Earn On-Going Rewards Now
The Importance of Time – Planning Your Legacy
Channel: Muiz Bukhary
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The Friday sermon delivered by Sheikh Muiz Bukhary on the 28th of December 2018 at the Wekande Jumua Masjid in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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All praise and thanks be to Almighty Allah subhanho wa Taala we ask him as a Virgil, the Lord of all worlds the exalted to shower his choices of blessings and salutations. Upon the final messenger of Beloved Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa early he was 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 remind myself, I enjoined upon myself and then all of you all present here to adopt a life of taqwa. And that is to be conscious that is to strive to be conscious of Allah subhanho wa Taala of our maker during every single second of our lives, if we wish to attain victory, if we 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 may He make us from the victorious and successful ones, I mean,
my dear respected elders and brothers in Islam, if you take the Quran, the word of Allah Subhana, Allah Allah, the Divine Word of allies of agenda, he our maker subhanho wa Taala. He promises upon a number of things across the Quran, he promises he takes an oath upon a number of things upon a number of his creations across the Quran. For example,
with shamcey Waldo hum Ha ha, well kamari either
washam siboto ha ha, Allah promises upon the Sun welcomer either telaga Allah promises upon the moon will fetch a lot of promises upon dawn upon Daybreak will Lail Allah promises upon the night What baja Allah promises upon for noon.
Likewise, allies origin promises while laughs,
upon time, upon time, in general,
we just mentioned what the how well fetcher Allah is promising upon different portions of time. And then when
upon time in general, and the scholars of Tafseer they highlight whenever Allah subhanho wa Taala promises upon something, it is to indicate the importance of that matter or thing. So if Allah is promising upon time, it is to highlight to us it is to point to us the importance of time, the importance of time.
If we look from the Gregorian calendar,
you know, I'm not talking about celebrations, I'm not talking about giving the Gregorian calendar importance over the Islamic calendar. What is relevant for us as Muslim Moon is the Islamic calendar. But yet, in today's context, at work at school, we generally go with the Gregorian calendar. And the point is not about 2019, not about 2020. It is to highlight the importance of time.
We're coming to the end of a year from the Gregorian calendar 2018 is coming to an end and 2019 is going to commence and I thought it be fitting I thought it appropriate to remind ourselves in regards to the value of time, think about it 12 months or sometime back.
Last year. There may have been people in this country
aggregation, people, you know, there may have been people in your family, there may have been people in your company in your workplace, there may have been people in your school in your class that are no longer with you they have passed away. Likewise, we don't know in another years time as to whether we are going to remain or are we going to pass away as well.
Imam has an anniversary Rahim Allah is reported to have said
that all son of Adam, our son of Adam, you are nothing but a number of days, you are nothing but a number of days, when a day passes by, a part of you has disappeared. A part of you has disappeared. Take, on average, on average, if you are going to live for 70 years and 70 years in today's context, this generation, it's a long shot. It's a long shot,
with the sicknesses that are around us, with the problems that we have the stress and whatnot, living up to six living up to 60 itself is a challenge. But on average, let's say if let's say if an individual were to live for 70 years, multiply that by 12. He has 840 months with him 840 months. Think of it this way, think you have a bottle with some stones are some marbles inside that bottle. Let's say you put 840 marbles inside that bottle.
You need to put aside 12 marbles each time a year passes 12 marbles and those 12 marbles, you're never ever going to be able to put them back into that bottle. In other words, you're not getting those 12 marbles again. So Panama, and what guarantee do we have that we're going to live till 70? If you are 20 now, what guarantee do you have that you're going to live on till 30? If you are 30? What guarantee do you have that you're going to live until 40? For that matter? What guarantee do we have that we are going to walk out of these doors? What guarantee Do I have that I will get down from this member? What guarantee do we have that we will finish praying Salatu Juma today? What
guarantee do we have that we will eat lunch today?
This is like
so don't you think that we have to make the most out of the time that we have with us the valuable seconds that we have with us the minutes that we have with us.
So Panama, don't you think that we should make the most out of it?
On average, based on statistics, on average, every, every second,
not minute, every second. Two people pass away.
Four people are born into this world every second.
A second pass by two people have passed away.
Another second. Two people have passed away.
And now the second two people have passed away.
And now the second two people have passed away in the next second. It could be you. It could be me.
Are we ready?
Are we ready to pass away?
Are we ready to leave everything?
Are we ready to meet Allah?
Have we invested enough for the next life?
Have you ever sat down and thought about the legacy that you are going to leave behind? How are you going to be remembered? Are you going to be remembered as a good individual? Are you going to be remembered as a bad individual? Are you going to be remembered as a mediocre individual in the sense you have not achieved anything apart from being selfish and only thinking about yourself so panela
our Deen is so beautiful, that it makes us think long term. It makes us think of Allah Hara. And it also makes us think of the legacy that we are all going to leave behind some of us we haven't even thought about our legacies. We haven't even thought about our legacies. Allah subhanho wa Taala he says in the Noble Quran
in El Moussa when not to boo Mankato.
In the sense what you are sending forward or what you have already sent forward. It has been recorded by Allah Subhana Allah
What does Allah mean when he says what you have sent forward. In other words, your good deeds, your good deeds are what you are sending forward. Your good deeds are what you are sending forward. today. You do
Good day, you have sent it forward, you are going to see it when you stand in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And Allah says, let's say Maya, and likewise we have written down, we have recorded their footprints.
And scholars of Tafseer they interpret this as being your legacy. Your legacy is recorded as well media, respecting elders and brothers in Islam. Let me give you an example. Mind blowing.
Look at the people of the past. Think about the people of the past.
Let's give you a few names. I'm not going to the time of the Sahaba, the Sahaba, a giants, giants in terms of their legacies of Anima. But let's talk about individuals after the Sahaba let's take one individual
his name was Imam Al Bukhari. Rahim Allah.
Today, my dear brothers in Islam. There is not a single Islamic gathering, I'm sure there is not a single hakuba that is delivered, except that the name of Imam Al Bukhari is taken.
The name of Imam Muslim is taken because when we mentioned a hadith and Avi harati Allahu anhu call call a number use Allahu Allahu Allah Selim, we mentioned the Hadith and we say Rahul Bukhari Muslim. This has been recorded by Imam Al Bukhari, Anima Muslim urashima Houma la
I'm sure that the leaders of the time of Imam Al Bukhari have been forgotten. The political leaders of the time of Imam Al Bukhari have been forgotten the Kings during the time of Imam Al Bukhari have been forgotten the celebrities during the time of Imam Al Bukhari have been forgotten. But until today, we have not forgotten Imam Al Bukhari. We have not forgotten the mama Shafi we have not forgotten scheffel Islam even a Tamia remember me Mama bo hanifa Imam Malik Mr. Mohammed bin Hanbal
because of the legacies that they left behind, they remembered until today and they will be remembered for a very long time and shout louder. So they have succeeded. They have amassed colossal rewards, colossal rewards. If you are following the rulings of Imam Shafi to pray your Salah for every Salah that you pray, he's getting rewards as well. So panela look at that intelligent investment. For every prayer that you pray, following them as hub of your mama Shafi, he is getting rewards as well. For every ruling that you follow, explained by Imam and nawawi Rahim Allah he is getting rewards as well. Long term investments, if you are an intelligent businessman, you will
think I have this much of money X amount of money as capital, I need to invest it wisely, where I can reap a good and stable amount of profit for a long time.
Likewise, in terms of your good deeds, in terms of your SATA car, in terms of years,
in terms of your deeds, duties, that will reap long term rewards long term reports. It's all about maximizing your legacy. And as believers, we need to sit down and think about it. Think about the time Look, the time that is passing away, the seconds that are taking away you are never going to get it back again. Today's youngsters need to be told this, today's individuals need to be told this we waste so much of time, so much of time. And that time, we're not going to get it back again. So Panama
in terms of leaving behind a legacy, because the topic for today's sermon is the importance of time and planning your legacy. So I'm going to come to the part of planning your legacy. And I hope to share a few action items in terms of leaving behind the legacy. But one more thing before I move on to legacy.
In terms of the value of time, you should know my dear brother, my dear sister, my dear elder media, believe media Muslim, you are going to stand in front of a law. There is not a shadow of doubt in that regard. The day of the AMA is just around the corner. And then when you stand in front of a law, every single deed of yours will be taken up every single action of yours, every single statement of yours. And it is not an impossible task for Allah to record all of your deeds and all of your actions.
A few years ago
we have something called a floppy disk.
The children in the crowd might not recall, but we had something called the floppy
1.44 mB 1.44 Mb, what can you do with 1.44 Mb?
Nothing much today. Even a picture that you capture on your phone is bigger than that in capacity. But now in 2018 moving on to 2019, we have tiny memory cards, micro SD cards that run up to the TVs, one TB, two TB, four TB however many TVs. A TB one terabyte is 1000 gigabytes, approximately one gigabyte is approximately 1000 Mb and we were talking about a floppy disk that was 1.44 Mb. So in one GB you have almost about 1000 floppy disks, and then do the math for a TV. So my point why am I mentioning all this and perhaps I've lost some of you to highlight that if Allah has given men, the brain to come up with this technology. Then think about the technology with Allah subhanho wa Taala
most definitely he can record every single action of yours, every single statement of yours
and it will all be put up on display on that day.
On the day,
numbers behind him which Allah talks about the day he says he then
he then Jaya De Soto
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he was Bernie Lee Colima Min homea. oma shut Nomi yogini money for Elijah at his sofa. And when the deafening blast will come to signify the commencement of dooms day of Judgment Day. Yo Murphy rule Mr. Amin see a day when a man will run away from his brother will own mini MB a day when a man will run away from his own mother from his own father.
Benny you will run away from your wife, you will run away from your children. Why legally marry him in home for every man yoma even on that day, shut Nui uni he will have so much on his plate that he will have no time to look or think about others. He will run away from his wife because his wife will be looking to pin the blame on him. Yeah, Allah He did not give me the my husband did not give me the he is to be blamed. The children will be looking for the father to pin the blame on the father. I was not brought up by my father. He did not spend time with me. He did not give me the teachings of Dean to pin the blame on the Father. SubhanAllah father is running away from the
children. Father is running away from the son husband is running away from the wife. Children are running away from their parents.
On that day, we have to stand in front of Allah.
As believers, we constantly need to remind ourselves about that day. We constantly need to think about standing in the court of Allah. Today, you can get away in the worldly code. You can bribe the judge. You can bribe the officials and you can get away perhaps, but on the day of judgment in the law hola Yo, limo, Miss Carla Zara. Not an atom's weight of just injustice will be served, Allah is the most just so we need to prepare for that day, my dear brothers in Islam.
And the best way to do that is in terms of planning our legacy. Now I'd like to share a few action items in terms of leaving behind a good legacy. Number one, number one knowledge. without knowledge, you're going nowhere. You need to seek knowledge. The first idea that came down was a Torah Read,
read. As believers as Muslims, our community needs to be educated in regards to the knowledge of the deen and in general in terms of knowledge, we need to educate ourselves. How am I to pray? How am I to do business? How am I to conduct a marital life? How am I to be a good parent? How am I to be a good child? a good husband, a good father
A good wife, a good teacher, a good leader.
We need to learn, we need to study.
So there is this new set of days ahead of us 365 days ahead of us. Let us intend firmly to seek as much knowledge as possible. Islam is a knowledge based religion without studying how to pray you can pray. without studying how to perform Voodoo you can perform boo boo. without studying how to go on camera you cannot go on camera without studying how to perform hide, you cannot go on Hajj without studying how to give out Zika you cannot give out Zika and it will not be accepted from you. Can you stand up for Serato Juma and say, You know what, today I'm going to pray entirely? sujood No, ruku Nope. No reading circle fathia just to choose I'm going to stay in sujood for 10 minutes and that is
my Salah. Will it be accepted from you? It will not be accepted from you. You have to pray as per the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
Oh, how about if an individual says you know what today my prayer? I'm going to stand in the sun for 10 minutes. That is my prayer for Allah Lila. Will it be accepted by Allah it will not be accepted by Allah. How about if one goes on Omron says I'm going to do tawaf 14 times, not seven times, 14 times or 10 times will it be accepted, it will not be accepted. Your tawaf has to be seven seconds. You have to go Safa Marwah, you have to learn how to perform it. So you need knowledge. And today, we have so many resources in terms of seeking knowledge, you have it online, you have it offline, you have it in the form of books, digital books, videos, in the form of going to scholars, you have
local scholars, you have international scholars, you can sit down with them and seek knowledge, there is no excuse. Knowledge is in your hands. In your mobile phone. You can have apps that give you knowledge, you have access to YouTube videos that give you knowledge, you can read ebooks that will give you knowledge. So there's no excuse in the past, yes, maybe if you were in the middle of a jungle, you can say I had no access to a library, I had no access to knowledge to information. So yeah, Allah excuse me, today, we have no excuse whatsoever in terms of seeking knowledge. So number one, seek knowledge.
Be a student
at all times of your life, trust me, every experience in your life teaches you something, the person next to you can teach you something, don't think that you know it all.
We cannot be experts and professionals in every field, you can be a doctor, but you can't. It is very, very, very rare. There are exceptions to the norm. But it's really rare to see a professional engineer who is a doctor as well as a doctor in medicine, it's almost impossible to see that because it's technically not possible to be able to be an expert in multiple fields. So if you are a doctor, you have so much to learn from the engineer. And the point being each and every one of us we have different talents.
So we need to be able to identify our talents, not everybody needs to become a scholar. Not everybody needs to become a great Imam.
You need to identify your talents and work on it to become an individual who contributes to society who contributes in a positive way, who stays away from harm, you have talents inside you. It's all about identifying those talents, harnessing those strengths and working on it. Some of our youngsters panela are wandering aimlessly, they have no goal ahead of them, they have no vision ahead of them, you ask them, What is your ambition, I don't know, I'm just going to business school.
Or I'm just doing this, I don't know, maybe we'll see. We'll see. It's constantly this reply. And therefore they waste a lot of their time. They start off on one particular stream, go down that stream for a couple of years. And then they feel like you know what, this is not the stream for me, they switch to the next stream and go down that stream for a couple of years. And then they end up working at a company during a job that they hate that they despise. If only they had sat down initially looked and explored within them sat down with someone who could give them clear guidance, they would have been able to pursue their vision they would have been able to form an ambition ahead
of them to form goals ahead of them and they would have achieved those goals instead of wasting the valuable time that they had with them. So it's important.
Number two, action item number two we need to become active.
Be a believer is active. Allah says in the Quran at the beginning of the mission of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
Muslim mill comilla ila in
all the one wrapped up in garments hoomin Layla illa calida stand up in the night except for a little time sleep for a bit and indulge in Reba the rest of the time in another place. Yeah, I knew that.
They were a backup I kept bill. Yeah, you guessed it again the one covered up, stand up and warn the people were off the cuff a cabin and glorify your Lord. Think about it in the night. It's so nice to be wrapped up in the blankets. It's so nice to be wrapped up in your cloak. It's so nice to be wrapped up in your governments but then to stand up to be active it's difficult but Allah commands us to be active. Sorry, oh Lama ferati Mira become, rush to the forgiveness of your Lord, fulfill Rue Illallah run to Allah first the people of Iraq compete with one another in terms of good deeds. You saw the words all active proactive commands, compete with one another run STAND UP FULL of
activity. But Subhana Allah when it comes to us, we are active Yes, we compete. Yes, we are not lazy. Yes, when it comes to dunya when it comes to dunya
if there was an opportunity in the parking lot to make a million rupees after salata, Juma, we would all be there. We would all be, you know what?
Not an opportunity to make a million rupees. Let's say if there was a sale in the parking lot 50% slashed. 75% slashed Levi's softlogic sale, we would all be there. We will be fighting let's say Black Friday is happening in the sale. We would be fighting, pushing, even squeezing the throats of one another to get the best deal dounia we are ready to compete.
We lay back
the Levi's t shirt that you bought 50% off 75% off the mobile phone, the iPhone that you bought 50% off 75% off. I'm not saying it's haram to buy buy by all means if you have the means to do so live a good life there's no harm in that. As long as you don't forget Allah Hara as long as you don't forget to laughter My point being this iPhone, you're not going to take it you take it with you into the club. So no, no what you're going to take with you into the cover. You're not going to take one single penny with you.
You are going to take your good deeds. You say once upon a law, a tree is planted for you in Allah.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his report to have said you read
mancora subrata leafless The one who reads who will who will hula hula hand along sama lamea lado Alam you landed while amiya
Khufu one had 10 times
a palace is built for you in Jana of La
If the government were to tell you, if you were to get an SMS where the government or the president is telling you read circlets last 10 times you will get an apartment in Colombo three
will we all not read? We will read we will keep reading apartment after apartment why we are getting you can see it in front of us. But at the end of the day, for 60 years. 70 years, you're gonna live in that apartment and then that's it. In Alaska, you're going to live forever and ever highly enough. You're going to live in there forever. So don't you need palaces? Don't you need gardens? Don't you need vehicles? Don't you want because once you go there you can do good deeds. You see, in general, we won't have any sadness, except for one sadness. And what is that sadness. We will assign size of regret. Or I should have said one loss of Hannah live we'll have one more tree I should have
read superflous 10 times one small and I will have a palace for myself because you will not be able to do it in general.
This is the time for you to do it. This is the time to plant for Alaska.
The next action item
make sure this is the last one and then we will wrap off in Sha it is to make dua to Allah. Without the help of Allah. You cannot do anything. You can't even lift your finger. You can't even lift your finger so constantly. Keep reading
Making dua to Allah Allah teaches us in the Quran to make this da robina habarana mean as wodgina
Sakina Amana Ravana habla de manos wodgina Allah bless us from our wives and our children make them a coolness to our eyes, which is 13 a mama and make us an Imam for the people of taqwa. Now. What do we understand from this, Avi? Are we making to our own lawmakers, the Imam of domestic It is a great role. But that is not what is intended there. Yeah, Allah make me a role model for the people of taqwa to become a role model, you have to be a great individual. If not, people won't take you as a role model. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we take him as a role model, because he was a great individual, the scholars of the past the good people of the past, we take them as role models,
because they were good individuals. And as human beings, we generally want role models we want people to follow.
To do that media to become a role model, the final
action item that is connected to
hang out with the right company.
If you have people around you who are negative, they will never ever let you to aspire high. Like the same goals. Aim for the moon.
At least you will fall by the stars, you need to aspire high for that you need people who are around you with high and powerful ambitions. If you have people around you who are negative. Do you know the story of crabs? If you have a bucket? And if you put some crabs inside the bucket? Do you know that the crabs will never escape? You know why? Each time a crab tries to get out of the bucket, the other Crabs pull it back in. So the crabs never make it out of the bucket. Each time one tries to go the others put it back in. Likewise, there are crabs, in our world in our lives. Whenever you try to aspire high, they pull you down. They say something negative. They try to destroy you. They pull you
down if you identify such individuals assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Keep them at arm's length. Don't let their negativity disturb you. You need to keep progressing and moving forward. You need to be an active individual. You need to be seeking knowledge. You need to be making the law you need to be making the most of the time that Allah has given you. You need to be leaving behind a legacy
that resonates, that echoes of goodness of nobility of righteousness throughout the annals of time that people keep remembering you. Oh, so and so. He was this kind of an individual. That is the mission and vision of a believer media, respected elders and brothers in Islam. With that I conclude, I asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us all to make the most out of the time that we have with us the little time that we have with us. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to do as many good deeds as possible. I mean, may Allah subhanahu wa taala help us to make the most out of the time that we have with us. May Allah azzawajal help us to cleanse our hearts? May Allah subhanho wa
Taala help us to rid ourselves of all negative qualities. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to become very productive individuals. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us to stay away from the traps of shavon and just as how he united us here in this message may unite us in the gardens of Jenna with our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wa sallam i mean i mean Walker Allah Allah hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen