Your Time to Shine – Shaban
Channel: Omar Suleiman
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Rasulullah who forgot the first if it was an ER Lima beret. We begin by praising Allah subhanaw taala and bearing witness that no one has the right to be worshipped or unconditionally obeyed except for him. And we bear witness that Muhammad Sallallahu ani who was setting them as 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 in his busted path until the day of judgment. And we ask Allah to make us amongst them Allah him I mean, the brothers and sisters rather than talking about the month of shutdown and its virtues, as we have
entered into it, I wanted to address an attitude that Allah subhanho Allah, Allah sees in some of his servants, that particularly comes out in the month of Shabbat and other times that people neglect. And so this isn't a fatwa just about Shaban, but about a particular mindset of being at the right place at the right time and what that means in terms of your relationship with Allah subhanaw taala being at the right place at the right time. Here you are Masha Allah and Salatin Juma off May Allah subhanaw taala accept it from each and every single person that is here. It is the right place and the right time. But I want to begin with this idea of a business deal. If a person is able to
capitalize on a great opportunity from a worldly perspective, and indeed Allah Subhana Allah Allah Himself compares something as routine as salata Jumeirah, to a deal that is available to you that many people will not avail themselves up when Allah azza wa jal compares those that pursue tea jaw, those that pursue a great business deal versus those that pursue a great spiritual deal. By coming to salatu Jamara. You see someone that entered into a particular market at a particular time and they struck gold, they got in right at the beginning of a new trends. Everyone is trying to jump onto this trend now and buy into the stock. Everyone's trying to buy this particular type of
business. Everyone's trying to invest now. And you have those that got there first, and they dominate the market share. And I want you to think about this, because a lot of times, people will say they just happen to be at the right place at the right time. They struck at the right time. But the reality is, is that success is never an accident, or at least it rarely is sometimes there are people Subhanallah they make every bad decision, and then something happens for them. And they get in. But for most people success is not an accident. Because at the bare minimum, those people were paying attention to things that other people were not. Maybe they were just watching trends, maybe
they were reading articles obsessively. Maybe they were asking a lot of questions that people were not asking, but they had an added alertness to them an added level of attentiveness that allowed them to be at the right place at the right time to gain something from a worldly perspective that they continue to reap the benefits of. And here's the thing about the right place and the right time with Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and he rather than little claim Rahim Allah says that from the Mercy of Allah subhana which Allah is that he has made his times and his places known to you.
He's made his time and his places known to you, you know exactly
When the best times are, you know the window that you need to be presents, you know, the place that you need to be presents, you know the reward of coming earlier, you know, the reward of doing more, Allah in his excellence to you and his son to you doesn't leave you guessing.
He gives you very limited windows and times that have unlimited mercy in terms of their potential. And the the most in terms of variance you're going to see is, for example, the last 10 nights of Ramadan, but I think we can all agree that for a lifetime of good deeds, having 10 nights to exert ourselves in is a pretty good deal with Allah subhanaw taala. So from the Mercy of Allah is that he lets you know, what his places are, and what his times are leaving to you only the decision to show up to be present. And there is an element of coming early. And there is an element of being presence coming early. You know, if you think of Shabbat like practice, and Ramadan, like the game, right, if
you don't show up to practice, eventually, that lack of practice is going to show up in the game as well. The lack of coordination, something's going to go wrong, the talent will give out, the equivalent of the talent might be your natural spirituality, maybe you're a person who immediately gets into the zone and Ramadan, you read the Quran right away, you get into the Salah, you immediately embrace total we, but eventually the faultiness of you not having used the month of practice will show up a lack of coordination at the bare minimum. So there's getting early, and there's been presence. Now I wanted to give this a test Skia checklist, if you will, what does Sam
look like? What does excellence look like? When it comes to showing up at the right time? At the right place? There are four things number one it's doing while others are not doing. Doing while others are not doing. Number two, it's doing what isn't expected of you in your circumstances. Number three, it's doing more of what everybody else is doing. Number four, it's doing quicker and with more enthusiasm what everybody else is doing. So I'm going to break these down in sha Allah Tada. But I wanted to give you the list of four things from the very beginning. What does it mean to have your time to shine in the sight of Allah subhanaw taala and where to shut down and fall into
this in terms of an attitude. The first one is doing while others are not doing and I'm going to use the Rebbe dot the acts of worship that are very familiar to us. prayer,
prayer. The prophets Allah Lorenson, I'm specifically son, son, Luba Layli, when Nasser Nia, pray at night, while other people sleep,
it's expected that people are going to pray five times a day. But when everybody else is sleeping, you have an opportunity to wake up and to pray and to distinguish yourself. And subhanAllah you can imagine that at one point, on the face of this earth, there were three people that were praying to live the prophets like Selim, his wife, Khadija on the Allahu anha, and then his son in law and even be thought of all the Allahu taala. And this is a famous narration at one point on Earth, imagine the angels going around that night looking for the people praying to Him. There is only one household in the entire world that was reading the Quran at night. But now that it's all available
to us, who are the people that wake up and pray while other people sleep? Who are the people that give when other people withhold? Right? So there are moments of charity avenues, where people will give up their time give of their wealth, while other people withhold and so they shine in the sight of Allah subhanaw taala because they literally I mean, if you if you think about good deeds, lighting up a room, there are people there that shine, right as those that stand out from the rest and what they're willing to give of their volunteerism of what they're willing to do in terms of their time, and their wealth. Right? Because when Adam it has Saddam, as the scholar has mentioned,
looked at his children, there were lights that we're shining, one of them being the prophet David though that Islam he was a shining light shimmering in the darkness. So your time to shine is giving when other people withhold your time the sign is fasting when other people don't traditionally fast. And subhanAllah you'll find a connection with all three of these things. The prophets I'm mentioning the angel celebrating the household where someone is awake at night while other people are sleeping, the angels even calling from the gates of Heaven, to the one that is giving, saying Allahu Marathi, wonderful can Khalifa Allah give to the one who gave and he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in
another area narration of Timothy that when someone fast while other people are eating around them. This is not talking about Ramadan per se, right. Usually this is talking about a voluntary fast
When someone fast while other people around them are eating, the angels keep on praying on that person until they finish their food. So they're getting their share of nutrition. You're getting your share of prayers from the angels upon you why because you're shining in that place. You're the one person that's fasting there. And the angels recognize that and ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada sends the angels to give that a special recognition. So that's doing while other people are not doing. The second one is doing what isn't expected of you in your circumstances. So giving what's actual * you give even when you fear poverty, the prophets lie, some says so beloved to Allah subhanaw taala
you forgive even when you're not expected to forgive?
You pull back from an argument even when you have every right to get into an argument telecoil Mira when Kenema happened, all right, let it go. You do what's not expected of you in your circumstances. Allah azza wa jal looks at that and Allah subhanaw taala mentions what law you have, well, my son in law loves those people. Right? They do even what's not expected of them. So they shine there, no one expected you to give at that point, no one expected you to forgive, no one expected you to exert yourself. But Allah subhanaw taala saw what you did there. The third thing is doing more of what others are doing. So this is a quantitative elements of shinning, everybody's doing the same thing,
but some people are doing more of it. Okay. So when it comes to prayer, there are now often there are voluntary prayers, the gate of Salah to Paradise, the gate of prayer to Paradise is not meant for those who pray five times a day, you know, particularly it's for those who add to that, right, they do more of it. Those who will enter through Babel Rayyan are not just the people that fasten them along the gate of Rayyan of paradise to the gate of fasting. It's for those people that especially fast, so everybody fast, but they fast more. Right? So they have a specific gate. That's not just for people that are Milan, or those that give extra charity Bible sadaqa the gate of
charity to Al Jana is not the gate of his account. It's not just the gate of paying your mandatory charity. So those people that give extra charity and they exert themselves, so doing more of what everybody else is doing. And the fourth one is doing quicker and with more enthusiasm, what others are doing. So it has a qualitative element to it. A qualitative element to it. Part of that is the hastening to what others are lazy towards. So I give people the spectrum, right? Not me giving it we find it from the Prophets license prayer. So the prayer of the hypocrites. The prophets, like some was described that when the time of prayer came with Abba, he jumped up like a lion. Salallahu
Alaihe Salam, I mean, he jumped out of his bed.
Alright, you shall have the alarm on her saying that he was so present at home. But once the call for prayer happens, as if he didn't even know us anymore. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam enthusiastic, so ready for the prayer at all times, like the event immediately triggered that response, a very predictable response from the Prophet slice Allah.
That's worth other.
Now in the same prayer, there are the hypocrites, but camo Kosala when they got up for prayer, kind of so lazy will do it was improper.
pulled themselves to it, they drag their feet to it. All of us are somewhere between worth about and camo salah. Somewhere in that spectrum. We fall between jumping up like the prophets like Selim, and dragging our feet like a hypocrite May Allah protect us from hypocrisy and allow us to strive to be more like our Prophet sallallahu ala sunnah. So it's a qualitative element to and Allah sees that Allah sees the prepared heart. Allah sees that excitement from a person, the prophet slice and I'm mentioning within the Jamaat and he said Salah Hara and he was telling lo ya allah Munna math is suffering a well, laconic Quran. If they knew the blessing of the first row, they would have cast
lots for it. If they knew what it meant to be from us Hagia Sofia, oh well may Allah subhanaw taala allow us to strive to be from us harbor suffering Oh, well the people the first row Allahumma Amin and that doesn't mean jumping over people and getting to the first row. That means getting early to the salah. Something we can strive for. There's a qualitative elements of that and being there quickly looking for Allah subhanaw taala and there are so many examples salata Juma being one of them, the prophet slice, and I'm saying the one who came in the first hour than the one who came in the second hour than the one who came in the third hour. And he's paralleling to that a specific
reward. So those that came first got the greater reward those that came second got the lesser reward and so on and so forth.
Now, what does this have to do with Siobhan? The month
and I said at the outset for a reason, just like Ramadan, by the way, appeals to a particular heart. Shaban appeals to a particular mindset was some of them was a little the Allah Tala I'm home narrates as well as a shot of the Allahu Taala anha that there was no month that we would see the Prophet sighs and I'm fasting outside of Ramadan as much as Shaban It was as if he was connecting them. sallallahu alayhi wa salam
you know, they say that a perfect practice is the closest you'll get to a perfect performance. All right, like to see him Salah lines, and I'm fasting all of Siobhan to a point that you could count on one hand perhaps what the prophets like some might not have fasted in the month of Shabbat, is inspiring. But here's the thing. There is not a single hutzpah where the Prophet SAW Salem is pushing the community to it the way that he was fasting. It's a Lula Ani, listen.
Here's where the narration continues, and it gets very interesting. They asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam, and he said that Iike Sharon, el fallenness, who and who been robbing Ramadan. That's a month that people become heedless in regards to they neglect it. Because it's between the sacred month of Rajab and the greatest month of Ramadan, so people toss it to the side, and he said, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told Pharaoh V Hill Armano era Bella Alameen hippo and your family when I saw him and also the deeds are presented to Allah and this month, and I liked that my deeds are presented to Allah when I'm in a state of fasting. But the first reason he gives the
Allahu alayhi wa sallam is the interesting one.
The particular one of this Ultima, it's a time of reflection. It's actually a time of heedlessness. It's a time where most people are not taking their particular journey to Allah subhanaw taala that seriously, it's a time that you rarely find people exerting themselves in these good deeds. And the prophets lie Selim is saying that's the best time to shine. That's the best time to stand out. When other people aren't paying attention. That's when you pay extra attention, because you stand out amongst the crowd at that point, and go back to the Razzie Rahimullah comments at Parliament aka hydrophila on pa RT, Mullah Fuller and Bian biddick One Akbar and AKBA Halophila and decree min yo
follow and victory care, he said are the Allahu Anhu Akbar Khalifa Fla, how repulsive is heedlessness am pa anti men follow underdeck
a person who becomes heedless in regards to the worship of the one who never stopped showing you kindness. And he said When Akbar Allah and how repulsive is heedlessness and victory, Min La iafallo and Victaulic how repulsive is heedlessness in regards to remembering the one who never forgets you.
Koffler can be sinful heedlessness can be sinful, and sometimes it can just be complacency. But what we should be doing in this month is competing for Allah's pleasure when most people are not even paying attention to it.
And that's something you have to ask yourself how can I push myself to do something that other people are waiting for Ramadan to do? How do I exert myself now as practice for Ramadan but also an honoring a particular time that other people are not honoring? As of now Josie Rahim Allah said, Allah Milan is a time where everyone doesn't really bother. But your EBA and Siobhan is a time where you really show that you want the villa of alas pounds, how you want the pleasure of your Lord. And this was a mindset of the companions. So for example, one of the narrations, some of the companions can oh yes to hipbone here been Alicia ain, the salah. They used to love to worship between the two
and reshapes the two night prayers, what are the two night prayers mclubbe inertia
in Hadith literature, so they would stay in the masjid between Muslim and Aisha this group of companions, they said most people go home and come back for a shot. Let's see if we can take advantage of this time. And the prophets like some coming out so proud of those young men that came to the masjid and they stayed between Maghrib and Isha, worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala until the next Salah because they said that's the time where people become heedless. That's my time to shine. When you go to the marketplace, the best dua that you can find, or one of the best of your eyes is do not assume that you're out of the marketplace. Why? Because most people are not thinking
about supplication when they walk into the marketplace. Try it next time you go on amazon.com Right. Your mind is in a different place when you start looking at things in your shopping and for you to remember a lot that points here's a million good deeds for you instead of whatever it is that you're going to get from this particular shopping. Now the Quran in particular, Ramadan is sha Allah Quran. Ramadan is the month of Quran but do you know what the tambourine what the rights is generation used to call Shabbat
I used to call it shahrul Cora, the month of the reciters. So they called Shadow Ramadan shadow Quran the month of Ramadan the month of Quran and they call the month of Shaban shahrul kuruva, the month of the reciters because only the reciters reciting Shabbat.
And if you could practically say to yourself, I expect to recite this much in Ramadan, I'm going to do half of that in Shabbat, or even a fourth, but I'm going to start carving out this time every day and I'm going to read this many pages and Ramadan, I expect to make this times two or times whatever. This is your opportunity to shine and your opportunity to put yourself forward. And finally, as it half of the Nura job, Rahim Allah said, that part of this is also the qualitative element, trying to hide your good deeds, some excellence in Ramadan. Everyone is fasting, everyone's praying. There's a there's a public virtue here
in Shaban, he says that the Sahaba and the seller of the righteous predecessors what they would do is they would try to hide their fasting and Shaban. And that's one of the wisdoms perhaps, that the narrations about the prophets like some fasting all of Shabbat only come from his family. They only come from Isha or some organization and the people that were in his household sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And so being this little the Allahu Anhu said either us back to the Imam, for us to be who with the honey. He said, If you wake up and you're fasting and Shabbat, go out looking fresh, you know, have your, your cologne on, have your perfume on whatever it is, don't let people in on it.
Because that's the qualitative element as well as that I'm trying to shine with some of the secret deeds that only Allah subhanaw taala will know about. Because these are not times that the public expects certain good deeds of you. We ask Allah subhanaw taala to allow us to shine when we do what others are doing. And when we do when no one else is doing and we ask Allah subhanaw taala to drive our hearts, our thoughts, our limbs to please Him and Siobhan and to please Him in Ramadan and to attain his special reward in his special times and places and to never be deprived of his always special mercy Allahumma Amin hola Cody ha That was tough. elodea commonly said it must mean for
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