Channel: Abdul Nasir Jangda
© No part of this transcript may be copied or referenced or transmitted in any way whatsoever. Transcripts are auto-generated and thus will be be inaccurate. We are working on a system to allow volunteers to edit transcripts in a controlled system.
Now again, if I just say his uncle died, see, okay, that's sad. But, you know, it's an uncle. I mean, it's sad, but but again, you have to understand.
You have to really understand what that means. This wasn't some ordinary uncle that you see, you know, twice a year, thrice a year. No, no, no. This was the man who raised the profits a license from the age of eight.
This was the family of the profits or something. He was like both parents to the profits a lot. So he raised him in his lap. He meant everything to the world to him.
It's like losing both your parents at the same time.
And we'll call it passed away.
So Khadija passes away, Abu Dhabi passes away tragedy upon tragedy.
But the question is this. How did the prophets a lot of them recover? How did the prophets a lot of them handle? How did the prophets a lot of a sudden continue on? What gave him the strength? What healed his wounds? What made it possible, easy for him to continue? It was at that point and at that time that Allah subhanaw taala, called the prophets Allah, on the most miraculous journey any human being has ever taken the journey of Israel with me on the journey by night to Jerusalem in the ascension above the heavens, and their last panel which Allah gave the prophets a lot of them a gift. That was the remedy. That was the healing of these rooms. That was the answer to this
question. The Prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala gave the prophets a lot of wisdom, the five daily prayers,
that this is what will heal your wounds, this is what will solve your problems. This is what will give you the strength, the energy the ability to continue. This is the practical purpose and role of Salah how every person in this room has a story. Every person in this room struggles has issues has problems have difficulties.
But the salon is the solution.
See, this is what I want to talk about the practical role of salon owner lives.
So why is the solution to our problems? The answer to our questions, the healing of our wounds.
That is the prayer that is the salon. And this is why they say about the prophets a lot. So see when we talk about this from this perspective. It makes sense. Why the prophets a lot of them said the title of the lecture Jory lacked
the facade or
the coolness of my eyes was put into prayer.
I peace and tranquility I found in the prayer.
I found the calm distill. At the time of a storm.
I found it into prayer.
That was my lifeline. The spiritual Lifeline is the prayer. That is what we need. That's what we got to understand.
And that's why it says about the prophets a lot of either has about who won. First Allah Salah whenever any situation came up in the life of the Prophet says, Oh, yeah, once immediately went to the prayer, because that's going to solve the problem.
That's going to give me the calm the peace, the tranquility, as Murphy was talking about, that I need in order to be able to continue and do what's right, avoid what's wrong. That's the prayer.
But now this leads to a very important point.
A question actually, somebody here could very validly say, brother, everything you said I agree with. I don't disagree with the thing you said.
But my problem is I pray five times a day. I've been praying five times a day for five years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 30 4050 days. But I don't see this benefit of prayer prayer does not serve that purpose. That role in my life.
What's What's missing?
What's missing is the key ingredient.
What alive is messengers allottee. Some have called
I don't want to take up too much time explaining the worku. So I'm gonna summarize the meaning of the word culture in one word, quality.
We need quality in our prayers. We have to pray with good quality. Our prayers have to have quality.
But that leads to the million dollar question. Or I should say the million pound question.
Right? That leads to the million dollar question. How do I get my Salah
How do I get quality in my prayers? That's something we've all had a conversation about. We've talked about, we've asked questions, we've read books, we've watched videos, how do I get for sure in my salon.
When we look through the book of Allah, when we look through the body, the advice of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, we read through the readings of the writings of the scholars, we find that there are dozens of things, tips that we can start to implement that will help the quality in our prayers.
But what I've done is after kind of studying this whole subject, to summarize, to not overwhelm you, that here are the 86 ways to increase the horseshoe in our prayers.
Instead of overwhelming you, I kind of bunched and grouped them into three areas of improvement.
three areas of improving the quality of our prayers.
is what I like to call
a change of lifestyle.
The way we conduct ourselves outside of prayer will impact the quality of our prayer. No doubt about it.
The way we conduct ourselves outside of prayer will impact the quality that we have in prayer. Accordingly, it'll impact it.
I can't practically expect to go from, you know, just doing all types of terrible things. Whether it be sins as brother Murphy was talking about, or he'd be, you know, just lying and cheating and cursing, just just just bad behavior to all of a sudden then expect, like, I can't separate the two, that all of a sudden I expect that magically when I come to prayer. I'm just going to
have a big k on my chest. Here. See how Superman does that?
opens it up. It's got a big No, okay, it doesn't work in England. Okay. In America, everybody loves it. All right. So I can't come to this line expect to magically just get home. Sure. You know, when the time's up, when the chef turns on the microphone,
says brother in the back, could you turn on the shore generator that switch either. So that's the fan the next one over a turn it on, and then your
generator on a lot of work?
Right doesn't work like that.
It doesn't work like that. But rather, I have to understand that how I conduct myself outside of salon will have an impact on the quality of my prayer.
That doesn't mean like brother Murphy was talking about that. I don't pray unless I fix everything. But while I start to pray, now that I'm focusing I'm worried about my shoe, I have to start to very slowly, easily, steadily, but regularly particularly start taking a look at my conduct even outside of the prayer.
What am I doing? Because that might be what's getting in the way of the quality of my prayer. I got to fix that up. And let me give you some religious context for this as well. The Prophet of Allah Salaam of Sahih Bukhari says a Salah to noon. Prayer is a new, it's an illumination, it's a gift from Allah.
And remember, Chef Avraham, Allahu taala taught us a very beautiful lesson about knew about a gift from a law called noon. When he talks about seeking knowledge. What does he say Sokoto? In our case? And so
I complained to my teacher will care about the weakness of my memory I don't retain what I learned.
From Osan up talking murase he What did he advise me to do you advise me to stop committing so many Satan's Allah Allah,
Allah He because he said knowledge is a nude in a light a gift from my Lord, when you are taught DRC and the love does not grant his nude to a sinful person.
So I can start to clean up my act. That's first area of improvement. The second area of improving the quality of our prayers is what I like to call meet salah and event makes a lot and important part of your day.
Let me ask you this. If you go to work or you go to school, or you open up your shop, whatever your what you know, whatever part of life you're in, if you're a businessman, you open up your shop, if you work, you have a job you go to work, if you're a student, you got to make it to class and class or school or shop work or whatever it is, starts at eight o'clock. It takes you 10 minutes to get there from your door. So usually you have to leave your house by 7:45am to make it to classroom work on time with a couple of minutes to spare so you can start at eight o'clock sharp. Okay 745 you have to leave your door.
Now what time will you wake up?
Let me ask you this. Will you wake up at seven
40 crawl out of bed and just walk straight up the door to work. Do you do that?
Say No, we do not do that. Please don't do that. Okay, let me rephrase. Don't do that. That's bad. You don't do that. How much time do you require to get ready in order to go to work? How much time brothers?
Okay, Mashallah. There's there's there's decent people here. All right, some people say 15 minutes. I say that a lot.
Some people say an hour and a half, I say.
All right. So the average usually for the brothers at least is about 30 minutes to 45 minutes. We're not talking about sisters. May Allah forgive them. Okay.
Take over an hour. Okay. It's a good It's okay. You know, they're there the fair gender okay. But, you know, so usually people take the average, even across the spectrum, 45 minutes, I could ask you why, why do you spend 45 minutes getting ready? Why are you wasting all that time, why not just get out of bed at 740 and go straight up to see brothers my job.
It's important. I gotta wait, go wash and shower and clean and brush and comb and eat and drink. And I can dress and I can do all this is my job. I can't take it seriously.
So we take it seriously. Because it is something serious in our lives, we make it important. We give it importance. Now let's compare that to how we pray.
And I'm going to use a lot of photos as an example. I know that's the most extreme example. That's why I'm going to use it 1000 make my point
sanathana fudgier 4am. So this is how it works. So see, the first thing is that the route from your bed to your sink, you haven't mapped out so perfectly that you can walk it like with your eyes closed into dark. Why? Because when you wake up at 4am and no one ever admits this, but it's okay. I'll admit it for you. Okay. When you wake up for fudger, you don't turn on all the lights.
Because it takes the sleepiness away. You know, I'm talking about, okay, you can pretend like you don't, okay. But it takes a sleepiness away because you got to go back to sleep. What am I gonna do for three hours. So I have to go back to sleep so you don't turn off or turn on all the lights. And you get up and with one eye open the other one eye. one eye open, you do the zombie walk
like this. And you make it over to the sink and then you continue then you continue on.
We'll do that is actually more of a magic trick than it is we'll do
15 seconds. It's a
Class. Right? It's like what did you just do? I just that was three seconds. Right? So you you do like this, you know the smell of forgive type of Voodoo. And then you make it back over to your bed again like this. And then you pray right next to your bed
so that you can engage in a procedure that they taught us when we were kids in school. Stop drop Salaam Salaam and rollover
right? Salaam Salaam Hello.
Then we pray like that. You pray on your bed if it was possible.
I know we're laughing we're joking, cuz it's a Friday night. We gotta have some fun to write. But Murphy talked about all the kids club and right. We got to have some fun too. So that's why I wanted to keep it light of our date a little bit. But let's reel it back in for a second. We're having fun. We're laughing because it's in good spirits. But for a second How sad is it that that's the condition of our summer.
It's really tragic. That's the condition of our salon.
Very, very problematic.
So we have to meet salon important
and important thing in our day.
schedule it planet. There's an entire chapter in the synonym of Buddhahood the sun and the book of Hadith by mama Buddha Buddha mala as entire chapter Bible is demanding to be Salaam bisola how the Prophet doesn't even prepare for the prayer how we you like almost like prepared managed, assemble the prayer he would you you don't like we have work clothes, nice work clothes you don't go to work in your PJs again hopefully. Right? And when you come home from work, you immediately take them off and hang them up. You don't sit down and eat you're you know hiding and rotting in your working clothes. What if you destroy them so work clothes are very important. The process some had special
clothes for the mustard for summer
and was time for Salah he would get up go use the restroom make will do put on the nice clothes for Salah. And then
head out for you know and hear the event and then you would head out to the masjid early to go pray, make Salah something important in your day.
And a few recommendations in that regard as much as possible. What I recommend to people, you know when there's any karma time in the masjid so Salatin Asia is 945. That means what time do we pray everybody?
945. We don't play. I don't know what the culture here is, maybe, you know, y'all have more respect for your shoe here than we do a lot of times, man, but in our masajid, if your time is 945, there's always at least one uncle, he will make sure it's alive. We'll be at 945 and zero seconds, right? Even if the mom is like at the door, you can see him he'll start calling a comma 945 with
no microphone, no, nothing. You call it karma. We pray at 945. Right. That's our series, we're about common time, what I recommend the prophets, a lot of whom said, a good family
to pray as soon as the time comes in. But if you can't manage that, at the very least having a comma time for yourself.
So like, time again, I'm not sure the time let's say comes in here maybe like around 1231 o'clock.
So if you can't like always keep up with the ray beginning time and pray right then, at the most even if you can't make it to the machine, you have to pray out work in your office, pull over your taxi and pray by the side of the road, whatever your situation is.
130 I prefer hot everyday.
I prayed over 130
the sisters who might be listening with your kids having an Arma time in the home. What I mean by Allah is not literally but I'm saying like that's prayer time. That means 121 25 Kids line up, let's go make we'll do 130 we all get together into the common area, the living room, what we call the drawing room, the living room, the common area of the home, and we all pray together there as a family.
But make Salah something important. Another recommendation make will do properly. And the third and the most important recommendation The second area of improvement I wanted to make we live in the age of distraction.
You know this one little device right here. It's wonderful. It's beautiful, right? It's amazing. This does awesome things, right? It can send emails, surf the web, you know, you can watch you know, videos on it. You can play audio on it on it makes phone calls as well, right? It does everything. It does everything. It's awesome.
But there's another problem with a lot of the way our lifestyle is today. This one device gives 18 different types of notifications. Phone calls have one ringtone, then voice messages have another tone. Then there's text messages. Then there's a Facebook update. Then there's a Twitter update. Then there's this notification that notification this notification 18 different types of notifications coming out of this 24 seven, constantly. It's just one example of the age of distraction that we live in.
A recommendation engine Kathy romulo tala writes under the IR Latina Humphry Salatin, Hershey own he reads, he writes,
you salute Lee monferrato kalba, hula Sala, who sure will be achieved by a person who will empty their heart for the prayer. So the scholars had a practice that is very important today because of all the distraction we have. When you come for the prayer, when you decide to pray, it's time for so long.
put everything away, turn, turn off the phone, don't even put it in your pocket. You know what happens? What happens all times? So you send a text message? Where do you want to go eat after the lecture?
Now what happens? The hamdulillahi Rabbil aalameen.
Figure out where he wants to go eat.
Murphy so we can have donor kebab again. Everyone's excited now.
But that's what happens today. Right? What happens? You're sending an email, you're at work, sending an email, a lot of work.
Now you're thinking, Oh, man, I forgot to write that in the email.
Right? That's what happens. What happens when you're watching? Now I say this. I'm trying to get all the lingo down. So forgive me if I don't get it. Right. What happens when you're watching a football game?
I'm not sorry.
I'm getting it slowly. Give me some time. All right. I'm from Texas. Right so we don't even know what football is. Right? We have we know there is something called soccer. But again, we've never seen it in person.
It's exotic, right? So you're watching football match. Or your favorite team is playing arsenal. Arsenal.
Arsenal Hold on, let me let me check. I got a kick in here.
right, so you're watching the football match. You're watching your favorite team Arsenal play. Now it's time for salon. Oh,
let me say this much. If you actually go and perform a lot, you actually go pray during the football match. You already have a lot, right? Most people don't even write. I'll pray I'll pray afterwards. But even those who do go pray, generally speaking in shallow everyone here is the exception. Generally speaking, how do people even go and pray during a football match those who do pray, how do they pray? So as soon as it's like a timeout or a commercial break, or you're Let's go, let's go, let's go. Yama, Yama. Bismillah, Bismillah, Allahu Akbar, right? One guy says, oh, man, I have to go make will do it's like, come on.
What are you doing? Gotta be ready.
So now you go when you pray. And then what you do is you leave the volume up just a little bit, just in case somebody scores a goal you can hear
just a little bit.
Right? And then what happens if one of your younger fall? I'm talking about the 16 year old half of them are on? What if one of them leads prayer? That can be tricky?
Because they're usually a little bit excited. You know, I'm talking about so you need prayer. He gets up there. Wanna bawling? I mean,
we've made a terrible mistake.
Radical kita? Will.
That's how we approach a lot.
May Allah forgive us?
But my point is this. Take out 30 seconds, 60 seconds, turn off the TV, shut the computer, silence the phone, don't put in your pocket, put it aside.
And then sit don't immediately just turn it off and say, No, no, then sit down or just stand quietly. Don't talk to anyone. Don't play with anything, don't mess with anything. Just quietly stand there for 30 seconds, 60 seconds, and just power down this Connect.
three seconds went by. And
that's my point. Right? I mean, imagine just 30 seconds. Imagine if I just got quiet here for 30 seconds.
You see how awkward This is? Seen. We're so uncomfortable with Taylor's somebody just Facebook status update, right? very awkward time. That's
That's the problem. Take 30 seconds, say 60 seconds, and just quiet.
And then see.
See if it doesn't connect a little bit better. So the second thing I was talking about makes a law prepare for a lot, make it something important, make it an event. The third area of improvement. Improving the Quality the door in our salon is probably the most relevant and the most important. And that's in the prayer itself. There are two things. General again, I'm speaking very generally, not specifically, generally, there are two things we have to learn for prayer. One is how to pray.
The technicalities or structure of the prayer what we call in Arabic terminology, we call the fic. of Salah. Very important, you can't pray without the PIP. But I must say this, I want everyone listen very carefully. And I say this as a student, any teacher.
It's a personal passion of mine fix studies. But I say this very honestly with you.
Knowing the tip of the prayer will help you get the structure, the skeleton, the outline of the prayer properly.
But the soul of the prayer, the life, the blood running through the veins of that body.
That is the reflection and the understanding of what you actually say in the prayer. Let me give you the equivalent of that. When we read the book of a lot, there are two things we need to know we need to be able to pronounce it read it properly to read. And then there is the meaning of it. The manner that I've seen the meaning of it. If you learn to read, it's beautiful. It actually does help you enjoy your recitation of the Quran more definitely. But again,
when you understand what you're reading, doesn't it become a totally different experience? That's what changes your life, correct? Absolutely.
We have to get the skeleton of the prayer, the structure, the fit of the prayer, but the thing that will change our experience of the salon is when we understand what we are saying what we are reading within the prayer. We understand it, we can reflect on it. That is what is life changing. I'm going to share literally
In 60 seconds, I'm going to share one example of that with you.
When we began the prayer, the most common phrase in the prayer, the opening phrase of the prayer is what everyone? Allahu Akbar.
What does Allahu Akbar mean? What is normally translated what how is normally translated everyone, Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest and yes, without a doubt, Allah is the Greatest.
But that's not what Allahu Akbar means.
See in the Arabic language, there is a comparative and the superlative.
There's a comparative and a superlative Let me explain. Those are fancy words. Let me explain.
Zaid is faster than Khalid Zaid is faster than Khalid that's comparative. But Akhmad is the fastest. That's the superlative. Zaid is faster than Khalid but Ahmed is the fastest comparative, superlative up bow is the comparative, it is not the superlative, you understand that
So Allahu Akbar means Allah is greater. But if I was to say Zaid is faster then
I didn't finish right, I left it open. That means there's a blank
in the Arabic language and you find this very commonly in the Quran, it's fine. It's part of the bulk of the language. It's very commonly found in the Quran. That whenever there is a statement in the Arabic language that demands an object, but that object is not provided it is not, it is not provided it's done. So intentionally. A blank is left there and you know what goes into blank.
That blank is left there so that you can customize the message for yourself. It's a customizable message.
Like Like, like my daughter's I took them to a place we were on vacation. So they have these leather bracelets.
And they're customizable, so there's a blank on every bracelet. And if you give it to them, then they write the name Madame eyeshadow, write the name on there. customizable.
This message is customizable, Allah is greater than blank. What goes in that blank, whatever is distracting me from my prayer at this very moment.
So when I stand up for salon, and my phone is ringing, bring, bring bring bring my phone is ringing, and I stand up for my salon I see a law.
I just said Allah is greater, Allah is more important than that phone call.
That's what I think that's my reflection. That's my
when my friend is waiting outside to go eat because the restaurant is going to close at 10. And I say Allahu Akbar, for Asia. It says Allah is greater Allah is more important than the restaurant.
When the match is on TV, and it's time for motive, and I stand up and I say Allahu Akbar, it means Allah is greater, Allah is more important than the maximum TV.
That's the reflection, the meaning, the beauty, the power, the magnificence, and the horseshoe. That is built into simply saying, though, two words a lot.
If somebody would have asked you further, what is the meaning what is the reflection? What is of just simply saying a lot? What is it? What are you talking about? Brother? I love what
you just said.
You just say it? There's no question that no, no, no. But when you understand what it means, so much meaning when we stand up for a show right now when you say Allahu Akbar
and Tao Think about this, and see how it changes your experience of the salon.
And that is found that beauty that power that significance is found in every single little word throughout the prayer.
That's our task. That's our job. This these three areas of improvement to change the quality of our prayers, and like what we talked about today.
We fix our prayers we fix our relationship with Allah will fix our entire lives.
We kind of get this back on track.
It is in the same connection and purpose
that our hamdulillah my visit here to the UK.
The primary purpose of it was to teach a class that I've taught in over 100 locations all across the US I basically spent the last five years of my life doing this. I've gone to every little community that I could go to
In the US and taught a weekend class called meaningful prayer.
What we do in meaningful prayer is from the beginning of the prayer till the end of the prayer, every single little word took bead opening supplications openlab Bismillah Fatiha, another suitor of the Quran ruku center for mucosa Jews what we say Institute, when we set up from surgery the second to do the sitting childhood Salawat on the Prophet the other ear that does everything. From beginning to end. We analyze every single word and understand what every single word into prayer means it's reflection and hamdulillah we accomplished this in one weekend we finish it, thereby changing our experience of the salon making it something meaningful, purposeful, a conversation with
Allah. And in sha Allah Alhamdulillah we were finally able to organize
this course here in the London area. inshallah, next Friday, a week from today at 7pm at the Edmonton Islamic Center, I believe that's the north side of London
7pm Friday we'll be beginning the course. I'd like to invite everyone to inshallah, come and join us, especially the Friday evening is open to everyone the whole community come out and join us inshallah, we'll be going over the meaning of sudo Fatiha and now it's a conversation between us and Allah. And I'm very, very hopeful to inshallah everyone will be able to benefit. And I finally want to end by again expressing my admiration for your beautiful community, the respect
and the hospitality allottee that was shown to us by Shaquille the mom she killed me last night god bless and preserving rewarding and, you know, I and your attentiveness in listening to us as well. does not come along later on. And I'll end with this. May Allah subhanaw taala allow us to pray as the prophets allottee some targets to print