Channel: Yaser Birjas
Almaghrib Institute Ilmfest 2016
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salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Alhamdulillah Allah Allah sallallahu wasallam Baraka Nabina Muhammad Anwar Ali was seldom at the Sleeman kathira.
My message to you today
is all about what you could call and consider
a point of no return.
We've been hearing about the shaytaan his attempts to kind of persuade many people to go off the path that Allah subhanho wa Taala has drawn for them in this life. We heard about the importance of having a certain standard of character and of love to stay and remain on this path. But why is it so important anyway, because at some point in your life, you are going to reach this moment, a point of no return. And that is death. You know, when it comes to death as a Muslim, we have a special understanding for it. We have a very, very special understanding for the subject of the the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. I'll follow the instructions in regard to
how to understand how to understand how to look at it from a positive perspective even and how I can utilize the energy that I can have in this life in this world. Before that moment comes in, in Allah subhanho wa Taala speaking of death, and speak about the people when they go on to the day of judgment to the Hereafter, along was age appropriate and every individual will come to this moment and look back and say Carla, Joan Lally, I'm so sorry, Hampi, Matera, these people will come to a point when they say My Lord, after they realized that they died. They were realized and they say My Lord, bring me back again to this life. One more time.
Call of Duty June Lally, ama lasallian. FEMA. Perhaps I could do better now that I know. I wish I can go back so I can do better Allah subhanho wa Taala says Kela in Karima tumaco elucha No, no, no, no, no, he has is the word that has been spoken. And that water has been spoken by Allah subhanho wa Taala is that kulu nacinda cattle mouth, every single soul shall have a taste of death.
And that would be it. There is no return to this world and the only return will be to the hereafter. How should we understand this? And those few minutes in Sharla with the Baraka, what Allah I would like to share with you on that journey, our path all the way before that moment comes to us how should we understand our presence in this world? And keep in our mind that moment or point of no return? You see when it comes to death? I know speaking about it is very depressing sometimes. Indeed even Allah subhanho wa Taala has called called Death masiva. In the Quran, Allah azza wa jal says what else but Kumasi battle mode and you have been afflicted by the calamity of death. So even
that is, it was called masiva a calamity catastrophe. It's okay to fear death, that's fine. It's okay to be saddened by that. It's okay to kind of run away from it. That's fine. That's okay. Allah subhana wa tada called Death masiva catastrophe. But how far can we go away? How far can we go away from that? And how should we look at that moment of no return? You see, many people, they look at that moment, moment of desperation,
moment for them that if they don't believe in the Hereafter, so what's the point of this life, and they live the press for the entire time that they have been assigned to live in this world. Other people, they look at it differently. They say that everybody who was born in this world we are born with a sentence of death. And that's the meaning of Allah subhanho wa Taala could lunasin not every soul shall have a taste of that. Which means yes, indeed, once you're born, you know, there is a limited time for this life. And you need to prepare yourself for that moment, when it comes. I need to make sure that I have done the best of what I can. So if I know that I have this life, and it's
temporary, and it's going to come to a moment and point of no return. I'll make sure that we'll make the best of this life and shout louder Baraka tala
and one Hadith, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gave us a metaphor. And that metaphor, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah given us the way that we should really live this life. And the way you should at least understand it. This harried Harris, Abdullah and honorable hapa Raja Allahu Allahu Akbar, in which he said, bu sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a beaming cabbie, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he took me by my shoulder, which means he put his hand on my shoulder. Here's the thing about this now the beginning of the story, that is Abdullah
He was the brother of the wife of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So there is this kind of connection between him and someone who is now related to him. He cared for him so Allah Allah said more probably than anybody else. After all, he is the brother. He's my He's my brother in law basically. And he heard for him. That's one thing second, Abdullah number hobro. The law of the land
I was very young I was still young he was a teenager when the prophets of Allah seven passed away, Abdullah was still very young.
So why would the prophet SAW sent him this this structurally to death and living how to live your life? He was given him a headstart, like listen, you're gonna hear a lot of things about life. People, they're gonna give a lot of instructions and how to live your life and who is going to be the best guide and the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to him.
When the Prophet sallallahu wasallam is looking for him, and he cannot be in very intimate and the way he speaks them to make it very close to his heart and his mind. So he puts his hand on his shoulder so Allah Allah wa sallam, another way that the Hadith was recited was actually read the word and the monkey Bay instead of one shoulder. He said, two shoulders. So I want you to imagine now the Prophet Salah Salem putting his hand on Abdullah shoulder, or he's holding him with both hands like this, like he's putting both hands on his shoulder, and his speaking face to face to him. What does that mean? He's giving him the extra attention, like listening to listen to me. And he's
now making sure that Abdullah is not distracted by anything around him. Like us over here. Many are distracted by many things around us. But here's a sort of life grabbing of the love by the shoulders. And speaking to him again, a very, very special, custom made individualized advice. What could it be? He said to him Sal, Allahu Allah. Wa Salaam Pol. confit? dunya Kanika. Very
well, enough soccer minutes. Hi, welcome aboard. He said, Listen, Abdullah couldn't dunia cannot carry if you're gonna live in this world. Consider yourself a stranger. Can necassary Ouroboros, Sabine, or a traveler? Someone who's on the road? wild enough. Sacramento's humble abode and count yourself among the dead people.
Among those people of the graves, what does it mean? I'm going to explain this in sha Allah, Allah. So the first in the prophets is the Holy Spirit's about three things. Number one, being a stranger. Number two being on the road, a traveler, and number three minutes have been dead.
So how could you give someone advice to live a life by telling them listen, you're dead?
How can any person take this as something positive anyway? You see, this is the difference between those who believe in the afterlife and those who don't. Those who believe in the ACA, they would say okay, so if I'm dying, I'm going to make the best out of this. Those who don't believe in the answer, they also say I'm going to make the best of this board is the best right now. It's different. It depends on what they consider how to define what is best in this world in this life. If you believe in the Hereafter, you have one path to take as being the best way of dealing with living this life. And those who don't believe in the hereafter they will take a complete different
path. So what is the best and how can we understand this from the Hadith?
The Prophet Allah Sam said to our beloved Omar confit dunya cannot live in this world as if you are a stranger. If you are a stranger, and if you have done that, you've been trapped, for example, somewhere where you felt out of place. I know many people probably they're out of town. So they come to Dallas and hamdulillah they see the hospital, they will never feel strangers. I know that except from people from Maryland.
So when you're here, and you go somewhere where you're completely stranger to the place, how do you feel? The first thing is washer, the meaning of washer. It's basically like you feel kind of like there's something in your heart, you're not you feeling uncomfortable, uneasy. It's completely uncomfortable space, uncomfortable place, you don't want to stay long in that space in that place. That's how people live in the dunya.
So when you're best in a feeling Hurry, everywhere you go, you see that everybody's kind of like stranger to you, and you're stranger to them. And you start thinking that people are not friendly to you. Why? Because maybe you're a stranger. And perhaps and this is so actually interesting. A lot of people who come to events like this, they see people are not so friendly very much because everybody is stranger to the other ones. So everybody thinks that expecting everybody else to be friendly to them. And that's why it's very important these events to what we do after salaam aleikum says the lamp to each other. So that at least you know, spread that kind of piece here. And here is you start
feeling uneasy, feeling afraid, being stranger in this in this world. And that's the meaning of living this life here. You know, you are going to make a life in Charlotte Allah here. But you always think of the place where you came from.
And that is Jenna. Adam, and how are they started from there and our return should be there. That's what we call home. The second thing
is elbasan loans. They say that when you are throwing a stranger what do you what are you looking for? you looking for? So I kinda like to break the break ice and try to find find something that is considered entertaining recreation. And that's why a lot of the travelers what do they do when they go to a different city. They look for places where they can just kind of break that kind of sense of
uneasiness, and they want to go for a creational place where they can feel comfortable a little bit. And that's exactly the same thing in this dunya. Break away from what makes you uneasy and go to what brings peace and tranquility to you. And what is that? What is the loss of Hanna, what that has designed for you to make your life better? Eva acts of worship. You know what if when you live in this world and you go too much into dunya, specifically for the believers, will you indulge yourself too much in the dunya? You will be waiting for the month of Ramadan to start.
Why is that? Because you know that you've been too far away. I need to come back and recalibrate. I need to come back and see myself I'm losing. I'm losing the sense of who I am. I'm losing my sense of spirituality. So what are we looking for? We're looking for that moment. No more the spiritual, I don't want to find ease. I want to find you know, I want to find I feel that I'm back home. That's what they're looking for. And that's what Allah subhana wa tada stealing. Gotta love nama like, Listen, if you get involved and indulge too much in the dunya, you're gonna have to go back when you feel comfortable. And that's why when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam used to call upon Bilal to call
for the karma, they used to say,
bring us some ease and comfort with Salah Vila, because we break away from this dunya and we go into a different dimension of life. That's the life of the anchor of life, the hereafter. When it comes to the dream, a stranger will always want to go back home.
And that's why the woman they finished, you know, whatever they do, they go back to the airport, they want to find the earliest flight possible. Why? Because holidays, I'm done, I need to go back home. And that is the meaning of the money over here as well. When you live in this world, what do you do, it's not about how much you get you get out of the dunya. It's how much that feels you content and happy with and then you move on to that which is more important for you to get yourself ready for the hereafter. The second statement, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam mentioned the Hadith are very savvy, or a traveler? And what does it mean to be a traveler, if you travel and most of you
are travelers coming from somewhere else to attend this event right now, most likely, you haven't taken much with you whether you're traveling by car, or flying in how many badges you can collect with you 10 bags, or you can come in here to stay, most likely not. So therefore, unless of course, somebody would like to move in and hamdulillah solonian. But the thing is that when you are a traveler, you only carry with you enough, just enough for what you need, until you go back home. You don't carry much. And especially like back in the days when people used to travel by cameras throughout the desert, they make sure that they only carry the most valuable things to them or to
them. They carry these things with them. Otherwise, if they kill the camel in the desert, they die. Similarly in this dunya How much are you carrying with you on that journey to the hereafter? The loads that you have on your heart? The burden you're carrying over your shoulder on your back? Is it making you Is it making your journey easy or difficult? So a traveler don't carry much in their hands in the luggage? And some Hanalei we all know that when you go to the airport, when you go to the airport, and you're traveling right now, it depends on how much you carry with you, they will treat you differently. So if you can't, if you only come with a carry on, what do they say Bismillah
Come on, in, all of a sudden,
maybe they will stop you just to check a little bit here and there. And then that's it, you're done. If you carrying absolutely nothing except for your boarding pass, you go straight, like a VIP person.
No waiting. And if you carry one or two pieces, you're gonna have to stand in line,
you're gonna have to wear your luggage, making sure that you don't have you know, excess luggage and all that stuff and so on. So the more burden you carry with a more load that you carry with you, the longer you will wait. Similarly, as we live in this dunya as a traveler, the more you'll carry from here burden without Of course, you know, still far without repentance, then that means we're going to stand longer there to answer questions. The second thing as being a traveler, when you're a traveler, and you stopped by any area, you don't stay there for long. If you're driving for few hours, and you stopped for gas, how long are you going to be staying there anyway? As long as it
takes you to fill up you know that the gas tank, probably eat something, maybe use the restroom. And that's it, you move on. Nobody's gonna come to a gas station on the road and say wow, this place is awesome. I better start you know, kind of like see if they have any vacancies look at live in this area. Now let's say that people would laugh at them it just because the gas station was nice, you're gonna stay in the middle of the desert.
So therefore whenever you're traveling this dunya you remind yourself this is just temporary. So if it's temporary, I'm going to always make sure to carry with me insha Allah tala enough sustenance until the end of the journey. And number three, Buddha traveler. We always think of ourselves as being not dependent on others. You know the traveler. Of course you don't
The place What do you do? You text your friends? You go online these days and you ask people Hey guys, do you know any place where I can go in this place? And the messages and the restaurants and this and that? What does it mean? You always need other people for help. panela
that means you need help here in this dunya on your journey to the afternoon. How often do you connect with people to get to know to take resources from them on that long journey that you have towards the Acura? We need that help. Don't just be by yourself. Don't go solo on the journey. You need help from other people. These gatherings and hamdallah might be a good opportunity to network with other people like minded people. You will see people from your community will say awesome holla Mashallah, I didn't know that you come to these places. That's a good a good start. We can have these networking right now and start moving forward in Charlotte, Allah with assisting and helping
one another. And another thing about the traveler, whenever actually they make any stop, they only stopped for one reason. Just to resupply and move on. Similarly, in this dunya we had to stop somewhere to resupply and move on.
That's it. You don't resupply and just make your purpose just for this. So if Allah Subhana Allah blessed you have a degree. Allah bless you with extra income coming your way. Allah bless you with a promotion. It's amazing, this beautiful, accept that take it. Don't say no, no, no, I'm leaving for the euro. No, take this in your hand. And make sure that you use this to supply yourself on that journey to the era. Maybe I'll bring in this money towards us to become more charitable. Maybe Allah Allah has given you this degree so you can help other people get employed properly. Maybe Allah has given you this so you can start your own business and employ other people for the sake of Allah azza
wa jal, you can do a lot with that. But remember that on the journey, whatever that you do is supply towards the answer as well. When Allah subhanho wa Taala spoke to or at least was speaking about the story of Barun the wealthiest man ever in the history of mankind. Allah Subhana Allah said to him, obtenga FEMA Taka la de la hora when Athens mseb kameena dunya that the female attack Allah always see what Allah has provided you with always seek the pleasure of Allah azza wa jal in what he has provided for you. And then he said, Well attend some acebo Kamala dunya and don't forget your shirt from this world. He balanced this, but I take supply for the Acura and enjoy the pleasure of this
dunya moderately as well. The third statement we have in the Hadith, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam said to Abdullah and Omar Walden of sacrament. What does it mean exactly? count yourself among those who already dead. Which is true. That's like I said earlier, Allah subhanho wa Taala said coluna Epson the Eco mode, every social habitus of that we dine will then have Sacramento's habitable means count yourself like one of those who are already dead. If I ask right now, about someone that you know passed away, a beloved person to you, or someone that you know, in the community, or maybe in the world you can think of, if they would come back to this life, and
they would speak to you. What would they say? What would they do? So then of Sacramento's have a vote count yourself among the dead people? That means what would they what would they do? What would you do? If you come back to the slide? That's what it means. That's what you need to know about yourself with. I'm sure that all these people who are dead, righteous or unrighteous, they all equally will wish to return back to this world. Why is that? Because they were righteous there was so I can do more, so you can have better and those who haven't done that good there was so I can do at least something that will save me from the troubles. But they all will wish to come back again to
do better. So the second one is have a war. count yourself among those who are dead. That means if you know it is so true that they will wish to come back to do better than do it yourself.
Do it yourself right now. The second thing and NASA vilaflor fareeda Martin turbo people are heedless about what's coming their way. But when they die, they wake up when they die. They wake up and has an alibi Abbas al de la hotel and he said one time calamari, Ethiopian Allah Shakopee ashba shakeela canopy middle mount, we have never seen any certainty and uncertainty there has no doubt in it. Similar to Tao that has no certainty than than death. Which means if there is anything that people are more certain about in this world as what death but how they treat death, like is not certain at all. Like it's not gonna come anytime soon. That's how it is. So if you know that it's
coming your way, if you know that it is coming your way, then you need to be prepared for that. And that is the meaning of the word of Allah. The word of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, wild enough Sokka min. us have a look at
count yourself among the dead people. One time the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah.
And it was mentioned as one of the setup of solder Amala when they saw a procession of janazah and he said, What do you expect this person to save they come back to the slide followed by akula Hiram, the woman say anything but good. And he said, Khalid and Khun Anto put yourself in that position, that you're already dead. And you came back again to this world. So if you are so certain that they're gonna they're gonna do better and the best, then be that person to do the best. Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam said, Yakubu Adam was a woman who has Latin, a son of Adam grows old. Water karma has Latin and two qualities always grow with them. What are they? Here Soto lemon, miss being green
basically agreed, needing for more water or hoping for light for longer life. As we grow older, we wish to live longer, some hon Allah, I wish to have even more and more in this life. But what is this indication for what? Probably in maturity, they say that growing old is mandatory. But growing up is optional.
We are going to grow old. But how many of those people who are growing older are getting actually mature into level of maturity that they will consider grown ups right now. That's what we mean by this. You're gonna grow older and older and older, every single second not every single day even. But how much of this old age that you're getting is being done to you that which is good and living the best way possible. Now,
if this is what we understand about death, how should we treat that death? Should it be considered? Should it be considered a motivation to do better or for you know, becoming desperate and become lazy and just wait for that moment to come.
people that read that differently. Of course, obviously, those who hate death, whether don't believe in the author, or those who are sinners.
Those who don't believe in the Euro, of course, they don't know what's going to happen next. And that's why they're so terrified. They're so scared. They're Futura keeps fighting. They're believer or they disbelieve in Allah Subhana Allah and the hereafter, even though they've convinced themselves rationally, or at least that's how they think they are. They convince themselves there is nothing after this life. But the fitrah is fighting them back. And that's what they're always worried. They're always anxious. And they always keep going back and forth, back and forth, even though again, they think that there is nothing happening after death, they still getting anxious and
they grow older, they become more anxious, more and more SubhanAllah. And the only way to find peace, if you start using this life to prepare for the afterlife. And the second category that would hate death is a sinner, someone who's indulge in the sin so much. So every time you try to advise them, and they know and they believe in Allah hereafter, but maybe the level of repentance and fear of Allah is not as strong. So they always afraid of that they want to wait longer, so they can repent later on. So they keep delaying repentance during the repentance, and they get scared of that. And if they do, so sometimes they get to a moment of desperation, unfortunately, and the
people that need to get out of that mode, so they can use the best of this life in shallow terracotta Allah, as for those who believe in the Hereafter, and believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala. And the life after after death, they take that as a motivation. It's a motivation. If you know that your life is temporary, and there will be a moment of no return. What am I going to do with this life, I don't care how long I'm going to live in this life, I'm going to make sure to use the best of this life and Carlota barakaatuh. Our old mama used to say about them whenever they were on their deathbed, and they would hear a good word, or a word of knowledge, basically, or the wisdom, they
would request a pen and a paper to write it down as an addition to their knowledge. And they would say in this moment, says Of course, of course in this moment, because when I don't want to die say that I didn't learn this. And a piece of a lot of them even instructed us even if it was the end of the world, not just the end of your life, and it was the hereafter. And the professor Sam says in the Hadees either karma Tsar if the hours established the Day of Judgment is established with the idea hydroquin Fantasyland, you have in your hand, a tree, put in the ground
before it's over, just put it down there meaning put the roots in there. So this would count as part of your what has an ad that you have done something good even before the world was over. And that's a motivation. So as a Muslim, I take this as a motivation for me. I don't know what is going to happen. So what does it mean to me? Every single day is going to be the best day of my life.
And the best day of my life is going to be living it the way Allah subhanho wa Taala instructed me to live
Allah says Allah says in Surah Surah Tabarak Tabarak Allah the big will muku Allah coalition Kadir, Allah de Hala, Col Mota will hayata Leah Beluga.
He's the one who found on with Allah, Who created life and death, for what reason, live lucam to try to test you how you can ask anomala who are who are those who are going to be the best amongst you in terms of their good deeds. So if I know that this life is all about this death for me is is just another moment of life. When is it going to come in? Allahu Allah. But what am I gonna do? I'm gonna just be ready for it. How is that number one? That I know that this is how this is how Allah subhana wa, which means it's true. Allah subhana wa tada says, was at sercotel Moti, bellhawk
sacral mode, the agora is of death, the last moment of life. Basically, it comes with the truth, what is it death? So I know that the amount that is considered how can it's true and it's natural. All of us going to have that discipline as Allah subhanho wa Taala says, and I know that death is one of the means of getting to the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala for the hereafter. The prophets Allah Sam said, Manohar. balika, Allah, Allah hodaka if you always love to meet your Lord, Allah subhanho wa Taala would love to meet you. So when I live my life, I want to make sure that I live a life that would always make me desire to meet my lords of Hannah with Allah, not living a
life that makes me dread the moment of meeting my lords of Hana with Allah. So I'll make sure I do my best. So when I die, I hope for my sins forgiveness, because I've done my best in terms of repentance. And for the good deeds I have, I hope from Allah Subhana Allah the Most Generous to give me the best I can get. I also want to learn about that, that that should be the motivation to do the righteous deeds or sorry, had, if I know that this is only one life, as they say, then I'm going to make the best of it. And how is it going to be the best by following the loss of Hannah with those commands in this dunya death? Allah subhanho wa Taala made for us so that we can achieve things you
know, if you know that your life is temporary, what are you going to do make the best achievements, you know, those who take risks, while the takers for because they know it might be the last chance to do it. And if you know that there's at least life is one life, I'm not going to leave without leaving an impact without leaving a legacy. So I'm going to take risks, I'm going to make achievements, and these achievements should be in the dunya. So I can win the Acura And finally, when it comes to death, as a prophet, Allah Sam says, this dunya is like a prison.
You don't know how does it look what it looks like there in the Acura and you won't be able to get there until you leave this world. So therefore, therefore, those who always afraid of death, they can always procrastinate. They're now desperate, they're tired, they're exhausted, They're so afraid. They're not going to do anything good. But also look at death as one of these events of this life. And it's motivation to make every single day the best day of their life. They will definitely follow Allah subhanho wa Taala why Buddha Baca had to call up, you worship your Lord until the most certain thing comes to you. And what is that most certain in this in this context? That is the
middle of Hannah watermakers among those who listen to the speech and follow the best of it, and ask Allah to give us all that righteous life in this dunya and the great Jordan the ACA was Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.