Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,
How many of you out there listen to Sh. Omar Suleiman’s lectures too? I feel like he is being overshadowed by speakers like Bro Nouman Ali Khan and Sh. Abdul Nasir Jangda when Sh. Omar’s lectures are equally as inspiring. One of my favourite lectures is this one that I posted up. Khayr insha’Allah..
Here’s the outline of his lecture:
1. Eliminate the poisons in your life that are not allowing you to change
“Do you really think Allah SWT is going to give you khushoo’ in your Salaah when your eyes have been going all over the place, all day and all of a sudden you are going to Salaah and Salaah is going to be okay?”. Get rid of those things that will be a hindrance to you, excelling your relationship with Allah SWT.
2. An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
“Stop yourself before you fall into those situation”
3. K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Sunnah)
“Find something small in your life that you are capable of doing and stick with it. Eventually, that will accumulate. Eventually, that might be the cause of you entering into Jannah”
4. Think progress
” Think progress, don’t think backwards. Shaitan always pulls you this way and Allah SWT always calls you forward”
5. “On your way to becoming a good Muslim, don’t become a crappy human being”
“Becoming a more religious person should not make you a jerk. It should not make your character worse. It should not make you more condescending towards people. It should make you more humble. It should make you more loving. It should make you more compassionate. It should make you more caring. Don’t become a terrible person on your way to becoming a better Muslim.”
Good practical tips by him masha’Allah! I like the 3rd and 5th points especially. We tend to overdo our ibadaah to the extent that we become ‘burn out’ overtime. But the best is to be consistent in our deeds rather than doing being too enthusiastic and eventually abandoning them later.
The 5th advice resonates the most with me. I find that when we start to become more practising in our Deen, we strive to perfecting ourselves, and at the same time we expect others to be on the same path too when we should understand that everyone is on a different spiritual journey. We see a lot of jerks these days when really, there is no need to be harsh when correcting others.
Let me know what you think of his lecture!