Channel: Sajid Ahmed Umar
‘Having High Aspirations’ was the Third installment in the ‘Making Our Mark’ Lecture tour in the UK, presented by Sheikh Sajid Umar.
‘Having High Aspirations’ was a talk done in Cardiff-UK.
When you ask Allah for Jannah, then ask for the highest Jannah …
This inspirational lecture spoke on the importance of aiming for the best in whatever we do, for being the best is a trait of the believer and excellence in all that we do is a minimum requirement. Sheikh Sajid advises towards being a person of substance and that we ‘aspire to inspire’ in all that we do.
Part 1 from ‘Having High Aspirations’ in the Making Our Mark UK Tour series, deals with the responsibility that comes with declaring the Shahadah. That we are people of action and our actions should dictate that we aspire for the highest Jannah.
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praise belongs to Allah, Allahu Allah to Allah. We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala
we see colossal pedo attalus assistance, and we seek His guidance subhanho wa Taala and we seek refuge in Allah subhanho wa Taala from the evils of our souls and the adverse consequences of our deeds,
himself, Allah subhanho wa Taala decrees guidance upon the man can misguide that person and will serve Allah subhanho wa Taala decrease misguidance upon the man can guide him and peace and salutations be upon the final messenger Muhammad Ali Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
My dear brothers, and fathers and mothers and sisters Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatu.
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from the outset, I'd like to express my delight at being here in Wales, in Cardiff, it's my first trip ever here. But it looks the same as the rest of the UK. Mashallah. And I'd also like to express my gratitude to this wonderful Masjid, for the wonderful invite, and to idea for facilitating this trip, and to you all for your attendance. This Sunday afternoon. I know it's difficult on a Sunday, to invest time, you don't say sacrifice time we say invest time to invest time and attend these kind of talks. It's not a flourishing culture, but inshallah we'll get there inshallah we'll get there, especially on afternoons when Liverpool and Manchester United, have matches against each other.
ask Allah subhanho wa Taala, to accept our efforts to make this a gathering that is forgiven upon its departure. And to make this a gathering, that he has a good word, and follows it and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala, to reunite us many, many more times in this world, as well as unite us in the hereafter. I mean,
the title of today's talk is high aspirations, or as we had
our brother who introduced the program, say earlier with him, having high aspirations and this is the third talk of a series called making our mark making our mark. So it was a series
titled around the theme of encouraging action, especially in the programs that would have been conducted or are going to be conducted here in the southwest.
We began this journey in Bath.
And the topic was titled The importance of having a vision.
And we went on to Bristol, and we discussed the importance of leadership and she had some examples from the lives of the first generation, the Sahaba of the Allahu Allah.
And today we have this title, which is also important as all the others, the title entitled, high aspirations Now, this particular topic
is not something new.
for Islam and the Muslims, it's not a discussion that we find only being discussed in the century that we live in.
For all praises belong to Allah subhanho wa Taala,
who made us from amongst those that declared his oneness, and from among those that accepted the prophecy of Mohammed Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, this declaration and this acceptance that by default has to make us people have high aspirations that
Allah subhanho wa Taala said, limits,
limits Li hava for this, this paradise. Let those who strive strive and inshallah we'll discuss this idea a little bit more later. And indeed
Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
is deserving of praise
for he took this on
the agenda has levels has levels and in some narrations, 100 levels 100 levels, and he said some a level and he was selling them for either sell to Allah.
that when you ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for this paradise, don't just ask for any paradise rather ask for the highest of Paradise and that is Alfredo's. So here
he is lecturing us to be people have high aspirations, Don't settle for anything less than the best. Strive to ascertain and attain the best and the sort of loss of Allah Allahu wa sallam.
He described this alpha dose to be that part of Jelena that covers the middle part of gender. Until the highest part in this hadith is in Sohail Buhari.
My dear brothers and sisters, this is manifest, or that which we have shared makes manifest that this concept of an old him is not something new. It was part of the package of Islam.
It is something that empties our life, the moment we declare the shadow,
the moment we declare the Shahada, it makes us people who are part and parcel of the concept of high aspirations, because our lower and higher aspirations is part and parcel of Islam. And when we look in the era of Rasulullah, sallAllahu, alayhi wasallam. And when we read the books of region, and look at what
the scholars of Hadith have written, about, those who came in the first generations of Islam, and those happenings in their life, we cannot help but acquire the knowledge that they were people who have high aspirations, and how can this not be? How can this not be when the price for the believer is
the price for the believer is gender. And as Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam described this gentleman he said, This gender is expensive. Thus he said, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah had eaten a telomere de la sala lavalla he was reported by Abu hurayrah Ravi Allah, Allah, Allah Allah He was Jolla the merchandise of Allah subhanho wa Taala is expensive.
It requires your resources,
and your wealth. And this is a reality. We mentioned eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala is expensive. It will cost you and your time to add this expensive merchandise is your time in this world. before Allah subhanho wa Taala takes us to him.
My dear brothers and sisters, Allah subhanho wa Taala created life and created death. And it's Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Leah blue Akuma you come
to test you to make manifest Which one of you is the best in deeds is the forerunner in earning the hereafter? LEAH Beluga comm au
best indeed. This by default requires any aspiration or high aspirations What does it require from us
higher aspirations Which one of you is best? Indeed, La ilaha illa Allah and Allah subhanho wa Taala gentlemen to levels into stages to reward people based on their aspirations and achievements, because reward is directly proportional to effort, right this is a principle found in management.
The outcome and result is proportional to effort applied.
And the same thing applies This concept is common sense. Allah subhanho wa Taala will reward us based on perfect Al Jazeera. Solomon, the reward is based on the effort applied. Thus it was from the complete justice of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he even made gender into
wants to reward people based on their effort.
Now, for us, brothers and sisters,
our aspirations differ from one person to the next. But for us, we have to realize that these aspirations
become raised. And they become lowered based on one concept. And that concept is our E man. We have to realize this. For us, it's for the disbelievers, it's something else. Because their
understanding of life and death is different to our understanding of life and death. So our ability to achieve and acquire and acetate and
our ability to aspire to be inspired and become inspired is based on our email.
And our Eman,
becomes passive. Sometimes it's dynamic. Sometimes it stays static, based on our connection to the hereafter because you and I were not just bodies, but we are bodies with spirituality. There's two elements to us. We are a body and we are a spiritual entity as well. And this is important we must understand this. And both entities require nurturing and being looked after. Even in our day to day many times, a person asks and say we see people fasting the month of Ramadan, but on the day are very engaged in vice.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala says
that is fasting is a means of acquiring taqwa and God consciousness and erecting a barrier between you and the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So how can this be that a person, fast the month of Ramadan, and spends the night in Korea worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala and then comes to the overeat and they celebrated it in a manner contradictory to the teachings of Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Here in the UK, how many times do we hear of non Muslims having to leave
their cities and their towns on the day of eight, because they fear the disturbance by the Muslims in the celebration of Eagle? Villa, Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
so many attempt these questions come about that how is this possible? How is it possible that a person observes Salah masala to turn the handle fascia
that follow puts an end to that which is immoral, and that which is disliked by Allah? subhanho wa Taala How is it that a person can observe Salah but they engage in Riba and backbiting and slandering advise, how is it possible? And the answer to this question is simple. Oh, seven sofala. no children of Adam, there is no
contradiction in the Sharia and there is no even defect in the
evidences of the Sharia. What Allah subhanho wa Taala said is a fact from Allah is so that perhaps we can attain a taqwa and Salah so that we can be protected against vise and then which is immoral. But the problem lies in the effort itself, whereby our evader becomes physical and lacks spirituality, it becomes an ad, a Norman lacks the concept of it being an a bed, a worship.
So we raise our hands in Tukwila to around but our physical body is doing so. But our heart and soul is void of what's happening.
We fast the month of Ramadan with our bodies, we experienced thirst and hunger and perhaps lose weight.
But we start the day fasting physically, once our hearts and spirituality doesn't start the day fasting. So
we concentrated on the lesser and forgotten about the greater.
Yes, we two entities, but the greater is the spirituality. So coming back to our earlier point this man are servants of Allied or children of Adam. It shines and illuminates and raises our aspirations based on our attachment to the hereafter. This is a fact there is no way you can be attached to this duty and at the same time be attached to the hereafter it's a seesaw effect. The closer you are to one, the further you are to the other. The closer you are to why don't you see your paradigm shifting. They start changing the way you view life changes.
Things that were beloved to you suddenly become disliked. And things that you never cared about or automatically become matters that you care about. As you attach yourself to the hereafter.
Have you become detached from the dunya because our attachment to the hereafter causes the heart to become soft and causes the soul to become alive look at the month of Ramadan La ilaha illa Allah, we fast and by physically being styled, we actually feed our spirituality or we should be feeding our spirituality to feed the soul, the body has to starve.
Imagine this, you distance yourself from the area, the food and drink and marital relations for a portion of the day and immediately what what starts becoming fat, our spirituality, our Eman our heart, it becomes softer, is being fed. Once the physical styles the spiritual is being fed Subhana Allah, this is a fact.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala says sudo to Heidi then you might have heard this in a talk of mine previously. Allah subhanho wa Taala says
Allah Mia de la Vina Amman
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focus at Hulu. So Pamela, let's ponder over this ayah Allah subhanho wa Taala says as a time not come to the believers to have hearts filled with Russia. And Russia is not just fear that's cold. Russia is fear plus, fear with knowledge. You fear while knowing why you fear
Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the martial law
This is the evidence that Harsha is inclusive of any of knowledge. Allah subhanho wa Taala says the truly the ones that have Kashi are the those who are manageable. They don't feel without knowing they have knowledge as to why they are fearing and who they are fearing. Allah Allah Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala contains beneficial knowledge. I mean, I mean, we should ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for this for Allah subhanho wa Taala commanded His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to seek increased knowledge rockerverb visit in the Alma
so when we ponder over this ayah we see Allah subhanho wa Taala has not come to the believers to have hearts filled with Harsha that Allah warns us against that which happened to those before us and warns us against adopting the way of those before us. But does Allah subhanho wa Taala say, don't be like those who came before you.
What happened to them
repeat became victims of time they became attached to this life.
And what happened as a result of becoming attached to this lack the house became hardened.
This is the net result this is what happens. The more you are attached to this world, the lesser spiritualities attached to the hereafter. The more you attached to financial standing and material wellbeing and the glitz and glamour of this temporary life. The net result and effect of this is a hardened heart. Allah tells us in certain headed they became victims of time and started chasing this life. What was the net result? Casa Cologne, the hearts became hard work can do minimum fasciae code, and most of them were sinners. This is the result of a hard heart but we should never lose hope. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala says, lm low and understand
that Allah subhanho wa Taala
that Allah subhanho wa Taala can give life to barren land after its death.
So as Allah can give life to dead land, he can give life to your dead heart. So hello.
So this is the reality of brothers and sisters, that our aspirations grow and sees based on our attachment to the hereafter based on our email. This is a fact it's you cannot say because Eman necessitates belief in Allah and His Malaika His angels and his books and his prophets and the last day and the Day of Judgment, how can you believe in the Day of Judgment, but behave in a manner contradictory to this belief?
How can you aspirations
act in a manner that contradicts this belief of you, as you know, you will return to Allah and believe it the last day necessitates belief in death and the grave? Everything with regards to the after the after starts when we pass away.
So how can you have Eman and believe in these entities but have aspirations that contradict the reality of this belief?
Remember, Eman is belief.
And it entails action. It's not just talking the talk but it's walking
The token as well. It has to show in our actions, in our speech in our hearts as well as our actions. So understand this are servants of Allah, no children of Adam, Islam set high aspirations, but we differ in terms of our aspirations based on this email.