Life is Like Riding a Bicycle
Channel: Muiz Bukhary
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A Jumuah sermon delivered on the 01st of April, 2016 at the Wellawatte Jumuah Masjid, Colombo 06 in Sri Lanka.
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim
al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa salam O Allah Shafi nambia eva mousseline Nabina Habibi, no karate ru Nina Mohammed Ebony Abdullah
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for the power Allahu tabarka hana fee for analyzes the hours we'll be learning Amina shaytani regime.
we commence by praising Allah subhana wa Tada, who is no doubt our Creator, sustain and nourish, protect and cure, we ask him subhanho wa Taala to Chava his choices to blessings and salutations upon our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi will seldom his family members, his companions and all those who tread upon his path with utmost sincerity until the day of
my dear respected elders and brothers in Islam. First and foremost, I advise myself and then all of you all present here to adopt a knife of taqwa. And that is to fear Allah subhana wa Jalla and to be conscious of him during every single second of our lives, if we wish to attain success in this world as well as the hereafter. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us all from the people of taqwa and many iserver gel makers from the victorious and successful ones I mean,
the topic for today's kotoba is insha Allah Allah, life is like riding a bicycle. Let me repeat it again. Life is like riding a bicycle. And the aspect that I hope to focus on will be inshallah Allah balance and taking a path of moderation.
Our maker subhanho wa Taala. He states in the noble for iron worker, then he can come
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Moto Masada and that's we have made you adjust and balanced nation, Lita kuno Shahada Island, so that you may be a witness over mankind while your coonara su de la comme shahida. And so that the messenger may be a witness over you all. So Allah subhanho wa Taala clearly states in a noble for and that he has made us or created us as a just and balanced nation. Among for Dina Razia Rahim Allah He mentioned in regard to the Tafseer of this particular idea that being balanced Listen to me attentively. This is, you know, profound words by a man for dinner Razia Rama Hola. being balanced in reality is the furthest point between two extremes. In a spectrum you have two extremes and being
balanced is the furthest point between the two extremes is right in the middle. There is no doubt that the two poles of excess and extravagance or destruction May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us all. The two extremes are no doubt destruction as demand for codina raazi Rahim Allah puts it in his Tafseer in regard to the particular ayah that I just read.
We have a hadith that has been recorded in the book of Imam Bukhari and Muslim Rama Rama Rama Rama la
Abdullah rhodiola. One, he reports and the narration goes along the lines of these words, that news went to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wasallam that he observado Johan used to fast consecutively. He used to fast almost every single day and he used to spend the nights in prayer in the sense in the mornings. He
Used to be fasting every single day in a consecutive fashion. And in the nights he used to spend the nights in Sala in prayer news went to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and also realized that a lot while he was seldom the beautiful teacher, the beautiful role model sal Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam, please remember sarwanam I mentioned his beautiful name. He educated Abdullah Viola Juan, by telling him Yeah, Abdullah Abdullah, I hear that you are once again the narration goes along the lines of these words, okay. makalah Allahi wa salam. Abdullah, I hear that you fast consecutively, I hear that you spend the nights in prayer.
Don't do that rather fast, alternate and fast, and also in the sense fast, and then break your fast and then get up for prayer, and then take some sleep as well. Because if you do not do that, your eyes will become tired, your body will become tired and gradually you will fall sick. And then he said a lot while you are usnm went on to pinpoint something extremely important. He went on to say that your eyes have a right over you, your eyes have a heart over you that you need to fulfill in regard to your eyes. Your buddy has a right over you that you need to fulfill. Your wife has a right over you that you need to fulfill. Wow, amazing deep words of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam. And then he went on to teach me how the light would suffice for you too fast, three days a month, three days a month. Why? Because each good deed of yours is multiplied tenfold is multiplied tenfold. So if you fast three days a month, that would equate you fasting the entire month. And if you were to fast three days, every single month throughout the year, you end up reaping the rewards from Allah subhanho wa Taala equivalent to fasting the entire year.
Look at how balanced and beautiful our religion Islam is. And look at the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam amazing teachings, you in a sense, your body has a right over you, your eyes have a right over you in the sense you need to give your eyes some rest. You need to give your body some rest. Your wife has a right over you. You need to spend time with your wife, you need to have intimate moments with your wife, you need to fulfill the sexual pleasures of your wife, your wife has a right over you in the sense of Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed you with a spouse then you have certain rights that you need to fulfill in regard to your spouse in regard to your marital
Our religion is so beautiful and so balanced. That if you were to analyze, analyze Islam with other religions, like say, for example, Christianity and Judaism, now it has been distorted. But now the way they look at Fallout, for example, divorce, Christians actually find it very difficult to avail of a divorce. I mean, it's not very easy. They have to struggle a lot in terms of availing of a divorce. Likewise, in terms of the yahood, the father was of Judaism, Jews, for them if they were to pronounce divorce. I mean, if divorce were to take place between two spouses, then there is no getting back together. There is no getting back together. In a sense, if they were to have second
thoughts after pronouncing the divorce or after the divorce is enacted, there is no way for them to get back together. But on the other hand, when we look at the teachings of Islam, Islam teaches us that divorce is something that Allah subhanho wa Taala has placed for us as a last resort, a good resort. A good analogy in regard to divorce is that it is like a fire escape to a house. In the sense it's not something that we resort to at the very outset of a problem. But instead, like say, for example, in a house, you don't generally take the fire escape to access your house, you would generally access your house through the front door, but say a tragedy, a huge fire something tragic
takes place in the house, then obviously you would resort to the fire escape to get yourself safely out of the house. Likewise, if two spouses were to enter into a marriage, they're supposed to invest as much as possible into that marriage to protect that marriage because at the end of the day, it is a boon it is a blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I've mentioned this in the past as well. every blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala has rights that we need to fulfill every blessing. So Allah subhanho wa Taala has made you aware of the person, you're being blessed with wealth, then it is upon you not to squander that wealth away. It is not upon you to waste that wealth. Why? Because
it is a huge blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala you're supposed to spend that wealth in a wise manner, to secure a good life in this world as well as the hereafter May Allah subhanho wa Taala bless us with the best in this world and the hereafter. I mean, so divorce is not entirely a bad thing. Some people look at divorce as something taboo. We're not supposed to talk about divorce. We're not supposed to resort to divorce. You know, if two spouses are fighting like cats and dogs, it doesn't matter. They have to live for the children. They have to live for the world. They're not supposed to resort to divorce. That's not what Islam teaches. Islam teaches us to take a path of
moderation Islam teaches us
To be balanced and just if two spouses are not compatible for one another, if two spouses are not compatible for one another, they're striving they're struggling because we of course, as counselors, we generally advise people to strive to invest as much as possible into their marriage and not to resort to divorce immediately. But say they have strove really hard, the invested as much as possible into their marital relationship, but they're still finding it very difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, or they're finding it very difficult. The two spouses are finding it difficult to agree on certain things that Islam has placed divorce as a resort for them to part ways
and go their own ways and live their lives. This is Islam a balanced and beautiful religion. Moving on, I would like to mention a beautiful quote by
Imam Wahab, even Manabe Rahim Allah, he mentioned, listen to me attentively, that Verily, everything has two ends, everything has two poles, or either every matter has two ends. And every matter has two poles. And a middle, you have two poles two extremes and a middle. And he says, If you hold on to one of the ends, if you hold on to one of the poles, the other will be skewed in the sense if you hold on to one pole in the sense, like say, for example, take it like a plank, if you were to move to one extreme, the other side of the plank would come up. So what he's saying is that you're not supposed to hold on to either one of the two extremes. He says if you hold the middle, instead, the
two ends will be balanced in the sense if you stand right in the middle of a plank, then the two ends will be balanced. And then he goes on to cap the court off by saying you must seek the middle ground in all matters and all things may Allah subhanho wa Taala open the doors of understanding for all of us, I mean, so many respected elders and brothers in Islam, this principle of moderation This is a beautiful and extremely important principle. This principle of balance this principle of moderation should be pervasive in our daily thinking in our you know, in all of our thinking in our thought processes. We must give priority to this principle of moderation this principle of balance,
and it must be at the forefront of our reasoning in daily life. In regard to religious matters as well as worldly matters. We should be moderate when it comes to balancing the duties of being of the religion, as well as duties of the worldly life don't go to any one of the two extremes.
Allah subhanho wa Taala states in the novel for
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Eliza region he states seek the home of the hereafter. Wabi Sabi faema at bajo de la hora seek the home of the hereafter by that which Allah subhanho wa Taala has given you and then I will make Azerbaijan states while attends and I'll see you back Amina dunia. But do not forget your share of this world. You get the balance, seek your home of the hereafter be that which Allah subhanho wa Taala has given you if Alliance has given you Well, like I said earlier, secure a good life in this world as well as the hereafter you need to secure your home in the hereafter because that's where you're going to live forever and ever. We're going to live there for infinity forever and ever. So
that's where our priorities need to be. We don't we shouldn't ever get our priorities mixed up. And then Allah subhanho wa Taala goes on to mention what happens in a sea becoming adonia. At the same time, do not forget your share of this worldly life. Do not forget your share of this worldly life. And this is what was one he said a long while ago and he was setting up a not for profit, as highlighted in many a place. We have a narration that has been recorded in the book of Mr. Muslim rahima Hola, hombre de Yvonne, he states that and the narration goes along the lines of these words, the whenever we we used to be with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, we used to be reminded of
Paradise, we used to be reminded of
Johanna, we used to be reminded of all these things of the admin of the admonishments of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam with the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam because you need to clearly understand many brothers in Islam, that the Sahaba one litre hydride image Marine, they love the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam immensely immensely humbler the last one he loved the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam so much, and that's why this concern arose, and that's why he went to the prophets of the Ramayana. He rarely was seldom with this concern of his history. It's the law when we are with you, we are reminded of Paradise, we are reminded of jahannam we are
reminded of the torments of Johanna Johanna. We are reminded of the bliss and pleasures of Jenna we are reminded
of your admonishments of your teachings. But the minute we go home, and the minute we become busy with our children, the minute we become busy with our wives, our families, our businesses, our trade, we tend to let all of these things slip away from us why Yasser Allah, like I said, they love the prophets of Allah while evaluating them so much. Some of the Sahaba many brothers in Islam attempts they will be seated at home, they will remember the prophets of Allah while he when he was in them, they would run just to see the prophets of Allah, Allah Allah said, not to do anything else just to
get a glimpse of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam even Omar rhodiola, one famous Companion of the Prophet Allah, Allah said, I'm the son of Mr. Alfaro for the Ummah one. After the demise of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he would get on top of his mount on his horse, and he would ride around Medina and you know what he would say, oh, let the hooves of my animal touch the hooves of the the animal of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. This was the love that he
had for the prophets of Allah Almighty very seldom, once he was traveling with a companion of his even more of the Allahu Allah, in the middle of nowhere. They were they were passing by a particular location, a location where there weren't any trees, nothing, a deserted location. Suddenly even more of a long one. He bends down in the sense he was riding his mount. He bends as it was as if he was ducking from something. his companion asked him you know, I saw you suddenly duck but there wasn't anything for you to duck. Why did you duck. He then went on to tell him once I was traveling with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and at that time, there was this old tree and there was an
overhanging dry branch that sort of lies that along while he was at this particular juncture. he ducked to avoid the branch and now I am ducking to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa It was an amazing look at how observant he was a young companion. He observed the fact that the prophets that along with everybody, Islam ducked at that point, and he was ducking to follow in the footsteps of His Beloved Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. There's another incident I keep recalling this. This was during the Battle of better and as you all know, the Battle of better was a decisive victory for the Muslims. But initially, it was actually a very crucial
stage because as you all know, the numbers were not in the favor of the Muslim on the Muslim moon, but just 300 odd in number. While the pagans of Mecca they numbered almost 1000. And they were armed to the teeth, they had weaponry, they had horses, they had steeds they had cameras, while the Muslim moon they didn't have much, and they were few in number.
Nonetheless, it was the point where the two armies were about to face in battle, and also realize that a lot while he was straightening the rows as this was the practice of the prophets of Allah while he said he taught the companions discipline, he was the best leader the best role model. So he was straightening the rows and at this crucial juncture, there was so happy a companion by the name so why even have a zero Viola one, he observes the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam making his way straightening the rose. So while the beneficiary of the Allah one immediately planned something, and as Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was making his way to where Sahaba the Allahu anhu was
standing. So while there'll be a long one intentionally
stood in such a way that his chest was protruding and he was not in alignment with the road.
supervisor Allahu Allah usnm who had very keen, sharp eyesight, he observed some of the law one and he made his way to serve other the alumni and the profits of the long run a very sudden had a stick with him at that time, he likely tapped so what are the long one who on his chest and his upper body, chest and abdomen? And he said, Yes, our stone stone straighten your rows, straighten your rows stand in alignment with the others. My dear brothers in Islam, no sooner the stick touch the body of service. There'll be a long one, he cried out, Yasser Allah, you have hurt me, and I want to take retaliation now.
The Sahaba read one letter, Allah, Allah Jemaine who were around at that time, they were surprised they were baffled. They were wondering what's wrong with what what is he doing? And what is he saying retaliation from the prophets of Allah while he was wrong? Has he lost his mind?
He said Allah while he was calm, he did not lose his cool, because after all, he was just he was fair, he was balanced. He was an individual who took the path of moderation. And he was someone who practiced what he preached. He looked at the law, one woman said, Yes, well, if that's what you want, here you are, and he gives the stick to him and says, Go ahead, go ahead and take your retaliation. So whether the law one commonly looks at the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and says, yasunaga As you can see, I am bear bodied because at that time, he was bare body, he did not have any clothing, in terms of his upper body. But the Prophet sallallahu Sallam had done an AMA at
that time. So he said, You
Sort of law if it is to be fair, if the retaliation and retribution is to be fair, then you need to shed your upper garment in the sense you need to remove your armor so that the retribution and the retaliation can be fair. The Sahaba in one litre Allah an image of mine, they were enraged. Just think of the situation put yourselves in the shoes of the Sahaba they were upset they didn't know what was going on what's wrong with so what why is he saying all of this and that to at such a crucial juncture, we are outnumbered we are about to go into battle. And what is our talking about? That Allah Why didn't you send them very calmly should the armor that he was wearing and said go
ahead? Yes. Go ahead. Yes or no sooner? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam shed his armor with the brothers in Islam. So what are the alumni who led the stick forward? And he ran to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he hugged Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he started to kiss the chest and the stomach of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he said, Yasser Allah, this is what I wanted. Yasser Allah, this is what I wanted. That's what he said a long while you it was in him was observing all of this he asked DSLR so what why did you do this? Why did you do this? And then so what are the other one who said Yasuda? I observed that this is a crucial
juncture. We're about to go into battle. And as you know, and we all know our numbers, we are outnumbered in a sense we are very few in number. And I don't know whether I will come back from this battle alive. And I wanted my lips to touch your skin the last in the semi in the sense your skin. I wanted your skin to be the last thing that I ever touched. Look at the love that the Sahaba had one night I had a match mine had for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam so my two brothers in Islam coming back to the Hadith handler, viola 100. The law the law once said that said this to the proper salesianum era law why why do I feel that when I go back to my family, when I go back to
my children, when I go back to my business, my trade, these things start to slip away from my mind in the sense the description of Jenna the description of jahannam the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala You know, my mind tends to focus on other things. You know what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, he said, Yeah, humbler by the hand, by the one in whose hand is my soul, listen to me attentively by the one in whose hand is my soul.
If you were to remain in the same mindset, as you generally are, when you are with me, if you were to remain in that same mindset throughout the day, in the sense, if you were to always be reminded about Jenna, if you were to always be reminded about Johanna, and if you were to be in that mindset throughout the day, the angels would descend and the angels would shake hands with you whilst you walk down the streets and they will also come and greet you whilst you sleep. If you were to remain in that mindset throughout the day, the angels would greet you, they would shake hands with you as you walk down the streets, they will shake hands with you whilst you sleep. Whether Kenya, Kenya
humbler satin, satin was sad, but instead you're hungry. There is a time for that and there is a time for this. There is a time for that there is a time for this. Look at the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam balanced and beautiful moderate teachings. So my dear respected elders and brothers in Islam, it is let us be steadfast on the path of moderation. It has to be balanced in terms of how we look at things, how we, you know, carry ourselves, let us leave the extremes and let us secure that middle ground that the scholars that I just mentioned, we're highlighting his take on that middle ground does make sure that we don't go to the extremes because
like a man for praveena Razia Rahim Allah mentioned, the two extremes lead to nothing but destruction. May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us or let us be balanced and it has focused it has fixate our focus towards the last hoorah at the same time Don't forget about your share of this world. We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless us with a very good life in this world and a very good life in the hereafter. The very best in this world as well as the hereafter May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us of our sins, when he accept our good deeds and just as how the United States in this beautiful mistreatment Unitas in the gardens of Ghana with our beloved prophet muhammad
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I mean we're further away and in hamdulillah I mean