Heartwork – Surah Kahf #17
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Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh who this is Abdul Nasir Jenga, and you're listening to the kalam podcast, the kalam podcast has become an important part of people's lives. All around the world. There are millions of people benefiting from the podcast every single day 1000s of hours of content, dozens of different series from all the different teachers and scholars here at column. All of this is delivered to the community free of charge. We are excited and actively working to grow and increase our efforts to deliver more and more benefit to the community. We ask you to support our efforts and become part of the alum family, please go to column family.com and sign up to
contribute to this sadaqa Giardia on a monthly basis. May Allah subhanaw taala accept from all of us desire Kamala Haven was salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Whoa. Right. Welcome home, everybody. It's good to see you here. 100 Allah.
So we have some some good news and some bad news. The good news is that well, there's a lot of good news, actually. The first good news is that I don't know how many of you guys know that this. This space we're sitting in right now is not roots. This is temporary, right?
Well, there's dunya temporary so far, but
you know, but this is a temporary space and the roots that we're building is actually way back there. It's being constructed. You may have seen it through the windows, but
you know, it's been a long time, a lot of work going back and forth as construction teams and contractors and all kinds of different approvals and hamdulillah on last Wednesday or Thursday, I want to say we got our full approval to use the space 100 left in the city of Carrollton so we have what's called a co it's a certificate of occupancy. So until then you can't be in the space and if you're there, you get in big trouble. So Hamdulillah we are fully legal to go and use that space. The next step in sha Allah in the coming week, we just ordered all of the furniture because we're kind of building like a large kind of co working vibe. So we're gonna have like up to 85
workstations, couches, chairs, Persian rugs just the whole you know, we work
you know not normally on here like Reno we work so little every job failed miserably. So, but the point is that in sha Allah we should be there in about 10 days. Then the espresso technicians are going to come install the espresso machine and we're going to have some open fully Charla we're hoping to go full time hours like eight to eight. So you can come here anytime get work done. Get your coffee here there's no packs location in the area. So we talked a minute about that and we just said you just stay away from this area and sha Allah so there's no awkward sibling rivalry. No he's very supportive. Mashallah, so anyways, all the patients all the support all the donations,
everything that we've been doing, it's been a long time. And so you know, when I got the news that we got our approval handled I was very emotional. And the first thing I thought of were you because I thought man it's Paulo like we're not doing this for me not coming I'm just gonna go sit there alone by myself. Like that Will Smith meme in the living room right and we're gonna house empty as if this is for everybody. This is for the community. So we asked a lot of time to to accept from us in sha Allah, so we'll be there soon. The grand opening that we're planning on having should be towards the end of October. We're hoping end of October.
I can't say religiously. I can't say it but Halloween, basically, right.
October 31. It looks like the first day that will be in there. If anyone comes in costume kicking you out. Controller, okay, unless it's your kid then we'll entertain it.
Okay, the other good news is that well, it's you know, partially is bittersweet. tonight's gonna be the last night Oh, so let's get for finishing the chapter tonight. Insha Allah. So that's obviously a little bit bittersweet. But the good news is that we'll be starting next Monday with one of my favorite sessions. I'm not going to tell you what it is now, but it's one of my favorite sessions. I taught it before but five years ago we never recorded it. So it just kind of disappeared alright once we did it it was done. And it was something that we did it was a lot smaller regroup but I think it's a really really powerful topic. Insha Allah from Imam Rosati Rahim Allah so we're going
to be doing that in sha Allah starting next Monday, and it's gonna go back to a little bit what HEartwork initially started out as, which is more of a didactic dialogue based program. So we're not going to be sitting here in lecturing tafsir is kind of difficult to get around that because when it comes to tips here, you know there's reflection but then when it comes to interpretation, there is an accurate and there is like an inaccurate right
And so there does have to be sort of research done. But in the next session, the next series Inshallah, it's a lot more involved in terms of personal interpretation, thoughts and reflections. So we'll be kind of starting our sessions with like breakout groups, getting to know each other, lots of activities, different things like that. And then we'll be finishing the sessions with more of a recap and a summary of what amount of Rosati is saying in that particular chapter in sha Allah. Okay.
Alrighty, let's get started in sha Allah Bismillah. So, we are now at the end of a sort of gaffe, and we finished, how many stories were there?
For, okay, who can name all of them? Who can give me the themes? Yes. In order
I'm not laughing at you. I'm just laughing because you put your hand up so quickly until I said all of them and you're like, nope. Right?
Yeah, exactly. Anyone else?
The boys and the men in the cave boys in the cave, two guardians, or the guardian? Yeah.
Very good morals. Okay, so we have the young, the young men who took refuge in the cave from the evils of their society. Then next we had the two brothers, right, and one of them with the two gardens. And then we had after that Satan, the Mousavi, Sudan, Prophet Musa, Moses and Philip, and the lessons we learned there, and then we have them on name. Little codename was the one that we just covered. The pious, righteous, powerful ruler, and leader. And all of these stories have their own unique lessons. Right? What are some of the lessons you guys remember from any story, just name the story in the lesson you remember?
Patient's from which one for most of their right patients, particularly with what with what you don't? With what you don't know, right? There is patience. And that we this is one of the things that we said, if you want to come to know the truth of something, you have to be patient. The truth does not reveal itself quickly. Truth happens after time, in due time, right. So if a person wants to know something, if a person wants to experience something, they have to get comfortable waiting. If you guys have ever like I don't know, during COVID, if you guys baked as much banana bread as me, right, or try to try your hand at like baking sourdough. There are some things in life that time is
part of the recipe. It's not an active part. And that's what's frustrating is that you'll see like a recipe and it'll say act of time, 15 minutes, total time, three days, and you're like, wait a minute, what am I doing here? But the reality is that some of the things that you're doing, there's an alchemy and the alchemy, Alchemy means changing one thing into another. When you follow that process, the alchemy requires that there be time. And so if you're in a point in your life, and you're wondering waiting for something, right, whether it's personally professionally, right, so many people in this room, how many of you are married, raise your hand.
Now, let's bless you. Okay. Can I ask you a question? Those who are married and girls?
The statistics just became abundantly
overwhelming for me. Okay.
Maybe it's true what they say. So,
but let me just tell you, Okay, did you guys have to wait? Or did you get married? Like, immediately, I said,
four months? But like in life from the time you decided you wanted to get married 27 years?
not just like, What would you like to name him? His mother's like single?
Single ready to ready to mingle? Right? Okay. Yeah. So again, patience. And, again, realistically, from the time you decided that you want to say, Okay, I want to get married, okay? Or Okay, I want to switch careers. I want to look for another job, or we want to get a house or I want to move whatever, from the time that you make a decision. Until the time that that thing comes becomes a reality. Before we show that I think there's time and even when you make that first jump or that first leap, there's still time of the of the ripening of that moment. So you move into the house and the first night you're there. It doesn't smell like homeless smells like paint. Right? And then
after that, you get like a little bit of furniture like you're sitting on cardboard boxes and eating pizza. And you're like, This is great, right? I kind of miss home. I remember the first time I moved out of my parents house that's 21 and moved to Richardson, Texas, to be youth director at a&t. Some of y'all don't remember those days, right? And I remember sitting on my apartment floor by myself being like, this isn't all it's cracked up to be. You know, I missed the cushy job of taking like I miss. I miss it right? I didn't have anything. I had nothing in my bank account at $37 and I went and spent 10 of that on pizza was the worst financial decision I've ever made. percentage wise my
life I spent 33% of my net worth on pizza
because it's gotten bagels and mozzarella cheese and sauce but that's it.
Have a story. And it came full circle recently. So
that's number one. Patient's Very good. Michelle, what else? What else? Have you guys learned from these stories? Yeah.
The youth of the cave, basically hanging on to their faith in the midst of a society that was corrupt. So
you know, a lot of people get caught up on the other three stories, because there's so much detail. But the first one is like the most slept on and that's not upon because they were asleep. The first one is definitely the most slept on paella because no one appreciates. No one appreciates the lengths that people go to to protect themselves. It's never admirable in the moment, you know that. Like, you're only a hero after the fact. Like when they were doing this, no one was like, wow, people were like, What are you thinking? Right? This the Saudis looking at them? Are you crazy? This and that? How many of you guys have been in a moment where you decided to do what you knew was right
for your iman. And everyone around you is coming? What? Whether it's professional, financial, what are you thinking? What are you doing? You're not going to be celebrated in that moment. But here we are, right? 1000s of years later in Dallas, Texas, talking about these people, admiring them in the in the as legends, right? This is the power of making the right decision when everything is on the line. And sometimes when your faith is on the line when you when your faith is is, you know, teetering on the edge and you're walking that fine line, you have to do something that might seem like to other people is a little bit kind of crazy, right? You might have to you might have to take
time away, you might have to, you know, not go out. You might have to, you know not buy that thing that everyone's you might have to do something that people they don't get it. But you understand and you understand that by doing that thing by protecting your faith, you are preserving what makes you you
Well, that's a cool, okay, Latinas, Hola, and settlement for someone. Allah says, Don't be like those people forgot Allah. So they forgot themselves. You fall into the monoculture, you do what everyone else is doing? You become just as unrecognizable as everybody else. Right? You give it all away. The faith that makes you different. The thing that makes you stick out when everyone else is drinking Thirsty Thursdays? is Abdul you're gonna come with?
Can you say no,
I can't tell you Subhanallah how many times in my life,
whether it's like those Uber drivers that don't take a hit, he doesn't understand. You got the headphones in, but like, so tell me about your life. We have seven minutes, give me your biography. And you're like terminal C, please just you know, or the barbers right? That you're trying to figure out if you want to keep going to them or not. Okay, or whatever situation you're in the person next to the airplane. And they make some sort of comment, or the waiter at the restaurant, the waitress, right? You guys drinking tonight?
How many of us are going to stand up and say we don't drink? versus not maybe next time? Joe, right?
How many of us are going to know seriously, and I learned this from my really beautiful friends really beautiful brother method. In Chicago. We would go into we'd go work out together and we'd go eat and stuff like that we'd hang out isn't a big brother to me. And he always told me that whenever somebody can mistake like whether or not you're not doing something that you're not doing for your faith, or you're doing it for your faith, whenever that can be like a vague sort of like, why are they doing it? He said never let that moment go. Except that you make it clear why you're doing it. Don't be rude. Don't be a jerk. But you can say gently, nicely. Are you guys drinking tonight? What
can I get you guys for drinks? And you say, oh, you know what? Actually we're muscle we don't drink. But I'll take a I'll take a sprite. Right and just letting them know. And in that moment, what have you done? Subhanallah you may have planted the seed. I can't I can't tell you because you guys aren't gonna believe me. But I had another run in with another barber today.
The first one that I went to well, LAHIA will law he it's true. And the first one that I went to. He was asking about Islam. And he couldn't he couldn't see me. He was busy. So I went to another one today. And I walk in and his brother, if I could just describe him. Okay, so he will walk in His name's Rico. And oh, here we go. You got your 240 fives here so I go. And he's kind of my hair. Brother had tattoos all over his face. teardrops, if you know what that means. He has his got grilles if you're old enough to know what those are. Okay, his teeth are studded with diamonds and gold. Okay, sweet guy, those sweet guy just like that. Come on, brother. Come on, sit me down. I'm
gonna take care of you. And then like halfway through the cut. He says What's your name?
And again, it could be like Murphy, which I hate when people call me that, by the way. Murphy, or I could have been like, my name is ape, you know?
And I said, I said my name. My name is Rama. I said you want to call me Abdul for sure. That's fine. He said are you most
Are you muslim?
And I was like, oh, it's gonna be one of those right
off the clock, like, my shorts and T shirt, I'm not trying to teach the fifth of nigger.
he goes, Are you muslim? And I said, Yes. And he goes, I am to sound like
you were born Muslim. And he was yeah, he was everyone thinks that I converted but foremost. I says Paola, you're so when did you convert? I said.
Rico, you and I, because a lot of like, we don't look like we have a lot of income.
And we start talking man, he has a nine year old son, I got my two kids. And we just start talking about being Muslim. And what do you presume? And I told him about putting him in ruins. He said, What so close, I live so close. And he's, again, all of that wouldn't have we exchanged numbers. All of that wouldn't have happened. I didn't just say.
If I just fold it out of whatever, sometimes you make the decision that is more representative of your email and your faith. And look at the fear that comes from that. All right, Paula, may Allah give us the strength. It's tough. It's tough. But may Allah Tala give us that. Okay. Now before I just do like a summary of sort of, kind of, let's go ahead and finish the shot a lot. But I want you guys to think about that. And I want you guys to have like a note in your phone or a notebook or something that you keep notes, when you read the Quran, I want you to write all over the translation. I want you to just make notes, patients, right? hanging onto your faith, I want you to
keep those notes because when you reread that, let's have that translation. Everyone hold on. Number one, you're going to remind yourself of what you read. And number two, you're going to have new thoughts and new reflections. Okay. All right. So I have a number we're going to start is number
99. So remember, those old man, he just built this wall to protect these people. He's at the end of this journey now. So he, he passed all of his tests, the righteous pious leader, okay, the first one was like he was just, he had integrity. The next one was that he didn't take advantage of the vulnerable. And the third one was in the moment where people needed him. And even though they weren't listening to him, because he was pious because he was solid because he was a good person, even though they weren't listening to him. He still helped them and he took care of them. Why? Because in order for people to listen to you, you have to take care of their big sneeze. Interesting
in the Quran. You know, Allah, Allah says, when Allah Tada talks about
the people who they come to know faith and he talks about Allah Spano Tata, how he allows them to have faith allows him to have faith. He says what that Allah to Allah is the One who
I'm a woman jeweler in what am Anna Holman cup. When he talks about them coming to faith, he says that they come to know Allah. But Allah has done two things for them. He has taken care of their hunger by giving them food, and he has given them security when they're scared, you know, but tafsir says, if somebody's in a state of fear, because they're afraid for their safety, or if they haven't had food and they're hungry, don't expect them to listen to that level. It's just human nature. Allah Himself is saying what? Right? So the Buddha would on behalf and beat worship the Lord of this house, the Kaaba. And then he says the jewel the one who fed them when they were hungry
and he gave him safety when they were afraid. So look for nine he applies this principle. He comes to these people they're scared of who
usually Matt do is write your due to Matt jooge. And so they say can you help us and he helps them and even though they're sitting on all resources, and they have everything there they can't do it themselves until he comes in guides them so that Allah strong Tada says is number 99. If you're following along quran.com/eighteen and scroll to 99 Inshallah, okay, it's unscalable it says, On that day, this is a mercy from Allah. But when the Promise of my Lord comes to pass, then Allah will do it will it will be turned into dust this wall will not stand up against the One who created it. Right this wall seems like it's impossible to get over and break down. But guess what, for a lot
nothing's impossible. So he told these people what don't rely on the means more than you rely on the Creator. Don't rely on the means more than you rely on the Creator this wall you guys are putting all of your faith in it. Right you know in America they say the almighty dollar bill. Why don't they see the almighty dollar bill you guys realize how wack that is how messed up it is. The Almighty is for Allah alone. People use that phrase the almighty dollar bill
And then what happens inflation
and you realize not so mighty. You realize that sandwich that was $7 the restaurants charging you 15 for that right now. And your ear you're like let me just start cooking at home. Right maybe cooking ramen sounds good again, right? It's not so mighty isn't the dollar bill Subhan Allah, the Almighty is for Allah Allah Jalla wa Ala that's it. So he says we build this wall you feel safe, but you know who's causing you to feel safe with Allah.
And so don't ever put your trust in the ASVAB more than you put the one in that gave you the Isbell the one who gave you the means okay so then Allah Tada says what talking about or who might either your mood your feedback did what NOFA for sewer for Gemma now whom Gemma on that day, we will let them surge like waves talking about the Judah Jude some of us even say it's just people in general on the Day of Judgment when the Trumpet will be blown and everyone will be gathered together. Then Allah Tala continues and he says on that date, we will display the Hellfire clearly for those who rejected or out of Naja hidden nama Yama, even little caffeine or law, that on that day, we will
display it. Why? What was the number one contention that the disbelievers had with? The Prophet saw something about the afterlife? What did they say?
The Prophet SAW Selim said prepare yourself. Prepare yourself for a date. Remember the first time he came public with the message? What did he say? He said to you trust me, we gathered all four he stood on an auto sofa in Makkah, he said, Do you trust me? They said, Of course we trust you. We trust with our lives. Your Asana can mean you're the one who is truthful. You've never told the lie we give You You have all of our wealth like we you're the Bank of Mecca. He says you trusted me. They said yeah. He said if I told you that there was an army behind this mountain come in, would you pick up your swords? Would you get ready to fight? They said of course. And some of them started to
get ready to like, is that what
he was? Would you believe me? They said yes. He said I'm telling you about a day that is even more painful. That is even more serious than if an army were to show up here right now.
Prepare yourself for that day. Just like you were gonna get your weapons and shields ready. What have you done for that day?
And the the reaction, pin drops Highlands, no one knows what to say. Until who says why?
A hula hoop looks at him and says what? Tibet?
Says may you perish. You brought us here for this in his language. He brought us here for this garbage.
Con. Are you a joke?
And he tries to humiliate the prophets also in that moment.
So in that moment, Allah is speaking to Abu Lahab he's saying what? Well, I don't know. Johanna may only eat caffeine. You know, I've got you thought he was joking. Didn't you overlap? He thought he was mocking me. He thought he was just trying to get attention. Make himself popular. You thought he was just trying to get cloud?
We'll have on that day. You're gonna be the first one to see this. The thing that you said would never happen. You're gonna be the first one. Remember? Allah Tada. first words of the most have Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim, right? In the Name of Allah, the Most what? Most Merciful, most compassionate. All right. Now some people get tripped up. Because when it comes to punishment of Jahannam, they're like, wait a minute, wait a minute.
How can the one who identifies himself and tells us about his mercy have anything known as punishment? That seems contradictory to Mercy, right? If someone was merciful, if a being was merciful, merciful, compassionate, then why would they have punishment? That doesn't make sense, that doesn't square in our logic. But it's interesting Subhanallah because when you look at one characteristic of Allah, without looking at the entire mosaic of all of what he's given us from His names and attributes, you become very confused. But when you look at everything, you start to realize that they all work together. So hola todos. Merci. Is there no doubt? And that's the first
thing he wanted you to know. That's why hamdulillahi rabbil aalameen, our Rockmount and Rahim. He wanted us to know first and foremost that He is the Most Merciful. But you know what's interesting, right after that, Maliki omit Dean. He's the Master of the Day of Judgment. Why? Because the existence of accountability is mercy in and of itself. When you have people that have lived their life, oppressive, tyrannical, causing pain to everyone around them, making society suffer tearing apart the fabric of morality and virtue at its core, and those people have no shame, no sense of accountability. What do people ask for? What do we pray for when you see crimes being committed? Oh
Allah give us justice. Oh Allah take care of us. All other being women, children, men, young, old being killed. They're alive.
as being destroyed lineages being ruined countries being put back centuries, the Mercy of Allah and that moment is the justice. That makes sense. Mercy can take many shapes and forms. Right when Eman pushes Musa and that's usually how it happened to my house. When she decks into the ground is three year old girl that has the power of 1003 year old girls.
She does most of the ground, he looks at me, he's like Baba, because he knows he's bigger. He can't swing. Because if he swings that we're in big trouble. If he swings out, and then it's like, you know, but she knows that too. That's the problem. So she's like, punch me. He's like, I can't write. So she pushes him. He looks at me and he says, bah, blah. And he's can't say anything. He's like, she pushed me. And if I don't do anything in that moment, right as his father, if I don't display some sort of affirmation of the unfairness, and sometimes I don't punish her right away, right? Sometimes I'm like, Just give her space. She doesn't nap today. Give her space. We said no to
Cheetos, give her space, right? Just go away. Just give her space, right? It's human justice is imperfect. But when I give her the consequence that she deserves in that moment, like you know what we're taking away your nail polish
to her is like the trumpet blowing saponified takeaway
is next level and
I cannot confirm or deny if I had been in her salon before receiving nail polish. Check my nails real quick. When I do that, then Musa in that moment, even though on the outside, it looks like consequence for him. He says his heart is restored because he sees the mercy that he was looking for. So the existence of these is about Johanna, I want you to understand something before we go into them, because they're very strong. But you're talking about people that in the moment in the lives of the people who are receiving this revelation, they witnessed their own family being ripped to shreds. They witnessed their family being assassinated, massacred killed right in front of them.
And so for them, they barely are able to fall asleep every night.
Maybe with tears
and the existence of accountability is what humanity needs in order to keep us on the straight path so Allah Tada says on that day, you're gonna see how very clearly the hell they used to say no, that doesn't exist. Where is it? Show us how old the Earth is? Is the earth hot the sun the you know, making jokes they used to mock him. Allah Allah says don't work. You'll see it
Alladhina can add uniform theory draw in and literally what can you learn yesterday Ernest summer as of Hana love, how many of you guys have ever been driving and when you were getting close to your destination or getting lost? You turn down whatever you were listening to? Anybody? All the time, right? Or when you need to focus on something visually, you try to cancel out all the audio? Yes. Okay.
This is nuts. Because the Quran references that phenomenon. The Quran references like the cerebrum, the cerebellum, all the function, you know, everything that neurologists have come to understand about the brain of the function of how the five senses interplay with each other, how you have a primary focus and the secondary focus all of this stuff Allah mentioned and what does he say? He says, Those who turned a blind eye
or they looked with their eyes, other than where they were supposed to look?
And as a result of that, they misuse their vision Allah gave them vision to do what to look at the sky and say so Allah gave them the vision to look at the moon and says I love to look at the clouds right the Texas sunset everyone's like you guys have no hills and like we have sunsets. Right to watch the sunrise to look at the beautiful face of your of your loved ones your family and friends and say hamdulillah Allah even tells us how many guys liked food
you guys hunger you guys like food? Okay, I like and tells us what he says. Said Jung said have you left the army let people look at their food as a reminder Milan your food that's why you got to slow down can use so quickly. When you get when the waiter comes, the waitress comes or whatever you order food or you cook food actually maybe taking the picture for social media is not that bad.
Maybe it's kind of one of those good things that like we've snuffed out to kind of like do just fell apart look at your food why because Allah is saying like, how did that food get to you?
Okay, I went to the store How did it get there? Well, it was distributed by these distribution companies Okay, how did they get it? All the farms I mean, you know, they they're the ones who okay but how did they get it and the line the regression goes back further and further and further and further until what until you have to inevitably come to the conclusion that it was a lot
so the burger you're eating with the patty and the lettuce and the tomato and the pickle and mayo and ketchup. I'm really hungry. I haven't eaten yet right. And the potato blonde sesame seeds on
In the fries, you look at that and all you're seeing right? Every human being sees what, huh yum food. The Muslim says Subhanallah
Subhanallah there was a story of a man. And one time they gave him a glass of cold water. For those of you who are here to you know, talking about, you notice that he narrates his story. He said that one time he got a glass of cold water. And instantly when he felt the cold temperature of the glass in his hand, he just fainted. But he stumbled backwards and dropped the water. So then he got up and they were like, what happened? Are you okay? And he said, subhanAllah when I felt that cold glass in my hand, I remember the verse in the Quran where Allah described, the people of hellfire calling out to the people of Jenna saying give us anything, even some cold water.
And I realized how lucky I am to be drinking something that the people of Japan are going to have that the people who are going to be begging for.
And I thought to myself, What am I done to deserve this? This drink of paradise?
So Muslims are just on another level. Now look, I'm not trying to make you that person at every dinner party. Everyone's like eating food, you're like, God, hold on
a pasta before garlic bread, right? You know.
But internally, you should have those moments. Internally, we should have those moments. And the reason is that if our eyes get used to not recognizing Allah and everything around us, okay, and Latina candidates, our uniform feel it's all in our dignity, that they completely get used to ignoring Allah, all the reminders fall away from them, they look and they don't see the same things. Right? Then what happens? Then Allah Tada says, Well, can you lay your study around a seminar? As a result of that, they won't be able to use their hearing. Allah doesn't say they can't hear. He says their hearing will become defunct, they won't be able to listen anymore. So what does this mean? If
you just tried to do that entire like tangent that I went through on food with someone who doesn't recognize the existence of God, they would say you're crazy. Just eat its food. Right? I never forget the first time I worked with somebody I got close to. He was a friend of mine at Apple, he was atheist. And I said, What do you think happens after death? He goes, your body's gonna be eaten by worms.
And I was like, wow.
Nothing else? And he goes, No, absolutely not. It's just decomposes. It's science.
I said, Okay. Thank you, right. And at the time, I was like, 20, I didn't know I was gonna teach off either later, but I did push back on him. And I said, That's it. Like, all the difficulty in your life, every decision, you have to make every moral fork in the road, every right or wrong. Every challenge you have every moment of perseverance and patience in your life where you do the right thing. It's all because you're going to be a buffet for worms at some point.
There's nothing beyond that.
He was like, I don't think so. And we were so cool. I was like, he caught my shift. He's like, I got you.
It was one of those overnights we're getting ready for an iPhone. Release. Yeah, so we're gonna go over next we got you know, the pizza was flowing. We got detox, okay. But Allah Allah says, if you miss us, your eyes and your ears will follow any amount of us. It says that the two things that give your heart guidance, the quickest are your eyes and your ears. That if your eyes get used to looking at haram things, if you use your eyes to look at things that are not okay, then your ears will be next and you will be listening to the same thing. You will be in the same audience in the same line of prayer and you will be listening to the sinful arm being recited and the person next to you is
feeling it. They are emotional. They are in your eye and the ear of the person who's already neglected Allah with their eyes is the ears like what is this? Some Bookman? neuroimmune for whom they have jerem Allah describe them that their depth they're not going to be able to understand won't be able to speak and they will be blind.
Well, God Who know coonass smell oh, now Qilu is panela the people behind them on the Day of Judgment when they're given their their book in their left hand. You guys go on Wednesday, right? When they're given their books, their left hand, welcome lacuna smell of nephew, if we only listened and then understood,
because you can't understand if you don't listen.
And if a person blocks off their ability to listen, they'll never get it. And if they look at the wrong things, they won't be able to listen, you see how it all follows. Imam enough thought in that secondary he actually had a beautiful metaphor and we'll move on from it after this. He said you guys have forgotten something in your eye before.
Okay, who remembers that moment? You guys remember? What happened to you what happens? You get some in your eye.
What do you do? Let's say you're walking with your friends. You
Stop, right? You stop is it like, you know, you can get hit in the head with a brick and you would kind of skill still keep moving?
You know, I mean, like someone could take a baseball bat to your thigh and you would like still kind of like, oh God, right? You would like why they do that you want to keep limping on. We're gonna miss the buffet. You know, like keep walking.
If a piece of dust gets in your eye, you're like, Man Down, Right? Like you can't keep going. So I don't know. I remember actually Musa one night got sand in his eye and he was like three. And
I remember like it was basically it was like almost melted and for the whole night because I was puffy and red. We were like trying to flush it out. Of course he's three years old, took him to urgent care to see if they could do this and that right it was getting like really read really bad called all our pediatrician friends kept them up all night. You know, ophthalmologists, optometrists, everybody, right. And that was just for one speck of sand in his eye.
When he came out, he was like, oh,
and we're like, it's out. He's like, Yeah,
he was done. And we're like sitting there Walgreens, and three in the morning at the Mayo Clinic. And they're like, alright, well, I guess yes. $340 Thank you.
Like you went to most expensive thing that I have in my life, right? But you know, what's crazy? You're not taught love says and this is a very true statement scholar. He says, you know, you stop your entire body. You stop everything if you get a piece of channeling your IRA. He said, What about the piece of dirt on your heart?
He said, You just keep going.
You just keep moving.
Because life can't stop. Miss Federer keep moving.
Just scroll past something like grotesquely haram in so many ways. Keep up with no stuff. Nothing. When the sand gets in the eye. You're like, I can't do anything. When the dirt gets on my heart. It's like, it's fine. Another day, Allah forgive us. Right? So a lot of brings up these senses to connect us right? To like, reconnect us like, Look, you have been given these privileges. You have been given the ability to witness things, to process things, to hear things, to feel things. Don't let these things go to waste. Don't let these things die.
And then I'll move on to Alice's EFA, Hasib, a Latina, Cafaro, and you get tacky the way bad demon Dooney. Alia, do these people really think in their life, they're going to be able to take all of my creation, Allah calls him his servants, basically anything other than Him as their divine as their God. People, some people worship the dinar and the dyrham, they worship the dollar, and the pound and some people worship the stocks. And some people worship basically Elon Musk. And some people worship their zip code, and they work. And these are the things that they devote their entire existence to.
Prayer doesn't matter. If it gets in the way of my career, something's got to give, it's going to be so long.
If I want this to happen, if I want to succeed, Islam has to take a backseat. That's what he's talking about. These people think that they can take other things as their ILA. Allah even says that you can take yourself as your ELI your desires. Eli just means the thing you devote yourself to the thing you give everything you've got.
And Allah Allah says, are those people who disbelieve do they think that they will be able to sit take my creation, my servants? Min Dooney besides me, Oh, yeah. in Tirana, Johanna Millard, Kathleen and Mozilla. Those people, man, Allah says, for their grotesque misappropriation, because it's the height of ingratitude to Allah. I want you to we can't imagine because it's so difficult, but I want you to imagine like your parents, or people that like someone that did something really amazing for you, your parents or grandparents, maybe an uncle or aunt or somebody, right? And I want you to imagine, like everything they did for you. Like, go back in time. Look at it from day one. And I
want you to gather all of those moments in your mind right now you have them, gather them in your heart, I want your heart to feel soft. Think about every time like my mom's power. I'll never forget Chicago winters. I have to go to school in my class at eight in the morning. So what time to wake up at 715 I'm very good.
Right? And I go outside and my car's already started.
It's been on for 30 minutes, because there's Chicago in the winter. If your car's not started, you're not gonna know where
and who thought about me before I even thought about me.
You know what I mean?
Now that I travel and work and do all this stuff I like think about my dad.
I'll tell you one night Musa got sick
I was sleeping
it's actually funny story.
So Musa got sick, I got sick, we both have stomach but
so my wife, she, you know this before COVID She kicked us out of the room. And we were staying in my parents house. So we were I was literally in the basement and the living on a mattress and my son. And he started you know, you know, threw up a lot a lot. I bet like a lot. We got so bad that he'd be asleep and I would have my hand on his stomach to feel when his stomach retched, so that I could get ready to catch whatever was going to come. And at some point, nothing came out, right? It was just empty. And he would literally just wake up saying no, no, because he was tired, right?
And that was tough, you know, but it is what it is like I'm throwing up, he's throwing up, I looked around man up.
My wife is like, Don't come in here.
And then I got really emotional because I realized that like literally at that moment based on the floorplan the house I was sleeping directly under my dad.
like dirt. Like my dad in mom's room was right above us.
And I said full circle man. How many times did my dad do this for me?
I'm sitting here doing exactly what he did.
And I can't even remember it. But I guarantee so when I told my dad the next morning, what happened? He's like, sounds familiar. And why doesn't like that, right? So he's like, sounds good. You know,
I want you to think of everything that people have done for you. The nicest person in your life, he's ready to have it.
Now wants you to imagine that the summation of everything I've done for you, you go to them and you tell them you've done nothing for me. You're worthless.
When people deny the benevolence of Allah and their life, it's worse than that moment.
The one who gave us everything, and we had the audacity to declare or devote or to give something to someone beyond him or other than
that's why I lost us and perhaps even Latina capital and yet tapping Do I not even do me? How can we think that it's okay.
Right. And that's the beginning of the ingratitude that leads to those major indiscretions. Those like life disrupting decisions in moments. Okay.
And then Allah, Allah says, gold held on a broken bill of Serena and Amanda. Oh, the Prophet SAW said and I said, Oh, he's told by Allah say, two people have Should we tell you who will lose the most in their deeds, and Lavina de la Cru home for the higher to dunya, with whom you have Sedona and whom you've seen on Asana, the person who does all of these deeds, and they think that they're doing something good, but in reality, they're doing something way off track.
Right? Because if a person is misguided with their eyes and their ears in their heart, they'll be doing something that they think is the right thing, but it'll actually be the wrong thing. That's why it's what the bucket or What is Allah Tala say that when you go to those people, and you say to them, lad to see to fit out,
We're not doing facade. We're doing good. We're not doing facade. We're doing good, right? People that think that they're doing good under the guise of their own desires more often than not do wrong. So what tells us the moral compass to do right or wrong is what is our connection to Allah Subhan Allah to Allah. So Allah Tada says that their deeds are in vain. Hula it can Latina capital big Roby him qualify. These are the people that they deny. And they reject all of the signs of their Lord and that they will one day meet him for Habitat atma aluminum Fela and Oakley Mola home Yeoman ability will ever be there and as a result the good that they've done will be misinterpreted Miss
intended they didn't do it for Allah. Think about it. Why do you do good deeds? You only do it because Allah told you to do it. So many things that we do go against like the hyper materialist naturalist understanding of what's beneficial, like charity doesn't make sense. Charity, what benefit is charity to you?
There was like tax benefits. No, you don't understand you don't get all of it back. You only get you know 70% of it's not taxable right. So for you charity doesn't make sense for why do we do charity because Allah told us when the metals economic noon people have a booth for the floods in Pakistan. We have many campaigns for the people whether it's in Syria, whether it's an empanada Stein whether it's in Somalia, wherever Why do Muslims rally around these causes? Why?
Why do you give money to these causes? Guys?
Let's start here. Do we give money to these guys?
do you get something
When you give something you get something in return.
You Yeah, you get Allah's pleasure and that's it.
Right without Allah giving us the gameplan everything that we know to be virtuous and good is up to subjective opinion.
We can decide it for ourselves.
Right? We can figure it out for ourselves and so Allah Tada says that on the Day of Judgment, all their deeds will be empty. Okay that he got his own home Jehanne never been that CAFO that Allah Tada says that will be the reward the Jehanne them for what they disbelieved.
And then Allah Tada says, for their mockery, and for their disbelief in my signs and messengers, Okay, now let's finish with the next group, Allah Tada says, in the Latina Amande want me to Saudi hat, Kenneth Lemlem Jana, to infidel Xenos Hola. He uses the same word knows what knows what an Arabic user for the people who are going to join them. But it actually means like a really nice accommodation, like a nice place to stay. So back then it was mockery, but Allah here is using it as like actual it's term, that those people who believed and tried their best to do good deeds. I mean, no, sorry. How do you guys wanna know something really beautiful about this, this phrase? I mean,
no, Saudi has actually has the connotation of very, very small good deeds, but they're not large. So Allah says, Those who believe, and then I want you to picture this. That's it. All the good deeds they can get. It's like, not the big ones, right? They're not the pious person at the masjid every day. They're not doing they're not giving all their money in charity. No, this is the person who's like, just scraping, just barely catching saw, you know what I mean? You have a choice? Do I want to just skip it and kind of lazy it's already running out of time? Or am I going to get up and pray? Some people might say your, why give $1 You're not giving anything, but I'm giving. Right? Why do
that? Because at least I'm trying that's Allah, he's referring to this person. Those people who believe well, I mean, who saw the heart and they were those who knows when they will be given the highest level of paradise and fair dose as their accommodation. Kadina fee Half Lie the one and a half he will.
Allah says you guys have been on vacation before anyone raise your hand. If not, we'll put together a GoFundMe, we'll send everyone here on vacation.
You go, you walk in the room, you walk in the whatever, you know, you step off the plane, you get at the resort, whatever you're going, right. And you're like, Wow, check this out. And then after 30 seconds, the honeymoon phase is over. And you're like, why is this there?
Why is this there? Is that a stain? Right? Why is the bathroom door not working? And you kind of like talk yourself out of it because you don't want to be that person. So you're like, Oh, it's okay. Bathroom, doesn't bathroom doesn't work. Just put a chair up against it. Right? Like, do something we're on vacation. Enjoy.
But that's the nature of the dunya is no matter how good your accommodations are, there will always be something that's all just the reality. You get there and the elevators not working not to use workout. I do Stairmaster anyways.
But the reality is it's still an inconvenience.
You're hungry, you wake up is jetlag, you're up at five in the morning. Breakfast doesn't start till eight. You go into a country when they don't wake up to like 10. You know, in America, coffee shops open at like six. So you wake up, you're like, alright, you wake up over overseas in some countries. I love their culture is that they? They stay up late, so they get up late. I remember the first time I went to a certain country, my wife overseas, we're like we're gonna wake up we're super touristy Americans, fanny pack everything. And I'm not worried about a coffee shop at 70. And we're gonna do this and this and this. We're gonna have this and this and this. We wake up the coffee shop the
front desk like it's all good until 930. But what do we do for two and a half hours. We just walked around watch people do yoga in a park with goats or something I forget.
There's always going to be an inconvenience even in the most beautiful accommodations, except for one place hottie Dena feet have led to one unhappy well, you're never going to want to leave. You're never going to miss your bed. No matter how nice the hotel is here. You miss your bed. Like I miss my bed. You're gonna realize you know why? You ready for this? This is heavy. Because you were actually created for there. When you get to Jana. You're gonna feel like this is how,
like, I've been, this is it. This is where I'm supposed to be.
Sometimes you live in the dunya. And you look around and you have one of those days and you're like, maybe I'm not supposed to be here.
You know what I mean? Like, no matter how good you try to do, no matter what you try to stand up for. Things aren't clicking and you're like, Okay, I guess I'm just gonna have to roll up my sleeves and keep going. But you're like, maybe I'm not compatible for eternity here. Well, in Islam, we say yeah, that's pretty accurate. That's why I love to automate this place of tests and he made your permanent abode the next slide
later on, on how he works.
And then when you get to Jana,
you know, you walk into a really nice luxurious place. I've never been but I hear
quite low canon Barrameda Kenny Matthew Robbie.
Okay, this is super heavy.
The prophets also was being told little cannon behind me dad that he can imagine to be, if all of the bodies of water on the earth, the oceans, the lakes, the rivers, the streams, doubtless when it's flash flooding, if every body of water was an ink pot for the words of Allah,
La Nephi del Avila en 10 for the kalimat rhombi Willow jitna, the missing Hema that the ink from the oceans would run out before Allah's beautiful words would run out, even if you refilled it again twice. No, no, you ready for this? The scholars asked a powerful question. What are the words of ALLAH here?
What is Allah talking about? That's so incredible, so extensive, that it would do not the oceans one time but twice. You know what they said?
This is us ready for this? When the people of Jamaica enter into paradise for the first time,
ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada
one by one individual individually,
will start to tell you how amazing you are.
How would you try it?
That I was there. I saw you
when you did everything.
And he he boasts and praises over the people paradise.
The person that couldn't see themselves in Jannah Allah says, I saw you here the entire time.
And he talks about you to everybody. He lists your accomplishments.
And he just layers it on.
The seer said that these words are what Allah is spending those initial moments in paradise, praising and welcoming the people of Jamaica, may Allah make us the most. Can you imagine? The one you lived your life for and you stand there before him has no agenda and he starts to talk about you.
And tell you how proud he is of you.
My son does this thing every night. He goes, Are you happy with me?
So weird question. I'm not a bad dad. I swear.
He goes, Are you happy with me like Well, of course Bob. I'm happy with you. And then he goes to sleep.
the other day over WhatsApp. My mom was at ombre. And in the middle of Ramadan. She texted me she said happy not happy with you.
And I was at work. I was there with Sheikh Monica it was there. Looking at us was there I start crying. And they're like, are you okay? And you're standing your eye again, right? What if I call back? And I said no, no, I just had an emotional moment. And I texted my wife and it's it's Paula, you know, it's crazy. My son's five and I'm almost 35. And we all just want the same thing.
He's like, Mom, are you happy with me? Mama says yes, he was happy.
I got a text my mom have an amount of happy with you.
And I'm done. Imagine Allah saying I'm happy with you.
How like, overwhelming that feeling is going to be and it's going to be so extensive. It's not short. Allah is not going to like keep it short. Like yeah, good job.
I was gonna go on and on and on, and you're gonna be sitting there and you're going to be just in disbelief that this is happening.
Everything that we learned from the unseen is real. It's happening right now.
I'm going to Allah Tada finishes the surah beautifully.
All prophets say in addition, Mr. Local, you have Elijah.
In either end, Nana Isla hokum 11 Whitehead
from incana Yo Juliet, ba R OB, Hiva yarmulke, Milan Saudi hat.
What are your script VI that you have been?
The Surah had so many themes and so many lessons. It's like hard to like, summarize it. But of course Allah does it perfectly. Allah tells the prophets also in that moment, to talk to people, these people that I remember they were challenging him in the beginning, denying His Prophet. Allah says this is how you finish this conversation. You gave them the four stories that were asking about you accurately retold all of this, then you just describe the afterlife to them beautifully summarized it powerfully. Now all messengers say to them in them and eventually mythological. The Prophet saw something was telling these people I am a person I'm a human just like you.
You and I in terms of our creative being were the same.
two arms, two legs, right? We are the same. You have a layup. The only difference between us is that Allah
He has given revelation to me. That's it.
And I'm gonna hook it up. And the only reason he did this was not because of some other spectacular reason. Besides, he wanted me to tell you that your God, all of us is the same God.
Elon will be number one hit everyone who's worshipping a higher power. We are all in the same boat of worshiping God. We may have different understandings, but this is one God. If we say God, we're talking about the same God.
You've got hopefully you got more ahead. So for men can a young Julie ha Robbie, whoever in their heart of heart deeply hopes to meet Allah? Not that they know they're going to be human, but they want to meet Allah. Fed? Yup, Milan, Milan. Solly.
do two things. Number one, if you want to meet him, you got to show it. You have to prove it.
You get to meet Allah before the big meeting with Allah where he's gonna give you praise upon praise and enter you into paradise and staples who have this set up. Have everything you want. You have to show that you want to meet Allah by meeting him five times a day.
If you can't meet Allah five times a day, then do you really want to meet him?
And again, there's mistakes. There's oversleeping. There's getting busy. There's miscalculating time. But did you intend to did you try to do you put your effort forth. But I'm an unsightly hub. Whether you should it can be a bad if you don't be here.
And as long as you're alive. Never give your heart away to something else. Besides,
the heart is so powerful. It's so valuable. It's so precious. It's so strong, but it's so fragile, like glass. Glass can hold the hottest of liquids, but it'll crap if you drop it two inches. That's the heart. The heart can hold the most intense of substances. But if it's in the wrong environment, if it's not doing the right thing, then it can shatter.
And so the deeds that we do, fill our heart with the right substance protect our heart and only dedicating our time to Allah. Never choosing anything before Allah coming back to him when we do make a mistake. That's the essence of our relationship with Him. So we asked the law of karma Tada to accept from us the studies of his SUTA but ask Allah to Allah to allow us to practice all of the lessons that we learned. We asked a lot to audit to allow us to practice the lessons the infinite lessons that were there that we did not talk about. We asked Allah Allah to give us an attachment, a love for his book, we asked Allah Tada to allow us to practice the best of faith and we ask Allah to
Allah to make us people that are living walking reflections of his beautiful text is beautiful speech basketball experiments, to allow us to be those people that follow the example of his beloved messenger, some alias, we asked the last parameter to allow us to constantly be in the state of remembrance of Him. And we ask Allah that when we trip when we fall when we stumble, when we dirty our heart with the mistakes that we make that he allows us to get up, to clean ourselves off and to come back on the straight path to him with ease. I mean, I mean, you're a bit I mean, does that mean we're here and everybody Subhana Allah would be 100 punishable under the lens and a certificate of
warranty to be late. I really appreciate everybody coming tonight for the conclusions with Gavin I hope Inshallah, that it was beneficial. Please make your other Allah forgive me for my shortcomings. And sha Allah. We're going to be praying a shot together, just momentarily in the messaging about about being Muslim on a microphone.