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Friday Jumu’ah Lecture from Masjid Al Rahmah in Liverpool. The duty upon a Muslim unto His Maker, the Messenger pbuh and the rest of mankind.
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The most important piece of advice that we can commence with this afternoon is that we should all be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala we should be fearful of Allah subhanho wa Taala to the degree that it keeps us away from displeasing him. And we should be hopeful in the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala to the degree that we continue doing good deeds, hoping that Allah subhanho wa Taala through His mercy accepts those deeds and grants us genital field those. My brothers and sisters, a very simple question that I wish to speak about today is why has Allah subhanho wa Taala made us?
What has he required of us? What will he give us in return in this world and the next? It's very important for us to know this. The reason is, we all witness people being born, they grow a little bit older, they become aged, and thereafter they pass on, they pass away. So people are on earth for a short span. Why? Why did Allah subhanho wa Taala create us in a way that our lifespan is between 60 and 70 years? Why? Why do we see that when a person is born?
They don't really understand anything, they cannot speak. None of us seated here can actually remember the day we were born.
None of us knew how to speak when we were born. There was an exception indeed of Jesus or Isa alayhi salatu was Salam May peace be on him, where he spoke from the cradle, that was a miracle. But the case of the rest of us Allah says, one long jiankou
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Allah took you out of the wombs of your mothers, in a condition that you knew nothing? And what did Allah do for you?
He gave you the faculties of hearing of sight. And he gave you your organs, he fashion you in a beautiful way, so that as you grow older, you would register whatever was happening, and you would start asking questions, and you would learn and you would go back and understand who your Creator is, and why he made you because anyone who thinks that we were created without purpose has actually lost. We were created with a purpose. So what was that purpose? And how do I understand that there was a purpose? There is a purpose, because time is limited, and people are going, where are they going? Some have answers if they believe and those who don't do not even have answers. They don't
even know where people actually go. It's guesswork for them.
But he who made us would never leave us without telling us why he made us. So therefore it is important for every one of us to keep asking questions, never be ashamed of the questions that you have, they will be answered and you will be guided because Allah subhanho wa Taala sent messengers as a gift for us. The fact that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was sent to us. That's probably one of the biggest gifts that we have, if not the biggest.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala made us and in the Quran, he speaks about why he made us so Allah says, on fala ko tune Gene
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Although I have not created mankind, no gene kind, except that they worship me, they do as will please me. They fulfill what I have asked them to fulfill, and they will abstain from what I have asked them to abstain from throughout their lives. Subhana Allah. Now, when we were young, and we read that verse, I'm speaking about myself, the understanding we had of it was not as we have today, because now that you grow older, you realize, indeed, happiness and contentment comes to those who obey the command of their maker. Look at those who have run after the dunya or the worldly life without any limits. If they have not limited themselves to what pleases Allah alone, then do you
know what happens to them, they don't have contentment, no matter what they have amassed in terms of material living, they cannot sleep sometimes they don't have good health, they are not happy sometimes because they are lacking the understanding of why they are here.
Subhana Allah primarily We are here to worship Allah and Allah alone. This is why the first instruction issued in the Quran Allah subhanho wa Taala he addresses it to all the people look at Surah Al Baqarah. The first time Allah says Yeah, what does he say? Yeah.
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Oh people, this is addressed to the people at large, all people all mankind, worship your Lord, or a Buddha or a backhoe is the one who made you. So Allah adds to that under the halaqa. It is only correct that you worship he who made you alone. When I put my head on the ground, one law he my brothers and sisters, I cannot put my head on the ground, not for anyone besides he who made me that's all who made me he's the one I can put my head on the ground for whom I'm going to return to He is the only supreme deity and being that I can worship. So no act of worship is meant to be rendered to anyone or anything besides he who made us we would be failing if we were to worship
anyone besides our maker. And this is why we say that if I were to say, or Subhana Allah, Praise be to the one of Glory be to the one who is my rub, who is the highest whom am I referring to take a look at the term of boon. It is made up of three letters of the Arabic language that are and then the there is a BA and another ba so Robin, in the English language, a whole paragraph would be needed in order to explain what exactly that means. So Panama. He is the one who made you who nurtures who is in control of all aspects of your existence, nourish your cherishes, sustain and provide the protector cura that's who Robin is Subhana Allah, so whoever is in control of my life, I
worship Him alone. We cannot insult him by worshipping anything that he has created anything he has made. And this is why the Quran is filled with verses reminding us worship you make him fulfill his instruction, fulfill his decree. What will he give you in return? If you fulfill what he wants, he will give you goodness in the world and goodness in the next, you know, some young, some young people sometimes they feel that I'm struggling in the on earth maybe because I'm not praying maybe because I'm not worshiping Allah correctly, maybe because I am not doing the right thing. Correct. That may be to a certain extent correct, that the person does not have the millions and the
billions, because maybe Allah is displeased with him. But
it does not mean that if Allah is pleased with you, He will give you material wealth, Allah can be pleased with you. And as a result of that pleasure, he can take away your material wealth. This is why a gift of a true believer is when he struggles, he faces challenges. And those challenges bring him closer to Allah. If you suffer a medical illness or you suffered financial loss, or in your social life, you have had a problem and issue and if that brought you closer to Allah, wasn't it a gift of Allah? How many of us were not so regular with our prayers? We come on a Friday Mashallah, after that we wait for the next Friday. It happens right? So when we are sick or we suffer the loss
or something goes wrong, we are found in the masjid for Salah to find you What brought you here it was your arm. By putting a difficulty in your life. You started softening towards him. Why does he do that and why does he prolong the difficult
A person diagnosed with sickness. May Allah grant us all cure everyone who's struggling with any illness. May Allah grant us cure. I mean, so if it is prolonged, I'm calling out to Allah for one month, two months, one year, two years, my problem is still not resolved. Allah keeps me there, because Allah wants me to have conviction that he alone will solve this matter out. So I might have tried with this man, that man visited this doctor, that doctor, everything is okay that you if it's within the limits you you are allowed to seek medication. In fact, you should. But cure is in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah keeps you in a condition for you to realize that He alone
is in charge, He alone is in control, and you have now become close to him as a result of something you perceived to be a difficulty. This is why Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says in Allah either Bab Allah who, when Allah loves his slave, when Allah loves a slave, that's when Allah tests him, and Allah tests him more. The greater the reward, the bigger the test, the bigger the test, the greater the reward even will actually match. Tila and Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He was an all hunky Waka amoruso the best of creation, the most noble of all messengers of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Do you know what he went through so many challenges when he was born, he was already an
orphan. That shows us that if you're an orphan, it does not mean that Allah is not pleased with you. It does not mean that you are disadvantaged, the one whom Allah loves the most was actually an orphan. After that, he lost his mother. Then he was looked after by his grandfather, he lost the grandfather then his uncle. Then as he grew older, he was known as the truthful one. He was known as a surgical I mean, from a certain point onwards, he was a person whom everyone trusted but when Allah placed on his shoulders a burden of giving the message, they called him a liar. They called him names, his own family turned against him, the people actually drove him out of Macedon, macabre
mode his companions, was he wrong, he was not wrong, but why did they persecute him just because he had a good message and he kept on he maintained that goodness for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us an understanding. So we need to continue being good. We need to continue being kind, we need to continue delivering the message Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam whom we all follow, never ever gave up the message because people persecuted because people said bad things. He excused them. Look at what happened in part if he excused them. He prayed for them. He gave them a good message. He continued praying until Subhana. Allah they saw the light at some stage, even if it meant the next generation. May Allah subhanho wa Taala. Grant us patience. May Allah grant us ease never lose hope. Don't give up your faith because people say bad words to you.
In fact, it's a time to shine and to show that indeed this faith is a faith of peace and goodness and calm and it is indeed our responsibility to reach out to the rest of the creatures of the same maker who made me and you Subhana Allah. So my brothers and sisters, Allah made us to worship Him. Allah made us to please Him and Allah says, if you please Him, He will grant you goodness in this world and goodness in the next. So in the next, Allah Subhana Allah Allah speaks about Jenna, Jenna that we all want we all pray for we all would love May Allah grant us Jenna to fill those. In order to get into genital filled those you need to make sure that you've understood the message of Allah
subhanho wa Taala. In order for me to get to paradise, if I'm looking forward to the meeting with Allah subhanho wa Taala I need to go back and read the words of Allah. Allah says to us, from
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Whoever is looking forward to the meeting with Allah, whoever is looking forward to that beautiful, wonderful day and they should prepare for it by the following what is it? Allah says they should do good deeds, acceptable deeds, what is a good deed? A good deed right, which you saw earlier, is that which is in conformity to what the messenger brought to us from Allah. That's it. You want to know an act of worship. You need to know it from Allah. How did the Lord teach it?
To us through a messenger, my brothers and sisters, what is the meaning of a messenger? If someone walked into here and said, I am the messenger of so and so I have come to you with what a messenger will have a message, a messenger will carry the message. So that message is what is absolutely important when Allah made me, he told me, I made you to worship me. So I'm going to send someone to you to show you how I want to be worshipped. When you want a driving license, you need to read the code, you need to make sure you know the theory and you go for the test because it's not according to your whims and fancies. There are rules and regulations. Without knowing what those who own the
roads would like from you, you would probably be fined every single day. There are new rules and regulations. Now please be careful with your mobile devices. Be careful with whatever else make sure you have your seatbelt on because now things are changing in this country so hard Allah becoming strict because of accidents that have been happening because of so many other reasons. So you need to follow the rule in order to be able to be protected from being fined number one, and to be able to get to your destination. If you don't follow the rules, you may never get to your destination. The same applies in Islam, life is much more important than a mere driver's license. If you can
understand that for a driver's license and for driving from point A to point B will lie. Right now we're in point A, we are getting to point B which is generally a tool for those while you're getting there, there are rules regulations, so that you are not fined by the one who made you and I and the path and the one who decided the destination. And at the same time we need to make sure that we drive carefully we make sure nothing is done wrong. And we will get to our destination if we follow the rules. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has told us you want to meet with Allah, you want to get to your destination you I will send you a messenger. The purpose of sending the messenger is to teach
you how to worship me. So you don't just choose and decide how to worship Allah, you need to look at what the messenger says when I get up for Salah. There is a specific time I cannot pick up at 10 o'clock in the morning and announced guys today we making Juma at this time because it's going to be inconvenient to come later. And today we're going to make four units of prayer for a car because next week we're not going to be able to read. Will any one of you agree with that? No, because it does not conform to what the Prophet told us. That's it. If we decide okay, today, in Joomla, because we have friends elsewhere who belong to different faiths, we're going to say Allahu Akbar,
and we're going to start reading from the Bible. Does it help? It's wrong because not because we disrespect others. They all have the freedom of choice and religion. Indeed, we believe in that but but we follow what Allah and His Rasool said because we consider ourselves Muslim mean, what is the meaning of a Muslim a submitter? One who submitted so if we want to worship Allah, we need to go back to the encyclopedia, go back to the Quran, and the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam and take a look at what the messenger gave us. That's why he was sent. And this is the reason why we are honored that we had someone to come and tell us what Allah wants from us, my brothers and sisters,
everything, your dealings, your Salah, yours aka your heart, you're fasting, every single aspect of my life in your lives is governed by Allah subhanho wa Taala. You cannot choose an act of worship
decided on your own. For example, if there is a person who says okay, I'm going to read the Quran, but I am going to read word by word the other way around, you know, the other way around, you cannot do that. You have to read it this way, you have to read it properly, you have to make sure that you are reading the verses and you need to make sure that your Zakah is given according to the rules of Zika you fast from dawn to dusk, you need to make sure it's done. You cannot just decide you know what, that's it. I'm not going too fast right now because it doesn't suit me or I'm going too fast. But the only thing I'm going to drink is water because you know the days are long. You cannot do
that. It's actually decided by Allah. So this is the beauty of it. My brothers and sisters, the reason why I mentioned this, this is the core This is the main message we can lose our destination that we've been working for for so many years when we've lost focus regarding what the messenger has brought regarding the importance of worshiping Allah alone, regarding a following this messenger as strictly as possible. So Allah says in that verse at the end of surah calf that I just read before you, Allah says whoever is looking forward to the meeting with Allah subhanho wa Taala they should do good deeds, good deeds are those that conform with what the messenger has brought. Secondly, they
should make sure that they have not associated partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala. in worship, there is no deed that Allah will accept if we have a social
ciated partners with Allah subhanho wa Taala in any way. So as a result of worshipping Allah alone, he did not see that he's going to suddenly throw a million pounds at you. And he's going to suddenly throw you know, the best of the world at you, you're going to have a Ferrari, and you're probably going to have a bungalow, and you're going to be having a thick salary, and you're going to be on holiday every week. Why? Because I make five salad a day and I even get up for the head Good. Excellent what Allah promised you, Allah says, If you do, follow what I say, I will give you contentment. You will be a content person with whatever you have, you are married, you're so happy,
your family, you're so happy with the rest so panela because, you know, this is my portion. It's my naseeb and I'm really working with it. I'm thankful to Allah, I worked hard. Whatever I got was in the hands of Allah, I believe I have conviction in Allah alone. Subhan Allah, what does he do for you, because you believe he makes you happy? If you don't believe, I promise you, when people pass away, you'll become depressed because you don't know where they've gone. When people pass away, when some loss happens for us or for anyone else, we become depressed because we don't believe a believer knows that if it was a dark night tonight. The sun has to rise in the morning. A believer believes
if I'm going through a problem today, that problem cannot last because Allah is in charge. A believer believes that if today is a bad day, not every day will be a bad day because the days are different.
A believer believes that not every day will be the same because in the same way that Allah tests you by giving you he tests you by taking it away as well. So when Allah gives you he's watching your attitude, he sees what it does to you. It's just a test. When you go you leave everything when you came you came with nothing. Subhan Allah so my brothers and sisters, let's never lose focus regarding this test from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Remember, the reason why the messenger was sent Allah says it in the Quran.
On our cell was ruling in the Europa Nila, we have never sent a messenger except that he should be followed by the will of Allah. For him to be followed today there are people who say right, this is the Quran I take it and you know what? As for the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, it means nothing to me. There are people who say this, we will say when if you follow the Quran correctly, here's the verse, Allah says you follow the messenger we have sent the messengers in order to be followed so follow the path. Don't if you follow the Quran correctly, it will lead you automatically to the Sunnah of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam,
Allah grant us ease then my brothers and sisters, I have a word of encouragement for myself and yourself. What is it? Every day, try and be better than the previous day. Don't go backwards on your achievement. You know, if you have a salary today of 100 pounds a week, within a month, wouldn't you like an increase? Or do you mind that decrease? Do you mind if they say okay next week we demoting you and you're only gonna get 50 pounds from next week you're gonna say But why? I've been working here for so long, dedicated, I'm trying hard, I need to get some form of increment. We want an increment. If you are a businessman and you have a business, you want to open another branch, you
want to expand your business. If your turnover is 1000 pounds a day, you want to make it to 2003 nobody wants to go backward. But that money that position that salary will not help you beyond your life in this world. So Allah so therefore remember, for the salary of the era, the deeds are actually the currency, deeds of the currency.
increase them just like you want to increase your business. If you have been reading five Salah a day, just the foreign, take your time about the Salah increase better the quality of it. Perhaps you want to read the sooner and the Nuffield Yes, it is something that is there find out what is soon and erotica. Find out which Salawat were how much and so on, you will definitely be able to increase your investment regarding the hereafter. Don't go back on your achievement. Many of us are guilty of not reading the Koran. Many of us are guilty of not attempting to understand the Quran. We read it and we don't attempt I've heard people whisper into my ears that you know, it is haram for a layman
to read the translation of the Quran. But why?
But why? That is shapen whispering in your ear, the most powerful Kalam that you have. How can you say it's not allowed? Yes, you will have questions ask those who have knowledge. First. Let me
Who know, ask those with sound knowledge. If you don't know so you don't jump to conclusions. I don't say that because I don't know a little bit of I may not understand a few things so I must ignore it completely. No. Look at Amara, Barbara the Allahu anhu. What happened to him? He read a few verses of the Quran, his life changed. Look at in the joshy as Hammer of Abba sr, the nagus. He read, he heard a few verses of the Quran being recited, he started crying, his life changed. How many of us were Muslims, we were born as Muslims in a lot of cases, and we hear the Quran and the Quran has not moved us not even an inch, something wrong with our hearts.
If the Quran has moved people who are enemies of Islam, and soften their hearts such as
the they became known as your loved one. It is an insult to say his name without adding on it. May Allah be pleased with him as a loved one. And we was the beginning. The beginning was a few verses of the Quran. My brothers and sisters aren't we guilty? We read the Quran we don't have a feeling we read the Quran there is we don't want to know the meaning we are happy with the melodious tone we have in our car CDs playing of the Quran. It is important Yes indeed. But that's not the only write of the Quran. The Quran has many rights and one of them is for you to understand Allah says
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a book that we have revealed, Allah is referring here to the revelation in order that it's versus be pounded over. That's the reason why we reveal it in order that it's versus be pondered over how many of us have pondered over the verses of the Quran. How many of us have looked into the meanings? How many of us have attended lectures and lessons in our own massages that are free of charge, we don't attend Something is wrong, make an effort inshallah. That's my message. Let's let tomorrow be better than today. And let's let today be better than yesterday. Let's become regular. Let's worship Allah alone. And let's follow the path of the messenger. In this way those around us will realize that
definitely This is a beautiful faith filled with peace, serenity, internal external peace, the reaching out to the other creatures of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Do you know that the Tao, the invitation to Islam to others, is a primary duty upon us all. And one of the best ways of beginning is through developing yourself, your character, your conduct, your honesty, the way you speak, the way you render assistance to fellow human beings, someone needs help rushed to their help. You don't need to say oh, that's not a Muslim. I don't know what attitude is this reach out to all human beings. There is a narration that makes mention of how a man achieved forgiveness, because he helped
quench the thirst of a dog. Imagine the people around you are far higher than that. What would you achieve if you were to reach out to human beings? Had you reached out to a dog you'd have achieved forgiveness, if it were done with thee with sincerity, etc. But if you were to reach out to other human beings, I'm not talking of people who belong to our faith. I'm talking of others. Imagine the reward you would get my brothers and sisters. Each time we developed ourselves the way we spoke the way we interacted with people. It needs to be absolutely perfect. We are ambassadors of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we were placed by Allah subhanho wa Taala. We owe Allah worship and we
owe him worship alone. We owe Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a following, and we will follow him in every footstep as far as possible, and we need to develop ourselves regarding our relations with the rest of mankind known as Coco Coco a bad I pray that we all benefit from what has been said a poo colada wasco Villa Holly welcome Elisa muslimeen Festival, una who Java don't carry