Channel: Omar Suleiman
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We and bearing witness that none has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa Salam is his final messenger. We ask Allah to send his peace and blessings upon him the prophets and messengers that came before him, as family and companions that served alongside him, those that follow in his busted path until the day of judgment. And we ask Allah to make us amongst them Allah, I mean, the brothers and sisters obey even with all the Allahu Taala and who he narrates, in a narration Muslim Imam Ahmed, that when Allah subhanaw taala, created the Children of Adam it his salah, that as Adam and he has Saddam was
seeing his descendants come out of his back.
And we of course, know that as those descendants were being taken from his back, he saw bright lights, the beauty of some of the Gambia, the prophets and the righteous ones may Allah subhanaw taala make us amongst them, Allah him I mean, and he saw all of these different variations, the span of creation that exists within the human race from start to finish.
And as he's looking at all of his offspring being spread out from his loins, he looks at them and he asks ALLAH SubhanA huzzah Allah, as he sees a litany, well, firstly, the rich and the poor, and then he sees has an A Surah we're doing a Dalek, he sees those that have beautiful appearance and those that have the opposite of that for color, rugby. Lola, so waiter, Beanery Baddeck. Oh, my Lord, had it not been that you just made them all the same, that you just created them with all the same features, all the same blessings distributed proportionately across all of them. And Allah subhanho wa Taala responded to him and said, Yeah, Adam in the up to an Oscar, oh, Adam, I wanted or I love
that I be thanked, I wanted to see the gratitude come out of this creation. Now the money is Salaam is speaking from a very interesting reference point of them it is Salam is in paradise. No one in paradise senses any type of deprivation or deficiency. This is a new concept to see people have a distribution of hardship and trial and blessings and and not be all the same. And obviously, when we come into this world, if everyone had the exact same thing, then, of course, there would be no concept of shock wish, there wouldn't even be a recognition of those blessings in the first place for people to be grateful for them. No one would even know what deficiency looks like or feels like
an example is the you know, the status of those blessings that are unseen to us that operate within us on a daily basis. You sit with a doctor or someone that understands the way that the heart functions. And the doctor could sit there and tell you about all these things you should be praising Allah subhanaw taala for but prior to that description. It's really all foreign to you because it's something that you take for what granted, that happens all the time and operates in the background. And so if the blessings were all equally distributed amongst us, no one looked different. No one had anything different than part of what Allah subhanaw taala has put in this creation of trial would
defeat the purpose that Allah azza wa jal seeks from this creation. If we all looked around and had the same thing, and looked exactly the same, that it would defeat the purpose of why Allah Subhana Allah has put us here. Now by the way, before I go any further, none of this is to suggest that there are inequities that should be ignored, because that's just how Allah Subhana Allah, Allah created us. You know, when you see people that are struggling, and don't have blessings that are accessible to you, well, that's your problem. Allah is testing you have patience and Jana awaits you. Because Schuco to Allah subhanaw taala is not merely Thank you. It's not just saying
hamdulillah it's the actual activation of people across that spectrum of blessings towards those that don't have the same blessings that are accessible to them. That's part of Shaka to Allah subhanaw taala and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us that gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala and showing gratitude towards the people and being activated in acts of gratitude to Allah subhanaw taala towards the people all of those are inseparable from one another.
there. And so you can't say I'm grateful to Allah Subhan Allah to Allah for whatever blessings He has given to you, if you are not activated towards those who don't have the exact same blessings that you have. Now, how do we start to unravel this a little bit more? Because it's a concept that is not so unfamiliar. There's a famous Hadith from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Andorra ILA a man who has failed I mean, come with a Tombow ILA man who afoco the prophets like Selim said, look to those who have less than you do not look to those who have more than you why for who edged that will Adela test the Ronette Metalla here and a con, that is more befitting, lest you start to
belittle the blessing of Allah subhanaw taala upon you pay attention to those that don't have what you have, not those who have what you don't have. If you are someone who constantly follows what other people have that you don't, then you will always be in the prison of this dunya you will be absolutely imprisoned. And this is an entire industry isn't that the industry of influencers, people who get paid
currency of dunya, to make you think that dunya is all glamour, because their lives are wonderful. And so we follow this, and we think to ourselves, this is what I need to be beautiful. This is what I need to be wealthy. This is what I need to be stress free. This is what I need to get rid of my insecurity, this is what I need to do this, this is what I need to do that. And in the process. You see everyone else's blessings, but you only see your own hardships. You see your trials and you see their blessings. You don't even see the flip side of their blessings, the blessings and the hardships that come from the blessings themselves that are given to them. You see your own
hardships, your own pain, and you see their prosperity, of course, you're going to be a miserable person. Of course you're not going to be grateful to Allah subhanaw taala So the Prophet sly Sonam is saying, look to those who have less than you have this dunya otherwise you will be little the name of Allah subhanaw taala upon you, you will reduce them to things that are just in the background and things that are supposed to be there anyway. And another narration also authentic the prophets lie some said, either another Hadoken ILA men who are fought Leila Alayhi family will help Phil younger ILA men who are as Fela Minho. If one of you sees someone, so there is a context of
this hadith as well, that if you come across someone that has more than you, in terms of wealth, or in terms of something that is physical, then look to those that have less than you in this process. Now, when you hear that type of a narration, what you could take from that is simply that, okay? All I need to do when I'm feeling you know, a little bit overwhelmed by the things that people seem to have that I don't have is simply go on Twitter and start watching videos of people that are dying from starvation.
And then just walk away from it.
The beauty of the guidance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and if you take nothing else from this whole book, then hopefully you take this, the beauty of the guidance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that it is precise. And it engages us at the level of dura and at the level of Amel, every time there is a level of realization, there is a supplication. And then there's a dt. That's the beauty of His guidance, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that you never stop there. You never stopped at shifted perspective, because if you don't do anything with that perspective, then you get stuck. And eventually, the dominant visual will retake your perspective, you understand. So
if you stop at shifted perspective for a moment, but you don't do anything with it, then the next visual will simply take you back to the skewed perspective until another more powerful visual comes and then takes you back to that perspective. That's not how the guidance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam works. And so when you start to go through some of these narrations, first and foremost, obviously, the profit slice and I'm saying be intentional about where you let your vision go. Where do you put your vision? Where do you put your eyes sights, try to engage your eyesight, by engaging those of this world that don't have what you have. Every single person that exists in this
dunya has something to say Alhamdulillah for has something to praise Allah subhanaw taala for of blessings, and has something that someone else doesn't have focusing on what that deficiency is, so that you grow in your own appreciation of your own Nirvana and then get activated to step two, which I'll talk about
is where we start with this hemtt Because sugar comes from what recognition gratitude comes from a place of genuine recognition, otherwise you're at hamdulillah is empty and meaningless. It's like the person who you ask them, how are you and they give you 10 reasons about why life is miserable and then say at hamdulillah at the end to meaningless
We have the last like the disclaimer at the bottom of a really bad opinion piece in The New York Times, right? It doesn't mean anything. Okay? You say it hamdulillah from a place of recognition and Hamdulillah that engages you in certain ways. So what did the prophets lie some teach us to do in terms of do and then deed? The prophets lie Selim says in one narration, that's Hessen. He said it his Salah to Islam has been a model the Allahu Anhu ma narrates Manuel motilin Whoever sees someone that has been tested, whoever sees someone that has been tested in one narration, men fudgier, who saw he will Billa whoever is taken by surprise by someone that's been tested, you know, subhanAllah
we get so we become desensitized to things we see on a regular basis, right, even if tragedy and pain and that's actually one of the problems with overexposure to catastrophe, is that it's no longer catastrophe. Oh, 300 people just died off of a boat in the Mediterranean Syrian refugees. Oh, well, right, because we become desensitized to it because of the overload of it. So the prophets I said I'm saying a person who suddenly is captured by the sight of someone who is saw hyperbola someone who has been tested in some way, he said, say Alhamdulillah Allah the Anthony myba, Metallica, b He Alhamdulillah Allah the Anthony Minmatar laka b He wa for Balani Allah katharyn
mimin Holika tough Lila Alhamdulillah Allah the Afghani All praises be to the one who spared me member Tanaka be he from what he has tested, this person will fall Bologna, Allah cathedra mimin Holika tough Lila, and preferred me over many of those that he has created with a great blessing. Now the prophets like some said, Whoever says this will be spared. Here's the thing. This is the initial thought, right, the initial statement of recognition. And as a katabi Rahim, Allah says, This is not something you say to a person who's actually invalid. who's actually in trial. It's the same way that when you give charity you don't go up to the person and say in the manual to amo
company, what Tila Nudelman comes out and voila, Shakira, we feed you for the sake of Allah. We don't want to be thanked. We don't want any type of compensation. It's an internal conversation. Right? So katabi Rahim, Allah says the prophets I'm saying this is an internal conversation, right? Alhamdulillah Allah, the Anthony member of tilaka be he All praises be to the one I think Allah subhanaw taala for sparing me from this particular trial that he has tried you with. And I also acknowledge that Allah subhanaw taala has preferred me with certain blessings upon other members of this creation, that he has not given to them. This is the Quran, the prophets lie some taught us to
make Alhamdulillah starts with Al Hamdulillah Al Hamdulillah. I see someone that has less than me in some way, some way, even if I am going through something that is devastating, and I say it hamdulillah and I acknowledge that Allah subhanaw taala has given me things that he has not given to the person that is Shaka and calm, and then chakra Nissan, that is taking that gratitude from the heart and then gratitude to your tongue. And then there is what do you do now when you see that person.
And even if you cannot relate to that person in terms of an experience, you can relate in the sense that you know that you have a blessing that Allah subhanaw taala has given to you not because of anything you did to earn it, that Allah azza wa jal has not given to someone else, then you activate yourself towards that person. That's where empathy comes from. That's where the deeds of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam towards every single member of the community came from.
Because that recognition led to a DUA, and then led to Amel led to a deed which is every single thing we take from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam so you're Schuko to them because serving that person. It brings out the best in you and that Shakur, which is serving that person is a bada is part of your worship.
And then perhaps that person praises ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada and thanks Allah for you because you are a blessing that Allah subhanaw taala sent to that person in that moment. And then perhaps that person, thanks Allah for you and is activated towards someone else.
And it has this impact and the effect of bringing out the best of us as human beings and we are at our best when we are shocking. When we are grateful people and we are at our worst, when we are shaytani when we are satanic, which is the opposite of
King chakra, which is the opposite of being grateful, it was the challenge of the devil.
Now, this mindset, dear brothers and sisters, speaks to how we see blessings as a whole. And this understanding that this dunya, at the end of the day, is not meant to be the place of eternal blessing and bliss. And that's also part of the blessing of that disproportionality, that it directs us towards something that's more permanent, that has no expiration date to it, that has no catch to it. And so, when a person gets older, you see the blessings that you used to have, that you no longer have.
And you thank Allah subhanaw taala, for when he gave you those blessings before, and then you long for agenda in which those blessings don't expire. You may see blessings in other people that you never had.
And so you long for those blessings in the place of a Jana in the place of paradise where Allah Subhana Allah gives them without any type of proportion, and without being minimized in any way. You see hardships that other people have. And you say Alhamdulillah, that Allah azza wa jal spared you from those hardships and you seek refuge in Allah from the hardship of the Hereafter, which has permanence to it. And you are activated towards using what you've been spared from, towards that which will benefit you in the hereafter. You see hardships that are incurable. Things that happen to us that don't have an end in sight, you know, when they say there is no end in sight, when there's a
test that comes to you, that has a chance of being temporary, then there is hope in it being alleviated in this dunya. Right. But then there are the tests that seem to have a permanence to them. As far as the dunya is concerned. That's the definition of prison. When you relegate yourself, then to that you relegate your happiness to that particular circumstance, because you don't see much hope of it being alleviated in this dunya. And so what ends up happening when you see those hardships that are incurable, that have no end in sight in this dunya is that you long for a place where those hardships no longer exists,
it activates us towards Allah subhanaw taala and no blessing Dear Brothers and Sisters, no blessing in this world is truly a blessing, unless you think Allah for it, and it leads you to the permanent blessing of Paradise, and no hardship in this world is truly a hardship. If it unlocks the permanent blessing of paradise for you in the next life,
even the way we see blessings and hardship, a blessing can become a curse, a hardship can become a blessing, the deciding factor of whether or not this becomes this or this becomes not is what happens to you and the aka is what happens to you in the Hereafter. And the defining deed that will guide you to either of those two destinations is going to be your own shortcode is going to be your own gratitude when you see that what you have and you act upon it in a certain way. And subhanAllah you also see some people who have been led astray by the blessings that have been given to them in this life and you swear that if those blessings came to me I would never act that way.
You swear yeah Allah if you give me this I'm not going to be this way. Yeah Allah if you would have put me in this position I wouldn't have been that way. And I've been missing a little the Allah Tala and who he narrates this right that ALLAH SubhanA. Allah sees this person who asks him for so much, and Allah azza wa jal sends the blessing and then says a study for who and who taken away from that person. Why because if I give that person that blessing at hull to who now then I'll have to enter them into hellfire. And that person keeps on yatta yatta keeps on looking to the heavens and saying sir balcony Fulani, the honey Fula this person beat me to it, this person got the blessing instead,
one who Illa Allah here. And that was all the blessing of Allah upon that person the entire time Allah was actually blessing that person the entire time. On the other hand, Allah Subhana Allah Allah says, when a Torah gibca and Wildhammer Allah Allah to him, don't be amazed by what Allah has given them. Meaning the kuffaar the disbelievers, the enemies of the prophets lie some of all these blessings Don't be don't let your your eyes fall on it for too long. Don't be amazed by it. You read the law and you as the by whom behind Allah is punishing them with those blessings.
Those blessings are making them miserable in this life and they'll make them even more miserable in the hereafter. Why? Because they take them away from ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. They take them away from the best potential version of themselves and end up leading to their doom and their destruction. Now, you don't have to look at this dear brothers and sisters and be like, you know, I'm pretty certain I wasn't going to become a pharaoh of their own or become a horrible person. If this blessing was given to me, you don't have to think that way. You
Instead, what you ask yourself is the MACOM the station that Allah subhanaw taala has promised for you, should you be patient and should you be grateful? If that was going to be reduced in any way that Allah recognizes in you should he have bestowed that blessing upon you in this dunya than an hamdulillah
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that you have guaranteed to special people in the hereafter then it hamdulillah
it doesn't necessarily mean I would have become a pharaoh. But perhaps I wouldn't have had the rank of the Saudi Hoon and the shahada and the Sadiq Khan on the Day of Judgment, the rank of the martyrs and the truthful ones. And that special rank on the day of judgment that so many people would want to have remembered how John Mackey Rahim Allah to Allah he comments on this, on this hadith or this narration from obaidul, the Allahu Anhu and he says, in their love honey, Yara re Lama near unmatted near Mati Lena, that the Lani the rich person sees the blessing of the of that wealth that comes upon them. And so they're grateful to Allah subhanaw taala and they spend of that wealth. And he
says, well for clear Yara either money or Mattila He Allah he will more artha that the faqeer the person who has been deprived if they pay attention, they'll actually look to that what you know that which wealth has brought to some people and they'll say 100 ALLAH, ALLAH spirit us from Cadbury dunya when the hell whatever be her Allah de la house it Allahu vagaro Torian he's up and hamdulillah Allah spared me from that wealth that has clearly ruined some people's lives and actually exhausted them and made them miserable people and the only thing that it bears for them in the hereafter is what tool did he saw is a longer accountability. I'm actually happy that I don't
have all of that. And he says, commenting on it, while hosting a surah Yara
that the the one or the one who has been given, well has no surah the one who has given been given the blessing of appearance, they see what that person has been given in terms of Jamal Allah her the external beauty and so they focus on a Jamal al baton, they focus on the internal beauty. How is it that a person focuses on the blessing that Allah subhanaw taala gives them a person Surah have a good appearance if they have a good appearance hola hola. Como center up Sinhala, ke O Allah as you beautified my outside beautify my insight as you gave me health in this world, spare me in the hereafter as well. They channel it towards Allah subhana wa Tada. And he says, well, VEDA who Yara
and Adam Algenol at fairly fitna. And then someone else sees that you know what, what's been given to that person of the appearance and of those things, is actually closer towards fitna for them and is happy they've been spared from the fitna if they're grateful to Allah subhanaw taala the point that he's making here, and it's a longer quote that I don't have a chance to go through all the way but the point that he's making here is that every single person then who is grateful starts to see even the blessings they've been spared from as potential harms, by which they have seen other people fall in this world due to those things.
The famous person wishes to be obscure once again, the obscure person wishes for prominence and fame.
The rich person wishes that they didn't have all of the headache and hardship they missed the simple days. And the simple person wishes for the mansions and the palaces and the cars and all of that type of stuff. The grateful person sees all of it from a lens of chakra
because their focus is what their MACOM and the ocular their focus is the station in the Hereafter. And I end with one thing Subhan Allah which is very profound, you know, the prophets lie some mentioned an envy on the Day of Judgment. There are stairs in this world. Stairs towards people that have been tested by ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada in more obvious ways stairs towards people that are poor stare towards those, you know who have been tested in regards to their health stairs, that hurtful gaze, the stare, the hurtful stare, and the looking down on someone and the condescending stare.
And one of the prophets lie some say on the Day of Judgment. He said, Lulu Afia people that have been spared in this life that had an easy life or looking towards an old biller. They're looking towards those who have been tested in the Hereafter. And there's they're looking towards them and they're envying them
because they see the way that Allah subhanaw taala is rewarding them and they're just hoping that may be one of those people from Allah that's been tested will recognize that person from an alpha and pull me into your rank.
The poor are entering paradise before the rich and the rich
hoping for what the sefar or the intercession of the poor because you would have spent if you are a righteous, rich person, a righteous wealthy person you would have spent of your wealth. And the recipients of that would say, Yeah, Allah, that person all the way in the back with the UK in the,
in the back of the line with the rich people used to spend. And so they pull you up in terms of your rank and they pull you up in line Subhanallah the tables are literally turned on the Day of Judgment with both the things that we see, and the things that we wished and we would have hoped for. And we ask Allah Subhana Allah for the best of this life and the best of the Hereafter, and we ask Allah subhana wa that every blessing that he has bestowed upon us, becomes a means by which we achieve the blessing of his pleasure in his paradise Allah I mean a full kolyada was tougher. Lalibela community certainly was the mean for stuff you know in a hole for wine.
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