Salah In Focus
Channel: Abdul Nasir Jangda
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So in Chicago, we had football earlier today, this doctrine shall law, at least my goal will be to make this talk a little
less formal, a little more informal inshallah. And it should be a little bit more interactive.
So talking about talking about prayer, and the title of the lecture is Salaam infocus. Right. So creating some focus in regards to prayer in regards to Salah. The way I'd like to go about this today inshallah for the sake of our discussion is by going back to a point, a time in our history, as an oma, and the most important period of our history as an oma is the life of the prophets, a lot of us others.
So going back to a time during the life of the prophets, a lot of a sudden when that focus in terms of salon was solidified.
And in order to understand the focus that salon has, in our Deen in our religion in the life of the messenger, sallAllahu wasallam, we actually surprisingly, maybe to some people, we have to go back to the most difficult, the most tragic moment, the most tragic time in the life of the prophets of Allah.
And that is a period of his life at a time during his life that is remembered as I will lose the year of grief and sorrow.
What happened during this time that makes it the year of grief and sorrow. And what eventually led to that focus on Salah on prayer is that probably the greatest personal tragedy, there were many very difficult events and moments from the life of the prophets a lot. But the greatest personal tragedy of the life of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was the death was the passing of his beloved wife, Khadija de la vida.
And you see one common complaint that I have.
And I make this complaint often to my students or to my own community. And that is too often. For on angsana bar, particularly I find this dilemma in regards to the seat or the life of the prophets of Allah Hadith is that we have either a very, what I like to call a Wikipedia approach to the life of the prophets of autism, or we have a entertainment like approach to the life of the prophet to it. So how so? Let me explain when we typically talk about the life and the life experiences of the prophets, allottee. So either it's a very Wikipedia like approach Wikipedia means that it's just a bunch of random facts. It's just a bunch of bullet points, a bunch of facts, and you just click
next, next, next, next, next, you just scroll down all the way down the page. So you read that in the 11th, year of prophethood. In the 11th, year of prophethood, the wife of the prophets a lot, Khadija died Next, scroll on down, click Next, you just move right on down the list.
All right, oriented entertainment like approach entertainment approach means if last week, another speaker here gave a lecture about the passing of Khadija Robbie Alomar Anna, and I show up this week and I think today as your guest speaker, I'd like to talk about the death the passing of the beloved wife of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam for the job of the awana rivaling somebody says he shouldn't be brother, we've already covered that. We've already talked about that. We already heard about that last week. Why do I call that an entertainment like approach? Because how do we treat entertainment? If you seen an episode of a sitcom, an episode of a TV show once and then you're flipping through
the channels and you turn on the TV? And that same episode that you saw last week, they're rerunning it, they're showing it again. Are you going to sit there and watch it? Or what are you going to do?
Go on everybody. I told you
change the channel. Thank you very much.
You're going to change the channel. You're going to change channel received this episode? Right?
Okay, maybe there's nothing on you flip through all the other channels. There's nothing on that piques your interest at all. And then I want to be a pretty good episode of that show. So you might watch it a second time when you turn on the TV for the third time and that's it.
Coming on for the third time, are you going to sit and watch it?
No. All right, kids are being honest.
I don't know what you're talking.
let's just say that it was a really, really great funny episode, the best episode of a TV show today, you might watch it a third time. But at this point in time, you can see the lines before they say the line, you deliver the punch line before they do in the TV show
that you do on the TV for the fourth time at that same episode was coming on for the fourth time, are you gonna watch it again?
Absolutely not? Of course not. Rather, I should say Hopefully not. Because if you do, then you got issues I can help you with. All right, you got other problems. But you're not gonna watch it again, why I've seen it. If you run into an issue of a magazine, once you don't read it again. When you sit down at the doctor's office, you're at the you're in the waiting room, and you pick it up, and it was last month's issue, and you've already read through it completely. You put it down and you pick up another magazine, you don't read yesterday's paper again today. Actually, it is it's either just grabbing a random information, or it's entertainment. And unfortunately, our approach in regards to
the life of the messenger robots allottee, some has become very similar to that, oh, we already read that. We already covered that we already talked about what my goal here today is going to be. And this is something we need to institute as a as a habit as a practice, as the tone of how we conduct these discussions, is that we need to really understand we need to really grasp we need to try to put ourselves in those shoes.
We need to fully comprehend and understand and grasp. What was the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam going through? That must have been like. So in an effort to do that, let me tell you what that means. The wife of the 11th year of prophet or the wife of the prophets of Allah.
Let me tell you what that means. The Prophet sallallahu Sallam at this point in time had been married to honey, who, for more than 25 years,
he'd been married for about 26 years.
All right, and I see a lot of young faces. So I'm going to ask this question so that you can fully understand what that means. Raise your hand if you're under the age of 25.
That's at least half the crowd here today. So those people half the crowd and even those who are over 25, like myself, I want you to grasp this back. Half the people, those people who raised their hands, the prophets, a lot of them had been married to honey jar, radi Allahu Allah be pleased with her for longer than you've been alive.
The Prophet says and had been married to her longer then have to live longer than half the people in this room longer than they've been alive.
That's a lifetime. 25 years is a lifetime. He'd been married to her for more than 25 years. grasp that. You know what happens in 25 years, in 25 years, you don't just you know, it's like you become one.
It's like you become one you know each other.
Completely. You at that point in time, you know what the other person's thinking. At that point in time, you know what the other person is going to do? before they even do it, you know what they're going to say you can complete their sentences. You know, everything about that person, you're intimately connected. Imagine spending 25 years of your most private, intimate, loving moments of your life with one person.
Think about how deep that connection was. Think about how profound and deep rooted that love was.
And I know this sounds very cliche and to some people uncomfortable, but it's the truth. It needs to be said a lot more. And how was the love of the prophets a lot. He sums life isn't the love of someone's life, the love of his life. She was a love of his life. She was his soulmate. She was his partner in life.
And you know how we know that. We understand that when we read and when we hear about the prophets a lot insulins reaction to the memory of Khadija audirvana years after she had passed away
during the Battle of butter, which was not even it was about four years after the Dalai Lama had passed away.
About four years after she had passed away the battle that happens, she's passed away the profits a lot. He sort of has remarried, he's moved to a different city. Life moved on. Right like we say he's picked up the pieces and he moved on with his life.
My God, He lives in a different place. He's remarried a lot of Biggers amazing stuff is happening, the first major battle to occur. So much has happened since then, life has moved on.
During the Battle of brother, one of the prisoners of war was the son in law for profit colonies and the husband of his eldest daughters in law, the law.
He was captured. The policy, the profits, a lot of them had instituted at that time was that the prisoners of war would be released. If a ransom was a first and foremost, if they knew how to read and write, they were educated, they were literate themselves, they would teach 10% children how to read and write. And if they couldn't do that, then they could also their family could send some money, wasn't very extravagant, but wasn't very excessive. But nevertheless, it could send some amounts of money which could secure their release and they would be released back to their home, back to their family back to their people. So the son in law for profits a lot of a sudden, is a
The daughter of the Prophet somebody sent him sends some jewelry and necklace to secure the ransom of her husband.
The promises some has so much going on. There's so much on his plate doesn't even realize the Sahaba of the alumni who say the next prisoners question is so and so. And this necklace has been sent to security as ransom the second the prophets a lot is and looks at that necklace, tears begin to stream from his eyes.
I don't think you got choked up. I'm done my tears down his cheeks, sadness, overcome by sadness, the Sahaba of the companions of the Prophet, peace be upon them. They asked the Messenger of Allah
O Messenger of Allah Bollinger did we disturb you what happened is everything okay?
And the messenger was a lovely sentiment says everything's fine with just this necklace used to belong to my wife.
It's my wife's necklace, she gave it to her eldest daughters in them.
And save them a second today as ransom.
And just looking at the necklace reminds me of the old days of Khadija. And just I can't, I can't help it, I can't control myself.
And then it actually goes on to mention that the processor is so concerned about data, being able to hold on to this lasting memory of her mother's that the process of request permission from the Sahaba. To be fair, that if you guys don't mind, we release my son in law to go back to his wife, my daughter, and we also send the necklace back with him. I don't want my daughter to lose this lesson memory of her mother, my beloved wife.
That's how strong the memory of Khadija was in the heart of the prophets.
Years later, years later, literally a decade, 10 years after a loved one had passed the year before the passing of the process of what just called the food. The year in which convoy after convoy was arriving in Medina to accept Islam, at the hands of the prophets along the center. Well, one of the convoys that came brought for they came from Yemen. And there was a very expensive, beautiful type of garment that was made in Yemen like a shawl. And it was sent by the leader of that tribe as a gift from the prophets.
When the apostles received this very exquisite gift, the prophets of Allah 17 said gift calls one of the young brothers in the community, one of the students of the day young Sahaba, who would run the errands of the provinces, and they were his assistance, he calls one of them and he says, Take this garbage, and go and take it to the house of that old woman, you know, she lives down the street over there next to someone so that old woman doesn't go and take it to her house, please. One of the wives of the profits of autism doesn't notice woman she's puzzled. She says, who's this random old woman that you're sending such a nice gift to? Like? I know she's not related to you. Because I know
your family. So I mean, who is this?
The prophets a lot a senator responds by saying that she's one of the old buddies and Khadija.
She's one of the leaders, old childhood buddies from back in the day.
Until today, I like to thank and remember and send some gifts over to Khadija friends, to thank you for all the years of good friendship that she gave to my late beloved wife of Egypt.
That was the memory of Khadija with the long line and the heart of the process and I'm one of the younger so how about all the alumni who who never saw the era of Khadija on the alumni have never met her never benefit from or never saw her? He asks the prophets a lot. He said I'm on messenger a lot. We hear a lot about our brotherhood.
We hear a lot of amazing things about our other community.
He asks the prophets a lot. He said, I'm on messenger a lot. We hear a lot about our mothers of Egypt.
We hear a lot of amazing things about our mother. But we never had the pleasure and the honor of seeing her meeting her knowing her. Tell, tell me, what was she like?
Tell us what was she like, describe her to us.
And literally, the narration says that the prophets a lot, he sort of said in the haka net, dot, dot, dot, what happened?
In the whole gamut, dot, dot, dot, which you know what that means, if I was literally translated in English, it means the raw sound said she was and she just she just was, which has an expression in our language. What that means is that the province of autism is saying, I don't even know where to start. Where do you want me to begin from? I can't even put into words how amazing she was. You have to, you have to know her to really understand how amazing she was.
That was how strongly the profitsystem felt about the detail of the webinar. He had just lost the love of his life, his wife,
and she was the mother of his children,
the mother of his children, can you imagine having to go look your innocent children, young children in the eye and tell them that your mother is not coming home? She's not coming back? Can you imagine how heartbreaking that would be?
I was giving this similar talk one time, I was actually telling the story and to hook up the Friday football cup A few years ago, maybe three, four years ago. And a brother comes up to me afterwards. And you know, people typically always have some feedback for you after football. Talk about a good hook. This bad. Most of the time, you don't really, you know, really grab on to anything, pay too much attention to it. It's not really good for you, especially when somebody is criticizing you, right? They just say, Oh, no, I was criticizing me.
Right. But nevertheless, so people always have something to some comments to share with you have for the football. This one brother comes up to me and he says, Brother, you know what you talked about today? it personally really hit home for me. And sometimes somebody comes up to you and says something, and they just have that look in their eyes like they have a story to tell. This brother had that book. So I asked him, I blew them aside. I said, Brother, if you don't mind, if you don't mind. Can you share with me how it personally relates to you? How it personally hit home for you.
So he sits down with me and he tells me he's like, you know, I was born and raised Muslim grew up in a good Muslim family. So law must be put on because it was a part of our lives as a family. But today was the first time that I've prayed in almost a year.
first time you prayed in the year, what happened?
He tells me that about a year ago, I was at that point in my life, where you know, all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together. You and I'm talking about. You've been working for a very long time towards certain goals. And you're at that point in time in your life where it seems like the master plan is coming together. He said I was about you know, 30 years old. I was nearing the end of my medical residency. I had a young wife, we had two little kids, you know, and you know, the life of a student and the life of a residence. You know, we lived in a small little apartment, we have one car that was a beatable used car that we drive around. And you know, life was kind of tough, but we made
it through school. We made it through residency now is nearing the end of my residency. I was fielding very, very lucrative offers from doctors and groups and clinics and hospitals. And things were looking up. We had gone looking at some we'd gone to look at some nice new houses, or my kids could run around and have a backyard to play in. We would minivan shopping at the dealership. We were looking at nice schools where we could send our kids the whole nine yards. Everything was
it says one day I came home a little bit earlier than I normally would from the hospital. And I walked in I said Salaam. Now I was nobody responded. And I realized it was the time when my wife would usually put the babies down for a nap. And she would take a nap herself. So I decided I won't wake them up. Let me just kind of do my own thing for a little while until they comfortably wake up. So I went and I ate some food and I started reading some stuff and that was passed by time. Now we're suffering by a little while later, I heard the kids from your bedroom. They've waken up.
They were awake. Now. You don't want kids they wake up they get kind of fussy, they kind of cry and so he said I could hear the kids being fussy in the room and I got excited. Oh, they're awake. It's fun job. So I go to the room and I opened the door and my kids are sitting there the babies are sitting there awake on the bed. They're crying because they're fussy. They just woke up and my wife is lying. Their motion was not responding.
I went in to go take a look at her
And I checked and realize she was that
she passed away for saying that.
Instead at that moment, my my world is scrubbed apart.
My wife unraveled, the first couple of days were blurred during the whole janazah in the whole jazz a funeral proceedings. But once a funeral was done in reality set into my wife was gone, the mother of my children was gone.
He said, for two weeks, I did not come out of my bedroom.
For two weeks, I locked myself in my room with the lights off, and I just laid there.
I barely ate, I barely slept. He said, during those two weeks, I didn't even hold my own children in my hands. I just didn't know what to do with myself. My life didn't make sense. What had happened, what am I supposed to do? What's going to happen now?
He said, finally I started to recover, get my life back on track and get back to work, reconnect with my kids, and trying to put the pieces back together. And I eventually got back to work. And, you know, I was trying to take care of my kids the best that I could. I had some family that I could read on. But there was one issue that hadn't been solved.
That was my email.
I didn't know when I believe in anymore. I felt like my heart had a hole in it. I, I lost my email.
Because I didn't know what I believed it. Like, why did this happen? Why would this happen? What am I supposed to do?
And he said that my brother who's been supportive, he's not just somebody who just preaches down to me. He's very devout martial law. But he'd been there. He taken care of my kids when I was incapable of taking care of
my brother kept encouraging and kept motivating me, you need to pray. If you pray, things will start to make sense. Again, you need to talk to him, you need to reconnect with a lot.
Instead, I kept resisting, kept resisting and he said finally today.
I woke up in the morning and my brother came to me and he said, I'm not taking no for an answer. You're coming with me to the machine, you're going to come listen to the hook, Bob crane, a large congregation. And today's the day you get back on the horse.
So he brought me to the gym, and I wasn't really hopeful of what the outcome or the result was going to be a senator from the member, when you talked about the profits of losing his wife, his children losing their mother,
I found the answer to my problem.
I realized that my messenger
has had gone through what I'm going through, he understood he understands my pain, he felt my pain, I felt connected to him. And I realized if he could go on, so can I.
So sometimes, you know when you try to understand the story, and you can't really grasp it, and you really truly can appreciate it. What the prophet SAW sort of went for it lets you go through that yourself. But the last ones out, protect all of us, sometimes I was gonna bring someone to you. So that you can get a little bit better than understand you can look into the eyes of another human being and field and at least get some idea that that pain was. And you'd also have a lot of two years after this conversation with his brother. When the story starts, you know, the memory starts to fade, do your The story starts to become old for you, in your mind in your heart, a lesson
somebody, I was giving this lecture at a community and a brother walks up to me after the lecture and says Brother, you know that what you talked about the scenario. Same thing happened with me five years ago,
I came home my sons were 10 and 12 years old. I said to my sons, they were playing games during the boys do. I go into my bedroom and I find my wife collapsed on the ground. I check her. She had
passed away just like that.
And he said five years later, my boys are now 15 and 17 years old. And I feel that just now. We're starting to put our lives back together after losing the most important person in our lives. The glue that held our family together.
That was with the prophets.
He lost his wife, he lost the mother of his children. And on top of all of that his strongest his first and his firm his supporters was fidelity Ilana, who was the first person that accepted Islam.
Such a woman of strength that when the processor comes home with this message and says, You know what, who's right next? First, he's just nervous and she puts his nervous his concerns to rest. And she says no love will never leave you out to dry a loss Fernando will never waste you like this. I was once I will not put you out there and put you in harm's way because you're such an amazing person and benefits.
Fine, I understand that I believe that but who's going to accept this message? He's you're worried about somebody accepting this message?
I bear witness that there's no one worthy of worship Allah. And I bear witness that you are the Messenger of Allah that a woman who is the rock the strength of the profits in the long run, he said he just lost her. Imagine the pain and the anguish of the profits
by the last kind of rajala when he made the profits, and what he says was Swinton has the ultimate role model.
Allah subhanaw taala really made him the ultimate role model.
About three to six months after the passing of Khadija, rather a lot more unhappy. Another tragedy befell the profits.
And that was the death of his uncle.
You know, again, to put the car into context, to bring the context of the Ceylon, for us to understand what that means. You know, when you hear the death of an uncle, it's sad. It's tragic. It's sad. But does it destroy your life? Does it crush you? It's an uncle, who passed away. I was sad, most definitely. But it's an uncle, somebody I saw at the most to three times a year.
Even if it's a closer uncle, it's somebody I see once a month, once every few weeks. It's not like losing your mom or your dad, it's your uncle.
But see, that's where it becomes important for us to understand. Who was this uncle? And what did he mean to the profits? Awesome. This wasn't the type of uncle that he met twice a year at him.
This wasn't that type of an uncle. I'm going to ask you a few basic questions. I really would appreciate it if everyone could answer answer out loud together. All right, please. How when did the father of the prophets a lot of sun pass? Before he was born? Before he was born? Does that come about? When did the mother of the prophets alive sometimes way? How old was it six, six years old? Whose care was he in after his mother? Now his father was already gone. Now his mother passed away whose caregiver to go into grandfather grandfather.
How old was he when his grandfather passed away?
Eight years old. connected up dots. I want you to grasp this.
By the age of eight, this child what is an eight year old an eight year old is a child.
By the age of eight, this child never knew his father had lost his mother and his grandfather, and didn't have any biological siblings.
At the age of eight, this child was basically alone in this world.
Didn't have any immediate family
all by himself. At that point in time, his uncle took care of him.
And you know, typically when we tell a story like this, we say, and he treated him better than you would treat his own.
Or don't we rather say he treated him like one of his own? Well, I will tell him to treat the prophets of sound like when I was only treated better than the truism. And as impossible as that sounds, I have children. I know that sounds impossible. How could you love somebody else's child more than you love your own child? How could you it doesn't make sense. I will prove that it is possible. The books of sia? The books of history, talk about this fact that they say the people of Quraysh testify, they say that we used to see the profits of money set up in the lack of more than we would see his own children.
I would call him would never let the profits out of sight. He was always worried about the profits.
He was the parent of the promises of you raised him. He was his family. This was the man that raised him from the age of eight all the way till adulthood. He was his family. All of his family was this one man of the time.
He was everything to him growing up.
And the process of man just lost him. That's not like losing your mom or your dad that's losing. That's like losing your mom and your dad together all at once. Imagine how painful that must have been six months after his wife had passed away.
Just imagine how emotionally difficult that time must have been for the profits.
And embedded within the death of Abu Dhabi was another tragedy
was another tragedy embedded within the death of the auditorium. There's a heavy there's a narration which talks about that whole scenario. It paints the entire picture.
And you'll discover what that tragedy was in something
when the profits a lot so without the use of econometrics
How can you love somebody else's child more than you love your own child? How could you does it make sense to prove that it is possible? The books of sia, the books of history, talk about this fact that they say that people are afraid to testify, they say that we used to see the profits of money set up in the lap of those who got it more than we would see his own children.
I would call them would never make a profit, out of sight. He was always worried about the profits.
He was the parent of the promises he raised. He was his family. This was the man that raised him from the age of eight, all the way till adulthood. He was his family. All of his family was this one man.
He was everything to him growing up.
And the process of it just lost him. It's not like losing your mom or your dad that's losing. That's like losing your mom and your dad together all at once. Imagine how painful that must have been six months after his wife had passed away.
Just imagine how emotionally difficult that times have been for the profits.
And embedded within the death of Abu Dhabi was another tragedy
was another tragedy embedded within the death of photography. There's a heavy there's a narration which talks about that whole scenario. It paints the entire picture.
And you'll discover what that tragedy was inside the death metal, we'll call it
when the prophets A lot of us have been sick for some time. It was a very old band and sick for some time now. The profits of money soon got the news. That looks like this is it. You know when they call you from the hospital that I think you need to come here now. And I think you need to come and be with him now. The promise of some got that call. It's time for you to come and say your farewells your goodbyes. He's seems like this is it. He's really struggling now.
The process of rushed over to the bedside, reading fell down by the bed of god it held his hand, tears in his eyes. He's losing this man that we love so much.
And he holds his hand and he says, Uncle, please. You've done so much for me.
You've done so much for uncle pleases one time, say it.
See the cutting on one time. Just once.
The narration says abou jab. And some of the other leaders of grace were there at the same time.
They didn't want the batalik to accept this long before he passed away.
So they started to yell and
he started to yell and scream. He described as yelling and screaming like a wild animal. At the top of his lungs, he started screaming.
Don't leave the religion.
Don't leave religion. Over and over. He's yelling loudly. Because he's already an old man. He's already sick and ill. He's already in the pains of death. And then when you have somebody screaming at the top of their lungs, you couldn't even hear what the prophet SAW someone was saying,
who just didn't even want to be able to hear the process of speaking. So he's yelling and screaming as loud as he can over and over again.
And looks over at his beloved nephew, who you raised as his own. And he says, dear nephew, I can't hear what you're saying.
The narration describes that the pockets of the body sort of put his mouth, touched his mouth to the ear of vocal target touched it right there and whispered into his ear so he could hear him clearly said please,
Uncle please just
whisper those words into my ear. These fools they will have to hear it. whispered into my ear. I'll be your witness on the Day of Judgment double please.
looks over at his nephew with love in his eyes, but looks over at his nephew and says beloved nephew, you know how much I love you. You know how much I love you. I just can't do what you're asking me.
Every dollar passed away with
the Sahaba or the aluminum say when the prophets alarmism came out from the room.
You can tell from his face. He was crushed.
He was so sad. his grief was unlike anything we've ever seen.
I mean imagine the anguish not only just losing this man that was your family.
But then on top of that you are the means
of delivering message Yvonne guidance to everyone
But the man that raised you demand that it's so much for you the manga was so beloved to you. He didn't accept
the prostitute was so good. And the narration actually says that this was the process of was actually questioning himself.
He was saying, What more could I have said?
What else could I have done? What did I say? What did I say? What everything I could have said.
That's when I was Crotona revealed the iographer on we know this is in Nicaragua, even
shall we that you will definitely you cannot guide those who you have loved, rather a lost cause Allah guides whomsoever He wills, we always understood this idea that this is a law rebuking the prophets, amongst them, this is
telling the officers that you can't give guidance to the people that you love. Oh,
absolutely not. When you put it into the context, you understand. This was a lot consoling the proper system that all Beloved, don't doubt yourself. Don't question yourself. You couldn't give guidance to the people that you love. Why you there was nothing more you could have done because guidance wasn't yours to give out to begin with. You can't give guidance to the people that you have love. Rather Allah gives guidance to us. This was a love decision. Don't doubt and question yourself.
Imagine the pain and the anguish of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, a lot of us who are sitting here whose parents are Muslim, we can't understand that pain. talk to somebody who accepted Islam on their own, whose parents have not accepted Islam yet. And ask them every night before they go to sleep. What's the lesson are they make and when they wake up in the morning, what's the first one that they make? And they'll tell you, it's all about let's nav today, I have friends, old friends, we grew up together, who accepted a song whose parents have not accepted a song yet, whenever they're about to go and visit their parents or spend the whole day with their friends. I always get
a text message that morning that grow please make dua Today's the day.
Make drop, please.
Imagine the pain and the anguish of the profits.
Now the question is this. I told you about that brother, who went through one of these tragedies, and literally could not get himself to wake up in the morning, could not face the world the next day. He felt like he couldn't move on with his life.
That's pretty boring.
That's how they roll. Yes, that is how they will.
So as I was saying that
down a little bit.
I don't have any control.
on myself. Either I talk like this. Right, the LMS.
Or we have two beers.
As I was saying, I told you about that brother, who had gone through one of these tragedies, losing his wife, the mother of his children. This brother couldn't get himself to wake up in the morning. This brother felt like his life was over. He felt like you couldn't go on. He didn't know what to do with themselves. Imagine the Profit System didn't go through just one of these tragedies, you went through two tragedies like this and tragedies embedded within these tragedies. The question is how did the profits continue? How did you wake up the next day? Because, you know, we talked about getting back to work. We talked about going back to our jobs, the profits a lot he had the biggest
job that any human being ever had pulling out in a lawsuit in April.
The Messenger of Allah you have been sent to all of humanity, all of humanity, you have the most important, most pressing, most demanding job that any human being has ever had. How did your profits continue? How did he wake up the next day and go out there and work harder than he ever had before? What gave him the energy? What healed his wounds? What allowed him to recover? Where did he draw that energy from? That strength from that emotional fortitude? Where did you get that from?
After these two tragedies occurred with the profits of a lot of money
just kind of went on a trip the profits on the load balancer on the miraculous journey that we refer to as a nice draw, when they have
to travel by night to do some enemy Ascension above the heavens.
And then that occurred as well, but at least robbing me of my knowledge. And at that time, Alaska was granted a gift to the profits of
what was that gift,
the five daily prayers
and was granted the profits on solar, the five day prayers, that this will be your strength, this will allow you to recover, this will use your wounds. This will allow you to continue on and move on with your life. And pick up the pieces and go on and do what you have to do.
And we look at it from this perspective. This is the historical significance of prayer in Islam. What the purpose of this law was, what the benefit of the prayer was, when we look at it from this perspective, it makes total sense, what the prophets on the love it said that meant when he said, joy, let for it for Salah, the coolness of my eyes has been put in the prayer.
The coolness of mind has been put in the brain, you always say this phrase quite often coolness of the eyes. What does that mean? It's an expression. But what does it really mean? We can't understand sort of what it refers to because it's in the Koran. It's in the it's in the supplications in the hobby, but what does it really truly mean? You know, with any figure of speech, to properly understand what it means and what it alludes to, you have to put yourself into the mindset. You have to understand it from the perspective of the people that originally used that figure of speech. Otherwise, it won't make sense. All right.
The ancient Arabs used to use this phrase of Pura to
call out to the island coolness of the eye.
What that means is imagine being out in the desert.
It's 120 plus degrees outside.
It's the burning scorching heat of the desert.
Hot winds are blowing and blowing the hot burning sand into your eyes.
Imagine how dry your eyes get and how much deeper. There's no sunglasses to where there's no wising drops handy. Your eyes burn to the edge of the scratch, to the point where it feels like your eyes are on fire. And while you're walking around, and you feel like you just want to rip your eyes out, you just want to teach them the nature of religion.
You find some cool clean water.
And when you take that pool, clean water and splashing into your eyes. How refreshing does that feel? How good does that feel?
How amazing is that?
That's what that phrase means the profits of the loved one he sort of says when I pray, that's when I feel like
anything can be going on. The world could be falling down.
But when I stand up and I see a walk,
that's what I feel. I feel refreshed, I feel healed. I feel like a burst of energy.
It takes me It takes away my worries and my sorrow with my grief in my pain. It heals my wounds.
That's the effect of prayer. And that's the effective prayer we're all looking for.
That's the focus insula that we are all desperately in searches.
But that leads to the question.
And the first question that some people here might have. Some people probably understand that that's why I should pray.
Some people here might ask a question like I asked him to hook earlier today. Well, brother, I pray five times a day.
I've been praying five times a day for five years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 3040 years.
I have yet to experience what you're talking about
what you're talking about, I
don't know anything like that. My prayer doesn't feel like that. What's missing. And as I said earlier in the football today, the key missing ingredient to bring about these fruits and these benefits of the prayer to make your prayer the wholeness of your eyes.
the Broncos have to shoot. The Messenger of Allah selection causes boo hoo shoo it's an advanced a whole discussion to explain the meaning of crucial all summarize the meaning of crucial in one word for you for the sake of our discussion so we can move on or summarize it as quality
can have quality near prayer.
Unless and until we don't have quality within our careers.
The effective prayer we're all looking for.
That's the focus insula that we are all desperately in search of.
But that leads to the question.
And the first question that some people here might have. Some people probably understand that that's why I should pray.
Some people here might have a question like I asked him to hook up earlier today. Well, brother, I pray five times a day.
I've been praying five times a day for five years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, 3040 years,
I have yet to experience what you're talking about.
What you're talking about, I
don't know anything like that. My printer doesn't feel like that. What's missing. And as I said earlier, in the football today, the key missing ingredients to bring about these fruits and these benefits of the prayer to make your prayer the coolness of your eyes,
the Quran kazoku, the Messenger of Allah. So what causes for sure huzhou it's an involves a whole discussion, explain the meaning of crucial, all summarize the meaning of crucial in one word for you for the sake of our discussion, so we can move on, or summarize it as quality
and have quality near prayer.
Unless and until we don't have quality within our prayers.
We won't be able to achieve, we won't be able to realize the full benefits of your prayer.
But that leads to the million dollar question.
Why we've all gotten together here, that leads to the million dollar question, the question that all of us have asked at one point or another, the question, this this issue, this topic discussion that we've talked about in lectures, and footballs, and we've looked up online, and we've read books about, and we've had conversations on the dinner table, about it with our families and friends about and that is how do we get quality in our salon? How do we get to shoot within our prayers? How? How do I get quality? I know, we've heard 1000 lectures about the importance of crucial, but we are here to find out, how do I get for sure I know I need to show I want for sure. I know I need quality, and
I love that quality libraries. But how do I get that quality? That's the million dollar question.
So that's what we're going to talk about here. Now, how to get quality within our prayers. There are lots of things that we can do. Literally, there are books written by the scholars, which lists dozens and dozens of things that we can do, to bring about quality to bring greater quality to implement huzhou within our within our prayers, but to keep the conversation flowing, and to keep it brief and concise. I like to group them into all the different things that we can implement. To get more for sure and quality in our prayers, I like to group them into three areas of improvement.
three areas of improvement.
is the way I like to describe it is a change of lifestyle.
We have to go about in making a change of lifestyle.
What that refers to is really very simple.
we can't expect to live our lives however we want.
That I'm lying and I'm cheating and I'm swearing and backbiting and cussing in a business that I'm doing 100 different terrible, terrible things all the time throughout my life throughout my day. And then expect that when I stand up to pray, I stand there for so long. I see a lot more and magically become
you know, put on a cake before you pray and say hello.
And then the waves come back.
Not Batman. Right? doesn't work that way.
They can't put a phone booth outside of the door of the machine. You just go to the phone booth pick up your crew Come on in.
Right. doesn't doesn't work like there's no instant huzhou
there's no instant they don't want the mom walks up to lead the prayer and turns on the microphone
and says, brother, could you turn on the food generator in the back? No, not that. That's the fan.
Yeah, that one that one turns it off.
We can take a kid in the community named them for sure and just sit him down right there.
She was on the role model aka Maria
Right. And when he grows up, we got to name some other ports, it
doesn't work that way. That's not how you go for shooting your song.
Dealing with a very serious reality, all jokes aside, the way I live my life outside of the prayer, and what that means, the way I conduct myself normally throughout my daily activities will affect will impact the quality of my prayers, better believe.
If I want more quality of myself, I wanted my prayers, I gotta leave, I gotta lead a better life.
A more honest life, a more truthful life, I gotta be honest, and I gotta be true to and I gotta cut to the center of my life.
In order to improve the quality of my fingers. That's the first area of improvement.
Number two, second area of improvement is what I like to call
make salon an event.
treats a lot like an important part of your day. Let me describe. Alright, I'm going to give you a little bit of an example. This is where it gets a little interactors. Come on work with me, folks. All right.
Do you have to go to work, or you have to go to school, because there's some younger folks here. When you have to be at work or be at school by 8am. You have to be at your desk by 8am. You live about 10 minutes away from work, takes you 10 minutes to get to work. So you try to leave your house at 7:45am so that you can you know, drive over there. 10 minutes, park your car and make it up there be actually that's 759 ready to roll.
If you leave your house at 7:45am.
How much before that. Let me ask you this way? Do you wake up at 740 roll out of bed, walk out the door and just go to work or school like that you do that?
Okay, see, when you don't answer you worry me. Because I'm afraid some of you actually show up to work like that. Alright, so let me clarify, don't do that. That is the bad.
That's bad. Don't do that. Don't give them an excuse to fire you. All right, you smell terrible. Don't do that. So typically, honestly, how if you have to leave your home at 7:45am? How much before that? Would you end up waking up to get ready and go for work on somebody call it up?
This is interesting. A lot of the brothers are saying, Wow, we have a lot of pretty brothers here.
One time I was asking the same question. All right. That's why I'm always afraid to ask
a question in two hours.
But anyways, the average answer I get 30 minutes, 45 minutes, one hour, the average at about 45 minutes is where it kind of averages out. Some people take a little bit less than half an hour. Some people think a little bit longer, whatever, about 45 minutes is the average.
You take about 45 minutes. Now I could ask you why rather? Why are you waiting a 45 minute why would you bother to start getting ready at seven o'clock? Why aren't they getting an extra half hour of sleep? Well, you're saying well, it's my job. It's important.
It's my job. It's important. I gotta wake up, I gotta brush, shower, I gotta wash I gotta clean, I gotta comb. I gotta eat something, pat my style, dress nice.
I gotta do all that the swing jobs, my work seriously.
And that's why you put that you invest that time and you treat it, you give it important you treat it as something important because it's your job. And that shows in the way you prepare for it.
It's an event, it's the most important part of your day, you prepare for it. Now let's compare that to,
let's say salon.
And I realized that that's the most drastic by comparison. Right? And I am making the most extreme comparison possible to help you make my point. All right. Let's compare that to soft and fudge. Let me explain to you the proceedings of
First of all, even before you go to sleep, you have the route from your bed to the sink, completely mapped out and planned out. So you can do it with your eyes closed.
Let me explain why. It comes the interesting part. Let me explain why.
Because when you do make up for fudger
you don't like to turn all the lights on.
Right? This is something everybody knows, but nobody admits. That's okay. I'll admit it for you. All right. You don't like to turn all the lights on because it takes the sleepiness away. And I'm talking about because you need to be able to pray fudger and go back to sleep. Right. So
So you make your way over there with your eyes closed in the dark. You're making over there to your sink, you have perfected the art of the 15 second window.
At this point, it's like a magic trick.
All right, instant. All right, you make your super minimal instant Moodle. Mashallah, Mr. Green conserving water, right? And then you make your way back over to your bed and you pray right next to your bed.
And then you engage in a procedure that I'd like to call Stop, drop and roll over
on your bed impossible.
on your bed.
Again, just to keep it lively and joking, but to rein it back in.
How sad is that? Right?
That's the condition of our salon.
That's the condition of our prayers.
Right. That's how we pray today.
You know, and and other examples. This is Houston. All right. You guys are somewhat familiar with sports.
When another game that I'll give you some credit, that's advanced. Easy, they're called Mavericks champions.
so even when we watch a game,
what's the quality of our program? First of all, it's a blessing if somebody actually prays during the game.
But even if they do pray during the game, what happens? What's that quality of that prayer?
quality of our prayer. It's like, first of all, as we wait for a timeout, commercial.
Yo, Bro, I gotta go. Man.
you ready next break. And then we go over, we pray. And we leave volume just a little bit on so we can hear something big.
And then if we accidentally delete the prayer,
and he gets up there, and he says,
Who asked him to eat the slob?
Right. But that's how we play unfortunately.
Just to keep it lively, but we have to realize how What a tragedy that is. How to stop that truly is that we pray like this.
compared to how seriously we take everything else.
So the second area of improvement to gain quality emotional in our salon is treat, select something important.
Treat, select something important. Make it an important part of your day. What that involves is number one, prepare.
Go and make me do properly will do is an act of a bother. It's an act of worship. That leads into the prayer that puts you in the right mindset for the prayer. Free up yourself. Pray when it is the time of the prayer. Don't keep putting it off. Yeah, when I get around to it when I get done with this when I get done without no half the time of prayer fixed upon yourself. Go and make your will do properly.
You don't dress like for fudger like what I was talking about dress appropriately change.
don't pray in your PJs.
Honestly, somebody that Oh, the profit or loss of a loved one i think
you know we have work clothes. You know how do we have work clothes? And what do you do when you get home from work? What do you do?
You change you take them off because you're doing your nice workloads. You don't want to mess them up.
You put them on before you go to work in the morning and you take them off as soon as you get all the promises from that close for
when you come home and take them off, hang them up nicely. And it was time for the printer he put them on your way describe the entire there's a chapter in the center number Buddhahood which describes the procedure of the profits also in preparation for prayer. But imagine the means of Alcoholics Anonymous Allah, the chapter about the process assumes, you know,
can't the diligence that the process of had in regards to prayer the preparation that he would make for the prayer and it describes out when the time of the prayer would come the gun would be called. It's like you would become the process it was very casual and loving and friendly at home. is very casual and loving and friendly at all. We do work in the house here.
I will be called, it's like you become a stranger to all of us. You know, I'll be honest with you. Because these discussions are meant for that type of honest talk heart to heart. When I first read that, when I first heard that, I didn't know how to understand that, do you mean you became a stranger? Like, that's kind of harsh. They just became a stranger everywhere. And then you realize, when you are responsible for something eventually in your life, you realize that that means all of us, the working folks here, the fathers or even if some of the sisters, right?
When you have to go to work in the morning, again, you're leaving at 7:45am. And you have little kids, you know, when they're not old enough to the point where they actually wait for you to go to work. Eventually, they get to that age, right?
But at the same time, they're old enough to know that you are going to work and they don't want you to go 234 years old, you know, that age.
And what did they do whenever you try to leave and get and they pick up on the signs, they they they evolve very quickly. They're dangerous creatures. Right? They learn very quickly, right? So they start to pick up on the signs, okay, when he picks up his briefcase and you hear the keys rattle, what happens? They cut you off at the door.
Right? They run faster, they cut you off at the door like, right? And what happens when you try to leave? What did they do? Oh, gosh. It's like an epic like, scene from an epic movie is the most epic cry of all time. Right? See the after cry video, right? is the most epic cry of all time. No.
Right? No, no, no. Right? The crying the yelling the scream like is the most tragic moment in the history of humanity.
Right. I want to ask a very serious question. Now. What do you do?
Do you say okay, you don't want me to go, I won't go.
And then you show up to work an hour late your bosses were were you like my kid? He's so cute. Let me show you a picture of him.
Who's driving so much?
Because I want to stay home with the kid.
Right? No, you pick him up, you put him aside, you tell your wife come and get him and then you go out the door.
Thomas right. Does that mean you don't lock your child.
You're doing this for the benefit of your child. He doesn't grasp it. He doesn't understand it. But you're doing it for his benefit. On these children, they're amazing. They don't give up. Once you go out to join them what happens, rushes over to the window next to the door slams up against the window.
Right, you're in your car outside with the car.
But you pull out of the driveway.
Just like we take work that seriously because we understand the benefit in our jobs in our work. The messenger the loss of the law, I used to them when it was time for this a lot of time for the prayer, he became a stranger to his head. Because like I talked about the hook button, if I don't maintain this,
the same family for whom I would leave that prayer will eventually crumble and fall.
I can't take care of my soul. It's for me and my family.
So the prophets of Salaam would go and make you become a stranger to his family. Everything else was secondary families our way right now work has got a weight right now phone call has to wait right now.
And the profit or loss alliance will go with properly he build a nice pair of clothes and he go early to the mustard Aloma.
We to bring quality and glue into our salons into our prayers, we have to treat it like an event like an important part of our day.
We must we have to learn to do this. And one other tip that I'll add in the context of this, that even cathedra know what he actually says, I will show you a solemn limit form of Allah
who will be achieved by the person who empties his heart for the prayer. One tip and recommendation that scholars would always given they always practice and it's very beneficial, especially in our times in the age of the distraction. This is the age of the distraction, where your one phone has 18 different types of tones to it. a text message alert sounds different than a phone call from an email that from a Twitter alert from a Facebook update. Everything sounds there is the age of the disruption.
In this age and time this particular era is very, very beneficial important and that is when you are getting ready to praise the Lord.
Put away all your distractions turn off the television shut, you turn off the screen of your computer, put your phone on silent and go and put it away, even in your pocket, put it away, remove everything for 60 seconds, even 30 seconds, just put everything away and just sit down. And
when you do that,
you feel like your mind is a lot more clear. It's not so cluttered, you have a few different things going on in your head, and then sing along,
and then see what the quality of their prayer becomes. Because right now, this is what happened.
Text Message somebody,
where do you want to go eat after he's done after us talking.
And it's like,
we should go to the season. Right? Now you're thinking about it. Right during your salon.
put everything aside, free up your mind, a lot.
That's the second area of improvement, number one,
change of lifestyle, I gotta learn to live my life a little bit better. For our quality and my prayer. Number two, Salah has to become an important part of my thing, it has to become an event for me, I have to prepare for that. To treat it, I have to take it serious.
And that shows in how you prepare for it and how you actually free yourself up to credit.
The third area of improvement. And this is the most important and the most drastic in terms of change and effect.
And that is within the prayer itself, which is two things.
Number one is understanding the basic structure of the prayer, the technicalities of prayer, which we call fifth,
which will give you the skeleton of the prayer, the outline of the salon. But the most important thing, which is actually the life go rule the spirit of the prayer.
And that is when you understand what you are reading and what you are saying in your salon.
See salon is about reflection.
salon is about reflection. It's about hungry.
It's about comprehending, understanding. It's about feeling what you're saying.
And then delving into it being absorbed by the experience of US alone. And that can only happen when you truly actually appreciate and understand what you're saying and what you're reading with.
Otherwise, I'm going to give that same example, many of you might have been here for the football. So I apologize if this fits repetitive. But I think it's important. Even if you heard it earlier today, there's no harm in hearing it again and realizing this.
I'm going to give you the same silly example that I gave earlier today.
I've been speaking for an hour.
Most of you, at least I hope so have been listening and paying attention. All right.
There's a very simple reason why you've been listening and paying attention. Why am I have been able to continue speaking with with so much energy for an hour, I don't even feel tired or exhausted. And you were listening attentively for an hour.
There's a very simple explanation for that. I am enjoying talking about this. Because I understand what I'm saying I feel what i'm saying i believe what I'm saying.
I feel it, it's from my gut. I know what I'm saying and I believe in I'm preaching it.
You're listening to what I'm saying for an hour, because you understand that every single word that's coming out of my mouth, you grasp it, you understand it, you know what I'm saying? And you're able to comprehend it and digest it fully.
Now imagine for the Latin, instead of speaking in a language I understand that you understand. Imagine for the last hour, if I've been just reading something onto a piece of paper, or I've been reciting something I've memorized in a foreign language, let's say Chinese, let's assume there's always going to be that one that says I speak Chinese graduation.
Cookie from the bake sale.
But let's just assume for the sake of this example, this analogy. Nobody in this room speaks Chinese. Imagine if I just been reciting Chinese poetry to you for an hour.
How long before you would stop paying attention now be honest, call it out.
Somebody didn't listen to a word I said today. All right. No very honest responses. 10 seconds 20
seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds, right? Only a generous person would even listen for 60 seconds.
After about 30 seconds of being a stranger to I've got no idea what they're talking about.
Another 30 seconds later, I think he's trying to kill me
from boredom, right? Nothing. You wouldn't be able to pay attention, you wouldn't be focused, you wouldn't be listening to a word. I was saying, what I'm thinking about it and conceptualizing it, processing it, and reflecting on it and pondering on it, forget about you would even be listening to it.
And you know, what, if I was the one reading it to you, I had spent months and months and months memorizing 30 minutes of Chinese poetry, I would start reading it, and I don't understand a lick of it, a word of it. And about three to four minutes, I'd be like, this is the most pointless thing I've ever done my entire life.
correct or not?
I need to plan to have all my classes.
All right. Where were you last week?
So that's it. That's what would happen.
Now, as I said, earlier today, I apologize if I offend anyone about what I'm about to say? Because this is the part that seems as silly, as ridiculous as preposterous as that example was I just gave it to you.
How different is our sell off of that example?
Because you see, we stand up in salon, they have today's selector salon prayer after prayer, and we say, so how often will we bicker with about because we've got
some young dogs and even how many dogs
we read through our prayers, we tear through our prayers, day after day. It's a lot there's a lot not understanding, not appreciating, not pondering, not reflecting on what a single word.
How are we supposed to focus in that?
Where is that focus magically going to come from the who should have thought Where's gonna come from? It won't. So the most important thing we have to do to grasp some equality
in our prayers,
is we have to begin to understand what we read and what we say within our prayers.
We have to begin to understand and I wouldn't just read translation, I mean, reflect and ponder, grasp fully what we are reading what we are saying what we are reciting within our prayers when we do that, the entire experience of the soul changes. It's a different game altogether.
And I'll end here by giving you
at least one example
of how that changes.
Allahu Akbar, translated from please.
Allah is the
greatest ally is the greatest. That's typically what we see what we read, what we hear was the greatest. We're gonna tweak that just a little bit.
Learn something, you learn it at the next level, you understand that you can partner on a lot of Kabbalah, the word Kabbalah is the comparative, not the superlative
Kabbalah is the comparative, not the superlative, those are still technical grammatical terms. Let me break it down. Just even simpler than that. All right. comparative means for instance, if I was to say, Zaid is faster the comet
the same is faster than
superlative but it is the fastest.
Zaid is faster to call it
is the fastest,
faster comparative fastest superlift. And you see the difference everybody?
I have to borrow is the comparative, not the superlative.
So a lot more economic.
doesn't translate to a lot is the greatest. It translates to a lot is greater. But now to fully understand this example. If I was to say
zayde is faster than
what are you waiting for everybody?
You want me to do what? Continue to finish it?
Right. Zane is faster than blank. I left a blank there at the end. I could put something for someone in that blank. Everyone else right
I was to say zayde is faster the comet.
The save is faster than 100. superlative, but it is the fastest
zaev is faster to call it admin is the fastest.
Faster comparative, fastest. superlative, you see the difference everybody?
I have to borrow is the comparative, not the superlative.
So a lot more academic
doesn't translate to a, what is the greatest, it translates to a lot is greater. But now to fully understand this example, if I was to say,
Zane is faster than
what are you waiting for everybody?
You want me to do what? Continue to finish it?
Finish it. Right? Zane is faster than blank. I left a blank there at the end, I could put something or someone in that blank, everyone else.
But when we say Allahu Akbar, we're saying Allah is greater than blank.
And the purpose of that blank, leaving that blank at the end, this is a rhetorical function. This is part of the Bulava of classical Arabic. This is very commonly found in the Quran that when you have a statement that demands an object, that object is intentionally not provided a blank is left for you. They're very common in the Quran.
And the purpose of that blank is that you're supposed to fill in that blank for yourself.
You're supposed to fill in that blank for yourself with whatever it is that is distracting you from your salon at that moment.
A walk a lot is greater than everything in anything. But the reflection and the thought process at that time is a lie is greater. A lie is more important than whatever it is that is distracting me from my prayer at this very moment. So if my phone is ringing, a lie is greater is more important than that phone call, my friend is waiting for me outside in the car, a lot is greater and more important than my friend waiting for me in the car. The restaurant is about to close and 20 minutes, a lot is greater and more important than the food at the restaurant. The game is on the television, Allah is greater and more important than the game on the television. Anything and everything that
could be distracting me from my prayer at this very moment. is greater allies more important than nothing. You know, Allahu Akbar. It's like, if you ask somebody, what's the reflection?
of a What do you mean?
It's a formality of prayer, right? If you if I was to ask you, what do you think about when you say, Lord? What do you mean what I think about what I say, as I start my prayer, that kind of thing about something.
we're realizing that even Allahu Akbar has a reflection built into it.
You're even supposed to think about something while I'm saying there's a focus, there's a push or even to
the next time you pray, and you stand up and you say, Allahu Akbar, and you go through that mental process of a lot is greater allies more important than that thing that's distracting me effectiveness, trying to take my digital allies more important was greater than those things. Then see what is the quality of human take a look and see how long it takes you to just say I want to change your life
will change your life?
And because you guys have been so good to me. All right. You've listened to me ramble for an hour. All right. I'll show one quick little example for you literally take two minutes of your time. I feel like sharing something extra. All right.
We're positioning we say this and everybody.
How absolutely perfect is my word my master with our Allah. Allah. Allah is the superlative because of the
and Allah is a super intuitive. It means the highest,
the most exalted.
But now reflect on this fact. Again, typically, what do we do?
bla bla bla doesn't mean anything. All right. I think having risen fell down to somewhere.
doesn't mean anything. You know, sometimes somebody will come and ask me a question like, you know, how many times can I say
Like 11 times cache 13 times I mess up on like the USB essential for three minutes. If you say properly, otherwise, you're saying,
No. What does it mean? How absolutely perfect is my Lord, my master, my Bob, who is the highest, the most exalted?
Some reflection there. What position we say that in elevators from the opposition everybody.
what do we do Institute where do we put our face on the ground, the most respected part of our body to face the dignity the mobility robot in the face, we put it where on the ground where somebody was standing with their feet, we put it on the ground, that is the lowest position possible for a human being, we put ourselves in the lowest position possible. And we say Allah is the
highest the most exalted.
The next time you pray the next time you make sure you reflect on that and see what happens in the quality of usage.
This is a small sample of what happens when we understand the meaning of what we read. And when we say within our prayers.
For this purpose for this reason,
there's a course that I teach a seminar, of course that I teach called meaningful prayer, the linguistic beauty of song,
what we do in this course, very simply put, what we just did with a level of
what we just did with that one word, and
we do that with every single word in the entire salon from beginning to end. From that there can be a level above the opening supplications that are going to be love Bismillah Fatiha another sort of the form on what we say and record what we say Institute. When we say when we stand up from the wall, what do we say in between the suit? What do we say in the sitting portion of the prayer that the shovelled What do we say, even the advantage that we have that we make after the prayer, and even extra parts of the prayer, like the blouse, the mood and the subject? matter, we cover all of it word for word in intricate detail. I know that sounds like a lot. It sounds very ambitious. How
do we do that on one weekend, I wouldn't stand here and tell you that we do all of that one weekend, if I hadn't done it by the grace and mercy of Allah, I hadn't taught this course more than 40 times across North America. I've actually taught it in Houston before, two years ago.
So we go through all of that in the weekend.
And by the end of it, the goal, the objective and a handler.
From what I've been able to see, and what I've experienced myself, the outcome is any a drastic increase in the quality of the focus that will show within a person solely because now they're thinking and reflecting about what they're reading. And that's the essence of crucial, because now I'm not wondering about the stain on the carpet. Now I'm not trying to figure out where do they got that from right now. And I try to figure out, why does the back of the shirt say this? Right? Now, I'm not worried about those things. Now I'm focusing on what I'm reading or what I'm saying within my prayer.
And that's what happens. So we do that at what we can reach out a lot. And as a closing note, I always like to pose one question to everybody. And the answer to this question will give you the answer whether or not you have to make some type of an effort to improve the quality and the focus of your prayers. And that is
When is not when is the last time you prayed?
Or you offered the prayer? Or you performed Salah? I don't even get what that means performance wise and like a performance like, right? What does that even mean perform?
Right? What is that? Now when is the last time you prayed or you offered or you performed us a lot? Ask yourself, when is the last time that you've experienced something?
That when you prayed? You felt like it changed your life?
You felt like it solved your problem.
It gave you the answer
was the last time
if the answer isn't something that's very good, something you like. Or you can even remember the last time that happened. Or maybe that's never happened for you.
Once you think it's about time you made some drastic, significant improvement in our prayers we got
and so the date that I want you to remember there's a lot of details about the course there's flyers that they've given out to everyone. There's a lot of details. I just want you to remember one thing.
Friday, February the 10th 7pm.
Friday, February 10 7pm, Missouri
the call of champions for a reason all right
I've been talking to some friends so if I were you going to be this for I will be a champion rather than like, Oh, that's a baller name.
It's like No, you can't. We have a Russian Dallas. That's called epic legend.
Well, I saw that the question is the East Plano Islamic Center. Epic, right? epic parging epic bathrooms. I think everything is epic, epic imaam.
It's amazing, right? And this is the champions.
Joe on the championship.
Right. But nevertheless, three things.
Friday, February 10 7pm, champions.
All right. Now I'd like to leave my focus with all my talks. I taught a big workshop a few weeks ago, gave the same advisor, I always like to give some type of a take home point, some type of an action item at the end of the talk or in the discussion, I have a couple of action items for you, that you can implement immediately. That date marked on your calendar, plan to show up and confident everyone will come back and shot along enjoying us. But in the meantime, a couple of action items I got for you. Number one,
if you have every intention to come that weekend, what will show the sincerity and your intention to come that weekend, and a request from me.
Don't wait for February the 10th to improve your salon. Don't. If you are truly sincere about improving your salon, you will begin tonight. What that means and I had discussion with a brother about this earlier, we oftentimes have two different extremes. And we react to one extreme with another extreme one extreme is the way things are right now. We memorize all the blogs and everything we read in the prayer, we have no idea what the naked means. The opposite extreme would be for us to understand every single word in this law.
But not having memorized the way you're gonna read.
You understand what I'm talking about. If you come to the class, and you know the drive to lose, you understand every single word in the draft, you could give a lecture on the roster better than I could.
But you don't have to memorize what are you going to read in your solo? What do you do for your prayer, you're going to like stand up in prayer say,
Oh, there it is a long line.
What is that? That's not that, again. That's a reading exercise is not for sure.
So one thing I want to ask everyone to do to prepare yourself to benefit properly from the course I want you to put time and effort and energy into memorizing all the laws and applications that are ready to prayer so that when you come here and you receive the meaning, it's the perfect package. It's the perfect combination. That is how we need to approach salon that is how we should approach supper and other things as well. The second action item I have for you. And that is you plan to come here Friday, February 10 7pm. Visit a salon and bring somebody else with you.
If you can think of somebody you really truly care about.
Then you want them to achieve that thing that spread the word tell your friends, tell your family tell your neighbors share the Word with somebody else, bring them with you that day inshallah. And what we will do on Friday night is we will go through an in depth discussion on the meaning of sort of Fatiha in the context of prayer and how can we resolve the fact to have in our salon is a direct conversation between us and alone. So you guys have long enough, does that come along later on for your patience and for your attentiveness? I really truly honestly appreciate it. Shall I look forward to being back in February? I'm going to give the mic over to the brother inshallah and then
they have some more details for you and
I have two quick quick answers. If I can have half a minute offers I'd really appreciate first I hope every one of you got this flyer can raise your hands if you did not get this flyer.
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