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Finding Purpose in Everything
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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What is your purpose in life?
What is the connection between your Lord and your purpose on earth?
When you have purpose you realize the One you’re doing those little good deeds looks at your deeds and sees what’s in your heart and your connection with Him.
Through your small good deeds you seek Allah’s mercy. Purpose is what takes those small good habits that we do on a daily basis that connects us into Jannah.
Do not let your family and your friends distract you from your purpose. Think of your family and friends and your career AS PART of your purpose on earth. Think of all this as a means to seek recognition from Allah.
So set your sights on your purpose in life and strive to fulfill it today. Do not wait for tomorrow. Do not let a calamity be the factor that makes you question your purpose and seek that connection with your Creator.
Get to know Allah in times of stability so when hardship hits, your connection with Allah is so strong that you automatically turn to Him and not to some other similar creation of His for ease. Find the purpose now. Cement that connection now. Be this purpose today. Now.
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spinarak mon Rahim. hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen whatever we want to learn about I mean, what are people to them attacking Lama Saliba? Selim about a Konami Code of silica Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. on early, he was lucky, he was selling to semen kathira, the brothers and sisters, I want you to imagine yourself in another existence, waking up and you're waking up in a ballroom.
And in this ballroom, everything is Hello, I'm not talking about how long you just wake up and it's a party. Everyone is having a good time. Every one is eating and drinking, everyone is socializing with one another. And in the midst of this good time, you wake up to it, and you have no idea how you got to the party, you have no idea what your name is, or the names of everyone else's, you don't really understand where you are, you don't really understand the purpose of this gathering. But everyone is having a good time. It's a five star ballroom. The carpet is nice. You have nice chandeliers, you have good food, good drink. And you ask someone and you say, Where am I?
And they don't give you the answer.
And then they continue to give you something else to eat and something else to drink. And you continue on and you start socializing. But you say, What am I doing here? And no one has the answer. How did I get here? No one has the answer. And you continue to go forward. If you were in that situation, no matter how nice the chandelier was, how good the food was, how good the drinks were, how great the socializing was, you're going to become increasingly frustrated. And at some point, you're going to lose your mind because you don't know why you're here. It doesn't matter how great everything is. I don't understand what is in the first place. And so when we talk about creation,
and when we talk about the question of why we are here, the question of existence as a whole, I want to give you something very simple to start off this entire conference. If I understand why, then how and what will always be easy. If I understand why, then how and what will always be easy. If I understand why, than how and what will always be easy. If I gave you two contrasting images now. And these are not images that are made up. And it's not like the first situation that I gave you. But these are very real things that we see on a daily basis. You see a person who has the entire world given to them, they have the money, they have the fame, they have the islands, but in the midst of
sitting in that paradise and being adorned and being adored, they have no idea why they are here. And so they dwell in misery and they die in misery compared to someone who seemingly has nothing, who has just a little bit to be able to pay their rent to be able to feed their families, and just gets by, but somehow seems so much more satisfied. And the reason being is purpose. And when you talk about purpose, you cannot just talk about purpose five times a day. You cannot just frame purpose, within a very difficult time in your life. You cannot figure out why you are here when something really bad happens to you when it's hard to think in the first place when your senses are
adult. But you have to actually have a regular relationship with purpose and the sense of purpose. And so this is what I want to speak to you about today. What Allah subhanho wa Taala talks about the creation around us he doesn't talk about the creation around us so that we can neglect it and that we can pay attention to it only momentarily. You know when a lot tells you about the mountains and the skies and the trees and the water and these types of things a lot doesn't just want you to think about that insula when you have your head down. This is for you to pay attention.
In the fi halka somehow it will work the laughing lady when the wonderful killer t surgery fever filmakademie my unfairness when a lot of talks about the creation of the heavens and the earth, the alteration of night and day, the wind that you feel the boats that you see selling the sunrise as it comes the sunset as it goes the ground
around you, the sand around you the creation of Allah, all of that is for what? To be an ayah to be assigned for you to be in constant interaction with this idea of Allah subhanho wa Taala being not just great, but you being inconsistent observance of that greatness. And so here's what I want us to do not just frame purpose in our five prayers, but framing it in our entire lives. And so I'm going to give you a snapshot of what your life looks like through the concept of purpose, knowing why you are here and in the process, the how and the what becomes easy. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam talks about the branches of EMA and the branches of faith, and he says that he man has 70
something branches, and he said, some alone even sell them that the highest of them is La Ilaha Illa, Allah, the highest brands of faith is la, la la la. And the way that they're not connected this is that that brands is the brands from which all the other branches of faith come out that first branch of La ilaha illAllah. And then all the rest of them come out that first branch of there is no God but Allah, there is no creator, but Allah, there is no sustainer. But Allah, there is no one worth living for. But Allah there is no one worth unconditional obedience, except Allah, all of that all of the branches of faith come out of that. And the profit side sometimes said that the
highest is La ilaha illAllah. And he said, the lowest one is Mr. Putin other Anatolian
that you remove something harmful from the road. And so the prophets lie Selim is connecting that faith to a very small thing that you would do in your life to remove something harmful from the road, most people would not connect that to that ilaha illAllah. How do you even connect that to purpose to the meaning of La ilaha illa Allah.
And when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then says that there was a man that he saw strolling in genda, because the only thing that he did was he saw something harmful in the road, he saw other in the road, and he picked it up, and he removed it so that the path could be eased for people and Allah subhanaw taala ease the path of genda for him.
The first lesson from our aqeedah perspective, from a creed perspective, is that Allah was willing to forgive this person to enter this person into genda, for the smallest deed that he did in his life, because he connected it back to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I'm loving the model, the one who used to say something very beautiful. He said, Well, I if I knew, and Allah cobalamin needs such as the 10 wahida, if Allah Subhana, Allah accepted from the one prostration if I knew that Allah had accepted just one of them, the Terminator remote, I would wish for death, because I would have already achieved the purpose of life, which is acceptance from the Creator, if I knew for sure that
that one prostration that one such that was accepted by Allah, I would have wished for death, I want nothing more in life, because it's already been given to me. But instead, we don't know where the pleasure of Allah is. So we continue to do these small things, connecting them back to La ilaha illAllah, hoping that just one of them. One of them, Allah looks at and Allah finds us worthy of his acceptance. So that's the first lesson from this study. But the second thing is not just that this person was walking on the side of the road or what and saw something harmful and removed it. It's that that person connected in back to Allah subhanho wa Taala. He was intentional about what he was
doing. He was purposeful about what he was doing, he made a mental and emotional, a spiritual connection to that act. And that's something special, that's what takes a small deed and makes it a mountain in the sight of Allah subhanaw taala because it's not the size of the good deed that makes it accepted to Allah subhanaw taala it's the heart that's performing the good deed and making that connection to Allah subhanaw taala but that's not a person that just figured that out. In one moment. That is a person that has been working on himself that's a person that sees Allah subhanaw taala and everything that he does, that made a connection between the garbage that was on the street
and the obligation that he has to the one who created that street and how do we make a connection then, you know, you can't be listening to a lecture and listening to someone talk about this and so you Mashallah email total other and it's already removing something harmful from the road, and you say Salalah Whoa, and he was Southern, and you finish your coat Can I throw it on the road and continue to walk on your way to the messages.
You hear another heavy
one about a man another about a woman where the Prophet sallallahu wasallam mentions a man a very famous Hadith that we all talk about.
The Prophet slice Allah mentions a man who was thirsty one day. And so he went to a well he saw well in the desert and he drew some water from that well, and then he saw a dog that was thirsty. And when he saw the dog that was thirsty, most of us would paraphrase the Hadith, and we'd say he went and he got some water for the dog too.
But there's something else to it.
That man looked at the dog as the dog was thirsty, and said that that dog has become thirsty, just like I was thirsty, Mithra lovey, but doesn't even allow, just like I was thirsty, that dog too, is thirsty. So he made a connection to Allah subhanaw taala. Allah gave me something to drink when I was thirsty. And my position to the Creator
is a far greater variation as far as a far greater distance of glory, than what is between me and that dog, the creation of Allah subhanaw taala. And someone might not make the connection at all at all, you know, a religious Muslim, a dog might come to them. And when they see the dog, they'll say stuff with a lot nudges they'll kick the dog away. That's how you practice your religion. No, this man thought, you know, I am not greater
in the sense of rank, I am not greater or more worthy of being taken care of then that other creation of Allah subhanaw taala that's a creation of a lot too and a lot took care of me. Who am I to deserve that from Allah subhanaw taala who is that dog to deserve it for me and he took his shoe and he filled it with water. And he brought it back to that dog for a second Allah hula. And so Allah showed gratitude to him.
He didn't give what he gave water to the dog. Why did Allah subhana wa tada thank him because the man did that connecting that small act to Allah subhanaw taala connecting that vulnerability of that creation to Allah subhanaw taala to his own vulnerability with the creation that I was in need of him and he took care of me, this animal is in need of me. And I can take care of it in the same way that Allah subhana wa tada took care of me. And Allah enters a person into agenda. It's not simply giving someone something simple.
But it is making a very deep connection in the process of it. So when you have purpose, your small good deeds that's acted on them, no matter if you say, you do not belittle any of your good deeds, because you realize that the one you're doing those good deeds for is Allah, you're connecting to creation to the Creator. Likewise, when you commit a sin, as the mama Shafi Rahim Allah commented on this idea that the prophets lie Some said latter, they run eoco Mahabharata No, beware of belittling sins, he said, Don't look at don't look at silver and Mercia La Masia don't look at the smallness of the sin. But look at the greatness of the one that you've disobeyed. Allow me al Kabir look at a
loss of hundreds and the earth man the greatness of the one that you have disobeyed so don't be literal, your good deeds Don't be literal, your sins, but you frame that once again with the context of the greatness of Allah subhanaw taala a lot as you see the moon so beautiful the moon of Shabbat May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to see the moon of Ramadan Allah I mean, I want all of you to take a moment and to look up at it. And to look up at how clear and how beautiful it is. You think that Allah subhanaw taala just puts that for us just to give a little bit of lighting in our lives, or does he put that for us to also put a light in our hearts to be reminded of him subhanho wa Taala
these are signs that are ever present to show you that you don't put your purpose or your religion in a break. You use it at all times to channel how you interact with everything. And so the first thing framing your good deeds, the small good deeds, and you know Subhanallah we talk about these things as if Allah only used to accept people back then.
But I want you to think about someone elderly in your family that had a good habit a habit of something good that they used to do. I remember there was someone in from my family and aunts may Allah have mercy on her and she used to always take some food for the birds she had the bird feeder.
And you know one time one of her children asked her why she wouldn't miss doing so she only traveled away from her home one time you know they didn't have the luxury that we have a traveling all the time. She only traveled one time from her house and she kept on being concerned when she was asking about her home that they made sure that the bird feeder was full and she you know when she was asked about
Why she was so diligent and these are stories that we have in our families of just righteous people that do small things on the side.
She said, is it not that we seek from Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, that Allah Subhana Allah to Allah sustain us the way that he takes care of the birds that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, that if you were to have true to what could be true trust in Allah subhanaw taala that you would be like the birds, Allah subhanho wa Taala would always keep your stomach full, you leave your house in the morning, you come back and you know that you're going to have your sustenance provided to you from Allah subhanaw taala Don't we have that expectation of Allah subhanaw taala? If that's the case, why don't we interact with his creation in the same way. So think about small good
habits, a small good deed that is between you and Allah, that people don't expect of you. But through it, you seek Allah's mercy and you make particularly a connection between that small good deed and your smallness in this world, your own vulnerability in this world, and keep it up on a daily basis. And you don't know which one of those that'll last the panel to add is going to accept purpose is what takes the deeds that we do on a daily basis, that are neutral in their nature, and connect them to the creator and that which is around us, and enters us into agenda more over the allotted time who used to say in the lattice, evil nomads, he can act as he will komati that I seek
the reward of my sleep, the way I seek the reward of my PM, the way I seek the reward of my praying at night, because when I go to sleep, I have that purpose, that intention, that I'm not sleeping for the sake of sleep and sleeping for the sake of Allah, I'm sleeping so that I could wake up energetic, and serve and worship Allah subhanho wa Taala and Han Allah, you know, I was thinking about this, as I was thinking about what I would say tonight, I was thinking about, you know, if you summarize your day, and the way that your life usually becomes and in fact, one of many of us become frustrated. Because life becomes too routine. I go to work, I earn, I come home family, do this, go
to sleep, and these types of things. I mean, it's basically career you keep on working, and we're working harder and harder and harder and harder. Or you're at home and you're constantly You know, you're taking care of the house, I'm working harder and harder. It's work, family, exhaustion, sleep, and that's it. And I can't think of anything else. I've got to earn my money so that I can sustain my family. And I keep on earning so I can keep on sustaining my family and I don't feel meaning in my life.
And Allah subhanaw taala mentions to us, laterally Kamala Kamala allowed to command victory law. Do not let your families and your wealth distract you from Allah subhanaw taala How do you reclaim that? The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us to view the daily mundane habits as habits to bring this close to Allah Subhana Allah, Allah doesn't want you to quit your job unless it's head on. Okay, just so no one takes a snippet of that, you know, in the United States, they always take snippets of our stuff hamdulillah there's only one news microphone that's here.
Not not to quit your job unless it's head on as long as it's head on and hamdulillah
but think about your job as a means to please Allah subhanho wa Taala think about the recognition part of it. Allah doesn't want you you know, there was once a man that was very harsh to his kid. And you know, I said to him, why are you being so harsh? She says, Allah says in the Quran, that your families are I do want to show home they're your enemies. So you should be aware of them your spouse's your children, they're your enemies fact show home. But the profit slice I'm setting it out of him periodically early, the best of you are those that are best to their families. So what's the connection between the two?
Instead of viewing
your wealth, your earning, your household chores, your families, and all of those things as things beyond your purpose of life, things that are outside things that are contrary because then the more religious you get, the more you're going to grow resentful of those things instead of viewing it that way view them as part of the package of purpose and spirituality. And you say how you know how I tell you some of us might not live to see it on my blog allama boliviana Ramadan May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to live to see Ramadan Allah I mean, everyone say amin May Allah allow us to live to see Ramadan don't just think that because you've seen the moon of Siobhan you'll see the
moon of Ramadan, as well. allama Bolivia now Ramadan, some of us might not live to see it.
But you know what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, he said a far more
Shakur, Beeman zerah sama Saba such a beautiful Hadith. The one who eats and is grateful, has the same ring as the one who who fasts and his patience. He said some allow it was Solomon sama Ramadan and imana naughty salmon Javier Allahumma hamata condimentum be whoever fast from a bond with faith and perseverance and seeking the reward of Allah subhanho wa Taala all of his previous sins will be forgiven. He also said sallallahu wasallam that whoever eats and says Alhamdulillah he loves apartmani Hamza, what is acne? Human hidey hole in mini welaka All praises are due to the one who fed me this without any doing of my own without any power or capacity of my own. He also said sal
Allahu alayhi wa sallam who fear Allah Houma. Takata Rahman zombie, all of his previous sins are forgiven. He said Salalah when he was tell him something as mundane. You know, when you think about you, we barely even remember to say Bismillah Alhamdulillah when we eat our food, but a person who really makes it a point to say and hamdulillah Where did this come from? Alhamdulillah even though I earned all day to put this food on my family's table, I know that it was a lot. I know that I didn't do this myself. You made a connection. When you're getting dressed in the morning, and you're getting dressed so fast, you're not even thinking about it, you're quickly throwing on things and
the Prophet 47 said in that is a moment where a person looks up, says unhemmed Eli Lilly cassani how the mean lady Helen mini when I bought All praises be to the one who dressed me with this dress without any doing or capacity of my own welfare. Allahumma Takada memorandum be all of his previous sins would be forgiven. Why because the purpose of fasting is to make you more conscious that Allah counted chacun and the purpose of Ramadan Allah contest Quran when he took me to the editor when he took me to Allahu Allah Maha Docomo, Allah, Allah contest, Crone so that you finish that period, and you'll become more grateful to Allah subhanaw taala. But that's something that you can be practicing
on a daily basis. And so instead of seeing all those other things that you do in life, family, career life as outside of your purpose in existence, and one day, I'm going to go to the measure that live the rest of my life reading. And I'll be like that pious elderly person I see in my family, see your career, see your family, see your food, everything that you do, every form of kindness, the profit slice of the mentioned intimacy between the spouses will be buleria. It comes out of that if a person is intimate with their spouse, that there's a charity in that. Why because if you would have done it in the wrong way, then he would have been punished. So allow rewards you
when you do it, right. The profit slice that I mentioned that the morsel of food that you put of kindness, in your family's mouth, that's the most beloved charity to Allah subhanaw taala Don't you remember that woman that I saw the alarm on her saw.
And she was poor and she only had three dates and she gave to to her kids to have her children and she was about to eat her own. But in a moment of taqwa, she saw her children naturally wanting an extra piece of the date. And as she was about to eat it, she instead tore her date in half and gave one half to each of her children. And Allah assured her agenda through the prophets lie Selim through that. These are the types of occurrences that happen in our daily lives. Instead of seeing these things around us as distractions, use them to propel you to Allah subhanho wa Taala they're not distractions, unless you allow them to be distractions. They can instead be vehicles of taking
you to Allah subhanho wa Taala. That's how you start to frame purpose in everything that you do. If I was to ask someone, when is the last time you prayed is too hard on you know, the content is too hard as a prayer. And it's it's something that usually comes up in the context of marriage. I swear some people only pray staccato when they want to get married. There is more to follow than marriage. The Companions used to pray it for things that maybe we would consider small things in life. But the idea of asking Allah for guidance for the affairs that you embark upon, even if you might see them as very small affairs, but you ask Allah for guidance that shows that you are bringing a lot into
your decision making on a regular basis. Don't just leave the profit slice on did not just give it to us just for marriage so that when your marriage isn't working out, you can blame your staccato or you can blame the share Who told you to pray it's too hot and say he didn't tell me to pray staccato, right. And by the way, there are no dreams and staccato. If you see the person that you wanted to marry because you pray this the Hata that's probably not because of the staccato that's because
You were thinking about the person when you went to sleep.
You don't see colors and istikhara. This was to bring a lot into our decision making. That's why the companions were taught to pray it so much by the prophet, slice Allah. And so you frame so far and purpose,
your small good deeds, your regular day to day deeds, your more important life decisions, and that's where it's the hardest comes in, right? You rock the boat a little bit.
And then this is where I really want to bring us to. Most people do not actually try to figure out their role here in existence, their purpose in life, until the project of the project of heedlessness fails them.
I thought that I could consume myself to happiness. I thought that if I worked a little bit harder, got a little bit of a bigger house, got a little bit more money in my bank account, got this person in my life had this in my social life, I thought happiness was gonna work out. And it didn't work out the way that I wanted to. And most people don't start asking the questions of existence and creation,
until something really devastating happens to them.
That shakes their life up. You know, remember the very first example that I started off with and those of you that came late, I'm not going to repeat the example you can watch the recording and shop. Now I mentioned the example of a person that's sitting in a room that's everything is great around them, but they don't know why they're there. Imagine an asteroid hitting that room. Something devastating happening at that moment. Then people wake up, and they start to think, wait a minute, what's happening here? Why is this perfect world suddenly being shaken? Most of us don't start to ask the questions of purpose and existence and try to connect with a loss of hundreds until
something like that happens. And that is a major problem. Because when you are in devastation, when something hard happens to you, that's not the time to form a relationship with Allah subhana wa tada or purpose that's a time to act upon a relationship that you've already been building. Now for some of us that are fortunate, when something bad happens it pulls us back to Allah subhanho wa Taala it's a gift from Allah subhanaw taala but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us to Allah you know love from the heart, you
know, Allah subhanho wa Taala in the heart and ease Allah will know you and hardship, know Allah in prosperity, Allah will know you in adversity. What that means is that getting to know Allah subhanaw taala when something hard happens to you, and it's a reminder, it's a wake up call. That doesn't mean you know Allah because you cried and you prayed. It's a warning to get to know Allah subhanaw taala but get to know Allah subhanho wa Taala in times of stability in times of ease, Allah will know you and hardship and when things are disturbed. What does that mean? That means that because you have already been seen a lot through the daily things that you do, you've been pursuing the
pleasure of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah with small good deeds that other people don't even think about. You've been pursuing Allah subhana wa Tada, you've been connecting yourself to a sense of purpose, with your work with your family with your life, you're not trying to remove those from the realm of spirituality, they're part of your spirituality. So because you were able to know a lot and ease and because you were able to know a lot when things were just neutral. Now when hardship comes to you.
You immediately connect back to Allah subhana wa Tada.
Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to think for a moment about the hardest thing that ever happened to you. The worst thing that ever happened to you the most difficult moment of your life. And I want to go to that moment of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and barf. But I don't want to just look at the incident of the prophets I seldom in thought of in isolation. I want us to look at the incident of life in the context of the way that the prophets why Selim connected to Allah subhanaw taala in his day to day life, the hardest time of the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was thought we all know that everything that used to be a source of stability
was taken away from him. And this is actually very important. This is a dimension we don't usually think about what if you don't want one part of your life shakes, you tend to run to another part of it that feels stable. So if one relationship think about you know, I asked you to bring to your memory, the hardest thing that ever happened to you, if it involves a person, a person psychologically, you're gonna run to a relationship that you feel is more stable. Right? So one friend really hurt me. So I'm going to go complain to another friend and then
The process of you know, talking about how devastating that friendship was. I'm going to actually nurture this friendship here. It's a source of stability. Family falls apart. I kind of run to my career and I make sure that my career now is stable. I tried to, to lean on what stable one part of my life shake psychologically, I immediately run to the part of my life that I feel is stable grounds because that's now shaky grounds
with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam after a thought
he doesn't have a digital the lohana anymore, who wrapped him the first time and said well, la de la musica la vida Budda I swear that Allah will never abandon you would never disgrace you. He doesn't have the warmth of Khadija he doesn't have the protection of apology to say that even if the people were to persecute me and even if I don't necessarily believe in his message, sallAllahu wasallam You are my nephew, I will protect you. You deserve protection. He doesn't have that anymore. He doesn't have financial stability. He doesn't even have his home, regular home to run to. He's got no stable ground. He doesn't have a large group of followers. family's gone, wealth has gone followers are
gone, everything is gone. What is his stable ground it is Salatu was set up. And imagine those moments, which no movie could depict. When you're getting stoned in the face, blood running down your body, your shoes filling with stones, and you have nothing.
You've been humiliated emotionally, mentally tortured for 14 days. And you're looking up to a loss of Hannah to Allah. Ya Allah.
I don't see anything.
And you know, a lot of times, a lot of times when we talk about that we mentioned the Hadith where the Prophet sly son was offered the opportunity to wipe everybody else out to actually take out his grievances sallallahu alayhi wa sallam on the people give the command and the angels will wipe out this entire place. But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam didn't want vengeance at the moment. And I want you to think about yourself for a moment. If you were the prophets lie Selim in that moment how much anger and vengeance would you have? I don't care anymore. Wipe these people out. I'm done.
But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam didn't look at the people. He looked up to Allah subhana wa Tada. He called upon Allah subhanaw taala he asked Allah subhana wa tada for his guidance. Why?
Because the prophets lie Selim understood the why.
And so even if the how, and the what were hard, he understood the why strong enough that all of that could be put in perspective. You know, when something bad happens to us, a lot of times we ask why Allah are you doing this to me? Why me? What did I do? Because I didn't get why right the now my what in my house are messed up to why Allah did you do this to me? And then the next question is, what did I do to deserve it as if the earth was here and everything was here to honor you and amuse you?
And then how do I get myself out of it? So your your what and your house are not correct because your y is messed up? Your question is why are you doing this to me? Oh Allah, you're not interacting with the creation and the creator properly. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam already had the why right? Why am I here? I am here for the purpose of service. I am not here for the purpose of being served. I am here for the purpose of serving Allah subhana wa Tada. I know why I'm here. Therefore the first question the prophets lie. Some asks his mother in law, the law home in me.
What does the law want for me? And how do I earn his pleasure?
He wasn't concerned about the outward part of it. It hurt him sallallahu wasallam he heard and we heard, but that sense of purpose that he'd been nurturing and a law had been nurturing in him for all those years. It really came to be the prophets I some did not have even in his lowest moment there. Why did Allah do this to me moment? instead? It was immediately too What can I do for Allah? How do I please Allah with this moment in lamea can be cavada boon Allah fella, oh, barely, as long as all this happening is not a manifestation of your anger with me, Oh Allah, then I don't care. I'll continue to persist. I'll continue to move forward. You don't get that type of persistence and
that type of resilience and that type of connection to a lot out of nowhere. That's not a sudden attack.
Sudden expanse. That's something that you nourish, and you work on, when you bring a loss of Hannah horchata in your life to out of either love or hot yard, Africa should know Allah in good times. Allah subhanho wa Taala will know you in bad times, know Allah, when things around you are relatively stable, nothing is ever perfect. And we would be fools to think that everything around us could ever attain full stability. It's the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that we're always unstable in some form of our lives. And a lot of you look at other people, sometimes you think Mashallah, everything is great with that person's life, he or she must have it all. But know that if
Allah is testing you with one thing, he's testing that person with something else, a lot is purifying them of a weakness. Know that if you're being tested with your wealth, and that person is not a lot of testing them with their health or with their family or their relationship. Know that if you're being tested with your health, but not your wealth, Allah is testing someone else with something different. Every single one of us has their share of tests.
But you know why Eliza is does that to us because He loves us, because He cares about us proud of who it's either, so that we could remember our purpose in this world. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he mentioned, that Allah has placed in our lives these out of our hidden hindrances. You know, there are different words for tests in the Quran, and the Sunnah, Bella ippity, la Fitton, all of these are words that Allah describes test with a lot are hindrances. They're like hooks. And the prophets lie Selim mentioned that if one of them misses you, another one gets you. What is the point of these are all these hindrances, they slow you down. And they remind you so that you don't go
crashing into a wall of heedlessness, they remind you of purpose. So a lot takes away a little bit of your health, to remind you that there will come a time that you will have no health whatsoever. Allah pinches you with your wealth, so that you know that there will come a time that you will have no wealth whatsoever, a lot pinches you with your family so that you know that there will come a time that you will have no family, no relationships whatsoever. Allah pinches you with these things, holds you back not to torture you not to harm you, so that you could wake up to your purpose and be purified with that. And Alhamdulillah for what Allah gives to us. Because you know when I mentioned
to you right now to think about that hard moment in your life,
if you were to be honest with yourself,
that hard moment in your life that maybe you could not see through is a big part of why you are who you are today and why you are here today and why you are trying to connect to Allah subhanho wa Taala No one likes harsh Wake Up Calls. You know, I tell this story, my mom, may Allah have mercy on her laughing to Lara they have she used to wake me up for offensive. You know, sometimes some of the mothers May Allah bless you all, and there is no heart like the heart of a mom. You speak to the Messiah and you say Mashallah, how did you become like this? Like, were you like this as children to like, you know, we woke up reading. We came out of our mother's bellies, and we said, in the
you know, I am the servant of Allah and you read and your whole life and you were wonderful. No, I, all of us, all of us. I'm not gonna speak for Mufti mink and Chef Abdullahi, Mashallah maybe they actually did have that childhood, may Allah bless our Messiah. I'm talking about myself. I remember so lots of fun.
And you know, moms who wake your kids up for offensive
and some of the kids are gonna hate me in here for this. My mom, you know how she used to wake me up for frigid cold water.
And it hurt.
She used to bring the cold water to the room and see what dripping on my forehead
until I woke up.
And somehow Allah
will lie there are still days will lie. There are still days and my mom may Allah have mercy on has passed away over a decade ago. And there are still days that I could feel those drops on my forehead.
I wake up in the morning and I can still feel those drops on my forehead. And I said hum didn't laugh for that, because that was formative that was teaching me getting me inclined to understand the world around me that you have to wake up. You've got to do what you've got to do. And it was done out of love. Likewise, dear brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala puts these things in our lives to bring us back to that sense of purpose because let's be honest with our
selves. If I did not tell some of you to look up at the moon and say Subhan Allah Subhana Allah Subhana Allah harlot. How amazing is Allah subhanaw taala, who placed that moon there who crafted the heavens and the earth This way, you might have walked by another day and you wouldn't have paid attention.
Because sometimes we don't pay attention until we're shaken up a little bit. I remember as someone who travels much, I was commenting to a brother and I said, how beautiful the sunrises and the sunset is. And Mufti mink is going to talk in sha Allah to Allah to you about the signs of Atlanta double into fekir, contemplation and introspection, and I'll share Subhana Allah, how beautiful the sunrise is in this place. And you know, when he told me, he said, you know, the sunrise is where you live the exact same way.
But when you're on vacation, and you've got a balcony, you actually take the time to look at it. It's not that the sun wasn't rising, were you worried that you were not paying attention. So when hamdulillah for Allah, Who cares enough about us, to bring us back to attention, not out of punishment or hardship, but it's so we can be the best version of ourselves, because I don't want to be in the party and not know why I'm here. Instead, I'm seeking the eternal party and Jonathan for a dose where I know exactly why I am there, where the angels say set out when it can be Moussa bottom, veneer America, but dark peace beyond to you for the patients that you showed the way that you used
to live your life near La Jolla marine that this is the work that you used to do remember, when you were back in the world, you know exactly where you come from. in Jannah, you are reminded of the round before here in this dunya you have no recollection of where you were before you came here. In general, you are seeing the fruits of the work that you did in this dunya you are working for around that you do not see until you leave it in general you know why you got to the party. You know how you're in the party, you know what to do in the party. And we ask Allah subhanaw taala to allow all of us to be admitted into that party. We ask Allah Subhana hota Allah, that he be pleased with us,
that He grant us a great sense of purpose, that he allow us to interact with His signs, whether they are personal signs in our lives, or the glorious signs that are ever present around us that remind us of him, or if it's our daily deeds, or the small good deeds or the sins that we belittle. We ask a lot to make that all reason for us to come back to him to be brought back to attention to be brought back to a sense of purpose. And we ask Allah subhana wa tada to forgive us when we become distracted and diluted from him, for he is the source of peace on he is the source of mercy and he is the source of satisfaction and pleasing Him as our purpose was followed up more solimar Nabina
Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam to someone Cathedral said I want to come