Actions are Judged by Intentions
Channel: Yaser Birjas
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa taala. What occurred
100 A lot of Billa Alameen wa sallahu wa Salam wa ala kind of you know, Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa seldom at the Sleeman Kathira to my bad.
You know, I remember one friend of mine, when we finished university of Medina, that was back in 1996. He I asked him to write me something that will remember him what? So he wrote me a few lines of poetry that were beautiful, and highlight every time I think about moments like these towards the end of a convention, an end of an emotional experience, knowledge retreat, a spiritual maybe gathering and so on. It always reminds me that these words, he wrote, and that's actually that piece of paper that he left from me, he said Lucullus demand burden has had to he first Lou. Well, Michael Levine and bad fit, he was slow. He says after every beautiful gathering, there has to be departure
and separation. And there is no guarantee after that separation, there will be any reunion. And then he gave an example. Hello to the phone nearby in Omaha valid in Houma Bella Garcinia Hema were another flu commoner Karelian fund for to Halawa and Irish to her daddy Cara Lou will have another the other any Bona Yun Abdullah who came into other world and urban cabello which means he said come now he said after that there was a time when I opened my eyes means my eyelids were open when I was a baby and I opened my eyes to see those who were calling that were what they were called for me Dad and Mom.
Time went by soon after that they had to leave this world and it wasn't easy for them for me that they leave and now soon after that I am now the one like my dad once was a father for me. I'm becoming a father for another actually child, which means live site is going to continue on and on and on. gatherings like these always reminded with these words why because after we meet together Al Hamdulillah in a knowledge retreat like this in a spiritual retreat like this, everybody's gonna go back home for what they came from. But then what happens? What did we exactly learn from this from this experience? Why exactly will carry on with us? We heard so many lectures Mashallah. I mean
Subhanallah looking at the place over here, you have two kinds of bazaars. You have bizarre when you buy goods from it, that will lead you to mashallah prosperity and enjoyment and Jen and dunya and there's another bizarre you choose from whichever lecture you will not attend, whichever experience you would like to have. And then you take this with you when you go home in the light of Allah Kawata Allah. Now remind us with hydrogen Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa salam, how does it Nabi SallAllahu wasallam in Malama, Lavinia Allah Mr. Lavinia you these are you judge by the intentions? Well cool, really cool, Emery mana and for every insan you will get your word for what the intention
that you had in your heart for whatever D that you make your intention that you're going to be rewarded for that first and foremost, the prophets Allah Sam said and he gave example for mankind to draw to Allah He wore a suit he Phaedra to Allah Allah suited. Whoever made his hijra, his armor, his deeds for the sake of Allah and His Messenger, it will be counted for the sake of Allah and His Messenger, which means will be sincere. And whoever met his intention to come for a worldly gain, so ever met his age oh my god Hydra to the dunya will Cebu Ha, Amara Artinian cuchara Jota Willa Maha Gero la whoever came for the intention to this dunya or just to get mad whatsoever they get to they
get their intense they get the reward for that intention only meaning they give them the worldly gain. But in the era, that's for Allah subhanahu wata to judge them. When we came here, we came with a lot of intentions. And I'm sure many of us they had mashallah that desire to come and learn others to come and socialize, other to come to get married. Some other people just maybe just to go and shopping. There were so many intentions. But now that this is all over. What is the intention? Now as I'm leaving from this place, forget about my intention when I came over here. What I want you to think about is your intention as we leave from this space. What is it that you're going to carry
with you in sha Allah with the baraka watada Because there's so many people as a prophet Salah some says in the Hadith says that IG Borup Bukom Allah subhanho wa Taala basically says, Egypt to me is our big surprise. He's astonished that people will be brought to agenda the salah acid in chains. Many they were captured, perhaps in a battlefield, they were forced to come to an actual a convention or a knowledge retreat or spiritual retreat, they were forced to come over here, but then some holiday enjoy it. Their intention changes and as they leave, they leave completely transformed. This is the moment of transformation for you before we leave, if you haven't done it yet. I would
like from all of you to just reflect on this. This is the moment of transformation that when you walk out of this of these doors in sha Allah, terracotta Allah, whatever intention you
came when you shouldn't be living with that same unless it's better
Subhan Allah rasool Allah SallAllahu wasallam
he was approached by the Sahaba and many many occasions with simple question that I want to know I want to know more. What can I get like an action item Yara Salah Jaya to give me would benefit me in the dunya and India are gonna like their very famous story of a man came to the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and he said yeah Rasul Allah insha Allah and Islam but Kathrada LA, sha Allah Islam, but Kathrada Allah, the rights of Islam have been so many I can't even count them anymore. I don't know how to catch up with all these good deeds imaginary when it comes to Islam. And the first thing you tell them oh Marcia, now that you're Muslim, listen, you're gonna have to start making although
making Salah memorials the Quran, do this and do that and evidence of Hala it's too much for them to start with. So this young man who comes to the Prophet SAW, Allah says I'm overwhelmed ya rasool Allah Dulany Allah, I'ma just teach me one thing that I can do. One thing I can do from Islam, that will get me to Jana, and keep me away from Johanna.
Now, what do you expect the professor some to give him a long list of duties, tasks SubhanAllah. And this convention, this is what happens people they came over here, you open the program, and you just start seeing all these names and all these thoughts are like some hon Allah, what am I going to start from? Forget about start it's almost over right now. Now we are coming to an end. What did you learn? So the Prophet saw us and gave him an answer. Very simple answer. He says, lie as Al Hassan who corrupt been with Aquila, as long as you keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah azza wa jal, a very simple act of good deeds.
Very simple action item that the Prophet gave this man to carry with him as his legacy or fulfilling his duty as a Muslim. We came over here with the intention of learning, socializing, networking, benefiting in the dunya and data may Allah Subhana Allah make it fruitful for all of you.
We came with that intention now is the action item. Okay, but I attended all these lectures. And when I checked my note, there's so many Subhanallah I don't know where to start from. And in these few minutes, I would like to share with you one thing as your action item. One thing that I want you to take home with you as you leave from this inshallah this hole on this room and this convention that you carry with you until the next year bit Nila hit the baraka wa taala. Like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam invited this young man to carry the legacy of just making dhikr of Allah azza wa jal, I want you to think of your intention.
How was that? And what does that exactly mean? You see when it comes to intention, intention can turn for anything that you have, and anything that you do into an action or an activity, bada.
You have learned so many things you've heard about Muslims around the world. You've heard about civil rights movements. You've heard about the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam you heard about marriage, so many things, but what can I do? How can I start, start with your intention, you might not be able to go home right away and start implementing everything instantly. You might not be able to achieve the same theory right away in your message on your organization, any of these activities that you've learned today or learn throughout this weekend. But what you can start with is what your intention as long as you have the intention to make something good to improve in sha Allah Baraka
Tala, you are in constant state of Nevada.
And Imam Al Ghazali Rahim Allah Allah Allah. He said that one of the Imam Shafi Masha it was a story about Imam Shabbat Rahmatullah Talalay when he was sitting around with a group of his students, someone knocks on the door. One of his students, of course, you know, he wanted to jump up the gun, open the door, say mama Sheva, he stops he says, What are you doing? He goes, I wanted to open the door. I mean, when someone knocks on the door, what usually do, you're gonna open the door, you want to see who's there? Right? That's natural. But the man has shaved and this is the other of the Allama and look at the legacy of the ALMA they want to teach their students even in a normal action,
spontaneous Random Acts you can make either out of it. How is that by absorbing your intention? He said since you're going to open the door anyway. Why don't you make the intention that if there was a poor behind the door that you will give him charity?
If someone is in need of help, that you will offer help Inshallah, if a guest is coming, that you will our hospitality just make the intention.
Now we don't know what happened Who was behind the door, the story stops there. But what matters is that Imam Shafi Rahim Allah instructed that student that as you do what you normally do, you just open the door. Observe that intention. Look at look, check your intention. make something good out of it. Emanuel Salah Rahim Allah Tala also reported a man asked one of his one of his teachers. He said, You know abdomen Alhamdulillah good things I would like to continue doing but I hate it when I take a break.
Not man he hates when he takes a break. I said I'm looking for opportunities to do a lot of good deeds. How can I continue doing my
Good deeds. He told him, you're already doing it. So how come he goes how holding that concern and holding the intention that whenever you have an opportunity that you will do good, that by itself is an act of a bada is an act of worship. And that is somehow the essence of feeding Allah azza wa jal the essence of Taqwa that when you're always observing that in your mind and your heart, you're always constantly in a state of Ayurveda.
I'm not gonna tell you right now to go and start you know, new organization, or a new project and so on, although it's good to start something like this inshallah Baraka within your community, whether your neighborhood and so on. But I want you at least to start with the intention. Begin from there, something as little as observing that in your heart, and hopefully in sha Allah, Allah, your mind and your actions will follow to be in Allah azza wa jal. Now, one thing I observed in this convention, which I have to bring to your attention, insha Allah with Allah as brothers and sisters, in faith, also as organizers, and everybody Inshallah, who was able to benefit from this Subhanallah
for the last two years, I want to attend some of the lectures one of them I spoken that lecture about the poorest Muslims in the West. I don't know how many of you heard about that lecture or check that lecture on the program, the poorest Muslim in the West, Haiti and Mexico.
And I was one of the speakers over there, in order to promote the work that helping hand is doing mashallah for hate on sand.
And subhanAllah was looking there, I'm just kinda surprised when I was walking through to get to that hall, there were some doors closed, not allowing people to get in because there'll be a stampede when they come in there.
But in that lecture, as we started, there were less than 15 people
15 people in a hall that we could hold 200 people, by the time we finished, there was about maybe 3035 people on them.
And subhanAllah when I was thinking about it, I said, Look, we come as Muslims from all over the country. We've come to learn about each other, to get to know one another, and help inshallah Allah follow the example of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who might consider the greatest humanitarian sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Now with this, we're learning about the poorest Muslims, no one was getting their concern.
It wasn't at that important topic to listen to, to turn to listen to as listening to the other speakers. And the sister actually Nyla was speaking about experience in Mexico will lie, it was inspiring to me even an inspiration that what we're learning about the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam, if you don't have that concern for one another as Muslims, if we don't have that concern, how are we going to implement what we're learning in this convention over him?
Does that matter and also mentioned about the situation, you know, the Muslim community in America, how when there's a vacuum, and the Muslims are not doing their job, who's going to fill that actually, that void, and that vacuum, other ideas, other people and so on? So when it comes to following the example of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam, I'm going to ask you right now to go and take a trip to Haiti or take a trip to Mexico and start giving Dawa over there. But I want you to have that intention. That every time you hear about an opportunity like this, that you should be the first person to go there.
The Muslim community needs you over here. And specifically, the African American Muslim community needs that attention. These are the respect they deserve from us. Insha Allah with Ebola Kota Allah, which they've always been complained that we're not given them, and we claim that we follow the example of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
If you couldn't do anything about it, the least is to have a sincere intention that you're improving your walk on this to happen with the Lolita Baraka, Allah. My last call for you over here is remember, you've learned so many things, so many things you learned hamdulillah Bilal, I mean, and I'm sure that many of us as we go to our communities, probably we are going to make Hello calls and programs for our youth, for our families, and our community and our massages and so on to benefit them from what they learned over here. But I want you at least if you're not going to do any of these things, to have the intention that inshallah terracotta Allah, you improve, and we work so
hard that you follow the example of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that may Allah azza wa jal to bring us among those who will be around the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi salam and Jonathan for those that Allah wa salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.