Channel: Zohra Sarwari
Series: Zohra Sarwari - No Excuses
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Did you know that only 5% of the world controls the other 95% that means that only 5% of the world actually discovered their genius and then uses it a lot. When I heard the statistic, my jaw drop, that means 95% of the world isn't going to live to their highest potential. And that was a lot of people. So what this means to you is that you don't discover your genius. How can you live up to your highest potential? Think about it, can you? The irony is that if you're not living up to your highest potential, do you know that you're not even your happiest? To be the happiest that you want to be? You must live to the highest potential that you can. inshallah, of course the last one, Allah
has given us all different limits. No two people were created the same. So please do not compare yourself to anyone. Just discover your true gift and maximize it. Another example of someone finding their true gift and maximizing it was Khalid Eben Walid, at the Allahu anhu Subhan Allah, he knew that he had a gift Mashallah, and for all of you who don't know who he is, Khalid Evan will leave was a companion of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam called him the sort of a lot for every army that he led by the will of Allah azza wa jal, he won that battle, he had a gift, which was to win every battle he fought it and he learned
early on what his gift was, so he capitalized on it. Mashallah holidayme invalid, ready Lahontan could have been many things, he could have decided, like the rest of his men in his family to become farmers or merchants or anything else. And he could have joined them. But he didn't. He found his true gift and he pursued it had he decided to just farm instead of being a leader of the army, he might not have been as successful and only Allah subhanaw taala knows. So what this means to you is that once you've discovered your passion, you gift and what you're great at what you love to do, as long as it is Hillel, of course, then you must sharpen those skills inshallah. For example, someone
is really good in medicine, what they shouldn't just be a doctor, they should become the best doctor that they can be inshallah and get the most benefit out of their community. Or say someone who loves to sew clothing, and they shouldn't learn just to sew clothing, just to get enough, they should become the best seamstress out there. And that is how we should be with everything. You should not just settle for enough, be the best, or whatever it is you choose inshallah. And so here's another story to truly remind us of how remarkable we are and how we can change our circumstances with the help of Allah is our job. This story is of Dave pelzer. Here's a kid who was born to the perfect
family until he was the age of four years old. And he says this himself, he said, I was born to the perfect family until I was four years old. At the age of four, he began receiving heavy abuses from his mom. His father was a fireman who was never there to protect them. He was beaten, tortured, starved, and stabbed, kept as a slave and he was even made to live like he was not part of the family in chains. Why only Allah azza wa jal knows. However, some people think it was because his mom had been drinking a lot of alcohol, and others believe it was because she just snapped. I want all of you to imagine for a moment, imagine that you're a child and that your mother is doing this
to you. How would you feel I couldn't even imagine it at the age of 12, who was rescued and sent from foster home to foster home until he was 18. And he decided to take control of his life and enlist in the army as a cook. And this was his first step to make a change in his life. So Pamela, Dave had been told that statistically, after everything he had been through, he was either to be dead by the age of 18, or in jail, and that he had no future. But Dave did not buy into this negativity. He didn't use this childhood as an excuse for the kind of adult he wanted to be. He decided he wanted to achieve his destiny, and he made his life's mission, writing books to help
others being a motivational speaker and helping kids understand that it is not their fault, what happens to them, but it is up to them to change and become the kind of adults that they want to be by the will of Allah azza wa jal.
I tell you stories like these and much more to show you that no matter how difficult our task in life is to have faith and the loss of ambala
Allah subhanaw taala says in the Quran Chapter number 29, verse number two and three, do people think that they will be left alone because they say we believe and will not be tested, and we tested those who are before them. And I also want you to remember this verse as well. It's in chapter number two, verse number 286.
Now I also want you to listen to this verse.
And chapter number 65, verse number three, a laser just says, and he will provide him from sources he could never imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then he will suffer as him. Verily Allah will accomplish His purpose. Indeed, Allah has set a measure for all things. My sisters and brothers are really putting all of our trust in Eliza gel, are we many of us out of Yes, but it is only when a hardship hits us that we know if we are we are not. I've seen so many people who have faced a test from Allah subhanaw taala. And they're automatically lost themselves. They started crying, yelling, hitting, screaming, and many other behaviors that are not from Muslims. I'm just
amazed when they tell me about that calamity. I remind them that it is a test. And the best way to go about it is by saying what the prophet sallallahu wasallam told us to say, in the EULA, here, we're in La Ilaha Raji to allow you belong, and to allow will return. The Prophet sallallahu lysm also told us that our favorite believers, amazing, the whole of his life is beneficial. And that that is only in the case of the believer, when good comes to him. He's painful, and that is good for him. And when bad befalls him, he is patient, and that is also good for him. And this isn't saying Muslim, I you should have the love of the wife of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, No
calamity before being Muslim. But that Allah expiate some of his sins because of it, even though if it were a prick that he received from a thorn,
a lot, no page touch on Muslim, a believer without ever moving some of our students think about this. Think about this. And I want you to think about these two heartbeats and we've heard them before Mashallah. So why is the making a smile, when a harsh should be falls on us? Why? Why is it that our hearts have become so cold, that we cannot feel it? Is that how it is with us? Are we not proud to be Muslims? And if we are, then why is our tongues saying one thing in our actions proving another? My dear sister and brothers, I want you to think that this life is too short for us to be hypocrites. story after story shows us that death is what is waiting for us at the end of our day,
yet, why are we not preparing for it?
And by preparing for it, I don't mean burial readiness or money to send to your body to get your body to another country or anything else that has to do with the procedures of getting ready for death. I mean, why aren't we doing more good deeds to add up for the day of judgment? Why are we not making a difference in our communities?