okay, we are so happy. But because of my color because of my tribe, because of my ethnicity, because of this, because of that someone somewhere somehow is blocking it so badly. Can I do it without them? And so on and so forth. And it depends who it is. It depends on how independent you are in terms of your ability to manage a family. And it also depends on who exactly it is, who is being an obstacle and why they're being an obstacle. Sometimes there's nothing you can do about it. What happened, Allah closed the door. He
shot it on me also when I was 18 years old, by the way, and I thank him for that. By the way,
why? Wherever he wanted me to go, I went. I'm talking of myself, I don't want to talk about others. Allah shut the door on me for one thing that I really wanted.
And that was it.
And I can tell you, I can let you in on this. My father told me listen.
You want to do it?
I don't think it's appropriate for you.
I don't think you're going to manage and cope. I don't think it's right for you not saying they're bad people not saying this. Not saying that.
If you want to do it, get it done.
But don't tell me that. We didn't tell you. For me. That was a no.
For me. That was a no, I was not prepared. I was reliant fully financially on my father, fully, totally 100%.
So what did I do? I dropped it in a split second. That's what I did. Oh, you didn't even bother about trying, et cetera. Can I tell you something? I was fortunate. I lived in an age when there was no tick. Tock.
And I lived in an age when there was no WhatsApp and I lived in an age at that time where there were no even mobile phones. I'm talking of 1994 9394 Yes.
I look young Don't I
know I'm a grandfather, by the way of not one child but two direct grandchildren. hamdulillah la Mubarak. So I can tell you, I thank Allah not because I was I felt it at the time, but I knew no, no, no. Do you know what? That's my father? What is he not done for me in my life? This man stopping me okay. And you know what I told him then
I went in from one good deed and I was proud of myself. So happy to see the smile on my parents faces. I told him, You know what, wherever you tell me to get married or get married. That was another mistake.
Because within half an hour, I was already almost engaged.
And that's why I believe that you know what you want to get married, meet the person see the person talk to the person. It's no longer like it was before we everyone had an uncontaminated upbringing waiting for their person of marriage. And then when you come up, you're so clean and pure to go good to go. You're not contaminated by the social media of the world because it didn't exist. The word social media was non existent. So it worked. It worked because you know what? People grew up boys and girls grew up and they were they grew up with the qualities required for someone to get married to them
and when they when they grew up no matter what it would work because even if your father or mother like what happened to me and they said you know what we suggest you marry this person you show if that makes you happy I'm gonna do it that's it. That's what I said. That's what I said. Such a good boy wouldn't you like to have a son like me guys?
I regret having said that man. In the sense that I should have said no problem let's consider it mashallah Well done. Let's meet let's talk let's it could have I could have avoided the things that may have happened later on my life that I regretted. But it's okay. It's okay. Allah wanted something.
But my brothers and sisters, look at how
when Allah blokes something, we get upset, not knowing that, hey, I've got a plan for you. Do you know this person? I'm talking of today, right? You're madly in love with it? Because that's one crisis is we already more than married to someone without the Nikka and now we want to have allies it with our fathers and mothers. That's it. That's it. I'm coming in and telling my dad, you know, Dad,
ah, Dad says, I know. Do you have someone in mind? Yes.
Tell him the truth.
I don't have him in mind. I have him on my bed. Stanford Allah. That's what's happening. Tell him the truth. It's a fact of life. That's how far we've gotten. There's no point in being ashamed of what's happening in the sense that too
Talk about it. But we are sad that that's a it's a reality. I you know, I deal with young boys and girls, many of them way beyond what you would do as a husband and wife. And then they saying, Can I get married to him? Hey, you should have come and said this five years ago, man, five years ago, and don't be ashamed. Tell him exactly what waters you're in. He says no, you can't you know, I they are Pakistani, and you are Bengali. Have you heard that before?
Today I was supposed to attend
a wedding May Allah grant and baraka and Rama and Sakina and mawatha. Today, I was supposed to attend one interracial, and I said, I'm going to make an effort. But unfortunately, or fortunately, I had to come here.
And I was happy about it because I said and I made a video for them. SubhanAllah.
And why? Because I said, You know what, mashallah at least your parents have? Finally, you know, agreed.
So, sometimes Allah doesn't give us something to relax, take it easy. Take it in your stride, perhaps Allah knows that your future with this particular person is not going to be as rosy as you think. So, learn to let it go. I tell my children do not get attached to anything you found on Earth, to the degree that when it's taken away by Allah, you become depressed. No matter who and what if your attachment is to Allah, you won't be let down. When your attachment is to something you found on Earth, you may have a problem.
We're all attached, but to what level to a level that if it were to be taken away from you. At least you know, in Allah here in LA, Rajon, and Allah will help you to continue and to grow and to go.
So my brothers and sisters, Allah Almighty favors us. Sometimes by taking us away from things I can give you a ton of examples. You might have heard me say in the past that I know of someone who lost his job and kept applying and kept applying and years later, he started up his own thing and made more money than the entire business of where he used to work before within a few months. And Allah kept him that way. Allah kept him that way for a few years, and Allah knew that I'm going to open your doors in such a way that you will never, ever regret having waited. I can tell you the same about marriage. I know a sister who told me that I've been divorced four times. But I don't regret
because when I married the fifth time, I found the king of my dreams.
Don't look at me as though you want to marry five times? No, no, no.
We need to realize it's just an example where I'm letting you know. Don't lose hope Allah knows. So what people will always tell you, Oh, you're too old. It's okay. It's okay. My spouse is coming. But we have another quick problem that I can mention. When you say my spouse is coming, please make an effort towards it. You can't just sit back and say Allah will bring him Allah will bring her do something about it. Someone needs to do something about it. beloved parents who are here you need to get up and smell the coffee, and then go closer to it and check what type of coffee it is and then come and offer it to your daughter.
Does it make sense? You need to it's part of your duty.
Because people are sitting at home in sha Allah when the right person when Allah sends the right person, what are you doing and about about it? And making dua dua is a powerful component, but it's just a component. It's not the only thing. How would people know you even exists?
It's true. May Allah subhanahu wa taala help us assume the responsibilities that he has placed on our shoulders? I've always tried whenever I look at
I'm going to let you in on a secret Okay. Whenever I see young guys, I look at them and I tell myself you know what, I've got so many daughters man.
And yeah, I promise you I look at them as though let's see what this guy's worth. And what Allah He for guys worth it. I opened my mouth. Why? Because it's my responsibility.
In some cultures, it's taboo. Let me tell you we living in a world where sometimes you need to put your culture aside and do the right thing.
May Allah subhanahu wa taala make it easy for us?
Have you shed tears, asking Allah for something that you either needed wanted or that you lost and wanted to retrieve? Or you needed to have a situation that you desperately sought from ALLAH, if you have shed tears for that. You need to realize it's Allah's love for you that he brought you closer to him through a problem because the point is the closeness to Allah. If goodness brought you closer to Allah, it was a gift. And if something negative brought you closer to Allah, it was not a punishment. It's a gift of Allah. Nothing
thing that has happened to you in your life that brought you closer to Allah can be called a punishment. It's not it was the Mercy of Allah. I know of people who Allah tested by taking their children away. Allah make it easy for such people. Because it's one of the most difficult, most painful situations you need Sabra upon a level that I personally have not yet gone through, may Allah protect us all, and make it easy for us. But when Allah has done that, for you, I know of people who then found Allah as a result of the loss. Don't you think that was a point of mercy? Your little one is going to be in Jannah waiting for you. He was just a child. But Allah has just made
sure that you go to Jana, to
people come to us and say, Will I see my loved ones in Ghana? We normally say in sha Allah right? You know, what's the true answer? Work hard. You'll see them there.
Without that hard work, what do you expect? You're walking towards the other J and he's in another J SubhanAllah.
is he will I see my this in Jana and that person in Jana? I've I've heard the weirdest one ever. weirdest one ever. Guess what?
Will I be with my girlfriend did Jana?
I promise you.
I promise you.
Are you serious? Sit? Yeah. Because you know how people, people make it difficult. And sometimes parents and communities and societies make it very difficult for people to marry. You see, it's a topic on its own. It's a topic on its own. And it's not our topic this evening. But I want to let you know something. Please bear Allah in mind. Without Allah. We cannot really achieve the true contentment and we will not be able to fulfill the purpose that we are on earth for by the time death comes to us. We just going to regret what happened in the past. Well, if we do before the Karara comes, we're still fortunate. Sometimes we die suddenly. And what did you How did you die? I
remember a brother May Allah grant him Jana, his sons refused to do janazah on him. And the reason is, he was a guy who looked very practicing, he passed away in a group of prostitutes with alcohol and everything else. And he died in that condition, and I tell you what his own sons didn't want to do Janas In fact, they didn't do Janaza on him. They said We thought he was a holy pious guy reading five Salah a day yet, that holiness was actually to do with holes rather than with piety.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So who would like soon Katima one of the DUA as you and I should be making Oh Allah grant me a good death. Keep saying that Allah who mainly has Annika has no hotma I am concerned about death, you should be concerned about death. I'm not scared and fearful and so on. Because I've tried to prepare to the best of my ability as a human being. And Allah knows that. And the same should apply to all of us. There is no option that you have but to go back to Allah. So help yourself by engaging in lots of Eastern foreign Allah will grant you the best. But Allah's Mercy is he brings you closer to him. He brings you closer to him through difficulty and
hardship many times
and when you see some people, their lives change just before they die. I want to give you one quick example we spoke about the J and the J Do you know what those stood stood for? Jana and Johanna.
We had a brother called Junaid Jamshed Rahmatullahi Allah, you heard that name, some of you. I tell you what happened to him.
He was a singer.
And Allah wanted him to change his life before taking him away.
And so suddenly his life changed to the shock of all those who knew him.
His life changed he began to call people towards Allah and His singing change to another sheet, in order to do and in whatever other language he might have known.
And his life changed to the degree that people now knew him as a religious guy. And suddenly he passed away in a in a plane crash.
For me, it was a moment
of pondering Allah,
perhaps it's a sign of the love of Allah, that this man's life Allah knew I'm going to take him away on this date. So just a few years before that, we're going to change him flip him he's going to come back to the right path and then we take him away in on the right path. How many of the opposite Are they not They're the opposite.
So all I need to do Oh Allah grant me national Hardy mark, grant me a good death and work towards it. If you've sinned, be embarrassed. be embarrassed for your own sake for the sake of Allah.
Feel the remorse and regret say Oh ALLAH forgive me. I
delivered a talk earlier. And I'm sure there are so many other talks online that you can listen to regarding repentance. It's a good thing.
How do you know that it's a punishment
or a point of mercy. Simple litmus test. Look at the condition of your heart. If it's brought you closer to Allah, it was never a punishment, it's the Mercy of Allah. And if it drifted you away from Allah, it was a punishment. Even if it looks so positive. You suddenly got a wage increment or a huge business deal of so many million. If that made you make a trip to Makkah, build a masjid drill a well help the people reach out to family, humble yourself. Ah, that's the mercy of a neuron Allah Allah, Allah gave you the dunya and he's giving you the akhira you're preparing for it. Look at that. But if it was that you earn so much and you got so much and suddenly first thing let's go to
the nightclub for example, let's go and pop it out. Let's go and do whatever else let's go to the casinos. Let's see how best we can throw and blow and boast and brag if that's the case, it cannot be the Mercy of Allah it's the opposite.
And people say
but why would Allah do that to me when he gave me okay let me explain why. Allah says that at some stage in some people.
In order to punish them we gave them
fall I'm not Zuma to kill Ruby, Biggie, Fontana, I like him about why Baku Nishan Allah speaks about the previous nation when they forgot Allah totally. Allah says, We opened the doors of this world for them totally.
Why would Allah do that?
Well, Allah says in the Quran, Allah Quran, Nikita Lobo La Nina Cafaro Phil beloved Madang Colleen, don't let the people who are disbelievers or distant from Allah subhanahu wa taala deceive you when they have a lot on Earth. Allah says that is just for a short time we've given them you know, sometimes you have a really, really good person.
Allah says, well, we gave them their coupons were used on Earth. We gave them a nice healthy life. They enjoyed beautiful holidays. We gave them nice children, we gave them lots of beauty we gave him so on earth, when they come to the hereafter Allah will tell them your coupons are used. That's it. Your coupons are used for Allahu hubba and man Thorin. Allah says in surah Al Furqan you know what you all your deeds, they are gone like Ash, what we didn't oppress you, we didn't harm you, you were a good person, whatever we needed to give you, we gave it to you on earth. Look how much you enjoy it.
So Allah says, those people we gave them as a result of them forgetting us. And then Allah says had either ferry Hobbema Otto has now
Bogota, for either. Mobley soon when they became so immersed in what we gave them and they forgot us even further. Allah says We suddenly punish them with sudden punishment that overtook them. And they were confused.
Why were they confused? The same reason I was mentioning because according to them well when I got surely Allah must be happy with me. No, Allah gave me down and Tyrone and destroyed them too.
So Allah has given people
because he's upset with them.
That's why when Allah blesses you, oh Allah bless me with goodness. And I can tell you, when do you know it's a blessing, another simple litmus test, when your wealth and your achievement and your authority humbles you and brings you closer to Allah, it's a blessing from Allah. It's the Mercy of Allah. But when Allah has given you good looks or anything else, Allah has given you intelligence when that makes you arrogant, and proud and makes you haughty, and distances you from Allah, no matter how much of a blessing it looks like it's not a blessing, that cannot be a blessing.
And all of us, what do we want?
When I was entering when you guys were entering, I greeted a lot of you at the door. One of the brothers reminded me of a little talk that I must have delivered some time back. He says Rabbana Artina for dunya Hi santa clara de hacer una Joaquina Allah Banagher and I remember that and I'm saying it again here. Each one of us don't we want the goodness of this world I'd love it. Allah has created a natural inclination towards nice things. I want good clothes, I want good clothes. I want a nice house. I want a decent car. I want a lovely family I want to be able to afford a few things Mashallah. That's okay, it's permissible. May Allah grant it to me and to you say Amen
mashallah Allah that was quite a loud Amin, you see, that's the thing. That's the thing. When we ask for dunya matters Everyone Says I mean because we know but when we say Oh Allah, may Allah subhanahu wa taala truly grant us goodness
This world in the next
Okay, Mashallah. So we want that it's a natural inclination, it's not wrong if that comes while we're in the obedience of Allah Alhamdulillah. And as it's coming, please give, give, share. Islam is the only religion on earth, where it is a pillar of your faith, to share what you have with those who don't have it. If you have more than a certain amount, it's the only religion on earth that makes it a pillar of your faith to share what you have with those who don't have it when you have beyond a certain amount.
No other religion has it as a pillar. other faiths have encouraged you to give charity you see the word charity in English has an element of it being voluntary, in the wording, whereas Zakat is not a charity in the true English sense, but rather, it's the closest word but it has an element of obligation in it that makes it different from a general charity. Allahu Akbar. It's amazing. So beyond zakat Give, give un* your own fikar like I love that hadith could see where Allah is saying, spend oh son of Adam, I will spend on you, give I give you
I've seen it in my life. Wallahi I saw it yesterday
I gave a brother a perfume today someone gave me two I got them in my pocket I'm about to give them to someone anyway.
Give the to get for
a give the four might not get anything back. But Allah will give me something else beyond that. But alhamdulillah that's how it works. I'm sure some of you have tested it and seen it works.
You want 1000 Give 500 But when you give the 500 and you don't get the 1000 Don't come to me because Allah has already given you that which is beyond the 1000 May Allah subhanahu wa taala grant us baraka and blessing. So I do believe I've been here for 36 minutes, I have four minutes remaining.
You see, doesn't seem like it's like 3.6 minutes.
I just want to recap. This evening, my brothers and sisters call out to Allah, the prophets of Allah all of them one after the other called out to Allah. They cried to Allah. Allah says We gave them listen to Yunus Alayhis Salam unis
unis what is the English of unis?
Jonah, Jonah? Yeah, here is John But Jonah is Eunice.
Allah mentions how he used to praise Allah every day.
And one day he was swallowed by a fish.
I'm only mentioning what's in the Quran. Okay.
And then Allah says follow Allah Allah who can Amin al Musa Behen? Lala bcfe Botany Illa yo Mobifone had he not been from among those who constantly did the test be and praised Allah in his life, he would have remained in the belly of that fish forever. But because he was praising now you go into the books of tafsir Ibn katheer makes mention of something interesting. And he says that it is reported that the voice of this man making test be used to be taken up by the angels every single day. The deeds are going up right? On that particular day, the same voice in distress, calling out to Allah without telling Allah what to do. Imagine their level of piety was on another another
another level. They didn't tell Allah what to do. They just said, Oh Allah, I'm in distress. That was enough. Imagine you call someone and you say
there's a problem. That was that's enough for your loved one. You're gonna run where are you? You're not gonna say what is the problem? And how do you like me to solve it? No. If they yelling for help, that's it. You don't want to know what it is. I'm gonna get myself there. So he just says La ilaha illa Anta Suba ha Naka in econ Domina volley me he hadn't yet asked the thing. He didn't ask anything yet. He says there is none worthy of worship besides you. Oh Allah. Indeed, I've wronged myself. I did something wrong. The story is long.
Allah says festa Jebin Allahu, so we responded, what did you respond to?
He hadn't even asked what he wants. Allah responds to our needs without us actually mentioning them or articulating them or saying them because he knows what's in your heart. He knows exactly what you need better than you know, actually. Subhanallah so what did he say? He just praised Allah and he said, Oh ALLAH forgive me. In fact, he says in the continental Valley mean, or indeed did something I was from among the wrongdoers I did something wrong. And Allah says For stubborn Allah who and what did we do that Gina who Middleham me, we actually saved him and protected him from his anxiety and his he stressed that he had that'll come, come
Is the worry. Allah says We saved him. What does that show that shows that a person who involved in something wrong, they are overcome by worry? What was his wrong? It wasn't even that bad. It was that he went away from his people. And he was upset. Yet he was supposed to call them towards Allah. But for something happened and he said, I'm going
and Allah says he went away angrily. So he felt within himself that I've done something wrong. So he says, Oh Allah, I did something wrong.
Allah doesn't say he did do something wrong. Allah says he felt he did something wrong.
It's an amazing story. But the bottom or the point is, look at how when he just opened his mouth, Allah subhanho wa Taala responded, it is said that the angel said, Oh Allah, that voice that praises you every day from a certain place today is in another place all together under the sea or the water in the darkness, in the belly of a fish and is calling out to you in distress. Immediately that fish spat him out.
That's what happened. Allah says not J Now homie, that'll come. That was part of the homies I'm in the belly of
Allah says what Cavalli Kanoon Gil Momineen Allahu Akbar wa Cavalli cannon, Gil Momineen. In a similar way, we save the believers. So yes, you might have to wait for a day, two days, three days, a month, two months, three months, but victory comes. victory comes I invite you to slowly improve yourself. Step by step, get closer to Allah. Don't ever let a day come when you're taking a step back.
If you're getting closer and closer to Allah, even if it is an inch at a time, a millimeter at a time Wallahi you're heading in the right direction. The minute you're taking a step back on your achievements, you're heading in the wrong direction. So let's try and be strong and Allah Almighty will grant us the goodness May Allah subhanahu Allah Allah bless us all my time is up. I've actually overshot by two minutes. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah grant us Baraka in that two minutes. Aquila Kohli. Ha SallAllahu wasallam Obara, Carla Nabina Muhammad