Salah The Cure To Our Social And Spiritual Problems
Channel: Abdul Nasir Jangda
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It is not a fairy tale. This metaphor is not the product of someone's imagination. When I came first Deepa levy beignet, rather than the poor and in a firm's reality, it confirms that which is present. Once I've seen a cooling shake in, and the product provides a detailed elaborate structure within which a person can find a meaningful existence, a human being can achieve a meaningful existence for him or herself. What I've seen happen in a while, and the Quran is guidance through and through work. And the poor art is mercy through and through guidance and mercy in all situations that all circumstances may only be known for people who are willing to believe for people who approach it
with an open mind and an open heart, the varane will serve as guidance and a mercy for them. Well known as you know me not for Anima Shiva, we are revealing from the Quran that which is a tour, she thought it is a cure all a cure for all that which ails humanity was meant to limit meaning, and there is a mercy for the believers. So the Quran to put it in very plain simple terms, the problem is the solution to problems. One of the problems or other two problems that we deal with today as Muslims, as human beings, as Muslims as believers and as a Muslim community in society. Two problems that we deal with one is spiritual, and one is social, the spiritual problem with the Supreme, the
biggest of our spiritual problems that we deal with today is we struggle in maintaining a strong connection, and relationship with a loss, which is the basis and the foundation of all that which is good in our lives. The social issue that we deal with today is that we before our very eyes, as a community, as a society, and as families, we are witnessing the deterioration of the family unit. We are watching before our very eyes, we are witnessing the crumbling of the family institution, not just amongst them, part of arafat knives, but even our own families, even within our own community, the Muslim community, we are witnessing the crumbling of this institution that we call family. But
the beauty of the remedy of the problem, the beauty of the solution that the Koran provides, is that the Koran provides a beautiful provide a singular solution, one beautiful comprehensive solution, that is the first step to not only remedy the spiritual problem that we have of maintaining this relationship with a lot, but also of solving the family crisis and the family issue that we are dealing with today. And that solution is the idea that I decided before you I am number 238 from Surah Baqarah which in which Allah subhanaw taala commands us, this is the command form the imperative form rollups pero. And today's commanding us, this is how filou which comes from the root
word hates the word handling the Arabic language means to protect something, to safeguard something, to protect and safeguard something. But then this comes from a more exaggerated form of the verb. Have you come from Ohio wafi, Mobile, Alabama. This is the hyperbolized the exaggerated form of that same verb, which in what it basically translates to, is very cautiously, very carefully, very diligently safeguard and protect, safeguard and protect what Allah subhanaw taala says I lost follow up.
The next word that will last until they utilize is here's the word I that which is the closest equivalent to a preposition in the English language. It means over,
over or on top of something. And it's very interesting that Allah subhanaw taala uses this specific word to deliver a very specific meaning. So Allah subhanaw taala is a very carefully very cautiously watch over guard over
white over something this is immigrated here
because when you have something of significant value, how do you go about arranging for the protection of that valuable item, that valuable commodity, you typically take a room or a space that is dedicated to the safe key and to the protection of that item. It's a safe or a vault or a room. And what's typically done in that scenario in that situation is cameras are not put at the bottom cameras are not put on the sides. Cameras are put along the top of the wall or the ceiling so that they can look down over the item because when you watch over something that is the best vantage point, because then nothing can approach that item without you see
At first, so there are cameras on the walls or the ceilings, a ceiling of that room, watching over that value item. And those cameras are connected to monitors where around the clock somebody monitors and watches make sure nobody who has any ill intent. Somebody who has a bad intention, nobody can come near that item. That's how you protect it. When you have something that is of extreme valuable value to you like like diamonds or rubies or a lot of money.
Allah subhana wa tada says, very carefully, very cautiously, very diligently watch over, just like you would watch over diamonds, just like you would watch over the son of your wealth. Watch over what a solid, the prayers. So Allah subhanaw taala is emphatic, commanding us that the same amount of energy time, effort, money, resources that you would put into watching over and protecting over diamonds or anything else that was of value to you, you should invest even more energy time and resources into watching over safeguarding safe keeping the prayers primarily Why? Because this is your primary means of maintaining your relationship with a lot. If you let this slip.
If you let the prayer slip, then from there, it's a freefall.
From there, it's all downhill. This is what is that is that last connection that keeps you connected to a loss of power. You can't let that go. And the profit or loss allottee sort of summarizes very well. When he says that the difference the demarcating line, the boundary between belief and disbelief is the prayer and believing of the prayer can lead a person to falling onto the wrong side of that boundary.
But the very end then a lot goes on to say it was solid, it was far in the middle or the best prayer, lacunae
and stand for the sake of Allah alone in a state of total complete utter submission and humility.
Now what we learned from this ayah, in and of itself, the importance of watching over the prayers, that's a valuable lesson in and of itself. But something that we have to learn to do is to take a little bit of a closer look or too late to take a look from a different angle, at the words of Allah subhana wa tada because the Koran the words of a law are so profound and so deep, that whenever you look at it from a slightly different angle, you'll learn a different lesson. Whenever you look at it at a slightly different angle, you'll learn a different lesson.
You see, this is what I like to call a zoomed in
understanding of these words have
been with us zoom out, you get a different picture, you get a different understanding, like when you pull up a location on a GPS on the maps.
You know, the brother when he just picked me up from the airport, and we were driving to the hotel, I pulled up the location on the GPS in my phone, the location of the hotel, but it zooms in. When it zooms into a location, you know where you're located or you know where the location is, but you don't really quite understand what you're looking at sometimes. So instinctively, what do you do right away immediately, you click the zoom out button. When you click the zoom out button a couple of times and the tubes on at the nearby intersection. Now, you might have a better idea of what you're looking at. So what do you do, you click, you click zoom out again.
And when you click it again now jumped up further now you can see the freeway. Now you have a little bit of a better idea of where you're at. And then you click zoom out again. And now you can see the nearby region and area and the towns and now you completely exactly fully understand what you're exactly what forget that that zoomed in location where that isn't the big integrate, you know what we call the bigger picture. This is number 238 from Sudoku, Bukhara have a lot of valuable lesson very diligently watch over the prayers. But when we zoom out a little bit, we learn something very profound.
See, when we zoom out and we look at the overall passage, the eye out before it and the Stafford we find something very interesting that this ayah is located smack dab in the middle of a passage, a very lengthy passage in shorten Baccarat. That is the most comprehensive discourse. It is the most comprehensive discussion in the entire course on on the subject of divorce.
All the way back at it number 228. And these are not short if these are long if
all the way back at number 228 going all the way to ID number 244. A last kind of Matala talks about divorce and when the marriage ends, and why a marriage ends and what are the procedures in the Proceedings of a marriage ending and what exactly transpired and happens as a consequence and how you go about it this procedure and how can you read
reconcile, so that maybe the marriage is not and this family does not fall apart. This home is not ruined
a lot of talks about divorce.
But the question is you and I have to ask ourselves this is the whole passage is talking about divorce, all of a sudden in the middle, why does it last panel? I thought I say very carefully, very cautiously watch over the brains. What does that have to do to divorce because you see, when I speak, I have tangents. I'm talking about one topic, and then I'll go here, and then I'll go to there. But that does not have tangents. Everything in the Columbia Law, everything in the book cover why every single word in the Quran is consistent, is divinely precisely placed in coherence and flowing. Why does the last kind of water emphasize a promise to watch over and safeguard the prayers
in the middle of a passage about divorce?
What the Mufasa and the scholars explained to us, because a lot of times this is first and foremost focusing on reconciliation.
How to reconcile that this couple that is bickering this husband and wife that is not getting along this family and is home that is falling apart, that is crumbling, that is falling apart at the seams,
that would the first thing they need to do. In order to repair the situation, they truly want to reconcile, they want to fix this problem, they want to bring their home back together again, the very first thing they have to do is they have to go back and take a look at their relationship with a blonde.
Because you see it's a part of life. And anyone who's further on in life knows exactly what I'm talking about. The more that starts to happen in your life, you get married, you have marriage, never relationship, you have a home, and then you have children and you have a business and a job and the more things that begin to happen in your life, a lot of times those things begin to distract you from a lot.
You have less and less time for a lot, you have less time to pray less time for the machine less time to report are less time to mingle, because you're busy with so many other things that are going on in your life. And so what ends up happening, as a consequence of other relationships that we have in our life, we end up neglecting our relationship with a lot. And our relationship with a lot is the source of all of the blessing in our lives. That's where the bulk of the blessing in our lives comes from.
So Allah subhanaw taala is reminding this couple that is fighting this family that is having issues and problems, go back and strengthen your relationship with a lot. And that primarily will happen through your soul a lot in your prayers, your five daily prayers. And if you go back and you fix your relationship with the law, hopefully the drama is the prayer is the hope is that that will bring Baraka and intertech blessing back into your other relationships as well. And that will start to move you down the road to recovering this family in his home in this relationship. That's the first and foremost lesson.
But at the same time, Allah subhanho wa Taala it goes a little bit deeper than the
last panel which is highlighting to us
the Sikh prayer, oftentimes the greatest tragedy probably in our times, is that prayer becomes something very ritual, very routine. We just go through the motions. But a lot of our time is bringing our attention and reminding us here. That prayer is so much more than that. It's so much more than a set of actions and a set of supplications that you just read and recite and you go through the actions. Prayer is so much more
that Salah has the ability salon is like a regimen. It's a curriculum, it's a course it's an exercise in improving oneself, and salon makes you a better person. And silahkan salon instills certain traits, certain qualities and characteristics within the individual that don't just make him a better person, but can actually make a person a better husband or a better wife, a better father, a better mother, a better brother and sister and family member and community member overall. salon instill certain traits and qualities within the individual that can that can make this person a better person, a better family member altogether. What are some of these qualities and traits and
characteristics are mentioned four of them today here in the football. Number one, the first quality that prayer instills trains a person and when you dedicate and commit yourself to the five daily prayers, it trains you in four characteristics that are mentioned here. The first of those characteristics or traits or qualities is that prayer instills within the individual, a sense of responsibility.
A sense of responsibility, another word for that another way to say that is discipline. But that tends to scare younger people. So I don't like to use that word too much. But responsibility because you see
Five times daily prayer. How does it teach us responsibility at so often?
I had a very long day yesterday. And I have a very long day ahead of me today.
And when my alarm rings at 6am for slots and fudger at 630 at 6:30am for so often, every bone in my body is aching.
I can feel every bone in my body, it's aching. And every ounce of my body, every cell in my body is telling me to keep sleeping. My body still hurts from yesterday. I know I have a long day ahead of me today that I have knowing I'm so exhausted and tired that my body's telling me keep sleeping, don't get out of your nice, soft, warm, comfortable bed.
But at that point in time, I dragged myself out of bed No matter how painful or difficult it may be. And I go and I make will do. And then I perform my selection function. Why? Because I'm responsible for something right now. Just like when your alarm if your alarm clock went to work was to ring at 7:30am so that you can be at work by 8am. Even if your body ate and was tired to drag yourself out of bed, why? Because that's my responsibility. Some release a lot of fudgier it's my responsibility at that time. And so I dragged myself out of bed, I put my sleeping my rest aside, I go against what my body is telling me to do. Why because I'm responsible for something right now. Salatu. Salam Juma
is a great example of that. It's when your day is at its peak. There's so much going on, you haven't even had time to eat, sit down and eat properly. And there's 10 phone calls and 10 emails and 10 customers lined up. And there's so much to do. But what do you do at that time you put everything aside.
And you go to take care of your responsibilities selected for
salata Lhasa, after prayer, when you're trying to wrap up your day. And you're trying to finish up everything that's on your desk that's on your table that's on your agenda, your to do list, so that you can pack up everything and you can beat the afternoon traffic back home Friday afternoon traffic, you can beat that traffic home.
But not before I take care of my responsibilities, select the last selected relative, when you get home, and you're tired and you're hungry and you're exhausted and you're cranky.
The only thing you want to do, you don't even feel like talking to somebody at that time. The only thing you feel like doing is taking off your shoes, putting your feet up, you know, eating or drinking something and turning on the television. That's the only thing you feel like doing.
But not before I take care of my responsibility, selected bumper to bumper pre selected a shotgun, the only thing you're physically capable of doing at that time is going to sleep.
Everywhere you sit down, you don't fall.
But not before I take care of my responsibilities a lot in Asia. So what teaches is responsibility. And that's one of the biggest problems we have in marriages and families today is individuals not behaving responsibly, husbands not being responsible wives not behaving responsibly. Even parents. That's a major problem with even parenting today, parents are being responsible about the autonomy of their children. But salaat brings this sense of responsibility, that becomes very beneficial in our other relationships. The second trait or quality that I'll talk about that is closely related with the first one but I'd like to mention it separately. And that is Salah teaches a person a
believer to the quality of selflessness, selflessness, the ability to think, to put someone or something before yourself
that your time Like I said before, if I did, I would rather sleep myself. But Allah subhanaw taala has asked me to pray. So I will stand up and pray I will put a lot before my rest. At overtime. I would rather eat lunch or get my work done. But I will put a lot first and I will pray and also time I would rather get home. But I will put a love first and pray.
My time I would much rather watch the game.
But I will put a law first and pretty much at a time I would rather eat dinner or go to sleep. But I will put a lot of my prayer in my salon first and I will pray Sullivan Asia.
Similarly, when you have in marriage, this is a key. This is a necessary component of marriage. When you have a husband and wife and each one thinks of themselves, puts their own needs, their own desires before the relationship or before the other. It literally rips and pulls them apart. But when they have two individuals we have a husband and wife who each are invested into the well being of the other before their own well being. They put the other before themselves. Then it pulls them together until they can truly become one as it was meant to be.
Salam brings about this.
The third quality of engineer, Salah teaches us humility, the ability to be humble to humble ourselves. And that is self explanatory.
Because you see, it doesn't matter who you are,
how wealthy you are, how famous you are, how handsome or beautiful you are, how educated you are, doesn't matter who you are, what you have, and what what you possess. When we stand up, we pray right now. So lots of drama. And when we see a lot more equity go into sujood. Each and every single one of us will put our face on the ground. We're a minute ago, somebody who was putting their feet I will put my face there and humble myself and remind myself of what my reality is, where I came from, and where I'm going back to the salon reminds us five times a day we humble ourselves, to instill humility within ourselves and to make any relationship successful, especially a family a home.
Humility is necessary. arrogance, it breaks the hearts arrogance, it breaks our hearts, humility and jointed brings our hearts together.
The fourth and the final quality I mentioned here is a lot teaches us the ability to forgive.
It trains us in the ability to forgive.
How so? You see when we stand up and when we praise Allah. When we offer our prayers, we beg and we plead and we cry and we ask Allah
to forgive us for what we've done a lot more in the violent and I've seen
all I've messed up a lot.
What are your feelings about that? Forgive except for you, fulfilling enough. In the troller Please forgive me as a favor from you. What How many have mercy on your love, please, I beg you,
to love for him because you and only you are the constantly forgiving and constantly merciful. I beg and plead and I cry before Allah Please forgive me.
But the prophets Allah taught us a very valuable principle to live by.
Monday you're like
someone who does not show mercy extend mercy to others, is not worthy not deserving of being shown any mercy.
And when we apply that same principle, we understand
that what makes me feel so entitled,
what makes me feel so entitled to Allah subhanaw taala is forgiveness. Why do I think I am worthy and deserving of a last forgiveness when I am not willing to forgive the people that are nearest and dearest to me. When I cannot forgive my own family members, my own life, my own brother, my own sister, my own children, for little, little small little things. I cannot practice forgiveness or mercy. What makes me so confident in asking for less forgiveness and mercy.
Select trains us to forgive. Because when we stand up and when we sit down or when we put our head on the ground, and we beg for forgiveness, it reminds us to also be forgiving in our own personal lives. These are just a few of the qualities that we learn,
that we can benefit from that we can grow.
In terms of when we are regular when we are punctual about our Salah. These are some of the side benefits of prayer that we must be conscious of and that our Lord brings our attention to when he says Happy Diwali. Salatu was selected Muslim, when he's talking about a family that is going through issues and problems. Because Allah says that the remedy of your problems lies in that same prayer that you don't quite understand the significance of.
But this leads to a question. A very obvious question. And that's Brother, you know, I've been praying for 510 1520 years. I pray I pray five times a day for 20 years. I have yet to see these benefits that you talk about. I don't see these benefits. I don't see these qualities or traits in my life, even though I do pray.
what's what's going on? What's missing?
What's missing is that one key ingredient that allows for an and the Messenger of Allah Salaam refers to as crucial
to quality the key ingredient of crucial which to not get into a technical discussion about performance I will summarize, not translate I will summarize the meaning of crucial as quality with improvement.
You see, for the prayer to deliver its benefits. We have to add the key ingredient of quality within
unless and until our prayers will have quality.
We won't benefit from their property.
But that leads to the follow up question
and probably the most important question
Then is how do I get quality within my parameters? How do I achieve quality within my solo within vibrators? Sure, my solo one, how do I get them?
There's a longer discussion about this. inshallah later today, after Southeast Asia 7:30pm inshallah, I'll be giving a more detailed lecture here tonight at the machine shop,
talking about in more detail how to develop quality control within our Salawat. And I'd encourage you to come back and Sharla for the evening lecture. So we can have a more in depth discussion about how to develop influence in our software. But I will share this much with you the most important factor, the key ingredient, to adding quality food to our prayers, is to understand what we need, what we say within upgraders.
I always give this very ridiculous, silly preposterous example. And I give this example because it delivers that effect, because of how silly it is. I've been standing in front of you talking to you for 25 minutes.
The hope or at least I hope that that the vast majority of you have been paying attention.
And if you've been paying attention, there's a very simple reason and a cause for why you're paying attention to what I'm saying, what I am in passionate about what I'm saying, why, why I am interested in this discussion, and why you are also paying attention and taking part.
And that is because not only do I understand what I'm saying, but you also understand the words that I'm speaking, I'm speaking a common language. I'm speaking English, which I understand the words that I'm speaking and you understand the words that I'm speaking.
But imagine for the last 25 minutes, if I've been standing in front of you speaking in a foreign language that forget about you, I myself don't even comprehend.
I've been standing in front of you reading a sheet of paper in German, or French, or Chinese. I don't understand that language. And neither of you.
How long before you lose interest in what I was saying. You would lose focus and what I was saying almost immediately, how long before I would become disinterested in my own discussion? Because I'm just reading. I don't understand what I'm saying almost immediately within minutes.
Now this puts things just a little I apologize if I offend someone as ridiculous and silly as that example is why would somebody stand here for 25 minutes and speak in a foreign language that nobody understands? As silly as that example is? compare our Salawat and our prayers to that. how different our prayers from that silly example.
We stand in Salah prayer after prayer day after day.
And we read a lot more we have Dakota baracus Makoto, Al hamdu, lillahi Rabbil alameen, Allah
subhana wa vilavi Ravana will occur
we read throughout our fingers, do we understand what we're saying? Do we truly deeply profoundly properly understand what we're reading or what we're saying?
If we don't, then we see we have found the cause and the root of our problem right there.
That's why we lack proper focus. That's why we would like to concentration within
we have to begin to understand what we read and what we say within our prayers.
And so to conclude, I wanted to announce the purpose of my own visit and this discussion that we're engaging in that we're going to continue inshallah later tonight at 7:30pm. This is in connection with a course that I'll be teaching here at your Masjid
during the month of February February 10 through 12th. The second weekend of February inshallah, I'll be teaching a course here at your Masjid titled meaningful prayer, the linguistic beauty of Salah in that course, we will go through the meaning of the entire prayer like the cover and have you understood in depth what that what those three words mean. We will go through every single word in the prayer from Kavita Allahu Akbar opening supplications our beloved Bismillah slaughter Fatiha another portion of what we say in repu. What when St. Jude What do we say when we get off from a pool? What do we say between those who do the sitting portion of prayer and even extra parts of the
prayer like the supplication of gluten the supplication Alyssa kala, we will cover all of that when we can hear at your own question.
So in sha Allah, I encourage again everyone to come join us again in the evening to continue this discussion. But if for whatever reason you cannot, at least inshallah take home the intention to join us on Friday, February the 10th inshallah, at 7pm, here at your leisure Center, where we will embark on this journey of understanding, intricately in detail each and every single word we read and recycling in our soul, often our prayer and our hope in sha Allah is that by understanding those words in
gaining the ability to reflect and think and ponder on what we're saying within our prayers, we will begin to develop focus, quality, crucial within our soul a lot better for longer than I was.
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