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The Ultimate Success
Channel: Mufti Menk
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The Third Lecture at the Straight Path Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim In the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Most Gracious, Most Merciful, Alhamdulillah Allah, Allah mean, All praise is indeed due to Allah subhanho wa Taala creator nourisher cherishes. sustainer provider protector kiora, the one who is in absolute control of every single aspect of existence. We praise Him, we praise him in a way that pleases Him and we praise him in a way that will grant us the ultimate success. We say blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
the one who is the best of creation chosen by Allah subhanho wa Taala to come to us, in order to teach us to guide us to show us the straight path to show us how we would be able to lead a life wherein we would be successful in this world as well as the next that is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, it is wrong for us not to send blessings and salutations upon he who brought us all the goodness from Allah subhanho wa Taala blessings and salutations upon his entire family those who stood by him and supported him from the first day, blessings and salutations upon his companions, those who fought with him for justice to reclaim the land that was usurped from them. My blessings
and salutations be upon all those who have struggled, strove through the centuries, in a way that today we are seated here with the blessing known as a man, we have belief. That's what distinguishes us from the others. We believe that we are on this globe for a purpose. We believe that we were created for a reason. And this is a believer.
We believe that when we die, everything is not just over, that is the beginning of the eternal life.
So we asked Allah subhanho wa Taala, to grant us and our offspring, goodness, may Allah bless every single one of us. I mean, brothers and sisters, if I were to ask you, what is the ultimate success? What do you think is the ultimate success? A lot of people, if they were caught off guard, if they were perhaps not at this particular convention, where they know what we're talking about, they would say, Well, I would like to earn X amount, they would say, I would like to achieve, for example, a certain item in my life, either a position or an amount of wealth, or, for example, a number of children, sometimes even a number of wives, Allah subhanho wa Taala, grant us success, to be honest,
that is only a small portion of what people may perceive as success in this temporary life, the duration of which you have no clue. None of us has an idea when we would drop. And this is why in order to puncture that balloon for every one of us who aim so high in the world without thinking about aiming for the hereafter. Allah makes it very, very clear.
Every single soul shall taste de, Allah didn't say you will go through death. Allah didn't say you will pass by death. Allah did not say you will receive death. He said you will taste death. Because death has a taste. It is sweet for those who prepared for it. And it is sour for those who forgot it.
Those who prepare for it automatically when they decrease the ill and the evil that they may have been engaged in. And when the constantly repented to the almighty on a daily basis, the day they will die, they would have already started the day in a way that they are used to with the seeking of forgiveness of Allah, the praising of Allah the recitation of the Quran, the angels would have written this is the day upon which this person has died. And he started the day by the recitation of the Quran hence, please start every single day with blessing words. start the day with praise of Allah start the day seeking forgiveness of Allah because there will be a day when you will die and
guess what if you make that a habit, it will be a blessed day. Allahu Allah Hara Yamuna RC raha the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to say Oh Allah make the best of our days the last days. make the best of my days the last days we'll hire our Melina hottie, Maha and make the best of my deeds. The last deeds I'm going to do imagine a person happened to protect himself from adultery from gambling from the ship from various other sins from
Participating in fortune telling perhaps in magic and going to the magicians and so on, a person protected himself for 70 years and right at the end, he started doing all these things it would be foolish. On the other hand, you have another who is trying every day improving, like I said in one of the previous lectures here at this beautiful convention of the straight path,
that even if you are moving a millimeter at a time, the point is you are moving forward, even if you are moving an inch at a time. The point is you are moving forward, brothers and sisters, let's make it such that we are moving forward, not backward, aim in the correct direction. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us this is why it is very important for us to be focused. Let's take a look at the next part of the same verse or the following verse. Allah says, while in homage to a phono.
And indeed you will only receive your full recompense of your deeds on the day of judgment in this world. Allah will grant you a compensation if you are good, he will give you goodness but goodness of this world is not according to my understanding and yours. It is more to do with contentment within the heart. When you do good and you engage in is still far you start your day in a way that pleases Allah. When you read your Salah or fulfill it, you fulfill it as though that is the last opportunity you're going to get to fulfill Salah the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says clearly suddenly salata Medina, whenever you fulfill your prayer, fulfill it in a way that you
believe this is my last opportunity with Allah, you will always do it in a proper fashion. You will always do it in the best way. Imagine if a person was to put a gun at your head. And if a person was to tell you that I give you one wish. What would you say? Let me find my mother. Let me call my dad let me do this. Let me quickly speak to my son. No, a believer would say let me engage in prayer for Allah. Am I not right?
We all believe that. But my brothers and sisters what is held in our heads is far more dangerous than a person holding a gun because a person holding a gun you see them you know them Malakal mode, the Angel of Death you don't see you don't know he comes to you suddenly and he takes you away. This is why if you have read all your prayers in the way that this was the last prayer perhaps there will come a day when that will definitely be your last prayer you would have succeeded. Now a lot take us away in the condition of sujood say army.
Now that we've said I mean I asked you do we even fulfill Salah for that to become a possibility.
If you want to die Institute who will start making the institute? What's the point of a person saying Oh Allah Take me into June. But you don't need your prayers. You don't fulfill anything for the sake of Allah. Allah Take me away while I'm reading Quran but you never opened the Quran. I once asked a young boy regarding this and I said Wouldn't it be an honor to die Institute? He says yes. I said Well, why don't you leave your Salah he says because I don't want to die.
People have cash answers they know I'm making why Allah take me Institute but because I'm not Institute I think to myself, well that means I'm not going to go yet. Come on, don't be a fool. This is why the Quran says your proper recompense you will only receive on the Day of Judgment. Because in this world, we will go through trials we will go through tribulations that is not a sign of the anger of Allah. When do I know that it's a punishment from Allah when the condition of my heart is wrong? When my Likud Allah is not there, when I'm not trying to develop a link with my own maker, then I know what is coming my direction is a punishment. Why? Because I've got no link with who
created me. But if I'm trying, if I'm trying my best to please Allah, I'm trying to eradicate my bad habits. I always turn to Allah I seek forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala. I'm a person who prays and I try to learn more of the Quran so that my prayer is not only consisting of
you and I know that when we start prayer, a lot of the times we fulfill it as a duty, start fulfilling it as an honor, and see the difference.
When we can fulfill the five daily prayers, a lot of us we want to get over and done with it. Where is he or she who is considering it an honor, you arrive in the masjid a little bit earlier, you take your time to read a little bit of the voluntary prayer, the sooner is what depicts and determines who exactly you are in terms of your link with Allah, I have the time to offer much more than what's just an obligation to me. If a person you love most tells you you have five minutes with me sit and talk. Let's see. You would want to extend the time. Why because you love them a lot in five minutes. I'm not going to manage to say what I want. So in that particular
case you would ask for more time, if they said I give you more time it would be an honor. And if you just took more time, and they didn't mind at all, what would happen? Why is it with our most beloved being the Creator Himself? thereafter Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we find ourselves not fulfilling enough when it comes to the type of Salah, the duration of the prayer, the amount of time we spend reading the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Trust me if you have a problem in your life, begin to read The Autobiography of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam in depth in detail, you will find that the challenges he went through a far greater than anything you would ever
go through yet he was patient, yet he was determined Why? Because he was focused upon the ultimate success the goal, he was always focused, he knew I'm going to try my best but Allah is in charge, Allah is in control, there is a limited amount I can do the rest is in the hands of Allah, a driver driving a vehicle can drive that car to the best of their ability, they can be known as the best driver, but whether exactly they are going to get to the destination or not, is in the hands of Allah, you're trying your best interest in the hands of Allah be happy with what Allah has chosen for you. Yes, there will be challenges and you will face a lot of obstacles, some of them major
obstacles for as long as those obstacles are not made by yourself. You should thank Allah if they were made by yourself, you need to be wanting to turn to Allah in repentance. You see the board behind me some of the major obstacles made mention of during this particular convention
and ask yourselves, do I or am I guilty of participating in any one of them? And do I participate in any one of them right now if the case is that the answer is yes, tell yourself here and now I stopped now I cut it for the sake of Allah.
Whenever you hear a moving word that is drawn from Revelation in order to reach out to you to become closer to Allah never fall in the trap of the devil who will come to tell you okay Ramadan is only three months down inshallah from Ramadan, I'm going to change my life. You don't know if you're going to see Ramadan have an intention in your heart. Oh Allah right now. I'm changing. Right now I will inch forward right now I will quit my bad habit today. It's over. Each one of us knows what our bad habits are. Some of them are serious, some of them may be considered less serious. But the point is, we can all do better when it comes to these habits, change them. This is how you will achieve
ultimate success without changing a bad habit. Only saying I'm going to change you will also perhaps be dreaming about the goal but you're not going to get there. A person who says I want to go for Hajj, I want to go for a camera. They they don't want to save the money. They don't want to apply for a visa. They don't want to do anything make any effort. What do they think? Do they think suddenly a genie is going to appear and say your dog is accepted? Let's go for you start flying in the air.
That's not going to happen. Make an effort. Do something about it. Start saving the money, apply for a visa find out how it's done. Go and book accommodation, ask people cleanse your heart because those whose hearts are not clean are not deserving of the mercy of Allah. If you want the mercy of Allah clean your heart a little bit. When you start Allah says you come to me a hand spent I will come to you a whole foot. I spoke about that earlier.
And I'm repeating it to say if you come to Allah slowly, he comes to you quickly. If you come to Allah walking, he comes to you Russian, but you have to come to Allah. You can't be turning away from Allah and then expect a lot to come to you. Still through Allah's mercy He gives us a lot.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala makes it quite clear that in this world, you will get a lot but you may not get what you want. Because this world is not all about getting what you want. For that we have kept a certain place known as Jenna paradise, we always say paradise would lose its value if you had to have everything you wished for in this world. Because then you would get to the hereafter and say, Well, I already had a life where I got everything I wished for what's the point of having this life therefore part of the plan of Allah is none of us. no exception to this will ever get every single thing we just wish for know there has to be restriction in order for us to appreciate
gentlemen, the day Allah says, Fie, Hannah.
anyone in it, there is everything that the soul shall desire. Everything the soul desires, you will achieve you will have it will be yours You will get it on condition that you desire that while you are in paradise from now.
These minds of ours may not even know what is there. The Hadith
Is he harmala? Allah,
in gentlemen, they are things that no I have ever seen. So if you've seen something trust me it's not there.
You know, every time the women get excited, I'm happy husband's not gonna be here.
We don't mean that he will be there but with a with an absolutely perfect character, perfect mind perfect body according to your tastes now do you want him? Some women will still say no.
That's how much we've had us than my beloved brothers and I think vice versa as well. May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us.
Oh, the menacing I mean.
But the ultimate goal is such that my brothers and sisters, when you arrive there, you won't regret having worked hard for it. But when you see others going in, and you are not from among them, they will be regret.
Allah forgive us. May Allah take us to Geneva to His mercy because our deeds, sometimes we know and we feel that the sincerity levels or the manner in which we've done our deeds or the amount of deeds, if it's not for the mercy of Allah, we're still not going to go to gender.
We are weak.
So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, in general is that which no eye has ever seen, no ears have ever heard of, or no ears have ever heard. So if you've heard something of something, trust me, what is in Paradise is something far better.
And it is that which No, it has not crossed the mind. It is not even crossed the heart of a human. So if, if in your imagination, something is crossed your imagination, your mind your heart, trust me in general is better than that. You have no clue what is being prepared or has been prepared, in fact, there.
But we need to work towards it.
to work towards that ultimate success. I need to do I need to have sub sub to do what suffer to be able to fulfill my obligations unto Allah in a way that he wants them to be fulfilled, not according to my whims and fancies. You can't you cannot lead solid on fudger at the time of awesome every day and tell yourself Well you know what, I think it's a better time you don't choose it. I'm not choosing. You cannot say I want to read X amount of units or a cat of prayer for salata door, which is more than four or less than four. You cannot say that, because it's Allah who chooses how, what and how much you will read. So endures. You need endurance, you need patience, you also need
patience to restrain yourself. The term suffer includes restraining from what from that which will earn the Wrath of Allah that which will be an obstacle in your path, on the straight path, yes, shavon is sitting around.
He is calling people towards all these paths on the side. This is why Allah subhanho wa Taala tells Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to instruct the believers
taboo, indeed this is my path, the straight path, so follow it.
And do not follow the path on the side. There is a devil on each one of those paths calling towards that path, because then it will distract you from this one beautiful Path of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So therefore, there is recognition of the fact that the devil exists, there is recognition of the fact that evil exists, but the believer will continue to protect himself. You know, if you have the GPS today, Mashallah. It's made life so easy. I use it so often. And I asked myself, I have actually forgotten how life was before the GPS.
And if you intentionally or unintentionally choose the wrong path, you know what the lady says?
Why are we smiling? It's not just the women who lead you down the wrong path. No. Let's say what the man says. It depends on your settings. My brothers and sisters Don't get me wrong, no offense.
So what the man says he says, make a U turn when possible. Have you heard that? One law? angels telling you make a U turn when possible every time you sin against the law, and you feel it initially, but if you continue on that path, what does it say rerouting recalculating and so on Allah forgive us. Then we go via a long you know way we want to go to pinay and we ended up in Ebo that's what happens.
Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us why you continued on the path, wrong path. The same happens if you want to choose that path. You
We'll go to Jelena because you're a believer, but you might go via jahannam.
Yes, and you don't want that to happen. I'd rather a direct flight to say, Wow, we landing and here we are at my destination. Imagine if you were to land straight into Madina munawwara better than a person who goes from here to China, from China to India, from India somewhere else. And you say I got a very cheap ticket or cheap ticket, but you struggle when you suffer. Imagine if Allah gave you the amount of sustenance to be able to buy that ticket with comfort, you flew straight into the destination you wanted to Allah grant us that on the Day of Judgment, I mean,
so this is the ultimate success. And this is why we say you will get what you want on that day, not in this world. Many people when you ask them about success, they begin to rattle things that are all worldly, a true believer may consider some of that point of success indeed, but ultimately, you know what Allah says, and these are the verses that I've chosen to read this evening, because they are apt to the topic that we do have. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
Whoever is kept away from Hellfire, whoever is protected from Hellfire, whoever is saved from hellfire.
And is granted entry into into paradise is the one who has achieved ultimate success. Now LA County to us.
So Allah starts off by saying every soul shall taste death. Now death for you and me, sometimes we look at it and we are scared, we worried when am I going to die, what's going to happen to my children, what's going to happen to this that I'm going to leave behind, I'm still young, the most important worry is not supposed to be what's going to happen to what I'm going to leave behind. Because you will always leave behind something.
And there are others younger and stronger than you who left behind more than you. Sometimes their lives are happier without the person.
Allah forgive us. This is why we say Oh, son of Adam, when you came onto the earth, you came crying while those around you were smiling when they smiling. And when you came to this world, you were crying.
When you came to this world, you were crying, little baby Mashallah.
So live your life in such a way that when you leave this world, you leave, smiling and those around you are crying, the opposite.
When you came, it was the other way around. You were crying, they were smiling. But you let your life in such a beautiful way that when you left, you left with a smile and those around you were crying at the loss, you left a legacy, you'd have something for mankind to benefit from. And you took it from the sooner of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam many of us think that if I teach my child Salah, and I teach them he job, and I teach them Koran and I teach them this, that's enough, you have to teach them from that foreign character conduct, how to reach out to others to be able to fulfill the rights of human beings to reach out to people who belong to different faiths with your
character and conduct and at times, even with a beautiful discussion, to be able to be promoter of peace, harmony, tolerance, all this is part of the deal, go and study the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and you will come across amazing incidents. Right at the end, when he passed away. He had his armor that was given as collateral to a Jewish man because he had food from the Jewish man when visitors had visited him. Did you know that? And people say don't deal with the Jews?
It's got to do with
what Allah says, Yes, you may choose not to deal with certain people, if there is a situation that requires that, indeed, sometimes they may even be people who are Muslim, calling themselves Muslim, but perpetrating heinous crimes against humanity in the name of a faith that does not preach that
what will you do you have to cut off you have to make it clear. That's how you will achieve ultimate success.
You cannot just go to Paradise when you see evil, and you've done nothing meaningful about it. But do not come back evil with evil. Do not come back evil with that which will result in greater evil because you are foolish. Many people when they have a problem even in the home or in the business or anywhere else, they deal with it in a way that creates 10 problems out of one I'd rather live as a believer with one problem than to add another nine because of the way I dealt with it.
That's how you achieve ultimate success. You are concerned.
Now you see none of you are true believers until you love for your fellow human beings when your brother what you love for yourself. What do I love for myself? Mashallah.
You know, it reminds me of an incident where they say
there was a man who was told that you will have whatever you asked for.
And your friend, sorry, your enemy, the person you don't like, will be given double
of what you asked.
And this man was thinking, Well, look, I've got an opportunity. If I say, No, I don't want because I'm going to be jealous of what my friend gets, I'm going to lose out. So he says, I'm caught in a situation. Let me just start asking for things. See what happens. He says, I want to mention, I want a huge mansion. I wanted a huge mansion filled with the latest of everything, and suddenly it was there. And as he looked across the road, he saw his enemy with a double sized mansion in front of him. You got what you wanted? What's the point? Why worry about what someone else has got? You become depressed not because you don't have enough because you're looking at what others have got.
But you have enough. So then he says, Okay, I want a mountain of gold and he gets it. And his friend gets two mountains of gold and he says, Come on. Look at the dirty hot. So then he says, okay, you're gonna give my enemy is the enemy actually double? Yes. Okay, I want you to scare me half to death.
Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. You can imagine what happened to the to the enemies. That's how bad man is. But in Islam, when we say that we love for others, what we love for ourselves, we really mean it. We will pray for them, we will we will ask Allah to bless them to grant them contentment. Remember, happiness does not come with figures. Happiness comes with contentment.
Be content with what Allah has bestowed upon you. That does not mean don't work for more know, within the limits that Allah has allowed, you will work for more. It's not bad to have a lot of wealth.
But to allow that to miss your attitude and character is what is the best of people are those who have authority and wealth, and they are more humble than those who don't have authority or wealth.
Those are the best.
Allah subhanho wa Taala grant of strength. That's how you achieve ultimate success. You will enter Paradise with those whom you have assisted in a good cause.
You and I know that the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him taught us that when there is goodness that you're involved in, Don't be selfish with a charity but others teach people you will be rewarded for everyone who follows you a good example. But if you're a person who set a bad example, where do you expect to go? the gatekeepers of how it is in the Quran that they will ask the people who will be entering hell Hey,
call me at noon.
Do not only
did messengers not come to you reciting the business of Allah reminding you about this day that there will be a day of resurrection when there will be accounts of all your deeds. Didn't anyone come to remind you reading the verses and you know what the response will be Bhalla? Yes, indeed they came. But what happened? We lost out. We didn't believe that. We didn't take them seriously. Let's not be from a Mungo's? Surely we would like the gatekeepers of gender having the doors of gender open for us. And they say over the phone Oh, happy sad I mean, me.
With all peace and security, you are so secured no fear nothing you enter this paradise belongs to you. May Allah grant that to us.
The gatekeepers of Jelena. Do you know what Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Let's listen to these beautiful verses. So what Azuma was he call me taco boom
boom Ah, the people who used to be conscious of Allah during their short period of life in this world on that day they will be driven into paradise in groups had
when they get to gender, they will find the doors wide open. Unlike hell, the doors are closed when you get there then they open the doors.
There is a difference of a wow. Wow is one of the letters of the Arabic alphabet. If Allah says he has a boo boo ha it means you get there and then the doors are open. And if Allah says what
it means when you get there, the doors will already be opened. Amazing the difference one little letter can make a meaning. So when you want to enter as a VIP into a place, as you are walking in, you send straight through, you don't stand a knock on the door, they know you're coming. The door is open, and you're welcome. But when you're going into a prison, they don't open the door.
They wait for you to come you stand at the door then the door opens as you're going to closes again you cannot go out
that's the description Allah has delivered just by a single wow in the Quran.
So when they are going into paradise and I am sure inshallah we will be from among them I hope and I want you to have the same hope
and the angels will say to us Mashallah
God me, the gatekeepers of Paradise will say Salaam Alaikum you know what that means? Peace be upon you. You have done good. So now you can enter into this gentlemen forever and ever. So Pamela, wouldn't we love that?
When that particular case my brothers and sisters abstain from sin, fulfill your obligations unto Allah. We've heard in the last convention, the obligations we have unto Allah how to earn gentlemen we heard about it today or in this convention the last two days we've been hearing about the obstacles those things we need to abstain from in order that the entry into paradise is made smooth, so take me
and inshallah you will be able to enter Jelena in such a beautiful way.
Allah subhanho wa Taala has described it in so many different places. And Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that is the ultimate success
when the person is saved from Hellfire, we are saved from Hellfire because we saved ourselves from deeds that will displease Allah. And guess what?
The biggest gift we have is something known as Toba.
repentance. It's a huge gift. Imagine, if we committed a sin, and we had no way out.
is forgiven on condition that you seek that forgiveness while you're alive. The Sahaba of the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam majority of them were Muslim, before they accepted Islam.
They used to worship idols, sticks, stones, dates, you know a little pile of dates made in the form of an idol.
But what happened when they declared their faith and they changed their lives? Allah subhanho wa Taala bless them in such a powerful name that in such a powerful way that today when we hear their name, every one of us would say,
at least in our minds.
If I were to just say a Boba Coronavirus, man, that's blasphemous. In fact, it's disrespectful.
It's disrespectful. I, if I were to say any one of those names, I need to say Abu Bakar
if I don't say that, I am denying the famous of Allah upon me. Allah choose a group of people he only chose the best. Why would Allah choose companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, him being the best of creation. And then for the best of creation, Allah chooses those who are not good, that wouldn't be the case. Allah chose the best of the lot. We do not doubt that.
They are the carriers and torchbearers of the entire faith. If we were to disrespect them, we would lose entire faith, it would be replaced with some other faith. And we wouldn't even know that the faith has been snatched away from us.
This is why my brothers and sisters, it's important to respect those who have taught you any goodness, no matter what. I remember the teachers that I have had from grade one from kindergarten, all the way coming up to the end of secondary school, going into university and do you know what when I get an opportunity, I try my best to be in touch with them. I have teachers who've taught me mathematics who are Christian. I have teachers who taught me when I was as young as grade four, one of the ladies is actually alive without a lie. I met her a few days before I came here.
And she's very old.
Why did I meet her? She taught me some goodness. That's why she's not a Muslim. that's besides the point. I took the goodness I didn't take the deen. I know what to take.
But because of that, I respect this lady. And I believe that by me maintaining a positive relationship with such an elderly woman who did good to me at this stage in my life and that stage in her life, it would have such a positive impact. Who knows perhaps Allah can guide her through a good deed and guidance is not in my hands, but my duty is to make the effort the
Problem with us. We don't make any effort. She taught me which is a non Muslim, why should I go go? All the more reason to go? The Hadith says one la isla de la.
Marina, you want ultimate success will lie for you, for Allah to use you to guide one person is better for you than everything or than the most valuable of material items on this earth.
The term used is a noun, which means the red camel, you know, today, maybe the S Class Mercedes, for example, equivalent to the red camel of the 10.
Possible. Imagine someone were to say you got one person give you S Class, some of us will be having a whole garage of s classes.
May Allah help us So reach out to people these are not yet Muslim, up to the point of your death and their death, you have to have hope. You don't just go out and eradicate them. These are non Muslims, I need to kill them off. No, that is warped thinking that is an Islamic thinking that is actually a means of eradicating mankind at large and insulting the same deal that the Prophet has brought sallallahu alayhi wasallam?
How would you achieve success? One of the ways is to reach out to people. So if you were a person who actually harmed others, what success do you expect?
Can you really expect success when you were selfish, you only cared for yourself, you harmed people, you taught others how to harm the rest of the world just because you disagree with them. Think of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam
look at how he treated his people.
Look at how he treated those who harmed him. He had hope what happened as a result, communities followed him. Nations followed him, he did not come to this part of the world. But his message came immediately to this part of the world through what
history shows us that it's not necessarily through those who came with the only intention of propagation that may have been one of their intentions, but a lot of them were business people who are upright in business.
They dealt in such an honest way.
That that resulted in their success in the business number one, and thereafter. In the in the Hereafter, because the continent changed, everything changed. Who would have known at that time, that there will come a time when the Muslim population will be projected at two and a half billion people.
It started off with one man he ran down the cave, telling his wife, some melanism Maloney Cover me cover me that covering for Panama, a result of that embrace being released, look at what happened across the globe. So Panama success, you have the help of Allah.
You have the help of those whom Allah has placed right near you appreciate that. Allah lets you meet people on earth for a purpose. Some of them are there to test you. Some of them are there to help you. Remember this, some of them are there to check you to test you to see your worth. And some of them are there to help you in goodness and others will be there to try and lure you into that which is filled with destruction. Don't follow that path. It will be made clear to you if you have faith, and you have knowledge.
But without faith and knowledge, what do we expect my brothers and sisters
knowledge without faith is a waste. And faith without knowledge is ignorance which has doubled
those perpetrating crimes against humanity today, in the name of Islam, they claim they have faith, they believe, but they don't have knowledge or their knowledge is warped.
And then you have on the other hand, those who have lots of knowledge, they don't even believe in God anymore.
We are in the middle. We believe in Allah. We believe in the hereafter we know we are aiming for something high. Man is so important, much more important than the one who says when you die, you are over. We are much more important than that I am alive. I'm speaking to you. You feel me? You can hear me You understand what I'm saying? It has an impact on myself and yourself. Do you really think a day will come when it's over? that nothing else is left. In fact the day will come when I will swim into the hereafter.
I do not believe that I am so insignificant that a day will come when I die without being resurrected. No one will ever speak about me again and I won't be known and nothing will happen. And that's the end of everything. I will go back into nature and I will be reincarnated or whatever else. Those who want to believe that have the right to believe that they have the answers to be given to Allah not to me
But I need to ask about myself. Where am I standing today? What am I doing today? A lot of us here, we know that we want to change but we're just saying okay, tomorrow, okay? The next day, don't do that. Say here and now Oh Allah,
I turn towards you and I walked towards your love helped me on that path
and start off one by one, and you will feel good, because part of that success is that you feel good in this world. Listen to what Allah says. Yeah, I you
O you who believe? Should I not show you a transaction, a business deal that will save you from a painful punishment? Who wants to be cast into a painful punishment? No one, should I show you that transaction of business deal that will save you from a painful punishment? Why does Allah call it a transaction? One of the reasons is because on that day, Allah says subhanho wa Taala.
Allah says those who have oppressed themselves on that day if they had wealth, or if they had material possession, the size of the whole world or double that, in order to give it as a ransom to free him from the fire, it won't be accepted.
Sunny on that day, that your wealth and your children will not help you besides the one who comes with a clean, pure heart free of sickness, it's your heart.
So what is this business that ally speaking about? To
you believe in Allah and believe in the messenger?
believe in Allah believe in the messenger? What do you do Nafisa, Benin
2014, calm and strive in the pleasure of Allah in the cause of Allah strive to become a better person, strive for all good things, strive to protect yourself and others from all bad things, strive to earn that paradise. That is the strive. When Allah speaks of the struggle, and the striving, that struggled, and striving is so broad, it encompasses every day of yours. My day is a struggle.
I strive every day, and I call upon you to strive and to strive more and more on a daily basis to do what to earn the pleasure of Allah. Some of us want to solve the problems of the whole globe.
But we haven't solved our own matters. We want to solve the problem of this country in that nation. And we want to be bothered about here and there. And we make a big noise about that state and this one here, but we haven't solved our own condition. We don't even need Salah we don't have a link with Allah. We don't even know if we will achieve the success.
May Allah guide us maybe help us? Allah subhanho wa Taala open our doors.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says after he makes mention of these three things, one is believing Allah, believe in the messenger and strive and struggle
with your wealth, and with yourself your wealth, meaning Allah gave you the wealth, and he's telling you to expand, don't become miserly.
Spend, Oh son of Adam, it will be spent upon you. Which means when you spend Allah will grant you Baraka, Allah will grant you more.
Nobody has ever become poor because of a charity he or she has been given has been given.
When Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
that is better for you, if only but you know, if you know then that is better for you.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala says thereafter,
he makes mention of
He makes mention of Paradise, and he says, We will grant you paradise beneath which rivers are flowing. And then he says that is the ultimate success.
I'm sure you've heard the verses that he can allow me water
He had so many different verses making mention of and photos and photos meaning the success, every one of them is speaking more of the hereafter than it is of this world. That is the ultimate success that is the believer. So we ask Allah Subhana Allah to open our doors, brothers and sisters, we have heard a lot. Let's not be from among those who just hears and appreciates. Wow, good talk, powerful message, but it hasn't moved us at all. What's the point of that?
Let us change our lives. Because I tell you from the story of the Prophet Noah, may peace be upon him noi Allahu salatu wa sallam, we learn something powerful and scary. What is it? They came on stage when new Alayhi Salam was calling his people for centuries 950 years he spent calling his people towards goodness, one after the other. It is reported that a small number of people accepted his message perhaps between 11 and 18 according to the minimum and the maximum mentioned in the various durations between 11 and 18. Even if we take the biggest figure which is at
950 years, only 80 people less than 10 every 100 years,
less than 10 every 100 years. Then what happened? He made the dua he made a supplication saying Oh Allah, these people are harassing me, they are troubling me or Allah they are not accepting the faith or Allah. I want some form of closure here.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
Minami comida en la causa, man, oh no, no one is going to accept a message. Besides those who've already accepted the message, no more people.
How have you ever thought of what that verse means? It means that you and I have a quota of reminders from Allah, after which there will be no more reminders.
after which the punishment comes.
So your quota might be 500 reminders. Mine might be 200, reminders, 301,000, whatever, I don't know the finger. Allah knows they will be so many messages, one will come to you via the radio, the other one via the internet, the other one on an iPod, the other one's through an application the other one on the television the other one, when you are sitting and listening to the telco, or the cinema at MSG, and you have a message directed to you people feel this is directed to me No it's not. It's Allah direct me to you, not the speaker.
You will hear a talk of someone who doesn't know you online. And it says no, they are speaking to you not because they knew you because Allah chose them to say something that would affect you. That's what it is. That was a message and guess what? It's ticked off the angels no message get to them got to hear edit. What did he do with he still hasn't changed? She still hasn't changed. Tick again. Okay, now we send you a CD by mistake you're hearing it because you caught a lift with someone. It's not a mistake. It was planned by Allah. So what is it it's ticked off? The angels know
Know what happens? You have another one and another one. Oh, you came for Joomla. And for some reason the machine you always go to something happened too much traffic and you had to go to another machine. And the message was powerful. That was for you. You had to go from there to here. You don't know Alice's plan. He planned it in a way that you just arrived there without even knowing when you got there message the angels? Did you hear it? Take off?
What number is that for? 19? And how many?
Has he changed? Oh, yes.
One more left.
And suddenly you come to the State Park convention.
Mashallah, what happened? Did you hear at the hearing? We did you hear it?
Are you going to change?
May Allah subhanho wa Taala. accept us, like I told you even if it's one millimeter, we have succeeded, even if it is one millimeter. But don't let shapen make you stop at that millimeter, continue. millimeter must become an inch. I give you an example of a businessman or anyone who's working if your salary remains at 500 gigs a month, you're going to quit the job within one month, two months. You might not even want the job in the first place. Take the salary, don't worry. It's the experience you are getting at this stage.
But you want an increment, you want promotion. If they stopped promoting you and for 20 years, you're sitting at the same spot and you're not happy with the conditions. Even if you are happy, you want promotion. You want promotion. Why? It's the nature of man. He doesn't want to sit in one spot. You have a business
You open the middle place that sells vegetables on the side of the road and it starts flourishing, you're going to start making bigger orders. You hire a store, now you have a store and starts flourishing. You want to hire a little place every month, you pay the rental and now it's a shop. It's a corner shop, the corner shop starts flourishing what happens you open another corner shop in Penang.
Why I got a branch in KL I need one day, and then you open one elsewhere. And before you know it, you've got 4050 branches. What's going to happen with all the money, you're never going to use it. That's how much money you've got. You're never going to use it start thinking of the bigger picture. Alice now given me I went from one stage to another, what about my worldly? What about my after the non worldly life, the hereafter? What about that? What about my eternal life? I tell you, if we had to treat gentlemen, the same way we treated this world in the case of a lot of us we would achieve gentlemen. Easier than we think. Why?
Who wants a housing Jenna
put up your hand. May Allah grant you the house to His mercy.
I tell you,
if you want the house in general, you have to buy it. It doesn't just come from Allah in a salon de la Holly the Hadith says the commodity of Allah is not cheap. It's actually valuable, very expensive. How do I pay for it? Well, those of us who have been caught in Riba in interest usually and we've taken mortgages and we know how the loans word they've enslaved us for 20 years and we think we're gonna have the house we're gonna have the house we're gonna have the house 18 years down the line the bank repossesses the place
18 years down the line repossessed What happened? I think 18 years gone it's gone. Why? Cuz I didn't pay for two three months.
Those are payments made for a little house in this world that you probably by the time you end up paying you'll only live there for three four more years because you already
But when it comes to Jenin every Salah is a payment of a million dollars,
I get a forfeiture 1 million every day I must pay you must one or two repossession watch out because you are sent a warning first to say hey, you must sell it on Friday. So you feel guilty. Why? Because I don't know when you miss it. But you miss it once, twice, twice. You stop feeling guilty. So Panama and then what happens? You get another one if you start getting sick and you have what's happening.
And then you say no, I'll go to the doctor, I've got money, I can fly to America, and I'll have the top doctors Mashallah May Allah grant you join me as well. Now Allah grant all those who are seeking douchey fancy, I mean,
but at the same time, you fly out and the doctor says we cannot do anything for you at that stage. You have no option, but to soften up to Allah.
So when Allah tests you with a hard, difficult situation, it is to soften up to him. To soften you to Allah, you begin to cry for the first time in your life, as many as you are, for whom quietly no one's watching me.
And Allah loves that condition so much, because now you will start repainting not only solid, but guess what came into the picture, take a guess.
You said it. We know how come I never read that word before. But I had a massive problem people will say, and that's what made me start. And when I started, the sweetness I got from it was so valuable that even when my problem was done, I kept it up.
That's the winner. And loser is the one who I promise you, I will never do that. I promise you I'm going to beat myself up. And as soon as much of a problem is solved, everything happened. Where are you no longer in domestic buying problems also, tapping You again? What happened to you again? And then you say but Allah, why are you testing me again? You already tested me on Hang on, when we tested you once you came back to us. But when we gave you back what you wanted you drifted away from us. So we saw we love you so much. We want to keep you close to us because we know it's good even if you die in this condition, but you are close to us, you will earn paradise. This is why they say
when a sick person sees the reward that Allah has kept for them on that day. They will say Oh Allah, why didn't you keep me sick my entire life look at how much was rewarded.
When a person going through trial and tribulation calamity, bears suffer for the sake of Allah. Allah says in Mufasa
Indeed, we will be convinced the one who bought patience, who has forbearance, who is trained himself for the sake of Allah with the reward that is unlimited. Imagine unlimited reward lysing for you unlimited. Why? Because you bought a lot of patients while you were on Earth. Isn't that good?
News for me and for you, we all go through challenges. The sisters out there, many are suffering in silence either in the homes as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter, whatever it is, as an aunt, as an in law, anything. And the brothers, many of them are going through challenges, some of them financial, some of them health matters. May Allah grant us all ease in whatever difficulties we may be having in our peculiar knives.
That's Allah, when you bear suffer. He knows he's watching. He heard your prayer, don't worry. Repeat it and repeat it again. Because Allah loves repetition.
Allah loves you to repeat You know why? because it keeps you soft, when Allah delays for something you want to happen.
Do you know what it's because he wants to keep you as close as possible to him. You're not trying hard enough.
a relative of mine used to say you're not making a hard enough to
make it hard. Meaning hard meaning not as difficult but hard meaning it must be solid,
solid law or law. You know, when I was young, this was always something very, very funny. We used to enter the masjid as little boys and we used to see uncle's in the front setting, you know, Mashallah. And they used to sit some of them dedicated. Some of them. Were all Chairman, you know, everyone wants to be a chairman. And when I was young, I used to think they said he's the chairman and I used to see him sitting on the chair. I thought, okay, maybe then. Then I said, But dad, aren't all these other ones Chairman as well. They weren't sitting on the chairs.
No, those are just people who are perhaps not able to stand or then we understood otherwise I used to call them chairman.
So we enter the masjid we see all the chairman's Mashallah. And at the same time, we sitting at the back, and we see them making dua, or you know, just before mother even sometimes raise their hands and making dua to Allah and you see someone on me, helping me and you say, Wow, this man is crying and look at his hands is asking a lot, and suddenly, no one can issue
and say, Hey, this man has a be problem. Can you see how he's calling Allah?
But to be honest, that's his way of calling out to Allah. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam raised his hand so high that you could see the whiteness of his Subhan Allah
Subhana Allah, you could see the whiteness close to his armpit.
That's how high he raised his hands.
What about us, we call out to Allah do we really call out was just in passing everything smooth for us. My brothers and sisters prepare for the day when you're about when you're going to leave this world. prepare, prepare for that day.
And Allah Subhana Allah to Allah will bless you. Just be ready for you. If I were to ask you. Who wants to Jenna? Everyone will say I want Jenna and if I were to ask you who wants to die? No one wants to die. I've done it in the past. Well, how are you going to get two gentlemen if you don't die? That's a beautiful question. So now you left with only one option Oh Allah take us away in the condition that you are pleased with us. Oh Allah take us away in a condition that you are pleased with us have mercy on us. Oh Allah grant us goodness. Oh Allah grant us Jenna. Oh Allah, not just us, but even our offspring. I said it earlier today, brothers and sisters pass the torch that you
have to the next generation. I tell you why the deen is being fought from all angles. In the sense we have internal problems and external problems. If you don't convey that message to your own children, you trust other people to do that they won't. They might deviate your child you need to be so close to your own family members and those who are in your circle and try and broaden the circle to reach out with that goodness to maximum number of people perhaps allow will give you paradise through the number of lives that you have touched rather than your own deeds. May Allah grant that to us for sallallahu wasallam ah Baraka and Amina Mohammed Subhan, Allah Subhana Allah, Masha Allah