The New Year and Muharram
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu lillahi wa sallahu wa salam, O Baraka Allah, may Allah be about Allah He was happy He adjumani my brothers, my sisters, we have commenced the new year. It is the new lunar or Hijri year
1442 14 142 years after the hegira of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam
we need to realize my brothers and sisters, there are several factors that need to be spoken about regarding the new year and the month of Muharram.
Firstly, we are getting closer to the day we are going to meet with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And this is why when people say oh wow one extra year.
Let us celebrate the fact that we are one year older on the other side of the coin, we need to become more concerned about the fact that we are one year closer to our graves.
And this is why as a Muslim, the bigger deal is all about gaining closeness to Allah. As you grow older, if you are becoming more distant from Allah you are at a loss.
As you grow older, if your heart is slowly moving towards Allah, you are gaining.
This is amazing. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has kept it such that when you grow older, there is a greater realization. Hey, my friends have died, my family some have passed away. My acquaintances may have passed away, I have seen people die young and old. And all I need to do is simply prepare for the day I'm going to meet with Allah.
What is going to help you I can tell you one thing that will really help a lot of is to follow. seek forgiveness a lot and believe that you are forgiven by Allah subhanho wa Taala be convinced in your heart that Allah is the Most Merciful, the most kind, the most compassionate, the most loving, be convinced in your heart that you have the Shahada, the most powerful statement as I do Allah, Allah illallah wa shadow, Muhammad and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you bear witness that there is none worthy of worship besides Allah, you bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the final messenger of Allah. If you have that statement, you need to realize the conviction in
your heart that you are actually going to be saved and you will be going to a much better place than you are in right now. That conviction needs to be renewed every single day. Don't let shapen temper with you. When you actually seek the forgiveness of Allah and he makes you think for a moment. No, no, not you. You cannot have the mercy of Allah.
Allah says, Loretta corner to Mira Mattila don't ever lose hope in the mercy of Allah shavon tells you the opposite he says the versus right. But not you. May Allah forgive us. Now however, La quwata illa Billah people enter a new year and they say we're going to make resolutions Mashallah. What resolutions Would you like to make your I mean, you're a believer, you're supposed to be introspecting every day not just once a year so Allah my resolution to get up for future is every day my resolution to improve on my Salah is a daily thing. My resolution to improve on my dress code is a daily thing. I may not see the end of the year and if we get used to only making resolutions at
the end of the year, trust me. We will be at a loss because a time will come when we are not going to see that end of the year.
This is why a more min when he goes to sleep at night there are certain sooner supplications he's supposed to be making one of them is
Bismillah Allahu maba. To Jambi obika in the NFC Villa we're in our center ha ha ha ha be if we can let the tougher will be he burqa solid him in your name. Oh Allah, I put my side onto this bed reclining in order to sleep. I've taken your name or Allah. If during my sleep you take my soul
away not to go back, meaning not to come back and you grant me death, have mercy on me. And if you allow that soul to come back into the body in the morning, or when I wake up, then protect it in the same way you protect your pious slaves. That's what does that mean? before I sleep, I've made peace with Allah. That's what it means. Because I have no guarantee that I'm going to wake up. So when I'm going to bed, I need to make sure I've made peace with Allah. And that's why I say Oh Allah, if you take my soul, have mercy on me. Every night, you're supposed to look into your heart, clean it, make it clear, make sure that there is no malice in it. Make sure there is no sin in it. Make sure your
connection with Allah is powerful is strong.
So what are these daily resolutions I'm supposed to be having? Number one, my contact with Allah needs to improve. I worship Allah alone, la sharika lahu. I don't associate partners with Allah. What else do I do? I try my best to follow in the footsteps of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we love him. We say we love him. But sometimes I promise you, we need to reject that term. Is it only something that's coming out of our mouths, but we're not even prepared to dress in a way that would actually be acceptable. According to his teachings. We're not prepared to talk the way he taught us to talk we're not we're not prepared to solve and resolve our matters, according to what
he would have taught us Subhanallah but we say oh, we love Him, we follow him. Do you really? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us ease? So it's a time every day to ponder over how close are you really to Rasulullah sallallahu
May Allah grant us ease and goodness May Allah make us while we are going through our daily lives and the struggles we have, may he make us from those who still remember primarily I'm a Muslim and a Muslim and different when good happens to you don't let it make you so excited that you become arrogant and proud and when bad happens to you don't let it make you so depressed that you become a disbeliever and you become so so away from Allah good will happen bad will happen. I want to tell you something amazing. Most of us if not all of us have been to school What were you tested at school mathematics, English, biology, chemistry, physics, geography, one by one you learnt the
syllabus and then you were tested and you were told right you know the syllabus Yes, right this exam. If you pass you passed if you fail, repeated what law he similar example with a difference when I say similar but with a difference it means to bring it closer to the mind.
Every one of us Allah brought us in this world to test us. He will teach you the syllabus when the syllabus is done right. Did you have this test? You are young? Okay. You grew up? You did you do? We tested you with Salatu Fado, did you pass your test? Yes, I did. And I will continue to pass it. Then there was an age when you were tested in order to abstain from something bad perhaps smoking perhaps drugs perhaps alcohol whatever it may have been. Did you pass it? Yes, I did. That was another subject okay. You knocked that Mashallah very well. What about the next test? You're going to try to get married? How are you going to do it while we told you how to are you going to pass it?
Yes. Then when you get married, you will have a problem or two or three? Did you solve it? Yes, I did. You have children. It's another test. You don't have children. It's another test. All these are subjects and a lot of tests you with them. He says I will test you from the beginning of right up to the end even on your deathbed, you will be tested Subhan Allah Subhana Allah so don't think life is all about, you know, having it easy. Allah gives you days of ease in order for you to appreciate and that is also a test Allah says okay, we're gonna test you now on the subject of Finance. Here it is. Take 2 million let's see what you do. You become arrogant you become haughty. You start oppressing
this one that you think you own, the whole world you think you can do as you please, what did you achieve when your results come out? You I failed because Allah just gave you as a test. While law he my brothers, my sisters. A few days ago, I was moved to tears when I saw an image that was taken recently from a telescope up in space showing you the earth from a distance.
And it is like a grain of sand. grain of sand from a distance on that grain of sand or 7.6 or 8 billion people who have a from there. It looks like a grain of sand on grain. And each one of us thinks we're a big deal. And Allah says oh Adam, Oh son of Adam. You know what? The summer wanting
go and check the skies and the heavens and the earth and whatever else is there. It's way bigger than man
Bigger. But man Alhamdulillah Allah has given you a place he's testing you. He wants to give you goodness, don't be haughty. Allah says you, how can you come and become haughty on earth so that he has seen this a verse that always, you know should be
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doesn't matter mankind not see that we created him from a seed a droplet of semen. We created him from one little cell, and now he's become big and argumentative. He wants to argue openly like he's a big deal. Allah says you know what, you are so helpless. you depend on us for everything that you are Allahumma salli ala Illa, magenta hoosac Allah, O Allah, there is nothing easy except that which you have made easy if Allah once you won't even be able to breathe.
May Allah grant us ease escaped back to these resolutions so people get excited, we are excited Mashallah. moharram beautiful man. What should I do in Muharram? I must remember one thing. When the prophet SAW Selim came to Madina, munawwara he found the Jews fasting on the 10th of Muharram. When he inquired what was going on, they said that is the day that the Prophet Moses was saved. Mashallah, what a beautiful thing, say from who? The Pharaoh who used to say, an Arab buco model.
I am your Lord, the high worship me or I will kill you. That's what he did. You got to Luna come here used to kill the boys, the male children, he didn't want anyone to shake his throne. So he decided we're going to kill all of these. He was such a big tyrant. Nobody ever believed that he could drop never. They had no, you know, feeling within them. It was always what It can't be.
So on the 10th of Muharram, Allah instructed, in whatever way he instructs that this man be destroyed by drowning, he was drowned 10th of Muharram the Jews who are the ones by new Israel, have Musa alayhis salam, the Prophet Moses May peace be upon him, they celebrated the fact that Whoa, we couldn't believe we would ever be delivered from this tyranny. And here we are, they started fasting on that day. The prophet SAW Selim when he heard about it in Madina, munawwara you know what he says, No, I have to be Moosa, we have a greater right. To Musa Moses May peace be upon him, then then we will fast this day, not only the 10th but you had a day, the ninth as well with it, in order
to be different. So we should be fasting the ninth and the 10th in sha Allah, that is the most beautiful way of fasting. If for some reason you can only fast the 10th and you know that that's what you can do. Alhamdulillah It's okay, but the best for you to do first more than a day, today's ninth and 10th What will it do for you, it will expiate and, and delete the minus since you've committed in the previous year, so panela we heard something similar about the day of arafa Mashallah, Allah has given blessing upon blessing, I want to give you 310 days seasons that we as Muslims Take heed of
the first 10 days of
the 10 days of Muharram and the last 10 days of Ramadan, those are our days. Those are the 10s we have them in three seasons of 10 days each Subhan Allah. So these are also blessed the days we had 10 nights of Ramadan. We have we had 10 days of the lecture, and now we have 10 of Muharram. And the professor Sonam towards the end of his life used to fast so much in Muharram that one narration says we haven't seen him fasting more in another month. I know there is another narration that speaks of the month just after Ramadan, but towards the end of his life, the prophets are seldom used to give great importance to the fasting of Mahara. So, this is something important. When we celebrate my
brothers and sisters, what do we celebrate with? Have you thought of it with an extra ibadah today's Juma is an extra hoot about this. There is an extra football when you're getting married, there's an extra football, the day of eat, there's an extra Salah that's how you show your happiness and gratitude to Allah by doing something that is extra within the Sunnah of the prophet SAW Salah.
So my brothers and sisters, yes, we do have these beautiful days of Muharram and I have spoken to you about the past and I have given you the virtue. That is the
virtue of this particular day, the 10th of Muharram. However,
you hear the term Shahada Lai Allah Mohan It is called sha Allah He the month of Allah Muharram. Why is it called sha Allah? Allah Mohan?
There are a few explanations. One of them is it is one of the four sacred months. So the four sacred months, you have three of them in a row. And then you have one a little bit later, what are the three in a row very easy to remember, the bouquet will hija and Muharram. They come in a row. And the fourth one is Raja, what is meant by Herrera month,
a month in which you are not allowed to initiate war, no trouble, you don't initiate war, even if you are at war. That particular month you don't initiate it, meaning I have enemies but not on this month. I'm not going to initiate if they have initiated I have a right to retaliate or to defend.
But you are supposed to be at peace. These are the months of Allah. ponder over your condition, make peace with Allah. Remember that story of the enemy around it should bring about comfort on a day like the 10th of Muharram.
And at the same time, a warning, comfort for those who have been oppressed for many, many years that don't worry, Allah will grant you victory.
No matter what you're going through, it can be tyranny, something you think in your mind this can never be solved. For Allah, it will be solved. If Allah could sort out the pharaoh is telling you 10th of Muharram Think about it. We will solve your problem Be patient Subhana Allah, we are all going through things in our lives. We all feel that when is this goodness going to come? When is the the problem going to be resolved? I promise you the lesson we learned from the 10th of Muharram Don't worry, a day will come voila, he somehow Allah your problem will be solved. Have faith. So it's good news, right? Secondly, Warning Warning to Who are you No pressure.
Are you wronging someone, be it in your home, be it in your circle, be it in your community, be it someone who works for you, be it someone whom you work for, no matter who it may be? Have you wronged someone if you have, remember your day is coming? What law he thought Oh Allah, same oath that is taken. In the same way we should be excited that justice will be served, we must be worried that we are not caught on the wrong side so that we would be actually dealt with. May Allah protect myself and yourselves and all of us. So it's a day to ponder it's a season to think Who am I What am I doing? make life easy for people man, you are here temporary, so small, so insignificant, there is
no benefit in harming other people at all. It will never do you good. You are not going to achieve a thing not a thing, by usurping things from people being unjust, oppressing people making people's lives difficult for what Subhanallah you won't achieve a thing be just be straightforward turn to Allah, and then you will smile.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us Goodness me. So these are some lessons. I want to end off by mentioning one interesting point.
And that is some years after the prophet SAW Selim 50 years later,
there was an incident of the martyrdom of liminality rhodiola Juan Houma.
Now because of that, yes, we are sad, we will be sad, we must be sad, but we have to learn a lesson. What is the lesson? The hypocrites caused the Muslim men to fight to the result that they killed each other and they were good believers. That's the lesson I learned. To this day we're doing the same thing. So what did you learn? What did I learn? Nothing.
You see the point, people either celebrate, or they either engage in the opposite where they become so sad, but they haven't learned the lesson. It's the lesson is more important than anything else. Like I said,
this happened way after the term of the prophet SAW Selim. It's not mentioned in the Quran, nor is it mentioned in the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. But it is definitely something I need to learn from. It was coincidentally on that particular day for you and I it's coincidence for a lie. It's not.
As you need to know my brothers and sisters. learn the lesson.
And I want to clarify, some people believe that in the month of Muharram, you're not allowed to get married. That is baseless. Some people believe in the month of Muharram you cannot do this or that some people believe it is a day of eat bigger than the days of other eat that is also baseless. We as Muslims when we learn a lesson that's it. It's a lesson to learn. Gain closeness to Allah. What's the point of celebrating or believing
false beliefs that which is baseless and you have not even gotten closer to Allah what was the point? So Pandora bl Allah, may Allah make a steadfast whether with our solid federal rakata a jury playroom in the dunya mafia, the too soon of Salah to a better than whatever this earth holds and whatever is on earth and whatever it has in it. So Panama
so my brothers and sisters like I said we are very insignificant. Yes, it is the new year. Yes, we must take him but it's a daily thing. It's something we need to really think about on a daily basis change my life change yours, become a better person, your luck the way you talk to people. We are struggling today. A lot of it has to do with the fact that our character is not up to scratch and our relationship with Allah is not up to scratch you can do better no matter who you are. Cut out the racism cut out all these you know, injustice that is happening cut out the deception everything. Learn to speak to people genuinely with utmost respect and see your life change. You will
communicate with Allah correctly and communicate with the creatures of Allah correctly and inshallah we will succeed. May Allah grant agenda to dos aku Kali hada or sallallahu wasallam al and Amina Mohammed