Good Deeds Remove Bad Deeds – Quran Reflection [11-114]

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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah whoa Anna and he will *ing be here why Manuela Today we are in just number 12 just number 12 there are two solos number one sort of hood, verses six to the end. And number two so that the use of verses one or the beginning until verse number 52. Today we will be covering or reflecting upon verse number 114 from SOTA tude, let me just give you a little bit of background, before we get into the verse, if you are following along or if you've been trying to, you know, reciting the Quran, as you know, just per day or whatever, previously and sort of today in the previous verses, Allah has pointed to Allah in general is

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telling us the stories of the prophets, and amongst them, sure I and we have the story of Musa alayhis salam. And in general, the general message here is the challenges that the prophets face the prophets and messengers that they faced from their people, and the or the arguments that were given and the counter arguments and so on and so forth. And how some people were, they were stuck upon their their disbelief, and they had their their own arguments to stay upon disbelief. And this was obviously a challenge for the prophets. And also, like the shortcomings that people had in terms of, you know, accepting the message of Islam. And so this part of solitude, we transitioned a little bit

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into a more of a general message, and this general This message is directed more at the Prophet sallallahu send them and if you remember from from day one, when we started the stories of the prophets and the devils, we talked about how Allah Subhana, Allah revealed the stories of the prophets, one of the one of the benefactors of that, or the beneficiaries of that is the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu. I didn't send him that the Prophet hummus I sent him would would feel at ease and would feel comfort, and to know that the prophets and messengers who came before him, they went through similar struggles and how Allah has finally to Allah protected them and preserve them and

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gave them strength and gave them patience. So likewise, here it's it's it's not really that different where, yes, the stories are mentioned in the Koran for our benefit, but also for the benefit of the Prophet salallahu alaihe was setting them so here in sort of Toad, this verse is directed to the Prophet Mohammed said a lot I said them and it's general as well. So Allah has Penwith data says, we'll update this slot and establish the prayer for our fate and in the or the, at the both ends of the day. Now this once again, it is as if Allah is saying O Prophet, or O Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam establish established prayer at the both ends of the day was in a minute

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late and in the early part of the night. Now, scholars different over which prayers exactly is this referring to some of the scholars of the sea that even said that in this verse, we have the command for the five daily prayers, they mentioned how the prayers at the two ends of the day, parfait in the heart, is the Fajr prayer, and the afternoon prayers. So that portion of the day is fed up, and then you have the opposite of prayer. So that covers the first three. And then last kind of out it says, was it a feminine name, and the early part of the night, that covers most of the beginning of the night, and then I shall wear into the night. So that's, that's one opinion that says, you know,

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in this verse we have the command to to establish the five daily prayers. Other scholars have said that not necessarily so this could be referring to Nigel and also other scholars say refers to Fidel and Aisha, so on and so forth. point being that this is referring to the establishment of the prayer This is the command that Allah Subhana Allah has given to the prophets, I send them to the companions and by extension to us, as the owner of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa send them then Allah Subhana Allah says in the hessonite, you the humanists say that surely good deeds remove bad deeds or good deeds, they cleanse they remove bad deeds are evil deeds. Now this is actually a

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principle in our Deen. This is a principle in Islam, that that our good deeds remove our bad deeds and there's actually many examples of this and the son of the Prophet sallallahu. I knew he was sending them for example, we had the hadith of it or the Allah who I mentioned in the Muslim Imam without Timothy and others, in which the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam said ma'am in Muslim youth November there's not a single Muslim who commits a sin factor. What are you are you suddenly Ricardian in refer Allah who know that there is not a single Muslim who commits a sin, except that when they make will do they make the ablution they purify themselves for prayer, and they pray to

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Allah cause two units of prayer except that Allah has penalty

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Allah forgives their sins, we also have other Hadeeth for example, the sun a lot warmer Bay now Homer the five daily prayers and that which is between them is removes our sins as long as a person does not commit major sins. So that is regarding the the prayer here is specific and I was going to get into that but that when we're talking about good deeds and you know, reflecting upon this verse that we say, okay good deeds, remove bad deeds, where do we start with good deeds? We start with many of the scholars, they say, you know, if you reflect upon this verse, you come to the realization that the Salah has just been mentioned. Right so that is one of the main things that we

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focus on and even when it when it comes to our, our spirituality and our faith. And you know, we we talk a lot we've been talking about, you know, what do we do when we feel that our faith is getting weak? Well, what a good place to start is with our Salah, right, our connection with Allah has pointed to Allah, that's an excellent place to start. Also, amongst the good deeds, many of our scholars mentioned is simply Toba and istikhara. So somebody commits a sin, the good deed that will remove that bad deed is repentance and seeking Allah's forgiveness so immediately, that's a very direct connection there that that good deed removes the bad deed. Also we have the hadith of Earth

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man or the Allahu and mentioned in the psyche, hey, in missionary, Muslim, where Earth man or the Allahu Allahu Allahu he describes how he saw the Prophet sallallahu. I know he was sending them pray the prayer. And then at the end of that, he said, I heard the messenger of a lot. So by sending them say, whoever makes will do in this manner and prays in this manner, then their previous sins will be forgiven. Also, we have the beautiful Hadith that one of my favorite Hadith regarding the Salah, the hadith of Abu huraira. The Allah is also also mentioned in the Saudi hain, in which the Prophet sallallahu Anning was sending them as the companions, he said, how would you? How would you feel if

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there was a river flowing at the door of your house? And you would bathe yourself in this river five times every day? The prophets I sent him said, Do you think that any filth or any dirt would remain upon you? And they said, Now you also to Allah? They said, No, absolutely not. And you can imagine panela someone who has and you know, what's what's also interesting about this heady is that this was a very novel idea to the companions, that they would be able to bathe five times a day. Because normally at that time, you know, we're talking about outhouses, and so on and so forth. It was not easy to have access to the bathroom. In our times, we take it for granted, right? We have bathrooms

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in our houses, the shower is five feet away, we just go we need to make a little we go make well, do we need to take a shower, we take a shower, but but to the companions, it was something, you know, as I said, it was novel, The stranger was odd. That how like, how wealthy would someone have to be to have a river at their doorstep? And so that's, you know, something very interesting. So that, you know, so the promises that have mentioned this, that, you know, if you were to bathe in this river five times a day, would there be any filth upon you any dirt, would you not feel clean, and they said, of course a messenger of Allah, we will not have any dirt upon us, and the prophets otherwise

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send me said, What karateka or saltwater ham says, And likewise, is the five daily prayers, em, hello, be hidden. And then all one hub is that Allah removes with the five daily prayers, our sins and our faults and our flaws. So, you know, the analogy here for the companions is, if you were to pray five times a day, just like if you were to take a bath five times a day, you would be clean all the time. Likewise, if a person were to pray five times a day, then of course, this would remove one sins. And this is actually a very hopeful headache. It should, it should fill us with with hope, that you know, especially in those moments, when we're feeling down, and we're feeling our sins have

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become too much. And we're feeling distant from the mercy of Allah subhanho data. This is the type of Hadeeth and you know, this verse, you know, to begin with, is important to reflect upon that as long as we're doing our part, we're doing our best. And you know, I often say that is what is required of us, right? We're not required to be perfect. We're not required to ever sin. And Subhanallah even reflecting upon this verse, I was thinking about how this verse very clearly tells us, that Allah doesn't require from us that we never sin. Allah doesn't require from us that you know, we don't make mistakes. Because if that was the case, then this verse would not have been

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mentioned. Rather last time to Allah tells us very clearly here that these good, we're gonna we're gonna commit sins, it's gonna happen. We're human beings. We have we

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weaknesses we have desires and so on and so forth. But in order that we in order so in order that we don't stay stagnant upon those faults and those flaws and those sins, we move forward we become proactive and what do we do? Well we increase in our good deeds. Likewise very similar to this is the hadith of moral or the Allah and in which the prophets I send them gave some advice and actually gave him three pieces of advice. This this hadith is narrated in certain Timothy and it's out and it's also one of the 40 hadith of email and no we never know was 40 Hadith very famous collection or Hadeeth. Before the Prophet satellite, send them send more ad in German, he was being sent to the

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people of Yemen, to go teach them Islam, to go convey the message of Islam and teach them Islam. The prophets I send them gave him very simple advice and his three very simple pieces of advice, he said, so I send them it tequila Haytham. I couldn't. He said be conscious of Allah, wherever you may be. Make sure you are thinking you're aware of Allah. You have Taqwa TEPCO meaning you are behaving in a way that Allah has when you know that you're aware of Allah and you're aware of your relationship. But last time, Allah, you're aware, we are aware that we are accountable beings and we have to we will have to answer to a lot, meaning we are conscious a lot. And here's the promise to

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send them said, Hey, Ethan McClinton, whatever situation you're in, wherever you are, whoever you're dealing with whatever's happening wherever you may find yourself and, and that'll be a lot. And he's going on a journey now. And he's gonna come across lots of different people, people of different backgrounds and cultures and, and religions and ways of life and so on and so forth. So here are the prophets I send them said, Have the taqwa of Allah be conscious of Allah, no matter where you may be, to be I say, you say, Yeah, tell them who her follow up a bad deed, with a good deed, and it will remove it or erase it. And notice once again, here, the prophets I send them is, is the

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assumption is, you're going to sin, it's bound to happen. Even though Benjamin was a companion, even though he was close to the prophets, I sell them. And we could talk about the merits of where I live in Jebel, grab a whole lecture on that. But being who he was the promises and didn't assume that he's never going to make a mistake, but he's never going to commit sins. And it is almost as if the promises that I'm saying in that inevitable moment that you do commit a sin. This is this is how you deal with it, do a good deed, and that good deed will remove that bad deed. And this is part of being a human being. And so as we mentioned earlier, the first thing is you know, Toba is dead

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without we seek Allah's forgiveness, we repent, that removes that bad deed. But after that the Salah is a is a very big thing here. And that's one of the reflections upon today's verse is, we're looking to increase in our good deeds, a good place that we start, and a good good thing to rely upon, is our Salah. And when it comes to our Salah, the most important Salam or five daily prayers, the obligatory prayers, which have been alluded to in this verse, according to many scholars, that is where we begin, even by the way, even in the month of Ramadan, I know where I'm on right now. And there tends to be a lot of focus on therapy, and the pm and so on and so forth. But before all of

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that our five daily prayers come first, to me if someone goes into Melbourne, not you know, being consistent in their prayer or struggling with their prayer, and all they come out with and I say all in quotes here because it's a lot all they come out with is that they're praying their five daily prayers consistently on time. That is, that is success that is a successful one well done, even if they didn't pray one Raka of the yam or one rocker of width of Witter, or one regard as

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if they were able to get consistent in their five daily prayers and pray them on time and carry that into the this show well and the rest of the year, the rest of the months after that, that this was inshallah had a successful Ramadan. Anyway, the end of this hadith is the Prophet says, mmm, he said, Well, Carla cannot be Hello, can Hassan basically treat people with the best character or with a good and beautiful character. So this is like the complete guidance of the brothers I send them for this companion. And likewise it applies to us as well. So this part of the verse here and I want you to reflect upon this today inshallah Allah This is a very potent point here, that Allah Subhana

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Allah is saying it has to do with him when I say that good deeds, remove or they erase our bad deeds. And then Allah has pointed out I mentioned in the end of this verse vaniqa, the clock is clean that this is a reminder for those who are mindful or the that kidding we can say also those who are mindful but also we can say those people who make the cup those people who are consistent in their they cut in the remembrance of Allah has

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panel at the ALA to some of the reflections here that I had. Because it goes hand in hand with Salah Allah began this verse by mentioning the Salah, Allah ended this verse and in the middle, we are shown what to do when we fall short. And then Allah ends this verse with the vicar of Allah, his panel of data. And also they could have Allah obviously makes us mindful of Allah Subhana Allah. And when we're talking about good deeds, remove our bad deeds, we're let's say, we go into the mindset of, you know, we're gonna apply this verse into our life because we want to remove our bad deeds. Then also, the more Vicar we make of Allah has hanaway to Allah, the more we remember, remember

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Allah the more mindful we will be of Allah, and then that will also it will help us stay away from sins. And the Fatah, a person can make the argument like my five daily prayers and my prayer, you know, I need to have will do to pray, I need to find somewhere to pray, I need to be, you know, whatever you can make, we can technically say, you know, it's not easy to always pray. But this is something that we can pretty much do anywhere. And at any time, sitting just waiting for something to get done, you go to the DMV, you know, you're trying to get your license made, I don't know how it is where you live, but where I live in Maryland, and pretty much all the cities that I've lived

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in across America, you go to get you go to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and you're waiting for a long time, it's just something about, I don't know what it is, but it's about that place where you can have an advanced society where for some reason, you need to get your license renewed or something like that, and you're there for a couple hours. But point being that in a place like that you can sit and you can make a cup of Allah Subhana Allah, whatever we're doing, we can make that kind of a loss kind of data. And that not only does it help, you know, keep us away from sins, Vicar is something that Allah has penalty Allah has made so convenient, that we can do it anywhere. I

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remember Subhanallah thinking back at, you know, my teachers, and one of the things that I do these days, and I've been doing this for some time now is that after leaving Medina and you know, studying in Medina, graduating from there, and coming home and getting busy and live here, and being in a position where you know, I have to teach and unfortunately people look up to me. So you know, someone like me, often think about my teachers and the way their character was and the way they behaved and the way they acted, and, and I tried to think about how they were and I try to live my life in similar ways. And one of the things that I remember, from one of my teachers, specifically,

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even in the car, he would constantly be making the car. And oftentimes, even in the middle of a conversations panel, oftentimes, you know, you're talking to someone, and then you're talking about something and then there's kind of like that quiet moment. And this teacher of mine, the chef, he would just start saying stuff, little law, stuck with a lot of stuff that a lot. And you know, that's just how he was. And it was such a such a beautiful thing to have. And I'll share one more story with you. I had a teacher of mine who is not like a chef of my own study with him personally. But he was a teacher in the university. And I remember, I showed up for class. Some of the students

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were there, some of the students weren't there. I was I was early, like five minutes early. And the teacher, the chef, he walked in. And he, he looked at the class and he said, Come back, he said how much is left? And we said, Chef, there's about five minutes. He said, okay, he went to the corner of the classroom, he pulled out his sagia his prayer rug, and he started praying. I start praying tonight guys in the in the in the corner of the of the classroom. And I you know, even being in Medina, I hadn't really seen that before. But I saw this my teacher that, you know, this mindset of like, I'm not going to waste any moment, right? I have this time, let alone I would imagine, I don't

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know if this is the case. But you know, before you teach a class, I know that's how my mindset is to get focused, like worship is one of the best things to get focused. You know, some people do like jumping jacks and push ups and things like that, to get motivated to take on a task. But imagine somehow Allah, just going and praying to duck eyes of prayer, or making Vicar of Allah to Allah or making them are asking Allah Subhana Allah to make our task easy. That's just a beautiful way to get into the mindset and in the zone of whatever we're trying to accomplish. I know, I don't know, a lot of professional sports players. I know like one or two. And I'm sure those are some of the sports

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players that you know, as well. But the one or two Muslim professional athletes that I know, this is something that they mentioned to me as well. They said that that da and that they kind of like before a game is like very, very powerful for me. And nothing like nothing will replace that even like the locker room talk or whatever and you're getting hyped and pumped. That's great, but just to seek Allah's help and know that Allah is in charge, and then go in with that mindset that you know your heart and becomes gets at ease in that moment. So those are some of the reflections for this verse.