Category Archives: Tawheed

“Wealth” A Formula For Us & Our Children

If a surgeon and janitor work 40 hours per week what determines the income disparity between them?

The surgeon earns $20,000.00 for the week. The janitor earns $200.00 for the week. They both only work 40 hours. What, then, separates them if both work the same hours every week? Why the huge disparity in incomes?

A notable author said when describing worth,

“A person is worth: The job they do, their ability to do ‘what’ they do AND the DIFFICULTY in replacing them.”

Type of work + Abilities + Difficulty of work= Wealth level

(School teachers are some of the hardest working people I know yet the least paid for their labors. There are exceptions to every rule by man. So our formula is empirical.)

Using this formula what is the level of difficulty in replacing a janitor? How long will it take? Answer: It would take less than a day. How long will it take to replace a surgeon? Answer: Sometimes they are hardly replaced.

And this is our formula and by it how man judges man. So what then separates our janitor from our surgeon? Answer: Knowledge.

To become a surgeon requires:
1. 12 years to high school.
2. 4 years of college
3. 4 years of Medical school
4. Then 3-8 years of Residency
That averages 25 years of learning.

To become a janitor requires:
1. Less than 12 years of high school

What separates and distinguishes fundamental differences between peoples is not the color of their skin but the differences in their acquisition of knowledge. And that knowledge affects how they see themselves in society and how others see them. Indeed Allah, The One, we worship is the Giver to all, Muslim and non Muslims alike.

The formula above is no indication that the janitor is any less human or productive in life than the surgeon. Moreover the janitor may be the football coach, bus driver and restaurant owner. His life’s impact upon humanity, as a whole, may be greater than that of the surgeon’s. But when it comes to servicing humanity the surgeon’s knowledge allows him to offer a greater service to mankind than the janitor’s. Yes the janitor can also get in the bus and drive your child home. But if an accident occurs it’s the surgeon fighting to keep that child alive if the child is harmed in a bus accident and we ask Allah for safety.

As a parent you would not want the bus driver operating on your child to keep him alive. You would want the surgeon in that operating room digging in your child, cutting your child and ordering everyone around in triage on what they should be doing. At that moment he’s the most important person alive. His knowledge allows him to rise above all of mankind even if only for 4 hours a day or less.

So when his job is done, as he walks out to you, looks you in the eyes and says, “He’s fine. Let’s watch over him for a few days and he can go home. We’ve stopped the bleeding so we’ll keep his food intake low.”, you would think-there could never be a better voice than his at that moment. You would be thankful to Allah and tremendously relieved. Because his acquisition of knowledge over 25 years has made a profound impact on your life and the life of your family by the decision of Allah.

Later on you get the medical bill from the surgeon. 4 hours of work for $18,000.00. The last thing you think about is, “Why did the surgeon charge me so much?”, no, you only think, “How much will my insurance pay and what am I left to pay on my own?” It never comes to your mind that he’s not worth what he charged.

No one likes to be called dumb or stupid. Everyone likes to be known as being smart wether they are smart or not. Knowledge and its acquisition is fundamentally important. We get what we give. There is opportunity for many to excel yet most don’t take it. Because knowledge comes at a price in mostly time and sacrifice.

Using this example we don’t need to talk to our children about money or making money. That’s the language of people who have truly missed the point. They’re either broke or on their way to it. People who “make” money don’t talk about “making” money and that’s not what we as parents should really be talking to our children about. What we need to discuss with our children is, “What do you want in your life and how will you service mankind to get the life you want for yourself?”

Allah has decreed that we trade amongst one another. We trade in our time and labor as a service. Our service to others decides our wealth, nothing more. There is no income/money without service. “Even a thief works.”

Service is that utility that generates wealth. Focusing upon our service to others is focusing upon that which brings about our better welfare through wealth generation. Allah blesses the one who does honest, equitable trading with others seeking His help, His face.

Now the paradox:

Understanding “service as a utility” that generates wealth is where the janitor can beat the surgeon. How? Who said the janitor only worked at one location? Why can’t he be the owner of a janitorial company who has service contracts with most of the hospitals our surgeon labors at? By having contracts our janitor has turned his labor into a utility of service that now serves masses of people. He now hires others to do his job. He replaces himself with 40 or more employees working at many hospitals cleaning floors and removing trash.

Now both men, the janitor and the surgeon enjoy the same levels of lifestyle. Each goes to Hajj paying the way for relatives and friends alike to take the blessed journey. Each have their families within homes that give them the stability a family needs. Each have their children in better schools to give his child the advantage needed in their years to come when they become adults and must carry the family name forward.

The surgeon liked school and the one who became a janitor wasn’t too fond of it. But they both wanted things in life and had visions of a better life their parents could not afford. Each are happy with the choices they made.

Most people are more afraid of being successful than they are annoyed and distrubed by being failures. Most people don’t succeed or achieve happiness because they simply do not place themselves in the circumstances that would bring happiness about. They will do whatever they can to sabotage any chance of becoming successful and achieving happiness. For people like these if happiness is a road, they take the river instead.

Life is about choices and choices decides one’s life. “We are where we are because of the decisions we alone have made.”

Making the right choices and choosing the right people who can help you reach your destination in this life and the next is what it’s all about. Don’t waste your time with those who waste time and place little if any value on it. Alas time is all any of us truly have.

Beware of the Vampires. They are those who spread doubt, darkness and offer no encouragement. They desire that you sit, wait and die. If you smile they run to put it out like your hair were on fire.

But for those who worship Allah, single Him out for all worship and put their trust completely in Him, very little impact does the creation have upon these people. They look to the One above the heavens as they seek their daily need. They are happy in failure because they truly know they tried. They’re happy with success because they truly know Allah, supported them and decreed it to be. They give their wealth in private and seek none and no groups for favors.

When fitnah is around they are not-except to advise in private and keep it moving. They want good for the Muslims and give rights due to all, Muslims and non Muslims alike. They thank mankind for what’s done to them because they believe that is also thanking Allah. They know without doubt that good character is from eemaan, faith in Allah, The Alone. So they strive to be good especially when the creation threatens to abandon them for doing it.

Focusing our time on offering our services to others or using it to get knowledge, many don’t have, is that road which can lead to higher ground where happiness can be found with the help of Allah.

Put your trust in Allah, be with those who are smarter than you are and rise to benefit firstly yourself, your family, then others.

And Allah knows best.

-Abu Muhammad Abdullah al-Looweesi’aani

As-Siyaamu Junnah (Fasting Is Protection)

Jaabir  (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated, that the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessing upon him) said,  ((Our Lord, the Mighty and Majestic said:  As-Siyaamu Junnah, it protects by it the servant from hell fire.))

As-Sawmu Junnah (The Fast is Protection), this statement has been affirmed to the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessing upon him), from many directions.  Taken from “As-Saheehayn”, Saheeh Al-Bukhaariyy and Saheeh Muslim (May Allah bestow His enormous mercy upon them both), from a Hadeeth narrated by Aboo Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him)said, as well as being taken from Emaam Ahmad (May Allah bestow His great mercy upon him) with an addition, that ((As-Siyaamu Junnah, and it fortifies by making one impervious to hell fire.)) 

Taken from the Hadeeth of Uthmaan Ibn Abiyy Al-‘Aas (May Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him) said, ((As-Sawmu Junnah from hell fire, just as a shield is for one of you in battle.))

Compiled and translated by:  Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb

Khutbah Reminder From Shaykh Taamir Fatooh

As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh.

This a reminder taken from today’s khutbah by Shaykh Taamir Fatooh (May Allah, The Most High preserve him upon good).

The Shaykh said, Everyone of us will die.  Everyone of us will cease to exist.  Everyone of us will pass away.  We know this without a doubt.  We read this in the Book of Allah and in many narrations from our Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him).  We all will day.  This is something that is known.  Everything will come to an end and return to Allah.  Everything will pass and return to Allah.

The Shaykh continued by saying, Since we know this, than what are we doing?  How are we living our lives?  Are we living a noble life based upon good?  Or are we living a life based upon what we can obtain from this Dunyaa (the life of this world)?  No doubt, we must take from this Dunyaa what is necessary for us; for our living.  The Dunyaa is to be grasped within the hand, not in the heart.  The Dunyaa is to be held within the hand, not in the heart.  Take from it what is needed; what is necessary but do not hold it within your heart.

We must busy ourselves in preparation for our graves.  We must learn, while living in this Dunyaa that which will aid us in our graves.  Who is your Lord?  What is your Deen (Religion)?  Who is your Lord and what is your Deen?  We will be asked this; all of us will be asked these questions.

We must know the meaning of Laa Ilaaha Ill Allah.  We must know the meaning of Laa Ilaaha Ill Allah.  Many of the Muslims do not know the meaning of Laa Ilaaha Ill Allah.  Many do not know that Laa Ilaaha Ill Allah means, Laa Ma’booda bihaqqin siwaa Allah (None is worthy of worship in truth except Allah).  Many do not know this meaning.

Translated by:  Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb

Translator’s note:  In the grave we will be asked three questions.  Who is your Lord?  Who is your Prophet?  What is your Religion?  These are the three question for which we must prepare ourselves to be asked.  In shaa Allah and Allahu A’lam.

 

Lessons of Tawheed only found in the Lands of Islaam and Muslims. Part 2.

As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuh brothers and sisters.

I was walking home tonight from Salaatul-Ishaa’, when I walked pass a group of children playing but what caught my attention was a conversation between a small girl and boy.  The girl was probably 9 or 10 years old, while the boy was a little smaller.  The little girl had within her hands a small bag, which the boy was very interested in.

She said to him, no I will not give you any.  Your Lord provided for you plenty today.  Firstly, He provided you with 1 pound.  Then, He provided you with 1 pound and a quarter.  Then, He provided you with 4 pounds.  That’s 6 pounds and a quarter, that your Lord has provided you with.

I just smiled as I walked pass them.  Only in the lands of Islaam and Tawheed.

 

Transmitted by:  Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb

Khutbah: “Don’t Have Ill Thoughts Of Allah”

Sheikh Muhammad Raslan discussed in his Khuttbah today a very critical topic: “Having Good Thoughts Of Allah” He began his Khuttbah, “We live in a time where disobedients, innovators, and immoral individuals have polluted this life and left us in a disgusting swamp. Nothing is left for us to adhere to than having good thoughts in Allah. We ask Allah to bless us with entertaining good thoughts in Him.”
   He noted that plenty of the Muslims entertain ill thoughts about Allah. They blame al-Qadr (pre-destination) and hang their failures on it. Others misunderstand the wisdom of Allah in that they believe if they are obedient, they deserve a better life financially. However when they see the disobedient ones whom Allah has tested with an abundant life and authority, they start entertaining ill thoughts of Allah; like believing, but not necessarily speaking about it like, “Why the disobedient one blessed with a better life than mine?! There must be something wrong.” Such belief is a stark accusation of Allah’s wisdom.
The Sheikh quoted ibn al-Qayyim’s speech that eloquently addresses this topic followed by a list of ahadiths like the following one:
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Allah the Exalted says: ‘I am as my slave expects Me to be, and I am with him when he remembers Me. If he remembers Me inwardly, I will remember him inwardly, and if he remembers Me in an assembly, I will remember him in a better assembly (i.e., in the assembly of angels).”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

A brief of the Sheikh Raslan’s khuttbah; the audio of this khuttbah will be uploaded on the sheikh’s official website later today inshaallah.

Summarized by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

 

HOW TO QUIT YOUR BAD HABITS?

Sometimes we wander: why is it so difficult to give up bad habits? What exactly do I do wrong to drives me to fail every time?  One keeps telling himself I want to get out of this habit; but how?  Such questions are answered by Imam ibn al-Qayyim:

He said, “Difficulty and struggle in getting out of a bad habit arises from quitting for the sake of other than Allah. (i.e. lack of sincerity). On the contrary, who intends to quit a bad habit for the sake of Allah solely, he will not face any difficulty except in the first step, which is necessary for testing his determination. Employing patience at this moment aids him to overcome this difficulty and turns it into a pleasure. Ibn Sirin reports, “I heard Shurayh swearing by Allah that nobody would feel the absence of the bad habit if he intended to quit it for the sake of Allah. ”

Source: Al-Fawa’id: (1/107).

This previous quote stresses on two major themes: 1- To have sincerity for Allah.

2- To have endurance and patience during the testing period which immediately follows your initial attempt to quit.

Translation and additional notes written by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

 

Lessons of Tawheed Only Found In The Lands of Islaam and Muslims.

Lessons of Tawheed only found in the Lands of Islaam and Muslims.

I was riding in a micro-bus on my way to work here in Cairo, Egypt, when we passed by an accident site which involved another micro-bus and a smaller car. Our micro-bus driver pulled over and rushed to the scene, al-hamdulillah. But it was the speech of an older man sitting in front of me, whose clothing was very worn and dirty that was very valuable. He said, these micro-bus drivers drive their vans in and out of traffic in crazy like manner. Weaving in and out with no concerns. Rushing and speeding to make money, not knowing that Ar-Razzaaq has already written their Rizq (provisions) for them. He continued by saying, rushing and haste will not quicken the attainment of Rizq. Their Rizq is Maktoob (written) for them by Ar-Razzaaq. He then repeated this statement, their Rizq is Maktoob for them by Ar-Razzaaq.

Shaykh Hasan Abdul-Wahhaab Marzouq Al-Bannaa (may Allah preserve him and his family upon good), once said to me, that which separates the Muslim from the non-Muslim is Tawheed. The Muslim is the flag carrier of Tawheed. This what separates us from the non-Muslims.

Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb

Why Authentic Creed Is A Must?!

Imam ibn Baz said, ”

Evidence from Quran and Sunnah have decisively established that one’s actions and statements are to be valid and accepted if they are based on an authentic creed; otherwise, they are discredited if the creed is inauthentic.”

Majmoo’ al-Fatwa wa al-Maqalat: (13/1).

Translated by:  Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misir.