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“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

Remember To Do This Before You Sleep

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “When any of you goes to bed, he should shake off (or dust off) his bedsheets because he does not know what might have fallen on it after he had left it. Then he should recite: ‘Bismika Rabbi wada’tu janbi, wa bika arfa’uhu, in amsakta nafsi farhamha, wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazu bihi ‘ibadakas-salihin [With Your Name, my Rubb, I place my side (upon the bed) and with Your Grace I will raise it up. If You withhold my soul (cause me to die), have mercy on it but if You let it go (let me live), guard it against which You guarded Your pious servants].”‘

[Al- Bukhari and Muslim].

Sheikh Raslan commented, “People, unfortunately, are not aware of the Prophet’s life; he taught us every little thing. However, those bestowed with success strive to investigate the Prophet’s life (peace be upon him); the follow the knowledge they acquire and implement it, and thereby they are rewarded with the best of rewards. On the other hand, those who claim loving the Prophet (peace be upon him) while being ignorant of his life and how did he managed to live it; their claim must be revisited and reconsidered.

The reason for shaking off the bedsheets lies in the potential possibility that there could be something harmful on the bedsheets  you’re not aware of its presence; this thing could harm you. However, the Prophet (peace be upon him) teaches you to check your bedsheets before you go to sleep. He guides you towards what is best for you even in this life. Not only you get to benefit from doing so, but also top this with the benefit Allah confers upon you as a reward for the Dhikr (remembrance) you recite when you get to sleep.”

Source: Sunnan Mahjoorah [Deserted Sunnan of the Prophet (?)] by Sheikh Muhammad Said Raslan: pages: 27-28.

“A Happy Family”

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “The most perfect believers are those who have the best behavior, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.”    [At-Tirmidhi}

The relationship between the husband and his wife should be based on mutual respect, admiration, and noble conduct.

Sheikh ibn Uthaymeen comments on this hadith:
“The person should treat his/her family with the best of conduct; since they are the closest to him/her. One should follow the Prophet’s example, as expressed by ‘Aishah, that he was in the service of his family (peace be upon him).” (Riyad as-Saliheen).

Being in the service of the family reflects a well-disciplined conduct plus the great impact on the rest of the family members; the children will imitate their father when he helps their mother, the wife will look at her husband with great affection, and the husband will sense the delicious fruits of his behavior with his family in every aspect of his life. Such spirit of cooperation will flow over the family and will establish long-lasting bounds of mutual admiration.

Written by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

 

WHERE ARE YOU GOING?!!

Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi said, ”

Whoever treads a path other than that of the Salaf, this path will drag him to an ultimate loss; and whoever deviates away from the Sunnah, he is actually walking away from the Paradise. Therefore, be ever-mindful of Allah and and worry yourself  over yourself.  This life must be taken very seriously; as hell-fire, falsehood, and innovation is what is left if one doesn’t embrace paradise, truth, and Sunnah respectively.”

 

The prohibition on studying the books of Ahl al-Kalam (scholasticism): 71.

Translated by: Abdullah Ibrahim Omran al-Misri.

Loving One Another For The Pleasure Of Allah (The Harm Of Differing)

This lecture was done in Atlanta, GA. We are in more need of this lecture today than ever before.

We ask Allah for forgiveness, guidance, safety and wellbeing.

What Is Salafiyyah? (“6 Pearls From The People Who Follow The Old Way” By: Sheikh Abdul Maalik Ramadhaani)

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This was a conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The Conference title: Happiness Is In Salafiyyah (Following The Book & The Sunnah From The Understanding Of The Salaf As Saalih)

The brother who gave this talk was Aqeel Walker (may Allah preserve him). About 2 years ago a brother was driving me to Atlanta to catch a train. I had given him some CDs to listen to years ago and he popped this CD in and it brought back all types of memories from that time long ago.

As we drove I just listened as our brother translated from the book of Sheikh Abdul Maalik Ramadhaani (may Allah preserve him and all our ‘ulama) making our path clear and distinct. I realized that this lecture was a missing key for many of us upon the path and those who question it.

I suggest that this lecture be from the foundation of your collection and that it be used as an educational guide to be listened to over and over and we ask Allah for mercy, guidance and aid. May Allah reward those who hosted that even long ago and may He have mercy upon Aqeel and accept this from him. Allah is He, The Most Compassionate, The Sublime.