Channel: Sajid Ahmed Umar
This Lecture titled ‘Having a Vision’ was the first of a series of lectures conducted in the ‘Making Our Mark’ UK tour. Having a Vision was a talk done in Bath-UK.
Sheikh Sajid highlights the importance of having vision and focus in our lives as believers, through analogies and different life experiences, Sh.Sajid teaches this valuable lesson that should be prevalent in our lives so that we save the 2 most important blessings and resources given to us by Allah Almighty – our time and wealth.
Part 2 of ‘Having a Vision‘ deals with the concept of Action, being people who make a difference and Leave behind a Legacy
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The concept of action, the owner is going through a difficulty. But it's up to you and I, to use the current paradigm. Are we going to use the paradigm of o which stands for obstacle? Or are we going to use the paradigm of o which stands for an opportunity and a chance to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala even more through even more action, that we,
for example, change ourselves.
Nevermind helping physically financially But even as changing ourselves.
This Ummah, is joined together the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam described us as bricks, each brick supports the other brothers and sisters, from the pious predecessors before us, they would say that when we sinned, we would see the effects of those sins not only in our wives, but even in our writing animals in our beasts to Pamela, that our singing is not restricted to us or the effects of it is not restricted to us, it transcends it transcends. So sometimes we globalize an issue. We globalize an issue and we feel we can't help in this particular situation. Our resources are limited, but you can even if it means you waking up for the hazard From now on, even if it means you
live in a sin for an hour. These are the opportunities for us to act. Thus we see the trials and tribulations as opportunities and the tsunami of activities established in the Islamic sources. And we discuss some of these during Juma Allah subhanho wa Taala says in his book, worker, there are many and say to them,
work be people of action. And Allah subhanho wa Taala says everybody, the root chakra, commanding the family of delta to show gratitude through action, through activeness and proactiveness. And Allah Subhana, Allah says,
Subhana Allah, He commands a salam to take the book, don't just take it and be reactive with it or be passive with it, no.
Take it in a way that it deserves to be taken. and observe the data and be diligent with it. This data that's based upon the book that you've been given before. 200 PLN this concept of being active and proactive is established in the sources of the Sharia.
It's established in the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. For who was most beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam and the most beloved to Allah was made to work and was made to act that Allah Allah Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala could have caused Islam to spread amongst the Quraysh as we said earlier, in just one command in just one word, but no, he had to go through the phase of being called names. character assassination, he had to go through the phase of being stoned by he had to go through the phase of leaving beloved McCarrick was beloved to him, forced out of there. He had to go through the phase of witnessing the Muslims being persecuted for saying Laila, following the message that he came with. Imagine somebody we come with a noble message, and we
spread that message and as a result, people are being persecuted and it's on your head.
Because that's the message you brought. He that was a test he was a bishop, Sal, Allahu Allah. He was a human being like us. These were difficult moments. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah subhanho wa Taala made him go through them.
He was made to face the sanctions, countries get sanctioned today. The Summa Salalah alayhi wa sallam was sanctioned for those three years in the share of everybody with the valley with the Irish cultural ties with them, trade ties, medicinal tax,
food and so on and so forth.
He had to go through it.
Because this religion is a religion of action.
It's a religion of action.
Allah subhanho wa Taala was virtually us through the life of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. To understand the journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Allah is not a static one. It's a dynamic one. There's moments of ease, like they saw in Medina. And there's moments of difficulty as they saw before hegira and as they saw during some of the battles like 100, when they had to dig a trench, there's moments there's ups and downs. If this was meant to be everything, a load of codegen
and if it was meant to be everlasting, Doom and destruction, this place that we live in would have been called Johanna
We're not in Jenna, may Allah make us from the people of Jim. Louis in Jana May Allah save us from this place. I mean, we are in the dunya we are in the world, a world in which we traverse to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And on a journey that is dynamic has moments of ease has moments of difficulty as Allah subhanho wa Taala says in Mecca, different in Arabic occasions or mulethi
that you are on a journey to Allah.
Allah subhanho wa Taala likens our journey to him in the same way a farmer plows and twosies land under the hot sun with his pick. It's difficult. It's difficult. Sometimes the ground is hard, sometimes it's soft. Sometimes the sun is warm. It's in the summer months that you're doing this. And sometimes it's easier because it's the winter months that you're doing. This is the journey to Allah subhanho wa.
But every step of the way, is a means for us building our agenda and making our skills of good deeds heavy on the piano for every step of the way is a new opportunity, the Oh of opportunity. So Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had a life of action. To lead she has to be people of action Musa alayhis, salam, Allah subhanho wa Taala could have split the water in one command.
In one command, but Allah subhanho wa Taala told him to practice some action, strike the water with your staff.
Strike the water with your staff.
A lot could ever be in the water would have lifted split and loosen his comb and his people would have crossed. But Allison strike it La ilaha illAllah This is an example of action. If only we punted and reflected over the is the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And how Allah subhanho wa Taala nurtures us time and time again, to be people of action, and to tell us that we are people who have to work. It's not enough just to say I believe it's not enough just to say it's enough for me to believe this belief necessitates action.
Do you think you are created in play or under chameleon?
And you will not return to Allah subhanho wa Taala?
Do you think this Allah subhanho wa Taala says as well in pseudocode?
Perhaps even less? Are you drunk? Who
do you think it's enough to see I believe and you won't be tested, alone test you alone provide you the opportunity to walk the talk alone provides you the opportunity to prove what you've just said, verbally that you believe, do you think this is the case when a
company says we indeed tested those before you?
We have a subpoena who Allah grant us this understanding. So we must take the means and from the means is acting. Now don't get me wrong brothers and sisters. I'm not saying that. My call to action. Here in this introduction before we talk about the vision
is a call to making us oblivious of the total role of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Understand that action is from our Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala we're not saying there's two extremes one extreme is to believe that you alone effect change. And one extreme is to sit back and do nothing and say if Allah subhanho wa Taala wants it to be done it will be done. These are two extremes. And Allah subhana wa Jalla made us a middle nation. It is from top to take the means that Allah subhanho wa Taala has been a means from them is doing your best not just to sit back and say, Well, if the affairs of the unbelief Allah wishes it to be easy to become easy, yes, this is no doubt. Nobody disputes this. This is common knowledge.
But don't forget the other part of the Quranic instruction which came from one source, there's no contradiction. It is from Taku to lock your home and put your trust in Allah putting your trust in Allah subhana wa Tada. Stock lock in your home is action. This is from Tocqueville as well.
There's the universal decree and this religious decree taking the means is from the instructions of the Sharia. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us a happy about his camel.
That tie the camel then put your trust in Allah. This is from our
This is from taco This is the complete form of taco taco is something else is when you sit back and say well, I'm going to leave my house open
and I'm going to go on holiday and the family
wishes for somebody to steal from my house it will happen and if it doesn't happen, right, I'm gonna leave the windows open the doors open. If Allah wants rain to come in, it will happen. And if he doesn't want the rain will fall outside.
If allow once I will be fed, the rice will fall from the sky.
Right like the table of the feast that the people have asked for it came from the sky, it will come I don't have to work. right this is wrong. So understand my instruction to action is not asking us to become oblivious of the concept of taqwa by asking towards action, my dear brothers and sisters is to highlight the completeness of our code that we put our trust in Allah subhanho wa Taala take the means, but we say that the means cannot help except with the permission of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Taking the means is from us following a must instruction worth coulier menue. Allah has commanded us to work
shukra Allah has commanded us to be people of action. That's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam migrated the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wrote letters to Kings, did Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say if Allah subhanho wa Taala wants Islam to spread, Hamas will just sit in Medina and live in peace and inshallah it won't happen. No, there was action. So please don't get me wrong at this juncture before we move on. The call in this early part of my introduction to you all, is action, to complete the concept of token, but not for us to believe that success and failure is only in our hands color. It's in the hands of
your exuma Yeshua, we're using Luma Yeshua, Allah gives other two evils and gives this grace to who here it is all in the hands of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But that does not negate us from acting brothers and sisters.
It must be said at this juncture that
when we look at this concept of action,
a believer never looks at it with the lens of this world, rather, with lenses that transcend the sphere of this life, that when we act with a more nobler
purpose behind our action, we're not doing something for benefit only in this world, rather than the hereafter. And this has to be a fact brothers and sisters because we say we believe are meant to be led I believe in Allah. Allah Kathy, welcome to be here.
So you testify to believe in the hereafter. This action is testimony to the belief that you say you have here after the disbelievers they have action. But that action is specific to the life of this world. Whereas the believers should have action. And the action should be more noble and founding and foundation whereby it transcends just the life of this world. And that is why we call to at the beginning of this talk to what to sincerity, that our action here should be for the sake of Allah. Why because we don't see it with the lens of this world.
It's for the sake of Allah. Yes, inshallah, we will again, gain beneficial knowledge
is the fastest in my speech. Yes, we will learn something that will help us in matters of this world.
But the essence of being here is for the
a more noble purpose behind everything we do. And we have to understand this brothers, it's essential that we bring this down to my new details, even the female in the kitchen baking a cake for our family. We break it down even to this house. There's a whole nobler purpose behind this Act. The husband who goes to work every morning, there is a more nobler purpose behind this act. And this is what I mean when I say we use the lens that transcends the sphere of this world only.
So we become active and proactive even in our intentions. May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us the understanding