Channel: Muiz Bukhary
A Jumuah sermon delivered on the 27th of November, 2015 at the Jawatte Jumuah Masjid, Torrington Avenue, Colombo 07 in Sri Lanka.
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Bismillah Ar Rahman AR Rahim
al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen
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We commence by praising, extolling and glorifying the supreme King of all kings, Allah subhanho wa Taala to whom all Dominion all power and all mine belongs.
We bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship, other than Allah azza wa jal, and then Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam is a slave and messenger. We asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to show him his choices, the blessings and salutations upon our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam, 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 life of taqwa. And that is to fear Allah azza wa jal, 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 mainly make us from the victorious and successful ones I mean,
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rush to success rush to Sala Island, Fela is Allah rush to success, rush to Santa Maria respected elders and brothers in Islam.
Salah is the greatest of all Riba that it is the greatest of all good deeds that we render unto Allah subhanho wa Taala the greatest the pinnacle of all good deeds that we render unto Allah azza wa jal, Salah is so important.
And Salah is obviously one of the pillars of Islam, one of the pillars of Islam, and it is the most important pillar after an individual testifies that there is no deity worthy of worship other than law, and that Mohammed Salah whiling rarely was sent him as a slave and messenger after the Shahada time. The next most important pillar that comes into play is a Salah. According to the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam bruneian Islam Allah hubz Islam has been founded upon five pillars and from them a Salah is one of them, of Sora
it is the divine link between a slave and between allies origin it is the divine link that establishes herbal Delia that establishes our servitude unto Allah subhanho wa Taala. It establishes that we are slaves unto Allah azza wa jal from the hichem from the wisdoms behind the legislation of Allah, behind the legislations of Allah, the wisdoms. One of them is the fact that a Salah establishes our true identity, and what is our true identity. our true identity is that we are all slaves of a loss of the kind of words that highlight each time you stand in front of allies virgilian sada, you are establishing this identity that you're Allah, I am your slave, each time you
go down in sajida and each time you place the highest point of your body on the ground. As you place your head on the ground. As you place your nose on the ground, you are establishing this identity that you are a slave of Allah subhanho wa Taala in regard to the virtue of Salah in regard to the greatness of surah we have a number of a hadith that have been recorded
by the scholars of Hadith and the sort of lines that allow while a liver cell
There's one particular narration. I would like to start off with that narration. It has been recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim Rahim Allah, Abdullah ibn Mr. Ravi Allahumma.
He states that the narration goes along the lines of these words,
that it was asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam as to which of the good deeds are the best of them, which have
the sense of good deeds are the best, which of the good deeds that are rendered unto Allah subhanho wa Taala are the best of God in the sense the best. And you know what is wrong while he was sent himself a Sala the best of deeds is a sada. And then it was asked from the prophets that along while you Eddie was lm, then what sort of love after Salah what is the greatest of deeds? He said Allah while you it was sentimental to state bill rule while eating, being good to the parents, treating your parents with goodness with goodness good treatment and to one's parents that comes second. And then it was asked from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam what comes next year Sorolla. And
he went on to say, LG, LG has Wi Fi sebelah striving and fighting for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now look at this hadith when you analyze this hadith you come to a very swift conclusion and what is that? That Salah is the greatest of deeds, Salah is the greatest of deeds. It has been given preference over the rule while eating even over being good towards your parents, and even over jihad, striving and fighting for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So from this we understand that Salah is, is the greatest of deeds. It is from the era that render unto Allah subhanho wa Taala and it is the greatest of deeds. We have another hobby that has been recorded by Mr. Bern, Rahim
Allah. He states that once a man came to realize that a long while ago he was selling them and he asked him, Allah what is the best of deeds? Can you please tell me as to what is the best of deeds? The narration goes along the lines of these words have come up all
along while he was alive he educated that man and he said a Salah Salah is the greatest of deeds. Then the man asked
after Salah what is the greatest of deeds, the sort of lies that alone while he was lm repeated his response once again Uppsala, the man asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a third time yasumasa
after Salah what is the DRC de la the supervisor Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam he studied for for the third time of Salah thrice in one narration of sola, sola, sola, what do you understand from this, the supervisor
is emphasizing in regard to the importance of Salah the Salah is the greatest of all deeds.
But sadly, how many of us today, we tend to neglect our solo ads, we tend to neglect our sarwat let alone the optional prayers, let alone the sooner let alone the sooner prayers, the farther prayers, the five for prayers that have been prescribed upon us believers as America states in the number four and in
the indie prayer has been prescribed upon the believers as appointed times, these five daily prayers that we are supposed to render unto Allah subhanho wa Taala how many of us tend to neglect this Allah, how many of us remain oblivious until the time of that particular Salah passes away, and then we remember the Salah, and then there are those who offer it after the time has passed away. And then there are also those May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah save them and protect them. They tend to forget about it completely. They don't even bother about their Salawat they don't tend to think about their Salawat a believers day
revolves around the five Salawat a believers day revolves around the five salaat once you're done with your planning in regard to salata Bahar, where am I going to offer my Salah for Bahar perhaps I'm traveling, perhaps and passing by a particular message, let me offer my solid toolbar at that particular message. Or say maybe I'm in a particular location, maybe I'm traveling maybe I can't make it to the masjid let them let me make my Salah on time. It is upon us believer, it is upon us men that we make it to the masjid for Salah that we make our Salah with the congregation with the Imam obviously.
But we should never ever let the Sala slip by where we don't remember our maker so the final words
Ira many respected elders and brothers in Islam
How can the one who is going through difficulty who is going through hardship in his life, expect to find ease except to find comfort without turning to Allah subhanho wa Taala all the one who is going through hardship, turn to Allah subhana wa tada Oh the one who is going through perhaps problems in his marital life in his or her marital life, turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala or the one who is going through financial hardship turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala are the one who was perhaps not gotten a job as yet. He's looking hunting for a job, going for interview after interview company after company turned to Allah subhanho wa Taala because obviously success, ease comfort with three in this
life as well as the afterlife is in Salah. But if you turn away from a loss of the height and move into Allah, how can you expect to be successful? How can you expect to be victorious?
omega he states in the Noble Quran,
in Surah, Taha
And as for the one who turns away from my remembrance, woman arada and victory as for the one who turns away from my remembrance for England and whom it should have been, for him is a life full of hardship, full of constraints, full of difficulty, full of trials and challenges. In another place alliances divergent states will actually mean solid, solid,
solid, solid victory established Sala in my remembrance or to remember me. So from this we understand that from the forms of remembering of Isaiah, Virgil is to turn to Him in sada and Salah is the greatest of deeds, how can we expect to win the love of Allah Subhana horchata without turning to him in Salah. We remain oblivious of him, we tend to forget him. And then when we go through difficulty, we expect that Allah subhanho wa Taala should remember us
How can they be?
We have to turn to Allah as a region. And my dear respected elders and brothers in Islam, our beloved maker, he loves us so much. He loves us so much.
At times, we think that you know when I'm in Salah it's like a one way street. I don't feel anything. I don't feel that spiritual aura around me. I don't feel my levels of Eman, rising. Because my dear brother, you need to look into your Salah. At times our Salawat we do pray, but it's just that our limbs are functioning while our hearts are elsewhere. Remember, when you fall down in sajida if your heart falls down in sajida with you, then you are enjoying the course of a loss of the hand and horns and you are so close to allies the virgin law that we need to live our Salawat we need to put our own into it. We don't come to the masjid We Don't Die that aqui Allahu Akbar was our
hearts are roaming outside. While our minds are thinking of other things. Now we have to focus we have to think about what we are reading. Look at the famous Hadith famous Hadith in regard to suitable Fatiha. Surah Fatiha is the greatest of all sutras in the Noble Quran. Surah Fatiha
it's a famous Hadith codici
Allah is the regional he states and these are the words of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam I'm sorry the words of Allah azza wa jal reported to us by the slicer Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah azza wa jal He states that for some to salata benei webinar, I believe his fame for some to salata Bane Abbe de Bailey will be in Aberdeen in Spain. The narration goes along the lines of these words, listen to me attentively please, a beautiful narration a beautiful narration. I want you all to reflect on this narration and think about it when we are offering our Salah in sha Allah, Allah Kumar,
person to sarasa benei verbena, IB in his fame. I have divided the Sala
and scholars who write the Shu heart of the Hadith they say that a Salah here is so called Fatiha because a Salah is another name for Sudoku. Sudoku Fatiha has a number of names such as a Rukia, a Shiva several muthoni mamallapuram Omar keytab. And then a Sala is also one of its names to local Fatiha the greatest of surahs in the Noble Quran, the greatest of sutras imaginable.
Hi Abraham Allah, He has written extensively
and especially in this regard, he has a book known as titled as modality of psyche and vaynerman. As an era Buddha can assign three volumes, three volumes depending on the publication three volumes. But the point here is those three volumes are based on one idea from this magnificent solar one is
Like a diver dives into the ocean, he dives in and he comes out with the gems. He comes out with pearls like a gardener who goes into a beautifully landscaped garden and comes out with beautiful flowers imaginable. Abraham mahalo. He goes into sort of In fact, he goes specifically into this particular idea and he comes out with pearl after Pearl. He comes out with the rose after rose just amazing.
Anyway, coming back to the Hades codici Listen to me carefully. This is your maker, stating, and your beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam reporting the narration wama anticolonial. However, he does not speak out of his own desires in who are in law what you have, what he speaks is divine revelation some of us can have more time for some to solid sabini. verbena, Aberdeen is fame, I have divided the Salah between myself and my slave into two halves of sola historical Fatiha.
When my slave reads Alhamdulillah here have been
me when you my dear brother, when you might be assisted when you read Alhamdulillah Allah mean
your maker subhana wa Taala he responds, he says How many? How many IBD how many IBD my slave has praised me a lot about
when you read Alhamdulillah here Athena lammi. Allah subhanho wa Taala responds to that recitation of yours to that ayah that you're reading. My slave has praised me, my slave has praised me. And then when you read a rough man, you see, Allah subhanho wa Taala responds that my slave has extolled me as
my slave has extraordinary me. And then when you read
to me, the your maker, he responds, Majid, anybody my slave has glorified me, my slave has glorified me. And then when you read, he,
he you allow me worship Yama, you alone we worship, you are establishing a firm principle of tohave in this ayah you are testifying that you allow me to worship you. We do not worship sticks. We do not worship stones. We do not worship anything other than you your Allah Lama Abu Dhabi Hopton, filled with God in the law, there is no deity worthy of worship other than Allah subhanho wa Taala you are establishing this principle. Each time you read spoken Fatiha, you read it a minimum of 17 times on a daily basis on a daily basis. But a time sadly, we read Surah Fatiha just as how a parrot would at times say things we don't want them. We don't reflect
coming back to the Buddha see when you read Buddha canister in Lhasa mozzarella, the response has been he verbena Abdi, when the masala This is between me and my slave. This is between me and my slave and for my slave is what he asks
for my slave is what he for my slave is what he asks. Allah azzawajal is waiting to give us what we need to take the initiative. We need to turn to Allah Subhana hota hai and then when you read it dinner, Sarah
Lamy and when you have all sorts of fatty housing, I mean, Allah subhanho wa Taala this has been Eva but bobina IBD for the IBD masal this is between me and my slave and my and for my slave is what he asks a lot but it is not a one way street. This communication this divine link that you have with Allah subhanho wa Taala each time you stand up in sada each time you die, that's a career and he
Each time you read Surah Al Fatiha, every single word that you read. Allah azzawajal is responding to you, my dear brother.
It's just that we have to pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala we have to offer the Salawat our body and our heart involved. Like I mentioned earlier times our limbs yes, we do offer, we go to Rico. We go to surgery that we do all of that our limbs are offering it and at times it happens in a very robotic way. But then our hearts are not involved with thinking of other things. Our hearts are outside, our hearts need to be connected as well. Our hearts need to be connected spiritually. The inner dimensions of Salah need to be perfected just as how you need to perfect the outer dimensions just as how it is important for us to learn about the jurisprudence in regard to Salah in regard to
the original Salah in regard to the pillars of Salah in regard to what nullifies your Salah in regard to how you're supposed to tell you it's like beautifully harm. It's supposed to how you how you're supposed to do your job, how you're supposed to go down and says you that yes, obviously because I sort of I said a lot while your annual salary report Perhaps that's why you come out of it won't you suddenly pray like how you've seen me praying. So we are supposed to follow the teachings of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but there are those sadly who give a lot of preference, a lot of priority to that and completely ignore the inner dimensions of Salah, the spiritual
dimensions of Salah
in our Deen we have something known as Hulu and Amazon will buy then you have actions that are related to your heart and actions that are related to your faculties and your limbs.
scheffel Islam even a Tamia Rahim Allah He states that the actions of your heart
are similar to the soul of a of an individual.
When you take an individual that individual he has a body and a soul. Likewise, the deeds of your heart are similar to the soul of the individual. And the deeds of your body are similar to the body of the individual. If the soul leaves the body, what happens? The body falls down it crumbles down and falls dead. Yes or no. it crumbles and falls down dead. The minute the soul leaves the body. Like why is if you do not perfect your armor.
Such as a class sincerity that you're doing it for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala such as your Nia in the mallamma robinia your actions are based upon your intentions, all of our actions. Why did you come to the masjid? Why are you seated here? Why are you going to offer Salatu Juma your intentions need to be pure. your intentions need to be clear it cannot be contaminated in any way.
Perhaps you're giving out charity, why are you giving your charity? Why are you participating in a particular project, your intentions need to be clear.
The concept of Islam needs to be pure and not contaminated in any form or any way only then will that deed be accepted by Allah subhanho wa Taala because Allah is Forgiving, and he only accept that which is that which is pure that which is good. So we have to strive to maintain the purity of our deeds, we have to strive to master our model kulu just as how we are striving to master a model whether it is of utmost importance.
For the minute an individual
gives preference and priority to both these factors, the outer dimensions of Salah as well as the inner dimensions of Salah.
This Salah does amazing things for that individual.
We have a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, where he is reported to have said
Hadith has been recorded in the book of Imam Muslim Rahim Allah Jabari bin Abdullah for the long run.
He makes mention of the narration Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is reported
along the lines of these words, the similitude of the five daily prayers. Listen to the parable. Listen to the metaphor. Amazing example.
The similitude of the five daily prayers is like a river flowing in front of one of your houses. If you had a strong powerful river, or a stream running in front of your house, and if you were to take a dip in it, if you were to take a bath five times a day in that running stream service.
After mentioning the metaphor, he asks a rhetorical question do you think any dirt would remain on the on the body of that individual if the individual were to take a bath five times a day. Some of us we only paid once a week and that is when Friday comes about. Just imagine bathing five times a day. Bathing five times a day. This individual is going to be squeaky clean. You know they say squeaky clean. When you
Rubber plays squeaky clean it makes a squeaky noise. It's so clean. It's so clean, you will feel that oily feeling it's clean. This individual is going to be squeaky clean. after bathing five times a day.
The supervisor allamani value SLM. He mentioned that metaphor. And he said the similitude of that is that of the five daily prayers.
The scholars who write the arrowhead documentary of the Hadees, they state
that obviously you know, you and I, we are sinners, perpetual sinners, we sit on a constant basis on a regular basis. We can't walk out on the streets, we tend to commit sins we tend to disobey Allah subhanho wa Taala. So say if an individual were to sin during the night, and he sets himself ablaze by disobeying Allah subhanho wa Taala when the time for solitude, comes about when he stands in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala and when he offers his Salah in the best way possible, Allah subhana wa Jalla cleanses him of his sins along
how forgiving how merciful is our beloved maker subhana wa Jalla and then after Salah
he ends up sinning again and then the time for salata bar comes about he makes his way this very slave of Allah subhanho wa Taala him he makes his way to the masjid, he performs his ablution and he stands in front of Allah, the Supreme King of all kings, and he offers his Serato Bahar Allah Subhana. Allah Allah forgives him of his sins.
After a philosopher, he tends to commit sins again, because like I said, we are perpetual sinners, and this is why it is of utmost importance that we turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala on a regular basis. toga is not something reserved for the sinners. The Oba is something for the believers to hold on to.
In many, you're placing an order for analyzer which addresses the believers and then tells them to hold on to tilba
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look at who Allah subhanho wa Taala is addressing. Yeah, you will levena amanu Oh, you were brought in eemaan 10 to Allah subhanho wa Taala insincere Toba? Allah did not say oh you're transgressors. Are you criminals are you liars? No. Oh you have brought in Eamonn in another place Allah subhanho wa Taala states were too long in Jimmy.
Jimmy How are you? How
are you believers? Are you the faithful? Are you the ones who brought in EMA? Are you the ones who believe in Allah Subhana masala? Don't we all consider ourselves to be people of Eman? Do we consider ourselves to be from the faithful? Don't we consider ourselves to be from the ones who believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala who believe in his angels who believe in his books, his revelations, who believe in his messengers who believe in the last day who believe in the philosophy behind the six articles of faith. We all believe in it. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala is addressing you to turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala in Toba. And then allies, the western states that I'll come
to flown, so that you become victorious, victorious in this world, as well as the hereafter. So my dear respected
elders and brothers in Islam
think of it each time
the more I've been called out Allahu Akbar on law Long,
Each time you hear the other, what is the
what is the motivation? Say? Hi.
rush to follow. Hey, I hasten to add follow up. And then what does he say?
rush towards success, rush towards success. Mario Brothers success lies in Upsala. If you want to be successful in life, if you want to be successful in your family life, if you want to be successful when it comes to your financial commitments, your business, your trade your job, if you want to be as successful individual in a holistic manner, then turn to Allah subhana wa Jalla. You cannot dream of achieving success by drifting away and distancing yourself away from Allah subhanho wa Taala. You can never ever dream of achieving success.
and the more you turn to Allah, the more you establish your Salah on time. The more you establish your Salah on time, that will build a fortress around you. It will produce
to you from falling into that which is indecent into that which is vulgar into that which is haram into that which is forbidden. The I I started off the hook above it, Allah subhanho wa Taala he states which Luma La Nina kita hobby Athenian Sana in
industry salata tan ha and in fact, you will. Indeed Sala prohibits in other words Salah prevents an individual from what, from Russia and mooncup from evil, immoral things from indecent things and Moncure that which has been prohibited by Allah subhanho wa Taala shacharis namita Tamia hola hola in his majima fatawa he comments in regard to this particular ayah and he says this ayah contains two important things. One is that the ayah highlights that the minute an individual holds on to Salah that follow will help him to leave since telco mousy, it will help him to leave since and the minute he leaves since he will obviously start obeying the commandments of Allah Subhana Allah He
will involve himself in fear and the telco mercy and fear the two important factors highlighted in this particular ayah. The minute an individual holds on to Salah the minute an individual establishes Sala on time, it becomes so so easy for him to leave that which Allah subhanho wa Taala has prohibited Allah azza wa jal states in the Noble Quran in regard to his prohibited prohibitions, say for example, in regard to the prohibition of Xena wala chakra bozena don't even think of getting close to Xena. So for the individual who establishes Salah on time, for the individual who offers salah and time, it becomes so so so easy for him to avoid the traps of shaitaan it becomes so so so
easy for him to stay away from all that which Allah subhanho wa Taala has prohibited. It becomes easy for him to inculcate taqwa in his life. taqwa permeates his whole life and taqwa will begin to govern that individuals life taqwa will govern the faculties and the limbs of that individual so much to the extent that he would never ever dream or even think of disobeying Allah subhanho wa Taala. And by the day, he will involve himself in more and more good deeds, pleasing Allah subhanho wa Taala thereby attaining success in this world as well as the hereafter.
As you all know, if I'm not mistaken was a long one. He was asked to define taqwa to define taqwa. And he asked the individual who requested him to define taqwa. He asked that individual Have you ever walked down a Tony path? Have you ever walked down a thorny path?
To which the individual replied in the affirmative? He said, Yes, I have. Then a blu ray or the other one he asked him. So what did you do while you're walking down the Tony path. The man said, Well, I gathered my clothes together, I gathered my clothes together, and I made my way carefully down the path. I made my way carefully down the path so as not to snag my clothing onto the tone, the tone the branches, or the tones. I made my way carefully down the path.
I moved away from the thorny plants, I moved away from the brambles, and I made my way carefully down the path. Then
he went on to teach that man a beautiful and profound lesson, he said, the path in that metaphor is the short life that Allah subhanho wa Taala has given you the thorns the brambles, or the Maha Brahma of Allah subhanho wa Taala or the prohibitions of Eliza gel, and you making your way down the path carefully is similar to taqwa, where you hold on to the taco of Allah subhanho wa Taala you make sure that you gather all your clothing and you move away from the corns you move away from the brambles. You move away from their thorny plants and make your way down the path because the devil Madea respected elders and brothers in Islam as one enemy, the devil shavon he believes he waits he
lies in wait, holding on to those thorns and brambles to make you snag, trip, stumble and fall while you're making your way down the path. May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us all from the snares of the devil from the traps of shaitaan so many respected elders and brothers in Islam, hold on to Salah
hold on to salah and establish Salah at his appointed times. I mentioned one more narration and with a ripoff inshallah.
In regard to this particular Ayah
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God, in regard to this particular ayah, there was once a companion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, who kissed a strange woman who kissed a strange woman. And after kissing the strange woman, a woman was not helpful for him a strange woman. He felt so bad. He was filled with so much of remorse, so much of guilt that he rushed to do the long one. And he mentioned this to him.
This is what happened. I kissed a woman and now I feel so bad I feel so guilty and sad for the long line. He told the man
conceal it, and make Toba turn to almost died. This is something that you didn't do in public, so conceal it and turn to Allah. Allah will forgive you. The man felt bad, he could not contain himself and he was not satisfied. He made his way to aroma rhodiola one and said the same thing over the long run. He echoed the words of Abba friends today for the long run by saying, conceal it and turn to Allah. conceal it and turn to Allah in Toba. The man was not satisfied, and he decides to go to the zoo ye sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. He makes his regular sort of lifelong learning when he was lm Mr. Dr. sola, this is what happened. Why is this conversation was going on? This ayah was
revealed unto Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam to optimise, salatu salam.
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in Al Hassan at uniben se, indeed good deeds, extinguish and erase your evil deeds.
And also the mindset of law while you and even send them in different narrations, there are different wordings. He asked the man as to whether he had offered solar with them, whether he had offered solar, it must have been perhaps after they had offered solar wind, this man approaches advice along value added reseller to which the man replied in the affirmative, and then also realized that a long while ago and he was lm, he taught the man that the surah he raised his sin. And then the man, he asked, Allahu Allah,
is this specifically? Or is this ayah? Is this, you know, piece of advice that you have given me? Is it specifically for me? I mean, in the sense is it just for my case alone, and also why for a long while, it was lm, he said no, but rather, it is applicable for the whole of the oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam, the whole of the oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. I leave you all with an interesting story.
There was once a man, a very righteous man
who used to disseminate knowledge, he was a scholar. So one day his students, they went up to him and this is mentioned in the books of history. His students, they went up to him and they asked him, Chef, would you please tell us of
the most important incident that took place something pivotal, something important, that made you turn your life around, perhaps, something so important, can you please tell us of such an incident that took place in your life, the man thought for a while and he said, You know what, I'll tell you of the most important incident that took place in my life. Now you see me as a scholar, disseminating knowledge, but long time back, I was a very bad person, I was an evil person. I wouldn't hesitate to commit evil deeds, I wouldn't hesitate to commit sins, you name the sin, I have committed it, you name the sin I have committed.
And I also used to take pride in committing sins, I would take pride in committing sins. And I had this little black book of mine. It was like a trophy book, I used to make a record of all of my evil deeds, all of my sins. In that particular book, I used to make record of all of my evil deeds, all of my sins in that particular book, The minute I used to commit a sin, I would go home and make a record of it in that evil book of mine. One day, I was walking down the street, and my eyes fell upon this dazzling, beautiful woman. And immediately I began to lust after her. And I just wanted to have her. So I made my way towards her. And I approached her in a room full of men. And at that
time, she was a woman who was going through a lot of difficulty. She was a widow, she had young children to look after, and she was going through a lot of financial difficulty, and she agreed to indulge in my desires for an amount of money. To which I was very happy. The man states, I took the woman and we went to somewhere private to indulge in what I was about to indulge his inner fornication May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us oil. Melba shall protect us all.
And I had already paid her the money
and I was about to indulge, I was about to approach her when she started to
semble like a leaf, she started to tremble like a leaf, like a dry leaf. I was shocked. And I asked her, you readily
accepted my offer, and here you are. But why are you trembling? Now, I'm not going to harm you, I'm not going to harm you. To which she suddenly said, Fear Allah, I would never have indulged in this, except for the situation that I am in. I've got young daughters at home who are starving, who are so hungry, and I have no way of getting some food to them. And that's why I am indulging in this for that money so that I can go feed my children.
The man was about to indulge in that which was Haram. And he was lusting after the woman. She was a beautiful woman. He was about to commit the act. And the minute she said, Fear Allah. He says, he was telling his students that struck a chord in my heart, it struck a chord in my heart. And I started to tremble. I started to shiver. Now there were these she was running down my spine, I immediately got up.
I told her keep the money, I don't have any more desire towards you. And I left her. I left her. I was about to leave, when I remember that she was talking about her financial difficulty about the hardship that she was going through. I went into a store, I bought some provisions, I bought some food, I bought some clothes, whatever that she would need. I went back to her, I left all of that by the dough of that room and knocked the dough and I headed back home. I went home.
And he states I had this good habit that in general, I used to tell everything to my mother. I used to tell everything to my mother. And this was something that, you know, shook me. It was an incident that literally shook me. So I went straight to my mother, I sat by her and I started to narrate the incident unto her. As I was telling her the story, my mother started to weep, my mother started to cry. And then she said, My dear son,
I know of your little black book where you record all your evil deeds. And this is the first time that I'm hearing that you have done a good deed.
And I know that Allah is merciful. I know Allah is forgiving.
Please, I implore I bet. Go and make a record of this good deed in that Black Book of yours go into it.
The man says, I thought about it. And I decided why not? I mean, I've been taking pride over evil deeds. This is the first good deed that I've done. Let me go make record of it. And he says, I went to my room.
I took the black book, and I opened the pages, the pages that were filled with my evil deeds. Lo and behold, they were all blank, blank, blank. There was one
that was written in the middle of the book in Asana.
indeed, good deeds, erase your evil deeds.
It was a miracle that Allah subhanho wa Taala had bestowed upon that individual. So my dear respected elders and brothers in Islam, don't ever, ever lose hope. Don't lose hope. Allah is the most forgiving allies, the Most Merciful. He's waiting for us to turn to him. If you turn to him. He's no doubt going to forgive you. But don't ever lose hope. Don't ever lose hope to lose how in the mercy of Allah is the greatest thing that the sins that you are committing? Allah is waiting to forgive you. So turn to him before it's too late. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive all of our sins, mainly, except our good deeds may help us all to establish our Salah was on time. And just as
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