What it means to be a good Muslim
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim
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For the most of you who don't know me,
this is not the first nor the second, but maybe the dozens time I've been here Al Hamdulillah. However, in your community, I think this is only the third time or second or third time I've actually had the opportunity to be here amongst all of you. So for whatever it's worth.
I'm from Toronto, and actually very good friends with your Mm
hmm. Naveen Aziz,
myself and him, we were actually students in Medina, for about maybe eight years. So we have our own adventures. We have our own stories. We know things about each other. If we were ever to publicize it, we would be humiliated for the rest of our lives. So
that's the kind of relationship at least that we already have. But with all of you Alhamdulillah maybe some of you have seen me here over the years attending, you know, the conferences and things like that. I always say that Calgary is a home away from home because literally, this is the place I visit the most. This here Calgary is the place I visit the most. I used it used to be the UK but not anymore. You guys officially have the record. I've don't travel anywhere more than Calgary. And this is a good thing. And I always look forward Alhamdulillah to being here and being amongst all of you may Allah subhanho wa Taala put Baraka in our relationship, Allah whom I mean,
let's get right into it busy.
Tonight, the topic that I've chosen for all of us,
is actually titled The qualities that make a good person in Islam, the qualities that make a good person in Islam.
Before I even begin delving into the topic itself. Let me tell you why I chose a topic like this. This is my own humble opinion, based on my experience as a dairy based on my knowledge as a dairy, and just based on my experience in life with Muslims. That my personal opinion,
one of the main primary reasons why we as a community, as an ummah, as Muslims, why we can't progress and become better people and unite and become one body, and all of those little things that we always dream and aspire that we want to be one day, you know how Muslims they always say, Inshallah, there's going to be unity in the OMA, hopefully, before I die, you know, something like that. The one of the barriers that I feel prevents that is that Muslims are still trying to figure out how to get along with each other.
We still have a problem treating each other nicely, forgiving each other, looking over each other's mistakes, just treating one another like human beings. We're still struggling with that. Let me give you an example. Let me give you an example. All of us sitting here, you've probably been in a predicament or a situation where you've made a mistake. You've done something wrong. And your fellow brother or sister literally pounced at you. Okay, what's wrong with you? Why did you fold your hands and put it below your belly button? I was a bit less than the other ones. Okay, that's not part of the men men have made the hub supposed to be up here. Then you just this actually happened to me. I
prayed one time. I'm not going to tell you where. But I prayed in a place msgid And I went in total cool and the guy beside me took his fist and punched my leg.
Okay, so I went into cool, and he went boom. So you can imagine the dilemma of how I feel what I'm in Salah. I almost wanted to break my salah and then break him, but stuck into it finished up the Salah, and I didn't say anything. We finished around the corner. So I'm like one of Tula and I just started to do my car.
Then I feel it. The face turn beside me. And he's looking at me. So I looked at him. He's like
Do you know how to pray? You know, how come you didn't have your ankle beside my ankle and touch and the prophesy Salam did this and the Companions whenever they stood, they always glued their their shins together and that sort of thing. And he gave it to me. So I looked at him and I saw my ligaments Nice to meet you to write my Shala. How are you? What do you like the prayer auditor something. So that's where we're at right now, think about Naseeha simple thing like not see her, you see something wrong, see something unusual. And you want to correct that individual or you want to help you and I give the benefit of the doubt even though other thoughts crossed my mind, I give
the benefit of the doubt that I think everybody at the end of the day, we have good intentions, we want good for the other person, we just have sort of a problem how to get there, you know, not see how to itself literally means to take two things that have been broken apart and stitch them together. Let's learn let's see what is. Some scholars said that these two things that you meant together is actually one thing. So initially, it started off as one product and for whatever reason it broke, and you're just trying to put it back together. That's what we'll see how it is. So that clearly tells you that by definition, Naziha is not going to tell somebody what to do. It's just
kind of helping them get back on track.
So this is one of the primary reasons I think, what holds us back and we can't progress, because we're still trying to figure out how to be good people just with each other. So one thing that helps in sha Allah Huhtala for all of us, is whenever I think of a topic, I always try to get my thoughts around Quran.
And there is one verse in Surah Baqarah that I find addresses this issue of finding those qualities that make good people in Islam and preserving them in a very balanced fashion. Now I stress on the word balanced guys, because let me tell you, when it comes to morals and ethics, we're divided into two groups of people when it comes to etiquettes. And manners, we split into two. The first is what I call the ritualistic Muslims. These this group is all about Islam. They have their beards, the Sobe they're in the masjid, 24 hours, every Salah Hajj or Ramadan, you name it, they are in Islam, and they're in it to stay. But guess what, they are terrible husbands and wives. When you talk to
them, it's like the worst experience. They have no morals and ethics. When they if they make a promise, they break it the people you can trust, you can't do business with them anything like that, when it comes to the Salah, they are disciplined. So those ritualistic practices, they are 100% and they're in it to stay that's the first group.
Then you'll have the second group who when it comes to etiquette, which is the complete opposite. Now this group here, they're the ones that say to you,
I'm a good person, I'm fair, treat people nicely. I don't lie, don't cheat, I don't steal, I don't do anything. So I don't have to pray every single day. I don't have to wear my hijab, I'm a good person, I don't judge anybody. So guess what happens now with these two groups. One of them is striving to be a good person. And the other one is striving to be a good Muslim. None of them are striving to be both. So what happened now is this group looked at this group and said, You guys are all going to the Hellfire doesn't matter how if you're a good boy, you got to go into hell. Now because of that this group looked at them and said, You're just wasting your time growing your beard
and going and going to the message because no one can trust you. So still, at the end of the day, both groups can get along with one another. We need to find a balance of both. That's what this is going to talk about. The idea that I've chosen for you in Surah Al Baqarah is verse number 177. And this is what scholars they call a it will build the area of righteousness. Now, I refuse to translate a as verse. I refuse to do it. Simply because a Yeah, is actually the term that refers refers to a fortress wall. That's called an A, a wall that is built around a fortress what's in a fortress, it's a whole city of different things. It's not just one thing. If you take the system or
the nirvana or something that helps that fortress function if you read
Move one of its resources, what happens to the community, it becomes unstable. It becomes unstable. So if you restrict a verse to just one meaning, then what are you doing? You're not getting a complete picture of what that verse is talking to you about everybody with me? So this area here is a long ale.
The first thing that I want to mention to you is the context of the area. Just before this verse, Allah azza wa jal said that it can be an Allah Han Meza al Kitab will help were in the Latina Tala fulfill key tabla Fisher cocking buried. He's talking to the Benny Surah eel and he's saying to them, be in Allah nestled Kitab will help now Allah azza wa jal has sent down one book and it is the truth. If you differ in that one book you're gonna go astray
then the eye is shifts and it comes back to the Muslims because why? What just happened before this a the Muslims got their own Qibla
they have their own peddler now, for 2000 years, these people prayed all towards one tabler.
After 2000 years the Muslims have gotten what you and I would call independence. They have their own Qibla they become one OMA by themselves.
So what do you think happens to a group of people or a community or nation when that happens to them? There isn't without a doubt, a sense of pride, a sense of achievement, a sense of accomplishment, a sense of unity, a sense of independence. So what happened is that these Muslims here now these believers, they started to think to themselves, well wait a minute, we got our own cupola now. Now we can really really stand in front of the world and really portray who we are and our data, our movement is going to get that much stronger.
Listen to what Allah azza wa jal says Lacell Bureau and to well Lou would you have come cable maturity while Maghrib Allah stops them is
just because you got your own privileges Hold on one second. Righteousness is not to when you turn your faces to the Easter through the West. So now this independence feeling that they got what happened to it, it went down the drain again. So they got their Qibla but of course,
don't think that just because you go to a masjid just because you pray every single day, just because you turn towards east or west and you pray. Don't think that just because you have that ritualistic practice in your life. You've attained righteousness. Now the word that's used for righteousness in the aim is called bid when we all we heard this word before bid rule. Well leading bid rune itself literally refers to now listen to this, okay? The word build ruin refers to stability in a land stability in a land.
Now what happens if none remember, we started this if you interrupted the stability in the land, it starts to disrupt everything else. Its function, the way things flow. So for example, let's say we turned off the electricity in Calgary. I think you guys had something like this a few days ago, right part of Calgary, a big chunk of it was turned off what happened? In a brother Abdullah was telling me that some of the businesses lost money. It was it was a big problem. So what happened? One of those resources was taken away, and it disrupted the stability of the entire province itself, or at least within the Calgary vicinity, right. That's what a HELOC and ADAP. Has to be.
If you pray every day and you practice your deen, that's great Alhamdulillah. But if you don't have good manners, you have to feel as though somebody has turned off the electricity in your Eman. You're always unstable. You're always missing something.
What this is tough. So that's the first thing you're if you lose some aspect of your a HELOC. You have to feel as though you are incomplete. That's the first thing. The second thing with bilirubin is what happened with that electricity. The guys them the city they worked 24 hours as quickly as they could to restore power, right? Because they knew that they needed that kind of stability back in the city again. That's how you have to work towards your love. The moment you feel that you're not as patient as you should be. Your anger just snapped at your husband or, or at your wife. You just pause and be like I can't do that again. Subhanallah I gotta stop
Can you imagine? If Muslims had that attitude with their luck? Where would we be right now? The moment a Muslim, you know, saw somebody Parker, you know, in the wrong parking spot or something and didn't just sit there and start blowing the horn or he didn't move fast. I mean, like, just after Juma you know how the sudden that goes right for us. After July everybody's blowing their horn. At least we have this in Toronto. It's like literally a chaos when you're coming out of a parking lot and one of the Toronto masjids Muslims just literally take off their hat that they've had in the masjid. And they literally just want to eat each other throat. Why? Because one guy wouldn't get out
of the parking lot quick enough. He let the pedestrian walk. No, don't let him walk. Just keep going. So that's the whole attitude. You got to feel unstable. You got to feel like something is not right. So the first thing that I have is teaching these believers don't think that just because you have your own message ID you have your own Qibla you have your own community, your president to your shake or your die. Don't think that you have it all. But real righteousness. Isn't that to you? Listen to how the AI continues. Wala Qin al Rahman Amman, real righteousness is those who believe.
By the way, this is not an athlete a lesson. Remember the area? This is Allah subhanho wa Taala is list of qualities you need to be a good person in Islam. Here's the first quality, first quality Allah tells you, this is from your Creator. He's telling you, I created you. And here's the thing. These are the list of things that you need to have if you want to stay a good person. Number one is you need to believe now think a HELOC think etiquettes
that reason why Allah azza wa jal tells us the first thing you have to do is you have to refine your belief. It's not an updated lesson. Because remember these people who are receiving these this idea that they already believe in Islam, they already believe in the message they have already accepted. So why is Allah reiterating the fact that they need to believe that is talking about a HELOC? So it's telling you that when your brother or your sister, your fellow Muslim does something wrong, you forgive them? Why? For the sake of Allah, why cuz you have Amen. You're patient with each other. Why? Because you're doing it for the sake of iman, for the sake of Allah. If somebody owed you
money, and you couldn't track them down, you couldn't find out where they were so on and so forth. Like literally like a fool myself as an example, if I were to count the amount of people that have ripped me off over the years, I can't even imagine how much money I would have sitting on my shoulder right now. But because of this idea, forgive them for the sake of Allah. I have II Men, you guys have Iman, so just forgive.
You look at your wife, look at your spouse, who's your children. She does something you don't like you do something she doesn't like, at the end of the day you work it out and you forgive. Why? Because Allah said real righteousness is that you have Eman. You utilize that you internalize that belief so that you become a better person everywhere you go. Guess heard what happened to Cold Lake master today? The vandalism? Did you hear what happened after?
It's something so, so rare, but so happy, something to be proud of? Well, I hate something that should humble us. So the masjid was vandalized. Okay, so they spray painted, go home and whatever. Guess who came and cleaned it up and restored it. The non Muslims in the community showed them videos, the timeline right now Sheikh Hassan was just showing it to me. They're actually they're scrubbing the masjid wall for you and I
that's the pastor really Subhanallah humble you. And it's got to really make you feel like there is something more to us than just coming and praying all the time. There is something deeper, there is something deeper in terms of our relationship with one another. This is how Allah azza wa jal is giving you examples that look,
you're Muslim, you believe in you're doing your thing. When you see these non Muslims there. Don't forget about them. Don't forget, pay attention to what they're doing. There's still some hype around you. Not everybody is a bunch of Sheltie. There's still some good people out there. Pay attention to them and try to internalize and utilize the things so that your community becomes stronger. Your community starts to work together. So the first thing Allah azza wa jal is saying to you don't forget that battery of E man that you have in your heart. Well, I Kindleberger Rahman M and a biller, what are you believing in? The first thing, man
I'm going to be learning while yo mil, two things are mentioned here. So this all falls under belief. So how are you forgiving and being patient and helping one another for the sake of Allah. The first thing Allah azza wa jal mentions is that this belief has to be attached to two things, Allah and the Day of Judgment.
Both of them are talking about the hero.
You treat each other good. Because that treatment is an investment in your earth era.
You're only good to each other because at the end of the day, you're working for your akhira nothing else. You know, there's a story of Chef bimbos Rahimullah, a man came to borrow some money from him. Okay, it's a very famous story. And Chef had somebody who would write checks for him. So the man wrote 1500, reals, okay. And he presented the cheque and gave it to him as a you know, as an idea that was a gift.
The man took the cheque who received it, and he added an extra zero.
Okay, so you see what it turned into now? Right? 15,000. So the man who was there beside the chef is this chef, he, this is what he just did. He added an extra zero. You know what the chef said? Leave him. Perhaps he may need it.
Done. That was it. It went from 1500 to 50,000. He let it go. Now, I'm not saying to you to do the same thing. What I'm saying to you is just look at the spirit behind when you invest in the effort of Subhan Allah.
I've always said this.
Jana is not as difficult to attain as you think it is. And this is not my own theory. Well, I this is you and I striving for agenda, just think about what's happening here. What's the reward for reciting one letter of Quran? And Huseyn? It Majan that?
What's the reward for making we'll do with every limb that you watch what's happening to you, sins are being removed? What's the reward for shaking each other's hands and saying Salem, the prophesy Saddam says that when you do this, sins are falling away.
Jana is actually a lot easier to attain than you think it is. In terms of work and deeds, you still have to strive and work hard. We're talking about the attitude, the attitude Allah has so ajan you see when you do these small little things, but they're great in your reward, it's Allah so Adele's indirect way of teaching you that look, you just have to be consistent. Don't think that you're such a bad person, and you're such a bad sinner, you've done so much in your life, that there's no hope for you. Now, you can start reciting some Quran for one or two days and guess what happens to your entire life starts to change.
So this is the message of Quran the message of Quran is to change attitude when it talks about a Hello THERE ARE YOU continues?
Will Yeoman actually one manner it Katie will Kitabi when Narrabeen how do we get this message from Allah? We get it from the angels who deliver it to the prophets and the messengers. And now here in this area, it's talking it says Al Kitab, one book, but at the end of Surah, Al Baqarah, Allah azza wa jal mentioned kotoba he will slowly learn Ofori Kobina numerosity right. So at the end of the ayah, Allah mentioned many books, reason, reason why is that in this in this area here, Allah subhanho wa taala, this particular verse here Allah is talking to Benny Surah eel, and he's saying to them, Look, now it's time that you just believe in one book, at the end of sort of Bukhara, Allah
was talking to all of us and saying, you had to have believed in all the books, this is a board of the Injeel the Torah and its authentic way that it was revealed. That was then but now, for Benny Israel is just one book. Now, you know why that's important. So that they don't say, Well, okay, you guys have your thing and we have our thing. We can be happy. No, no, it's only the court and now until the Day of Judgment. When there be what I tell my Allah, Allah hubby.
And give from the wealth that you love, given from the wealth that you love,
wealth and money, we love it. That's not a bad thing is you know why? Because we work hard for it. Nobody doesn't give us money. We have to strive and work and struggle to have this. Now Allah azza wa jal says, Take from the money that you really love. It's so unbelievable. This verse Subhan Allah, Allah doesn't just say take from your wealth. He says, Take from the wealth that you love. So you see
All of us may have some money or some kind of wealth. That's very dear to us. It's valuable. And we don't like it just anybody to know about it or even touch it. Allah says take from that wealth
will tell Malala who be the will polar bear and give it to your close relatives. Your close relatives? Yeah, the people that you fight with every day. The people that you probably don't like that one uncle you can't stand that one brother who's just a troublemaker in the in the family. Yeah, if he ever needs help from you, Allah azza wa jal says that part of you to attain good quality and become a good person is you have to be giving and generous to the best of your ability, starting with the people who are closest to you.
Now this is important, because every single family has a family politics has drama, and every single family has troublemakers. We have people in the family that are just troublemakers. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had troublemakers UNIF Allah azza wa jal wanted to he would have never sent Abu Jehovah to him. He could have just gave him good uncles. That was the end of it. But there was a Hickmott and wisdom, why al Hakim, Allah azza wa jal left the prophesy Selim with a man like Abu Jamal, there was a wisdom he had to learn how to live with him. He had to learn how to deal with that. So you may have family members in your life that are just like you might even call them this
is the Apple gel of my family and working toward the home gel of my family. Yeah, some of the some of us may actually look at them that way. Allah azza wa jal says, For those people,
put aside everything.
You know why? I can, I can almost say 90% for all of us that if you have some relatives that you haven't spoken to for 20 and 30 years, and you heard that that relative was in a building that was going to be on fire, or there was going to be like a murder a crime that was going to take place? What would you do? Wouldn't you call that relative and say, Hey, get out easy to get out really, really quickly right now? Or if you happen to see them in trouble, you just sit there and hit like, you never you never gave me back the loan so just you know, go with it. But the fire coming? No, you wouldn't do that. So somewhere inside of you, Allah azza wa jal is saying to you. What's interesting
about this ayah is Allah begins with the most difficult thing help your family first. Be good to your family. First, what's the Hadith we all know? How Eurocom Eurocom Leah honey clear? Oh, come here. Come Lea hurry, the best of you are the best to whom is your family first. So the first thing Allah azza wa jal says is help the people who are closest to you first, then it continues, while your timeout while Messiah King, then the orphans and the the needy, people who are struggling, you're not going to know who these orphans are, unless you have a good relationship with family. Because orphans don't walk around with any label on their head. You know, when I was in Medina,
visited an orphan home, visit an orphan home. Those of you who have been to Medina, you will know Mr. kibble attain they call it right beside Mr. Putin actually behind the message. There's a huge orphan house, big orphan house, and it's not over to his visitation. So don't go knocking on the doors and from Toronto or from Calgary. I'd like to visit know, these kids are in there and they have one one person that cares for all of them. It was like about 10 or 12 kids. So I had an opportunity to go inside and visit them. Well, let me tell you.
They were probably some of the most beautiful, humble children I've ever met in my life. I've never met kids like this. They came and they hugged me. They don't even know who I am. They've never even seen me before. And I came in and I said salaam when they all came and they hugged me. They one of them gave me a piece of bread. Okay, so I sat there a piece of bread with them. All of the kids sat down there were so well behaved,
So Allah azza wa jal says, For you to understand this kind of psychology is going to have to start off by you being good to your own family. Then to the miskeen. Allah says Mysskin Mysskin are people who are struggling, people who are living paycheck to paycheck. That's a lot of people that you and I know, who are living paycheck to paycheck. Allah azza wa jal says, watch out for these people. Because again, these people they don't just come in and start asking for money. They might actually be sitting right beside you and praying with you every single day. You have no clue. You have no clue what their life story is. Again, I want to give you
do an example you know, before I studied poor and before I even understood poor N. One thing that I've always just kind of been in my character is I've never really been shy to talk to people. It's just the way my father is like that. My mother's like that. And my brothers are like that. We're never shy to conversate with anybody. I'm the kind of guy that if we're stuck in an elevator, we'll have a great time because we'll have so many things to talk about.
So I went into the Prophet's mosque one day, when I was in the early years of in Medina, I think it was like my second or third year. So those were the years I was still practicing Arabic. I sat beside I went right in the front row, I wanted to see how they feed all these guys. So they sat right there for one hour, and I waited for Salah.
And a man came beside me. He had a turban, he looked like he was from Afghanistan. So he sat beside me. And he started crying and crying and crying. So we prayed salah, after salah, I just said Salam Alikum and he said, Why Lic? Muslim, he shook my hand. So I just asked him in aina. And you know, I said, let me just practice some Arabic. So I asked him, Where are you from? So he said, he's from Afghanistan. So I said, I didn't know how to say that. You're sad back then. So I said, Until Jani and I just did this, you know, you look like you know, you're crying.
So finally, I have so regret I actually said to him each other, which is very rude. It's like, what is this? So it was really just my only the only way I knew and ask him what's wrong? So he said to me, Oh, me, Abby, what are Binay so he said, Mother, father, and my children, call us
call us. And he said Afghanistan.
So I just said to myself, I don't think I'll ever forget this. When I start reading, I It's like this. And I start thinking about if I did this with every person as much as I could, wherever I was in the world, and I just introduced myself and I just wanted to say salam or Aleikum for the sake of Allah to anybody who knows what story I will hear where this person has come from and what they've gone through in their life. I may come into a messy the happiest person in this world. But because I said Salam Alikum to somebody and I heard their story. I walk out feeling the most miserable and saddest person. And I feel like I haven't done anything in my life.
This is how the area starts to humble an individual so that we can start loving each other again. It's very easy for Muslims to always say that we want unity and we want to work together. It's very easy to do that stuff. That's tough. You got to work for it. And it starts off by you really having strong faith for Allah, that no matter what this person in front of you, you're going to forgive them at the end of the day, no matter what they've done. The area continues. Webinars Sabir, it was Sir Ed, what was he doing webinars, so he was saying, so two more things that are mentioned. Allah azza wa jal says also watch out for the traveler and the beggar the traveler. Now, in this community
here, I think it's pretty safe to say that all of you as a community here, you pretty much know each other, or at least acquainted of who comes in the masjid.
If somebody strange that you've never seen before, walks into the masjid, and they look real tired, and they look like you know, they've had a rough day, webinars, Seville here is encouraging you to also facilitate and accommodate that person, you know, a traveler is a gift from Allah. Because it's an opportunity for now for you to do something for that person. It's an opportunity now for you to make their life easier. That reward, no one knows what it is. Nobody knows what the reward is for simply helping and feeding each other. That's why even in Ramadan, there's always a scramble for wanting to be the person in charge of the if thought and cooking the foods and giving it to people
because why the rewards for that stuff no one knows. So when somebody like this comes in, being hospitable, is actually a good thing that's encouraged not only Islam, but just as human beings as people in general. But you know what the problem is with hospitality for us these days, is a lot of us as a Muslim culture. We attach too many strings to this. We attach too many strings to let me give you an example.
I visited a country which will not be named. And this is before I don't do this anymore. I used to stay at people's homes. Not at hotels. It's because of this one incident. I just start staying at hotels. I'm never at people's homes again. So I used to stay at somebody's house. So what happened is that one time
It was myself and another speaker, we stayed at a brother's house. Brother had his wife and children. So it was nice. We were in the basement and they had their own thing and it was all good.
Then what we noticed is that the brother would come down, and he would be on the phone and he would be on the phone with his family. And we would hear some of the conversations he would have with his family, whoever it was brothers or whoever relatives or something. And he would say he's like, Yeah, I got shake mostly kind of my basement. Yeah, you know what? You saw my YouTube? Yeah, he's right here in front of me.
So what I used to do, and then another one of the kids will come in. Sure. Can we take a picture of you? I'm sleeping right now. You know? When do you you really see that? That's when I told the other day the other chef that was me can't do this no more. You can't have these strings attached anymore. So you see what happens the family politics start Yeah, we have this we're better than you. You know, we're this we're that we touch mostly, or something like that some crazy nonsense. So no more done. Can't have any strings attached. Now something that I think some of us can relate to is this. You go over to some family's home, but because your wife or your daughter can make the best biryani
in Calgary, you put her to cook for the whole 35 people that are at that house for that weekend. So yeah, we love to have you over and by the way, when you hear can you make your famous biryani for the 70 of us that are going to be here today?
No strings attached. That's not hospitality. That's what Allah azza wa jal is talking about. When you want to look out for somebody and take care of them. Just do it for the sake of Allah. Be humble. Be humble and do it for the sake of Allah don't don't do it for anything else. Remember how the I started? Well, that Kindleberger Roman me, everything is going back to this one introduction of the verse, you're being kind to one other just for the sake of Allah. Then it continues, was said even were filled repub the beggar was certainly somebody actually comes and asks you for some help, you're in a position to help them will fill repub and somebody already CARB is somebody who
literally has chains around their neck.
So it's talking about slavery, that you and I might think there's no more slavery. We can relate to this part of the verse. Yeah, we do have modern day slavery. It's called mortgages. It's called OSAP. It's called debt. People are living and dying in this. And if you're in a state or in a position where you can relieve somebody of some debt, then do yourself a favor. Don't do them the favor, do yourself a favor. Allah azza wa jal is saying Help You notice how much the verse is only talking about money giving, because the one thing that restricts an individual from being humble. It's the one major major thing that causes a person to lose sight of caring for others is that they
fall in love with this one thing. This well and it doesn't have to actually be money. It's just wealth in general. Allah azza wa jal is saying this is going to be a constant battle. So here's how you're going to battle it. You see somebody who's traveled somebody new in the community, hospitality guests, the beggars anybody, and it's not your job, that if somebody comes and asks you for money, you come in like Chef I don't know if they're being sincere. Suppose they take my money and they go and they buy like, you know, alcohol or something. Unless they have a big fat sign that says, I want your money, no lying here, folks, but it's for alcohol. Would it's not your job, do it
for Allah. You want to give $1 When you get 50 cents, you're doing it for the sake of Allah, once that money is out of your hand. It's with Allah No.
This is important to understand and he continues what our karma Salah tawa is a cat. Part of being righteous is also to establish prayers and pay your cat question.
Look at when
this Salah Anza cat came in the verse what's the first thing that you and I we would judge a good person in Islam? It's usually when somebody was practicing you look at them from the outside and you see Masha Allah was probably goes to the masjid all time Ashleigh is a sister proper hijab proper. I buy you name it, the pub everything really good person.
Allah azza wa jal put Salah and zakat almost at the end of the verse, almost at the end, which tells you that these are not the qualities that you're going to judge a person by from your initial meeting with them. This is not the thing that makes a good person right off the bat. These are good qualities don't get me wrong, but it's not thing that's going to define you. And this is how we started the discussion. We started the discussion by saying to the just because a person has ritualistic practices, it doesn't mean that they've become an overall good person.
And they're missing the point of doing all of this.
So Allah azza wa jal says welcome Salah to zakat. stablished prayers pay your zakat
will move forward beyond the him either her do and also fulfill your promises in your contracts whenever you make them. Whatever promises you have, do it. You know, one problem.
Again, we're speaking just within the Muslim culture world. One problem is, and I think a lot of us here, we've either experienced it, we hear it all the time. Now, some organizations when it comes time to pay their employees, Islamic organizations, their Islamic employees and Muslim employees, like I shall laughter week, after two weeks, we never get paid on time. Never. That's what this is talking about. Fulfill your contracts fill your agreement, right down to the T, all the MSA guys here. And remember, I remember seeing this when I was in college, some of the MSA guys.
They would take like piles of material or flyers or so on from the MSA. And they would go to their work and use the photocopier and photocopy like 5000 pages. No, it's forbidden. You can't do that. Because that's not part of your agreement. Don't do it.
Don't do it. Well move forward that big him either I heard you, this is a real problem. Because in some ways, some of us as Muslims, we've trivialized this, we always feel like we can just give and take I remember I met a brother one time he would buy he would buy like these products for his office like brand new chairs or new supplies, pens and papers or whatever. And he would use it until you know the refund policy was just about to end. So if you had like three months to get your refund, what he would do is he would use the chairs brand new for two months, and then he would return it and guess what he does? Start it again and buy again. So this way he's always got new
items or new merchandise coming into his office.
We'll move forward and be able to hear me there I do some part of your agreement. Don't take advantage of all of that stuff. Allah azza wa jal brings you at the young pm and starts asking you about it continues. Was sabe arena filled sir? Allahu Akbar, Allah azza wa jal says was sabe 18 saw beating listen to the word guys last saw beteen sabe 18 for Arabic students here is what we call a metrology on sube. So this is a word that is structured in such a manner it it's it has the Fatah at the top of the word most severe enough. But what we just looked at is we looked at a list of
that Allah subhanho wa Taala put just like a grocery list, I want you to think of it this way, okay.
Imagine a wife tells the husband, I want you to go to a grocery go go to the grocery store and I want you to get cereal. I want you to get bread. I want you to get milk. But I also want you to get diapers.
And whatever you do, don't come home until you have the diapers. Okay until you have diapers. What is she saying to her husband? She's basically saying to him that if you forget the milk the cereal the bread and all the other stuff? That's okay. But in alila he way Nayla you wrote your own if you forget the diapers, okay, don't do that. So here's how the A is speaking to you. Allah has so a justice or like Kindle BARROWMAN M belief and he continues with the omen and he will mela kitty will kita with maybe what I tell him Allah Allah who will be there will CORBA while you're to hammer well my second webinar has said was in our field with our commerce what has occurred while moving away I
had to hear me there who was saw btw Now
I mentioned in hotbar today, patience is permanent. Everything else is seasonal. The reason why Allah subhanho wa Taala change the structure of this word is that look, if you can't give sadaqa and charity if you can't pray on time every single day you lose it here in there. If you can't help people who are struggling if you do lose your patience once in a while. It's okay, keep trying. But when it comes to this Sabra don't ever ever lose that it's permanent for the rest of your life. So remember, it's like saying see your cereal kupuna bread owner what day Purina
buddy with me, right don't
Forget the diapers. Don't forget southern.
This is a perfect way Subhanallah I mean, it doesn't get any better the way this concludes itself was sabe. Edina Phil Betsa. You were bought raw, you were handled by us. Allah azza wa jal says Have patience, Phil Betsa in times of difficulty, while dot row will handle best and even if you're surrounded with hardship, so whether you're in in the battle itself, or the battle surrounds you, be patient, hang in there. Don't lose sight of this, you might lose everything else. Well, one thing hang in there and be patient because things are going to change. I have this discussion all the time.
When I when I sit, and I listen to what's happening to our brothers and sisters around the world, what's happening to us as Muslims everywhere we go Wallahi it's tearful. It's scary. It's it's it's so difficult to comprehend. It sha Allah Allah azza wa jal has promised to us that all of this will get better, and things will change, and things will be better for the Muslim ummah. But one can't help just as a human being, you're just thinking, when when is this time going to come? It seems like life is getting more difficult for us before it gets better. It seems like we're going through a real grind before it gets better. But this hope in the area is telling you that look, this is not
the first time this has happened to you. This is not the second time it's happened to you. This is not the third this is not the 10th time. None of this should be new to you. If you look in our Islamic history, it's always been there. We've gone through this since the day Islam was born.
Then it can feel a bit sorry, well Don Rohini, the bass or Allah Iike Levine or Sadako so if you hang in there with patience, guys, all of us as one body as one OMA as one community as one family, then guess what? Allah azza wa jal says, Hola, Iike, Latina Sadako what will it be a human, multiple? All of these qualities that are mentioned here, these are the things that are going to make you people of truth. People who are honest, people who are straightforward, you don't give the runaround. You don't tell a brother you know? Yeah, inshallah. I'll see. I'll see if I'll help you if you can help them. Yeah, you will. Athena ammonoid Takala war Kulu colon. Sarita have Taqwa of
Allah azza wa jal and be straightforward and be direct. Be honest. Don't give people the runaround. If you can't help them, you can't pay them. You you can't do it for them. Just say so. Let them know in a polite and respectful manner. Let them know I can't do this. I'm sorry. If you do that, and you have all of these qualities, you not only become the people of truth, but you also become amongst those who are God fearing the motorcade. The people who have Taqwa. Remember that Taqwa literally means people who protect themselves from things that will harm them. You're you're you're striving for tequila because you're asking Allah azza wa jal to protect you from his punishment. By doing the
things that are halal and staying away from the Haram Taqwa is just like when you're in your house and you turn on your security alarm. Lock all the doors. Yeah, that's Taqwa. You're protecting your family, protecting yourself from the dangers that are lurking outside. So you're doing the same thing by following all of these list of qualities that make a good person in Islam. And so brothers and sisters time is right now.
That's the time 805. Okay, so we have about 10 minutes, okay.
So I want to conclude Inshallah, at least within the next five minutes or so, and give us a chance to breathe.
These qualities that are mentioned here, I would like to conclude and shout Allahu taala. And at least give you sort of a game plan of how to instill these qualities in your life. So we understand, we hear what we need to do. Now we just need to figure out how to actually do it is just like when a speaker says, You need to reconnect with Quran. You need to love boron, you need to be attached to Quran. But guess what? The average Muslim has no clue how to do it. What do you do now if somebody says to you need to reconnect with Quran you don't know word of Arabic? You don't even know probably how to read it properly. So what do you suppose how do you connect to something that you're so
distant from? What do you suppose to do? So the first thing that I want to mention as a game plan or a game of action that you should take is number one, every single one of us if you're not in some sort of program, that you're learning the dean, or you're learning something about your religion, get into one, get into one. And I don't mean to go
To share Google Rahimullah, or YouTube or anything like that, you know, these things that are posted up on there. All they are is to just tickle an interest. So if you type in a particular topic, all you're going to do is you're just going to an interest in that topic. Real knowledge is when you're actually sitting with a teacher, and you're learning, and you're listening, and you're asking questions, and you're analyzing, you're studying how this is presented to you. It takes real sacrifice. It's not easy. And I refuse and I refuse and I refuse to accept the excuse that we just don't have time. I live in the same culture like every one of us. And Allah, he let me tell you, we
can make time if we really, really focus on wanting to have that time with you and Allah, which brings me to the second game plan or the second action. Have Allah time for yourself every single day. You know, your Allah time could actually just be when you're in the car. Your wife, your husband doesn't know what you're doing. Nobody knows. It's just you. You're seeing a stop at Allah stavola You're doing some mezcal, you're reviewing a surah you're thinking you put on a lecture something it's your Allah time, or you're just making dua Allahu McFeely Lahoma fairly long. You just driving Lahoma Gfinity Rebecca Tina for dunya hasna still, you know Allah can accept your DUA.
Allah azza wa jal says We thus allocate a biryani whenever a servant asks of me for a niqab. I'm close, oh gee Buddha with a dari Theron. I will always answer they're there to out whenever they ask. Allah doesn't say when Allah doesn't say how Allah doesn't say, while you're in Salah. Allah doesn't say whilst you're in sujood Allah doesn't do anything like that. So even if you're in the restaurant and you're waiting for your food stuff and Allah stuff, your partner might be asking, What are you doing making dua
waiting you booking a flight at travel agent stuff.
Just making dua because one of those are stuff that Allah could be the end of all of your sins, just one and Allah azza wa jal could shower his Rama and you and it's over.
The third thing is, for all of us here with our families and children, you must have Halaqa time with family, you must have time with family. And so I want to say that tonight when you go home, have at least five minutes with your family and children and talk about something Islamic. Don't try and talk about the theories and philosophies of life. Don't pull out one of Dr. Phil's theories and throw it out on your family or something like that. Talk about the best choose a story from Quran talk about Yusuf Ali Islam, a YouTube something and just talk about it with your family. Those kinds of conversations have to be just as relevant with our kids as sports. You're talking to them about
the Hellfire you're talking to them about Jana about yomo piano, you know what we've done as Muslims, we've only reserved those kinds of conversations when you're in the car and the lecture about the hereafter is on and you're hearing all the volcano explosions on the CD like, you know they have judgment is going to be crazy. That's the only time those conversations happen. Those conversations are the things that should happen at the dinner table. This should happen when you're just sitting with the family. When you go when you guys drive to mashallah to botica while you're driving to Banff, you start thinking about the beauty of this world and how Allah azza wa jal put
beauty, believing in this dunya is a good thing. If you utilize it. Well, it's a blessing. It's a good thing. It's a beautiful place. And you guys have a taste of that here. So these are the kinds of conversations that you have. And the last and the final point that I leave you with, is brothers and sisters. Live every single day of your life as though it is your last. Death is not something that will come to you. And if you're watching a movie, it says, oh, wait a minute, you're watching a movie. I'll come back was your institute on Jomar? No.
It comes to you, whatever state that you're in. That's how it's going to be. In Accardi Han Isla Rebecca Callahan from Olathe. You're just on a conveyor belt, and you're just moving forward. You know, what's interesting about that verse is imagine that you are on a conveyor belt and you're moving forward. You could try to turn backwards, take the package and flip it upside down, you know, turn and face the other direction, hoping that the conveyor belt would kind of slow down but it doesn't. The time keeps ticking and you keep going forward. Until what from Olathe until you meet him. subhanho wa Taala
keep this on your mind 24 hours a day.
And these are the things that in short, Allahu Taala will not only help us to be good people, but it will help us to humble ourselves. We will find a balance balance of our Islam and also the good
qualities that we need, we will able we will be able as a community to find that balance that we're striving for. And only then will we start to work together. Love one another, build the Unity build a strong Omega community, the families that we need. And in sha Allah hooter, Allah, the state of affairs for the Muslims will begin to change. That is my humble opinion based on this verse that I share with you today. And I conclude brothers and sisters that may Allah subhanho wa Taala indeed reward all of us for the sacrifice and the efforts that we are putting in in our lives. May Allah subhanho wa Taala strengthen our iman, may Allah azza wa jal strengthen our iba det. May Allah azza
wa jal keep us consistent in our lives. May Allah subhanho wa Taala preserve and protect our husbands, our wives our children, may Allah azza wa jal protect our families from the fitna of this world. May Allah subhanho wa Taala reunite us in Jannah fie McCard you sit up there in the Maliki Moqtada if this is the last time that we ever have an opportunity to do something like this, may Allah subhanho wa Taala reunite us in a position in a place in his Jana close to him. May Allah subhanho wa Taala shower his aroma upon each and every single one of us. These are the words that we conclude with be the lucky to Allah brothers and sisters, just like Mala who have done well after
Darwin and Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen