Be In This World A Stranger or a Wayfarer
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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I'll tell you a story that, you know, recently Subhanallah I went to Canada, we had an event for European Canada. And, you know, I typically am in and out of a city just come in and leave, I packed my schedule and then I'm out. And I usually don't have even half an hour to do anything, especially with these people. Like what they did to me today. I don't know how much DC food I've eaten today. But I've been fed everything I think push our fed us.
You know, everything that exists have the last like the entire, the entire Pakistani playbook, right. But I got to sample it all. But it was a beautiful day at Hamdulillah. But I was in Canada recently and I had a few moments. And I had a chance Subhanallah to actually go to Niagara Falls just before my flight. I said you know what, we're finishing late night, Toronto. Let's go just wake up pre budget and just walk Niagara Falls and I'll go to the airport.
That morning, I woke up and Subhanallah with a few just a handful of brothers. We weren't walking, we bumped into someone I was thinking about walking Niagara Falls with his coffee, a chef that I hadn't seen for so long. And I was thinking about recently said Subhanallah what are the chances and it was it felt like strolling through Gen nine bumping into someone that you haven't seen for such a long time and the joy that you feel the happiness that you feel when you bump into someone like that and I said Allahu Akbar, this is amazing.
Walk a little bit further if any of you ever been to Niagara Falls, it's really a stunning scene of Allah is beauty in his creation, and I mean, I love water. I love nature. And I'm just sitting there looking at it. And the message comes that Chef Yusuf al Qaradawi Rahim Allah passed away. And I said to myself, Subhan Allah may Allah azza wa jal have mercy on him a great scholar of this Deen that passed away. And then we started to remember a brother Sheikh Mohammed, the city for him a whole lotta dear friend of mine. And the brothers that were with me started to remember the last time they said, you know, last time we came Niagara Falls, we were with him. And we're talking about him. And
then we're seeing these birds, flying around the riverbanks and dropping and just taking a few sips and plucking and then going back and I remember the Hadith of the Prophet sly song about the souls of the believers, being in the bodies of green birds, some of the scholars said, is hostile shahada is specific to the martyrs other said, knows this is for the believers, the righteous souls, flying in the bodies of green birds that you and I cannot conceive of. And drinking from the riverbanks of paradise during the day and eating from its fruit and then returning back to what Allah subhanaw taala has given them of their place until the day of judgment until they are resurrected. And it
just, it reminds us that we're just in transition and the person that you're sitting next to you might have a story with
a few decades from now or maybe a few lifetimes or two lifetimes to be specific the Hyattsville, Balzac and then Jana paradise afterwards, you might have a story with that person one day, and we're in this journey of transition together. And I shared with shahada and I guess this is a chance for me to just pivot right into my talk a little bit that the concept of strangers
there's something that I noticed about this hadith recently that I hadn't noticed before when I teach about this hadith about the strangers, which is that it seems very intentional that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, strangers and not stranger Hora and not buddy Raba and not a very poor little hoorah, but glad tidings to the strangers. And that is that while what we adhere to, and not Allahu Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah, and of the principles and the purpose that we inherit, with that call that we adhere to, that is at the center of our existence as human beings.
Allah has blessed us that in every generation, there will be other people that are grounded in that purpose, probably better than you that you can aspire to be liked and be with and clean together with that. You're not a stranger alone, but we're strangers a lot about because in every generation, there are groups of people. And Allah emphasizes the groups of people in the plural, felt attack on men. Come on Mattoon. Let there be amongst you a group of people that enjoying good and forbidden evil, unbelieving ALLAH SubhanA to add an equally coordinated an almighty savvy coin in every generation of my nation, that hadith and a boon or aim, there are four runners, not just one
Mujaddid everyone looks around and says who's the Salahuddin of this era? Who's the masjid who's the reviver fee couldn't be a codename? And oh mateesah Bitcoin, some of the the explainers of the Hadith says a mudra. They don't there are people who revive groups of people that revive in every generation. There are four runners, there are classes of people and every generation
so much emphasis on the group whatsoever. So we'll have to tell us all the sub, you can't do it alone, clean together and establish the truth amongst yourselves, cooperate in good, and keep each other patients keep each other resilient. You know, when it dawned upon me, it was really interesting. I had a very respectable teacher, reach out to me and this person, never. He's a great teacher. He's someone I hold in high esteem. And he reached out to me and I was surprised that he was reaching out to me, I assumed he was reaching out to me because he needed something from me because it's, I consider myself a student of him. And so when I saw his miss call, I immediately
called him back and I was, you know, like, I hope everything is okay. And he said, No, no, I was just thinking about you. I was like, huh, like, what do you just thinking about you? And he said, Yeah, I mean, how Has everything been okay? Are your Is everything all right? A little worried about you. And look, you know, it's okay, if you feel like there is Catherine total. If you feel like there are multiple enemies, there are too many enemies. Know that you also have a hab, you have companions too. And the Sahaba were Sahaba to one another, not just the hobbit to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam like they drew from each other string. So I just wanted you to know, I'm
here for you. So that so beautiful, Subhan Allah, we all need us how because we all have that. That's what he said. We all need companions. Because we all have enemies. We all have people that hate we need people that love as well. We, we have that group of people and that's a blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala added that Allah has given us an example of a lava, a textbook example of incredible human beings that walk the same earth that you walked, that breathe the same air that you breathe, that were as human as you and that have left behind clear guidance. That gives you a roadmap of striving until the last breath that you take on this earth. I want you to appreciate for
a moment that in this lens,
there were very likely MBR at some point prophets at some point before the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam oh my goodness, no more. I mean, I had turnover I thought oh Sudha we don't punish the people until we send them a profit. Well, not a sudden them it was soon and it'll be the sign he called me he we don't. We don't send a profit except in the language of their people. There were in one Hadith from a Muslim Muhammad, the prophet sai some said 124,000 MB 124,000 prophets amongst them 315 Russell 315 messengers, we only know the names of a handful of them. There were prophets probably that walked this earth that walked this land, right prophets, and you follow in their
footsteps, and you don't know the Bartok and the effect that they had. But what you do have is the clear guidance of those that came before you to know the extent to which you can become pleasing in the sight of Allah Subhana Allah should you follow your potential, and your potential is shown to you in the pinnacle of all of Allah's creation, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who just exemplifies what perfection and beauty looks like in the human sense, to give you a domain to constantly strive, so you have the whole about of the past, the robot of the past, or the profits, and then the profit slice that I'm in his companions, his family, his companions, and those
righteous people. And then the example of those that followed in their example, right, the righteous generations, these the tambourine, the tobacco tambourine, the first generation, the second generation, the third generation, then a legacy of scholars and pioneers and activists and, and people of wisdom and sages, people of worship, who we have books about, right so you have all these little bits of the past that sometimes by the way, can give you a deep sense of companionship. I personally Subhanallah I you know, I talk it was interesting because I remembered Sharon was always there. One one day of the month I talked about one of the Sahaba of the prophets I'm so this was
like, the first before YouTube. Alright, if any of you watched the first one every Tuesday night to talk about one of the companions and really live with that Companion of the prophets lie Selim. Sometimes when I feel lonely, I feel their companionship like to read about them and to dive in. It's for an hour for an hour, it feels like you're right there with them. And there's value in that because they're there a little bit of the past. So the little bit of the past are there as an example, the little bit of the President, or their support. And when you think about what it means to be strange,
that hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam about the righteous companion versus the wicked companion, that you cannot escape their influence. You cannot escape their influence. The right says companion, being like the one who sells perfume, even if you don't take from their Biller, even if you don't take from their inventory. Purchase the perfume.
you still smell good when you're around them. And the wicked companion being like a blacksmith,
you know, or I think what's what's more appropriate in our time is is a cigarette smoker. Right? The smoke, secondhand smoke, right? You'll get the secondhand smoke from the smoke that has been consumed will come to you and you'll naturally smell like it. Right? Imagine the prophets, I saw them as the greatest perfume seller of all time.
Right. And that's what you see in the Companions, that some of them even in a few moments with the Prophets lie, some were utterly transformed by his presence, utterly transformed by his presence, and it's called the our yard says, every one of the companions has a part of the prophesy sentiment them, every one of them exemplifies and manifest something of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but in our time, the inescapable reality that you are going to be like the people that you surround yourself with.
And there is no way for you to escape that.
And so choose your surroundings wisely.
And if you choose surroundings that aren't going to be fit you as a stranger who strives for Allah's pleasure in a world that goes further and further away from him, then eventually, your sense of what's right and wrong,
or your sense of what's Excellent. And what's unbefitting
that goes before prohibited and permitted is excellence and unbefitting. Right, excellence and unbefitting. And then goes the prohibited and the permitted, but your standards are going to be diluted and you might not even recognize how far you've drifted away.
So we need autobahn, we need beautiful people around us that manifest beautiful qualities that we too want to have. That's the beauty of the MSA Subhanallah the MSA is have saved lives for some it's not a social club. It's a club of perfume sellers in sha Allah Tala it's a club where people I hope you don't actually start selling incense, like
you know, be like this is me, you know.
But it's a group of people in sha Allah, Thai that come together and they want to strive that wants to do better, and find themselves in an environment and you know, when you're in an environment where things start to become more challenging to you and your principles and your ethics, and then you find people that have the same journey as you you feel like you can breathe, it's oxygen. Right That sense of law Hanif Sia, ease to the soul when you meet people and you know Imam Malik Rahim Allah when he said that I go to see him I'm leaf so that my my Eman raises just when I'm around the guy, right, it's like, oxygen, right to be around the righteous are to be around those that are
striving for righteousness, like, like we've been out there and it feels like we've been choking. Alright, here we are at Hamdulillah.
People that are striving like me, people that speak the same language, people that have the same expression, expressed the goals, they're not perfect, nor am I but we're trying to compete with one another and complete one another than that the beauty of this deem we're competing with one another and completing one another, compete with one another in good.
I don't want anyone around me
that is doing something that is more pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala except that I'm trying to please Allah subhanaw taala with what they're pleasing Allah with, and trying to do it with even greater sincerity and greater determination. Without that person's reward being decreased in the bid. I want them to keep succeeding and getting better. But I want to succeed too, I want to compete. And I also want to complete because that's my brother, that's my sister, we're mirrors to one another. So where there is a flaw, I want to tell that person so that they can fill that in and then help them fill that and I want them to do the same for me. So we want to compete with one
another. And we want to complete one another for what for Allah's pleasure, for Allah's pleasure. And so you have the past roadmap, the past roadmap the past a lot about think of all of the headaches about a good friend, a good example a good companion, think of the Prophet slice on first, and then his family and his companions and the prophets and the righteous volt. That's your past. That's your example of a lot about and then your presence, your energy, your enthusiasm work together to also be happy. What's the loss of a sub, the prophets lie Selim warned about being the stray sheep
will fall off to the gemera the one who leaves off the group. Many people do that under the guise of being strangers. That's not the way that it's supposed to be. This community is a community of faith, we work together with one another, understanding that we're always falling short collectively, but that we're always trying to aspire to be like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and it's very interesting. There's a saying that shoot for the moon. And have you ever heard the saying shoot for the moon? Because what happens
if you miss you'll still be amongst the stars. Shoot for the moon.
If you miss you'll still be amongst the stars, who is described as the moon in our tradition, but also la Sai Salam, he is a newcomer sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he is the full moon, who are described as the stars,
the Sahaba in our traditions, I find that that that saying very appropriate, shoot for the moon. And then inshallah you'll find yourself amongst the stars, knowing that you'll never be of their rank, but hopefully like them, you'll manifest in beautiful and proportionate ways, that that are refined qualities that Allah subhanaw taala has given to you and you can be pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala and you be with the Prophet slice in genitive for those you be with faulty model the Allahu Taala anhand Hadith or the Allahu Taala and Han Abu Bakr Radi Allahu anhu, and, or Omar or the Allahu anhu, and so on and so forth, you get to be with them. Because you strove and you, you shot for the
moon, you shot for the moon, I know, I can't be the profit slice of them. But I'm going to try to be like the profit slice I'm in every single way possible, because if I miss that, hopefully I'll land amongst the stars. Hopefully, I'll land amongst the Sabi cone. If I can't be like the savvy horn of a previous generation, maybe I can be like, I can be one of the sabich one the forerunners of this generation, but shoot for the moon. Try your best to be of that level. Now let me come to the Hadith in question. And there are multiple Hadith about the whole about. And
I actually have no sense of time right now. So if I see all fallen asleep, then I'll just stop talking. That's how we're going to do it. There's no timer here, which is a big mistake. All right. You always give a time when I was playing, it's not a big mistake.
It's actually like there are some massages now that do green light yellow light red light.
In Joomla, I'm like, I'm not going to respect that red light. That red lights the shape on I refuse to. I refuse to acknowledge the red light. I don't know if any Boston massage did have that. But the Hadith of the Prophet sys alum
from Abdullah bin Amato, the Allahu Taala and Homer where he said that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, couldn't fit dunya can Nikka hurry. Oh, Abby to Sabine
be in this world as if you're a stranger, or a Wayfair IB to submit. It's interesting. No one ever. Like you'll never find a program titled the Wayfarers. Let's talk about the Wayfarers. Okay, a generation of Wayfarer. Some of you like I don't know what a wafer is. It sounds like a wafer Right? Or something like sounds like a food you know? Or maybe that's just me the first time I heard that word in English. I was like, What's a Wayfair? Right? couldn't fit dunya Kanika hurry. Oh ambito Sabine. Now the best way to understand hadith is to look at the way that the narrator understood the Hadith. What does it mean to be Hadith strange, even the word Strange is actually not a very
appropriate word to what he is meant to convey. He means that you stand out that you're unfamiliar. Okay, standing out being unfamiliar, but strange,
seems to imply an inherently negative connotation. And that's just a function of language that it's hard to translate
the effect of what a word conveys in another language, but be in this world as if you're a stranger or Wayfarer, but all model the alone time and Homer. He understood that he would comment every time he would narrate the Hadith either a spotter fell out on top in Messiah for either Seta fell out on Tavita Salah Well, Hosemann Sahar Tikka the melodic woman hieratic, Nemo TIG, he would say all the Allahu Taala and Homer.
If you wake up in the morning, don't expect to see the evening.
And if you go to sleep at night, don't expect to wake up in the morning. And take from your health, for your time of sickness, and take from your life for your time of death.
The hadith conveys a sense of urgency, urgency, that the believer inherently has a sense of urgency,
not an urgency that bears zealotry, an urgency that impacts priority.
What you choose to be a priority in your life is ultimately going to define the course that you chart for yourself. couldn't fit dunya kaneka Marieb our RB 270 It'd be in this world as if you're a stranger. The strange part speaks to
two things and I'm gonna use S words so that it fits stranger so that you remember these two words, Inshallah, your standards and your speed, your standards and your speed.
What the prophets lie some is conveying here is
that the stranger is inherently made strange because they have different standards than the people around them. They're not people that are objectionable in their behavior. They're people who substance and whose mission and purpose inherently puts them at odds with society around them. It's not that they're rude people. In fact, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a study before his kindness. It was actually that he was actually strange. What does that mean? The Arabs were used to what? That if I get in your face enough, then I'm going to provoke the same response from you. So if I insult your tribe, you're gonna insult my tribe. Alright, that didn't work with him.
If I bribe you enough, if I upped the price What do low to Dino for God known? will sweeten the steaks, you'll compromise will compromise new compromise. We all know what this game is about. will sell our gods you sell your gut? What's your price? Name? Your price? Yeah, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa salam. So his his composure and his kindness was actually that deep was actually part of his being strange. Why are you so different? What's wrong with him? We try everything with him. It's not working. We're not getting the same behavior out of him that we expect from ourselves strange Hardeep. We can't name this phenomenon, because it can't be divine reality. Because if we say it's
divine reality, then we have to embrace his message.
But it's strange. It doesn't make sense. It's weird. So the horror of BA is not in how you treat people. It's not in how you carry yourself. It's not even in dressing apart from people in regards to customs. Right? Obviously, I'm not talking about the rules of outlaw and things of that sort and what's to be concealed and not to be concealed. But the prophets lie, some did not, you know, receive the message and then stop dressing like an Arab. Right, and stop talking like whorish or being amongst them. What made him strange, it his thought was Saddam, was the message that he now had put him inherently at odds with society around him. It's really interesting because if you think
about data, when Allah talks to us about data, Allah talks to us about how to be as agreeable as possible in our data earlier either. sabini, Robbie Cubbon Hekmati when Murray that it has a call to people with wisdom, and beautiful preaching, it's fabulous to hear accent, respond to that which is evil with that, which is better. That was about trying to be as agreeable as possible, using the best of manners and the best of etiquette and showing people the most beautiful of your example, right, and not offending them with your tone, not offending them with your behavior, not putting unnecessary barriers between you and them, because you want to speak past their ego, not to their
Because if you involve the ego, then the ego is a barrier between us and Allah subhanaw taala, they won't be able to hear the beauty of the message. So you want to get your own, your own ego out the way so that you can help them remove their ego, so that the beauty of the message can come from your heart to theirs. So Horiba is not about being disagreeable. Right? The larva is that there's something inherent about your standards, that makes you objectionable. In other words, you're not forcing the difference or the disputes. It's actually being forced upon you. Because people in chaos do not like people and tranquility.
People have confusion do not like people have clarity. Sometimes.
I don't like that you're not changing with me or that you're not as confused as me or that you are not involved in what I'm involved in. And so you inevitably as a result of insisting on your principles, not as a result of your objection or disagreeable behavior, as a result of your insistence on your principles. You become ostracized, you don't ostracize.
You become pointed out or singled out, as being different. You don't point fingers at people.
And so there is a horror but there is a strangeness and unfamiliarity that starts to arise. And that strangeness of standard changes with circumstances because not all people have the same standards and not all people are the same. And even though him or him Allah to Allah, He says that the Muslim is a very Hebe
amongst non Muslims.
Strange What's up with your Islam? Why, what is it with this religion of yours? So you become strange or the believer amongst people that don't believe?
But then he said the mud Turkey a person who's
God conscious becomes a leap amongst the Muslims and watin become Varada amongst the muslimeen. How's that possible people have talked about people of piety, people of God consciousness because piety means that you are more aware of the sight of God upon you than anyone elses sight in a way that causes you to relinquish certain sins that have become normalized amongst the people even amongst the Muslims. So a practicing Muslim,
a practicing Muslim actually, I don't want to use those words because I actually don't like the words practicing and nonpracticing. We're all on a spectrum of Islam. We say Lila Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah and we try our best but someone who is practicing a particular element of their faith, or refusing to engage in a particular sin that has become normalized amongst the people becomes ostracize. You think you're better than us? You think you're a better Muslim than us? You think you understand Islam better than us? I changed your diapers I saw you grow up. Who do you think you are? I come from this place in that place. How dare you try to challenge our culture and our ideals?
Right? How dare you try to be different. I'm just like, I'm not trying to be offensive and I'm not talking about the guy that you know, goes from the club to the Muslim then goes home and starts breaking TVs and says stuff but Allah and haram and everything you do is big and chicken Cofer not some other guy
talks about the person who embarks on a journey of God consciousness and then in the process starts to become very uncomfortable with things have been normalized even amongst the Muslims. Like I'm not okay with this. This is deeply uncomfortable May Allah bless you and reward you Zack Malachite I love you and I respect you but I'm not okay with this and we should reconsider this and we should change this about ourselves. speaks in the language of clarity, but in a way that inshallah to Allah can help grow. But even if you speak like Ibrahim it Assam spoke to his father, if the heart of the Father of Ibrahim is in a person, then that is Iran. He won't enter an area to Ibrahim, I'm gonna
stone you. How dare you challenge me, even if you use the best etiquette because there's a disruption on the inside.
But the mud tech team become a horrible amongst the muslimeen. This could also become by the way, in regards to our social interactions. When you're sitting around and you're that one person that doesn't like backbiting
and so on, someone's name comes up, you have this reaction like stop. Can we change the subject please? I don't like talking about about people. And I don't like you talking about people. Can we change the subject? You know, I spoke about I had an uncle Rahim Allah to Allah who passed away recently. He wasn't he wasn't a
Muslim, who even prayed at some point in his life never used to go to the masjid until Hamdulillah, the last year of his life and Hamdulillah. But even before that Assad is a clock his character. And he was the most interesting person Subhanallah he used to wave people off when they started backbiting. It was really interesting. So if you started he was the most quiet person in the gathering super quiet. Always had a big smile on his face, he had a smile that resembled the smile of my mom.
And I remember you know, if people started to talk about about someone he was like
that's the only time you got like a real reaction out of him not from a place of of even like super religiosity like this is gross stop. Why are we talking about people? So the mood Tapti starts to become kind of isolated. Because this is I'm not okay with some of these things. I'm not okay with some of the sins that are becoming popularized are becoming normalized in the community. And because it's all people who say lay down Allah that are engaging in these practices, then it's harder to detect as an anatomic practice because the people of Islam are all doing it. This happens and occasions in our in our, in our customs, and whatever it may be. And it's like, no, I love all of
you. And I don't think I'm a better person than you, but I'm not okay with this particular sin. So there's the strangeness and then he said, The marks and Nene, are stranger, strangers amongst the McLean. People of excellence are strangers even amongst people of consciousness. Why? Because people have taqwa, leave off certain sense, people have some people of excellence, honor the sight of Allah upon them in a way that they are engaged in certain good deeds that other people are not engaged in and they're driven towards those good deeds, the extra stuff, the voluntary deeds.
That's that person that is in competition with the savvy corner of their era, the savvy corner of their circle, the savvy corner of their family that says, You know what I'm going to, you know, if you think about in terms of athletic terms, and you know, I always think about the athletes in this regard, the person that came to practice before everybody else and like everyone else thought that was like, totally unnecessary. Like why does he go to practice early? You know, like the great quarterback, the great football quarterback. All right. I know y'all had a quarterback in Boston at some point. We had to
robberies. All right. So that quarterback, they'd be like, you know, you see him on the field at 4am. You know, like reps and playing the game and you're like, Wow, what a great quarterback. And then you saw the direct impact on the game. Okay, driven further, right?
What is it? Right? There is a certain drive and a certain passion
that causes them to take the extra step. You know, at first, you compete with the best amongst you, until eventually you're just competing with yourself. You're setting your own standard, your own standard, your own standard, you're also trying to go higher, higher, higher. Now the beauty for us as Muslims is that there's a person at the top there and also less ice on that we're never going to overcome. And there's a generation of people, if you spent 100 in gold, you'd never be like them. Right? So you compete, compete, compete with yourself if he that he kept it at an office and what's enough useful let them compete in good deeds, let them try harder, harder, harder to push themselves
towards Ehsaan. So these are people that engage in good that otherwise is unheard of. Well, so loss is some segments benefit Islami so nuts and Hassan whoever brings about a good practice in Islam, so nuttin Hassan, then they have the reward of that sunnah and everyone that follows it and the prophets lie. Some talked about what the beauty of doing Yeah, of giving life to a sunnah that has been lost amongst the people. That can be a sunnah in the community, something beautiful in a community, but you're the one who leads the way. And it's kind of unfamiliar to people at first. But you know what, you started that. And then other people followed. So the Merson the people have
become strangers, even amongst righteous God conscious believers, because the standard has changed. And so they are as the mominul Hosea Rahim, Allah says, the people that wake up when other people sleep, the people that fast when other people eat, the people that remember Allah when other people remember people, they are the people that set themselves apart. May Allah subhanaw taala make us amongst them Lama I mean, with Ehsaan with excellence because their standards change. So there's a sense of urgency. They don't take the day for granted. You know, you might be sitting here you might be saying, You know what, maybe one day I'll get there inshallah.
But ones that one day going to come.
You might be even if you're not verbalizing and thinking to yourself, let me finish off my college years first, let me get this out of my system.
Then I'll go study Islam. And I'll become a great scholar. You know, somehow it's like when people come up and they say, one day, I'm gonna go study Islam, I want to shake I want to go to Egypt or Medina, or Syria or whatever. It may be our daughter room, right? I want to go here, I want to go study. I'm like, wonderful. What are you going to do for the next three years? Before you finish college? And you say one day, are you going to attend your halacha? Weekly? Are you going to start memorizing the Quran? What about now? Right. But one day, one day, I'll do this one day, I'll do that. But what about now? The consistent small things that are in front of you that are a testimony
to Allah subhanaw taala that you want a lot to unlock that next degree for you of pursuit of talab. Right. What about now? What are you doing now? So subconsciously, we put things off?
One day, one day, one day, we don't say it like that, because it sounds very offensive, right? One day I'll do this after I go to hedge one day I'll get religious after I get married. After I do this after I have a family that will settle down one day, one day One day, either a sweater that somebody will massage whether I'm Seta, for nuts on toddler salah.
But the Muslim doesn't wake up and expect to go to sleep. And the Muslim doesn't go to sleep and expect to wake up. That doesn't mean that you live a lifeless life.
That means that you live a life with perspective. That means that you're more grateful for what you have for the day. That means that you're more focused for what is going to be your eternal pursuits and your eternal abode. Its perspective. You know, when you look at the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam living amongst his companions, there was no man that had greater perspective than the messenger SallAllahu wasallam had a greater pursuit and greater polyp and a greater a greater goal. And there is no other person that would have been walking on the face of the earth, after it's not one man lodge that had even seen
that had even seen some of those elements of the hereafter.
But when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was with Isha, or Fatima, or his companions, may Allah be pleased with them. He wasn't lifeless. He wasn't despondent, he wasn't uninterested, full of life, full of joy full of happiness, but salmon, but how can it his salatu salam, always smiling and making
other people smile, always laughing and making other people laugh. But his smile was a smile of contentment. Not a smile of arrogance and his laughter was the laughter of grateful joy. Not a laughter of heedlessness wasn't an obnoxious laughter It was it was a laughter that you would thank Allah subhanaw taala for because it was perspective, a lot of perspective.
And that perspective was what? That I don't know what's next. I'm going to enjoy the moments that I have right now. But I'm not going to let the moments take me away from the eternal pursuits. I'm going to say Alhamdulillah and I'm not going to spoil those moments with sinfulness. In fact, I'll be grateful for the moments and try to gather those moments and have an intention to even please Allah subhanaw taala with those worldly blessings,
and seek something greater.
Now the second part of that hadith and I know inshallah we'll have q&a And you know, my clock is when people start yawning so I saw some yawning
the second part of the Hadith was the Wayfarers. Hayabusa be.
Can anyone hear tell me what you think that means? What's the difference functionally between the buddy job? And I would also be a stranger and away for like, why not say confit? Dunya can Nicoletti be in this world as if you're a stranger? Can anyone take a shot at it? What do you think is the function of being a Wayfarer?
So by the way, maybe I'll make this easy for you. Uh, Wayfair I Bureau Sabir is someone who goes to a place and stranger in that place and basically does not have a home or a family in that place to host them. They do what they have to do in that place and they continue with their journey.
So the Prophet sighs So I'm saying that I am like a traveler I'm giving you a lot of clues right now. I am like the traveler who comes to a tree with shade. I take a nap under that shade and then I make my way onwards I continue onwards for the rest of my journey. So I veto subete is when you're under that tree. When you're in that shape. What do you think is the function what do you think the prophets lie some is actually telling you in that hadith
we don't belong in dunya. Good anyone else?
Not to get attached too much is that good luck here.
The Scholars say that what the prophet size means by Abby to Sabine is not to become a materialist.
Materialism, not to become attached to worldly possession. So harbor speaks to the destination.
I'm strange because I'm, there's a destination there's a standard there's a speed I want that I've you know, severe speaks to the detachment from worldly possession, and actually want to say something, it's a personal observation. I'm going to quote, a great scholar in this regard. But it's a personal observation that
it seems like when you read the body of a hadith where the prophet slicin was giving advice to the people that were closest to him,
he was often telling them not to take too much of this world. Like you can find most of the times when the Prophet sighs I'm has an intimate conversation with someone who is of a very high rank amongst the companions. Don't take more than what you need from this world. Stay light. Okay, now the prophets like Selim, often
avoided and this is a lesson for us.
He avoided setting standards for the community that would set us up for failure.
Things that would be hard for us, and he didn't want to make this Deen machaca he didn't want to make it a burden.
But the people of the closest, close closest
to him and highest rank. Usually you find that when they're dying, like salamander thought acetyl the Allahu Taala annual.
You know, subhanAllah is this beautiful, long advice. He remembers the prophets I'm giving him before he left was Do not take from this dunya except what you need for the journey, what suffices for the journey. Don't do it, except to what suffices you for the journey, don't become a materialist. Now, this is a really hard concept, by the way, because, you know, somehow a lot of you are going to say, well, this is a call to poverty No, because what Sahaba excelled at what they did is they never got attached to it. And they never became extravagant. They didn't become extravagant. They didn't become attached to worldly things and the prophets lie some feared worldly attachment.
There's something profound about this and there are no there's no way to really get around this part of the Hadith of the Prophet sys on by though I'm being very real here. You can't you can't really negate this meaning it's very clear what he's saying here. And it's very clear when he spoke to his closest
companions. Look, don't take too much from this dunya. live modestly, live within your means and live modestly.
The greater meaning of that is that Allah has not put two hearts in one person.
And that it's inevitable that if your worldly pursuits dominate your concern that your concern for the hereafter is going to suffer as a result of that. That doesn't mean have less excellence in the pursuit of what benefits in this world. That means have perspective when you're pursuing it, and be modest with it. Be modest with it, you can't get around that body of the of the advices. And then this life of the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that extravagance is contrary to this Deen. It's contrary to this religion. So don't become an extravagant person. Don't become someone that gets too caught up with the the superficiality of it all the material of it all. Because that can
really cloud your judgment. It can fog your lens, keep your lens as clear as possible. This is not a dean of self induced poverty. This is not a dean of mediocrity, in any pursuits in anything that you do, but don't become extravagant.
You know, you're in a hotel room right now, this dunya is a hotel room, don't buy too much furniture for your hotel room.
All right, don't go to don't go all out for your hotel room, you're still in a hotel room, no matter how nice the hotel is. Don't go out of your way. And to the point that you forget that this is just a temporary stop. That puts everything in perspective. Subhanallah, I talked about the beginning of in the beginning of this talk about people that have left us people that have gone far ahead.
We're all at this bus stop. This is how I explain it to people who are grieving their loved ones were at this bus stop. The only thing that happened is that some people left the station before us. So as simple as that. And if we are as horrible headed towards that destination of Janna, Bismillahi to Allah, then they just got to a station of a Jana, before we left the station of dunya.
And one day, we hope to be reunited with them. And the only thing is that there is no cell phone service where they're at. So they can't call us from there. But they're there, they left the station. Just don't turn your station into a home.
So you don't get too attached to your possessions. Don't become a materialist, don't become extravagant, pursue excellence with your degree, pursue excellence with your career. But be someone whose right hand gives without the left hand even knowing be someone who doesn't fear poverty. Be someone who sees people in need and immediately gives and spends be someone who is thinking about the world after them and sadaqa jariya not palaces and cars that they can't take with them after they leave this world. Be someone who's intentional about how they spend their wealth. Not someone who tries to create a paradise with it. That's also part of it. And many of you, you know, are
probably not there. You're like we're college students. Why are you talking to us about this stuff? Right? But the reality is, is that many of you in sha Allah to Allah will one day become very successful people. And I hope you remember this advice in sha Allah Tada. This is the meaning of Abu Dhabi. This is the meaning of what it means to be a wayfare. Don't turn your hotel room into a palace. It's functionally not the smartest thing to do.
And the last thing I'll say is this inshallah Tada, then I'll go ahead and I'll take questions in this regard.
You know, what you do, speaks to what you actually at the end of the day, and we all have these tensions inside of us about what we believe and what we're going to give preference to right. You know, you have the influence of the angels, the influence of the devils you have the whisper of the self, you have the sermon of the Habib, you have the Quran, you have all these voices and influences what you eventually yield to. Right, he's going to drive your habit. And there's a very particular there's a statement that I heard some time ago that I actually loved as well. That discipline is the automation of your habits. Discipline is the automation of your habits. But I'll add a second line
to that. That passion is what sustains the drive. Discipline is the automation of your habits. We are as Muslims taught to be people of habit. We wake up from a budget. We pray Asia, we remember Allah subhana wa Tada at least this many times a day. We fast in Ramadan. We pay our Zika annually. We're a people of habit we have Jumana Salah right we have habits, even from a Thai booty perspective, from a worship perspective that we are to build on within the same genre that were to build upon right.
But what's going to sustain the drive is going to be passion.
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This is the book in which there is no doubt.
This is the bit book in which there is no doubt that you can keep tabula rasa Buffy hood and Linda Turpin. It's a guide for people of Taqwa
of God consciousness. What's the description of these people, they believe in the unseen. They don't just believe in the unseen philosophically, theologically.
They don't just believe in an unseen God, but they believe in an unseen reward. That is to be realized that is very, very, very real. If they dedicate themselves to it, so when they're in a gathering when they're amongst the people,
and you have social complacency, they see the reward of Allah subhanaw taala for refusing to be complacent. And when they're alone, and their individual comfort. They see the reward of Allah subhanaw taala that forces them past their comfort to Jaffa, Juno Bomani and Melania fighting with their bed to get up and pray at night. Right yeah, the room and the home hope and Latina woman models economic and physical and they call upon their Lord and hope and and fear. So, drive is what sustains or passion is what sustains the drive. Discipline is the automation of habit. May Allah subhanaw taala make us people of excellence. May Allah surround us with people of excellence. And
may Allah subhanaw taala grant us the most excellent reward by being in the presence of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah humma Amin Desikan Mala, Hydra. And before you clap before you say anything, there's a brother who's sitting amongst you today, who took shahada right outside at hamdulillah but because of his family circumstances is not publicizing. So there are no pictures of him here, but he's sitting amongst you, and I want you to make dua for May Allah you can give him a round of applause and salah.
May Allah subhanaw taala grant youth robots May Allah grant you sincerity and steadfastness May Allah keep you firm on this path may Allah make your family circumstances easy, and may Allah allow your destination all of our destinations to be paradise a llama I mean, Xochimilco hydrocele icon