Ramadan 2023 Appeal
A True Life
Channel: Navaid Aziz
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somebody died today.
He was between 20 and 30 years old.
He was a member of the Muslim community.
He used to wear Okay, clothes
used to smell pretty nice.
And that is all we know.
My brothers and sisters, this is an example of a death of the average person in the Muslim community. All we know about them is what we saw about them in terms of their appearances, the type of clothes that they were, perhaps we knew their name, perhaps we may even have known their age. But in reality, we don't know too much more about to them.
And thus, as easily we were forgotten in this world while we were alive. We are forgotten even after we pass away.
And Allah subhana wa tada poses a rhetorical question in the Koran highlighter, I'll insert any hainault minute daddy lahmacun Shea a mascara that was not a time upon mankind, where he was not even worthy of being remembered.
Now, I want you to think about this, viola, you lived on this earth for 17 years. And when you pass away, you're only remembered for a couple of hours. What a shameful life that would be. That is a life that you don't want to live. It's not the way you want to leave this world. We're not saying that you want to be remembered for the sake of being praised. But you want to be remembered for the sake that you had an impact on the people that you're around.
I want to share a story with you. This is a story of one of the Imams of Hadith from the second century. His name was Malik Abu dinar
Malik up dinner he writes his own story. He says I was a young man of 19 years old. And I used to commit every single sin possible. I used to drink I used to steal I used to kill I used to commit Zina anything that you can think of. I used to commit it.
And one day while I was walking on the streets, I came across a beautiful young girl, no older than five years old.
When I saw her, something happens to my heart. Something told me that it was time to change my ways. So I went on, and I prayed I said Oh Allah, what is this feeling? What is happening to me?
So I decided that at that time, I would start to change my ways. I decided to get married.
Lo and behold nine months later, Allah subhanho wa Taala grants me a beautiful young girl named Fatima
Fatima became the coolness of my eyes and the warmth of my heart. I used to love her I used to play with her. I used to take care of her.
And one day, while I was sitting on the chair, I was about to take a drink of alcohol. She came and sat in my lap like she used to do. And she started to play with my beard. And as I was about to take a sip, she hit my hand and the glass went flying away.
I thought to myself at that time, had it been anyone other than Fatima I would have stuck their neck. But Allah had placed so much love and mercy in my heart for her that I couldn't do anything except for embrace her and kiss her. And that was the day that I stopped drinking.
time goes on. I'm becoming a better individual. I'm changing my ways. And along this journey, Fatima is becoming more beloved and more dear to me.
Fatima now turns five
years old. She reminds me of that beautiful young girl that I saw on that street that helped me change my waist. But at that time, Allah subhanho wa Taala tried me with a trial so great. It was as if no one on the planet had been tried with such a trial before.
Allah subhanho wa Taala took Fatima away from me, she died.
I went into depression, I became sad. I didn't know what to do.
So I started to drink again, in hopes that the pain would go away.
I used to drink and I used to drink and I used to drink.
And the nighttime I would drink so that he could pass out during the day.
And during the day, I would drink so that I could pass out during the night.
And one day when I passed out during the day, Allah subhanho wa Taala showed me a vision. The Day of Judgment had begun. And as I rose, other people rose as well. And there was chaos everywhere people were running, yet I had no idea what they were wanting to or what they were wanting from.
And as I started to run with the people, I noticed that I was the only individual that had a giant black snake right behind him. The more I ran, the quicker I ran, the quicker the snake came.
So I ran and I ran and I ran until I came to the foot of a mountain.
And I saw this old man with a beautiful white beard and beautiful white hair and beautiful white clothes.
But he was very old. So I asked him old man for the sake of Allah, please help me against this snake.
The old man replied, I am too weak, and I am too feeble. Perhaps if you go on top of the mountain, you'll find someone to help you.
So I went to the top of the mountain Iran in Iran, and the snake is just behind me. And as I get to the top of the mountain, I look over the valleys. And I see the hellfire. People being burned, people being punished, people being persecuted. And I knew it wasn't what I wanted. I didn't want to be there. So I ran back down to the mountain. And I see the old man again and I scream at him again, old man for the sake of Allah, please help me. And the old man again replies, I am too weak. I am too feeble. Why don't you run towards the hills, perhaps you will find someone to help you. So I started running again. I run towards this greenery that I know it doesn't belong there. And as I'm
getting closer, I'm starting to hear the playing of children. But I can't make out what they're saying. And as I get closer, I start to make out the words. The children are saying, oh, Fatima, go and help your father, oh, Fatima, go and help your father.
I think to myself, could it be Fatima, my own beloved daughter, the one that had passed away.
And as they get closer, the silhouette of her shape starts to become more clear.
And I can make out that it is actually Fatima
and her arms are wide open, waiting for me to come and embrace her.
And I get closer. And Fatima takes me in with her right hand she embraces me. And with the left hand she pushes the snake away.
At that time, I couldn't make sense of what was going on where had I come what was happening. So I asked her Oh, Fatima What is happening? What is this place? She said, Oh, my father come and sit. And we sat down under a tree. And she came and sat in my lap. And she started to play with my beard just like she used to do in the dunya.
So I asked her Oh foster mom, please explain to me what is happening.
She says oh my father. This is the day of judgment.
That blacksnake that you saw. Those were your evil deeds. They had become so many. They had become so strong, that if it hadn't been for me, they would have destroyed you today.
That old man that you saw in the white clothing with the white beard with the light on his face. Those were your good deeds. They had become so few and so little, that they will be no avail to you today.
All my father has not come time for you to change your ways.
She recited a verse from the Koran.
She said I Lamia, Nina Latina Amano. untuck Shaka Lubumbashi karela that has the time not come for the hearts of the believers to be moved by the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala
at that time, Malik no dinar. He woke up.
He wakes up and he hears the sound of Maghreb going off.
He makes Voodoo and he hurries to the masjid.
And as the Salah begins, he hears the Imam reciting again. lm El Nino La Nina M and o n Daksha Colombe, the karela that has the time not calm for the hearts of the believers to be moved by the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala
Miley kibito dinar he prayed his Salah, and he knew that a new life for him was about to begin. And that is what he decided to do. Malik is no dinner. He turned out to be the individual that he used to come in the middle of the town center. And he would tell the people in the middle of the night or people wake up to the remembrance of your Lord. Oh people wake up to success. People would think he was crazy. Why would he do this? But he knew that ultimate success lied with Allah subhanho wa Taala alone.
He was an individual. That one day in the middle of the night, a thief came into his house looking to rob him. In the middle of the darkness the thief is searching around with his hands to try to find anything that he can get. And insula molecules no dinner he grabs his arm and takes him into Salah with him. So Malik him the dinar is going down for the court he's pulling down the thief with him.
Salah finishes Malik up the dinar turns to the thief he asks him What did you come to steal? The thief says I do not want any trouble. Please just let me go. And I won't take anything from your house.
Malik of new dinar he tells him I will let you go on one condition
that you pray to lock eyes with me before you go and I promise not to turn you in.
The thief agrees he goes and he makes
comes back and he starts to pray with Malika bernadina Allahu Akbar. They pray they finish to lock as Matthew dinner tells the thief you can disperse You can go now you're free.
The thief asks Maliki new dinar Can I pray with you some more?
So they pray some more the time for fudger comes medicube no dinar tells him again you're free to go leave
the thief asks Maliki new dinar if he can accompany him to salado fudger
they go to salado fudger. They come back molecule Medina he asks him again you're free to go Why are you still here? The thief tells him something and this really shocked my mind and boggled my mind when I read this. The thief turns to Malcolm no dinar and he says the right of a Muslim upon another Muslim is that if he asks him to be a guest, he has the right for three days. And when I read this I thought to myself some heinola Look how much am the thieves at that time that they're narrating had
really shocked my mind. So molecule no dinner he accepts him as a guest for three days. And for three days. This is how their lives continued fasting during the days praying during the nights.
And after the third day, the fi finally decides to leave. He goes back to wherever he came from. And all of your thieves around him. They're anxious they want to know what did you steal you were gone for three days you must have come back with a lot of loot with a lot of treasure.
He tells the thieves I came back with the biggest treasure possible.
However I want to rob someone but he robbed me instead.
The thieves are like tell us who he is. We'll go and kill him. We'll get the treasure back.
The thief tells them that this is a treasure that you cannot see it is a treasure you cannot touch. It is a treasure that you can only experience. They asked him What are you talking about? He says I made the mistake of going to the house of medicube new dinar. He caught me. He taught me to pray. He taught me to fast. He taught me to wake up in the middle of the night and remember my Lord. I wanted to steal the most treasurable thing that he had. But he took my most prized possession, my heart and he gave it to
Allah subhanahu wa Tada.
Now, I want you to think the story of Malika de nada has many, many other stories of what a great individual he became one of the leaders of the tabulation of his time, but how did this individual gets to such a state,
every individual has a turning point in their lives, where they can become better people, or they can become worse people, I conscious decision of which way you want to go towards gender or towards the north.
And you see that this decision that you make is not just a decision that will impact you alone. But it is a decision that will impact everyone around you as well. Because when a person stands up to go towards paradise, he goes towards a paradise that is filled with many, many people.
Meaning that the path to Paradise is not a thin and narrow path that a person walks alone with. But it is a path that he leads people behind him, he leaves people behind him. And this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he told us, colo Conroy in wakulla, coma soon, that all of you are shepherds on the path. And each and every one of you will be questioned about their flocks will be questioned about the people behind them, the people that you are responsible for. Now the life of this world, it makes you think that you're an individual and you live in an individualistic life. But Allah subhanho wa Taala did not create our religion like this. He created our religion in such a
way that we're meant to enjoying the good whatever good people are doing, we join them in it. And we forbid the evil if we see people doing any form of evil or Moncure. We stop them from it. And verse, flocks of people will either go towards paradise, or flocks of people will either go towards the hellfire.
Now I want to suggest five things for each and every one individual in this room, starting with myself, of how we pave the road to paradise. How do we leave stories behind the likes of molecule no dinner? It starts off with a simple question.
How do you want to be remembered after you die?
If you look into the Sierra, one of the most beautiful stories that we see is a story of a man who never met the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam it is the story of a man who was born a Christian. It was the story of a man who the only real recognizable thing that he did in his life was that he was just
when he passed away. It wasn't a messenger that came to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told him that he had passed away, but rather it was gibreel Allah His Salaam he came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he says Martel Yom orajel on soil is that today, a righteous man has passed away.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he turns around to his companions. And he says Salalah eco friendly alma mater Rajan on soil that prey upon your brother. For indeed today a righteous man has passed away.
Does anyone know who that man was? Has anyone figured it out?
He was an joshy rhodiola, who is a companion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, a man who was given a privilege that very, very few people are given, being testified by gibreel and Allah subhanho wa Taala that he was a righteous man being testified by the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam that he was a righteous man. Can you imagine having such a privilege that when you pass away, people remember you by that he was a righteous man.
And it's not for the sake of the people. But it's the recognition from Allah subhanho wa Taala the recognition from the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that when you meet the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam at the river will co author
Do you not want the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to say all Mohammed Abdullah? No, may Allah reward you and grant you the highest of paradise for all that you did in this dunya Do you not want to see the smile on the face of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam of how pleased he is with you on that day.
Something you want to strive for and longed for.
So how did he reach this state? The second question
You want to ask yourself, What am I good at? And what am I passionate about? You see, the when the Jesse reached this state was that Allah subhanho wa Taala gave him a responsibility. He made him the ruler of Abyssinia.
And when he ruled the people of Abyssinia, it wasn't a dictatorship. It wasn't a form of oppression. But rather, it was something that he did with excellence.
And likewise, Allah subhanho wa Taala, just as he gave him the joshy responsibility to rule the people. He has given each and every one of us in this room, our responsibility. Some of us may be parents, some of us may work in the IT field. Some of us may be school teachers, some of us may be professional athletes, regardless of whatever it is, whatever you do, you do it with profession. And you see that the life of this world again, it's going to dictate what you do. A lot of people will choose their professions based upon what their parents tell them. A lot of people will choose their professions based upon the dollar signs that they see. But when you choose what you do with your
life, think about one simple thing. If Allah had given you an unlimited amount of money, and had given you an unlimited amount of help, what would you do with your life, and you will see that is going to be your calling in life that is going to be your passion, something that you don't have to be forced to do something that you don't have to be paid to do. That is what you should be doing with your lives. And when you do it with excellence, that is when you can meet Allah subhanho wa Taala and the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and they will be pleased with you.
Now, once you figured that out, once you reach this path,
you'll see that a lot of things are going to try to prevent you from attaining success. The first of them is your intention, that you might start doing things for the sake of the people, you might start doing things for the sake of money, you might start doing things for the sake of fame and recognition. And that is why you will see that one of the most difficult tasks Allah has placed on this earth is the controlling of one's intention, that the second you lose sight of your intention. It is that very second that it turns over on you and starts to work against you.
Have you ever reflected that out of the 1000s and hundreds of 1000s of scholars of Hadith? How was it that the book of Imam Al Bukhari reached this level of notoriety became so famous gig became so conical
it was through the philosophy mama Bukhari.
I want you to think about something and help me with some math over here. Take a second and think that up until today in your whole entire life. How many knuffle salons Have you prayed? We're not talking about the fourth. We're not talking about the suddenness. How many number salons Have you prayed and you'll see this will be a sign of your sincerity.
I hope it's a low number so high that you can't even you know calculate it right now. But the point I want to try to get across very quickly is that Imam Al Bukhari Rahim Allah He had a scribe, someone who used to help him with writing. His name was Mohammed bin.
Mohammed even Abby hides them. he narrates that when Imam Al Bukhari Rahim Allah would come across a hadith and he wants to make a decision. Should I include this in my Sahil or not? He used to pray to rock eyes of istikhara to Allah subhanho wa Taala
and then he would include it inside Sahil Bihari. Now two other kinds of allistic IRA doesn't seem like a very big thing. It's to us. But when you have 7300, Heidi's in your collection, how many records does that come out to help me with the math 7300 times 214 1600 Records, not for the prayers not sinner prayers, not priamo Lane, but just making istikhara to Allah subhanho wa Taala Should I include this in my book or not? My brothers and sisters that is what you call sincerity. And that is what is going to help you be sincere to Allah subhanho wa Taala turning to Allah subhanho wa Taala
when no one else is looking, turning to Allah subhanho wa Taala to help you with your sincerity. So you will see if you maintain your sincerity, Allah Subhana
Without further we'll help you.
And you'll see that other great projects other great things that have existed. The reason why Allah subhanho wa Taala made these people remembered was their sincerity. Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in Surah Maria in the levena M and awami lasagna had say Jana Homura man was that those people who believe and do righteous deeds, Allah subhanho wa Taala will place a special love in the hearts of the people for them.
The fourth thing you want to do is minimize the amount of sins you commit at that time.
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he told us, nothing diminishes one's risk, like the committing of sins. Now, it's not only the risk that you are referring to, but it is the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is the favor of Allah subhanho wa Taala
that all of this will diminish through the sins that we commit.
So if you are an authority, one of the great imams of the past, he said, that I know when I have committed a sin, due to the way that my family and the people around, react with me. So you'll notice that there are some times people are just really meaning of noxious to you, and you haven't done anything to it to them. When that time comes and you can't figure it out. Realize that it was a sin that you committed. So in this path of life that where you want to take people to paradise with you, an individual who's committing sins, will not be able to take them to paradise.
Another amazing Hadith you find in Sahih al Bukhari is the hadith of Abdullah bin Arbus where a man came to complain to him to live in our bus. He says I was with Mao we are with your loved one. And Mao is a Khalifa at that time. And he says I saw Mao era de la Hwan, praying Witter with only one that aka I saw him praying with her with only one Raka now you see this hadith inside Sohail Bukhari and you think to yourself, what is the big deal? That is only praying one that aka and half of the Hydra he comments on the Hadith? And he goes on to say that it was an abnormality for someone who wants to lead the Muslims, that he's only praying one record night, it wasn't sufficient. If you're
not praying the night and night prayers, you're not elongating it, how do you expect to get the help of Allah subhanho wa Taala minimize those sins and turn back to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
The fifth thing,
the importance of seeking knowledge, having knowledge. Now you'll see that as time went on, a dichotomy was was created when it came to knowledge. People divided knowledge into secular knowledge and religious knowledge. But Allah subhanho wa Taala in the Koran, he does not create such a dichotomy. Rather, knowledge within of itself is praiseworthy. They did not say
that. They did not Allah subhanaw taala did not say that it was only religious knowledge.
And I'll tell you why. Because the essence of knowledge is that the more knowledge you get, regardless of the dounia, or religious knowledge, it always goes back to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Everything that when studied in detail always takes you back to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Let's take the science of studying animals.
This was I went to when I was in South Africa. I went to the zoo over there. And I saw something amazing. I saw something amazing. One of the largest animals on the planet is the blue whale.
It weighs something like 150 tonnes. So the average car, it weighs about three times. So this is like 50 cars. That's how much the blue whale weighs. And then you look at the food that Allah subhanaw taala created for the blue whale, you'd think it would be like, you know, maybe 20 cows or 50 camels, you know, that would fill up this room. That's what Allah subhanaw taala would really feed this gigantic animal. But Allah subhanho wa Taala created Creel fish for the blue whale. The average Creole fish is about two centimeters big and it eats about 2 million of them every day.
So even this knowledge of biology
During the knowledge of animals, regardless of what you studied, it makes you think that this is the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It makes you think that Allah subhanho wa Taala is in control. So when it comes to knowledge, study all types of knowledge, don't just think that it's only religious knowledge that is favorable. Yes, you do need religious knowledge. But at the same time, it's with the knowledge, the knowledge of this world, that one will be able to get somewhere as well. So seek out that knowledge.
Now the last point I want to conclude with, and we can call this point number six to be in Allahu taala.
is about unsaved nomadic or your loved one. And the last one, he was a young boy about 10 years old.
He said, I learned the following day from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, due to how frequently he used to say it. I learned the following day from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, due to how frequently he used to say it. And I do I was Allahumma inni over the weekend in Adhami while husband while adze while cousin, while bocalee while Jawbone while Dada daily was Alberto the judge, that Oh Allah I seek refuge in You from sadness and sorrow, from being miserly, and from being a coward. And I seek refuge in You from being overpowered by debt. And being overpowered by people. You look at this, do I that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to
make and you see that there's a reoccurring theme in this.
It is anything that prevents an individual from doing action. When a person becomes worried, he doesn't do action, when he's overpowered by debt, he doesn't do action, when he's overpowered by people, he doesn't do action. Each and every of the eight things mentioned in this drama are things that prevent you from doing action. So anything that is preventing you from doing action in your life is something you have to eliminate totally eradicate. Sometimes it is your friends, sometimes it is the habits that we have of perhaps watching too much TV or spending too much time on the internet. Or perhaps it's just, you know, just silly things like playing video games. Everything
that you that prevents you from committing action you want to eliminate from your life, because you will see that shaytaan becomes his happiest when you're not doing any action. That's the time when you know he comes to you spreads all these evil thoughts. And he distracts you from the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
We started off this talk by saying that someone today had died.
And a lot of people they were shocked that who was this individual that died.
But the reality is, my dear brothers and sisters, the problem in life is not to death, that we're going to die. But the problem in life is that not everyone is truly going to live, that you may physically be alive. But you are no better than an animal. Because all you will do is eat, sleep, drink, go to the bathroom. And that is the life that the vast majority of people with live will live. But a true life that will live in the hearts a true life that will affect the people is when you start to bring value into the lives of people. Allah has given you this potential. And this potential is in a manner. Either you can fulfill that a man and fulfill that trust of fulfilling
your potential. Or you can show up on the Day of Judgment, humiliated and disgraced. And when Allah asks you, what did you do with that potential?
Will you have the courage to say that I watched TV with it instead? I was busy on the internet. Instead, I was busy playing video games instead.
What do you have the audacity to say that
my brothers and sisters, don't wait for the Day of Judgment, to feel that regret. But rather feel that burden right now. That Allah has given you potential he has given you a responsibility. Either you can fulfill that potential. Or you can betray it and then face the consequences on the Day of Judgment. Now more than ever, this woman needs leaders. It needs people to lead projects. It needs people to have a vision.
And if it's not going to be the Muslims, then who is it going to be?
I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala grants is the tofield to do righteous deeds. Grant is the tofik to fulfill our potential
And grants us the tofik to meet the Messenger of Allah and Allah subhanho wa Taala and they are pleased with us. Well Ecuador Radha and Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa sallam robotic and in Vienna Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam. Anything that I have said that was correct is from Allah alone, anything that I earned from myself and she thought, I pray that Allah accepts from all of us was salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.