Channel: Siraj Wahhaj
Unhappines is Easy: Happiness Takes Work
By Iman Siraj Wahhaj
ISLAM: the pursuit of happiness
2013 ICNA-MAS Convention, Hartford, CT
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Bismillah R Rahman Rahim
Allah, Allah Allah Allahu wa la sharika
shodhana Mohammed Abdul Salam Abad.
I was so inspired by that young man.
And I felt happy for him
in embedded in the arts
is a philosophy of life.
People are trying to find the meaning of life.
When Shaykh Omar was speaking
I'm also affected by
the death of the Prophet peace and blessings be upon them. How do you reconcile the death of the Messenger of Allah?
Omar Abdullah en was so
by the death of the Prophet he said walleye Mata Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, I swear by Allah, the prophet is not dead.
And then that man
that tender man,
whom is Dora
ishiura de la and INSEAD. In Abu Bakr Rajan Rocky
is a man with a tender heart.
It's old, it tells Omar to sit down
and he speaks to the masses.
When can I Budo Yamato Mohammed
Mohammed Sol La la la was on the map. Matter,
woman kana Yamato la lo hi Yun Vallejo
for those who worship Mohammed.
Mohammed has died
salallahu alayhi wasallam
but those who worship Allah, Allah is alive and Allah will never die.
One man Mohammed Madani Allah rasuluh cada Kala kabale Rousseau as
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, prophets have died before and if he dies, or even if he's murdered, would you turn back your heels?
There's a song that's so famous that over 160 artists sang it.
People sing it,
but they don't listen to the words.
Because the words embedded in the song is a philosophy of life.
I wish I had the lungs to sing it.
But I'll say
I don't want to live.
If living is without you,
Amanda and Lana, Georgia wrote a book.
And then the book he said,
There is no one on earth that I rather be than to be myself.
Allah created me
and ever dies.
I still must live
in the philosophy of life.
There's so much tragedy in life.
People ask the question in Oklahoma, where was God when my children died?
On sandy hook
or earthquake in Haiti?
Where was gone?
God was right there.
Listen to this.
embedded in Shakespeare's writing is a philosophy of life listen to Macbeth.
Life's but a walking shadow.
A poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and is heard no more.
It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
I agree with that.
there was no life after death
today I leave you with one verse of the Quran.
I believe that puts everything in perspective.
Yes, you have the right to pursue happiness. Yes.
But how do you find it?
When the prophets son, Abraham died.
So the law is suddenly
and the Prophet started to cry.
Abdur Rahim Allah
wa Antonia rasulillah, you, you messenger of Allah, you crying.
He says, it is Rama. It is mercy.
He said, The eyes may shed tears.
And the heart may be sad.
But we don't say anything except that which pleases our Lord.
I like to leave with you.
In light of the Qur'an that I believe
helps us to understand life.
Because every one of us right now, are suffering from something.
Some of us have witnessed the death of our parents, or even our children,
the sickness of our loved ones,
and we try and we feel sad.
I want you to remember what Jesus said peace and blessings be upon him when he was born.
Speaking from the cradle, his first words was in the law.
I am the servant of Allah.
Allah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the habit as my home in the law, Abdullah Abdullah Rahman, the names most beloved by Allah is the servant of Allah and the servant of rough man.
We are servants of Allah.
How do we look at life? I'm going to read the iron from the Quran
and to Hardee's and then on finish
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in a matter of found old euro Kong yo melki Amma ferment Zhu Zhi Hua
manhyia teutonia ilimitado.
a brother comes knocking on my door.
Mm hmm. I want to get married. Can you help me mom get married? I want me a beautiful looking system.
A pretty system.
Let me see her. Mm. And you have that right?
But I tell you this, no matter how beautiful she is, there's gonna come a time.
She will lose that beauty.
That's the way
you know what?
That's the nature of this world.
You go after
something that you want.
What is it that you want? You want a handsome man? You want an intelligent man? What is it that you want?
You want money? You want a good house? What is it that you want?
And I'm here to tell you, it's your brother. Going to get it go whatever you want to
do what you want to do. Let there be no boundaries. Do what you want to do. Go get it. Go get money.
Go get it
and you see
you see if you'd be happy
I was in Northridge
California last week
met a brother
never met them before
they've never heard of him before many of you have
his name is Junaid
All right. So I'm talking about
used to be a famous
well known everybody loves famous rich.
In his two befores said,
I had it all.
But yet, I wasn't happy.
I was sad.
I have faith.
I had it all.
So he went to an Imam.
And he said, the Imam told him
your problem is that you have a pain in your right knee.
And you make an treatment in the left knee.
He says a man What does that mean?
He said, you see,
you was created from the earth.
And NASA khulumani, Adam, Adam and Torah.
All of mankind are the children of Adam and Adam was created from dust.
We are people from the earth. He said, Everything you need is right then the earth, your food is there. The clothing is there, your homes is there isn't there.
And you got it all
from the earth.
But there's another part that comes from the sky
to feed the soul.
And your soul is empty.
And you don't realize that this world here is a deception.
So a Kaffir The one who rejects it
at dounia sigil. Minh with genital careful.
this dunya for Muslim
is a prison.
Think about a young man.
You go to school 95% of you go to public school.
And you got non Muslim friends. And you know what? These non Muslim friends do things that you want to do. But you feel restricted.
So when your mom and dad is not looking, and when you're with your friends, you do what they do. Because you want to be like everybody else you want to. You want to have fun like everybody else. Have fun.
And so you go home and you have fun.
But in the end,
you won't be happy.
Because this life is a deception.
You go look at all these young actors and entertainers, all of them a messed up
You ever have Justin Bieber?
It messed up.
Series. You watch all of them.
five schools, postpone midterms.
You know why?
gave a concert.
And they didn't want
to miss the concert.
So they canceled that the concert they canceled school.
equal to demo.
My sad is day
18 years ago
my beautiful daughter had a baby.
And the next day she died.
And when I went to the hospital
as I was on my way, I didn't know what happened.
But my husband called me and said
In LA, we're in LA Raji bhajan.
From a law becoming a law return.
He said, You understand?
I said yes.
And I know that it was my daughter or my granddaughter.
When I went to the hospital and I saw my daughter there
the saddest day of my life.
There was not a moment for a whole year
that I didn't think about
a year or more, every day all day long.
But you know what?
Allah, let me get through it.
And I realized this
equal to lmao
you're gonna die.
Your parents one day, you're going to go
to the cemetery
and you're going to bury them
and you're gonna walk away
your husband, one day is gonna die.
Your wife, she's gonna die.
they're gonna die.
You know why? That's the nature of this life.
But then, there's good news.
I leave you with this,
and then we finish
How do you feel as a Muslim?
What to go do to law?
And these are the boundaries of Allah don't go past them.
If you are a servant of Allah,
you won't do it.
Look at all these women here. Look at these women. Look at all these women wearing hijab.
You know why they do it?
They do it because their Lord commands them to do it.
And you know what?
Some of you I know.
Gone to public school.
And you're the only Muslim in your school
and you have to make a decision
to a jab
and you do it
they laugh at you
they make fun of you
but you were it
you know what?
You're serving over law
in your friends eating
in the middle of the day.
But you don't
because you're a servant of Allah.
But you know what?
You're gonna get paid.
Allah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
is that the hola Hello Jana Jana Yuna de Mona den in Nala calm and
move to Abba.
When the people of General intergender
a voice will cry out
is to live
and you shall never die.
Here. You're gonna die.
You will never die.
One of the Prophet said leaves
Haku Muslim Allah Muslim comes the right of a Muslim over another is five one of them has followed dejenne as lajeunesse and the hereafter number two
in the law come and see whoa for that combo it is for you to be healthy and never get sick.
When Allah come and worship boo, all taharah mo aberdare could all the young people raise your hand an audience,
share Khushi Put your hand down.
You know what?
You know what? There must be something wonderful about being young.
I was young one day, put your hand down.
And I'm pretty old now. You know how old I am.
ever have Abraham Lincoln.
The Prophet used to make the Allahumma in the old becoming a harem. Or ally seek refuge with being old. Because when you Oh, they have some downsides to it.
Oh, but to be young. But then that voice will say you shall be young and you shall never grow old and that life
and then in the locker room
and 10 I move will follow suit
and you should have good life all the time.
And this is the Hadith the last point and then I finish.
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon us in this hadith what the Arabs called esmo tough deal it is the the superlative.
He said the person deserved and Hellfire
who had the most luxurious life in the easiest life on Yom Okayama will be dipped in the Hellfire just
and will be axed him.
Have you ever experienced any good he will say one lie. I never experience any good in my life.
Just like that.
A touch of the Hellfire he forgot all this all the money that he had all the women that he had all of the luxurious things of life that he had, he forgot about it just one dip in the hellfire.
And then that one who suffered the most
who had no legs, no arms could not hear couldn't speak.
No money, homeless all of that
sick all the time.
On your milking am Allah will dip that person in gentlemen just once
and asked the question.
Have you ever experienced any hardship in your life? He will say no, and never experienced any hardship.
The real life isn't this life.
It's mirage. not real.
In the real life is the life of Allah.
Allahu Allah I shall I shall ask the prophets of Allah. There is no life except the life of the hereafter. This is a time of trial and error. They said it best for the Lord and he said in Yama, Lama, he said, then he said, Well, I'm owed this
is deeds but no accounting. And tomorrow there'll be accountant but no deeds. This is the time brothers and sisters. I am happy to be a Muslim. And as my beloved Sheikh said, Sheikh Omar
that every time Allah blesses to be to do good, we just besides ourselves, would happiness. Happy to be a Muslim?
I want to thank publicly
I want to thank you know why
it not gives us a forum where we can come here
Listen to these dynamic speakers dumb and more who sit there to learn. I see some of you take notes, and you go back home refreshed.
This place is so packed, no one can get in.
So we have to go get a bigger place.
With their permission.
I like to take five minutes
to think ignored
them some money.
Would you allow me? Five minutes?
What I want you to do is this.
In five minutes, this is a record.
We'd like to raise
So a little bit of money.
The number of people here tonight is a little bit money and I'm going to do it in five minutes. I need an official. timekeeper.
Can you keep the time for me? Okay.
I'll tell you when they begin.
Don't begin until I say go.
I believe there's 10 people here who recognize the great work of Ignite. I believe that 10 people whom Allah has blessed with the ability to pay $10,000
I want to remind you, yo de la hole, Mel.
The Prophet said the hand of a lie is full.
It is so full. He said that from the day that Allah created the heavens and the earth.
And he's been spending and that has not diminished was in his hand.
I'm going to count to three. And when I count to three, I want 10 people to raise the hand who recognize the great work that Edna has done, continues to do and want to donate
$10,000 On the count of three. I need someone to put the lights on the audience 123 Raise your hand if you commit to
do its work of $10,000 raise your hand Hi.
I believe 10 of you can do it. brothers or sisters
and this is seconds the dude I'm not gonna stay on it long.
If you feel that allows bless you and you want to give something back to Aigner law bless you to be here tonight. Be here at the conference. And you want to give something back?
How many would give 10,000 Allahu Akbar there's number one. That's good. That's good. hamdulillah but I don't want him to stand by himself. I want someone else $10,000 do it quickly.
Was my was my timekeeper. I didn't say start yet.
$10,000 count to three and a move on.
okay. Not a problem. Not a problem at all. Let me show you why in a minute. How about $5,000 How many of you will commit to ignore what Allah has blessed you with? A $5,000 Raise your hand. If you can commit yourself to $5,000 for Aigner, raise your hand 5000.
Those who see the great work of ignor.
Can you excuse me for one minute?
I want to talk to the brothers. All right. I'll be right back. All right. permission. All right. Listen, brothers.
These women can hear us.
just between you and I
20 of the 21 richest women in the world all of them are billionaires of the 21 richest women of the world in the world. 20 of them got they inherited their wealth from inheritance.
Most of them inherited from the husband's
from the dead husbands. No, no, no, no. I'm saying
Women usually live longer than men. So they inherit from us. We should leave them inheritance.
But spend something
who will give $5,000?
Quickly for ignore.
I want to hear the speakers I told myself I'm not going more than five minutes
are you getting ready? Almost
Are you telling me there's no one here? We'll get $5,000 for it. No.
Okay, not a problem. We're gonna do something now. And that's gonna be a record never done before. Never ever done before. never done before.
We're gonna get 300 people to do $20
I'm gonna count
300 people, that's gonna make a contribution of $20 a week.
Oh, I didn't say weak.
For one year.
That's $1,000 I'm gonna be the first one. And I'm playing with you, man. You make a commitment. It's a commitment is a nia. I want you to write the check today if you can, if you can't write it today, write it partially. I'm gonna get 300 people and I'm gonna go to my favorite group right here where Zaid is sitting.
This was some light coming from here. I couldn't figure it out until I saw him Zaid and his wonderful wife. This is my favorite group here.
I'm gonna count to three. I want to see from this group. How many people commit themselves to $1,000 for a count 23123123123 good. Four or 5678 good. A good eight people so far. 910 1112 good. Raise your hand 1212 raise your hand 1213 1415 Allahu Akbar. 16 mahatva 1617 1819 Good luck with 20 Allahu Akbar. 20 people so far. 2121 2222 people $1,000 22 are you even on give me You give me 1000 us waving 2223 24 over here 1024 24 anyone else did I miss?
24 people 25 Allahu Akbar. 25 people 26 Allahu Akbar. Anybody over here 2626 2727 we got 27 Give me three more and that'll be 30 from this side. We got 2728 good 28 Give me two more from this side. 2828 tomorrow
not you unit side. 28 tomorrow 29 good. One more 30 good. Now we got 30 there now this is my favorite group here now.
No, no, no, we still good. We good? But it's my this my new favorite group.
Now they did 30 we got to be 30 all you gotta do is give $1,000 100 ah
good. This Buddhist group here. That's okay good. Okay, good. Listen to me. Even guys sitting on the ground. You are loud.
Okay, I'm gonna count to three. And I want you to beat my used to be favorite group
$1,000 I got those $20 a week 123 good. raise them up. One Two. Good. raise them up pi three Mashallah. 4567 good. Seven, raise them up. Seven
in one here. Seven.
Eight. Good. Eight. Yes, nine Yes. 10 good. 1112 1314 good. Mashallah. 1415 good. 16 excellent. 16 great. Over here. 1616 1718 good. 1819 2021 2223 mashella
Are $21,000 only 23 Anyone else? 1023 1023 anyone back here? 23 1023 24 Allahu Akbar, Masha Allah 24 walakum salam that's gonna cost you $1,000 25 good anyone
2500 in La 25 people here
now we got 30 here. And 25 here, brothers zacchara I'ma give you another chance. I'm giving another chance you got 25 All you need is five more than the time with them. Anyone else? $1,000
25 Anyone else?
2526 26 Anyone else?
27 lightbar got 27 All you need is three more. Three more 28 Allahu Akbar. Two more time
28 on this side 29 a lo hackbarth n one more time. One more.
And you tie my used to be 30 Mashallah. So it's 3030 3030
Wait a minute. Wait. We have to break the time. Mm. Say we play basketball. You have to break the tie. Right? can be 3030. So somebody got give me $1,000 from either group. It doesn't make any difference. As a group, one more 1000.
Okay, Mashallah. Okay, what's my counter? Start?
All right. Listen to me. 3030.
This is my real favorite group.
Serious, man. You know what? I was looking at you guys. When the speakers were speaking. Your faces were bright. Like you were ready. And you look like you got money.
Serious. You got that money. Look. I'm gonna count to three. Our time is almost over. I want this group here. You will definitely do better than these old groups there. You definitely do better. And I want everybody to say you know what? I want to do it. I can do it. I can push myself. I can do I can do 20 hours a week from count to three. must start with this sitting here. 123123
are you wasting you raising your hand? No, not you
3456789 Allahu Akbar. 10 Mashallah, I gotta get over there. Man. This is good. is getting good. 11
I want more.
Raise your hand 12 1314 Allahu Akbar. This is the group I told you. This is the group. We got 14. Anyone else here 15 or 16 Masha? Allah 16 who else
Yes, yes. Allahu Akbar. How much is that?
17 Mashallah, anyone here? my good friends had this mine. Yeah 1718 Masha Allah, very good. 18 Masha Allah 1920 2122 a lo agbo. 22 Masha Allah 2223 Allahu Akbar 2324 Allahu Akbar 24 and yes, yes, 2425 Masha Allah, 2526 2627, Masha Allah, 2728 Masha Allah 28 and
20 820-829-3031 a lojack bottom 3132 Masha Allah did not finish it 32 were not finished yet. 32 when you went out 32
ha ha ha.
Got 32 Mashallah. 30 3032 3030 3033, Masha Allah, 33 Masha Allah. Now brothers and
the sisters is going to show you
because my favorite group is this
Go right here.
No, I'm serious. Hey, watch this brothers. This isn't gonna fool your sisters. Let's show these brothers.
Let's show them that Allah has blessed our women.
The Muslim women in America last bless them, and they get money and they will give and they have near for Allah to do something good. I'm gonna count the three sisters and I want you to beat the 33 Are you ready? 123 $1,000 from the sisters $1,000 from the system one one dot Don't you see? You're going to be surprised. number one. Number two sisters want out number three Allahu Akbar. Allahu Akbar No, you're gonna see 345 678-910-1112 1314 1516 1718 Masha Allah 1819 Anyone else? 19
make one more 20
make one more 20 do you got a 20 up there?
Yes, 20 Masha Allah.
Number and sisters.
I'm almost finished.
We got 30 3033 and 20. Who counted up how much is that?
All right. who's counting at 2233 31 and 30 counted up? What is that?
How much is that?
All right, listen to me. This is my favorite group.
Sisters just raise your hand on my account you real fast? who commit and brothers who commit themselves to $1,000 Raise your hand. Raise them up.
One good two. Good 234 good. 5678 Masha Allah, husband wife, nine Masha Allah 910 what are you waving at me? I'm making a pledge.
waving or making a pledge. But you waving at me or making a pledge. Make the pledge 1000 waving
Anyone else? almost finish 11
Anyone else? Okay, good. Finally brothers and sisters.
The last is always the best.
Okay, okay. Oh, wow. Mashallah. Mashallah. All right. I'm closing out now.
In another one over there.
34 over there. 24. Sisters. This is the last one right? And we gotta like you're the one to take it home now. We're dependent upon you to do it. I'm gonna count to three. I need the sisters raise their hand. And you will be the winners today. Okay. All right. You'll be the winners. 123 Let's go 123 good for Masha. Allah for anyone else for for raise your hand for five, six. Good. 789 1011 1213 good. 1014 Anyone else? 1415. Good. 15 Anyone else? 16 1617.
Let's try to get everybody.
Yes. Okay, good. So that's how many for this group. I forgot.
Excuse me. I'm so sorry.
Okay, brothers and sisters. You did a wonderful job.
Give me a count
All right, Brian says I want to thank you for what you've done for Aigner.
Some of you, by the way, when I say that's my favorite group, and I said that's my favorite group. Then I said that's my favorite group. What was I doing?
All of you my favorite group. I thank you so much.
Now what I want you to do
everyone who can't do $20 but can do 10 just raise your hand for $500 for exploration and real quickly
Okay, get all the people that's going to give 500 and advances.
behalf of Aigner, some you can't do 500 do something $100 $50 $25 something. May Allah bless you, we love. We love Aigner.
Okay, great. We love Aigner, we'd love the work that was done. May Allah bless you as salaam alaikum