Assalamu alaikum warahmatullaahi wabarakatuh believing brothers and sisters.
Life is riddled with obedience and disobedience. Sometimes you feel a high level of spiritual closeness to Allaah and sometimes you dine with the devil.
In whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, we must strive our utmost to please Allaah.
We must not shy away from our duties as Muslims and we should maintain our Islamic identity wherever we are and whoever we are.
Just as sins deprive us of closeness to Allaah they equally cause physical and emotional pains.
The ever raging problem with most of us today is that we spend time analysing the sins of others least realising how far we've deviated from the truth ourselves.
Whenever we feel we are more truthful to Allaah than others, suffice to say that we are farther away from Allaah than others.
We must recognise the fact that our closeness to Allaah is our distance from ourselves.
We must desist from sinning and equally from judging people when in reality we don't know where they stand in the Sight of Allaah and whether Allaah has actually accepted our seemingly good deeds.
We must encourage one another on the path of truth, and more so we must be willing to do what Allaah asks us to do.
Our obedience to Allaah is a legitimate tool for erasing our sins.
Believing brothers and sisters in Islam, don't isolate Islam to a particular concept, thereby fearing Allaah in that alone and forgetting Him in other aspects.
We must seek for Allaah's pleasure in our 'Ibadah, businesses, academics, leadership, marriage, and in everything because Islam encompasses the ideal culture of humanity.
We pray Allaah forgive our repeated sinning and we pray Allaah save us from the disgrace of this world and the Hereafter.