We praise Allah and we seek His blessings and peace upon the Prophet, his family, companions and those who follow him.
We gather here tonight to remember Allah and increase our faith. What a blessing! Tonight is Saturday and
I'm sure there are a lot of other places we could be. It is a sign that there is a lot of good in our young brothers and sisters that they fought their nuffs, prayed tarawih and are here to listen to this talk. A talk and gathering that is surrounded by the
malaikah. I'm very proud of you all and pray that Allah will forgive you and shower you with His blessings and I want to welcome
you. "Let's give a few moments to work on our faith. "This was the statement of the Companions [may Allah be pleased with them]. Thus, following in their footsteps lets
"Give a few moments for our faith."
Faith is something very dynamic it goes up and down. For that reason you will find good days and bad days. When your faith is high you will find it easier to deal with the waves of life that seek to drown you. For example, you will find it easy to forgive your wife when she makes a mistake and you, our dear sisters, will find it easy, to forgive your husbands. In general, when faith is high things go easier and life seems to be much sweeter.
Faith is the gas that runs the believer. It is that feeling in our chests that causes us to pray two more rakat, give an extra dime towards charity, lower our gaze or to forgive someone who has wronged us. It is what links us with the bravery of Hamza, the foresight of Abu Bakr, the great character of
'Aisha, the sabar of Um Salamah, the Heroics of Salahu Din, the abstinence of al-Ghazzali, the fortitude of Ibn Tammiyah and the bravery of Malcolm [may Allah be pleased with them all]. You see that feeling, that buzz, that warmth in your heart, is a shared feeling between the people of faith. It knows no time, place, tribe or click but is a gift that Allah puts in the hearts of those who submit to Him and struggle their best to be good people. Allah [the most high] says,
"Indeed, the believers are only brothers. "Thus, when a young Muslim decides to forgo the club or any forbidden action choosing what is with Allah he will understand the plight of Yusuf and his choosing the prison over what Allah had forbidden. Thus, faith is a special relation that exists between us.
Faith represents the wings by which we fly and the crutches with which we walk. It is what defines our relationship with Allah for that is what it is. I know that there are a number of famous words for faith: eman and aqidah. However, I want us to look at faith as a relationship between us and Allah. And since faith is always going up and down Allah [the exalted] has given us a large number of tools to protect and increase our faith. This is because faith is the most valuable thing we have. The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allah be upon him was asked]
"What is the best action?" He replied, "Faith in God." There are so many promises for the people of faith mentioned in the Quran and Sunna that would lead one to conclude that faith is something very valuable:
1. True success is for the people of faith
2. Peace of heart and mind
3. Ease in the grave
4. Ease in being reckoned
5. Quickly passing over the sirat
7. Meeting the Prophet and drinking from his blessed hands
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