Channel: Omar Suleiman
Everyone so not in the denominator behind I mean, when I wanted on a blog, I mean want to happy but to attain a level study with Southern Nevada because we come from and and so a lot harder to sell them on early here. Send them to Sema to feel your brothers and sisters, I wanted to share a reflection today on the verses
that speak to this concept of Allah not letting good go to waste. Now, these are things that we find throughout the poem. This is not necessarily one verse or one particular context, but Allah subhanaw taala mentioning, for example, how to just outside the sun is there any reward for excellence,
for excellent, anything that you do will be repaid by Allah subhanaw taala in ways that you could never have imagined, and in ways that will greatly outdo the initial deed allows mercy allows gratitude will always be greater than whatever deed you put forth for his sake. So kind of what Tyler and I wanted to speak particularly to this verse in the law, hello, Leo agilon listening. And unless Karnataka says this in different parts of the program, that verily a lot does not let the reward of the good doers go to waste. And there are different types of waste. That could be implied here. There's the ultimate promise from a loss of kind of facade, that everything that is done here
will have its reward will have its proper compensation in the hereafter. But when it comes to the importance of us, knowing that our efforts are not in vain, especially when the presence of evil seems to be so overbearing, or the presence of hardship, or the you know, whatever it may be, the counter forces of good seem to be so heavy, that a person feels paralyzed and doesn't know is it really worth it anymore. And by the way, you know, when we're doing something good, and we're not seeing the output or not seeing the reward of that good in this world, then that is a way for us. To keep ourselves sincere. And to remind ourselves why we do good in the first place. We don't do good
with the condition that we have to see the results in this world. We don't do good, certainly with the condition that we have to be credited for that good in this world. But what are the implications of this? And how can this really be an empowering verse for us in Charlottetown tonight, by the way, the session will be about at least last time being subtle and artful and a healing session, but I want to speak about this in Charlottetown. First of all, the fact that last bit to be patient for barely a last Tyneside does not let the reward of the good doers go to waste. This comes in sorted to hood and sort of hood after one of the scariest eye out to the profits of the Lord he was allowed
to step in, come out on earth woman turmeric to be firm, as you have been commanded to do. And those that have turned back with you should also remain firm should also remain upon karma and do not turn back without Tuttle. Because Allah subhana wa tada does not love those who turn away. And the loss of kind of what's out is well aware of that which you do. So the command to stay firm that was given to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam comes before this. And of course, this sutra was one that was distressing to the prophets, I send them because it spoke about sort of this last warning to the people, after which, you know, comes punishment after all of these years of patience with them and
calling them after which now comes punishment. But in the law Hello, Leo agilon lesson in the general, you know, mention of this verse. And what it implies, is important. Some of the scholars actually, quote the narration in which some of the Sahaba that lived past the changing of the fibula, from Jerusalem to Mecca, were worried about their companions who had passed and their prayers that were done before. And so you know, when when the Muslims migrated to Medina, they work still upon the fibula upon the prayer direction of Jerusalem. And then 1617 months in Allah subhanaw taala changed the direction of prayer, from Jerusalem to Mecca, from inputs to the Kava, and some of
the Sahaba worried about, according to this narration, worried about their companions that had passed away before that change of fibula with their prayers still count and the prophets lie Selim taking that to God Salaam and GBI, Islam, coming down with a verse from the last time that Allah does not let the reward of those who have done good go to waste. So that's a very specific notion here that there was a time in which this was done. And it was done in this in this way and the nature of that good the mechanics
That good have changed. But the intention and the way that it was put forth are still given and full credit as part of why you have to think about the Sahaba that lived as Islam was developing before their eyes and all of these new obligations were coming down. New good deeds were coming down and promised rewards with those good deeds. And you know, Khadija will be allowed Tatiana did not live to see the five prayers legislated she didn't live to see or Milan legislated she didn't live to see the cat legislated she didn't live to see the Hajj legislated. Right, the only one of the five pillars of Islam. These are the lavon Hancock was federal laws 100 also law but she lived to the
fullest of that pillar, as it came down. And of course the you know, the notions of prayer and, and charity and fasting all these righteous acts he did, but not in the way that would be obligated later on. But she's a woman of perfect faith. Right? So the window,
you know is specific to some people. And Allah subhana wa tada blesses different people with different times in different places. But at the end of the day, Allah does not let the good of the good doers go to waste. One of the things that we find one of the implications of this verse is that when you enter into gentlemen, last week alone, you will not be wronged alone mentioning that you will not be wronged, and that you will not have any good deed that you did missing on the day of judgment in terms of the reward, if it was done sincerely for him, then you can expect to be rewarded fully by him. And so you will not be wronged. No hardship that you endured with patience
and steadfastness will go unrewarded on the Day of Judgment, not totally normal, you will not be wronged. And, you know, beyond that, right, this idea that on the Day of Judgment, every deed that you intended, both in terms of a deed that you were not able to, you know, perform, but you intended to perform a deed or a deed that you intended to do good by. But the results of that good were underwhelming, okay. So you know, there are deeds that you intended, good deeds that you sincerely intend and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam subtests in Albania, that barely actions are but by intention, and everyone is going to have Manila what they intended, Allah will give them the full
reward of that which they intended, so long as they were sincere in that intention, if something missed you, not because of a lack of intention, but because of a circumstance that was out of your control. The reward is full, if you've been unable to presume on because your mustard is not open in the pandemic. Every Juma that you intended is written down forbidden Allahu taala. Because anything is the Prophet size on said anything that misses you, as a result of a sickness or travel or a deed that you would have done. But because of circumstances out of your control, you're unable to do a lot, we'll give you the full reward of that deed, you're not missing any of it, you're not missing
any of it if a person went into a coma, and they missed the last 10 nights of Ramadan. And every single year the last two nights of Ramadan, they do guarantee calf they have the floor reward of that are decaf. If a person goes to Hydra person intended to go to Hajj and they're unable to go to head to this year, and they're sincere in that intention, the full reward of heads is written down for them in the 90 Tada. So, there are deeds that you intend of good to do that you don't get to do. But you have the full intention and reward is written down. And then there are sometimes deeds that you get to do, but it didn't turn out the way that you wanted them to turn out. Okay. So for
example, you gave subaqua to a project and you were sincere and giving yourself a cut to that project. But you know, there was a you know, hang up, the mustard didn't end up getting built, whatever it may be. You intended to do something good, because you thought that it would yield certain good in society for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. And so you put something forward, thinking that this was going to be good for the sake of Allah, Allah, Allah will not reward you, according to the underwhelming results alone will record you according to the greatest potential that you intended of that project. Okay, so that's the generosity of Allah subhana wa tada in the
law Hello lirael agilon mycenean Allah will not let any form of good go to waste, it will still be written down for you fully. Okay, so both the deed that you intended to do, but you were not able to do and the deed that you intended to have some sort of effect but it didn't actually have that impact that you saw. It's a loss of habitat up you know, in His mercy Usher cooler, in his gratitude, Allah subhana wa tada would incorporate all of that in your
rewards is that and then what I thought when he saw that, and that is the the promised reward of a law that will always overwhelm you. So even if the result of your deed was underwhelming, the reward of a loss of hundreds, it will still be overwhelming. And that's part of our problem, our good expectation of Allah subhanaw taala. But you know, I want to really speak to the impact of good in this life, okay, the impact of good in this life and we can root out, you know, insincerity here, that if a person does something, seeking praise, then that lowly praise will come in this in this life. And what remains in the hereafter will be, will be the opposite of that, may Allah protect
this, if a person does something in this life that is good. But to achieve something that is genuine in its nature, worldly in its nature, and that's their intention, then, you know, the reward is restricted to this world. And Allah will choose whether or not to punish that person in the hereafter.
But sometimes it can just feel very debilitating, right, that, you know, you think you're doing some good, and you just, you're overwhelmed by the presence of hardship, it's like, you know, what good is this anyway, if, when I'm doing this good, all of this is happening. So if you think about it, in the capacity of, of charity, right. And I'll mention this a lot. And I say this, and I don't want to take away from any of the relief agencies in the great work that they're doing. In fact, I want to support that.
You know, you feel like, Hey, you know, I'm giving this money to support our brothers and sisters in Yemen, or Pakistan, or Somalia, or Mali, or the Rohingya or whatever it may be, right, Syria, Palestine, you can go with the list goes on and on and on and on. And you're seeing that the situation is getting substantially worse. Now, as Muslims, you know, We want a world in which charity is unnecessary. You know, when the prophets lysozyme tells us about the return of Jesus peace be upon him.
When Jesus peace be upon him comes back when a size nine returns, what happens, right, charity becomes unnecessary. Okay? Because righteousness is established and affirmed on this earth. And so as Muslims, we're obviously thinking about those bigger things, right. But sometimes it can feel just, you know, you can just feel so
you know, debilitated and not really have that motivation lack the motivation to give any more to these charitable causes, you still should give to those charitable causes. But you still should work in small ways, with the same mentality with the same mindset, towards doing away with the things that are making that charity necessary, and not feel overwhelmed by either of the two circumstances, meaning, yes, my small charity is not big enough to feed an entire village, but it's good enough to feed that one person, and I'm pleased What's up, right. And if I can do more than I'll feed more, and yes, my advocacy work, and the things that I'm doing are not good enough to stop the loading of
this people, the oppression of this people altogether, but if it can stop them, by limiting their oppression, or if it can, you know, if it can stop the oppression to a segment of the people then attempted it up, right, you know, I still don't lose sight of what I want in terms of the entire, you know, the entire eradication of the womb, and all of its manifestations, political, theological, spiritual, social, all of it right that, that wrongdoing, I should want it to go away. And I should not be little the effort that I put forth in that regard. And it's important for us when we say that a lot does not let the good of the good doers go to waste to understand that in this life, you don't
know what impact you are having. You don't know the inspiration that you are giving to good that you might not even see materialize in your life. And you don't know the enabling that you are doing of good you don't understand the full impact of the good that you might be enabling the good that you might be inspiring, or the good that the impact that might coming that might be coming out of your good in any capacity. It's impossible for us to understand the full workings of that. And if you look at people that do, you know, that go on to do great things, they're usually inspired by a moment that the one who was doing the inspiring might not have been very significant. Right, you
know, it was just a talk that someone got, or it was, you know, a few minutes that they'd listened to, or it was something that I saw someone else doing and that inspired me to do something good. And the reward is fully to that person. They might not even know what they inspired who was watching, right, who was watching what ideas were derived out of that. What what someone took from
From your sincere effort, and in renewing their own intentions and making sure that they are sincere, and moving things forward, you don't know who you're inspiring, you don't know what you're enabling, you don't know what impact the good that you are doing is actually having. And that's the beauty of this. All right, that you trust that Allah subhanho wa Taala definitely knows the full impact of it, you asked a lot to expand your good as much as possible. And you asked a lot to reward you for every single elements of that good that which you know, and that which you don't know, for surely he knows. And the most implicit ways in which good is inspired by that good or good is done
as a result of that good in ways that you could never quantify because Allah subhana wa, tada in his generosity can quantify it all right, can bring it all on the Day of Judgment, things that could happen generations from now, things that could be happening in your own lifetime, that you would not attribute to some good that you did, but a lot of attributes it. And so in the same way that when we're talking about the public have a lot of Decree of Allah, that we trust that there are workings around us that we are unable to perceive and comprehend, that would allow us to understand evil and hardship in a more holistic way. How do we have that comprehension? The same is true when it comes
to our efforts of good that Allah subhana wa tada surely sees the impact of that good that Allah subhana wa tada is knowledge encompasses it all. And that loss of habitat as generosity can reward it all. And that should keep me going. When I find myself in a situation where I see that my good is having no impact. Again, this is not talking about sincerity versus insincerity. You have to move past that or build on that not move past and that's insignificance. The most significant element of this right that I'm doing it only for Allah subhanaw taala no one else I'm doing it only for him and no one else, but building on that, that I am confident and assured that Allah subhana wa tada will
bring something out of this that is greater than what I can perceive. And that in his generosity, Allah subhana wa tada rewarded all the time. And so what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, on the worst day of his life, as he was surrounded by the people in pontiff, the children and the suffer half the children and the thugs and the fools of five surround the profits lights on for a span of several miles, spit at him, hit him with stones curse him, right? The prophets lie some of them, it would be very difficult for him to see anything but rejection on that day. Right? It would be very difficult for him to see anything but rejection on that day. I mean, there are people
literally in your face punching you spitting at you cursing you, causing your body to be covered in blood. How could you see any success in that mission. But even the prophets lie some knows that he does not know what child heard his recitation of the on a child. And part of that would come years later. And say I remember when you came here and called our elders to Islam, when you call their people to Islam, and he recited sort of bought it. And I memorized it from that day, right? The prophets lie, some would not have known that. But the prophets lie some had trust in Allah knowing that and rewarding that as well. The prophets lie some was not aware of the jinn that had come to
listen to him while human beings have rejected his message, that there were other creations that were present, that listened to that, and being recited by the prophets lie some and went back to their tribes, to call them as well, the prophets I send them would not have known that have not made that known to him, so a lot when he was setting them. And so sometimes you are speaking to a people or you're doing some form of good, and you're not seeing the benefit in the intended audience. But it might be that the unintended audience was meant to benefit from it and they will carry it forward. And they will do good with it and Allah will reward you fully because you intended with the
deep good and the last kind of attire would not let it go to waste. There's also there are also times that your good has gone wrong. Okay. Your good has gone wrong. What do I mean by that? You know, the profit slice I mentioned to us that man who went out at night and gave charity to three people. First night he goes out he wants to give charity sincerely for the sake of a lot at night. No one sees him he hands off the charity The next morning, but people say that someone gave charity last night to a buddy to a prostitute and he says a llama can hunt a lot you know to you belongs all praise. And the next the next night. He goes out and he does it again feeling like the first night
was insufficient or perhaps not accepted from a loss of habitat. And he gives charity again and the next morning the people say that someone gave charity last night.
To a thief, to a thief. And he says a llama can hand or lie to you belongs all proves. And then third night happens and he gives charity and the next morning he wakes up in the people say, last night someone gave charity to a rich man, okay, and he said a lot more like a hand or lots of new belongs all praise. And somehow, like goes to sleep that night. And he's told by an angel that, you know, what he did not see of that charity is that his charity to that to that woman that was earning and how long was assigned that Allah would provide her and halau so she should restrict herself from how long and with the thief as well that he shouldn't steal because Allah will suntan what is
intended for him, and to that rich person to give Subbu as well to be reminded to give charity with what they have, as that men have given charity. So the you know, you he was unable to see what he was what he was able to perceive was that that good had gone wrong. And sometimes you do something good. And you know, it seems to just not really lead to anything which you were seeking. And the reality is that that is also within the knowledge of Allah subhana wa tada and the wisdom of Allah Subhana, WA Tada, and a level rewarded accordingly. And I want to end with this thought. This one Hadith of the prophets, the prophets licen mentioned on the Day of Judgment, that he sees all of
these prophets 124,000 of them according to one narration, and every prophet has their people behind them. Some people, some prophets have 10 people behind them, some have 10,000 behind them, some have five behind them, some have one behind them, and there are some prophets that don't have any followers at all.
You know, and you think to yourself, why would a lot let a prophet come to earth and have no followers? Right? And what, what might that Prophet have felt, to leave this world and to have no followers whatsoever to be given a mission to call people to a lot to have the aid of divine revelation, and to not have a single person except their message. So how to love like, think about that, think about that.
And the reality is in the law, you need, his reward is not lost, Perhaps this was a lost way of elevating that person alone, of course, establishing the hedge against the people but, but that a lot, loves the servant, to elevate the servant, and to give that servant a certain reward on the Day of Judgment. But also that maybe a prophet observed that prophets that, you know, Prophet came after that Prophet, and observed that profit and the hardships that they faced, and was able to, to build on the data of that profit. Because if you look throughout the history of prophethood, then there is rapid succession that exists, right, often multiple profits at the same time. So it's impossible for
that person to know the full impact and the effect. But if that is even the case of a loss profits, then what about us? Right, what about us, and so it's important for us
to really, to really embed in our hearts, what could then be embedded in our actions, which is a lack of expectation of any observable, worldly gain from the good that we do, and a full trust that that game will exist in the hereafter in ways that we could have never expected. So we ask Allah subhana wa tada to make us amongst the most in need to make us amongst those that do good to make us amongst those that intends good with our good to forgive us for our shortcomings. We ask Allah subhana wa tada to reward us in accordance with the best of our intentions to purify intentions, so that they are only for him alone so that our deeds are only done for him alone. We ask Allah
subhanaw taala to make us people of benefit. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to guide us and to guide through us to rectify us and to rectify through us. We ask Allah subhana wa tada to make this a people of righteousness and to inspire righteousness through us we ask the last contact to make us the people of justice. And to work justice through us we ask a lot of time to make us a people of mercy, who receive His mercy in the Hereafter, and who channel His mercy in this life to everything around them. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to never make us the people who despair. We ask the lions to make us the people who always have hope in Him and who have hope and his reward. And we ask Allah
subhanaw taala to make us not amongst those who are disappointed or despised on the Day of Judgment, but amongst those who are rewarded and elevated on the Day of Judgment, until we reach the position of generative for the dose and the companionship of our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the prophets, the martyrs, the right system, all all that came before us that lives
amongst us, those that come after us have good we asked the last 100 times to make us amongst those people last night. I mean, does that mean well Hayden was salam, wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Ali he was like the marine salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah.