How To Practice Daily Self Accountability
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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we begin by praising Allah subhana wa Tada and bearing witness that man has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his final messenger, we ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him, the prophets and messengers that came before him, his family and companions that served alongside him and those that follow his blessed path until the day of judgment. And we ask Allah to make us amongst them Allah and I mean, dear brothers and sisters, this concept of Maha Sabha this concept of holding oneself accountable is something that the Sahaba not only spoke about frequently, but they
manifested in a very short period of time. And the ones that we speak about so frequently in the HUD buzz, in the Tuesday night classes and the first and in all of these different circumstances, are people who were never satisfied with the current state that they were in. If there's one thing amongst many that you can say about the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that they were always looking for that next step with Allah subhanho wa taala. And it's no secret Subhanallah that when you talk about the concept of Al Maha Sabha, this concept of holding yourself accountable, I would actually challenge people but not actually go through all of the quotes because
of the time that we have to look at how many from qualified Russia Dean May Allah subhanaw taala be pleased with them. Our for Hooda Russia Dean, how many of them Abubaker on Earth man and it how many quotes exist from those four in particular about holding yourself accountable. Those four men who are guided by Allah subhanaw taala in their leadership, and excelled in their personal lives, as well as their leadership, have the most quotes amongst the four of them about how to hold yourself accountable. In fact you find from Ramona Tabata, the Allahu Anhu the most famous statement in this regard has one foot second Kamala and to Hannibal, hold yourselves accountable before you are held
accountable. I don't even know how we thought about all the Allahu Tada animal where he mentioned that the dunya is fleeing away from us and the euro is fast approaching this world is fleeing from us and the hereafter is fast approaching and each one of them has their children for Cornermen abna era want to call them in dunya be from the children of the Hereafter not from the children of this world for in the OMA and I don't wanna hisab well garden I'm a worker than his urban well I'm and today is a day in which you act but you are not held accountable. Tomorrow is a day in which you are held accountable, but you have no room to act whatsoever. So I wanted to talk about this concept of
El Maha Sabha, this concept of holding yourself accountable, but in a very specific context. Number one, what are the two main components of Maha Sabha number two, what's a practical way that we can actually carry out our daily scroll you know, just like everything else in our deen you cannot leave this to ambiguity or to a guessing game you actually have to sit with yourself on a regular basis and classify what you have done of good and what you hope not to meet Allah subhanaw taala with of evil and you have to hold yourself to a higher standard. And one of the things that I want us to inshallah try to focus on with a few moments that we have today is the intricate connection between
a niram between accounting for the blessings that Allah has provided to you and the sins that you respond with. There is a connection between the near term the blessings that Allah gives to you and your ability to sit down with yourself and to
To actually properly estimate the amount of blessings that Allah has provided to you, and then the shame that that should bear inside of you from responding with ingratitude, and every sin is a form of ingratitude. For today, of course sins include many different definitions and involve many different components. But today, I want you to think of every single Mercia every single sin as a form of ingratitude. At the very least, it is not being grateful to Allah subhanaw taala for what He has given to you. And so when you sit yourself with yourself, you weigh your blessings, you weigh your sins, and these are the two core components of Maha Sabha. What is the proof of that that we
find first and foremost and say that is the father. In the chief Do you act to seek forgiveness from Allah subhanaw taala with Ebola carabiner medica you Alia what a boo will be them be or Ebola can be them be? Both of them are authentic. I admit to you the blessings you have provided to me and I admit my sins because I cannot properly estimate my sins unless I properly estimate my blessings. And outside of the discussion of incentive, I cannot properly estimate the greatness of my seemingly small act of disobedience unless I properly estimate the greatness of the one that I am disobeying and sinning against. And that's why on the Day of Judgment, what is the crime? One Kadar Allah haka
Cowdery, they did not give Allah His do estimation. They did not know how great Allah was. Therefore, their infractions that seemed very small, seemed smaller, because they didn't know who they were sending against. And of the greatest ways to know Allah subhanaw taala in a way that practically yield something inside of you, is through the blessings that He provides to you. And Allah azza wa jal says in sort of early Emraan what I'll say to men barity Morocco Mata hipbone Subhan Allah this is a rich tafsir Allah subhanaw taala set and you disobeyed after he gave you what you loved? After he gave you what you wanted? Allah provided for you exactly what you asked him for.
You made you out earnestly you asked Allah for this, you asked Allah for that Allah opened the doors of higher upon you.
And you responded with disobedience. And of course this is speaking about many Islam in and in a specific concept context, but it has a great meaning to it. And there in amount of Tafseer they reflect on this idea, they say and Marcia to bear the nearmap I said do Minella Marcia couple of Nirma to disobey Allah after he has given you something after he's given you a blessing that you've been asking him for or something that you love is worse and his sight than when you disobey him before he provides that thing for you. Not that sin is ever justified with Allah subhanho wa Taala not that disobedience is ever not a problem because every disobedience is an act of ingratitude and
Allah subhanaw taala deserves all gratitude from us. Not that but especially when Allah finds you in a state where he's giving you everything you're asking him for.
And you're responding with things that he commanded you not to do that makes it worse.
And again, don't just think about any extra aid. Think about yourself. So how do we bring this all together in a daily habit of Maha Sabha and a daily habit of self accountability shift by wire Have you Allah to Allah He shared with us the statement from an Imam and miroir de Rahim Allah Tala, where he described and Maha Sabha as the following he said any ultrasoft Fahad insaan filet ma Sadara mean fit in a hurry that a person sits with himself at night and goes back and thinks about what they did during the day. A person sits with themselves at night, and then goes back and thinks about what they did during the day. Now, I want you to not answer this question because we're in
Juma, but at least in your head, ask yourself this question. How many nights as you're thinking about your computing, you know what you earn for that day? You're thinking about what happened that day? You're thinking about what you've got to do tomorrow? How many nights do you actually sit with yourself for even a minute
and go back and review the tape? Review the scripts?
What did I do that was displeasing to Allah? Sanatana today, what did I do? That was good? What did I do that was bad? And then in my water, the Rahim Allah says, so if it is good, then he commits himself to doing more of it. And if it is bad that he seeks forgiveness from it,
and he doesn't repeat it. Just ask yourself that question. How many nights do I lay in bed at night and I think what did I do today?
A that was ungrateful to Allah subhana wa Tada. That was an act of disobedience. Because let me tell you something. A person who is not introspective can find a way to make everything, even Kabbalah even major sense, not that big of a deal.
Because of the shape on is your mufti, you're led astray. He'll make everything, tax fly out the window. The most severe warnings of the prophets lie Selim mean nothing to you if you are not that introspective person. And yes, we find this constant emphasis in the Quran and the Sunnah, to have people around you to stoke that proper contents. When you're not thinking writes, we have that concept of the gemera we have that concept of the group, we have that concept of vicar, of people of knowledge, and people have remembrance that are meant to remind as well, we have all of that of surrounding yourself with good friends that will rub off on you. And that will help your conscience
be more alive. But at the end of the day, if you're not an introspective person, the most major sins will be justified away in your head. You'll take it all away. So what does a self accountable person look like And subhanAllah I wanted this clip but to be as practical as possible, I actually want you to leave with a simple assignment. And in sha Allah to Allah, I'll oblige myself with it. And we can oblige ourselves as a community together and remind each other of it. One of the things Subhanallah that that struck me when I was thinking about these words.
If you take the death card of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the morning,
and you look at the death card of the prophets, I saw them at night. The remembrance of the messenger Alia Salatu was Salam when he woke up in the morning, surrounded an attitude of gratitude, blessings SubhanAllah. We live in a day and age where the prophet sighs I mentioned people will walk by a grave, and they would wish to be in that grave even though we have more as a generation than anyone before us. At her Kamata katha, you walk next to the grave, and a person would wish to be in that grave, not because they don't have anything but because they don't have perspective. They don't have perspective.
And look at what the prophets lie some teaches us. What's the first thing you thank Allah for in the morning? You thank Allah for being alive. Think about that.
Forget about all the books that are out there right now. Think about your Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who's the most perfect of examples. If I've got nothing else to thank Allah for, and we have plenty of thank Allah for but just hypothetically speaking, when I wake up in the morning, what's the first thing that comes out? And hamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Allah, the IANA Bergama Anna Tana, Willie, initially,
you wake up and you say, Alhamdulillah All Praise and thanks, and gratitude and glory is due to Allah Who gave me life after death.
Wow, I'm a week and hamdulillah the first words out your mouth every morning, Ark Alhamdulillah for the bare minimum blessing of being alive, I'm alive Alhamdulillah
do not disobey Allah subhanaw taala because dodo netmeds Allah by belittling the blessing of life upon you, you're alive. Alhamdulillah you're here Alhamdulillah don't for a moment show Allah subhanho wa Taala in gratitude for the blessing of just being alive. And then the prophets lie. Some of them says what? Whoever wakes up,
and they've got a roof over their heads. And they've got their food for the day. And they've got their health. It is as if Canada Melaka dunya. It's as if that person owns the world, you're a king.
You wake up with that mindset and you look around you Say Subhan Allah Alhamdulillah have a roof over my head. I've got food for the day. I'm healthy and Hamdulillah you wake up with those blessings. And I want you to think about this drought from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, quite literally his thought was salam. O Allah Hama Nana OS Mojave manera Oh, yeah, I hadn't been cultured. So I mean, Kawakita luxury Kolak fella can him do it like a shocker? Yeah, Allah. I have not awoken to any blessing, no blessing that I have. And no blessing that anyone else has Subhanallah that in and of itself, by the way is a cure for envy. Because when you look at what
other people have, and you think to yourself, why then why not me? Why that might why not me. You're not recognizing the source of all blessings. You're not recognizing the source of all blessings. So you wake up and you say, Nice Mojave manera Mateen Obeah Hanuman cultic. Every single blessing that I have and every single blessing that anybody else has is from you Allah alone. There is no partner, to you and to you belongs all
praise unto you belongs all gratitude. In one NARRATION The Prophet sallallahu sallam said that whoever wakes up and says this in the morning Faqad the chakra yummy Subhanallah look how merciful Allah is, you have thanked Allah for that day.
the blessings haven't even started in your day of the blessing of walking outside the blessing of your car, starting the blessing of your your ability to move and to get from place to place the blessing of that nice person that you came across the blessing of you actually crossing that green light or the blessing of the red light that saved you from a tragedy, the blessing of your first sip of water, the blessing of your breakfast, the blessing of your lunch, it hasn't even started. But the prophets lysozyme said if you wake up in the morning, and you say that you have fulfilled your gratitude for the day, because Allah is a Shikou
Allah doesn't need much from you. Allah doesn't need anything from you. And Allah does not demand too much from you. hamdulillah now, if you look at the end of the day, because I said I want this to be practical most of the Afghan most of the other ear of the Prophet salallahu Salam, our review of the day, the review of the day, they're seeking forgiveness from Allah subhanho Tirana Aditya Tenma FIRA says it's the far all of these different things. You're seeking forgiveness from Allah for what you have done throughout the day.
Now, here's what I want you to think about. Pick up any book about living a faithful and a happy life. Pick up any book about gratitude. And they'll all tell you, you wake up in the morning and if you wake up with that lens of gratitude, everything is going to be okay. Everything is great.
When you wake up in the morning, you still have not accumulated the sins of the day.
You still have not accumulated the sins of the day. So what I want you to do is when you wake up in the morning, just take two minutes, three minutes. And if you want to be good five minutes and sit there and count every Nirma that you can think of for that morning, what internal do net Matala now to Suha. And if you start trying to count one blessing of Allah, you will not succeed. Just spend three to five minutes in the morning and think about every Naira that you have woken up to and say it hamdulillah sincerely, gratefully from your heart with full gratitude from your heart. Yeah, Allah thank you for this.
And then at night, dear brothers and sisters, when you lay down, spend three to five minutes and review every one of your conversations for the day.
Review the backbiting, review the slips of the tongue review the slips of the eye review the major and the minor the public and the private review at all. Just spend a few moments and then put it in a bag of SFR and send it to Allah subhanaw taala Yeah, it'll be clearly yeah Allah I fell short today. In this regard in that regard. Get specific with yourself because you're not going to become a self aware person unless you get specific with yourself. Yeah, Rob at that lunch conversation. I feel like I slipped I went a little bit too far when talking about that person.
And what is the connection of this all? I said every single disobedience is an ingratitude.
An imam, an aquarium Rahim Allah says, and every single sin is a misuse of one of Allah's blessings upon you.
Every single sin is a misuse of a network from Allah subhanaw taala. Allah did not give you that tongue so you can backbite his creation. Allah did not give you that intelligence so you could scheme and deceive people. Allah did not give you those eyes so that you could look at the things he told you not to look at. Allah didn't give you that body so that you could use it in less than sin. Allah gave you those blessings to use them for hire to use them for good. How dare you use those blessings for shuttle for evil.
And so the assignment is very simple.
10 minutes a day will lie it will change your life 10 minutes a day, five minutes in the morning. Take a count of your blessings that you woke up to that day and say Alhamdulillah for it and recognize that none of those blessings are because of what you have earned but because of what Allah has provided you out of His grace, five minutes at night, do it as a family. Look back at your day and assess every conversation every slip every sin and seek forgiveness from Allah for seek forgiveness from a Rahim from the one who was most Merciful and most forgiving. May Allah Subhana Allah allow us to use the blessings He has provided us with all of our faculties everything that
he's given us in a way that's pleasing to Him until the very last moment that we breathe on this earth. May Allah subhanaw taala raise us on the Day of Judgment amongst those that are completely forgiven for every single time they fell short. I mean Allah subhana wa Tada enter us into generated for the dose with our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, without any form of punishment, and without any form of accountability. Allah Amina Kurokawa, that was tough Allah you will accompany certain Muslim infested with over 14
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