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Opera praise is due to Allah, we praise Him, we seek his assistance, we seek His forgiveness.
He whom Allah guides, no one can misguide. And he whom Allah allows to go astray, no one can guide and I bear witness and testify that Allah Subhana who Allah is alone without any partners, and I bear witness and testify that Mohammed Ali salatu salam, our beloved prophet is a last final messenger,
all you who have believed, be conscious of Allah as he deserves, and do not die except in a state of submission as Muslims
or you who have believed, be conscious of Allah, and say that which is upright, for a few do so Allah will rectify your actions for you, and forgive you your sense, and whomever obeys Allah and His Messenger, they have attained the highest of success as to what follows the best of narrative is the speech of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The Quran and the best of guidance is the guidance of our beloved prophet alayhi salatu was Salam.
And the worst of affairs, the worst of matters are that which is invented in this complete way of life that Allah subhanho wa Taala has sent down to us, Islam,
and every invention will lead us astray. And everything that leads us astray leads to the hellfire. We seek refuge in Allah from the Hellfire and the people of the hellfire.
My dear brothers, my respected sisters, I asked Allah subhanahu wa taala to welcome you tonight. And I asked Allah subhanahu wa taala to grant you peace and tranquility. And furthermore, I asked a loss of Hannah who were to Allah, as he has gathered us here on this blessed night, in this blessing Masjid, to gather us with our beloved prophet alayhi salatu was Salam in the highest of gentlemen.
My dear brothers and sisters,
by Bukhari, on the authority of an Ibis or the Allah and Homer,
that when the verse
when there are theoretical carabin was revealed, was revealed.
The verse which says, and worn
and worn, the nearest the closest of your kindred, was revealed to the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam. The Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam made his way to the Mount of Safa.
And we've all heard of Mount Safa, right, so far with the mandala when we go perform Hajj.
And he climbed that mountain,
and he was a top of a suffer. And he started to call upon the people.
He started to gather the people,
or people of this tribe or people of that tribe, until the people started to gather around.
And those who were not able to heed his call, they sent messengers.
They sent their workers their slaves, they said, Go and see why Mohammed la salatu salam, why is he calling upon the people together? Go and get me the news from our beloved prophet alayhi salatu salam.
And see he told the people
or people of kurush if I were to tell you, there is an army behind me behind this mountain.
Would you believe me?
heed my advice.
So they said Nam
wala he manager rubner alayka illa suppa and in another narration
manager robina la Khadija?
He said of course, yes, we will believe you. We have never, ever
heard you say anything but the truth. And in another narration, we have never heard you lie.
So he told them, people have courage, I am a warner from Allah subhanho wa Taala I have come to warn you from a punishment that is near the punishment of hellfire.
And so, Abu lahab said his
infamous saying of them you Is this what you have gathered us for to tell of this nonsense. and thereafter, a loss of power with Allah revealed the vs. Tibet Yaga Abdullah have been water.
And we're all familiar with that chapter of the Quran.
Now, my dear brothers and sisters,
the prophet alayhi salatu was Salam
was one man. And he climbed a top of the mount of Safa, and called on to the people. And what did the people do?
The people came to the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam.
If you or me or anyone, goes to the middle of the street,
and starts calling onto the people, when people gather around him.
Let's think about it for a second.
The younger guys, if you were in a cafeteria in your school,
and you climb that stage, and you start calling onto the people, will they gather?
But the prophet alayhi salatu was Salam.
As soon as he started yelling or calling onto the people,
people that could not make it sent messengers.
Go listen to Mohammed, Allah salatu salam is gonna say it's important. We need to hear it. This man
he's worth his weight in gold. We need to hear what he is saying. And this is before prophet. And so what was the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam labeled us
Come on. I know there's more energy in the masjid. I know guys are shy and stuff like that out here in the West, but
okay, no, but he had a laptop. He had something.
I sent him Baraka FICO. Assad, you call me the truthful one, the trustworthy one. That was the characteristic of the profit that is what boorish. The disbelievers knew him as.
And so as soon as he had something to say, the people listened, because they knew this man will say nothing but the truth. In his actions, there's nothing but the truth.
And so that is why my dear brothers and sisters, the topic for tonight
is about the truth and truthfulness.
Basically, truth exemplified.
And so Who can tell me what, what is the definition of truth? Or something that is true? What What does that mean? If I asked you to define true, what does that mean?
Anyone? I don't know if you guys are used to interactive sessions here, but it's all interactive. The less work I have to do shallow The more we can get you involved.
So PS, what is the definition it's something that is in accordance to reality, to fact, and the truth
is a noun. It's something that is used to describe a people or something as being truthful. Now, we cannot be described as the truth, right? Who does that belong to? To Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah subhanahu wa taala is the only one that can be named the
Truth. But how about truthfulness?
It's an adjective, which means it is used to modify it's added to a noun to modify it to give it a trade. So we might not be the truth, but can we be truthful?
Okay, so we have three people that want to be truthful, that's good, I guess.
We can be truthful. This is something that we can seek. And this is essentially the guidance of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, can you imagine the Prophet alayhi salatu salam without that trait?
Would anyone take the message of Islam? Seriously?
No, they wouldn't believe in.
And so Hello, this is all the wisdom of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he had characterized our beloved prophet alayhi salatu was Salam in such a manner. He had given him such attributes and characteristics, such praise with worthy characteristic. Is there someone here that
is, you know, would look at someone and say, Oh, this guy is truthful, man, like, so what a bad trait. What a bad characteristics. I want nothing to do with this person. Is that the case? No. So much so that people that are blunt, who are truthful, and they are blunt, they're sometimes more beloved to us, because they say it how it is. They give it to you straight? Yeah, they're not trying to compliment you or to, you know, make you feel good. Hey, this is the truth, man like it, you know, take it or leave it right. Now, of course, that's not the best way to you know, deal with the believers and the Muslims and the non believers, right, and we follow an example of the Prophet
alayhi salatu salam. But the point here is that that is such a praiseworthy
characteristic, something that we want to attain something that we want to have we want to instill in our children. What do you do when your child lies to you?
He let him off with the light. You probably ground him. Yeah. All the time. You can play this council anymore, and no more games or no more going outside or, you know, timeout.
I didn't say that.
Now, I don't know if the camera hasn't been view.
But there's no record of it. But the point is, my dear brothers and sisters, is that this is something praiseworthy, this is something that we want to instill in our children, and we want to possess ourselves. I mean, let alone the the fact that the Prophet alayhi salatu salam possessed such as tricked, how easy would that make your life
be being known as somebody that is truthful?
Even in your data? And we're all here, we're all representatives of Islam and the prophetic guidance. Well, that might not be our career, or that might not be our calling, specifically. But we all in one way or another, call others to Islam, whatever version of Islam they see from us.
So then, what is the definition of truthfulness, of being truthful?
And are scholars may Allah be pleased with all of them, may Allah preserve all of them, they give a beautiful definition.
They say truthfulness or being true
is when your inwards affairs, your inward actions, your inward beliefs conform to that of your outwards actions and affairs and beliefs.
They gotta meet up, there has to be that connection.
So whatever is on the inside, whatever is between me my private life,
privately, can forms with that which is public that which is social.
And so, let's give an example. Perhaps we can
illustrate it better with an example. I believe
that I need to pray that Allah subhanahu wa taala prescribed five prayers on us and that we must pray.
You know, it's a bare minimum. It's a requirement of one's Islam. This is a belief I have
now if I
go a day
without one prayer
as my belief
on the inside,
does it me or does it conform with my actions?
I believe that the car needs to be paid.
And when that year comes when the how,
on whatever possessions I have comes,
I don't pay my zeca
are you truthful?
Is the definition of being truthful?
that everyone is created equal in the sight of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the best amongst us are those who are pious.
The only elevation you get is through righteousness and piety.
This is what the prophet alayhi salatu salam, this is what Allah subhanaw taala says,
this is a belief
how I deal with my fellow brothers and sisters, with mankind in general,
is the opposite of that. Am I being truthful?
The examples are clear.
And make sense. everybody on the same page with me here?
Well, my topic is truthfulness. inshallah, we'll leave that to to the question and answer and we'll get to that inshallah. So, these are some examples, right. But in order to understand that even better,
we have to look at that which is opposed to the truth.
On the other side, on the flip coin, right.
What would that be?
Someone is truthful hamdulillah.
They meet the criteria that definition, their beliefs, inwardly, and outwardly, they conform, they're spot on.
The person that has a discrepancy in that, what do we call them?
How come we don't call them a liar?
Why are they called a hypocrite?
It's worse, it's worse than a liar. Okay. The reason is that truthfulness is so encompassing. truthfulness is in our speech. And that is, it's in that in which we utter, it's in our actions. It's in our beliefs.
It's encompassing. And so lying is With what? The tongue
so it does not define the lying of the heart and the actions No, no, there is a bigger term for that. There's a worse term for that hypocrisy.
hypocrisy. Someone who is a hypocrite
is the opposite of someone who is truthful. See, we don't pay attention to these subtle, you know, differences, if you will.
And the reason I say subtle, my dear brothers and sisters, is because we know what it is to be truthful.
But we overlook what it is to be a hypocrite. And these, you're either this or that there's no middle ground, you will have traits of hypocrisy, not saying anybody here is a hypocrite, a hypocrite, not saying anyone that's not truthful is a hypocrite, but there are traces, there are traces. So you either have traces of truthfulness, you are truthful, you are true, or you have trades or traces of hypocrisy. You're a monastic or have some nifa. And it was, you know, narrated by Bukhari and Muslim on authority of Abdullah Abdullah also the Aleppo and Hama that the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam said,
four characteristics or four qualities. If they are found in someone, then they are an absolute hypocrite.
They're an absolute hypocrite.
And if they have some of these characteristics, then they have some nifa
they have some hypocrisy in the middle or protect us all from hypocrisy and make us truthful.
And we all have heard this hadith
start start you guys off,
you know to Mina Han
Have you guys heard this before? The four characteristics of hypocrisy to Mina Han. So if he is entrusted with something, he betrays that trust.
What's the second quality?
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either. So let's, let's start from the beginning, we said in order to Mina Han, so if he is entrusted with something, he betrays that trust. Now, when you entrust somebody with something, is it just verbal?
If you come to somebody and you entrust them, you tell them, okay, I'm leaving town, I need you to take care of this, or I need you to take care of that, or I need you to hold on to this, I need you to look after this, or that
is the only verbal.
There's action in it. Right? There's action. So what is that person? Do? they betray their trust? They were not truthful. In that commitment that they made that trust that they had given that person
and the second quality is
either had data gathered,
if he speaks,
If he speaks, he lies.
this is part of hypocrisy does not stand. Lying alone is not the opposite of truthfulness. No, no, it's part of part of somebody that speaks. And they lie.
And I know you guys have come across at least one person in your life. And Allah protect us and guide these people, whoever they may be.
You know, that person that when they speak, you just want to put your fingers in your ears, you know, that whatever he's gonna say is a lie. Like, man, don't don't talk. It's okay, man, we're good. Don't talk, I don't want to hear anything from you. I'm not gonna believe a word, whatever it may be, whatever it may be. It can be written in stone, man, I don't want to hear it from you. It's gonna change my perception.
Anybody just come across that example in your life.
That one person you're like along, Stan, please, stop. I don't want to hear light today.
And this is part of hypocrisy.
The third quality either either,
either either, either. So if he makes a promise,
not only does he break that promise, rather than his Treasury, they are treacherous. So they make you a promise said, You know what, go have your lunch break, when you come back, this is yours, you come back, there's no seat at all.
It's a later example. But just to kind of get the meaning across
their treasures, when they make a promise. It's as if that promise when they made it in their heart,
they didn't really mean it. They made it to get some type of gain some personal benefit.
And so you find this out later, because you find out that they were treacherous with what they had promised you. They broke off what they had promised.
So Pamela, these are the qualities of a hypocrite. And last but not least, either hazama federal,
either hazama federal, so if he gets in an argument, or a debate, or some type of you no discussion with someone says fragile, fragile, meaning they act with impunity, like they, they are
insulting, insulting, they're insulting.
And somehow it's telling it's very telling. You know, sometimes I think to myself, and I say if I get into disagreement with someone, right, why would this be under the qualities of hypocrisy?
Why would that be under the qualities of hypocrisy? And so how do you think about it? When you're arguing with someone, or you're debating with someone, right?
What would be the only reason that you would start getting you know, acting in a in a prudent manner or insulting is when you know you're wrong, right?
Would there be any other reason you're right and you start insulting someone? Does that make sense?
So when you are wrong, because you cannot deal you cannot handle it.
what's on the inside comes out your belief, your actions, your speech is contradicted. And so you start insulting the person.
And these are all qualities of hypocrisy. Now,
if there's truthfulness in all of these,
if we say,
that had a sada, for example, if he speaks, he is truthful. Is there anything but praise worthiness for this trait?
No, because there's no agenda there. There are no, you know, underlying messages. This is what I believe. This is what I'm acting on. they conform, they meet up.
And for people this is, this is why it's so praiseworthy. Because you can tell the person is sincere. You know, we can't, we can't
guarantee somebody's sincerity or speak on somebody's sincerity, we can say this person was 100%.
You know, truthful, or this person was, you know, he had a little bit of,
you know, yeah, showing off or you can't, but through the actions, you can get an idea. Somebody says, I believe in the Shahada in the tenants of La ilaha illAllah, Muhammad Rasul Allah,
who said, Okay, excellent hamdulillah.
Then you see them doing something
that is in disagreement with this tenant that they had taken, or the Shahada, this testimony they had taken
right away, you don't need somebody to tell you that this person is, you know, we're not talking about somebody Muslim or non Muslim and making tech free and all of that. No, no, my dear brothers, beware of that. We're talking about the image you get from that person. They're no longer trustworthy. They're no longer truthful to you, you can trust them.
Somebody says, I love the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam.
And then the guidance of the Prophet is behind their back.
The word of the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam means nothing. Yeah, feel lots of power with Allah says, The Prophet alayhi salaatu wa sallam, he says,
I'm living my life.
Where's the truthfulness in that my dear brothers and sisters.
being truthful, is not something that you know, we sit here and talk about, it's not something that we look at and try to examine. No, no, it's something that we have to enact something that we have to implement.
And like we mentioned is not that difficult. It's not that difficult to implement. With the help of a lots of Hannah, who were there either
you can be truthful, why not?
that lie that's gonna come out of your mouth, you can stop yourself from lying, or that action.
There is going to contradict the guidance of the Quran or the guidance of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, you can stop yourself from doing that. We can, but we're not motivated. We're not encouraged. And so
let's give you some encouragement. My dear brothers and sisters. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Yeah, you hola Dina Amano it tequila or kuno Masada teen or you who have believed place a barrier between you and the punishment of Allah
and be with the truthful ones.
It's the word of Allah can be said any better.
Lots of penalty Allah is saying if you are
conscious of me mindful of me if you place a barrier between yourself and my punishment by fulfilling my commandments, and abstaining
from what I have prohibited
and you're with the truthful one, that's it your set
will with the truthful once you're set
that's pretty good motivation Don't you think?
It's very strong.
Who will not want to be with the two phones? The highest people in gender and the highest levels are reserved for who
Shahada murders okay.
Salah hain righteous and righteous and pious people and so the thing
those who are truthful, why because lots of people know what Allah
knows what you're doing. He knows your beliefs, he knows the actions you take, you might be able to fool someone. But you cannot fool Allah subhanho wa Taala you might get away with it with someone. But now with the loss of Hannah, who were to Allah, when Allah subhanho wa Taala, on the day of judgment calls you forth
starts to question you.
Why didn't you pray?
No, I believe Salah is something you you know, commanded? No, no, no. Why did you not pray, I'm not asking you about your beliefs. I'm asking you about your actions. They were not confirmed by your beliefs. Having those beliefs is not enough. You have to carry through you have to see it through that belief. You have to be truthful in it. And when you're truthful, it translates into action.
So the island the knowledge that you have, if you are truthful and sincere in it, a lot will know it and then you will be safe, it will translate into action.
So Allah subhanaw taala says,
Did you pray? Yes, I did pray.
Okay. So it says your belief is there. But when you say no, I didn't pray, then there's no there's not a need to go into your belief. There's no point.
There's no point.
let's carry on the encouragement. Allah subhanahu. Allah says, Lucy alongside the Athena beside him.
So you tried your best, and you're trying to be grouped with the truthful ones. That said, this is our goal. Now shala we're changing, we're going to be sincere in this. We want to end up with the truthful ones. We want to be with Abu Bakr, Allah and know anybody here object, okay. Alhamdulillah. This is who we want to be with the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, the companions, the truthful ones. And the last, at least, the SG Allah who saw the pain of discipline. So Allah says, Look, you're truthful, you're with that group.
Thumbs up, this is awesome. This is good. Then Allah goes one step further and says, and those who are truthful, Allah will reward them with what their truthfulness? Yeah. What better reward would you get than that? To be rewarded with the truthfulness that you had?
So you prayed, you were truthful in your belief? You're set with Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because why do we say this?
Why am I desert? Sandy inland San? And is the reward of goodness, anything but goodness? Of course not. Allah Subhana Allah sees you doing goodness and truthfulness is part of that. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala in turn will be better to you then you were to him. soprano. Who is that? This is the greatness of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
I believed that I should fast in Ramadan.
And when I meet Allah subhanho wa Taala he sees my actions, and He rewards me with that truthfulness.
Not because of my action, no. Our actions might not take us to the levels that the mercy of Allah subhanaw taala will elevate us to it's not the action you cannot repay a loss of Hanover data you can try. And this is what we strive to do. We worship Allah as he deserves, but we cannot repay him through our actions. And it's upon Allah, Allah is willing to repay us. For what? For our truthfulness,
for being truthful in our actions, in our beliefs, in our affairs, whatever they may be.
No matter how smart they are.
And on a day of judgment, there will be people that will come in front of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And they will have no truthfulness. They will have none of that. They believed and they said and all of that, but they were not truthful. They were hypocrites. They had traces of hypocrisy.
There will be people and they have judgment that will come with in front of Allah subhanaw taala with this
and Allah subhanaw taala in the Koran he says follow sada wa The karna hai on
They were truthful with Allah, it would have been better for them.
Because back to us,
if we are truthful with Allah, it's not benefiting anybody but ourselves. If you believe in Islam, in the Quran, in the guidance of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, then act upon it, show your truthfulness. Otherwise you'll be amongst these people on the Day of Judgment. Law will say,
if they were truthful, would have been better for them. Why does Allah subhanaw taala say this?
Because he gave us the guidance, he gave us. All of the means to attain Jenna and to attain the highest level of inner but we were not truthful with ourselves and with Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And the other group of people on the Day of Judgment, the last panel to Allah says, Baba lo had I only saw the Athena sitcom.
And Allah says on that day, Allah says, This is the day
in which those who are truthful will benefit with the truthfulness.
We ask Allah subhanahu wa taala. To keep us truthful, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to guide us to the truth in all of our affairs and to give us the strength to act upon them.
So my dear brothers and sisters, then
how can we be truthful?
It's a million dollar question.
How can we be truthful?
First and foremost,
we need to be truthful with a last panel who would add we have to be truthful with our Creator with our provider with our sustain Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And how do we do that? How do we
begin to be truthful with Allah subhanho wa Taala
simple we need to know Allah subhanho wa Taala we need to learn and educate ourselves on who is Allah subhanho wa Taala
who is our Lord? Who's our Creator?
You say I worship Allah and you know nothing of him. What truthfulness is there in that? What truthfulness is there? Yes, Allah is the provider. Okay.
And you're depending on other people, what truthfulness is in this?
You say Allah subhanahu wa Tada. Allah
is the one who will guide me the one who will answer my prayers and your calling onto other people. What kind of truthfulness is that?
How can we be sincere? How can we rectify our intentions like that? We can we have to understand who we are worshiping.
as we grow older, our connection needs to grow closer and stronger to Allah subhanho wa Taala we can't be moving backwards.
We cannot be saying yes Allah subhanahu wa taala is my Lord and fighting for you know for Allah and saying and standing up for Allah and this and that and you have you don't have that belief of who Allah subhanho wa Taala is, you don't act on that belief.
Secondly, my dear brothers and sisters, being conscious and mindful of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
the hottie stands on the member on a puppet. He says, Yeah, you have Latina Amano, taco. Once, twice, thrice. It duckula. Be mindful of Allah, be conscious of Allah be cognizant of Allah subhanho wa Taala?
Are we mindful of Allah? In our actions in our own affairs, in our matters, with our family, with our friends, with ourselves? Are we conscious of Allah? subhanho wa Taala? Or do we just do what we want to do? And maybe think about it later? Oh, you know what?
Allah subhanaw taala wouldn't be pleased with this. Maybe I shouldn't have done it.
Why? Why is it that we don't ask ourselves that question in the beginning.
Will this please allow or not
I need to move.
I need to take a new job I need to get married, have a child whatever it may be. Will this please Allah subhanahu wa Tada.
Will this be for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala? That'd be a first question.
Now, what's my renumeration cannot be, or how big my house is going to be, or how beautiful my wife is going to be, or
all good stuff and hamdulillah but that's not the point.
We have to be mindful of Allah subhanaw taala in all of our actions are if men are the law, and
one of the fall for rightly guided Eliphaz us men are the law and
as the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said that he was so shy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that allow us shy of him.
that's the connection. That's the connection, these companions our beloved companions had with the loss of Hannah, who
had a deep love for Allah subhanho wa Taala. And so
that is the third thing.
We have to love Allah subhanho wa Taala. And by love, I mean, we have to dedicate ourselves to Allah subhanahu wa.
Effie, when you love someone, you do everything for them. Is that not right? Is that not true? wherever it is,
you know, your wife is pregnant. 3am in the morning, she wants something. She You know, you're driving out in Nicole trying to get whatever she wants. Your parents wants something. You're on top of it, because you love them, right?
your friends, your best friend,
the community, the masjid, whatever it may be. If you have that love,
then it'd be easier for you. Is it? Is it difficult? Sitting with your parents?
Spending time with your parents?
I urge the younger ones not to answer because they haven't been around long enough. But
is it difficult to sit with your parents? No, he would love nothing more to be in the presence of your parents to just look at their faces to take their guidance and their advice.
Do we love Allah subhanahu wa taala like we love our parents?
That's a question only you can answer.
You know what love is, I'm not going to go into the definition of love. And if you're married, you probably have a better idea. But
that's the connection that we need to strengthen between us unless
you have to know who Allah subhanaw taala is we have to learn about Allah, his names, his attributes.
We have to be cognizant, we have to be mindful of Allah. And we have to love Allah subhanho wa Taala and these first to help
they greatly affect that love for Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Secondly, being truthful with yourselves, everyone being truthful with themselves? And how can you be truthful with yourself? My dear brothers and sisters?
Easy, easiest way to be truthful with yourself.
The easiest way is to hold yourself accountable.
You believe something, then hold yourself accountable when you contradicted.
You said something, then hold yourself accountable. When you contradict that same.
You do something that is in contradiction with the Koran with the prophetic tradition of our beloved prophet alayhi salatu was Salam be the first to hold yourself accountable?
Like karma grammar will help a lot and hold yourself accountable before before.
Allah subhanho wa Taala holds you accountable.
So how do we hold ourselves accountable? It's a matter of a question. Why did I do this? questioning your intention? your sincerity, questioning your actions, your speech?
And it's not like you're going to be sitting there.
You know, going through a checklist every time you do something. When it's not, I'm not complicating I'm trying to I'm trying to make it complicated. It's very simple.
You just need to think about it.
That's all. You think that the Prophet alayhi salatu salam
Or did something there, you know, an action or the companions even without thinking about where that's going to get them in this dunya and in the Acura
that they, you know, just decided that they're going to do something and they didn't know what the implications were going to be or the repercussions or consequences if there were any.
People make mistakes. Yes, nobody's infallible except the Prophet alayhi salatu salam.
But we can correct these mistakes. When you hold yourself accountable and you you're truthful with yourself, then you can repent, you can ask Allah Subhana Allah for forgiveness, you can export your sins
as opposed to being heedless, and careless with your actions and what with what you do.
To be truthful with yourself, you also have to
act on your beliefs.
It's not enough that you believe, and I won't go into detail and in this Americas, we have spoken about it throughout, we have to act on our beliefs. If you believe something, my dear brothers and sisters is not just for the sake of the status quo as Muslims, we have to believe in these five pillars, okay. This is not like Check, check, check, see you later. No, you have to you have to
put these into action. You have to take these to the reality you have to make them something tangible, an action, some type of action that can be like, Yes, I believe in this and here.
This is how I proven
and this is a process and you have to learn and seek the truth and question yourself and you know, say I am I following the guidance of Allah Subhana Allah the Quran, and the goddess of the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam or am I not? Am I turning away from all of that?
Because it's not enough to speak Eman. My dear brothers and sisters, as defined by Allison ojama is column B lisanne.
Which is speech or utterance by the tongue. And anybody
before amember jawara anticodon bilgin. So it's belief in the heart, belief in the heart. And Zach a lot of hate for saying
I'm a little bit arcane and action with the limbs. You can't take one away from it.
You have to believe you have to there has to be speech that has to be action. And it will increase and will increase with worship with obedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala with the pleasure of Allah and it will decrease with the disobedience of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the Prophet alayhi salatu salam
when we're being truthful with ourselves, something to be truthful in his speech, being truthful in our speech, and it's narrated by Bukhari and Muslim and authority of Eman muscled
by the law on that the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam said,
the truth leads to goodness to piety and, and piety leads to Jenna. And a person persists on speaking the truth, until he is written with a loss of Hannah Hawa to Allah as truthful.
And on the flip side, the prophet alayhi salatu salam said
to evil and evil leads to
Jana, the Hellfire and a person will keep telling a lie and persists a man will persist on lying until they are written with Allah subhanahu wa tada
as a liar. This is look at this, this is the implication of the tongue alone.
Did we back by today? Did we slander?
Did we verify whatever information we are sharing with people?
It's all actions of the tongue. Right?
said the tongue. You say something
and you're not truthful in that whatsoever. No data will hold you accountable. Allah subhanahu wa tada will punish you for that. So are we truthful in our speech? Or something we have to
we have to be always mindful of
everything I hear Do I need to share it everything. I
You know, see on Facebook or Twitter or what have you? Do I need to like it and share it and forward it? Have I investigated the manner of I looked into it? Do I know if it's the truth even?
Because what does the Prophet alayhi salatu salam say, is enough for a man to be called a liar. By what? By sharing everything they hear.
This is the tongue, the shortcomings of the tongue.
You heard something, by if you share everything you hear, not everything is going to be right. And there is a big chance that people will not trust you anymore. People will not find you truthful, they will not take your word.
And this is suppiler repercussion here in this dunya as a consequence, rather, in the dunya, before the Africa.
And so, this is something important. This is how we are truthful, we are mindful of what we say. And it's also there's truthfulness, in action and in in our actions and in our interactions with other people.
Are we truthful and sincere in what we want for our fellow believers?
in giving them advice, are we truthful? Are we sincere? Do we love them for the sake of Allah? subhanho wa Taala?
And all these are question to make us think. Because when you think about sharing something with someone, or dealing with someone, are you truthful with them?
Do you feel that you are being truthful with them? Or you just want to get that bargain? You know, those $5 off of whatever item you're trying to buy?
Trying to, you know, talk down their product and talk down whatever they're selling, and I can get it somewhere else for cheaper. Is that being truthful? It's a small example is that being truthful with how we act with people? Do we want goodness for others? Do we not care for people? Do we think about them.
with all of this, my dear brothers and sisters, I want to
end this interaction I want to share with you
a hadith the Prophet alayhi salatu salam
is narrated by Buhari and authority of Selma, or the law that the Prophet alayhi salaatu wa Salaam said, I am only a human being.
And people might come to me with their disagreements.
And one of them might be more eloquent, one of them might be well versed, one of them might be more convincing than his opposition.
And so I will pass a verdict in his favor.
if he is wrong, if he has taken the right of his brother, and I have given him this verdict,
let him take my verdict. And if it's wrong, then it will be a piece of Hellfire a piece of knowledge.
So if he wants to take it, take it, if he wants to leave it, leave it.
We know ourselves. We know if we're being truthful, in general.
We know what we're doing what we are saying.
How we're dealing with people, things that come out of our mouth, our beliefs, our actions, whatever it may be. And so maybe a person might not be able to tell maybe prophet alayhi salatu salam might not be able to tell because you're such such a good actor.
But know that whatever you are doing, if you are in the red, if you are wrong, then perhaps you will be taking a piece of fire from somewhere or from someone.
mela protect us all from them. And to conclude my dear brothers and sisters, I wanted to share with you the hadith of eyeshadow, the Allahu anhu
where she said there was nothing more despised to the Prophet alayhi salatu was Salam than lying. If someone he knew would lie, he would not find contentment or he would not find comfort until they repented.
From their life, so I shall the Allahu Allah as the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, she said, Can the believer be a coward?
So the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said, Yes, he can be a believer, and he can be a coward. It's no issue there.
So she asked him about the law and how can the believer be miserly? Can he be, you know, greedy? And
is that possible? So the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said, Yes,
So I shadow the law and ask the Prophet alayhi salatu salam. Can the believer be a liar?
prophet alayhi salatu salam said, No.
How would you substantiate that belief if you are a liar?
I asked Allah subhanho wa Taala.
To grant us truthfulness in our actions in all of our actions are asked Allah subhanaw taala to keep us firm, and steadfast. And my dear brothers and sisters, I'm very happy to be amongst you. And such beautiful, beautiful people. Michelle Mondrian, where all the beautiful people left from Toronto and I guess they all gathered here in Calgary, so Masha, Allah, may Allah protect you all and Zakouma locker for your hospitality and for your kindness. The brothers they asked me to give a little introduction. So I couldn't do it at the beginning because I wanted to start off with with a little story from our beloved prophet alayhi salatu was Salam from the life of the Prophet alayhi salatu
salam. So a little about me, my name is Arthur Murray.
I was raised here in Canada, originally from Palestine.
And Hamdulillah, you know, I've been in Toronto, most of our my life I studied in Medina, I was blessed. But you know, by Allah subhanho wa Taala, to go to the Holy Land of, you know, the land of the Prophet alayhi salatu was salam, and to spend a good, you know, seven years there, some of the best time of my life. And I graduated from the faculty of Sharia Faculty of Islamic law. And currently, you know, just doing speaking engagements and meeting up with beautiful communities and beautiful people like yourselves, and Sharla and I hope to see you guys again