What is the price of Materialism?
Channel: Yusuf Chambers
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Talk on Happiness by Yusuf Chambers
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. May the peace and the mercy, the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala be on all of you, I will do Billahi min ash shaytaan regime.
I seek refuge in Allah, from the accosted shaytaan Alhamdulillah.
praises due to Allah. Wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah
peace and blessings be upon the Prophet,
Allah, Allah He was sacked me he, as main,
and the companions, and all those who followed him in sha Allah, brothers and sisters, today, we will continue the second part of the topic, materialism, what is the price of materialism of following the materialistic lifestyle, I ended the last talk by saying that mankind is in a state of loss. But we need to get back what we've lost. The first thing that we need to do today
is to ultimately say,
what is the status quo of the human being when he's born, Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said, is born in the state of natural disposition to knowing his creator, and therefore knowing the purpose
and tell his parents make him a Judeo Christian or imagine a fire worship, oh, it could be something else could be any other ism a materialist? You know, so his status with Allah is already very, very clear and very pure. The term
or kuffaar, where the term comes from Kabbalah, which is means to put the seed in and you cover it, that means that is kabara. That is what a farmer is known as in Arabic afara, to cover the seeds, you cover the seed and you know it's there, you know, full Well, it's there, you devise all sorts of plans to stop yourself saying it's there. Then the shaytaan, the devil, the outcast one, he comes to you in different forms, with your friends. He comes as your Corinne, your companion, the jinn companion that we all have. It comes to you in other devices, the television, the internet. And he explains to you that the purpose of life is to follow your desires, and therefore cause you to go to
destruction. This is what it is all about. You are here, as part of a test. All human beings are here as part of a test instructions have been sent through the prophets, all of the prophets gave the same message, there's only one God worthy of worship, do good, be good to your neighbor, don't kill, don't steal, don't take life, innocent life. All of these messages were given by all of the profits. And the profits are brothers with one another without rhyme without reason. When the baby is born, and you hold the baby in front of you, like I said in one of the previous shows, you cannot believe that that baby is capable is capable of doing any evil or any sin. But I already explained
that a five year old is a serial killer of young infants in India. So how come he was doing that his parents didn't instruct him about the fitrah. His parents didn't remind him about the purpose of life. His parents are responsible ultimately, until he gains an understanding and age of understanding when he gets to the puberty when he gets to the stage where he can make decisions of his own accord without referring to his parents or asking of his parents, the fitrah
that we will create it
that when you see the human giving birth to the baby, when you see the mother giving birth to the baby, you cry, because you recognize the fitrah in the baby. You see the small little hands and you see the small little hands and the small toes, you look and you say, Oh my goodness, how on earth have I become so ignorant? And so in a state of loss and so, without my Creator, without remembrance of my Creator, how have I become like this? You followed your desires and you became a materialist, you became a materialist. You followed your desires is no end. How Adam Bani Adam, the children of Adam can follow their desires buttons
What is the answer? And what does Allah say about this world? And how can we stop this happening? All of us, regardless of race, color, culture or creed is happening to the Muslims is happening to the Jews is happening to the Christians is happening to the atheist.
The first thing I'd like to tell you is a Hadith of the Prophet Mohammed salallahu alayhi wasalam, where he describes he describes in deeds, that the condition of the men the believer, is a Jeep, he says, a Jeep, which is, it means strange, indeed, a Jeep that when Allah
tests him with a difficulty or trial in this world, he suffers it with patience, and he's rewarded for it. And furthermore, when he, Allah gives him of the goodness of this world, he suffers it with patience, or he accepts it with patience, and he gets rewarded for it, since you're already both times. It's just about the patience, and the certainty that Allah is the provider of those things that he's given. whether it's good or bad, it's coming from a line, it's part of a test. It's a test from Allah subhanho wa Taala. The wealth is a test the children are assessed, the material things you see around you are a test. As all the bad stuff that you get, you know, the afflictions, the
diseases, the people fighting you, stealing from you, doing worse,
your children being taken away from you, at an early age. So the test, this condition of the believer is ajeeb indeed, and then prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went on to say that he continues to be patient upon what Allah gives him, and tell his hands, his limbs and his eyes become the limbs and the hands and eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala, meaning of course, that he becomes so close to Allah, that Allah is happy with everything that he does with his eyes, his limbs and his tongue. He doesn't do things which are Haram, which are detestable to Allah, but he does things which is commanded to do by his creator. This is what we need to get back to brothers and
sisters. Allah goes on to say in another part of the code and, and those who attained to faith, and are righteous in this world will get the most beautiful of rewards in the garden of paradise. Gardens under which rivers flow,
beautiful maidens, jewels, and rivers of honey and milk, and wine that does not intoxicates forever, and you will have anything that you require forever. Anything that you want, forever, forever. That means there's no limit on the time. There's time limits here. The time is limited. You don't know how long you're going to be here. One Hadith, if you wake up in the morning, don't expect a live in the evening. Don't expect to be alive by the morning. This is the condition of the believer. And the believer should consider this world as a test and a trial. And he should consider himself as traveler or a stranger in this world. What does a stranger do?
What does the traveler do? The moves from place to place? He has no goods, no shuttle, no guardians, no parents, no wife, no children, he travels and he travels and he doesn't have anything he lives he means to survive is all that he's concerned with what Allah provides him on a daily basis. So he can eat, he can breathe, he can drink, he can pray, he can prostrate to Allah, and he moves on. That's if he's a Muslim, if he surrendered to Allah, this is a Hadith of the Prophet, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam we should be travelers. We should be strangers
in this world, doesn't mean to say we should go and tread on people and be rude to people, no brothers and sisters, we should be good to everyone around us, inshallah. And we should be happy and smiling is a charity and removing an object from harm's way is a charity. This is the truth about this world. And about how we can regain our balance, regain our harmony, and ultimately from the harmony will come to peace and from the peace will come happiness. Allah says in the Quran that we can have our portion of the dunya we can have wealth here, but we account for everything we get here. And Allah says
he describes the
Dunya the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Allah said that
Allah considers the dunya to be likened to
a rotten carcass of a dead goat in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is nothing more than rotten flesh, stinking foul, rotten flesh, this is the dunya This is the dunya that we so ardently strive for,
that we're so passionate about getting that we spent hours and hours and hours of our time, even this time when we should be sleeping, or with our family, in pursuing so that we can have part of the dunya brothers and sisters will see you after the short break, does Islam and humanity Assalamualaikum and welcome back from the break, we were talking about the relationship in the first part of the show between human requirements and the worlds and we were talking broadly about us following materialism, and trying to gain happiness. And we started to talk about the Islamic concept of happiness. When we were talking about the happiness as being in pursuit of the akhira the
Allah says in the Quran that we can have our portion of the dunya we can have wealth here, but we account for everything we get here. And Allah says
he describes the dunya the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Allah said that Allah considers the dunya to be likened to
a rotten carcass of a dead goat in the eyes of Allah subhanho wa Taala It is nothing more than rotten flesh, stinking foul, rotten flesh, this is the dunya This is the dunya that we so ardently strive for.
That we're so passionate about getting that we spent hours and hours and hours of our time, even this time when we should be sleeping or with our family in pursuing so that we can have part of the dunya the rotten, stinking carcass of a dead goat.
Is it worth it? Brothers and sisters, this is how Allah subhanho wa Taala gauges, what he has created in this world as compared to what he is given or what He has promised. The pious people who do Amarillo solly with good near with good intentions, good righteous deeds with good intentions. Furthermore, in one Hadith, Abu huraira has narrated the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to have said that Allah said, I have nothing to give my slave, the paradise in the hereafter.
Nothing to give the slave but the paradise. It means that the stuff of this world, the material objects of this world, they come, nothing of the Hereafter, they pale into insignificance as compared to what is in hold or held in wait for the pious believer in the hereafter. Allah says, You shall have happiness and abounding in the Quran, referring, of course, to the paradise. And this is the happiness that we should be concentrating on and putting our efforts into. And it's been Malik narrated that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said during the Treaty of who davia that the believing men and women will be admitted to Gardens under which rivers flow and part of the
correction. And the true understanding of this world comes from another Hadith which suggests that Abdullah narrated that or su la sallallahu alayhi wa sallam narrated that the wealth of this world is only accounted for by what you spend in the way of Allah, what is left is your heirs. It is this is not yours. So you can pile up as much as you like. And you can spend as much as you like, but only what you spend in the cause in the way of Allah feasability law will be accounted for you
in this world in the Hereafter, and we put on your Amazon so that you will be corrected, and maybe it will put balance to the Amazon and we'll just be that grain that mustard seed which will tip it over so that you will be just as good that you will be part of the group will receive their reckoning in the right hand. You
deeds. Another Hadith, hell it said is surrounded by desires and passions, paradise surrounded by
things that test you
undesirable things. So naturally, we will wish to get closer to the Hellfire because it's easier. But if you strive to get away from the torments of the and the fitna of material wealth and following the desires,
then you get closer to paradise. The answer, brothers and sisters, is clearly to return to our senses to return to the fitrah, the fitrah of the small baby. And furthermore, it is to develop strategies within our community, within our families, within our masjids to
stop the youth and indeed ourselves and our wives from following this completely materialistic lifestyle. Maybe that would be that we would have study circles, talking about the Acura, make the Acura a reality in your life, keep talking and expounding the beauty is in the virtues of acara. Because we expound for ourselves the beauties of the Hereafter, very rarely. But we expand the beauties of the dunya on a minute by minute basis, on a second by second basis, everything that we do, we are consumed all the time, we're consumed by the dunya. Whether it's eating, sleeping, taking risks, or watching television, on the internet, games, films, we're doing this all the time. But how
often do we spend time thinking about the virtues of the dunya?
Thinking about the virtues of the Acura?
We don't do it. And this is why our reality, what is the reality reality for a person is that he will be raised with those whom
You'll be raised with those who reminded you of the dunya. So if you don't remind yourself and your family to be part of the ark era, and to be part of the Mothman, to be part of the pious people who remember Allah frequently and reflect on what he's got in store for us in the Hereafter, then you will be raised with those whom you loved. You will love the people who loved the dunya is within our own hands. To change the scenario. To change the situation. We need to make our own. We need to come back to a law
and we need to seek the acara by praising Allah, making prayers to Allah supplications to Allah due to Allah, reading the Quran,
teaching it when we know it, being involving ourselves in the dour.
Removing ourselves from desires of the dunya and learning our Deen so that we will know more about Allah and we will become closer to Allah. We need to walk towards Allah so that Allah will run towards us and embrace us and my brothers and sisters in Islam and humanity. Allah subhanho wa Taala doesn't need your righteous actions.
You need closeness to Allah, so you can get happiness in this world and the hereafter. And I'll end by telling you the story of when I became Muslim 16 years ago, to be honest with you. There wasn't a day previous to accepting taking the Shahada taking the declaration of faith. There's only one God worthy of worship. And prophet Mohammed's is ultimately his last messenger, his servant.
Of course, we don't negate all of the other prophets are from Allah. And
I can honestly tell you that the days I spent previously, in the days of ignorance, were painful. They were a torment. I was empty. In fact, I found any way.
any conceivable way to fill my soul
To fill, refill myself on a daily or minute by minute basis by reading literature, listening to music, taking intoxicants, meeting new people, for no apparent reason, by doing anything I could possibly do in order to get rid of this horrible emptiness. And every night was the same with like a bad dream repeating itself
over and over again, the nagging doubts gnawing away at me. But this isn't me use it. This is not me, Tim, this is not the way I've what I've been created for, and know that there's more to life than this. The universe is too big. It has a game plan. And yet,
I don't know, why don't I know, became frustrated. And then when you become frustrated, you think about taking your own life. This is why we have so many suicides in the world today.
For a mere
morsel of food, or
price of a meal.
A person would take their life these days, life, it seems, is cheap.
Murder, and killings are on the increase is because we've lost the sense of belonging, we have lost the sense of who we are, and what we're doing here. And I think that
the day I become Muslim, the day I accepted Allah as my rub my Lord, I can honestly tell you that although I've undergone severe tests, and I get days when I really wonder what on earth I'm doing, you get lost, you know, from time to time, I have never felt a day of emptiness, or depression in the last 17 years since I accepted
Islam. So let's start at a get back to the fitrah and try to go according to the commandments of Allah, we have the book of instruction, you have a great color and the criteria in between right and wrong. We have a great example in the Prophet Mohammed salallahu alayhi wasalam we know that we are making mistakes and following our desires in this world, without any consideration for Allah, any consideration for the entity that gave us all this provision? Allah subhanho wa Taala
and we need to make changes today. Rather than sisters.
I ask Allah bestow Peace and blessings upon you, to give you knowledge of Allah knowledge of himself that we may gain in this world, but mostly in the hereafter. The reward Allah has in store for the pious the paradise