Earn On-Going Rewards Now
Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire
Channel: Muiz Bukhary
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A Jumuah sermon delivered by Sheikh Muiz Bukhary on the 04th of September, 2015 at the Wellawatte Jumuah Masjid Colombo 06, Sri Lanka.
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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen Casa de vos anymore. In India you are mostly in the village in our Habib in our karate unit Muhammad
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always attacks we don't mind your last name was a Hydra, who is no doubt sustainer nareesha protector and we asked him to the panel mozarella to shower his choices of blessings and salutations upon our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his family members, his companions and all those who tread upon his path with utmost care until the day of
the law, first and foremost, advise myself and then all of your person here to adopt in the life of support. And that is to feel the pain of masala and to be conscious of him
during every single second of our life, if we wish to attain success in this world as well as the Hereafter, may Allah
make us all from the people of taqwa. And when you sit down and watch it make us from the victorious and successful ones any more than a millennium ago,
there was a man walk on the face of
a man who went through the most heart rending of trials that any man could have ever gone through.
He was an individual who lost his mother, even before he saw the light of day. And then he loses his mother. He goes under the care of his grandfather, and then loses his grandfather, loses his uncle,
his son, his own son, dies in his own.
And then he loses his wife.
He was an individual who was chased from his motherland, by his own people. It was an individual who visited another land, and they stoned and pelted him.
In spite of all of these hardships, in spite of all of these difficulties, and in spite of the fact that he was brought up as a shepherd, he managed a thriving business. And he succeeded in raising a society from ashes to become the greatest human being, ever. And for them to become such an inspiration that they impacted millions. He was the greatest optimist, the greatest legend, the greatest inspiration to have ever walked on the face of this earth. And I'm sure most of you are aware of what I'm talking about. Mohammed said a long while.
following in his footsteps, and understanding that inspiration is the missing link. My organization and I last weekend, we organized a conference in Malaysia,
a conference where almost 100
The theme of the conference was inspired in 2015 inspired credit if you can find it online. The videos are not they will be in front of the whole thing, but a few snippets here and there.
Because we firmly believe that inspiration is the missing link between seeking knowledge and realizing it. Should every Muslim be inspired to take a stand and mobilize their knowledge I'm sure that this would change and transform the whole oma and only the oma even
The perception of Muslims and Islam at large. So the objective behind us having this particular conference that we hope to have more in the future
is to plant the seeds of knowledge for the transformation of believers to become like Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. I spoke on two topics last weekend, one was aspire to inspire. And the other was the diary of an optimist. The optimist was Mohammed said a long while ago. So inshallah tada The topic for today's book is aspire to inspire before you expire, aspire to inspire before you expand, and try to bring in a few points that I touched on last weekend.
very respected elders and brothers and when you analyze the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. You know, you cannot help but come to a conclusion that he was such an optimist, such a positive individuals, that even though Allah subhanho wa Taala put him through so many fires, remember, he was the greatest of creation, the most beloved of all nations, Allah subhanho wa Taala. We look at the amount of fires today, because we do counseling we hear certain individuals, certain youngsters, married couples that time they say, you know what life is so unfair. I don't understand why God is putting me through all of this. We advise them to try to compare the challenge and the
fire that you are going through with the trials of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. And even if you don't have time to go through the lives of all the prophets, compare yourself to Mohammed Salah Mala. You mentioned these trials because his father, his mother, his wife, his son, his grandfather, his uncle, his people chased him out. He goes to Thor, they felt him and they stone him.
Any one of us say, Oh, I went through all those trials.
I lost my mother. I lost my father. I lost my wife. I lost my child. Yes, perhaps maybe. But then look at the amount of trials we
went through even after that.
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Amanda masala goes off his wife and son in a deserted land today known as much. And then afterwards, he was commanded by Allah subhanho wa Taala to slaughter incentivize his one and only Son, the son that he was blessed to have us behind him was after such a long period of time, but it involves a DD waiver. The question was, how unfair? I've been blessed with a son after such a long period of time. And now you want me to sacrifice and slaughter my son? Did he question the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala? No, he immediately complied. And that's what made them the most successful of all individuals in this life as well as the hereafter.
So we, as believers, we need to trust the mass of Hannah Montana. And we need to follow the sooner Mohammed said a long while ago, it was selling in terms of adopting that optimistic outlook that he had.
So very seriously, I used to touch on three important steps.
You know, if you don't take anything back home from me, after the drama, at least take these three steps that will help you to cultivate positivity in your life. Because sadly, today, we live in a world where negativity around wherever you look,
you feel the negative vibe affecting you. You sit down to have a conversation perhaps with somebody, they start talking bad about others, gossiping about others, judging, criticizing, these are all forms of negativity. So we need to, you know, try our best to bring in positivity to secure positivity, to adopt an optimistic outlook so that we surround ourselves with an aura of positivity that will also inspire others. That's the whole point aspire to inspire people you inspire. I mean, it's amazing to be inspired. But to inspire others incredible University feedback we got after the conference. So many people were taken aback come to me that they were inspired. We had an amazing
lineup of speakers who flew in from all around the world. They spoke on different topics, like the diary of an optimist, shoot for the moon, aim high, different topics, Mashallah so many people were inspired, that's a stepping stone for them to start seeking knowledge, obviously, I mean, within two days, we can impart all of the knowledge that was a stepping stone for them to be inspired to go start seeking knowledge to implement that knowledge to inspire others to call other people, others towards Islam towards Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that's the whole point. So basically, the three steps number one,
I hope you're all this means.
Number one, adopt an optimistic outlook to all walks of your life.
Whenever you analyze a situation, whenever you analyze,
matter, you will come to a conclusion that there is a positive side to it as well as the negative side. Sometimes the biggest mistake that you and I become, is that reasoning, that the negative person
perception of a matter of reality is the only way. We think that that's the only reality that exists. But now, let's go back to the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was chased by his own people, he started to consider options aside for just a random decision, you know, let's all pack our bags and go to mind. No, it was a strategic decision. He was a genius of an optimism Mohammed for a long while.
You know, so it was a strategic decision to go meet the people have convinced them, give them the message of Islam, and then, you know, set up base over there. So Mohammed said a long while you tell him he goes to die and you all know I just mentioned, they did not receive him warmly. They did not receive him in a very positive manner. Instead, they chased him out, they stoned him they personally and after Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he did not waver, he did not give up hope. He did not falter. In his mission, he started to consider Medina. Now for the pessimists. You might think, you know, Medina, Medina is like so far away from Mecca. How on earth are we going to even think of
conquering Messiah from Medina, but then we all know how the story ended, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he succeeded.com because we had an optimistic outlook.
In Islam, life is all about perception. Life is all about perception and how we look at things. Let me give you two light hearted examples.
Number one, say for example, Allah forbid Allah Subhana, Allah protect us, may Allah protect our vehicles as well. So if we were to go outside the message now and our vehicles are parked outside, we don't get it. But in certain countries, it rains a lot. So I say if it were to rain hail, and it
just an example, in all of our, which means
you don't have to answer me because it's the Juma alpha. But what do you think it's a bad thing, right? We will all feel so bad, so negative, we will go out and say, Oh, my Finsbury shattered, so we will all feel negative, because obviously, it's a bad thing. But what do you think about the person who says
it's a moving day for him, he'll be over the moon, I can make so much of sales today. So like a lot about perception. You know, the famous example that psychologists use to talk about positivity to talk about optimism is what the half glass, for example, take a glass half full of liquid. And they will say that an optimistic outlook towards it is to describe the glass as being half full, to describe it as being half full. Because a negative individual, a pessimist would describe that very same cup as being half empty, you see the difference, the positive individual would describe it as being half full. The negative individual who looks at things in a negative way, would say that it is
half empty. But then I just said the life is all about perception. So the optimistic individual, the optimist would describe it as being half full. Listen to me carefully. The pessimist would describe it as being half empty.
The feminists would say that all caps are equal. The realist would say that the cup is half drunk.
The engineer will say that the cup is not big enough. The narcissist is the one who is obsessed with incense and how we look at the cup and stop looking at his reflection in the cup and taking another look at the cup. Last, and you know what the psychologists will do, he will look at the cup and say, I wonder how the cup is about the water. Or I wonder how the water feels about the cup. So light is all about perception and how we look at things. Life is all about any angle, any situation, any problem in your life, you can always look at it from a positive angle. And that was the tsunami habits of a man while
he was an individual with positivity and he has an aura of positivity around him so much to the extent that he affected everybody around him in a good way. He showed everybody around him with positivity. This was Mohammed Sonoma, why they do that?
You see, sometimes life throws us challenges. And as the famous saying, going goes, when life gives you lemons make lemonade. So life throws new challenges. It puts you through the windmill, but then you have to become an individual. Whenever you fall, you get stronger, you get stronger, talking about failure. You know, the famous American inventor, Thomas Edison, he said that, you know what, I have found him 1000 ways that will not work. He failed, he may have failed 10,000 times. But he looked at it through the lens of positivity and he said I found 1000 ways that do not work. So that's what we go through problems we go through at the very beginning to survive for a long while
you had only a few followers. today. When you look at Islam and you look at the wreckage of Mohamed Salah Ali. He has impacted over a billion individuals
You got to have a Facebook account, you don't have a Twitter account, you don't have an Instagram account. But he impacted over a billion individual individuals and engineering to impact so many people.
That was the optimistic outlook for a long while and ready to sell them. And that was the success of his mission.
So number one, try to look at every single thing from a positive angle. Remember, it's not easy. And at times if your life and if your self is filled with so much of negativity, it'll take some time to train yourself, it will take time to train your mind to talk to stop looking at things from a positive angle. attend some of us, we find it difficult to look at the good in others, we only focus on that which is negative, we only focus on their mistakes. So this is not something that Islam, you know, promotes. Instead, we're supposed to look at the good in others. And at times when we see someone committing a mistake, a number of them our ninja ninja is supposed to do it then and they're
supposed to enjoin good and forbid evil. So we're not supposed to go back home and start gossiping about that individual thinking bad about that individual that's supposed to make excuses for them, we're supposed to give them another chance. It's all about positivity,
negativity, and like I said, we live in a world with so much of negative vibes around us. That devil sees the opportunity to jump into our mind and start whispering, may
we take a loss behind Amazon as protection from the evil whispers. He comes in and starts whispering the pulse of habit. You look at the individual, you know, look at his mistakes, look at his faults. And the minute we start looking at that individual, through that lens of negativity, start focusing on that individuals mistake. When we start talking bad about the individual, we become negative individuals and we start to fill ourselves with negativity, hatred, anger, jealousy, all these things. The minute you train yourself, to look at the good in others, to think good of others, to wish good for others, you become such a beautiful human being nervous for HANA for data, help us
secure those beautiful policies. I mean,
it is today you know, wherever you look, whatever field it may be, there is this professional jealousy is jealousy, where people start to look down upon one another, they start to look at the falls of one another. They won't they don't you know they can't bear the costs of someone else rising up the ladder. This is not from the teachings of Islam nor the teachings of the most beautiful of human beings have ever walked on the face of this earth Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa
striped Medea brothers, to bring in positivity into your life by looking at everything through the lens of positivity number one. Step number two,
Tip number two, render gratitude. Make it a habit to record gratitude on a daily basis. If you become such an individual, you will start to focus on the little thing, as well as the big things around you that you are enjoying in terms of the blessings of Allah.
The minute you start to record gratitude on a daily basis, you start to realize so many things that you take for granted. The fact that we have clean water to drink.
There are so many human beings around the globe, who don't have clean water to drink. They have to walk miles to find clean water to drink. The fact that we have a roof over our head, the fact that we have food on our table, the fact that we have loving families waiting for us back at home. There's so much of love so much of loyalty, looking forward to welcoming and the fact of the matter was Allah has blessed us with good health. Our faculties are intact. You can go
you know the famous Persian proverb,
I was crying. I was crying because I had no shoes. I was trying, because I had no shoes until I walked down the street and met the man without feet.
I was crying because I had no shoes until I walked further down the street and met the man who had no teeth. At times we think oh I haven't gotten good shoes so I don't have you know designer branded shoes. I want a pair of Milan or shoes perhaps or the shoes that shoes. Whatever the brands that you have today. Well I'm good if you can afford a hamdulillah but to feel bad to feel depressed if you don't have a pair of good shoes, then there are individuals that are human beings who don't even have feet was tumbling. Yeah, we have so much
more data for the minute we start recording gratitude on a daily basis. We become grateful individuals and we start to enjoy that we have without taking them for granted as our maker rightfully stated.
if you're in the classes you most definitely I will give you
Many photos, the minute you start rendering gratitude, Allah Subhana Allah is going to give you more love.
And then Allah goes on to say, what are they interested in?
On the other hand, if you reject me if you reject my science, if you reject my bounces in other big cities indeed my punishment is Debian Allah subhana wa tada See what I mean? By the
submissions the papers of your Lord, can you deny none of this
matters long enough. So, if you want to try in any way, if you want to try and list the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala. In Islam, we would fail miserably to encompass all of the blessings of Allah.
If we were to spend our whole life instead it has not been prescribed. But if we were to spend our whole life in such as an act of gratitude, render unto Allah subhanho wa Taala even that would not survive for the amount of blessings that we enjoy from Allah.
So step number two, make it a habit to render gratitude on to us
on a daily basis. Step number one, try and look at everything from a positive angle. Step number two, render gratitude unto Allah subhanho wa Taala. In terms of rendering gratitude, this concept is known as sugar. There are many forms and ways of rendering gratitude or to a loss of a financial status, primarily adopting,
adopting the fear and the consciousness of a loss. Rosanna, let me give you a small example.
Say you've got a really good employer, your wife working on them, a really good boss, who gives you everything you know, whatever you wish.
And you you go to him on a daily basis, and you Thank you, thank you very much. Thank you very much. You thank him every single day, but behind his back, you disobey and you're disloyal to him. Would you do you think this is in any way an act of gratitude? Like one says, No point is 100 Allah Allah, Allah, glorifying Allah subhanho wa Taala praising Allah subhana wa sallam was after that we go and this obey Allah Subhana who was at this obey the company, you know, we
we do not
adhere to the commandment of Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is not true. And that's why we say that the best way of rendering gratitude is
to see a lot more data and to be conscious of him because why he will often obviously adhere to the commandments of Allah subhanho wa Taala and stay away from that which he has prohibited. So the best way of rendering gratitude is to adopt Secondly is to do whatever you're doing for the sake of us. We can do the math to become a financial advisor. Do you remember to stay away from food and drink every day in Rwanda?
We go on hikes we give give out.
Why did you all take time out from your lunch break and come up with a demand to be known as a righteous individual.
To be known as a philanthropist when you give out charity, we're doing everything for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So we must be extremely careful that we do not contaminate our intentions in any way is the primary objective has to always be the pleasure of Allah.
Even gender comes after the pleasure of Allah.
Because the minute you say you're the pleasure of Allah subhana wa tada
or the slave of Allah, you set your success in this world as well as the year after Hannah Montana opened the doors of dinner for all me.
So step number one, look at everything from a positive angle. Step number two, render gratitude. So like I said, you have a class, and then you have the usual ways of rendering gratitude on robots. Are
they making excessive tech Be it by saying excessive?
excessive Subhana Allah saying excessive Alhamdulillah excessive La ilaha illallah wa, what's the most recent?
One wide application for this? There are so many
that have been talked about by advice or alarm, I can remember in terms of in terms of whatever we render unto Allah Subhana Medina, it was follow the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa.
There's no point in going against the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam in an in an attempt to render gratitude or render an act of worship unto us. Say for example, After this,
if you all been so inspired, and you were to come up to me and say, You know what? to do my gender your attack today we feel really motivated and we want to pray six Raka Juma Can you please conducted for us? There's no point I wouldn't do it in the first place. But even if you were to do it, it's not going to be accepted.
You know, try to be accepted by Allah subhanho wa Taala why
follow the teachings of Muhammad.
So whatever we do in terms of in terms of rendering gratitude, most of the data has to be in line in accordance to the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad. sallallahu is
the final step.
And cultivation a positive lives in a positive environment and cultivate a positive environment, you can start off by number one, ditching the crap. Let me explain, say, for example, if you want to take a bucket.
And if we were to put one crab inside the bucket, the crab would easily make it very happy. If you were to put one crab inside the bucket, the crab would easily fall out very easily. On the other hand, if you were to put in two crabs inside of each time a crab tries to climb out, the other crab would extend his floor and pull that trapped at him. Each time one crab tries to climb out, the other crab extends this law and pulls it back in. So likewise, at times, we may be positive individuals, we may have high aspirations, but then there we are, we are surrounded by negative people who don't let us go. So for such individuals, it's best to distance yourself, yourself or
yourself from negative individuals, if they affect your growth. today are individuals who discourage you who don't let you grow, who don't let you think in a positive manner. Remember, your company defines who you are, it is of utmost importance that we choose our friends wisely. Because at times, our friends, they're the biggest influence on us, they affect us, they affect the way we think. So we need to choose our friends wisely, friends who talk about good things, who have good productive messages to share with us. And this you know, you know, it affects almost not just friends, everything you do in your life, we need to declutter our lives. This is of utmost importance. Today,
our lives our closet, our spaces, our classes, our news feeds on Facebook and Twitter attracted because we go on a liking stream. Just because you know, Facebook suggests pages, we start liking so many pages and today you have a page for everybody listening. If somebody wants to start up something that they go open up a page you like represent, Facebook is now confused as what to cram into your newsfeed because you have like so many things that you're not even interested in our time. We need to declutter our lives. You know, today, I'm sure the designers in the house will relate to what I'm saying today, the minimalistic look if
everybody is going to the minimalistic look, in terms of wedding cars, in terms of whatever in terms of interior design, in terms of operating systems on your mobile phone, everybody is going for the minimalistic look in terms of living your life, etc. Those days, we have the board, you know, vintage design. But now it's minimalism. Everybody is paying for the clean, simple look, today is all about simplifying. So we need to declutter our lives because at times our lives are full of so much clutter, that we find it difficult to focus. Just like you know, I said on the news media, we have so much clutter on it, you find it difficult to focus on the good message and at times, new
images at times there are images of times observed something pops up on your newsfeed and you are committing sin after sin by weaving those things. On the other hand, you can go through a process of decluttering your newsfeed that you dislike the pages hide the things that you don't want to see and only have positive good messages that pop up and you know, inspire inspire you towards goodness this is of utmost importance
to our lives and focus on what we want focus on the things that will benefit you in this world as well as the here today we have so many things around us that you know we are mixed up our priorities we need to get out there and straight at the end of the day, we have a very short span of time that we have. We have been blessed to have the kind of Mozart we need to secure as many good deeds as possible. Because remember, when we all go to general we will all inshallah go to the mailbox data open the doors of Jennifer I mean when we I remember the only size of regret because we're never going to feel sadness never going to feel worried depression nothing but there just be one round of
regret ah the sigh of regret you know one time and that will be
the only size of regret will be Oh, I should have said one more.
I should have said one more.
I should have said one more.
I should have said one La la la la la la la de la serie de la
vida Felicia in the hunger these
three would have been planted in my
parents would have been this for me in my garden. Because Islam, the goddess of gender, the land of gender is fertile, but it is where you have to do the planting
the seeds that you plant here
You will harvest
the land in bear. It is very fertile. It's not a barren land. It is fertile, very fertile, but you have to do the planting. So don't waste the valuable time that you have with you. Don't waste the valuable Chandra lost the Hannah Montana has blessed you with us every single second that you have to please allow us to sign up for Jada aspire to inspire others, you need to become inspired and then inspire others as well. Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he left behind a legacy that resounds of goodness throughout the annals of time. If we are following his footsteps, we do need to focus on the legacies that we are going to leave behind. We also need to leave a legacy that will be
remembered and legacy that inspires others towards goodness and legacy that resolves of goodness throughout the annals of history and time. We have
made such great individuals. I mean, maybe I surgeons will give all of our things when we accept our bodies, and just allow the university and this beautiful message describing made united in the gardens of gentlemen with our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
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