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Published on November 18th, 2018 | by Eaalim Institute | Views: 315

How to Attain Goodness

Today I want to share with you Ayah number
92 of Surah Ali ‘Imran.

This is the beginning of the 4th Juzz.

And in this Juzz, Allah (azza wa jall) says:
“You’re not going to reach goodness until

you spend from what you love.”

Very famous Ayah.

People quote it all the time.

The nuance I wanted to share from this Ayah
is ‘nala’ is used actually when you’re

traveling and you can’t wait to reach your

That’s what ‘nayl’ is.

Like something becoming accessible finally.

And the Arabs were familiar with this idea
because they traveled in the desert.

And you’re desperate to reach your destination
and not being able to reach your destination

can be lethal because there’s nothing for
you to survive on in the desert.

The same is true of a sea voyage.

When you’re traveling in the sea and you’re
lost or you can’t find the land that you’re

supposed to reach, obviously the supplies
you have to get by, water especially -drinkable

water- is very limited.

So you have to reach in a particular time
in order for you to survive.

So Allah uses the word that is used for surviving
a journey and getting somewhere safely in


But what He adds is really awesome.

He says the word ‘al-birr’ as opposed
to ‘al-khayr’ or other words used for


‘Al-birr’ in Arabic is closest to the
word ‘al-barr’.

And ‘barr’ actually means land.

So when you hear ‘birr’ then you immediately
think ‘barr’.

You’re not going to reach land.

But Allah says: “You’re not going to reach

And the idea of words that are similar in
phonetics, to use them in this way, this kind

of wordplay suggest that Allah wants us to
think of the imagery.

Think of yourself as out on see.

Unstable waters, storms.

And you don’t know when you’re going to reach.

And you finally reach the island where you’re

What is that safe island called?


‘Al-barr’ and ‘al-birr’ are similar.

Reaching land is like reaching goodness.

Oh, it’s good.


Being in sin and being in a time in your life
which is not good is like being out at sea.

You are living in a turbulent lifestyle.

So you will not reach that safe land ‘hattaa
tunfiqoo mimmaa tuhibboon’.

Can you imagine a boat that’s leaking or it’s
too heavy or it has taken on too much of a

load, what do you have to do for the ship
to survive?

You have to drop the excess, don’t you?

In order for you to survive.

Allah says: you will not reach land in this
case goodness until you spend from what you


You might have to drop things off this ship
that you love.

And Allah says; you’ll have to spend things
that you love.

And it doesn’t just mean giving Sadaqah to
the Masjid.

It means you might have to spend on relatives
you don’t like.

You might have to give up some of the luxuries
that you have in life and think of your neighbors

and think of other people that are in suffering
around you.

And you might have to give more and more and
more of the things that you love.

Not the leftovers.

Not the second-hand clothes.

Not the stuff that if somebody handed it to
you, you would squint your eyes before you

took it.

Not that stuff.

But the stuff you really want for yourself.

Eid is going to come soon.

You’re going to go shopping.

When you go shopping and you buy that shirt
or those clothes or that jewelry or whatever

you get for yourself or for a cousin, get
the same kind of thing that you would have

loved for yourself to give in Sadaqah.

That to give in Sadaqah.

That is real ‘birr’.

That’s when you know you’ve attained some
kind of goodness.

What a beautiful Ayah.

And what beautiful imagery to explain to us
that in this journey we think that everything

we need is on the ship.

But Allah is telling us; for you to survive
this journey, you better let go of some of

these things that you really really love if
you’re going to get all the way to goodness.

May Allah (azza wa jall) help all of us reach
goodness and make us of the people that are

called ‘al-abraar’.

Anything you spend Allah knows really well
about it.

You don’t have to announce it.

Allah knows what you spent.

So keep it as a secret between you and Allah.

And don’t post on Facebook.

“After listening to this lecture, I donated
my favorite shirt.”

Or whatever.

Don’t do that keep.

Keep it between you and Allah because Allah
says whatever you spend Allah knows about.
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May Allah make us of those who reach that
goodness and reach that safety.


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