Channel: Mufti Menk
Katara Masjid, Doha Qatar
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salaam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala
nabina Muhammad mahamadou mala AlLahi wa sahbihi wa
sallim ala Medina
Alhamdulillah we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we always praise Him, we continue to praise him we ask him,
to grant us the ability to praise him upon all conditions, we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the one who was sent to guide us, we consider ourselves blessed to be from amongst his followers, and we thank Allah for that. And at the same time, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah to bless all the household of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as well as all his companions, and May Allah bless every single one of us, I mean,
my beloved brothers and sisters, really, it is a warm feeling to be in your midst, once again, the last time I was here, it was freezing cold. And this time Mashallah, it is very, very warm. So Alhamdulillah, we will now balance the two by the will of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and come inshallah, at a time when it will be the temperature will be average inshallah.
Brothers and sisters, from the time of birth, it is impossible for us to exist on our own without the help of other human beings, be it a parent, a guardian, a midwife, or whoever else it is, when you are born, you are automatically in need of a person, another human being Muslim, or non Muslim, whoever they were, whoever Allah has chosen, to help you to survive. That is something important. When Allah created you and die, he made sure that a certain system was fulfilled, and it was applied in a way that we had no choice, no choice whatsoever, where you were born, and under what circumstances you were born was not your choice, nor is it mine. So we need to understand that at
that point, it was a test for those around us to do that, which was beneficial for us in a way that not only did we survive, but we had the best available. And this is why, in most cases, people have both parents, in some cases, they have only one parent, and in few cases, they have no parents in that the mother if she died just at childbirth, then what would happen is if the father had pre deceased, the mother, it would mean the child is totally orphan, no mother, no father. And that is the case in a very few, perhaps in much less than the norm that is both mother and father are there. So the test is for the mum and dad, my mother and my father were tested by me being born to them,
firstly as a gift, and secondly, to test them, what will they do? How will they bring me up at that particular stage? What would they actually react with? How would they react? This is all part and parcel of the test of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this interaction, Allah has kept it from the very beginning. And this is why Allah says in the Quran, Allah wa Tada, mocha Allah.
Allah has declared that none shall be worshipped besides Him, and that you shall do good to your parents. You shall be kind to your parents, because it was Allah who chose them. The fact that I am sitting here right now and you are sitting here right now someone looked after me, someone looked after you at a time, when have they abandoned us? Perhaps we would not have survived. So you owe it to them through what the minimum is kindness. And this is why Allah says whether they are Muslim or not. Kindness is still a duty. And this is where we refute those who say that you should not be kind to the non Muslims. When Allah says, you have to be kind to them. You have to be kind to them. And
you need to understand when they are instructing you to do something that is against what the Almighty has commanded. That is the only time you excuse yourself from
fulfilling that particular instruction, understanding that you still have to be kind to them. Amazing. The teachings of the Parana the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he reached out to all the Muslim and the non Muslim. So today we'd like to talk about reaching out to others. And it starts from the point of birth, we reach out to our little ones, but that Allah has made the heart in such a way that there is an automatic connection between you and your child, automatic.
It would require a person whose qualities are far away from humanity, to hate their own children at the point of birth, may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us. Because nature Allah has placed within your heart a connection. And that connection would obviously lead to you loving the child, we find children very cute. If Allah wanted he could have made children such that they will not cute perhaps they became cuter later on. But children are cuter than adults, would you not agree? And that is something amazing. It's a gift of Allah, you look at the child who's not even yours. And the mere fact that those innocent eyes look at you immediately brings joy to the heart, that is the plan of
Allah, what will you do as a result, we have children do we just spoil them in the name of love, and do we just give them as they want what they want, if that's the case, we fail our test, but we give them through the law that which will be beneficial for them, by the help of Allah through the guidelines set by Allah subhanho wa Taala given by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So, it is important for me to understand the interaction that Allah has kept the interaction that he has kept for survival with other human beings. If I were to ask you a question, who provides for you? Your answer would be Allah, Who gives you who sustains you Allah, but remember, Allah His plan is such
that he uses other human beings to be a means for something to get to you. Let me give you one example. You want to earn, you have a qualification? For example, can you just sit at home and think to yourself, Allah will provide?
Can you do that you need to get up and apply for a job, you need to get up and do something, when you apply for a job, what will happen, someone will call you for an interview someone a human being. So you cannot say look, this person is not providing for me, so I don't need to talk to them properly, you need to go and you need to show them your skill in order to prove to them that you are deserving of that post. Because if there are 20 people 50 people vying for the same post, you will not get the job unless you happen to be a person who is outstanding somewhat somehow, and then you get the job. So you go out you have to show them what you have. This is not an ibadah in the sense
that we are not showing them an act of worship. But we are showing them a skill that we have in order to prove that we are deserving of what we are asking for. That was the plan of Allah. So you got the skill you went out, you had to make an effort, then every day you have to get to work at a time that was already fixed. So it's either nine to three, if you're very lucky, or eight to five, if you're still a little bit lower down the ladder, may Allah subhanho wa Taala make it easy for us. Why I say this is because our children also need our time. And we ask Allah to help us such that as we progress and become older, we have more time with our family, rather than the other way around.
So if you get your job, you will need to mix with people you need to interact, you have your mobile phone, when you phone you talk to someone, how do you talk is reaching out to them, how you interact is reaching out to them, what is your duty, Your duty is to live by the example of Mohammed May peace be upon him salallahu alayhi wasallam that is your duty. That is my duty. Sometimes we know his example. But we become oblivious of it for some reason. We throw it at the back of our minds, and we lead the life thinking we are good Muslims. And that's it without implementing what we've learned.
Sometimes when we go to universities, we learn so much for so many years. But how much will you actually implement when you get your job? It's a small percentage of what you've learned. When it comes to Islam. That is not the case. Whatever you learn, implement, whatever you know about Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam you put into practice, this is the gift of Allah and your test is to ask yourself, Am I putting more and more into practice as time is passing? Or am I becoming worse May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us and grant us ease. So this is why my brothers and sisters to mix and interact has been kept
The plan of Allah, how do you mix with others? And how do you interact with them? In order to answer that, you need to ask yourself, who do you mix with? And who do you interact with?
Firstly, as you're growing older,
when you're a little baby, you don't even know how to speak. And then your parents teach you how to speak with those around you teach you how to speak from that time, let's put ourselves into the shoes of parents for a moment. It is your duty to touch the lives
of your own children in such a beautiful way that they learn manners, they learn good language, if you are to swear and to use foul language, how would you have touched the lives of your own children in a very dirty way, in a way that when they grow up, they will be even more vulgar than you? Is that called beautiful touching of the lives of your own children. When we say others, you start with your own family. And this is why I lost Rihanna hautala when he said Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he instructed him at a certain stage saying, What?
Robbie, warn those who are close to you that circle, the family, and the broader family and so on.
Those who are from your kinsmen, your tribe and so on. That was the beginning it was the first circle, it does not mean that Islam stopped at that. No, it was just a circle to start with. If my inner circle is ideal, and good, and I've worked on it, I will be able to be more successful with the broader circle. But if I've not worked correctly, on the inner circle, then how do I expect to succeed when it comes to the broader people? May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding.
So my brothers and sisters, take a careful look at how you talk to your own children, how you interact with them, how much time do you give them, it is important that is an act of worship. It is an act of worship, teach them mannerism, to begin with through following your example. So sometimes in some homes, there is not much of instruction dished out by the father or the mother. There is no following example they watch your etiquette and mannerism of eating and they will follow suit. Do you know that so if you start with Bismillah before you eat, and you make it loud and clear, they will also say Bismillah before they eat, sometimes you did not tell them anything, but you touched
their lives in a beautiful way. So they just follow you read your Salah on time that again goes everything stops, you touch the lives of your child, they will learn without you instructing them that the time of day they will give up whatever they are doing and they will come towards the Salah they will fulfill it. This is why I always say you find a one year old child getting into sudo because mom reads Salah because mom is Institute and this is why you find little children wanting to dress like their parents. You know a lot of us who handle law on a Friday, we like to dress with the soap what is known as a conditioner. We like to dress with a soap, you find your little children
will say that I want to wear the same thing. I want to wear the same thing. Why? Because they they feel automatically a connection to you. How do you touch the lives now to in order to be able to be the most effective with your children, you need to watch how you are with your spouse.
Amazing. Look at the connection. Everything is connected. If I want to be effective with my children, I need to make sure that with my own wife, I am so decent that when my child grows up, he will know how to interact with the opposite sex, he will know what the mother is all about what the wife is all about. He will know that you have to talk to her with respect, he will know that you are not allowed to scream and yell at your spouse. But if I am such a bad example, I will touch the lives of my children in a negative way such that when they look at a woman they think you need to shout you need to scream, you need to yell or the other way around. Sometimes you find the women
yelling and screaming that's the only thing they know how to do that to us maybe not be from amongst those. This is why it is an act of worship to be kind and good to your spouse. So you look
at the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when he says and we know that he says the best from amongst you the best to your spouse, those who are the best to his spouse or his or her if we were to take it the other way home. Sometimes we can even add family members to that meaning of that beautiful addition. So the reason is, if you are good within your inner circle, you have contributed towards the positive growth of society and humanity at large.
But a person who is hypocritical he goes out and preaches one thing. And then internally within his own family, he's a harsh person, he cannot forgive. He cannot overlook he wants everything as he wants it when he wants it. If that's if that's the case, you will not be able to teach your children how to
To grow and how to live with their own spouses May Allah Subhana Allah grant us goodness, as your child grows and they watch you, let us lay a good example. Let us set that beautiful example. And while I'm talking, I hope and I pray that we are all arriving at resolutions in our minds to say, inshallah, I'm going to improve on this because believe me as an oma, we are bleeding, bleeding, in what way we are lacking character and conduct. That is one thing that people are really lacking as muslimeen we begin to attack one another, to hate one another, to address one another rudely to speak to one another without any respect. And even worse, not even to acknowledge one another. Today
I look at you I see a warmth in the eyes of Allah He let me tell you something. When you look at a person physically, there is no substitute for that. Not at all, never ever. Physically, it's a gift of Allah. This is why the Hadith has said, Let that moment be a moment where you touch the life of the person that you've been blessed with, or you've been afforded the opportunity to actually interact with to actually physically see them. touch them quickly by saying what a Salaam Alaikum wa rahmatullah with a smile.
That's an act of worship. So I greet you it's an act of worship. I smile at you looking in your eyes, when the warmth they feel it will lie, and you will definitely feel it. You can feel the genuineness. There is a connection that will never be substituted. Facebook, Twitter cannot overtake that this physical greeting is something else. It is something amazing. It is a gift of Allah. There is spirituality in all of us. We feel that link human beings we are together, look at the person greet them. That's how you touch them primarily as a Muslim. And guess what Allah says, If I looked at you and I greeted you As salam aleikum, wa rahmatullah and I just looked at you.
You would have to say what la ku Salam or amatola as the bare minimum May peace be upon you as well and the mercy of Allah and you may want to add wabarakatuhu and his blessings, you may want to add that because Allah says
Konishi in a Ziva amazing end of the verse at the beginning of last is when you are greeted with a greeting, respond it with something better, or at least it's equivalent. Look at how Allah says, respond with something better. That's to start with how you be aksana minha. So greed back better than it. Why because someone touched your life, go out and touch this in an even better way. Amazing.
And they never get a chance to greet you again, I may never get a chance to see you again. But at least when I saw you once I greeted you. And guess what? You greeted me back in an even better way. Someone does good to you. Do good back to them in an even better way. Brilliant. And do not wait for someone to do good to you. But do good to people whom you interact with, and others who you can do good to as best as you can. I tell you why your life in this world is quite limited. You need to pack away as many good deeds as possible in order to be able to get to the other side one day and see a large number of good deeds through what worshiping Allah alone we agree through the blessing
teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and part of it is through touching the lives of others interacting with them with the best character and conduct. This is why Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, to
the best from amongst you are those who have brilliant cat the best in character.
Amazing. Sometimes we only want to interact with a small circle, but Allah has let people walk past you every day. You work in a certain environment you study in a certain environment, how do you interact with people, someone was asking me a question saying
how do I interact with the opposite sex? That is not related to me, to be honest, if circumstances make you cross paths in a way that you cannot ignore today, for example, I flew over to this beautiful country.
And when I got to the counter, there was a female. So within whatever I can with respect, bearing in mind that I'm a Muslim without something that is unnecessary, but at the same time with a character that is as exemplary as possible, you will have to put forward your ticket you have to put forward your passport, you have to answer a few questions because there is nothing you can actually do about it. But to now that you have this particular situation, make the most of it to touch the life of someone in a way that when you disappear
They feel closer to Allah as a result.
Why? Because it's the teachings of Allah that asks you to be kind to people so that they can relate to the maker. If we were to be a part as horrible as possible to everyone, believe me, nobody would be seated here today. No one would be seated. Why? Because I need to be as bad as I can to you. And this is what happens when hatred, jealousy and enmity overtake the heart. People go out of their way to make your life difficult. I remember a case that just sprung To my mind, because it's not so far. You know, not so far back, when someone sends me an email and said, You know, my sister in law
makes it her business, to turn everything I want to do or I do completely upside down and to tarnish my image and so on. And immediately I said, You know what, she needs help. She needs to be a Muslim, Muslim. And the reason is a true believer Muslim Are you submit to Allah you don't submit to your whims and fancies? You really don't like someone why you can answer that perhaps, but that must not make you be angry to them, no must make you be unjust to them. In fact, Allah says in the Quran that even if you dislike someone, you must still be just with them. Why?
Beautiful teaching of the Quran, Allah says, Do not let your dislike for someone, make you become unjust with them.
Be just for Indeed, it is closer to piety and the consciousness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala he has blessed us with. And it's amazing. When I greet when I meet people even sometimes, like I just said moments ago, the opposite sex. Islam does not say that you need to ignore the reality on the ground and pretend like you are someone who's not living on the earth, the ideal scenario, we do know it, we know what is the ideal, but the real scenario that we live in, we need to make the most of it to portray not only the good image of Islam, but to be able to touch the life of someone in a way that if I were to never meet them again, it would still have
left a mark in their lives.
And this is why Allah says while I
do not forget the virtue between you amongst you, do not forget to be virtuous amongst yourselves be good to one another, be kind to one another, fulfill one another's rights. Amazing. You're a baker. And guess what? I'm a plumber.
And you know, when when I need bread, I know I've got a friend.
You know, back in my country, there was a time
Allah never let us see this again. But there was a time when there was no bread. There was no milk, there was a shortage of it complete. When I say no bread, no milk. I mean, it was very, very difficult to get bread or milk and all those who had friends or contacts who were bakers, they were sick. Guess what I was one of them. Mashallah.
So they were set. Why? Because you've got a friend and you know, there's something unique. He's got it. Do you think he's going to block it from you? Well, if he does, he's not a genuine friend. So it's amazing how it comes handy when you are in need, but we are not doing it because we're hoping the day the day I am in need, I'm going to get this back. No, we're doing it for the sake of Allah. We want to reward from Allah. But as a result, there are perks, they are side rewards, there are benefits that you will get Maisie Subhana Allah,
Allah subhanho wa Taala bless every one of us. So as we grow older, now the child learns the child goes to school. Remember one thing your character Be careful how you speak, how you interact in the home. It is about time we improved our attitude to our family members. It is about time we became people who suppress our anger. We all have a bit of a temper. There is no one who can say I have no template, perhaps some might be as cool as a cucumber where it takes them a while to become upset. But as soon as you become angry, you need to calm down, calm down. Drop it for the sake of Allah. Why go back to the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, a young man came to him asking
him for advice. He said, Don't get angry. A little while later. He says, Can I have more advice? Don't get angry. Don't get angry repeatedly. Can I tell you one of the reasons why. When you are angry, you touch the lives of people negatively.
You don't reach out to them correctly. You touch the lives of people in a bad way. You leave behind a mark that is a scar rather than something good. You know you can either plant a rose
You can just destroy the Gaza. You it's up to you, you need to choose what you want to do. So it's important for us every opportunity we get, we touch the lives of people in a positive way. Take a look at the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wherein he says, if you have a seed that you would like to plant and tm accounts, go ahead and plant the seed, meaning make that effort to plant the seed, don't just say, Oh, it's the end of the world, let me just throw this away. No, go ahead, make the effort that is giving
or showing us the importance of reaching out and benefiting to others because of benefiting others. Because Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Whoever plants a tree,
whoever plants, a tree shall have the full reward of any human being or any other creature that benefits from that tree, whether it is through the shade of it, or the fruit of it, or any other way, and who planted it. You and our Let's hope, and not only the physical tree, but you can plant a seed of goodness, I tell you, there are so many cases, but I can give you one. There was a sister who embraced Islam, not too long back. And normally we like to ask them, What is the reason why you have embraced this Islamic faith. And she said, you know, 12 years ago, I met someone when I was on a holiday, and they happen to be Muslim, and I was busy drinking. And they told me in a beautiful
way, when I offered them, would you like some they said, you know what we don't drink because x, y and Zed. And the way they spoke to me was so respectful that I went back. And I researched the matter. And I gave up drinking, I gave up drinking.
Now put, I put myself in that scenario. And I thought to myself, imagine someone drinking, the first thing is we will be a little bit of a distance number one. Number two is, imagine if they offered you What would you do? It's a test, isn't it? Someone says brother, I don't think they would say brother because if they were they wouldn't offer it to you. But I hope not actually law protect us. Anything with how you react? It's my chance. That's what you need to tell yourself my chance to do was to touch the life of someone in a positive way. Allah gave me a chance. Here it is. So now you can explain in a beautiful way, you know what, this is something that's actually not very, you don't
have to change your face, or your face and start saying, haha, what are you doing? and so on, relax, relax, take it easy, touch the life positively, you're going to get angry, you're going to touch it negatively. Really.
If you want them to think about what you're saying, talk to them communicate, engage them touch it in a beautiful way. What are we talking about touching the life of someone who is engaging in the sin of that moment, and they're offering you to share the scene with them. And you're touching their life in such a way that later on, it will have an impact it has happened. I'm giving you a live example of a sister who said more than a decade back someone told me something about alcohol. And I researched it and I saw it as a result I ended up giving, you know giving up this alcohol and as a result I started studying Islam because they were Muslim. And I found that it is a religion that
protects your health. How does it protect your health through halaal she says I never knew what halaal was, because we were bombarded with this misinformation that halaal is actually some form of magic. If you were to eat it, you suddenly like the Muslims. I don't know if you have that up to today on the globe. Even in the first world countries they are saying this that you know what is is actually some form of magic that they they chant something, you know some Hocus Pocus on the animal. And when you eat it, you suddenly love the Muslims and you love Islam.
And that's what they were all taught so they thought you know, this is something very bad we stay away from it. And she says I came to learn that everything that is very healthy for you is called halaal Amazing, amazing. Everything is healthy for you is called Hala. And the minute you take out the health factor and it becomes unhealthy for you then it would contaminate it perhaps to the degree where it is no longer allowed.
Obviously depending on the level of harm, sometimes people might say okay, red meat has cholesterol in it or perhaps it might increase my cholesterol and so on. So why is that not my brothers and sisters to be honest with you, if it is slotted correctly it will be helpful but at the same time how you eat it will either be correct or not correct not correct meaning you harming yourself. You cannot just have it every day you know half a kilo one kilo and you think okay
technically speaking the food is Allah but the way you eat it is wrong. We use the word wrong inshallah. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to understand. So this is the gift of Allah, this person touched me. I was telling
and moved in a very positive way, it affected me to the degree that today I'm sharing it with you. When this person happened to say Subhanallah, I was moved to Islam, because of someone who spoke to me while I was drinking and offering them drink. And as a result, I then went to meaning I quit that and subsequently started studying the dean and check this Hallo issue, I found it to be something so moving,
that I decided to go deeper into the faith. And then I realized this is the true faith. Yet there was a stage when I really disliked Muslims with a passion.
Now this proves
that if you were to touch the lives of people who did not like you at all, in a positive way, look at how they can tell by the help of Allah, you and I are only a means we're only a tool. It is a lovely guy. But did you seize your opportunity to die? Have you seized your opportunity to touch the lives of those whom you interact with? You know, we drove into here, for example, two brothers greeted us at the
motor vehicle where we parked. One of them was a bit of a distance. The other one, I told myself opportunity, what is the opportunity, greet with a smile, take your time, shake hands, you know, it's not like you're in a huge area where the whole public is going to crowd around, you shake the hand and look and greet. Sometimes you might even want to create a discussion. Obviously, if it is relevant and permissible, create a discussion that would just show that you are also a human being.
I can tell you how, if I greet a little child, I can say Salaam Alaikum, I can smile, I can perhaps put my hand on the child's head a little bit. And I can carry on or I can say What's your name, I can tell you what I've done. And I've done it quite a few times you greet each other. And the sooner is to give children importance. That is the sooner when you touch a life of a child, you have sown a seed that will actually grow a tree that is so huge and big and strong, that it will be much more effective. And the impact will be much more long term than if you were to touch the life of the same person sometime later on.
So nip it in the bud as they say take it when they're young. So following that sooner, we give a little bit of importance to some of the children as best as we can and shake the hand. So I would shake the hand and ask what is your name? Wow. SubhanAllah. Now that's unnecessary, isn't it? But it's a little child. In fact, it's something good. I want to touch their lives in a beautiful way. It's my opportunity. It's my chance. If there are so many people, you might not be able to do it. But like I said, You've got to understand your situation. What's your name? So one one youngster told me my name is Yusuf.
So I told him, I liked that name. Yusuf was very, very handsome.
He says, I know.
I said, You know what? Let's swap names. This is all a discussion only to touch somebody's life. Let's swap names. Would you mind?
No, I wouldn't. So I said, Okay, your name is mine, and my name is yours. Now I tell you what we do. So I took the little child, and I stood where he was standing and I made him stand where I was standing. And then I greeted him and I said Salaam Alaikum. And he was just taken aback. He started smiling. He was so happy and I gave him a big hug. And I said, I'm so happy to see you shares. And he was delighted that I called him shake, you know.
So hon Allah The reason is following the sooner Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, give a moment to children, not your children. We're talking of the children of others, if you can give a moment to them, and you can perhaps say something to them that they will remember for the rest of their lives. But it will be beautiful. That means it will grow from there. Because I tell you, if you have really touched the life of someone in that particular way, they will want to know more about what motivated you to do what you did. What motivated you and they will come to realize that you know what, it is the Dean of this person, it is the religion.
A sign that a person is very close to Allah is when they are humble and polite to other human beings. Do you know that? This is why sometimes we have people outwardly they are very religious, but they have a lot of arrogance in that they won't greet they won't look, they won't spend the moment that means they have not understood the term closeness to Allah closeness to Allah comes hand in hand with being good to people because they are the creatures of Allah just like you, they are part of your test. You are here in this world to pass a certain test. That test is such that anyone that has come into your path has been placed there intentionally for a reason, not just for nothing.
You are here today. Not coincidentally, you made an effort Mashallah. We are
I know that Allah had planned that we would be sitting here today in a way that we would be responsible what we took back, if I say something that is bad, don't take it back. If I say something that is good and correct, take it back what you are going to do with the message and what I am going to do with what I have said, whether unimplemented or not is part of my test. It's my chance, my opportunity. So this is why you interact with people, it's your chance, anything you have, tell yourself, this is my chance to do work, to gain closeness to Allah, through what, through reaching out to fellow human beings to reaching out to others, so much so that we are taught that if
you reach out to an animal, you will be rewarded for that.
Animal you will be rewarded for that. Look at how we are taught that to plant trees. That means to be interested in your environment, in your surroundings. It's part of reaching out today Mashallah, driving through Doha, for example, you find a beautiful greenery at a certain place. Why? Because that is reaching out. The country is reaching out to the citizens and the residents and the visitors to beautify it in a way that you look at it, it soothes your heart, you want to go there you have a place for recreation that is reaching out, it's touching you hasn't it touched you. You have beautiful facilities, may Allah reward these people. And Allah grant us goodness. You know, recently
I went somewhere, and we had to pay to enter. So I was busy talking. And I was telling my family and a few others to say, you know what, we need to pray for the people who have put this they said, What do you mean, we already paid them?
I said, No, we've paid them. That's one thing but they got the thing here for us, to be honest with you, the payment will go towards maintenance towards salaries towards perhaps even growth and maybe even a profit for someone who thought of it. But don't you have the facility, it's a theme park. It's a theme park and we have the facility they are reaching out to us providing some of the best in terms of facility for our children to have somewhere to go where it's Wow, pray for them. Reach out to someone in their absence through your prayers for them. And this is why to reach out to someone in their absence in a negative way is called backbiting and veba and it is haram and Allah says, Are
tomo, you know the verse in Surah Surah. Allah equates backbiting with the consumption of the flesh of a deceased or dead brother that is disliked.
Why is backbiting so bad?
Because it is reaching out or touching, it is touching the life of others or the lives of others in a negative way. So that's why Allah says Watch out, you're sowing a seed of dissent, you are sowing a bad seed and it will grow into something very, very bad. When someone is engaged in slander. slander is such that you will learn about someone they will receive the the outcome of the seat that they sold which was so negative in a way that anyone else who continues that particular slander, the original person who created it will get a very, very serious
sin, they will earn a sin and what the result of their seed would be a cactus a cactus. This is why Allah says in Surah to know when he speaks about the story of the accusation against it.
everyone who engaged in passing on net slander will have a proportionate
amount of the sin, they will have their own sin which is taken upon them but the one who is greatly responsible. The one who is the main culprit, he shall have a be big,
big punishment that is mentioned the other day, a great punishment why he was the root of it. he sowed the seed he touched the life in such a negative way that it rebounded to him. And this brings me to the next point I want to raise when we touched the lives of others in a beautiful way it comes back to us. How does it come back to us in many ways we achieve calmness, we are contained. We are happy, you can see it in the eyes, the person is content, why you try to create goodness for others. Allah automatically creates that for you. And who can create it in a better way. When we say create we mean you seize the opportunity to reach out to someone Allah reaches out to you
That's why the Hadith says, Can Allah who founded Abdi Makana lab dupioni, he, Allah continues to be in the assistance of a worshiper, for as long as the worshiper is engaged in the assistance of another. Amazing. This is what we're talking about today, touching the lives of others, Allah will touch your life in such a beautiful way. He is the owner of it, he's watching you. And this hadith proves that Allah gives back.
You get a reward for it. I had someone who told me, You know, I give beggars money, but I don't want to reward for it. I said, What do you mean? I'm doing it but just for the sake of helping, I don't really want to say okay, Allah give me any more, give me any more. And I said, You have not understood Allah.
Allah has placed you here in order to spend the time in this life to earn maximum because you are going, when you go, your wealth is not going to come with you. But how you spent what you had will come with you.
When I die, my money is not going to follow me. But how I spent my money will follow me because it becomes a deed, it becomes an action.
Amazing. So when you convert your money into a deed, you take it with you. But when you leave it, it stays behind like the idea says a person when he dies, his family remains, his wealth remains and so on. But what goes with him is deeds. So if you've converted, the fact that you had family into deeds, it will come with you. Let me tell you,
when you are so temperamental, one of the easiest ways of venting frustration is with the loved ones.
Our family members, our children, we tend to become upset and angry, we scream and yell at our wives and our mothers and fathers and anyone else, we just yell at them and we have no patience with them. So the hat the Koran speaks about how the person who extinguishes the anger that they have will actually win with paradise.
When Allah speaks about gentlemen,
later on, he says, One Cardinal via Voila.
The qualities of those who achieve paradise, Allah says they are the ones who do good. Those who actually do good, and who are they, they are the ones Allah describes them, and what are some of their qualities, those who extinguish their anger, and those who forgive people. Forgiveness is a very good way of reaching out to yourself, do you know that when someone has done wrong to you, two things happen.
You can feel in your heart that this person has done wrong to you. So now I have, I'm holding something against them. Or you can actually say this person has done something wrong, but I choose to forgive them. When we speak to this holding of the grudge within us, it starts building it develops a crust around it, and the crust then starts growing. You know, it's like yeast, you put it in the oven, and it becomes a piece of bread, it becomes a bread Mashallah when you put it in, it was small, but you put it in the oven, it started growing, it became a whole bread, leave it for a while. It's big, but it's.
So when you have a garage, it starts growing, leave it for a while it becomes burnt, it's of no benefit to anyone it starts smelling your oven begins to let out something that is smelly, no one wants it. People will say what's wrong here, get a fire extinguisher. Same happens to us. You have a garage, it starts growing. If you don't take it out of the oven in time, it gets burnt. If you still don't take it out, it starts burning your oven, your stove and perhaps your kitchen and people will enter and see all the smoke. May Allah protect us. So Allah says, what would happen to you?
You should learn to forgive people so that you can earn paradise. It's part of your test. How do you reach out to those who wronged you? Through forgiveness? We are not saying that you need to, you know, forgive someone who's oppressed you he stole your wealth. Say today we heard forgive him forgive him. He stole it again. We heard forgive him forgive him. He stole it a third time. Everyone will say wow. Please keep on coming. That's what the thieves will say.
And what will the other say you say we suffering a big loss. So one is to respectfully ask for your rights. No harm in that someone stole from you with respect to ask for your rights. This is why we say when a thief has just stolen and gone out you apprehend him. You don't have to mete out instant justice by thumping him until his ribs are broken. That's wrong. You apprehend the man and you hand him over to a politician. That's what you should do. But today we have instant speed justice. Have you ever seen it happening? I've seen people the minute they say thief, everyone knows and they seize the opportunity to take out their head gear to take out this. This is where their shoes and
they start beating the people up and break their bones and the man needs to go to the hospital and sometimes it's the wrong person.
We will have safeguards
This is why touch the man's life in such a way that he does not steal after that, like we said moments ago, you catch it. And you say, Listen, I want it back. And he gives it back to it depends what it is obviously you might say, Okay, I'll let you go this time.
To help us to touch the lives of people, sometimes really, people will
turn completely just because we've interacted with them beautifully. Pray for them, to ask for them. Yeah, Allah, this thief who stole from me, the Allah guide him guiding towards goodness, whatever weaknesses I have helped me in my own weaknesses, but that was his problem. He Allah help him and help him in so many ways that he becomes a person who does not take from society but gives society
how many of us reach out to people and touch their lives through that is a way of touching the lives of others that we have been taught. It is such that Allah says, If you do that, there is a greater chance of that. And supplication being answered, when we pray for others in the absence, Allah says there is a greater chance for that prayer to be answered while you're touching someone's life in their absence in a positive way. Sometimes you don't even know that. Like I always say, you know, someone tells me how do you manage you know, you go here I say look, it's through the prayers of those who might perhaps don't even know it's true. There are people across the globe whom I don't
know. We may meet inshallah, in the afterlife, Allah wills, but people who pray Allah protect this person. Yeah, Allah, we, let's hope it happens to us all. mela protect us all. Grant us goodness, may Allah cure you reach out to the sick by doing one, go and visit them. It's become an act of worship. He
is known as Muslim, Allah Muslim.
It's known as the right of a fellow believer unto you to visit the sick. And if they're your family members, even if you're non Muslim, even your friends and your business partners non Muslim, you can visit them when they are sick. You can pray for their cure, nothing wrong with that. And you can tell them, may Allah cure you, but the man is a non Muslim. So that's an act of worship. Do you know that? He will look at you Wow, this person's prayed for me.
Sometimes people say, oh, but he's a non Muslim. Well, how are you going to touch his life? Who said it's prohibited to pray for someone who's a non Muslim to be cured from a disease and sickness?
If you say May Allah cure you, the first thing that's included in that is, its guidance, because the biggest disease that anyone could have is the fact that they are misguided.
If I am dying of a physical sickness, but I have emerged, believe me, it's okay.
It's, it's less important, should I say, then if a person does not have a man, in that particular case, cuz you're a junior, well, the loss of this world and the loss of the next so this is why reach out to the sick, it's become an act of worship, it is something that is a duty unto you to visit the sick. Today we have technology, we don't even phone those who are related to us who are sick and Ill to say, you know, what, may Allah cure you, or leave a message on their phone or send them an email? Allah forgive us. Technology has made it so easy to reach out to people, but we don't. And sometimes with our own relatives, we have a problem. We make it worse. This person is
poisonous. Watch out, watch out poisonous. It has happened to me. Someone came to me and he says Watch out for this man. He's very poisonous.
So I said they can be nobody more poisonous
than a Buddha. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam reached out to him and pray for him and asked Allah to guide him. Okay, he was not guided. That's one thing, but the Prophet sallallahu Sallam reached out. Let me tell you, there was a lady who used to throw her Miss on the Prophet sallallahu Sallam daily, and it didn't come one day. How did he touch her life? Well, I guess so many examples. He touched her life in such a way that when it didn't come, he inquired about her health. Just inquiring Hey, perhaps something's wrong here. Let's find out what's going on. What happened? What happened? You told me what happened. So she was touched to the degree that she had to admit, wow,
whatever you are doing, that's the right thing. Whatever you brought, it's correct. I believe, and you are definitely a messenger of Allah, I believe in one Allah.
Yet, just the day before, she had hatred, perhaps moments before so much hated that she had the guts to do something that the others did not have the guts to do. And she kept on doing it. And he kept on ignoring, and that's not easy. So this is why when someone intimidates you, if you become intimidated, they have full control over you. Because that means if I want you here, all I need to do is do something that will get you here because I know when I do this, this is how you react. typical reaction but a Muslim reacts in it.
spiritual way, in a beautiful heavenly way, in a way that has the consciousness of Allah in it. It is clear manifests so touch the lives of people in a beautiful way, Mashallah.
As we speak, you know there are, we work for people, and perhaps people might be working for us depending. And we might be working for ourselves, but we have others whom we have employed, and so on. Everyone you interact with, treat them with utmost respect, no matter who they are. If you are very well, everyone else, treat them with utmost respect. Reach out to them, give them time, give them importance. When we give one another importance, we have reached out to one another in a beautiful way. Pray for your fellow brothers and sisters. Today, we have disasters across the globe, we heard about a mining disaster in Turkey today. It happened yesterday, if I'm not mistaken, what a
big disaster. It's impossible for me, or should I say very difficult for me to reach out to the families and even to those who have passed away physically. But what I can definitely do is pray for them. Ask others to pray for them. And the families you do not know how many breadwinners they were, who have lost their lives by something that Allah had willed in a way that the families are left often and semi often, and they have absolutely no clue of what's going to happen in the future besides the mercy of Allah.
Complete a man breadwinner, he's the only one coming in with the wealth suddenly is gone. What would happen, it can happen to me and you, but if I reached out to them, yeah, Allah, may Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Allah grant Jenna to those who passed away, they will muslimin Allah subhanho wa Taala really protect us all, all those who have any form of issue. Now open your doors will open our doors Do you know, every one of us has needs, you can be as wealthy as you want. You can be as healthy as you want, you can be as good looking as you want. You can be as intelligent as you want. A laws plan, you will be need of something there, it's impossible for someone to say there's nothing impossible. We need to breathe, we need to live, we need to interact, we have so many things, we have a reputation that everyone loves. Imagine if your circle of people know you as a very bad person. Or
suddenly they have all your skills are exposed to them. And half of it might be fabricated, and they stop talking to you. How do you feel? You would feel very bad. You would actually say sorry, give me the time to explain to you what they say we don't want to hear how would you feel?
Give me the time I don't want to hear and they stopped talking to you and you lonely and you're all on your own? No, do not do that to others. So it does not happen to you. And if it does happen to you, even though you have not done it to others. It's a test from Allah, be patient, reach out to others still reach out to them. A day will come when you will get the payment for your PIP for your patience.
And this is why Allah says in
the recompense of Sabah and patience, Allah says they will be granted it without limits, without an account meaning it's just as much as Allah wants to give you he gives back to you. It's something that is
it flows to Allah help us and bless us all. So this evening, we have spoken about touching the lives of others reaching out to them in a beautiful way. I have not even
gone through a tip of the iceberg. The reason is,
every moment of our lives is an opportunity to reach out to people do you know that every moment so much so that when I die, it is the duty of those who are allowed to reach out to me how that generally the enshrouding the washing and the Salah, and the barrier is for Luca, it means it is compulsory upon at least a minimum number of this society and community that I've lived in to ensure that that happens to me. Why? Because when it happens to them, someone else will do it for them.
So if you say look, someone passed away, it's okay they will do it. Sometime showing interest. Not all the time should you say let them do it show an interest. It says if you follow that generous and fulfill Salah you will have one mountain full of reward. And if you follow it up to the burial and ensure the burial is done and so on, you will have two mountains full of reward. That's the idea of Rasulullah sallallahu kirana, the hadith of two huge mountains of reward.
Why is this because we have to reach out to one another. And also we reach out to family members of those who have passed away. We reach out to people in need.
And this is why
very importantly, Allah has blessed us on different levels in different items. Some people have more wealth. Some people have more intelligence, some people have more good health, all things are different. Everyone has been blessed in a different way. And Allah has kept it such that one has to reach out to the other. And when you are giving your wealth Say for example, in the community, the charity, the compulsory charity that is upon the Muslim imeem, when you're giving it out, you are not allowed to give it out in an arrogant way. You have to give it out humbly, considering yourself fortunate to have been blessed with poor people in your midst, and you can help. That's how you
should be giving and asking Allah to cleanse you as a result. This is what it is. Now sometimes you have people I remember, there was one man and I learned a lot from him. Someone threw a certain amount of money to him.
Someone owed him some money and threw it on the table and just threw it. And he says, Can you please take it back? This was a big businessman. He says we do not take wealth that is thrown to us. You give it with respect, this is money.
And you're not just throwing it to me you don't throw this is why this was many years ago from that day, if I enter a supermarket or into somewhere, if it is a male Subhanallah give it to him in his hand. Well, with respect, they can look at you thank you very much.
If it is a female, you can put it down, down meaning I don't mean on the floor Come on. But what I mean is on the counter, replace it respectfully on the counter. So analog with respect. And I tell you, it creates such an atmosphere of respect. It's amazing. It's something amazing.
Do you know when you get to the shops and you want to buy, we have a little supermarket superette whatever you call them the parlor or whatever else
to actually interact beautifully. Thank you very much.
They'll probably look at you and say first person today. They don't say first person this week. But it happens. We think that because I have the money. It's my rights. Just throw it. Take your Pepsi and carry on. No.
Don't throw it. Take it. Look at the person greet them. Put your wealth, smile, wait for the change. Say thank you very much. Have a nice day, sir. You have just the life of someone in such a way and notice it and walk up town and have a nice day looking at them with a little bit of a smile. One line, I promise you your life, you will touch someone's life you feel better. You know that you feel so good. Why? Because automatically you've just someone's like you have to smile in order to smile, or you feel nice. It's something that I cannot explain. It's from Allah to smile at someone. There's a sparkle in your eyes as an automatic result of that. And you're looking at someone even if they're
so down, they think I hope that prayer works out the clip. I've been feeling so low. He said Have a nice day. That's actually a prayer.
It means I hope you have a nice day. I pray that you have a good day. I hope it works. And they start feeling good. Imagine four or five, six people tell you enjoy the rest of your day. Okay, that's a different type of a prayer but Subhanallah Enjoy the rest of your day.
Everyone you mix with whether it is passport officer greeting, I swear. Today, when I came in here, I was watching what was going on and I like to see this because it brings you a lot to ask to learn. And you see people they come to the passport standard this spot look they the thing ticks give you a password back, you walk out. Very few people actually talk. Do you know that notice? Very few people talk about Muslim? Do you believe in Allah? Do you want to do three hour without seeing you doing? All you need to do is just greet? How's your day? I like to ask a question. I say when is your shift ending? And they wondering why you're asking?
You know why? I asked him it's default. I almost always do this if you arrive at a passport, you know, immigration checkpoint
and agreed. And I'll say if I can obviously it's an opportunity you don't use someone's looking so stern you got to break the ice a little bit for sometimes just a greeting is enough walk away. Because you know the way they look at you. It seems like you want to eat you up. But anyway, so so when you ask a question, you say, when is your shift ending? Today? I asked him When is your shift ending? He says just not. I said Oh, you're so lucky. You must be so tired. I wish I was in your place. I can go and risk. We just look at you and they think I don't know what must have gone through their minds. But I know it's something positive. Sometimes they smile they laugh they give
you an answer. You say yes I it's been a hard day. Today. I was actually told ya. You know, Mrs causes a problem. Every time it lands it actually creates huge lines here. I just kept quiet. I do want to say well that's your job.
But I kept quiet because if you're gonna say something to spoil everything.
It's not gonna work so hard a lot, but you just say, Well, you know, you mean just now that's good. Sometimes you know, you're looking tired. I hope it's the end of your shift. They say no, it's not, oh, we should have a good day.
Why am I saying all this? Do you believe that this is part of the goodness of a movement to display beautiful characters. So you touch the life of someone, when they look at you, they see a Muslim name, they see a Muslim identity, they normally think these people are the harsh people who don't greet and they're not polite. That's what they think. I'll be honest with you. People think that you know what, it's a Muslim guy, just don't even expect him to be good to you. He thinks that everything is supposed to be his, and he's not even going to say thank you at the end.
Thank you. May Allah reward you, you know, the best reward that a non Muslim can have is we die, we said that just not guidance. But how will that guidance come when you who perhaps has been so fortunate to hold the candle of that email has not even shared the flame with someone. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala help us?
My brothers and sisters, this is such a beautiful topic, I just want to say one thing, it applies in every aspect of your life. And there is every moment in your life, there are chances to touch people's lives positively. Take a moment be courteous, even on the road, when you're driving, when you go now, as you're leaving going home, something might happen. People might cut you up, you know, the typical person, someone cuts you up, and you go so close to them, like you, you want to show them, Look, I can come close to you and scare you that I can bump your car, I can scare you, and you close shave and we come in front of them and cut them up again and make them break a feature. Is
that touching their life properly? Is that touching their lives in a positive way? with someone? That's not the way it's supposed to be?
But no, because if someone wants to go let them go, and please don't stay all day and say, okay, let everybody go, there will come a time when, you know, we have to balance it. Because sometimes people think that, you know, we should be so passive. And we should just sit back and you know, be a normal human being Come on, be a good Muslim, you know, let's say, Look, I'll let three people go, let five people go. And then suddenly you start moving. So can Allah, you know, notice I'm saying three and five, because it's an odd number. But at the same time, my brothers and sisters learn to reach out to everyone you can
from amongst us, they are doctors, from amongst us, there are accountants from amongst us, there are so many other people with different fields. So many people are experts in your field, believe me, you can reach out to someone in such a beautiful way. Each one of us has a unique circle of people.
Sometimes they overlap, but you have people I don't know. So please reach out to them, you're doing me a favor, and you're doing everyone else a favor, and you're doing yourself a favor by making the world a better place. And by promoting and propelling the truth about Islam because there are too many people at the moment who are promoting that which is not true about Islam, as though it is a barbaric religion that preaches abducting girls from urine, then selling them off here. And Allah protect us but nothing to do with Islam. Absolutely nothing. But who's going to change that I have to change it in you by starting with the little circle we live in and reaching out to them to say,
we're not just going to do this and that and that, no, we're going to reach out in a positive way so that you understand that this religion is actually so good that it comes back to help me and make me feel so good and contented and happy. And at the same time, reach out to us so that you can think about what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.
Amazing. So this is why in your field, please reach out to those you interact with. It could be a patient, it could be a fellow doctor, it could be a manager, it could be a top CEO, whoever it is, remember, reach out to him or her in a way that will touch his life positively forever. The five minutes you get with someone or the minute you get with someone, how do you touch their lives, even on the phone? you dial sometimes nowadays, you know,
I was watching.
When I was in Saudi Arabia, there was a small supermarket. And next to it, there was a Pepsi machine. You know, you put one reel and you press a button and the Pepsi comes up.
And I noticed that a lot of people prefer
to use the machine. If they have the change in the reality they use the machine. So much so that they will go into the shop and ask for change and come out to use the machine. So I was wondering why. So I thought to myself, okay, we're not going to ask people but interestingly, as time passed, I realized that sometimes we don't even want to interact because our lives are so gloomy, so gloomy. You know we have bloom in our lives whole day. We on the phone, we
Not even interacting with real life people whole day we perhaps doing all sorts of other things. When I landed today, I noticed one thing very clearly when we went into the bus Mashallah the bus took us long I thought we were going back to Dubai.
But Mashallah beautiful new airport and Allah subhanho wa Taala reward those who've made this happen. So Hannah Lola is forward thinking. But as I'm going, every one I saw
was with the phone. Besides just a few I, I could perhaps count them in one hand.
And I was one of them. I also picked up my phone, because I have to message the brother that I've landed.
But I looked at it and I said, You know what? life has changed. And it's changed too quickly. And it's changed dramatically and so much in such a little while that we forget their real life people around us. So as soon as I sent my message, I put my phone back. And I started greeting one or two guys just you know, just to create something. Salam aleikum? wa rahmatullah back on the phones. You don't know what to do.
But at least be greeted you try. And I think to myself, these two minutes I'm going to get with this person I will never get them again in my life. I don't want to touch them in a way a guard here's my business card, please contact me I'm also dealing in my heavy metals.
No, no, no, no.
But rather, I reach out to you in a way that when I sit in the garage, Allah you remember that you know what this guy reached out to me and we can get a good reward for it and perhaps by the will of Allah maybe that one little deed might earn my paradise Subhan Allah, look at some other deeds that Mohammed Salah Salah makes mention of where people have earned paradise as a result.
That's the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So, what I am saying here is in your own fields, as well, whatever you are, do not think that you cannot promote the deen and to promote the deen. It's so beautiful. You don't have to actually say, I'm promoting the deed. That's why I'm good to you. You don't have to say that you just promoted automatically. You can be a living dalla, just by your interaction like Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And I think I will end on this note seeing that I've already spoken for more than an hour or so hon Allah, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he touched the lives of others in the most powerful way in history. Never did anyone before
him or anyone after him, touched the lives of those around him in that way. Can I tell you how powerfully
anyone who saw him just who saw him?
Anyone who saw him
with the correct heart, meaning as a movement, as a believer,
automatically arrived at a certain height
of spirituality and respect, which was to remain up to the end of time by them being known as the
companions of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam Sahabi or Sahaba rasulillah. So what qualifies them to be known as
Sahaba or companions?
And for us to add the tag rob the allow And may Allah be pleased with them after that, what qualified them was the touch? What was that to see Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam in their lifetime?
Even if it meant for a split moment, split moment, amazing. Imagine what type of touching that was so heavy and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam has instructed us not to speak bad about them, no matter who they are. Don't you dare miss your mouth. By getting into the lives of the companions in a negative way. Watch out Allah chosen and Allah knows now last peace and blessings be upon them all. Allah bless us too. So this was known as the companionship beautiful. He touched the lives of his enemies such that they became meaning. This is why Allah says
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body, Allah is all able and capable of creating love between you and those whom you dislike or hate. Who can change that a lot can change that.
It was changed. In the instance of Abu Sofia, it was changed in the instance of
peace and blessings be upon them, and so many others who had harmed Islam. They hated Islam. But yet they came a time when they were so deeply in love that they sacrificed their lives to defend Islam and the Muslims.
So this is
Do not underestimate your position wherever you are, however highly educated you are still reach out to people in a beautiful way. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to reach out to one another. And may this session have really been a heartwarming session. My brothers and sisters, I really appreciate the fact that you've come out all the way and all those who are listening online May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless you too. And Allah subhanho wa Taala denied us again in this dunya and in the era inshallah in general. And until we meet again, perhaps tomorrow if Allah gives us the opportunity to do that, we say what's Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhana Allah
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