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you cannot be a believer, and at the same time be guilty of certain types of behavior. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that such a person who would not be admitted to paradise and that is the concept of arrogance
shaytani r rajim Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala MV mursaleen chefin divino Have you ever been alameen hamedan sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa even upon hearing All praise is due to Allah and made his peace and blessings be upon our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I begin by greeting my brothers and sisters salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
This listening to how the world is being responding, the different communities, the pledges that were made about this tsunami that took place, then I remember that December 10, is the day that was designated for human rights to acknowledge human rights. And I thought about it and I said, That's interesting, that we're talking about human rights. Because nowadays, our problems are not really human rights, our acknowledging humans for being humans. And that is why Superman law you see that the reaction is very different. When certain types of people pass away. And then other types of people pass away, you see that the reaction is not equal, and the reaction is not the same. And the
world that we are in today can really be classified into two kinds of people. Our world today is a reflection of meta kabiri in almost all of
our role is a group of arrogant tyrants. And then we've got the exploited under poor people says it's about this thick bar, arrogance and pride and then it's about staff. It is about weakening that specific segment of society. It was said that one time a man by the name of wasa and we will see how this will tie in. Once Mabbutt one time he is thinking to himself in the evening, he said, tomorrow morning when I go for the federal prayers, I am going to ask the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to define for me what sin is and what righteousness is, what is sin? What is righteousness? So he said, I am determined. He woke up in the morning and he went to msgid Frederick prayers, thinking
that this will be the best time to get a hold of the Prophet peace be upon him. But the more the minute he got there, the misdeed was full. And he can see the prophet SAW Selim, but there is no access to the Prophet peace be upon him. And what does he start doing says I've got to ask the question, I have to ask my question. So he starts pushing on the side, please excuse me, I'm going to and people are saying wants to sit down you came in late and he said, No, no, no, I have to talk to the process alum today how he said the officer Salaam looked at me and smile, which means that you know, keep coming your way assured him that keep coming. He said, I got so close to the
processor. As he was sitting down and said, I sat down on my knees, were touching his knees and said prophet of Allah, I have a question for you. The prophet SAW Selim said was Eva,
I can answer your question before you ask it. Or you may ask your question and then I will answer it for you. Once he was very surprised, he said prophet of Allah, please answer my question before I ask it. What the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said was, you are here this morning to inquire about what is righteousness and what a sin
was. He looks at the process by Allah. This is exactly what I came to ask for. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and listen to this very carefully, he said as biru as
well it's mo Maha coffee. sobre como har*a. Allah Allah in us. He said righteousness is about having a good character. And then he said sin is that which pricks in your heart and you don't want it to be publicized to be you don't want to get exposed as you are doing it. So now the process of them said if you have an alive conscious that conscious is one of the means of knowing whether what you are doing is sinful or is not. But that is not our concern. Our concern is where the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that watch isness is about having good character. In other words, the ultimate, the highest level, the best illustration and expression of religiosity, the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
Say it is in having good character. So do you want to see the religiosity of a person see their character? How does Islam how does how do the rituals that they perform? How does that impact their character? Are they better people when they leave Salaam? Are they better at the end of Ramadan than they were before the beginning of the month of Ramadan? And that is why the pastor Salah would constantly speak to people about the importance of having good character being being good, somebody that is full of magnanimity or propriety and what have you. So the Quran calls in and the way the Quran that the Quran invites to good character, so that you must, you must have as believers, you
must have good characters. Yeah, you have Levine De La Hoya kulu. Masada pain Are you believe be conscious of Allah de la worku Masada pain and be amongst those who are truthful, speak the truth, you cannot claim to be a believer yet you do not speak the truth. And somehow it is this kind of character that would keep a community or society together. It was said that one time, there was a village and the village decided that they were going to have a milk drive, that we're going to donate milk for the poor children in a neighboring village. So they decided that they're going to have a big huge bucket. And they asked every person if they can bring a cup of milk, and just dump
it there in the evening when they go back home so that in the morning, the bucket will be full of milk. Now this is supposed to be the aftermath. And in the evening, when it's dark. So this person thought to himself and he said, you know, the whole village is going to be donating milk. Nobody would notice if I take some water with me. And then instead of me putting the milk output water, and what's one cup of water in the midst of 1000 cups of milk, nobody will even miss my milk, nobody would not stop. So he goes there. And he tells himself and it's dark and nobody sees what you have. And he puts his cup of water in the morning after federal prayer or in the morning when it was sun
when the sun has risen. The whole village goes there to take pride in what they have accomplished. And see the bucket that they have filled with will they go there after the salah and producer to the surprise of everybody when they opened the bucket it was full of what was full of water. Okay, now can you really say that this is a community of believers? Is this really an illustration of the III Latina am an A tequila Hakuna Masada thing are you who believe the conscience of Allah and be amongst those who tell the truth to Allah. Sometimes we justify to ourselves say these are just a small lies. When the real thing happens. I'm going to tell the truth. But you know what happens when
the real thing happens? We just celebrated life.
That's really what happens. Nothing changed. But we just tell a bigger, a bigger life.
So the Quran calls that certain behaviors are not referring to a Muslim. He cannot be a believer, and at the same time, claim or be guilty of certain types of behavior. And this is what we'll be talking about here tonight in sha Allah and that is the concept of arrogance. When you belittle people look down upon people. It is not the fitting in the Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said liat whole janetta mechanically Appleby.
They won't be admitted to paradise, He who has even an admin way off of arrogance in their heart, there is another Hadees that we recite often the Fantasyland said in Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah said, Allah does not consider you because of your physical appearances. Allah does not consider you because of your facial appearance. He said, rather Allah looks into your heart, we have a very important question to ask here. Is your heart worthy of the gaze of Allah?
Is your heart or the of the gaze of Allah? Allah won't consider any of what you look like. But rather Allah is going to look into your heart. And the question that we have is, is your heart worthy of Allah gaze because that's what Allah is going to be gazing at. And that's once again the Quran deals with the concept of the heart because that's where every almost everything emanates from our heart. So Allah subhanaw taala says, that is what needs to be purified. And certain things do not really belong into our hearts. They must be taken from our heart. And here the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that a person who has an added weight of arrogance in their heart,
they will not be admitted to paradise. No such punishment. No such statement is said about anybody else that is guilty of anything.
Else however the person who is guilty of pride and arrogance the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that such kind of a person will not will not be admitted to paradise.
And we see that in the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he was a true expression of humility. No, they say that a beautiful description of, of humility, they said that, it is easy or it is easy to be humble. When you are brought low, everybody can be humble at that time. But they say that to be humbled when you are praised, is a rare and is a great attainment. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a true expression of such life, his life was a true expression of such a behavior. So, we see this man, the Prophet, peace be upon him, and how he dealt with people and he is a messenger from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Yet he was not arrogant, will take several
examples to illustrate this idea. One time it was said that the Prophet peace be upon him went out with his companions, and they were, they came to an area where they needed to come. So they go to settle there for a while. So one person said prophet of Allah, I'm going to slaughter to slaughter the animal. Another person said prophet of Allah, I'm going to skin it. Another person said prophet of Allah, I'm going to cut the meat. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, I will collect the sticks to make up the farm.
So somebody said prophet of Allah, you know, will will take care of it, we will do it. Don't Don't worry about that. Then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in Nila atomise, Allah as Javi said that I don't like to be distinguished amongst my companions, I like to be one of them be one of the of the masses. Now what is beautiful about the Hadees is what is that the Prophet peace be upon him, he chose the least significant act to do. When was the last time you remember and you commented on your wife's cooking and you said that fire was really good. Nobody says that. you comment on the cooking, you comment on everything, but nobody really remembers the fire that was made. So the
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said the idea is to participate. And the idea is not to get praised. So what is he picked? He picked the least significant of all the works. Now do the politicians act this way nowadays, in the midst of suffering that is taking place? It has gotten so bad that they say that some of the TV channels, they've gotten so aggressive, there was a woman and Sarah Lanka and she was about to put her baby in the grave that he just dug. The cameraman came to her and said, Can you please hold the baby to the camera
just tells you how. How insensitive, desensitized, despicable and disgraceful it has gotten that at the expense of the suffering of other people, we can say exclusively, a dead baby was given to our camera.
But the idea is what they don't care. No matter who is suffering, this is going to be a time where I'm going to improve my image. Not that these people are worthy of my help, and they're worthy of our sympathy. That is not the case. It's just going to make me look good. Politicians are best at what they do them. This is heaven. Can you imagine me being there, pictures being taken of me pretending to be a feeling for these poor people. Next time, the pictures will be there when we are on an election year to say that I am a very merciful. I'm a very kind person. Now I'm very I don't like politicians a lot
said that one time there was a bus load of politicians. And the bus was driving and suddenly the bus gets into an accident, the tire bursts and the boss throws over and you know, people are there. So a farmer comes and he sees the politicians and he takes this big grave. And he starts throwing them in to bury them. So the next morning, the police sees the incident and they came to him and they're investigating. And they said, Did you bury the politicians? And he said yes, I buried every single one of them. And the policeman said, were they all dead? Or were some alive? He said, Well, some were telling me they were alive. But you know that all politicians lie. So I thought they were lying
to me. Okay.
But what happens is that this is this is what's going on where the leaders instead of really sympathizing with their people and behave in such a manner. You've got they've taken and seizing these opportunities, like we said to them, this is heaven and what they're doing, they're using it to their advantage. But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not act like this. And that is why when you see the Prophet peace be upon him. He was always representing those who in
Ever represented. He was almost speaking on behalf of those that were always marginalized, and they were forgotten, and no one would even mentioned them speak about them or any of that. See one time the Prophet peace upon him, his message was being kept clean by an unsung hero. There's so many unsung heroes out there. They do the good because it's good. They do the good because they feel that it elevates their status, not most people, but to their Creator, Allah subhanho wa Taala. So there was this lady, they described her as saying that she was a black lady.
And she was cleaning the message of the processor on daily basis, people come and the message is clean. I don't know who cleaned it, but the machine is clean. So the Prophet peace be upon him two days, he doesn't see her. And he said, You know, there was a lady that cleaned the message every single day. What happened to her said, Prophet of Allah, she passed away two days ago. So we thought that you know, you're too busy for us to let you know about her. And they hadn't said that at all knew her. They believed in her affair, her she was not an important person. She was not a person that everybody knew. So the Prophet Salim said when you met them early morning, why did you not tell
me but then you remember the people that are marginalized or not that are forgotten, never remembered, say proud of Allah, we thought that you would not care. But they forgot that they were talking to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So what does he say? say show me with her grave is you show me where her grave is, and the past is there and you offered the funeral prayers on her. See that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he will be sitting with his companions. And then a better one would come in. And they would say the veteran doesn't know anything. He doesn't know what's going on. And he will be asking, Where is Mohammed? Which one of you is Mohammed? Because
they said that the man would come in, and he would not even be able to distinguish, which is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, people went and they met with the Caesars and they came back and they said, Prophet of Allah, we went to these people. And what we saw is that they had these big, beautiful gowns that are made of gold, we saw that they had thrones that they sat on prophet of Allah, we respect you more, we love you more. We want you to be like that. We want to show our respect like that. What is the process? LMC? Good idea. Yes, let us do.
This is not a contest for popularity. That's not what you do. When you are in that position. So the better one would come and he would ask which one is Muhammad, and they will say this is Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was not distinguished as a result. You see that the Prophet peace upon him would remind people of this concept. One time as they're sitting down, a man passes by. And the Prophet peace be upon him said, What do you think of this man? How would you consider him? Where would you place him? Where would you classify him, said prophet of Allah. This man comes from such a poor family, proud of Allah, they are not known to have
great wealth. They're not known to be amongst the elite of the community, from Allah, He is poor. And to be honest with you, if he ever makes a proposal, his proposal should not be considered, don't even consider it. The process alone does not say anything. Humans later, another man passes by. And the path peace upon him said, and what do you think of this man said proud of Allah, He comes from good family, and they are very rich and proud of Allah. If he ever makes a proposal, his proposal should be taken very, very seriously. What is the processor lipsy. He said, lower hidden mean that he said one of one of a kind of that very first person, he said, The Hiraman mill in abdomen had, he
said one of that kind of a person, the very first guy, he said, is better than if the whole earth were to be filled with the second kind of people.
Why is this? Because again, it is the fact that we make our judgment on the basis of what people look like, or how much they have or how much they do not have a law. Hey, brothers and sisters, please do not misunderstand me. I am not racist. But I see no racism. When I see racism. Had this catastrophe taken anywhere else, the response would have been different.
had their western US not died in this catastrophe, the reaction would be very, very different. You say how can you say that? It's all over the BBC. It's on CNN and we see it on the news day and night. I say yes, because it's sensational. It captivates those who are watching it, and that's why it's there. Remember, a year ago when the earthquake took place in bomb and you see that, you know all the pledges that were made and the money that the people were promised and we're going to reconstruct, and these leaders and politicians when they're and we are bludgeoned to give the help and
Aidan, what did they get offered $17 million.
They were promised billions. But all they got off, it was $17 million.
I was listening to the news. And it was so ironic. They said that the g8 the summit, the g8 summit, they had a meeting. And in the meeting, they decided that they needed to help the countries that are affected by the tsunami. So they look deep, and they're very, very soft hearts. They look deep, and they're very compassionate client, merciful heart, and what do they say, for a period of time, we are going to suspend the payments on the debts that you owe us
know that we're going to cancel the debts, we're just going to suspend the payments for right now. You don't have to be making the payments. See that is sheer arrogance. That is really the description of what arrogance is when people belittle and that's what the pastor Salaam described arrogance to be. They said prophet of Allah, what is arrogance? The process of love said?
He said it is to reject the truth when you know it is the truth. And then he said, it is the belittling of people, belittling of people, how do you belittle people you can belittle people by your attitude towards them, you can belittle them by your, by what you say to them, by how you do physically to them. And sometimes, by the way, that you do not consider them that is part of arrogance, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would teach us but the idea is in the example of the Prophet peace upon set of all things that are not befitting to a character of a believer is that a believer is never arrogant. We also see that the processor Lama would not just do this in public,
because see sometimes Subhana Allah, we are good in public because it makes us look good. So in public, we pretend to be very nice and gentle and always have a big smile on on our face. And then when we go home, we are just you know, around, we're all our Pharaohs there. Okay. Sure. The process Allah knows this about people's orders, they hire
the best amongst you all those who profess to their families. Many times the whole country can count on you, but your own family cannot count on you. Everybody knows that they can call you at any time and you will be of service to them except your family. They can never call you and you are never at service them. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked, he was asked she said, How was the Prophet peace be upon him? She said, Ghana, Eva da, da da who best Salman, our kindness. And he said that whenever the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would enter to his house, she said that he met his family was a tearful face. And then she said, and he was at the service of his family,
and they would talk about him and they would say you have a loose elbow, he would wash his own clothes while you're sleeping. And you'd be fixing his own his own shoes. And sometimes he would even be helping the family philokalia Rasul Allah,
this a prophet of Allah, we will do it for you, these are his wife and his daughter would say this, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would say, a further Africa macusa should I not then be at your service for just few hours, few minutes. But that was such the character of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as far as arrogance is concerned. Now what happens is sometimes we have a misunderstanding of what humility is, and what arrogance is, and hasn't been Allie Allahumma said one beautiful statement. He said, annihilation of people lies in three, three characteristics when people are guilty of it. He said that it's just a annihilation. And he said they are arrogance,
greed, and envy, said the minute this exists in any community. So that is it is the end. When people are arrogant, it means that because of the haughtiness that they have given themselves, they've got to push somebody else down. And then when they are greedy, what happens is that they do not they are not concerned about the affairs of other people. And when they are envious or jealous, they are not bothered by their own failures, rather, what bothers them is the success of the other people. So it hasn't said here and this is taken, he said the annihilation of people lies in three and one of them was arrogance, and greed and envy. And that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would
speak so much of this, and he would say in Allah Oh Ha illya on Taobao hasta la barra hadden, Allah had said that Allah has revealed to me that you should Humble yourself that you should live with humility so that nobody boasts over the other person. You do not do this. Brothers and sisters. arrogance is a vain it's not good. It's a vain attitude, act or habits of exotic
Once owns importance arising from an assumption of one's superiority over others regarding one's fame, knowledge, achievement, physical features, strengths, culture rank, or religiosity. So it's just the feeling that you have about your own self, assuming that you are superior over others, for what reasons could be any of this physical achievement, knowledge, achievement, how much money you've got physical feature said that because of this, you feel that you are arrogant and most important also because of your religious.
Because the worst type of arrogance is what we call the arrogance of the self proclaimed righteous people see as righteous people. Sometimes people can be very arrogant when they self proclaim themselves as righteous people. So what happens is that to illustrate this, there was a man by the name of Abdullah heaven.
And I'm loving Omar was a good Muslim, but it was weak. He had a problem with alcohol, he would drink and every now and then he would be brought in to be rebuked and scolded by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam for what he's guilty of. So one time when he was brought to the Prophet peace be upon him. We were just getting tired of this man being brought there all the time. So what do they What did they say Yasser Allah, Allah and the Prophet of Allah curse, this man cursing he drinks all the time? So what does the professor say? The prophet SAW Selim says, Latin and
Rasulullah. He said, Do not curse him, for he loves Allah and His messenger. It may be surprising, but I would have loved to be that man. I would have loved to be that man. The processor lamb said, and testified on his behalf and he said, This man loves Allah and His messenger. Now we can make the claim that we love Allah and His Messenger, but we do not have Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to say, Yes, they are telling the truth. But this man, the processor, love said that he loves Allah and His messenger. Now please do not misunderstand this to be a promotion that a person can do and go out there and drink and get you know, dozed off, and then wakes up in the morning, say, I love
Allah and His messenger. We won't have the process of him to testify on your behalf there. But what is happening is that sometimes he has people who have got better hearts than most people who've got pure hearts, sound hearts, that we may disregard them, and we are so full of ourselves. We're so consumed and possessed with our own so called religious entity that we look down upon that we look down upon other people, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would say make sure that this is not the case. mm Jaffer. He will say something that is so beautiful, he would say, be careful of hypocritical humility. He said, where the body appears humble, but the heart is not humble.
Is your body physically You look like a very humble person. But in reality, he said that your heart because that's where arrogance is that's where it emanates from. He said, Your heart is not a humble heart. Rather, your heart is a very, very arrogant, arrogant heart. See brothers and sisters, they say that, like I said earlier, it's very, it's very easy to be humble. When you have been brought low. Like that small child, he said, it's very easy to be brave when you are not scared.
That it's easy to be brave when you're not scared. Similarly, also, it's easy to be humble. When you're being put low, true meaning of humbleness is when he said that when you are at your highest you can still know who you are and where you stand. And this is so beautifully illustrated by the action and behavior of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he conquered NACA, he went there. And here are the people that tortured him. Here are the people that persecuted Him at His mercy. He could have done whatever he wanted to them and you'd be justified in the process. And some of the companions they took their swords out and they were waving at