New Muslim Corner – Balanced Ehsan – Sufism
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Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa sallahu wa salam ala saled who will Li will actually in the Vienna Muhammadan. While Ali he was happy he were back with salah. All praise are due to Allah, Lord of the worlds and peace and blessings be constantly showered upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad, the master the first and the last, and his family as companions and all those who call to his way and establish his sunnah today of judgment, my beloved brothers and sisters to our friends, As Salam aleikum, wa Rahmatullah
Alhamdulillah, we are continuing on with our new Muslim corner. And despite the weather, we're in the north and winter has finally really set in. But despite that, Inshallah, we will continue on with the class, even if we have to slightly repeat certain aspects for the benefit of those who may have missed them.
We are looking at the dimensions of Islam.
And this is structured, especially for those who have recently embraced Islam. For those who are reviving their faith.
It is structured in a way where you could ask questions and you can have some practical examples. And Alhamdulillah. Allah has blessed the Muslim world with great scholars, and a lot of information. So we actually can go back through our records and bring forward practical suggestions and explanations of definitions that make things easy. Today, there's a tendency for people to listen to work a name, and they are told by somebody this name is good
Name is bad, they don't investigate. But for the new Muslim, we need to have sound knowledge. And especially we need a balanced approach. So we're not going to one extreme, or another extreme. extremism is one of the challenges for the Muslims, for all human beings. But especially for our nation, extremism is very dangerous thing. And we need to try to be
what is called the middle nation, which is the balanced way of approaching things. And in looking at dimensions,
we recognized from the hadith of Gibreel. And you can remember that there were three dimensions. Can anybody in my class here, remember what these dimensions are? To get people involved in the class? What is the first dimension? The angel Jibreel asked the Prophet.
He said, What tells me about five pillars? But what is the word?
It's the five pillars. Tell me what he meant. The first one.
What's your religion?
Islam Islam. So the basis is Islam. Okay.
And we can sort of make an example of Islam. Islam is like your body.
Okay, it's like the body. So the body has to do functions. It has to be taken care of.
And so the body,
you you're expressing your, your slam through press, one of the main ways to do that is to purify yourself and constantly make prayer. And then also that you're given charity, and especially if you have extra wealth, you pay the Zakat, the extra amount. And then when Ramadan comes you fast in Ramadan, from dawn to sunset. So this is physical thing. Right? It's your body, it's what actions, all Muslims do these actions. And the fifth pillar is to make pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime lifetime. And you will go to Mecca, and you'll see all types of Muslims there on the pilgrimage. So that's the body of Islam. Okay, and to understand these aspects and more things, how you eat and how
you dress, the scholars developed a science they call Fake,
fake, and fake means understanding. So it's basically What's your understanding of Islam of how to practice Islam. Okay, so, that's the basic body the second pillar as we found out is a man
and a man. Now, you are moving you know, to a higher stage there where your Eman you know is dealing with in a sense your beliefs because the man means your belief.
So, in a sense, Eman is sort of like your head, your ideology, what do you believe in? So, you have the body and then you have your ideology, the scholars developed a science that they that is called Aqeedah
you and you eventually hear the word Aqeedah which means what are your beliefs okay. So, your Aqeedah this is the way you your belief in Allah and His angels and his books, and the Last Day divine destiny, all of these aspects of your faith is your theta and the third part is SN and that is righteousness and you could say the SN is your heart.
So, the dimensions is the body
the head or the mind and then the heart.
These are the three dimensions and in order to develop or to understand SN many of the scholars developed a science that you will call to solve
or today they say Sufism other scholars did not necessarily used that term and they said SN and they may be many have used the term test Kia
test Kia so you say test Kia to knifes. purifying yourself, okay, so you have your actions are doing as a Muslim. You have your beliefs behind it. And then you have to purify you have to have your heart what's your conscience
What is the spiritual aspect you see, which influences everything that is the completion. So, whether you call it to solve or Sufism or tell Skia it goes back to the word sand and that is confirmed that is in the Hadith. So, definitely for those who may disagree with the word Sufism because of the extremism that we found out that came into this concept, Sn is the terminology. Okay, so in the time of the great scholars of fic and Aqeedah and one of the greatest ones was Imam Malik Ibn s. Rahim Allah. He was the imam in Medina.
And his book of Hadith al Motta is the first authentic book of the sayings of Prophet Muhammad, peace of mind before Bukhari and Muslim is Al NEWater, of Imam Malik. And that is what is called the Maliki School of Feck.
Okay, and in his time, which is coming in the tablet in time, so it's the third generation down and his time to sew off was not a group of people. Like you wouldn't say that's a Sufi Muslim, a Salafi that's this that no, there's none of that just Muslims.
Okay, so but the word is starting to come in somebody's using it for ESA and everybody knew about SM and the Prophet peace be upon him said your son is to worship Allah as though you see him or he sees you.
Right? So it's that consciousness of Islam that is coming in. Okay. So,
Imam Malik, when this word to so off is coming in, so people are not using terminologies. So they are saying fic, and they say into so woof, and Aqeedah tafsir to explain the Quran. Now, the grammar of Arabic added for literature, all these different subjects and this is what you study in Islamic University. When I studied in Medina, university, these are our subjects, the same way people have chemistry and biology and math, whatever, these are our subjects FIP Aqeedah tafsir adab. Now, these are literally the subjects that you take when you study in Islamic University. So the Imam said, Whoever occupies himself with Fick,
so he focuses on the body alone, right?
And does not pass through a process of training into so wolf will become a sinner.
So he said, Whoever focuses only on the body, like only on the written word, and does not deal with the spiritual path, then that person is in danger of becoming a fossick. They could become a sinner, because they know they know everything, but their heart is so cold.
They don't have the spirit of Islam. See, so you have to have the letter of the of the of the dean and the spirit of the deal. So that's how the mom looked at that. Okay, ment of alcohol. Well, let me get a sofa for cut fossa. This is how he said it. Then the next part, he said, Whoever occupies himself with the sole worth, okay, so they're only dealing with the spiritual things and does not learn the Religious Sciences will become a heretic.
So if somebody's only dealing with spirituality, but they're not dealing with the religion, the actual Sciences of the religion, that person can actually start doing things that's outside of Islam.
And we found that when Islam spread to the land of the Hindus and the Buddhists, and the Christians, that other ways of life impacted Muslims. So a person could be actually acting like a Buddhist, like a Buddhist monk. And you have seen Buddhist monk sitting on the side of the road, with a cup and just meditating
and they believe they're going to kill their body, they're going to destroy their self, they're knifes and if they can destroy their enough's, they have no desire for the world.
And if you have no desire for the world, then you can be spiritual. That's extremism. That's monk ism. And the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said no monk ism in Islam.
So Imam Malik is saying if you're only going to do the spiritual path, and you don't know your field, you don't understand your D
In, you're in danger of becoming a Sandeep, which is, like coffee or as extreme heretic. Okay, but then he said,
Whoever combines the two will have attained the truth.
Woman Gemma Boehner Houma for cut to hawk, aka whoever combines the two that is the fic and that is so worth the SAT. So you combine them right?
Then that person has the true reality.
So that is a balanced approach
to dealing with yourself. And those scholars have to saw off of Sn who were in the cautious, sober path, you will see immediately and I'm talking about Imam Junaid and Imam Al Ghazali. And CD Amazon joke of Morocco, you will see scholars like this
al Maha sabe that these are balanced scholar, these are scholars they call for key which means they're masters of fic.
Okay, and they are the ones who give us this balanced approach. And that is what we're interested in. Now, one of the students even said Now can we get some examples of this balanced approach give us we want something practical. So I want to bring you a scholar who is very interesting
interesting in the sense that the time that he lived in is not far from our time.
he was born in 1754, actually. And for 20 years, he studied the religion and he became a *y. And he became a master of Fick. Right? So that's the Religious Sciences at 20 years old.
Okay, and between 1774 to 1804. He spent his time as a young teacher traveling around his land and teaching about Islam. Now, check us man dan Fodio.
He lived in a place called Villa del Hausa. This is how Salah and and again, this will be interesting for some students who have never really studied African scholars. So most of our scholars may come from Persia or come from Arab lands. Maybe from India, you might get some if you had that background, possibly turkey but you don't normally get as famous famous scholars, you will not get many Turkish you won't get many like Chechnya, Dagestan
for Indonesia. Probably never even heard of Indonesian scholars.
Okay, so, but there were scholars. So this is an example, in West Africa, how Salah and would be present day, Nigeria, northern part of Nigeria, and Nigeria, and parts of Chad and the desert region. It's not just one country. It's a very large area there. These are the house of people. However, language is one of the largest languages in Africa.
And another group that mixed with the house of people are called Fulani, or the Fila and these people were nomadic people, they tended to cows. And they traveled all around with their cows, how some people were agricultural people.
And so the two are mixed together because the people who had the cows, they could give you manure, right in order to fertilize the land. They also give milk from their cows. Sometimes they would sacrifice and give you meat. And then there is leather and other things that comes from the Council of people in agriculture. They have all of your your agricultural products, so they blend it together. But what was interesting about the Fulani people, is that they also had traveling scholars with them as their caravan spread. There will always be a group in the caravan whose life is dedicated to scholarship.
They're also nomads, but they become experts in Islamic Studies. And they are taking the tradition coming out of places like Mauritania in West Africa, and then also up into Algeria, and Morocco. That's the Maliki. So
The same traditions. These are the they're part of that cycle of traditions. Okay, then for that the scholars and the Hausa so check out the man that photo was part of this group. He's very interesting person. His mother was a scholar. His father was a scholar, his uncle's were all scholars. And so he literally lived in a moving village of Allah.
So his whole life really is dedicated
to scholarship. And so it wasn't 1774 I've just given you a, you know, sort of a glimpse of his life before we go into these teachings is in this time, that he lectured as a young scholar, he went out, he traveled all around house lands, huge place. He traveled around teaching the people and talking to the common people talking to the scholars talking to the kings, because they were kings at the time. Some of them had normally become Muslim, but only in words. So he was lecturing to everybody. And he was approaching the different
issues that they had now, it reached the point that by 1802
He was so popular that when he traveled from one city to another, or one village to another 1000 students traveled with him. Think about this 1000 students going through the desert,
and when he stops, that becomes like a village.
Okay, and so he was really getting popular. And the kings in the way kings are got jealous, they thought he was getting too powerful. And one of them the king of Gavi, where he invited him to a ceremony and he tried to assassinate him.
And some reports even say they had this rudimentary gun.
And, and one of his co teachers brought it out and tried to shoot the shack with a gun, but it backfired and shot him.
Right, so after the shackles man then left the king and he made a Hijra. Remember, he follows the Sunnah exactly in his life. So he made a Hijra
to a place called voodoo. Just like Prophet Muhammad SAW Salah made migration member from Mecca to Medina. So he made the hijra, and his followers came from everywhere to make Hijra to this village. And they chose him as a mere, a mirror, meaning that he would be the emir, the leader of the Jamaat or the group, and they took a pledge to him as the leader. Okay, and so now the numbers start to rise. And in the same way that the Prophet was attacked, the Kings gathered a big force, and they attacked in around 1804. This is when they attacked his people.
And they attacked from different places
to check his forces were
ill equipped, they were poor people, living, you know, wherever they could not worry is really, but they stood for Allah subhanaw taala. And Allah gave them victory. So this battle
is sort of you could call the Battle of better.
Okay, and you will study Islamic history to know that Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him when he migrated to Medina, he was also attacked, and he had a great victory. So that was like the Battle of data for chakras band and folio, and his enemies were completely round it. Okay, so the word started to spread all throughout the land.
And the word started to spread. He sent letters to the kings, and Prophet Muhammad sent letters to the kings as well, the kings of Arabia, the kings of the world. So check us man sent letters to the people all around, not only how salon but West Africa, Central Africa, the Sahara region, you know, he sent scholars around, to let them know that the purpose of his struggle, the purpose of his jihad, and use this terms, was not a military purpose. This is not a struggle for power. But it was to secure the victory for truth over falsehood.
And the essence of his struggle was to revive the Sunnah.
It was to revive the Sunnah and to suppress Bidda. And that's a term that you'll learn later on to better as innovations. Like if somebody comes along and said, they don't want five Salaat they want six.
So that would be a bit
Ah, so this is what he let people know that's the essence of what the struggle is people join this group by the 1000s. And after a period of time,
they were able to take over,
you know, 250,000 square kilometers. This is a huge territory, they were able to take over this territory. Remember now this is 1804 and going up to around 18 Oh 10 They took over this territory and they governed it according to the laws of Islam.
That's not a long time ago.
And it lasted the Sokoto Kayleigh fit. It lasted for 100 years, until the British came. And their conquest, they divide and conquer. We're still living in this colonial rule. And they divided and they conquered. And after 100 years, they were able to conquer it. But the teachings of chakras man dan Fodio, where he will Allah, they are still practiced by people today.
So up until now, in this land Billa dalhausser
The people are actually still following his teachings and the Sultan of Sokoto who this is a northern part of Nigeria. The Sultan is one of his descendants, and he's carrying the flag, you know, of the shack itself of shackles bend and fold do so this is a scholar now.
Again, as I said, he was born in 1754. After 20 years, he became *y. He was a master of Malachy Fick. So that's his base, right? So he's a master of it. And he started teaching. And he taught for 30 years in the field.
And then he was attacked by the kings, the corrupted kings, his people, they made hijra, they defeated their enemies, and they opened up to 30,000 square kilometers. And the government with Sharia
that's something that a lot of people don't know. So if you ever have a chance to travel to Nigeria, people think of Nigeria, they think of people who are hustlers and they're going to do a trick on you, you know, Nigeria, the northern part of most northern Nigeria, they don't even leave the country.
You either hardly any people of the house are in Fulani here,
right because they live in the lands of Islam. And if you go there to their lands now, you will see women wearing hijab advance outside, you know, people practicing Islam, you will see an amazing thing right now, in the northern part of Nigeria, in Nigeria, in parts of Chad, in Ghana, in all that region, it is still a land of Islam, and it is getting stronger and stronger by the day. And the essence of their teachings are coming from chakras, men and Fodio. Okay, so this is, you know, a new era that had happened. Now the interesting part about chakras, Amanda and Fodio is that
his he considered Zen, he used the word sold off, so he can sell it to sold off to BSN. And we discussed the concept of the three parts of the hadith of Gibreel. The body when Jabril asked What is Islam? Okay, that's your body, your practices. Then he asked what is Amen? That's your belief, your Aqeedah, right? That's your belief. Then he asked, what is SN?
So Sn is your heart. That's the spiritual part of Islam. So, the complete
practice of Islam needs to have all three
and not to get caught in one or another. And Imam Malik Rahim, Allah, the great scholar of Islam, made it clear, don't get into one extreme or another. Don't only practice your Fick and you don't have any spirituality. Don't do that.
But also do not practice spirituality without faith. Do not do it. And so chakras man dan Fodio was one of those scholars who combined both aspects. So he was considered to be a Maliki factory and also in the Kadri tariqa.
He is considered to be one of the leading people in the country. Now.
Why I'm bringing him to show you again, this is practical teachings of balanced Yes, sir. Because we need something practical right to come out of this to help us in for the new Muslims and
As reviving their faith, the last part of the career of the ship, the first part, right was his teachings. He taught the Dow for 30 years,
then he was attacked was military.
So for six years or so they took over the house or land.
And then they governed it. And then
between eight and 1810,
he then said to the leaders of the Muslims, I'm finished leading, you decide who's going to be the leader. And he spent the last
five years of his life teaching.
So no desire for power, although he was the Emir. And he had all the power. And it is in the last stage, that he started to teach the people who knew Fick. Only the people who had a high level of IQ, then he began to teach them higher levels of Sn.
So he did a book, which is called keytab. A to Africa.
And it's called kita. He wrote 150 books.
And he did a book called keytab. A to Africa.
Boehner Ilma to Sawa Flector Haluk.
Were Ilma to Seoul with let the hawk or Modafinil bliss. So the book is called
the difference, the separation or the difference between
the knowledge of the soul of for character, character building,
and the knowledge of the soul worth to gain the true reality of Allah. That's the highest level.
And the entrances of shaytaan to the hearts of people. That's the name of his book. So it's from this book that I'm going to give you some of the teachings. So you can see how we're going to deal with this thing. Because what we're talking about really is
Okay, so your heart and coming from your heart to spirituality. And this is what he used. He used this character building to build
his students. And they developed into armies, they developed into administrators, and they ruled over 250,000 square kilometers, for 100 years to the British came. They rule and up until now, there are people are still there, and they're coming back.
Okay, that's how powerful his teachings were. And so he ended his career there and passed away then, and it's interesting because he passed away.
He was 63 years old when he died. That's the age of the Prophet SAW Selim. Like he loves sunnah so much, that his whole life was like following sunnah, right? And even died, you know, at 63 years old.
So, these are some of the practical teachings of
And the premise is that remember the parts of the body now remember the body, the mind that you're FIP right, your body is your Islam, your heart is your SL.
What is your heart?
Profit Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said
in the field Jessa de moda, either Salah hut, Salah Al Jazeera, dukkha Lu, he said in the body there is a lump of flesh. If it goes right, the whole body is right.
And if it goes wrong, the whole body is corrupt. And that is the heart since your heart so what is your heart?
When Muslims were lining up for prayers, the Prophet said, make your line straight shoulder to shoulder. So the shaytaan does not deal so your hearts will not become divided.
What does that mean? Like it's not just a physical thing. It's like some spiritual, that's that's in us right?
One companion came to the Prophet SAW Selim and asked him about beer. I asked him some righteousness. Give me some guidance and the Prophet said aesthetic callback. He said, Ask your heart. You want to answer?
Don't I'm not going to give you an answer. You ask your heart, man. You see, what is the heart. It's like your conscience
is like your conscience. Your Taqwa develops your conscience. These are all the spiritual parts of us. And that is connected ultimately to a rule
Okay, so from the soul, and it's hard to quantify these things. But that's the spiritual part of a human being.
All right, so that your heart is a key issue. And what is interesting is that for a long time, people thought that human beings were controlled by the brain.
The brain is like your hard drive. And it tells your heart, how much to pump, it tells your body what to do. But now they're recognizing that your heart is actually connected to the brain.
And the heart is the only part of the body that literally has life force in it. Its life force, no other part of the body has this life force button.
Okay. And many of the decisions that people make, are made with your heart, not with your brain.
So the Prophet said to that companion, he didn't say, if you want the answer, think about it.
Right, go back to your brain, he said, Ask your heart. You see.
So the heart is critical. And you're gonna see when you go to traditions, you'll see how important you know the heart actually is right column or Kullu is the is the plural that is really part of the essence of the person. So, there are certain areas
of the purification is that and this is where the scholars agree, whether you use the word to Salaf or Sufism or whether you use the word test, kiya. So you'll see people who don't use the word Sufism, but yes, and they will say Teskey, atta knifes. Pure purifying yourself, okay, so whichever word that you want to use to describe it, okay, it all comes back to SN.
And it all comes back to your heart. And that is critical in our lives. So in terms of test Kiya,
okay, and again, I put here that to sew off for the shack was reformation of the character, to affect social interrelations, and then reform society. So in other words, you build the character of people, and that affects relationships, and then you actually change society. See what he was doing? Right. He's building a movement. So we build the movement from ground up. And that is the problem with a lot of movements. People join the movement, and, you know, they demonstrate and whatever they hear they like it, they like to close, they like to talk, but they don't know really, why they're doing it.
Right inside of themselves. They're not really, totally motivated to do this thing. So if the issue is over, the demonstration is over, then they go back to their regular life. Because they haven't really made internal change, right? The internal change. So this is critical for Islamic revolution. And scholars of Islamic revolution, or Islamic change, have discussed this. Our revolution is not from top down.
Our revolution, your Marxist Leninist, the socialist, they go from top down, they will take over the government take over the TV station, the minute they say now, your government has changed.
Right? Most of them don't do that. We don't believe in just doing coup d'etat.
No, as starts with a popular movement on the ground.
Right building the consciousness in the society, and that develops and develops and then it pressurizes the top to change.
This is not a political concept. It's a concept of revolution. Right?
Right. And that's a, what we call grass roots. That's a term we use it at a Grassroots Revolution, which means the masses the people, you start with the people and then you work up.
the test key
test kettle Culp.
Purifying, what are some of the concepts, there's a number of concepts but I want just isolate five of them.
To give you some examples of what check has been done for us talking, because people want okay, what's practical about this? He said, like, you know, you have different
issues. And you want to purify it, you have to identify it, and one of them is urgent.
Okay, I'm going to start with the second one, because that's the easiest. That's the clearest one. It's kibworth
Okay, Kiba is pride.
and pride is a very deep thing. People are proud of their color.
They're proud of that they're tall. I'm not sure.
They're proud of their language.
Right? They're proud of the country they come from. Some foolish Muslims are even proud of their passport. They think that because they have a certain passport holder, the cousin lives across the border with another passport. But pride, pride. It's something else in the world that builds up inside of the people. Pride is a dangerous thing. And the best example of pride is the shaytaan. Well, he has a biller because when he bliss actually refused to bow down to Adam. Remember, he bowed down because Adam, you made from clay, and I'm made from fire. He's like proud, right? He's arrogant. To Cuthbert.
Right? Okay. Okay. But this is pride. And this is a dangerous quality. It destroys everything.
And the Shaq looked at that and said, you first have to recognize why are you proud?
If you want to purify yourself of pride, then why are you proud? Are you proud because of how you look? That's gonna go. Because the older you get, and when time goes by eventually, you're not going to look the same like you did when you were a teenager. So that's gonna go, your money's gonna go.
So why are you really proud? And see, you have to investigate these aspects of being proud. And there are some people who are even proud. And this is special for our community. There's some people who are proud because they're in special families. So they say I am Sharif. You've heard this term before, say yet. They say I'm saying it right. You've heard that before, right? They say I'm sure if which means I'm from the family of Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him on the set yet.
Okay. And they're proud of this the same thing.
But you have to recognize the blood alone is not enough. Because Abu Lahab, who is called by the Koran, the father of the flames, he is the uncle of the Prophet. So he is Hashimi he has the blood. But he's burning in hell. So his blood was not enough.
You see, I've seen a case. This is a practical case. I'll be honest with you of a practical case. I don't want to see what country it is. But there was a Muslim sister.
This is real case here in Toronto. And she was from a Syrian family. What she said to say it, and she was working in Burger King.
And she met a young man. He's Guyanese, but he was Guyanese, Portuguese.
That's different, right? It's not regular guy. And he's the UI. No. So he's gay and nice. Portuguese, right? So he looks he's white, right? He's Portuguese, but he's Guyanese. Okay, and he was working in the Burger King.
And they fell in love.
But she had enough taco facing consciousness, to say, I'm not just going to do a girlfriend, boyfriend thing. So she heard about the classes I had before for new Muslims. There's like no Muslim corner, right? This is before we have an office on St. Claire. And she brought him to the class. And, you know, he sat in the class and took some time. And eventually he accepted Islam. Really nice person. And then one day later, he came to me and he was really upset, almost crying. And I said, like, what happened to you? And he said, I went to her house to visit her parents. And they looked at me.
And they said, we are saying it's
okay. And you what Guyanese, right? Will say it's, and that is okay. By Muslim. He was practicing Islam that you got serious too. And he sat there and then
the time came for
that they said, Would you like something to drink?
And he said, Yeah, I'll take some orange juice or some ginger ale.
And they said, No, you want beer or whiskey?
He said beer or whiskey? No.
And so he didn't, you know, and they drank
as though they say it blood like purifies the booze, right?
They drank and then it was time for Salaat
He said, I have to make us.
And they said, Well, we're not clean, because they use that excuse all the time. We're not clean. And he stood up and he made salah, and they sat there.
And these are supposed to be say it's right.
And this is a new Muslim.
And I explained to him, that blood is not enough.
It's your practice. Because I found out I trace this with some people from India, I go to a country now. And I said, Where did your family be? Come tell me the story of your family. And they said, You know what the truth is?
A Sid, who was a family of the Prophet came to our village.
And he lived in our village. So everyone in the village took the name say it.
So if you trace their blood lineage back, that's like you they have DNA your family tree.
They do not have blood of Arabs, from Hashimi.
Okay, only the ones who married that say it.
So just because a person says there said, it's not enough. So the eye so this is the point, pride, you cannot be proud you have to deal with this pride. But Sharklets man, dan Fodio took it a step further. He said, in order to deal with pride,
then we have to have a practical way of dealing with it. This is practical, Santa. Okay, how you going to deal with pride.
And he said, were rough clothes. Sometimes. You don't have to wear beautiful clothes all the time and show off no. Do work with regular people. Even if you think you're rich, or you think you're special mingle with everybody.
And I'll give you a good example of this. And this is India again. Because this is a good example.
Some of my friends,
they went to India
and they wanted to visit a scholar of Hadith. Because there are many Hadith scholars in India. They have maintained very good Hadith scholarship. So they went to India to visit the Sheikh of Hadith. And they came into the house, and they sat down. And an elderly man came out. And he gave them water to wash their hands. Right, the towel comes, you know, seated. And he went back inside. And then they said, Okay, where's the chef?
And 10 minutes later, the same elderly man came out with a turban on
See, and he said, I'm the chef. So you see what he did?
He was their slave first.
You see, he was their slave, he served them first. You see what he was doing to his pride?
Okay, that's a practical thing that he was doing so that when he came back out with the turban
you see he was dealing with this arrogance that everybody has
right to recognize I'm only a human being like anybody else. See, this is pride.
And this is the practical form of to solve for character building. This is how shepherds man den folio approached us with His followers, you have to be able to deal with this. Okay, another one is
urgent and urgent is conceit. And some people are conceded they think that their opinion is the best opinion the only opinion you know, it is a dangerous concept. Also it can lead the person also astray. Okay, and so why am I conceded? When even the Prophet Muhammad SAW Salam took, you know, advice from other people.
When Muslims were attacked by the 10,000, Confederates zap it was salmonella Pharisee, who gave the idea to the Muslims to build a trench build a trench around the city.
That's a Persian tactic. So he took the advice of a Persian man who just learned to speak Arabic was not say it
but he took his advice and see. So this is how chakras man
dealt with this. Now, another area of purification. Right this is a practical thing that students have to you have to go through this in order to clean your heart right your hearts got to be clean. Another area is a huddle up
and huddle up is like anger or emotions, too much emotions.
And when a man came to the Prophet Muhammad sell sell them. The Prophet looked at him and said Let target up three times don't get
angry, he could see this man is the kind of like a nervous like an angry person. So don't get angry.
So anger is a serious thing. And anger. This is what you know has broke, it breaks up families,
husband wife fight each other.
It breaks up communities, many of our communities, the leaders had a fight. And suddenly there's two masjids.
And then these two can get together and suddenly there's four.
Right? You will see it. I mean, I went to a place here, you know, the other side of town. I'm not going to say the nationalities. But I went to a place they said, Can you do the Juma quote by son okay. So I came to do the football and I came inside of this masjid.
And I looked three places down was another Masjid.
There are different tribes, different bicep, okay, these are Muslims. They said, they said younger brother. But I looked in when we were going in the fire engines were pulling up in front of the other place. fire engines.
And I said, brothers, let's help. They said no, no doula to Joomla.
So we did Joomla. And then we came out. And then afterwards, I said to the brothers, like what happened? And they said, We don't know.
So like, this is your Muslim Brothers, right? Three places down.
And fire engines are in front of their plates. And you don't know.
You see that serious thing. And many times because of anger, the leaders don't like each other. And they start fighting each other. So that is the concept of Hadoop.
And Hadoop is a serious thing.
And Prophet Muhammad SAW Salam said, you know, this is the period this is the training that he gave his followers that check with men and Fodio gave his followers right. Training from sunnah. Anger is a big thing in our community, right? I know, I've seen some brothers, they're so angry with another brother. They said, I'm not even going to his janazah.
So what is this?
Like? Why are you angry? You're not in sunnah you should only be angry with a Muslim three days.
That's all. You're not allowed to be angry with another Muslim. So gotta be serious. And the Prophet SAW Selim said, If you are angry, the emotions are boiling up in you.
If you're standing up,
sit down. This practical.
He said, if you're sitting down, and your emotions are boiling up, lay down.
If your emotions are boiling up, that isn't enough, you know, then make wudu.
Right? Like it's the flame of shaytaan. And you'd like make blue.
Right? This is from the sun notes from an authentic hadith, that when your emotions are taking you over it, that's going to destroy your heart, right? Because the emotions will destroy your conscience, you will destroy everything inside of the person.
I had a case of a brother and a sister. And I'm not going to say which country they came from. This is real. Because we had a social service agency for Muslims 10 years. And they came in my office. The system was short, but fiery.
And the brother was taller, strong. You know, nice brother, easygoing. And she, she she knew what made what would make him angry.
So whenever they got into a fight, she would start saying things about him.
Right, you small little man, you this, whatever. And he would get angry and then hit her.
And so they said, how can we stop this violence?
So I only might my solution is go to the Sunday, right?
And especially for the brother, right? If you feel this thing coming up and you sit down.
If you if you're sitting down, lay down.
Right. Otherwise make withyou I added another one on.
If you still feel something, leave the room.
But don't stay there. You have to stop the cycle of violence.
And she recognized that she was part of the problem too, right. I had to counsel her to like why are you doing this to him? This is like masochism to you'd like you almost want to get hurt. Why you make him angry like that. Maybe she has read it don't try to avoid violence. So this is a hot up.
This has got
has a very serious issue and these
There are three key issues of what is called Teskey get enough's.
Many scholars call SN Teskey to knifes. Okay, there are other scholars who use the word to solve,
right? For SN.
But basically, it's the same when you see what they actually talk about. It's the same what they're actually doing. If they do Sunday, their Sunday will lead them to the same thing. And that's what we want the new Muslims, you know, to be able to go to the Sunday,
right and intend to be able to judge Muslims are not judged by recognize most of them not by the names that they carry, but by what they do.
Because that's the bottom line.
So I want to open up the floor for any questions that you may have concerning
this practical application of the Salaf for character building,
to solve for character building. Question. So these are just some examples. Right? But what are some of the other things we should look out for?
Yeah, so we're gonna go to this process. Right? That is this this section, and then there's another section coming. So I want to take you through this. So you can see
what this Sn is. Because, you know, for e man for Islam, we know we're going to practice our faith. And, you know, we know for a man we have Aqeedah, right? So we go into our faith, whatever it is, and how can we go into our SN?
Like, how can we better ourselves?
The spiritual part of us of our hearts, how can we better better us?
Okay, so floor is open for any questions anybody has concerning that? Yeah, floor is open. So like, nowadays?
Like, I don't hear myself boxes on this side. Right. So it's expected that phones will someday learn from their parents.
That's right. I mean, this is this is how Islam is passed on generally, is to the family. And sometimes not just the family, maybe the village that you live in, or the area. So you'll practice that. But the problem is, is that sometimes the family practices as not necessarily Islamic?
Right, it's not, but it's just something that the tribe does, or their people do. So you have to be able to separate that. Anything in the chat.
Yeah, so so so, you know, as a new Muslim, you know, we have to be able to, you know, separate people's cultural practices. And that is where you have Islam versus culture.
Islam versus culture. Okay, so we have to separate the two.
All right. So the floor is open for any other general questions. Anybody has.
We just got to check online here to see.
Yeah, Sufism split into Muslim framework and Western framework, I reside in Cape Town and stumbled across a Sufi temple.
Okay, so the basic definition, again, this is a complicated area. But the basic definition, you know, that I've found makes the most sense from these balance scholars, is that there is a form of the Salaf that is cautious. I call it sober.
You know, and it stays within Shediac.
So in other words, is just dealing with test gets enough Sia, you're purifying yourself at SN whatever, that is another form of have to solve or Sufism, which is the more intoxicated form, and that is where the people are trying to do water till reduce. They're trying to elevate their souls into Allah.
And that comes from Buddhism and Hinduism and other
extreme forms of faith. And so it came into Islam. And so they do this thing, some of the world around in circles. Some of them beat themselves, or they may not eat food for a long time, or you know, they punish their bodies, but that's really out of Buddhism and Hinduism. And you even have some groups who say they're Sufis, but they're not Muslims.
The same way that you have groups that developed in the 60s with the hippies and now New Age people. So they have the Krishna people, and they chant Krishna Krishna Rama, Rama, like hint is this chance. Oh,
And they eat. They're vegetarians, and they live a lifestyle. So there are groups, even here now in the GTA, there are groups like this, where they use
Islamic liqueur, remembrance of Allah. They're not Muslims, but they chant in Arabic. And they have organizations, those, those are not. That's the toxicated extreme form. And you know, in most cases, those, they're not even Muslims. So in Cape Town itself, there are people who are following FIP. But there are some extreme groups also that is there, like, like in other parts of the world
do we need to have allegiance to a specific chef to have Alicia Keys? Yeah, okay. Again, I'm not going into the details of this is not at the soul of class. Right, which we're just dealing with SN.
And so within their teachings, you know, they, if they were it formed in many parts of the world, is that they formed a what they call tariqa or family based on a chain of sale seller of knowledge, secret knowledge, that goes back to you that Ali Abu Bakr,
and the chef is supposed to have the secret knowledge. And so you join this group.
You take an oath to yield to that scholar in order to get into the secret knowledge. My response and Allah knows best. You don't have to do that to be a practicing Muslim. No, you do not have to have allegiance. Like that. There's, there's that's extremism.
Because sn 10 Scatter knifes is right there in the Sunnah right there. In Islamic teachings, you don't have to be part of a secret underground group. In order to get purification. It's right there in the Sunnah.
Okay, there's other ways of doing it.
Okay, and it's safer to because if you go into a place with secret knowledge, how do you know where that knowledge came from?
Like you ask him, Where did you get it from? And he says, Well, I had a dream last night.
Right? That's where you got it from?
you know, for us, especially new Muslims, reviving Muslims, we need to have authentic Islam. Remember our scholar when he said, You have to authenticate your faith?
That's one of the first things you need to do. authenticate your faith. So if somebody is coming to you with secrets, and cannot authenticate it, don't go there.
Don't go I don't care how long is b it is
how tall his campus
Because all practices is the bottom line.
The floor is open for any other general questions anybody may have.
Say anything about raising your voice against someone else.
You're not supposed to raise your voice to your parents.
That's that's definitely and generally speaking, the Quran says in the uncut as well to sell to me that the worst sound is the breaking of the donkey.
Right southill hamir So somebody's screaming they're like a donkey make a noise, right? You know, ugly a donkey sounds right. It's an ugly sound. That's the Quranic very specific. So it's screaming and arguing, no, this is this is not an Islamic way. And you'll generally find that people who practice Islam no matter where it is, they tend to be more reserved.
They're not loud, boisterous, cantankerous, you know, type of cipher people. Some people have a character like that.
And I'm not blaming them for that. But generally when a person, Prophet Muhammad Sal Salam was very calm,
and he never even laughed, like, you know, ha, laughing on the ground, you know, never did that.
Never. Because he's thinking about the judgments coming right?
Like he has an overview of life. So that's not to mean that we have to be depressed
because the process Salam smiled and he had he'd liked you know, he was he had fun, that nothing wrong with that. Have a positive nature.
Right, but making too much noise is not an Islamic thing to do.
any other general questions here?
So we're going to be following this formula. I'm going to leave the class a little early tonight in case somebody wants to go downstairs to catch part of what is happening, and I have to go across town to pick up somebody. You're now in Pretoria. So inshallah we will continue on with practical applications of Sn. Because we need to know what is ASN and how to purify yourself. So I leave you with these thoughts. And I ask Allah to have mercy on me and you. Well, I could have Dawa hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen wa salam Wa alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh