Serving Our Purpose

Nadim Bashir

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Last week, I talked about

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let me ask you, what did we talk about last week?

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I know you may not even remember what you ate yesterday. But happiness, mashallah, okay? someone's paying attention. So we talked about happiness, in how to attain happiness. And we talked about that in this dunya there is no such thing called true and everlasting happiness, rather happiness in this dunya can only be attained by understanding our purpose of life. And I gave you some examples about people and you know, certain people in sports and so forth. So today, there were a few brothers came to me after that, and they said that, can you please explain the how do you even achieve that purpose of life? And how do you understand how to serve Allah subhanho wa taala. And instead of

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going through so many ayat of the Quran, there's one idea in particular that I would like to just address. And this isn't sort of Bacara A, this is a number 177 Or you can go back to this by the way, this is a very well known verse known as AYATUL. Bill, the verse of goodness. And there was a man who came to Oba with a Radi Allahu Allah and he says that, can you please tell me what is Iman? That's all he said. Please tell me what is Iman told me from the Quran? What is Iman? To which he said, he read he recited this verse laser bureaux and to a loo Hukam table all mushed up well, Maghrib and till the end of the IRA. And this man said that I'm not asking you about Bill. I'm not

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asking about goodness. Here. I'm asking about Iman. And a Buddha Radi Allahu Anhu said that there was a similar incident, and the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam where a man came to the Prophet. And he said, Yes, would Allah tell me what is Iman? And the Prophet SAW Selim do the same exact thing, as I'm doing to you? And just like you are objecting to me and telling me, I'm not asking you about bed, I'm asking you about Iman. That same man did the same thing to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to that man, that when a believer does something that is good, and he expects that we work from Allah subhanho wa

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taala. He says that this makes him happy. Yes, and this makes him happy. And when he does something that is wrong, and he and he understands that there is going to be a punishment that will come. This creates fear within his heart. So let's quickly go through this verse of bed, you can inshallah go into this later on. There's a lot of the facet on this. There are many orlimar who have written entire books and treatises on this just one idea of the Quran. In fact, Dr. Issara Ahmed, I mean, may Allah subhanaw taala have mercy upon him. He has written an extensive amount just on this one ayah So Allah subhanho wa Taala he says Lacell bureaux unto Well, Lou, would you help them table

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admission at well? Maghrib so this is comes after the ayat of the change of Puebla. And what happened was that there were three different times Allah subhanho wa Taala says, For when li YJ Hakka Shakur, Al Masjid Al haram. So when the Muslims came to Medina, for approximately 18 months, the Muslims were praying in the direction of Missouri, Arkansas, and during the entire period of Maga by the way, they were also praying towards Missouri, Arkansas, but in the time of their province, I mean, sorry, in the time of McCobb, the prophet Allah you son would pray in such a direction that he was praying in line of the Kaaba and Missouri Arkansas and think about

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geographically speaking, that's still that's still you can still do that. But when the primary is some made hijab to Medina, there's no way you can do that. So for 18 months, approximately, give and take. They were praying towards Masjid aka song. And at that time, the Jewish people the Jewish community began to say that this religion of Muhammad they say that this man is a Prophet, his religion our religion are no different. You know, we face all so much Arkansas, they face Missouri, Arkansas, and slowly and gradually, this is exactly what sort of Bukhara is all about. It's about the distinguish the the, this is Allah subhanho wa Taala distinguishing this OMA from that

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community, and one by one you will see in the same just the second Jers one by one different different rules are coming legislative laws are coming from Allah subhanho wa Taala that is making them distinct from the Jewish community and the very first thing that Allah subhanho wa Taala

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I did was change of the Qibla change of the paper. Because when you talk about a an identity, when you talk about a religion and a group of people, they need to have a certain capital. And for all of us, when we talk about a spiritual capital, what is that for all of us, it's Mecca, it's where we pray, is the direction that you and I we pray in. So when the Muslims started praying to start pray towards Mecca, the Jewish community began to raise objections. And Allah subhanho wa Taala made it very clear in the second judges, that the only thing that you are supposed to take from this is that you're obedient to Allah subhanho wa Taala is required, you are not allowed to object to this. And

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this is a test from ALLAH SubhanA what the Isla, to distinguish between who are those who are believers, and who are those who are not going to believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala and who are going to raise objections to Allah subhanho wa taala. So then the Jewish community thought there is this what the entire religion is facing the Kaaba and so forth, to which Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying that no, when we talk about goodness, when we're talking when Allah talks about been, Allah is saying that it's not about facing the east or the west. This is not what Bill is. But Bill is overall an entire package. What is Bill consisting of an lasal Bureau and to elude you are

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comfortable and mushy, well, Muslim, Wallah canal bearer, but indeed bill is what Mahna Mahna Billahi, while yo mill theory that those who believe in Allah and those who believe in the hereafter, whenever ALLAH SubhanA wa Taala says, By the way, of believing in the Hereafter, he's not just talking about believing that there is a concept of the hereafter. But it's about believing in the fact that you and I, we have to answer to Allah on the Day of Judgment. This world is not the final abode, I may get away in this dunya with my crimes, but there is no way I will get away in the akhira from Allah subhanho wa taala. When a believer has this awareness of the ACULA This is what

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the Quran is talking about. We often understand it as Oh, someone who believes in the hereafter. Yes, that's also there. There are many religions who don't believe in the concept of the Hereafter. And that is why they're in Mecca in the monkey sutras. There's a great emphasis on the ark era. Why? Because the Quraysh did not believe in the ark era. So it's not just about believing that there is an ark era, but it's about believing that I have to stand before Allah on the Day of Judgment. So what I can do better, I'm gonna I'm gonna Billahi where Yamuna actually while Mala Ekati while Kitabi when they begin to believe in Allah, and to believe in the angels of ALLAH SubhanA wa to

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honor the Kitab that will reveal by Allah subhanho wa Taala and the prophets sent by Allah subhanho wa taala. And then now Allah subhanho wa Taala goes in a different direction. When is our A BAGHDAD WHEN is our Arpita so to believe in Allah and so forth, but what about our social obligations? Now listen to this, what I tell ma foobie He that will CORBA while your Tama while massaging wobbliness stability was sad enough, if you recall. So Allah subhanho wa Taala says, it is to give your wealth, give give away some of your wealth, however, even though you cherish that wealth so much so Allah subhanho wa Taala See, he understands us, he knows that we'd love wealth, and we all know that

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there's a hadith Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, no matter how much a person is rich, there is nothing that can satisfy the the hunger of wealth. Then the puppet of the the the grave. This is what the Hadith the Prophet saw some is, there is nothing that can satisfy a person's hunger for wealth. And then the Prophet SAW Allah and then Allah subhanho wa Taala says, they give their wealth to their relatives, to the orphans, to the needy, to the travelers, to those who are in need in the beggars, and they liberate those who are in bondage. Now, first of all, is Why did Allah subhanho wa Taala talk about giving to others? There's a very profound idea behind this. See when you give to

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others hustle and bustle Rahmatullah it says that often when when people give to others, they think that they're doing others a favor, hustle and bustle, he says, when you give someone some sadaqa don't ever feel you're doing a favor for them. Rather, you are doing a favor for yourself. You're doing it for yourself. That's number one. Number two is in the time that I was sent them. This was their way of helping others. In this day and age. There are so many other options and helping others there's so many other ways you can help others. But the idea is that when you do help

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others when you go out of your way to help others, that Allah subhanho wa Taala will bring peace and happiness in your life to when you put a smile on someone else's face. Allah puts a smile on your face Wallahi try it out, try it out. There are many people have come to me and said, I'm looking for happiness. I told them go and help someone else out. And one lady came back to me and he said, the fact that he just went, they spent 1520 minutes, but the fact that they got to thank you, and they saw that they were helping others. This brought some happiness in their heart. And that is why but if you go out and you help someone else out, according to the hadith of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi

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wa sallam, this is better. This is better than doing IR T calf. In the masjid of Rasul Allah, He said, Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Why? Because when you're doing erotica in the masjid of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi, wa salam, you are benefiting yourself. But when you go out and you help someone else out, you are benefiting yourself as it is, but you're benefiting someone else too, there is a double benefit here. So that is why all the time try to find any opportunity. And especially in this day and age, with all the things that we are seeing, especially in media and so forth on social media. It is this kind of time to show people truly what who we are as Muslims, I know that there is

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an overwhelming amount of support for Palestine and so forth. Well, Allah He, you know, there's a there's a principle of life, when there is hot, there's going to be bothered, the more the hot is going to be pushed forward, the more the the people who are on false, they're going to try to push forward their falsehood. And we see that going on right now. In this day and age, instead of pushing anyone forward. They're trying to censure everyone else. But the point is, in this day and age especially, we need to go out and be more engaged within our community. I'm not talking about necessarily in politics, I'm just saying, engagement in our in our community. This is something that

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by the way, the Prophet SAW long while he was selling when he came to Medina, he he talked about this, he says, I'm sure salaam will automata. And this is a perfectly some saying, I'm sure Salam will offer him with time, what does automata I mean, that go and feed a food to those who are in need no, go and engage in your community. This is what the Prophet saw some is saying. So that is why going out and feeding and helping others. Then he says also that to liberate those who are in bondage. Now, even though this means to free, those who are prisoners and so forth, but in our day and age don't really matter. They said that there are many people in prison, who needs support in

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any kind of capacity. There are many people in prison who are sitting there unjustly, and they need to be liberated from prison and so forth. To help them out is also a cause of Allah's pleasure. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says,

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well, apama, salata will act as a car. So it's not just about giving money to others. It's not just about your Abida. But it's about practicality, too, you have to have some practice of Islam in your life. And by the way, the reason why Allah subhanho wa Taala is also saying this is because think about it for a moment. If a person's Iman is on the right is on the right side, and then they're going out in society and they're making a difference in society. The very first thing that comes to their mind is Alhamdulillah. I am in a very great position, Allah is pleased with me and so forth. And at that time shaytaan comes to them and says, You don't have to do anything else. You are good

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as you are. But imagine if that same person is not fulfilling their most basic obligations such as salad and giving the cat and so forth. Our Deen if there's anything that this is teaches us, it teaches us that Islam is a complete package. You cannot just pick and choose and believe that Allah subhanho wa Taala is pleased with me in this ayah Allah covers everything. So he says a Palma salata. Zakka us Istart, they established their prayers they give there's a guy named The next one is one move funa Brd him either I heard, they fulfill their promises, when they make those promises. Now this is part of fulfilling other people's rights. When you make a commitment to someone, you

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fulfill that commitment. Then he says what about when we go through difficulties in life, Allah covers that also, he says was sabe Dena filled you with the raw emotional buzz. And those who are steadfast those who have patience in the face of misfortune, or adversity or in the times of danger mean that Allah subhanaw taala saying that whether we are going through a difficult time in our OMA a person who is patient, a person is going through a personal problem in their life, they are patient and not only that, but what if they oma in itself I might be I may not be going through that. I may not having a personal approach

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problem, but just like we find the situation of Philistine and we see the OMA going through some difficulty, even at that time, people are patient. This is what Allah subhanaw taala is talking about here. Now to all these people who are doing all these things Allah says, Hola, Ecole Latina Sadako these are the people who are speaking the truth. These are the people who are truthful. What is Allah talking about here? You and I made a covenant with Allah subhanho wa Taala you remember, before we came in this dunya when Allah subhanho wa Taala says unless to be a beacon, they might not show Lord, it might not sure Rob and what do we say? Bella? Indeed we are your savior Allah Indeed

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you are our Rob. We made this comment we made this promise right? When we live our life according to this, we are being truthful to our promise. Hola. Hola, Dina sada boo. These are the people who are truthful in their covenant to Allah subhanho wa taala. And then finally, Allah says Allah Iike, whom will with the goon these are the people who have Taqwa Why did Allah bring tequila here and by the way, Allah does not bring only tequila here again and again in this surah Allah brings about Taqwa why? Because you go back to the beginning of the surah and if I mean that he can keep tabula rasa Buffy who then Lille

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with tapping, okay, if you want guidance from Allah subhanho wa Taala if you want to be benefited from this Kitab Toccoa is a requirement and Allah subhanaw taala is telling us there are so many ways of attaining Tapachula so whenever you get a chance inshallah go back to this is Surah Baqarah, item a 177. But once again, Allah talks about Eman, Allah talks about a bad that Allah talks about our rights towards others. One is football below, there's a football quality but Allah covers both of them, that Allah subhanaw taala also talks about our responsibility in society. And Allah also talks about whenever you're going through challenges in your life, to be patient at that time, Allah

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talks about all these things in this one idea. So try to go back to this idea. Let's apply this idea and this goes back to once again last week. If you want to find true and happiness in our life, this is our purpose of life. If we understand our purpose of life and we fulfill our purpose of life, then inshallah we will find happiness in this dunya even if we go through some challenges in our life, Allah will help us to navigate around those challenges in our life, but ultimately, ultimate happiness inshallah is reserved for all of us Inshallah, and our families and the entire Muslim Ummah Inshallah, in the hereafter we ask Allah subhana wa Taala to make us amongst those who will

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enter into Jannah without any accountability inshAllah immunoblotted Amin was that Kamala Harris said I'm article mom to law heal but OCAT

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what and gentlemen Eileen.