Yaa Shaikh

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The word shaikh has three meanings:

    1. an old man
    2. a rich man
    3. a very knowledgeable man.

(Shaikh Bilal Ismail)

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Young Role Models

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Young people who achieved great things:

  • ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas radiyallahu ‘anhumaa: was called Bahrul Ummah (the Sea of the Ummah) because of the vastness of his knowledge and understanding of the deen.

  • Usamah bin Zaid radiyallahu ‘anhumaa: was the commander of the Muslim army at the age of 17, an army including many senior Sahabah radiyallahu ‘anhum, ‘Umar radiyallahu ‘anhu being one of them.

  • Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih: conquered Constantinople.

  • Muhammad ibn Qasim: conquered India.

(Shaikh Bilal Ismail)

Provisions for the Hereafter

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There are two tomorrows: they day following this one, and the Hereafter. No matter what happens to us tomorrow, either good or bad, it’s nothing in comparison to the tomorrow of the Hereafter. There are five things we need in order to have a good tomorrow.

  • Connection with Allah ta’ala
  • Iqra’ bismi rabbikalladhee khalaq – Read in the name of your Lord who created.” (96: 1).
  • Inna fee khalqis samaawaati wal ardi wakhtilaafil layli wan nahaari la aayaatil li ulil albaab – Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.” (3: 190)
  • Gain the connection with the Creator by contemplating on the greatness of the creation. Examples:
    1. The Blue Whale.
    2. TheĀ Bar-tailed Godwit.
    3. The Earth in perspective.
  • Who is Allah? The answer.

  • Dhikr of Allah
    1. Salah, especially Tahajjud. Tahajjaud is a fast track route to tazkiyah.
    2. Dhikr on the tongue.
    3. Enjoining good and forbidding evil.
    4. Recitation of the Qur’an.

  • Knowledge
  • Knowledge must change you. That’s when it is beneficial. Otherwise it’s just memorisation of facts.

  • Action
    1. Have good character.
    2. Be of service to mankind, especially to those who have no fadl (virtue) over you.
    3. Give da’wah.

  • Repentance
  • There was a man who killed 100 people, and even he was forgiven. Have we killed anyone?

(Shaikh Bilal Ismail)

A Better Future

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There are three things we need to do to improve our future:

  • Tazkiyah of our own selves through personal acts of worship.

  • Contribute to society though helping others: family, neighbours, friends etc.

  • Preserve the unity of the Muslims.

(Shaikh Bilal Ismail)

Integration, Disunity, Extremism

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  • The one who mixes with people and endures their harm is better than the one who does not.

  • Hadith: “Iyyaakum wal ghuluww, wa innamaa halaka man kaana qablakum bil ghuluww – Beware of extremity, for those before you were only destroyed because of extremity.” (ibn al-Qayyim in I’laam al-Muwaqqi’een)

  • Disunity among ourselvesĀ results in total integration.

(Shaikh Bilal Ismail)