Channel: Zahir Mahmood
The Sermon was delivered at As-Suffa Institute on 8 February 2019
If you were gonna die tomorrow
would you say your life was successful?
Would you say that you fulfill the rights of Allah? Allah hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen or salat wa salam ala l mursaleen. Maulana Muhammad wa while he was highly he woman Serbia humble son, Elijah Medina but respective brothers elders sisters salaam aleikum wa Taala.
I thought, today I'll speak about something which, in all honesty, many of us go through this predicament. Especially when you start kind of practicing or once you are practicing, you know, people always ask you and you have this dilemma yourself. What is the balance?
I want to tackle this from a couple of dimensions. I'm not sure if I'm gonna be able to finish this week. But what is your balance between Deen and dunya and normally, and often, there is a tendency of people going to one extreme or the other extreme. So either you become so into deed, that
you have no connection with the things around you.
Or you become so immersed in the dunya that you have no time for the D.
Now, the relationship between the dean and the dounia is like the relationship of the body with the soul.
One cannot survive without the other
in the dunya.
The dunya is a bridge and a means of reaching the ark. And therefore both are needed. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said donia, Missouri
that the dunya is a place where you sow the seed
you harvest the land
and whatever you harvest here, you will get it. Here we are.
So this is the relationship between the dean and the denier. They are both intrinsic they are both needed by human beings. Now believers
are required to ask for the deed and the dunya Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran and you all know the dua robina atina for dunya hacer una
workfit harati hacer una cara de na O Allah give us in this dunya good
and give us in the earth here are good as well.
So give us good in this dunya we want good in this dunya
and we want good in the earth here.
And if you look into the characteristics of the purpose of lasala when Allah subhanaw taala defines the message of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says lepad Kerala confy rasulillah osato Hashanah. He uses exactly the same word. Indeed for you in the prophets of Allah salallahu alayhi wa sallam is a sublime character, or SWAT on Hashanah. robina artina dunya hacer una hora de hacer una vaca Ravana.
So, that is what a believer is required to do. Now what does Allah subhanho wa Taala say about those who don't believe in Allah, those whose connection and allies not strong? Allah says they say also Allah give us they say robina Athena fidelia
O Allah give us in the dunya Allah says there is nothing for him of them in the ark era
Ravana Athena fidelia hacer una we say dunya Hasina. They say no no Allah so they believe in Allah. But they say Oh Allah only give us in the dunya and they don't say Hassan.
This is where we and them differ.
Because she if you have her son or whatever it is in this dunya you will be happy because Allah will put Baraka in it.
But if you don't have hustle now you can have the dunya but you don't have Hashana, you will never be happy. So you hit your millions.
But there is no Hashanah.
Then there is no hey there is no Baraka in that
You have 10 children. But none of those 10 children are the coolness of your eyes.
None of those 10 children are obedient.
So Allah has given you donia Ravana. Athena with dunya but Allah hasn't given you Hassan.
And then you can have one child
who is the coolness of your eyes, and that is equivalent to the 10.
And this is why so Allah subhanaw taala, once a believer to achieve Hashanah and good in everything, so let's look at a bada bada you would expect your worship. How is your worship? How does the last month Allah want your worship to be?
A man came into the masjid.
And he prayed.
And the brother in law lives on let him finish his pray, prayer and then he came to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi salam said suddenly for in the Kalam to suddenly pray for you have not prayed.
So then he goes again.
And he finishes his prayer. And the message of Allah says solely for inoculum to Sully so he did all the actions. He read what he needed to read
MSU Allah sent him back.
Then he came to pray the third time and the message you must have 34 in the column to slowly go and pray your brain so he said message of a lion oh no better than this. Show me how to pray.
So the Romans unless have not explained to him how you pray.
You stand up you do your karate. You go into Roku. You take your time miroku you stand up from Roku you do search now you take your time etc etc. He explains the entire Salah to him.
So the purpose of La Silla wanted him to perfect his Salah.
Now very interestingly no way in the Quran does Allah tell a believer to pray your prayer SaLuSa Latika? Nowhere does Allah say that wherever Allah speaks about Salah, he says he was Salah says establish the prayer.
There is a difference about praying the prayer and establishing the prayer. Totally different. Because a schema salon means that when you pray you fulfill all the rights of prayer.
you fulfill all the rights of prayer you pray in that manner. You do your whoo Well, I mean very interested in progress and lots of them said whoever does boo boo for Santa boo boo. And then for Asana see Hassan has a word for Santa. Whoo.
He does his boo boo. Well, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, his sins full of his body.
So Allah when he wants you to worship Him, Allah doesn't want you to do the routine. Allah wants you to stand in front of him and concentrate. Allah once you when you pray, you pray in that manner. When you worship you worship in a manner when you fast you fast in a manner when you give zakat.
The meaning of Zakat is purification that you give the class in a way not only does it purify your wealth, but it purifies you as well.
So this is what Allah subhanaw taala expects in your worship. Allah doesn't want us just to do the routines of Allah wants us if you're going to pray for them pray in a manner which is pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
So this is in your worship. What about your dunya? Now you could understand and your worship Allah wants you to attain excellence. But what about your dunya? What about the work that you do the menial work the day to day work? How is that?
So hon Allah,
Allah once you and I to attain excellence in everything that we do, everything we do.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, listen to this, I mean, what more menial could you get than this?
The Bible is Allah Salam said when you sacrifice an animal, sacrifice an animal, make sure that you sacrifice it in a excellent manner La ilaha illAllah.
When you sacrifice an animal make sure that you sacrifice the animal in an excellent way with a gun.
So your say your knife is not blunt. your knife is sharp.
A man was walking around with a knife
In front of the animal that he was about to slaughter, the province of La la la wa sallam said to him, why are you slaughtering the animal twice? Meaning Firstly, you're showing him the knife that is gonna die at your hands, and then you're gonna slaughter it. So even look Subhana Allah, even when you law, when you sacrifice an animal, you are expected to do it in a manner which attains excellence. So what about your day to day work?
What about your day to day work? What about the therapy of your children? What about the work that you've many of you have just come from now? What about the students who are studying? Now Allah expect us to attain top?
A top? The Anima says that when the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam said to the Sahaba, he said, when you asked for gender, what kind of gender Are you meant to ask for? What kind of gender
fill those? Why fill those? Because the message of allows telling the Sahaba of the alarm home that second best isn't good enough.
That when you attain and when you aspire, because believers are meant to be people who aspire, the second best isn't good enough.
And fortunately, we see what the reality around us, you know, not second best Anything will do for us.
Look at the people the message of Allah came from the vast majority of them will unlettered vast majority, only a handful of people in Macau could read and write. The first revelation that we had was extra
inspiring these people
you know start attaining. One day the Messenger of Allah alayhi wa sallam
was in the house of oma Haram.
As a barbarism, La La was Salam goes to sleep.
And after a while the Messenger of Allah wakes up
and he's smiling. So oma Haram, roseola and ha said, O Messenger of Allah, what's making you smile? The way Salalah alayhi wa sallam said, I just woke up from a dream that I saw my companion, the Sahaba of the alarm home, they were going in jihad, and they're sitting on these large ships, like King sitting on their thrones.
And she said, O Messenger of Allah, make a dua I am from amongst them. So the brother is Allah, Allah made a dua, then he went back to sleep and he woke up again and he's smiling again. And Omaha, Rama, the Allah and has a message of Allah made my mother my father be sacrificed for you What's making you smile? He said, I saw another dream that my companions are going in jihad, and they're sitting on large ships like kings on thrones. He said, O Messenger of Allah, make dua that Allah makes me from amongst them. The problem is Allah Salam said, You are from the first patch.
The promise Allah passes away, no naval expedition.
Abu Bakr Stein, no naval expedition,
over 10 years, no naval expedition, come with man's time. Mojave convinces him that let's take a Navy to Cyprus. So I was man agrees. So he sends this Navy, and in this naval expedition is no other than Omaha Ram rhodiola. And
so she reaches Cypress, she riding a horse and the horse gets startled.
And she falls off the horse and she passes away.
Until today, her grave in Cyprus is a delete and the proof of the prophecy of the message of a loss on a lot less of them. Until today on May her arms grave is in Cyprus. But what was the message of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam?
What was he showing the Sahaba of the aligner? What was he showing them? It was showing them aspiration. In this time, there was no naval expeditions. No, in the time of Abu Bakar donita only in the time was man.
But what who did he give the Sahaba? He said, No, no, no. He's giving a conscience that they had no knowledge about that a day will come listen, you aspire to have naval expeditions.
So he was giving him a vision.
And what happened? A day came that a Muslim had the best Navy in the world. Why they were inspired by a man who had never rode on a ship, never sailed the ship, never sat on a ship. But he gave them goals. And this is why as believers as believers, you know, we need to really be people who aspire. You need to have aspirations for yourself. You need to have aspiration for your children. Because if you have
No aspirations for yourself.
Then you will have no aspiration for your children.
You will no aspiration for your children. If you can't, if you're not motivated, then your children if you are always second blessed, best if you must, you are letting go. You know then you will do nothing for your children. You wake up at 11 o'clock every day. And then you say son, you need to go to the best school son you need to go to the best of him with Elsa. Son you need to get a good education you are a bum yourself.
So if you want as believers we are meant to be Allah subhanaw taala define this Omar What does he say? says come to Hydra
leanness, La ilaha illa Allah, Allah says you are the best of oma taken out for the benefit of humanity. That humanity must see your hate.
Humanity must see your good.
Best Allah says best but when
when you are best yourself.
When you are the people who aspire, when you are people who second best is not good enough. And brothers will live for that. Listen, for that, you will have to give up some of the dunya that means if you are going to make 20 million you might have to make 50 million, you know if you're gonna make 200,000 but you have to you have to you have to do it for your children. You have to do it for your communities. But more important you need to do it for Africa.
For morning to evening, we run after the dunya we got no time for Allah. We will not time for our wife is a no time for our parents. We're going to talk about children. We don't have time for our brothers and sisters. And then we sit Roberta Tina with dunya hacer una perfil de hacer una joaquina Davina and our entire actions are the other action Rabbana Athena for dunya Allah give us only in this dunya there's a matter of his Hashanah. There's no matter what it's like you know what law he you know, I have seen I have seen many many many people who are rich, but in reality are poor.
They there are many people who are rich, wealth wise, but one lucky they are poor.
They have enough money to survive. But they're always waiting for to make the next 1000 the 2000 the 10,000 the 100,000 the million he's got millions and he's still hungry for the next million one like this man.
He's a fucking everybody else sees him as a rich person, but he's a fucking attorney. Why is the four key because he's got no time for his family.
He's got no time for his children. He's got more time for Allah than one law he this man is a key
it's only the fact that you and I don't know either for key because we look at his car. But in his life in his soul, he's a faqeer and this is why Allah says woman zazie annina What are the Hello Jennifer cut first woman hyah to a llama. Rude? Allah says the one who has been removed from the fire and entered into Jenna for conference. He is the successful one.
Success you want success brothers and sisters? What's your definition of success?
Tell me now. Let me ask you a question.
If you are gonna die tomorrow.
Would you say your life was successful?
Would you say that you fulfill the rights of Allah, the rights of your parents, the rights of your brothers and sisters, the rights of your children, the rights of your deed? Would you be happy to leave tomorrow?
No, but we're all caught up in the rat race.
We're all caught up in the rat race.
Firstly, we don't attain excellence in what we do. Because if you did it for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala you're a lawyer. You work in the council. You're a doctor and you want to serve humanity as well as getting paid happy.
But very rarely is that the case? a denier encompasses so much that you end up perfectly.
You end up for kill Allah subhanho wa Taala says well manhyia to dunia Illa matar guru. After speaking about success. Allah says you know this journey around you, you know, your cars, your home
etc, there are only provisions good of their goods of deception. Now, let me explain what deception means.
You know, I just mentioned to you that that person who's a key, although he's got millions, that's deception.
You ever been to sleep
and woken up and had a nightmare.
And in that nightmare, it was terrible. You will be beaten. You lost what you had for that period of time while you were asleep. You and I believe that was a reality. So he
maybe had a dream, you had a dream, a beautiful dream
that you're dreaming and you got the most
love largest house.
And you are, you're happy and you open your curtain. You look outside and you see your Ferrari.
And you look around and you look at your wife and the most beautiful wife.
Your dream woman or your dream, man. If you're a woman
keeping it Hello.
And then you wake up
and you get out of your bed and you open your curtain you realize you're still in acid.
And you look down and you see your wife cry.
And then you hear your wife shouting from the kitchen. I told you to buy bread and milk last night. Now the kids don't have anything for school.
See, you realize that that hour, two hours you are having that dream was a deception. You were diluted. Allah Azza wa Malhotra lamotta on the day your eyes, my eyes closed. One law he you will realize that this dunya was a deception. Like that nightmare you had was a deception like that Ferrari was a deception. And this is what Andrew said. And NASA neoman
people are actually really sleeping, but only when they die will their eyes really open.
You think you're awake? You and I asleep walking? You know when your eyes closed in the dunya. They open in the era.
They open in the era. And then they never ever close again.
And this is why you have two types of eyes. You have these eyes and you have these eyes. And Allah says in the Quran, many people the eyes of their heart are closed of blind.
And this is why brothers
coming back to the fact I am saying listen, one lie we need people. We need people to attain the highest if you got a restaurant, make a good restaurant, if you're a taxi driver, you know be a good taxi driver that people can see your clock. Don't take him with the wrong long route. If you're a builder, be a good builder. Because this is what the Messenger of Allah told him he could have it gone And whatever you do, have it done and whatever you do, if you earn, earn, but don't allow dunia to take over your life.
How can a rich purse How can you be a rich person and still not have the love of the dunya? Easy?
How you can be a multimillionaire but still not be a person of the dunya Yes, because the dunya is in your hands. It's not in your heart.
The dunya doesn't control you you control the dunya.
And let me explain to you the importance of working so just in case you think working is not important for my talk. The woman is Allah alayhi wa sallam said
if you are sowing a seed, you're sowing a seed
and it's the field blows the trumpet
and there will be no event which will be more daunting and whole thing. That is the field blowing the trumpet. The dounia will fall apart. Even the wild animals would huddle up. The woman who is pregnant will lose her load. That woman who's feeding a child with drop her child. The smiles in the heavens would fall out that the sun will be wrapped up like this. The role is Allah Simpson. If
All this is happening around you and you are sowing a seed
and you're not gonna see the fruits of the seed for the dunya is gonna finish and you're gonna die. The progress of Muslims should still finish and complete sowing that seed
the Coronavirus What does this narration mean? They say the verse Allah Salaam was emphasizing the cream will Amel the virtue of doing work.
The virtue of work.
So May Allah subhanaw taala makers amongst those who worked for a Sikh May Allah subhanho wa Taala allow us to have a balance between our Deen and dunya and May Allah give us good in this dunya and May Allah give us good in the Arthur Baraka Luffy