Speaker: Nouman Ali Khan
People have this misconception about Shaytaan (Satan). Shaytaan doesn’t try to get you to leave Islam, he just wants you to compromise parts of it. There is a union between the internal acts and the external. He wants you to do the outward acts and forget about the inside or less common, vice versa.
It is necessary for us to first establish a relationship with Allah. Our relationship with Him is the “ultimate high.” Too often, we try to get this high for the wrong reasons. We come to lectures and attend events to prolong our high but do not act upon what we learn. We need to implement what we learn into our lives and spread it to other.
When you dedicate yourself to Allah, there will be hardships and trials. We forget that even though it is our responsibility to educate ourselves, we also have a responsibility to educate our family. Dawah to your family is hard. You can go make dawah to strangers, but your family is different. They know you all too well and have a harder time accepting the change. They can say things to you which no other person would. We’d much rather listen to tapes in the car about Islam than give dawah to our family. But dawah is necessary to Islam. We have the “cash, not credit” syndrome. If we make a sale, we’d rather get the cash now as opposed to credit later. The meaning of this is that we’d rather take the easier way out by attending conferences and listening to tapes then teaching our family and ultimately benefiting society and laying down a solid family structure. We should accept the “credit” and hold out later for the reward because it will be better.
Another essential aspect to Islam are the friends we surround ourselves with. Friends matter a lot with our relationship to Allah. We should choose those who are better in the deen. The Prophet* said: “The likeness of a righteous friend and an evil friend, is the likeness of a (musk) perfume seller and a blacksmith. As for the perfume seller, he may either bestow something on you, or you may purchase something from him, or you may benefit from his sweet smell. And as for the blacksmith, he may either burn your clothes, or you may be exposed to his awful smell.”
That doesn’t mean that you don’t befriend those that are lower in iman because then they might also lose sight of Islam. But the point is that if you have 5 friends that are lower in iman and you’re always with them instead of you pulling them up, they’ll pull you down. Whereas if you have friends higher in iman, they’ll help you up. Having a good group of friends is like having good counsel. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) know all about counseling because after they talk about their problems the feel better. The Qur’aan was the Prophet Muhammad*’s counsel, meaning Muhammad* was a wali to Allah and the Qur’aan was the means through which Allah spoke to Muhammad*.
Remember that Allah gives you gifts, even when you disobey Him. Remember where you come from and humble yourself. Know that the Prophet* will see your sins. He* cries for his* Ummah and wants us all to be in Jannah– he* was a human who did so much for us and warned us about Allah’s punishments. Yet everyday we do not heed his* warnings and do not listen to Allah’s commands. Feel humility. Picture the day where all of our sins will be projected as if on a movie screen.
Remember the mercy of Allah. He has put into your heart an interest and love for Islam, for the MSA, etc. Even after you’ve sinned so much He has shown you His mercy. Why has Allah commanded you to be kind to orphans? Because they are an ayat, a reminder. Everytime you see an orphan, he will remind you of your previous state. Don’t denounce him, you too, were once in his state. This is very symbolic because it doesn’t just mean “orphans”, it means people of every station that is “lower” than yours. Humble yourself because Allah is the one that gave you your provisions while many out there do not have the same. Even in the terms of Islam, you have been given an interest in Islam that some people’s hearts are closed to. Don’t expect people to fit the mold you want them to.
When I mention the Prophet Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him), often you will see an asterisk(*) next to his* name. This is so that I do not have to type “may peace and blessings be upon him” every time and so that I won’t have these weird abbreviations such as SAW and PBUH next to his name. The Muslims that read this, I assume know that when the Prophet* is mentioned we send blessings and salutations upon him. While I am writing this, I am also doing the same. For non-Muslims, please know that we do respect and love our Prophet* so when we say his*name we are sending blessings upon him.