Passing Up On Good Deeds

Omar Suleiman

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Jummah Khutbah at the Valley Ranch Islamic Center – Let somebody else do it – passing up on good deeds & opportunities

2017-06-16 – Ramadan 2017

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Meanwhile all Siegelman FCB toquilla aka Mr. Honorable Carla tada you hola Dena am an otaku. La Habra, Ducati he went out to Morton Illa one two Muslim owned yohannes with Sakuraba como la de la Kakuma. nevsun wahida wahala caminhos de Havas amin humare. Jalan kathira one Isa, what's up Hola, hola de de Luna b1 in LA Cana la cumbre Kiba you hola Dena taco la havapoo colons de de la Kamala come where your food comes in obaku woman yo Clary la hora Sula, who falcoda faza frozen alima Baird, we begin by praising a lot, that none has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. We asked him to send his peace and blessings upon His messenger, Mohammed

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sallallahu, alayhi wa sallam, the prophets and the messengers that came before him, the family of the messenger it his salatu salam, his companions and those that follow until the day of judgment, we asked a lot to make us amongst them a llama, I mean, their brothers and sisters, it's very interesting when you look at what the prophet sallallahu wasallam feared for this nation for people, he did not fear that we would suddenly run out of resources, he didn't fear sallallahu wasallam that we would be overcome completely and wiped off the face of the earth. What he feared is that our love for this world, our love for materialism, would become so outrageous that we would start to fight

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and kill one another over it. And if you think about fighting and killing, and you put that on the side, and you know, beyond just fighting and killing, because if you think about the wars that take place in the world today, that are often disguised in political or religious rhetoric, but truly, at the end of the day, everything at its heart is economic. But if you think about the disputes that we have as people, and there are people that we can find in the world, that are sibling, some of you might actually be here. And you haven't talked to a brother or a sister for a long time, or you parted ways because of a dispute over a business, a dispute over land, some sort, you know, some

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sort of falling out that took place over money. And you are willing to actually disconnect yourself from your brother or your sister because of that, because you you wanted that piece of land or because of this business, failure, whatever it may be, how many relationships end over pursuits of this world. So the profits licensing gives us this heads up that we're going to fight and kill one another, over money over lands, and that that destructive behavior will penetrate the Muslim community specifically, and even families to where brothers and sisters stopped talking to one another, because they pursued the same thing or because one person wanted that or one person felt

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like they got the short end, the short end of this or whatever it may be. So there's there are two problems here. One of them is the culture of competing over these things, to where we start to hate one another. And we start to break ties over competition over this dunya. But at the core of it is this unhealthy love and attachment that we have to the world.

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And that's the problem. And the profit slice, of course, tells us that that's the problem that at the end of the day, the love of this dunya is at the head of every single destructive flaw and behavior that a person loves this world too much and becomes addicted. And in the pursuit of something so dirty, they also will become dirty. But what about good deeds? What about opportunities, if you think about, in contrast to what I just mentioned, how quickly we pass up on the opportunity to do good deeds, how we quickly throw responsibilities in regards to the dean to other people, the shares of Jenna to other people. Now, this is not to say that we should fight and

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kill each other over agenda because we're trying to get to jamna. So I walk into the masjid and someone got to Juma before me and I wanted to be the first one that the angels wrote down today for salata Juma and so I go and I start strangling the brother and say, You took my good deed. It's not that it's an envy. That is a healthy type of envy. You know, the prophets lie. Some talked about the destructive envy. He said that there that has said, that envy consumes a person's good deeds the way that fire would consume firewood or grass and burns your good deeds completely. But he mentioned that there's a healthy type of envy, which is that you envy someone who Allah gave knowledge to and

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he spreads it meaning he uses it for the right reasons or someone who Allah gave money to and he spends it in charity. you envy them for the right reasons, hence, your energy

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All of them is not one of malice towards them, but it's one of, you know, I want to be able to do those good deeds too. I feel like I should have the opportunity to do those good deeds. I don't hate that person. I don't wish bad for that person. I just wish that I could have the opportunity to compete for Jenna in that way as well. So while people are competing over this world, and are killing themselves over materialism, and breaking off relationships over money, while families are destroyed over literal pursuits, even though Allah subhanaw taala made their bond sacred, the believer is being torn apart when one another even from one another, even though our bond is sacred.

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Allah subhanaw taala redirects our attention.

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And Allah subhana wa tada mentions what he thought he could philia to Nathanson once enough he soon

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you want to compete over something, compete. Allah created you to compete, but compete over the right things. You want to race towards something, you want to make sure that you get as much of something as possible, to try to get as much of these good deeds to carry with you to the hereafter as possible. And Allah subhana wa tada gives us these various scenarios. Why? Because so often, when something presents itself to us of an opportunity of Deen, we pass it off to someone else. We say you know, let that person do it, or these people should take care of it. You know, it's a panel, if you think of the work of justice, the work of speaking up and standing up to oppression, if you just

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look up Rachel Corrie,

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a young American girl now who who was murdered over a decade ago, in Philistine standing up to the oppression in Palestine in the Gaza, a young woman that felt compelled enough to stand up to that oppression that went out on these peace missions, and that tried to raise the cause of the Palestinians around the world. And you see, this young woman, 23 years old American woman who came from a place of privilege, who really could have just turned a blind eye and said, I don't have to worry about it. But somehow Allah somehow finds herself standing in front of a bulldozer in Gaza, trying to protest those unjust settlements, and losing her life in the process. When her parents had

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her in this country, they probably never envisioned that their daughter would lose her life and that in that capacity, but what compels a person to take that on, and I was thinking to myself, so Pamela, how many people how many people fail to do good, because they feel like someone else should be doing it. Just go ahead and, you know, skirt, your responsibilities and throw it upon someone else, and say, someone else should be doing this, someone else should be going out there, someone else should be doing these good deeds. And we pass up on these things, feeling like we have a sense of Lena from them, like we don't need these opportunities to do good. That these voids should be

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filled by other people. You look at poverty, and you say, a stuck for a lot. The world is horrible, everyone is greedy. And you don't do your part to combat it. You look at data and you say, you know, there are great people that should be doing data, these people should do a better job. And this is how the data should be. But you don't care. You just push it away. And you say that that's their responsibility. What that shows is that you don't feel like you need these opportunities that these are here for your benefits. That every opportunity a lot places in front of you to do good is for your own good. And I want to share with you at one narration and there are many narrations of hell

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I'm already running. I mean, I don't have as much time as I'd like to be able to go through all the narrations. This is a very particularly profound narration To me, it's a manhunt. It's a methodology we can take from the Prophet sallallahu wasallam.

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Imagine the sights of the love and mystery of the Allahu anhu is describing the scene of the Battle of others.

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And he says that

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because of the shortage of camels and horses and riding animals, we had to assign multiple people to each animal Meaning what? There were three or four to one camel or to one horse or whatever it may be, so they'd have to take turns because they didn't have enough as they were about to face this battle.

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And I'm loving myself all the time and Who says so? I don't even know how Vitaly brought the Allahu anhu Abu Baba, what do I know and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had one camel.

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And as they were moving along, they would take turns walking and riding. And when it came time for the Prophet sallallahu wasallam to get down

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From the camel so that they could have their turn to right. They said to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, yada sutala you ride and we'll just continue to walk, we'll switch Ollie and Abu Baba we will switch out and you just continue to ride. It's okay we can handle it we'll take turns amongst ourselves there could be two people on this camel and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he responds and this is a message this is a methodology. He says to Lahore and he was Salaam, ma and tumah be acquire many, you two are not stronger than me will be up now and in extreme income. And I am not less in need of the reward than you.

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And you imagine the prophets lie Selim saying to them, I am not less in need of the reward than you.

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Now we know who the prophets lie Selim is amongst those three men. It's not even close. The prophets lie Selim knows his position with a loss of Hannah Montana. But he says to the allowance,

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that I am not less in need of the reward than you

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that just like you, I have to also try to build my case before a loss of hundreds out. Now why do I say that this hadith is actually a methodology, because the prophets lie some point into two things. Number one, I'm just as capable as you guys. I can understand if I could not ride or if I couldn't walk, just like YouTube couldn't walk, I could understand if I was tired, if I was exhausted, or if I was elderly, or I had a disability, I could understand if there was a reason that would prevent me from walking just like you.

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But not until maybe a common knee, I'm I'm at the same level as you were just as strong as each other, I can walk I have no problems. So even if it's inconvenient for me, you know what it's inconvenient for you, we have the same ability. So the Prophet slicin pointed out first and foremost to ability

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to the fact that he was just as capable sallallahu wasallam as them of walking,

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meaning you have no right to push a good deed or to push an opportunity or to push even worse or responsibility away from yourself because well that person can do it to

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that person is capable. I don't have to do it because there are other people to do it. How many somehow good deeds do we miss out because of that? And the second thing, the profit slice, and I'm points out of this methodology

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is that I need this reward for myself.

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That at no point, do I become independent of needing good deeds? At no point Am I able to say, you know what, I'm the law I did enough now. So I think I can pass this I think I can let someone else do this.

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Because everyone would say you know what, someone else should be doing this. Profits licenses, I need the edge of two. It's not about making me comfortable. I'm seeking greater comfort in the afterlife, what I'm seeking in the Hereafter, you will not be able to give me and so I need to do as much as possible to build my place with a loss of Hannah hunter Adam. All of this is a means of elevation. And how much more elevated could the messenger sallallahu wasallam be that he's even thinking about the reward of walking,

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while his two companions, who are both much younger than him are on the camel, and he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam takes his turn in that humility. To do so. It's upon Allah dear brothers and sisters, this culture was created amongst the companions of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam with their physical strength.

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So those that could not partake in battle or expeditions or in hardship, or some of the tasks would cry, and would feel bad, that they were not able to do so and the Prophet sallallahu wasallam would have to comfort them. That for you is the reward as well. In our motto bunya Don't worry actions are but by intentions actions are but by intentions were not said to people that were laying around at home and wanted to feel better about their inaction.

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The Hadith in rubinius are those types of sentiments that the Prophet slice I'm used to convey, were conveyed to people that were stopped from being able to do actions because of things that were beyond their their capacity, and they felt guilty that they were not able to do those actions. Allah mentions the two men who wanted to go out into book but they were unable to do so they didn't find the means. Ulla mentions people that wanted to go to heads up that wanted to migrate with the Prophet sallallahu Sallam but they couldn't find the means they were incapable of doing so people that were held back from those most difficult moments of prayer

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execution. And defending the prophet SAW Selim and all of that, because they were unable to do so and how, how they felt guilty and Allah and His Messenger slice them constantly comforting them, that it's okay, it's beyond you. The prophets lie some created the culture where the companions who weren't as economically well off as others felt like they had to do more.

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And they felt jealous or envious in a good way of the companions that had the ability to do more. And then go to the profit slice, I'm in genuine sadness, seeking work. They're asking the profits license, um, they fast like we fast, they pray, like we pray, but they're able to give charity and we're not able to do so.

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And the Prophet sallallahu wasallam they're coming to him for more work, they're not coming to the profits license so he could say to them, oh, companions, don't worry about it. A lot didn't give you the ability to do so that wouldn't satisfy them. They want more, give us more to do yeah battlesuit Allah give us something to catch up with them. So the Prophet slice them gives them Likud he tells them he gives them the regimen of remembrance after Salah how to remember Allah subhanaw taala properly after the Salah something that's free

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to remember and invoke and supplicate your Lord. So he filled up their time, he gave them more to do and when they went to the prophets lie some it's not like they were sad, and that the Prophet slice of them gave them more to do they were happy because they felt like now they had something to catch up with. And the Prophet sallallahu wasallam then gets them again and they say out of sort of law now the rich companions are also doing wicked after Salah. They remember a laughter the prayer too. So they're taking up our opportunities now to and the prophets lie. Some said that he can follow the law. Look, that's the bounty of God. Allah subhanaw taala gives it to he wants to whom he wants, if

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these people are now moved to do even more good despite the fact that they were giving charity and hamdulillah.

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And if you were looking for things to make up for the fact that you couldn't give as much charity as them and hamdulillah The point is the attitude of the companions is right.

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The two great shifts that were always with the profit slice them and we all know the story, but I want to try to contextualize it further. The profit slice I'm used to walk abubaker was on his right Amara was on his left that was always the case. Always the two shifts of this oma always next to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam one of the most beautiful Hadith I found it's an authentic one. When the Prophet slicin pointed to our bucket and armor and he said had the same room with a buzzer.

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He said he's my hearing and he's my sights.

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How beautiful is that? Talk about making your companions feel special. This guy right here is my hearing how the sunroof or how the buses and he's my sights. I feel pretty good being either one of those two.

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To be referred to by the prophets lie some that way. Seriously, think about it. If you are Ahmad, you don't care if he said summer or Buster for you. He called you the hearing or the site. You're just happy to be on his side. sallallahu wasallam you're not even thinking about the guy on the other side. I I'm next to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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Omar has one man he could possibly look up to in this oma. And that's it. After the profits, there's only one person who could look at as someone who is better than him.

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And someone that's doing more than him. And it drove Omar throughout his entire life, not through one incident. Now the one incident is one that you'll hear probably at the fundraiser tonight at some point.

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The one incident is the very famous incident that Omar will be allowed to and who said I never get to beat a bucket and anything today I said to myself, well lucky today I'm going to outdo Apple bucket. Look at that internal drive. And it's not like Ahmad was saying this to his kids. Like don't tell anybody. He's saying this to the oma.

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Like you have no idea how amazing our bucket was. I always wanted to outdo this man and I couldn't. So one day I said I'm going to outdo him. So the prophets lie Selim was collecting his charity. So I went to the Prophet slicin him and I gave him a lot of money and he said I had wealth at that time, meaning this was one of my good times. I wasn't in my hardship. This is one of my good times. So the size of what I gave the prophets liason was a lot.

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And he said, What did you leave for your family? Oh, man, he said, mithila said the same amount that I gave to you.

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And then aboubaker comes not knowing what I gave.

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And the prophets license says what did you leave for your families that Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,

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and Omar will be allowed to Thailand Who said I said to myself, I will never be able to do this man.

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Never, I cannot outdo double Becker. And in fact, in the narration, it's interestingly enough, because he actually says I will never try to compete with a double bucket again, like I'm done, but he wasn't done.

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It continues throughout his entire life, and the philosophy of abubaker Amaro the amount of time and who going out to find the poor widows and the elderly that were not being served on the outskirts of Medina and Amato, the low annual as his means of total water, his secret devotion to Allah going out there to take care of them almost didn't say, you know, someone else should take care of them. That's my responsibility. That's my edge. It's two things, my responsibility and my good deeds. And it goes out there and the first old woman opens the door. And she says, someone's already been here. He's like, who comes all the way out here to serve you. She didn't want to tell him because the man

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who was coming to her was trying to conceal his identity.

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So he said, I hid behind the house, and waited to see who it was. And it was double Beckett, the halifa of the Muslims that's busy trying to hold everything together. After the death of the profit slice, I'm still making time to come out and to serve these elderly people. He doesn't feel like he's independent of those good deeds or those opportunities or those responsibilities. That's mine. I've got to take care of it.

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My mama said the Rahim Allah says that the tab you're in you talk about the profit slice, I'm creating cross generational competition.

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And a member should be saying that the tambourine used to keep they used to motivate themselves by saying the Sahaba of the Prophet slice on the companions of the Prophet, slice alum, took all the good deeds, and they they rode behind the prophets lie Selim on these fast horses, and we're trying to lag behind them on these lame donkeys. And we have to catch up, because they'll have already did everything. We have to try to outdo the Sahaba of the prophets license. They have one generation of people to look up to. There's no one after the tab anything that's better except for the Sahaba. But you know what, we've got to do better. They were driven.

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They didn't try to pass responsibilities to others. They were internally driven to more good deeds, our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Ma and Toma B Aqua many

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you are not stronger than me what an army of men and allegedly what what an honor be agnor and an oddity min comb, and I am not less in need of the reward than you think about that with all of the good opportunities of suffering. Oh well the first line, charity, volunteering opportunities, responsibilities to speak up all of the things that present themselves to you drive yourself to outdo others for the sake of a loss of Hannah Montana. May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to compete for that which is good and not to be diverted by that which is foolish and that which is disposable in this world may Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from being addicted to the materialism that

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presents itself to us in this world and instead make us amongst those that are addicted to good deeds and ever in pursuit of his pleasure a lot more I mean, a quote unquote rehab there was stuff a lot of money started was the meaningful stuff in the hole for him.

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