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May 29, 2011

Lecture: High Aspirations

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

It’s sad. We have such low expectations of ourselves with regards to following Islam.

Whatever happened to being ambitious? Or is that only reserved for matters related to the dunya (worldly life)?

Think about it.

When it comes to the dunya, we want to be the best. But when it comes to the hereafter………

“Oh, I don’t mind a little house in the corner of the lowest level of Paradise.”

What?

Little house? In the corner? In the lowest level?

You cannot be serious!*

[*Okay, I stole that quote from somewhere.]

Why would you want a teensie-weensie house at the bottom when you can have a fabulous mansion at the top?

من آمن بالله ورسوله ، وأقام الصلاة ، وصام رمضان ، كان حقا على الله أن يدخله الجنة ، هاجر في سبيل الله ، أو جلس في أرضه التي ولد فيها ) . قالوا : يا رسول الله ، أفلا ننبئ الناس بذلك ؟ قال : إن في الجنة مائة درجة ، أعدها الله للمجاهدين في سبيله ، كل درجتين ما بينهما كما بين السماء والأرض ، فإذا سألتم الله فسلوه الفردوس ، فإنه أوسط الجنة ، وأعلى الجنة ، وفوقه عرش الرحمن ، ومنه تفجر أنهار الجنة

Narrated Abu Hurairah (radiallahu anhu): The Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Whoever believes in Allah and His Messenger, offers prayers perfectly and fasts (the month of) Ramadan then it is incumbent upon Allah to admit him into Paradise, whether he emigrates for Allah’s cause or stays in the land where he was born.”

They (the companions of the Prophet) said, “O Allah’s Messenger! Should we not inform the people of that?” He said, “There are one-hundred degrees in Paradise which Allah has prepared for those who carry on Jihad in His Cause. The distance between every two degrees is like the distance between the sky and the Earth, so if you ask Allah for anything, ask Him for the Firdaus, for it is the last part of Paradise and the highest part of Paradise, and at its top there is the Throne of Beneficent, and from it gush forth the rivers of Paradise.” [Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume no. 9, Hadeeth No. 519]

Stop asking for that tiny tent in Paradise. That’s not from the Sunnah, you know.

Being ambitious, trying your best and having good thoughts of Allah – now that is from the Sunnah.

For those who are struggling with “unambitiousness”, here’s a lecture to help you out:

High Aspirations by Moutasem Al-Hameedy (Download)

[You could also read this post of mine where I scold everyone on the planet for their lack of ambition.]

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