Channel: Abdul Rahman Chao
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advisor Fosun Alima. A mother in stock al Hadith Nicola Mullah Muhammad Allah had you heard you Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or Shara Aomori more data to her or coulomb more data timbi will collaborate in Valhalla collaboratively now. All praise is due to Allah subhanho wa taala. We thank him and we seek his assistance and we seek his forgiveness. And we seek refuge in Allah subhanaw taala from the evil that is from within our souls, and from the evil that results from our sins. Whomsoever Allah subhanho wa Taala guides. The nun shall misguide. And whomsoever Allah subhanaw taala allows to be led astray the nun shall bring them back to the straight path. I bear
witness that there is no God worthy of worship except Allah subhanho wa Taala and I also bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his messenger and Prophet. Allah tells us in the Quran oh you believe be God conscious Viola is proud to Allah as he should be feared and do not die except as Muslim.
Allah subhanaw taala also tells us all mankind, be God conscious fear Him, for He has created you from one soul. And from it it's made and from many men and many women and for Allah subhanho wa Taala through whom you ask one another of your rights, and by the wounds that gave birth to you very last round Allah is ever washed over you will also tell us in the Quran, Oh you who believe. feel strong to Allah be God conscious, speak the truth, but you will render your deeds righteous, and he will forgive your sins on whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed achieved a great victory. rarely the best speech is a speech of Allah Verily, the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad
Salah Salem, the worst affairs are those that are of heresy for those are all innovations on all innovations are misguidance all misguidance lead to the hellfire. A man came to the Prophet SAW Selim from the desert a Bedouin came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam,
and he came and asked and he was a little unkempt,
a little disorganized in his appearance. And he came and he asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, what has Allah written for me? What has he prescribed upon me in the in the Salah. The promises Selim says five prayers in the day, and at night total five Salawat.
Except if you want to increase, you want to add extra nephila prayer.
Then he said, What about fasting? He said that you fast Ramadan, except if you want to
do a little bit extra more faster. He said, Okay. And what about Zika he says what Allah has written for you, except if you would like to give more than the man got up and he said, I will not do anything more and nor will I do anything less. And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam remarked to the Companions around him, after this man left and he says a flood in Sadat. He will succeed if he is honest. And in other narrations, the halal Jana, he will enter paradise.
This hadith brothers and sisters, reminds us and echoes the simplicity of the message of Islam, as you know, in the famous hadith of Hadith Jibreel, where Gibreel came in the form of a man and he asked the Prophet SAW Selim, What is Islam what is an Imam, what is an Air sign? What are the signs of the day judgment, so on and so forth?
And so, the concept that Islam is indeed an a religion of ease. This is something that we find throughout the tradition, and throughout the books and the narratives that we find in the Quran as well as in the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, we see that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam remarked about this and he said, I have Bucha Deen Illa
Allah Hanif fi here somehow, the Prophet SAW Selim says that the most beloved religion to Allah subhanahu wa taala is the religion or the honey fear and we will explain that and somehow what is this word l honey fi Amin and honey fear notice the fact I didn't say 100 fear because Hannah fear some of you might think oh there's water faucet, okay. And honey fear comes from the word hence means to turn towards something. So when you say someone is honey, it means they are turning away from something Malla and shade they are turning away from something and in this specific context, turning away from shidduch turning away from sin. And when you in Arabic when you say originally,
Agnes someone who is enough, it means that their feet are actually kind of facing inwards.
So I was trying to hold to Allah describes the religion of Islam as Hanif. Why? Because it's an imagery of we as Muslims turning away from [???]ter, turning away from our wheat, false idols turning away from injustice, turning away from all of these evil MOOC vielen, ala Atilla turning towards Allah subhanho wa Taala in worship
and the word somehow means something of ease.
So Allah subhanahu wa Bucha Allah likes that you will have this religion of ease of constantly turning towards Allah subhanho wa taala.
And if you look at this concept of Hanif
as well as ease you see it in the imagery that you find in the Quran, where Allah subhanaw taala says wotja He didn't feel like a jihadi which Tabacum warmer gyla alikoum feed Dini men, Harajuku militare Abiko Ibrahim, who was a man
And every time you look at, for example, the name of Prophet Ibrahim, you always connect the word of Ibrahim Al Hanif. Right? Why? Because Ibrahim was the alayhi salatu salam was the best example of the person who turned away from all that idolatry in his time. So Allah says here, in certain Hajj the last verse of suitable hedge after talking about this very great a bad way of performing the pilgrimage where there are so many difficult tasks at hand, what did he say and strive in the way of Allah as one should in its right way?
Which tobacco Allah chose you? One Magi lay comfy dini. Minha Raj and he has not placed difficulty upon you in the religion, military Bikram Ebrahim, it is the way it is the path of Ibrahim in one Who named you Muslim in the ones who submit to Allah subhanho wa taala. So when we say Al Islam or dienen Yusuf Islam is a religious is an easy religion. What do we mean by that there are a couple of connotations I want to go over. Number one, Islam is easy in comparison to the other religions that came in the past that Allah has sent down to the other prophets and messengers. And when we say the word Islam was brought from the very beginning of time, we are talking about Islam with a lowercase
i. I'm not talking about Islam with an uppercase i that came to do Muhammad so as soon as you know Islam came from Adam and myself so I'm all the way until now.
And the message is the same worship Allah Allah Allah Allah submit to Allah subhanho wa Taala the inner finer details and rulings that change with every specific group or tribe or nation that preceded the Allah Muhammad wa salam that's different.
And Allah subhanaw taala tells us no Quran Allah Dena to be your owner Rasul Allah Nabil or me Alladhina ag Duna Maktoum and I'm not here yet you doing the homework tuba and the home for Torah T will ng Yamato whom Bill Maher roofie when How am I going to monka well, you hit the ruler were you Hey, Lulu. hamaca You bet. We heard Remo Allah human hada Well, y'all got one whom is Surah hum well Uggla Tukana tally. Allah tells us in the Quran,
the prophet that is unlettered, the messenger, Yanni, Mohamed Salah Salem, the one that they find in their books in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, referring to Mohamed Salah Salem. What is he described as the one who commands them to do good and commit forbids them from doing evil
and makes halal, what is good and forbids those that are repugnant, while y'all BA is Surah homall Avila Linda T cannot Allah him and that he would relieve them of the shackles of the heavy laws that were placed upon them in the message that came before them during the time of our ESA and during the Davidic and Mosaic laws that came before them.
So Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself he describes himself as a prophet of ease.
He says in Allah lemon your bath me more i Neaton wala Moto and Nitin Wallach, in bass any more I Lehmann Massara, he said, Allah subhanho wa Taala did not send me to be harsh.
And the second word, he used Muhtar, Annette a means to pick out the flaws of people. But instead he sent me as a prophet, a teacher, who was easy.
So when so that's the first concept that Islam in and of itself is a is a easy religion. Number two, we have to understand that you some logic here, use some common sense. And let's try and tell it would not make fun of upon you all of these things to set you up for failure. Unless trial and error. Let's set these things out for you. And the process. Let me show you what is obligatory and what is not a little bit obligatory, because it is possible for you to do it unless you don't tell it would not legislate a religion that is impossible. And therefore it leads us to this point that is Islam, and like any other religion has a right to define itself has a right to set out its own
rules. It is quite childish or impossible for someone to say, well, Islam isn't easy for me therefore, Islam is difficult No, it is not in your perspective, it is in the grand scheme of everything, do not fault the religion, but fault oneself when it comes to weakness.
So how let us get look at some of the examples of how Islam came down in an easy form. A few quick examples. Number one, the fact that Allah subhanho wa Taala did not send down the entire message and its rules in one shot I shot out the Allahu Anhu Bukhari she says that if Allah subhanaw taala
has sent down the entire message from the beginning to the end in one shot.
No one would have followed it. She said that at the very beginning, it was short sorrows that encouraged people to come back to the religion.
And then over time, the longer students would come through and she said, If from the very beginning Allah says letter shabu l hammer, right don't drink wine, then everyone is Lana truck, we will never leave it. And if from the very beginning Allah says, let us know there was a learner took his dinner, if from the very beginning they said, You cannot drink or you cannot commit Zina, the people would have said no, we will never leave this will continue. In other words, Islam understood the trajectory and the development of the human enterprise and that is humans require time to get used to certain things. Additionally, you look at the Quran sent down in multiple verified authentic
recitation forms. Why because the different tribes among the Arabs whether it's and who they are people from Yemen, etc. They have different pronunciations and Allah says in the Quran, Allah Katya certain Al Quran Allah decree Valmy motorcade and we have made the Quran easier for remembrance. So is there anyone that is going to remember it? I'll give you an example molecule Media Molecule media. For example, the most common one is the Huns that will Qatar, in Arabic, the hard Hamza, that Hanza which comes at the beginning of certain words, so for example, Ambia Ambia, the prophets in many Arabic dialects, they don't they cannot say Umbria they say Olympia
and so when they read the Quran, when the Quran was brought down, it was to accommodate these recitations to accommodate these pronunciations so as to make it easy so as to make it
accessible for us to understand.
Additionally, as you know, very well, and Islam came down, understanding that individuals have certain difficulties that they have certain limitations, physical limitation, for example, you we all know without going to details that Allah subhanaw taala made it easy for those who are traveling, that they can shorten and combine the prayers. Allah subhanaw taala made it easy for those who are ill, that if they cannot fast Ramadan, that they can either pay if it's an ongoing chronic illness, or if it's a short term that they can make up their fasting at another date.
What are some of the reasons brothers and sisters where people accidentally make Islam into a difficult religion? Right? And the first thing is ignorance when people are ignorant about the laws of Allah subhanaw taala. And they only know one way they only know one verifiable opinion.
And now, of course, I'm not saying we have to go to the other extreme, where some people will say, Brother Kulu, che 50 law of Kulu che fee, he told, in fact, there was a joke one time there's a person whenever he asked when they ever asked him, how many how many come, come cold. If he had he'll muscle call Hoonah little cola and FIM and color blue jersey with human color. The other major was, when we're not going to the other extreme, where everything has an opinion, you hear that very often. Now, whether it's just a difference of opinion, no, certain things have legitimate difference of opinion. But in this example, that I want to tell you job, and I've deleted all the Allahu and he
narrates a story of companions, who had gone out on a war expedition. And a man had been severely injured with a rock hit his head and actually cracked open his head.
And so that evening, he became in a state of Geneva in a state of major impurity that required
that required a bath. And it was a very extreme cold night. So in the morning, he got up, he said, Well, I'm in Geneva, I'm in impurity. And so do I need to I have to take the Osen because, you know, in Islam, when there is extreme cold, and you do not have access to hot water, you can actually kill yourself from that cold from hypothermia, etc. So some of these companions, they didn't know about the hook them of attainment. They just said, No, you have to take this back. And so he took this van, and then he got sick, and he passed away.
When they went back to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam condemned them. And he said, I'll tell you who Catala whom Allah. They basically their actions and their ignorance ended up condemning this poor man to death. So therefore, Allah condemns them,
and he and he even says that in shifa swirl, what is the cure to ignorance to go and seek knowledge? So a lot of times when we are faced with what we consider perceived difficulty, sometimes it requires us to go seek more knowledge to find out well, is this the only opinion valid opinion that
or is out there? Or are there other ways that the process or sell them had shown us?
Sometimes within Sisters, we make it difficult for ourselves because we think lowly of ourselves and you know the famous story where Three men came to the wives of the process. And they asked about his iPads. And after they heard about his modus operandi, and how he worship Allah subhanho wa taala, the Hadith says that God knew. In other words, they kind of felt less about themselves. They said, If this is the way of the Prophet, so I sell them. So where are we? So one person said, I shall never get married another person. So in other words, he made a vow of celibacy. And another one said, I shall continue fasting nonstop all the way through. And then another person says, I will
continue praying every single night all night of the MLM. When the person selling came back, and they informed him of this story, he completely repudiated and rejected their actions, this form of extremism, and he said, something that off the bat and said that he Felisa money. And so whoever turns away from my sunnah is not for me, for verily, I sleep apart a portion of the night, and I get up and pray. And I also marry women. And I also fast and I break my fast.
There's an interesting story of the third example I wanted to give you and that is, sometimes people overestimate their ability. And that is we have a story of calmness.
Gamez was this companion who came to the Prophet saw a Salam at his very onset of Islam. And he announced to the process alum of Islam and the process Salam affirmed him and then he left
for one whole year and then later on, he came back and he had
How should I put it, he had obligated on himself an extreme level of piety
and difficulty that caused him
to to to weaken physically, and, and his entire countenance and appearance and physical frailty was so apparent. When he came the next year, he came to the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, and he stood in front of us, and then the process and looked at him and didn't recognize him. And so he says, Do you not know who I am? The person said, and says, No, I don't know who you are. He says, I am Camus. And the prophets I send them says, What has changed? Why do you look like this? Why do you look so, so weak and emaciated and weakened, famished? Etc? Who commanded you to do this? Who commanded you to do this? What did he say? He said, messenger of Allah since last year, I left you I have not
stopped in my fasting and in my daily night prayers. And the pastor said, I told him no.
Fast The month of summer, in other words, Ramadan, and one day out of the month.
He said, No, I can do more. He said, Fine, then two days out of the month, said I can do more. He said, Okay, fine, then do three days out of the month.
Finally, brothers and sisters
before we conclude for the second hutzpah,
what Islam wants is for you to strive.
And sometimes we think that by increasing the difficulty by going through some sort of suffering,
that that shows sincerity. And that could not be further from the truth.
During the time of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam the Prophet was selling was one time giving a hotbar he was standing up.
And he saw this man standing outside far away in the hot sun.
So he said, Who is this person? They said, Oh, he his name is Oh boy.
And he says that his Konya, that's his nickname,
but his real name is you said
well, who originally not and far he was a man from the Ansara of Medina. nother a year Kuma fish, shrimps, walla walla just a little while I tell them why I assume. They look at the extra suffering he's trying to increase on himself. He's, he made a vow, that he will stand in the sun, refuse to sit and he will not seek shade, and he will vow he will vow silence he will take on silence and never speak while he is fasting and punishing himself.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
says mourou failure to learn while you're struggling while you're caught, while you Tim musoma,
command him to speak, command him to seek shade and to sit down and to continue his fast a political yada was
hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salatu salam ala fille MBO mursaleen de vida Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi as you may know about
brothers and sisters now that we have heard all about this concept of Islam is the religion of ease, how do we put it into our daily life and practice? Number one, as we've said, Islam as a religion of ease requires a person to put in their utmost effort when it comes to the obligations
any a person that says
it will also help them figure out what Masada
before Rahim, you know, Southern frigid is difficult on those forgiving clothes, forget it. No, you have to put your effort in. When it comes to the obligatory act, put in your effort as much as you can.
when it comes to you know, for example, I was talking to this river the other day,
and they were saying,
you know, I have so much to learn, I don't know where to start. I'm so overwhelmed. And it's true. Especially when it when it's when it's like convert, they become like the targets for a lot of Muslims everyone coming in and telling them what to do. Everyone comes in No brother, you need to do this sister. You need to do that. Brother, maybe you need to focus on this brother. You need to go do that. completely inundated the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he gave us some yardstick on a yardstick on where do we start? He says, Salam man I hate to combine who he is anymore. What I have forbidding you from doing stay away from it. That's the first thing you want to work on
yourself. Focus on removing the major sins that you are committing in your life
Well, I'm I'm honored to be here to two men who must have item and what am I have commanded you to do? Then do it to the best of your ability.
Additionally, brothers and sisters, the crux of this entire topic the Prophet SAW Selim tells us he says in Deen use this religion is easy. What are you shad? Deena Aha, don't love Allah. And there is no one that is going to try to overpower this Deen by over exerting themselves except that they will be defeated. For set D do work on. Set d do accountable means take your aim.
strive for excellence and if you cannot strive if you cannot get to that God Eboo approximate to excellence
what up futile and be positive. Rejoice. What's their Ino? Beloved what you were Rojava che che Amina dolger and seek comfort and in worship Allah subhanho wa Taala the beginning of the day end of the day throughout the night and you pace yourself
that is why brothers and sisters
in another narration the Prophet SAW Selim tells us he says in the hair that Dean Mateen barely this religion is Mateen others it is a very strong religion for Oh little V bit if so take it easy, and he take it easy upon yourselves wala to Blue Illa unfussy comorbidity Allah do not make the worship of Allah some worship of Allah something that you detest
for in Al mon betta la urban gotta. Walla Baran UPCA one of the most beautiful things of the process that of them said he says for in Melbourne but Ellman bet is the person who's a traveler.
If this person rides his horse and keeps traveling and does not take rest and does not give rest to his horse, not only will he failed to reach his destination, nor will his right and his mount be able to continue so take it easy. Ask yourself apply yourself that whatever Allah has made fun, put all of your effort in it focus on the field.
And when it comes to the Sunon the non obligatory take it easy take it one step at a time in Hola Hola. Hola. Echo you saw Lunarlon Libya YOLO the ominous Allah Allah he was suddenly Mata sativa Allahumma salli wa sallim wa barik ala Nabina Muhammad while early he was so happy Jemaine Rob Donna attina Fifth dunya Hassan AHA Phil Aphrodite Hasina Okinawa but not all la give us what is the best in this world and give us what is the best in the next life and protect us from the Hellfire alone Medina Khan was nativa
weariness about the law often was acknowledged in ABA or law shows the truth as truth and give us the ability to follow it and show us falsehood as falsehood and give us the strength to stay away from it. Welcome to Salah.