This is a Beautiful Admonition for You

And remind! For verily, the reminder benefits the believers. — Qur’an 51[Adh-Dhariyaat]:55

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Here’s a series of admonition I listened to some time ago. It was so beautiful that I had to replay it over and over again. And sometimes when I got caught up in despair and life challenges, I go back to listen attentively. The good side is the advice has an all-encompassing approach to living a meaningful life and transcending to a successful afterlife as well. The other side is — I don’t really know who gave the speech. I pray Allah rewards him accordingly. In the concluding part of it, he requested for the listener to share with others as well. The original sermon was delivered in my native dialect, so I’m hoping through this transcription it gets to benefit a lot of non-Yoruba speaking folks.

He started by giving thanks to Allah and sending blessings upon the noble Messenger PBUH. Then sent greetings of peace upon the believers — both male and female. In his words, “this is an unpaid admonition which is very rare, an advice that comes with listening and implementing. For listening and implementing will be beneficial in two situations: in this life and the afterlife.” Now here goes the advice in bits with additional emphasis from yours truly…

  1. Keep your secret between two people and do not extend it beyond them:
  • Yourself
  • Your Lord

The truth is: there’s no secret with a third party. The secret here is not about a counsel. It's the sins which you’ve committed hiddenly without anyone knowing and the good deeds concealed from the public glare. Sins are not meant to be bragged about, Allah might have forgiven you while you put yourself to the world. People will be denied the reward for good deeds done out of show-off.

2. Long to earn the pleasure of two people:

  • Your Mother
  • Your Father

We already discussed the importance of honoring our parents and here’s evidence from the basis.

Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him and be good to your parents. Whether one or both of them reach old age with you, do not say to them a word of annoyance and do not repel them but rather speak to them a noble word. Lower to them the wing of humility for them out of mercy and say: My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up when I was small. — Surat Al-Isra 17:23–24
Abu Huraira reported: A man asked the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, “Who is most deserving of my good company?” The Prophet said: Your mother. The man asked, “Then who?” The Prophet said: Your mother The man asked again, “Then who?” The Prophet said: Your mother. The man asked again, “Then who?” The Prophet said: Your father.

3. Seek help during hardship with two things:

  • Patience
  • Salat (prayers)

Patience is a great virtue, anything it falls upon is extremely beautiful. And the strength of the believer is in rising up and making prostration to your Lord.

And seek help in patience and As-Salaah (the prayer)… — Qur’an 2[Al-Baqarah]:41

4. Do not hold two things with levity:

  • Your provision
  • Death

Being unscrupulous when it comes to your provision may earn you the wrath of Allah. Do not be too hard or lose, but maintain a balance. Remember the story of Qarun with his wealth and how it earned him destruction. Death on the other side is real, if you pursue the duniya with all attention, you will forget death. And death will catch up with you unexpected without you preparing to meet your Lord.

5. There are two things you should never remember:

  • The good you do to people
  • The evil people do to you

People will often wrong you, betray you and frustrate you at times. Be kind to them anyway. Do good to people and never expect appreciation from them. Also, do not remind them of the good you do to them, it’s only Allah who has a reward in stock for you. When people wrong you, try as much as you can to forgive and overlook. I know it’s extremely hard, so take solace in you seeking for Allah’s forgiveness and mercy.

6. Never forget two things in life:

  • Allah your Creator
  • The abode of the hereafter; for the day of resurrection is real.

One who forgets his Creator is surely set for doom. Even animals recognize their masters, so why does man act arrogantly boastful thinking he’d not be resurrected. The day of reckoning shall surely come to pass. That day, man will be presented his book of deeds. Whosoever does good should think positive and be hopeful of the mercy of his Lord. While the one who neglects his Creator shall come to know with certainty on that day.

7. These are admonitions taken from two sources:

  • The Quran
  • The Sunnah

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