Islam at the Crossroads – Class 4
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Islam at the Crossroads: Reform or Revival? | Class #4 | Sh, Abdullah Hakim Quick
Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim hamdulillah Hello Bill alameen wa sallahu wa salam O Allah says Allah will he will act in Vienna Mohammedan. While Allah He was happy about a ko salaam, salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh
Alhamdulillah, we have another opportunity to reflect upon a crucial issue for Muslims in the world today. And we have understood that
Muslims throughout the world have an amazing potential
that we have been blessed with large numbers, over 26% of the earth's population are Muslims. And within those numbers, there's a growing amount of youth. And in some countries, over 60% of the Muslim community is under 25.
Countries also lie in strategic positions, strategic waterways, strategic mountain passes,
we have natural resources underneath our countries,
which if we put our nation together, maybe could hardly be rivaled by any other group in the world.
We also have a history of
we have the text our original texts in our hand. So the potential is enormous. And those who look toward the future, recognize that is those nations that have younger people who will actually live in the future, that if they have the right
and they have young people, and they have direction, then there is great potential for them in the future. And we looked at other nations in the world, we looked at the Japanese, we looked at the Germans. And we found that
in World War Two, at the end of World War Two, we found that these countries were actually destroyed.
And this like 1945, nuclear weapons, the whole of Germany flattened, but yet, after 20 years, these two countries came back as international economic powers. So it shows that with human resolve, with something if human beings have the right conditions, then they can jump back from the worst possible situations. And so the scenario that Muslims are living in today is one of the most difficult that we have seen in the past few centuries, in the sense that the potential is there. But at the same time, we are suffering great losses. We also have not only some of the richest people on earth, but we have some of the poorest people.
And people are crying for change. People are crying for change economically, some are looking for an Islamic economic system.
Some are looking for Islamic political system, the hell of it, they say we should have a head of state. And without that head of state, we can't function. There are others who emphasize Islamic social life. That is the social life, the families, it is the dress, it is the interaction. If that is put in its right perspective, then the whole of the Muslim world can come back. There are other people who are in distant places. They are also crying for change. Some of them just want halau food.
So there's all types of Doha that are being made prayers to Allah subhanaw taala but we recognize that Allah made it very clear. When he told us in Surah to read, he told us in Allahu Allah you Hey, you Rama be Coleman. What are you how you Rama be unforeseen. Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change that witches in themselves.
And so it is the internal change the internal Muslim, this is the essence of the Islamic Revolution.
Revolution sometimes is not really the right word, because it's connected sometimes with Marxist leninism and a number of other things but to bring about what we would call an Islamic revival.
And we recognize that revival is not to reform Islam and to make it look like something in the modern age, to change its values or to change its direction.
But it is revival in the classical sense is touch deed. It is a renewal. It is a Yeah, it is putting life back into the oma. So that the life coming from the life giving principles of Islam. So that is the life giving teachings of the court and the life giving teachings of the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammed a subtle Salaam, that this
has happened historically, for the Muslim world. And that really, I believe, is after the mercy of Allah subhanaw taala in the will of Allah is is one of the main reasons why you don't read about Muslims in history books. Because really, if you look at what has happened to the Muslim world, they should be reading about us, like they read about ancient Egyptians, or they read about ancient Greeks, or Romans, you see the Colosseum so you see the pyramids, but the ancient ones are no longer there. The philosophy the system is no longer there. With the waves of attacks that came after the time of Prophet Muhammad's onsala internal attacks. They were apostates who fought against the the
That was from the inside. There was also external attacks. The Roman Empire, the Byzantine Roman Empire, one of the strongest nations at the time, attacked from the north.
For the eastern side, the sassanid dynasty.
And the sassanid dynasty, the Persian dynasty was one of the oldest dynasties at that time, which could trace its civilization back 1000s of years. And they literally attacked the Muslims, the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. His expansion was to send letters to the kings. He and he sent invitations to the kings of the world. And when the invitation came to the king of Persia, when it came to the Shah of Persia, he took it and he tore it in pieces.
And the prophet SAW Selim when he heard this, he made a prayer. And he said muzzle Karla homolka. May Allah tear up His kingdom.
And not only did he did the Persian Emperor, tear up the invitation, he attacked. So they attacked on the border areas in Iraq, they start to attack Muslim holdings, and literally making aggression and threatening to send the Persian army, which had hundreds and 1000s of men to attack the Muslims. So in the spirit of Islam, the Muslims did not wait
to for 1000s of people to pour into the Arabian Peninsula, they went out to meet the enemies. And when they went out, they defeated the Romans, Byzantine Roman Empire. They also defeated the Senate's so after a long rule, the society dynasty finally went down. And Islam began to spread
in these regions. And so, Following this, after a period of time, attacks were being made. They were Crusaders that came out of Europe, the Crusaders began to attack. And they came from Europe through what is now known as Istanbul, Anatolia, and they attack there and they literally destroyed Muslim cities. They captured Jerusalem, put it to the side, and but by the will of Allah subhanaw taala
Sultan selaginella Ub Rahim Allah united the Muslims, and revived Islam in the hearts of the believers. And what a lot of people don't recognize about Sultan Salahuddin is that before he challenged the Crusaders physically, he dealt with the internal problems of the Muslims.
He revived Islam in Egypt. And Cairo at the time was one of the centers of Islam. He revived Islam and he established the Sunnah in Egypt because it had been conquered and taken over by the fatimid dynasty, which was a Shia extreme Shia dynasty. And they were controlling Egypt and Salahuddin first established the Sunnah, and he established the the madhhab email Shafi Rahim Allah He established the Sunnah he then united Muslims
And then he put out the call for believers in different places. And then he responded to the Christians, and he defeated them.
So it was a process that Islam went through, and it started to rise. And another big attack that hit the Muslim world was the Mongols. The Mongols, as we understood came out of South East or North East Asia, they poured into the Muslim world, and I would attribute much of their attack on the Muslims, because we were divided. And the people that we're living near the Mongols actually disrespected them.
And we're aggressive against them. So the leader of the Mongols, telogen, known as Ganga scan, he said there is only one sun in the sky. And there is only one con on this earth,
meaning one king, one ruler, and he sent his forces and they went out, and they carried on a wholesale slaughter on the Muslim world. And it was not until
the mum Luke's who also came from Asia were originally
The Mum, Luke's they were also prisoners of war, they were captured or bought, but they were not put in ball and chain they became soldiers. They took over Egypt, and they became the rulers of Islam. And sayfudine POTUS Rahim Allah is the one who really led the forces,
first dealing with what is happening in Egypt, uniting Muslims, and then standing in front of the Mongols. He defeated them in ANGEL loot. And then after that, the Mongols began to retreat and Tao was given to them. And they started to embrace Islam.
After the mon Luke period, there was a flowering of Islamic scholarship.
So you will see over the different periods and we learned that the prophets are sold upset at the head of every 100 years, or generation there would be a projected there would be touch deed,
a renewal of Islam. And so it is that renewal that has helped us over the centuries, when the Crusaders, the crusading attacks, started to die down.
The colonial period came.
And in the colonial period, the European powers divided up the world, so called third world, and they divided into sections, and they began to conquer much of the third world
the Muslims are right in the center of this.
Okay. But despite this, despite colonialism, Muslims are coming or rising up again.
We are faced with a what they call Neo colonialism a new form of colonialism, where people who look like us
and come from our same nations are ruling us in the name of the West,
right in the name of secondaries. So we're facing this now, which is very serious situation. And it's complex. But what we do know if you look at the whole of the Muslim world, it is actually on the rise, it is on the rise. And there are more and more Muslims coming up. And a recent report just came out about the UK, where they're saying that in a short period of time,
Muslims will be the largest religion in the UK.
Because Christianity has gone down. And we are now at the point of being the largest religion in the UK. If you look at Belgium, and
in Holland, you'll see that 50% of the children born in the hospitals are Muslims.
You'll see that in many parts of the world, the oma is rising
by but this rise needs to have the concept of tax deed.
It is not just a rise to rise, the Mongols rose, they rose and they destroyed everything around them.
And then they fell.
And you'll see conquering nations come up like this. You see the Romans conquering nations come up. They conquer, they have military, they have force, they destroy and then they go down.
But the difference is we have a way of life. So this is the challenge that we are facing. And in order to to to try to understand this. We record
agonize that the essence of the Islamic change or revival is internal.
And it begins with the individual, then to the families, the communities. And it starts right. This is how Islam spread.
And that was one of the great scholars of Islam. CDM is Iraq, or him or law of affairs in Morocco.
And some young Muslims came to him, and they said, We want Medina, we want an Islamic State.
And this happens often that the youth are really inspired and you know, whatever, and they get really nervous. They came to see Dr. mazaraki, lived about 600 years ago, so but he was a great scholar. And they wanted Medina and he and he had said, he told him yet Laguna Fett Duna sruti.
He said they want the victory without fulfilling the conditions of the victory.
See, they want Medina but they don't want Mecca. Right? It Mecca is the 13 year period where Muslims could not fight back
where they they suffered. They told he their understanding of Allah, the unity, the humility, their character, their suffering, all of that happened, the character was there. Then they made the migration and then Islamic law was instituted.
You see, so these young people they are asking for Medina and they haven't even gone through Mecca yet. They didn't make it up. But they want an Islamic State
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he was a great scholar in Morocco. Around 1426 or so using in the 15th century he was born
and they called him he was the one that was the quality control manager of the of the automa. And the Sophie's it was more testable. Allah Manuel Alia. He was the only one that ever got this title. He was considered by the Sophie's he was considered to be a cooktop. They have people on the top, which are their highest level Sufi, right.
And by the Maliki scholars, he was the faculty of the molokhia.
He was the highest level of fic in Maliki fic. So he's combining both sides. usually only get one side.
You get somebody who's really into his fit and every odd guy on his art either until he'd be not spiritual.
Okay, then you have another person who's spiritual, but he's dancing out in the field with dandelions. You know, he's outside of shadia he's whirling around. He's doing things far away from Sunday.
Okay, but it is rare that you will get someone with both
and that's the reason why that in sha Allah as part of our study in the Islamic revival, we're going to be looking at inshallah three great scholars who had that type of balance emammal ghazali
Schauer Leola Galloway,
and check with mendon folio of Sokoto of West Africa. These are three great scholars who had balance. Okay. So the point is change, internal change. In other words, the Marxist Leninist revolution and this this is an issue on the ground. How do you make a revolution? Because people are marching in the streets, right? And even you have what they call the Arab Spring, right.
And in the Arab Spring, they were saying a sharp up to Scotland, the dawn.
They kept marching and saying, the people want the system to come down.
Okay, but if you want it to come down, what are you going to put in place at it?
Right, you are, you're marching, you're anarchie. But what are you putting in place if the Marxist Leninist, what they would do, they'll blow up the palace, killed the leadership, take over the radio station and say, Now we control the country. That's not our revolution.
Our change comes from the individuals from their hearts and it starts to move from down up, as opposed to up down.
It's a different concept. Okay. And so, the essence of this revival, we learned is from inside and in order to understand that we are looking at
a set of hadiths to 40 Hadith on Islamic revival.
And is this 40 Hadith on Islamic revival, it is not a mama notaries set. It is this set
After many years in the field,
traveling to different countries and being with Muslims and looking at their problems, and needing to put my information together, I put it together and there was 40 plus idiots repeating themselves over and over and over again.
And sitting with scholars, we recognize there's a methodology to this. It's Islamic revival. That's the bottom line.
Anywhere you go in the Muslim world,
Asia, right in the Middle East, Africa, the Americans, you will see in most cases, the community, the Muslims are there. But they're stagnating. Numbers are rising.
But which direction are we going in?
Right, who what, which one of the leaders talking about? How are we talking about things that we did 20 years ago.
In some cases, we're talking about things we did 100 years ago, I attended a football once of the Imam and he read the football all in Arabic.
Now, most of the people there could not understand Arabic, I can understand what he was saying.
Right. And when he read one part of the cookbook, myself, a few other people Arabic speakers jump because he was making to our for the halifa of the baskets. So the basket Khalifa is like over 1000 years ago, he's making to offer him as though he's alive right now.
So in other words, he was reading a book that was 1000 years old.
Okay, nice sermon.
Right, but irrelevant to where we what we are actually dealing with. When the murders were coming in, and what is known as the first Gulf War. They were pouring into the Muslim world. Some years back, you remember, and a brother came from Jordan.
And he said he was in Amman, Jordan, and the nations are pouring in. Now new to the Middle East. And then the Imam gets up. And they're expecting to hear something. And he started to talk about
the rules of widow, a common widow. Now, it is important to know how to make widow right. But if the armies of the world are outside your door, man, you got to talk about widow.
And not even like relevancy, metal relevancy, you see. So
to look at this,
these 40 Hadeeth are giving us guidance that can help us personally.
And I believe that each individual has to be part of an Islamic change.
And so nobody has an excuse. Now. You can't wait for the Imam to do it or the chef to do it. Or the president or the Emir or the tribal leader or whatever it is.
Right, everybody is in a struggle. So we all can try to do something in this area. This is where the 40 hadiths lead us in the beginning. And the Hadith we talked in the previous class
was the first one of course, is that surely your deeds are based on your intentions in Melbourne yet? We're in the Mali Columbian Manoa your deeds are based on your intention, and everybody will get exactly what they intend.
Okay, so the Nia on the inside is the beginning.
And then we learned as we were looking now, at the revival, it's like a plant growing right.
So your internal seed is your nia. Right, and then
what we find over and over again, as it came in a part of the Hadith that we read, we're in the field Jessa de moda, he does Salah hut, Salah Al Jazeera Dooku, where you are faster that faster digested cuckoo, Allah will help that in the body, there is a lump of flesh, if it goes right, the whole body is right. And if it is corrupted, the whole body is corrupt, that is the heart.
So inside so we are looking at the issue of the heart itself. And, and looking at the issue of the heart.
We are fortunate to have even science to have new understandings of the heart itself because people used to think that a human being is a brain, a harddrive, which runs the heart just pumps blood,
you know and then the rest of the body functions. Right But the reality is, as we understood that the heart is actually there's something else happening with that lump of flesh. There's something else inside of this which
expands past it. Okay. I mean, even the Hadid said there's a lump of flesh.
Right? So that is the modifier.
Okay, now, this if this is just pumping blood, right?
Is that gonna affect everything?
If when the person came to the province and Solomon said, at Tell me about beer righteousness and he said his stuff the callback, asked your heart.
Did you ask you How about pumping the blood?
There's something else to this, you know, what is shocking about the hot as we read that this, this cardiovascular system, right when the child is born, it is one of the first parts of the embryo to be developed is the heart.
Okay, you would think it was the brain, right?
Because the brain is supposed to be we're supposed to be just the brain, no, and also the heart cells, right? It is heart cells that form the heart. And these heart cells pulsate.
They pulsate, and no other cells in the body actually pulsate.
So, from there, it's actually like an engine and it's pulsating, right? And the strength of the heart, they have measured it to be 5000 times stronger than the brain.
What is coming out of your heart. And we also found out that the heart itself, it has its own brain.
It's got an organized network of nerve cells,
and Plexi. Okay, and and, and so it literally has its own thinking process. Coming out of your heart, your information is in your harddrive.
So your brain has got that right. And the brain has certain just certain parts of the brain to write that do different things. But the strength of the heart overwhelms everything. Okay. And you can say that every cell in the body is permeated with the lifeforce from the heart.
So literally, this is the lifeforce emanating through us. And some of the LMR called the heart, which is like your conscience is like your energy, right? Is the door to the soul.
It's literally this force in you, it's a force in you.
And behind that is your soul a row.
But a row is something, nobody knows what it is,
with some kind of light, what it is, nobody knows. But we do know that the heart is a type of conscience, it's an energy that's in us. And it can be negative or positive. As the Hadid said, Remember, if it is good, everything's gonna be good, because you got positive energy pumping throughout your whole body.
But if that energy is negative, you have negative energy pumping throughout you think about the studies relative to the science, right? You literally have negative energy permeating your body,
shocking new findings
that have come out is that the electromagnetic field of the heart has been measured to be three to four feet from the body. It's like an electromagnetic field. Some people are aware of this, and some people are not.
Right. So there's there's differences. And people some people have this
Right? So if somebody evil comes in the room,
they you can literally feel coldness, there's some negative force coming in the room. Okay, you have a positive force comes in, it's positivity. And you can feel the warmth of that. Right? And so,
what is affected by this force field is your emotions. Your emotions are there. And you will see sometimes people, they will, you know, something happens and they'll immediately start to cry.
Right, or you can actually feel energy going up your spine.
Right, tingling. You know, when something happens. And some people they win the Olympics, or you see when they get the gold medal. And they win, they start crying because they won the Olympics, right? You know, that feeling right? when everybody's cheering for you. You ever had that? And you're the hero and they're all cheering for you. You know that energy, you feel that energy. It's like energy and you
it's an unbelievable thing. You know, and I learned from speakers. There's a few speakers who can do this, is that if you can
come in front of a huge crowd.
You can absorb their energy and throw it back at them.
That's what a good that that speaker is, can be like a magician.
Because they can throw the energy back on the people, right? And they can make you laugh, they can make you cry. Right? They have control its ban, and the process and PHP bottom said, there's
there's magic and banned.
You see? So the emotions,
the energy, this is what we're talking about. And the prophet SAW Selim said, he when he lined the companions up, he said, shoulder to shoulder.
So your hearts will not be divided.
Now think about this, what did he mean? He didn't just mean the lump of flesh on the body, right? It's, it's almost like your energy force. Don't separate your energy force from your brother or your sister. You see it, if you're on them touching.
Right, and if you're one line banyana, Mata Seuss, then you like an energy force. That's really what's not supposed to be. Okay, and you're energized by the court and you're listening to the court and you're making the court of law. Right, so then the salaat, out of the salaat would be the Gema. It comes to the group, the United group. So all of these things are connected together. And this is where
the candidates, we looked at a number of edits, relative to the heart itself, and where it was going. Another Another point that that I brought up last week, and I'll just go over it has a slight review. And that is that even remember that Islam is not only in the time of problem, Amazon sanlam is from ancient times.
And profits were sent to every nation and every tribe. Profits came to China, India, Africa, Europe, the Americas, everywhere, profits came. And I searched in different countries for toe heat, for the oneness of God. And one of the places that I searched fairly deep was in Egypt.
And that is not just Egypt, in Cairo, I went south, I went underground.
And underground, you will see hieroglyphics and you go back into the ancient writing of the Egyptians. And I was shocked to find out that the ancient Egyptians, they believed in the Day of Judgment. So they believe that they would a time would come and there was judgment, and it's going to be a hellfire. And this is going to be paradise. That was within their belief system. Okay.
And they had what is called the negative confessions.
And they say that, you know, you will be judged it will say, Did you eat? Did you do this? Did you swear? Did you kill? Did you hate your neighbor?
If you say, yes, you got to say no to all those things, right? And you can't lie.
Whatever you did is going to come out, right? They call it negative confessions. And so you got to be no to all of these things. You know, one of them was, did you eat pork?
Thank you, gyptians. That was one of them. And you better say no.
Okay, now, what I found out, and this is the actual picture of it. And again, you have to go through hieroglyphics and the ancient writing is not the same as us. Because in terms of pictographs, and whatever, this is another nation. So ashlea does not apply to them. But this one, you can interpret certain things that you will see the God of the dead, you know, they're like, judging this individual is like a scale, right? See the scale. And you look on the right side, and you see a feather.
And on the left side, you see it's a heart
and the feather is being weighed to that. And it's saying, if your heart is, you know, it better be, you know, lighter than a feather in sin.
Right, if you got wrong, you know, heavier than this feather, then you're in trouble. So, and that's what I was shocked about it was the hot was on the scale. Because remember what the prophet said, he said, in the mount Malou Binney, yet
all your deeds are based on Nia, your intention, right.
And then the Prophet peace upon him said mohalla Nia are called. He said, the place of the intention is the heart.
gyptians were on it, they were on it. You see this? They were on it. They knew what it was. That it is this energy forced the center of your energy force, which is going to carry your Nia, carry your intentions right
And your positive and negative energy that's going to be weighed.
Right. And so this this was, this is a deep understanding of the heart, and how other nations also begin to look at the heart. Now one of the aspects of the heart itself.
And we will go more into details later on in Sharla, when we read from our great scholars, but I want to touch on this point, to show you how deep the study of the hottest because really, this is one of the key studies in the whole revival.
Because if you straighten out your heart, then the rest is going to go okay.
But if you don't straighten out your heart, like many people see, they when the revolution they take over, right, they don't want to say no to some things that even happened recently, they take over the country and everything, their hearts are not right, man. So they start fighting each other.
Right, the enemy is gone. And their hearts not right. They didn't straight note what's inside of them. So they fight each other. See this. So, the heart itself, right, which which is which is so important. There is there is a study, which is called diseases of the heart.
there are certain diseases in the heart.
Okay, and these two orlimar have found this is not chicken pox, and Ebola.
Right? These are different diseases, and they all are named diseases. If your heart becomes diseased,
then you're finished.
And they have isolated certain diseases. And we're going to I want to give you a taste of this now, and eventually inshallah we'll go into more details on these, but some of the diseases of the heart. In other words, there are certain qualities, that if this quality takes over a person, then they spoiled. One of them is Al Qaeda, is pride.
And really pride is one of the original sins in a sense that the shaytaan what he ought to be left, as he said, you know, you know, that he refused about Adam, saying you can create it in from clay. You created me from fire and you created him from clay.
He was proud, arrogant, right? So this pride, kibosh,
this is a this is a serious disease of that.
And this can ruin everything in a person's heart.
So for instance, the person it's usually something physical, so the person is proud of their height. We're tall people, they're proud of their skin color. They're proud of their,
their eyes, they're proud that knows, whatever it is, it's usually something physical. Sometimes they're proud of their, their family, their lineage.
They're proud of their language. I speak a certain language. Some foolish people are proud of their passports.
Right? Even Muslims, but that passport can change tomorrow, right? But pride is like this, right? It's something that you know, it's not logical, but people thrive on it. And they gain strength out of being proud of different things. So the pride,
the inward pride is the kibosh.
Right? The outward pride, or the expression of pride is to cupboard.
And that is from the same root word to cup board. And that is arrogance. So in other words, if the person thinks I am a noble person,
right, and he looks in the mirror all day, that's one thing. But when he goes outside and looks down on other people, and treat them like dirt, that's the cupboard right? That's outward form. Right?
Right. and pride is a dangerous thing. Pride will destroy you know a person that you can't be a humble person. If you're if you're proud, and humility to other is one of the key you know, qualities of a believer.
You can even be a truthful person.
Right if you're proud because your pride will make you lie.
Because you got to cover yourself right?
And some people they say we even have in the Muslim world, people who they call say it
right or Sharif,
right? And they say well, I am Sharif. I am from the family of the Prophet ma
salsa, okay, and we have full respect for the family. But the problem is sometimes the people, they take it too far.
You know, and you say his name is say it. And I found out, you know from somebody because the salads are all over the place. And I met somebody in Medina, I was living in Medina and as a student, and this said, Ahmed Haida took me to his house, he claims he's a real estate. So okay. I was just innocent. Okay. But he wanted to prove it to me. So he brought up this giant book with all these names, right?
It's like a family tree, right? So you're supposed to have a family tree that leads you back all the way back. Right. But what happens in some cases that people said the name is say it and when you check them out? What happened was a say it came to the village.
And because the say it came to the village, everybody became say it. Okay? That's not really what to say it is. Okay. And the fact that you are a saint, does not mean that you're holy, and you're saved. That's the next problem.
Because some people will think that they say it, and they're holy, and they're saved. We had a Muslim brother
who accepted Islam.
He was Portuguese origin. He was Guyanese, Portuguese. You have Chinese, the Portuguese colonized, right? Nice brother. And he was working at Burger King.
And he met a Muslim girl. I don't want to say which country it's from. But he met a Muslim girl. And
she was working at Burger King. And they fell in love. But she had enough sense to bring him to our new Muslim class. We had a new Muslim class established. And so she brought him to the class.
And then, you know, he started to listen. And he, after a while, he took Shahada. You became Muslim. And he was serious about Islam. Okay. And he came to me one day, and he was really upset. So I said, like, what happened to you? Then? He said, No, you know, my, my, my girlfriend, wife to be her family. They said, they say it's
right. I didn't realize this. They say it's okay. So I went to their house.
And then we sat down.
And they said, Would you like something to drink?
And he said, Okay, let me have some juice or some water. They said, No, you want whiskey or beer.
And he was in shock, because he's learning Islam, right?
He's learning Islam.
He said, No, I don't want this and they drank the whiskey.
Then as I was going out, he said, I gotta make my prayer. And he stood up, and he made us up
in front of them, and they didn't pray. And when he was done, you know what they said?
Are you really a Muslim?
Right, this is a question because that's how they'll treat Muslims sometime. They said, like, Are you really a Muslim?
Okay, and he was in shocked. And I told him, the fact that they say it means does not mean anything, unless they practice in Islam. Okay, I don't know whether, you know, the Holy Blood purifies the alcohol. You drink the whiskey and it becomes grape juice.
Because your blood is so holy. That's not the reality. And you know what the proof of it is? The tribe of Prophet Muhammad SAW Salah was Ben who Hashem right? If you if you hash to me,
this is noble blood of kadesh. Right The owners of the Kaaba controllers of the Kaaba Abu lahab the father of the flames was Hashimi
he had noble blood, right? But he's burning in hell
and the core and talks about him burning in hellfire.
So his, his blood did nothing for him.
Okay, so, pride is that thing that can pump the person up? Totally. They forget about who they are, and they can live in a delusion. So the scholars and I will go into more details later, but the Shackleton den folio from hausa land from West Africa.
He was a great scholar. And he said, when you have these diseases, you have a knowledge cure.
And a practical cure.
Okay, your knowledge cure
for pride. Think about your creation.
Where did you come from? You came from you know sperm and egg. What were you?
And when you die, where are you going to go? You can be Miss Universe and if you if they put you in the grave, nobody's going down there with you.
Okay, so what do we got to be proud about?
Right, we're strong for a little bit at any moment we can be, we can get an accident, we can get sick and everything's gone.
So if you really think about how weak we are, when you fast in Ramadan, how hungry you are in time of gifta or if you miss your Iftar and go two days without you know, eating, then realize that we're weak. So the first thing is to come to grips with our humanity and our relationship with Allah subhanaw taala. The second is to literally Humble yourself.
Humble yourself. And that means that if you're used to wearing suits, three piece suits and whatnot, humble yourself sometimes.
Right do work, Prophet Mohammed, so solemn, although he was receiving revelation from above seven heavens, when they when they had to dig a trench in Medina to protect themselves against 10,000. Zap. He dug with his hands.
He didn't sit on the throne. He was digging,
And I remember
some brothers had come from India. I mentioned the country now because positive, and they went to meet a shack of Hadeeth
as many Hadid scholars there.
And they went into the house. And they sat down, an elderly man came forward.
And they were sitting there an elderly man came out, he had water. And he had a towel, and they washed himself. Then he went out. And then you know, he brought them something to drink, whatever, he brought them their food. And when they were finished, they said, okay, where's the chef?
Like, we came here to see the chef, right? Then they turned around, and the same elderly man came in with a turban on.
Right. And he sat down, you see what he did? He was their slave. He was their slave. So if there's any pride in him, he killed it. You see what he did, he killed the pride in himself. Right. And then he took his position as a scholar of Hadith, you know, and they were amazed at the knowledge that he had. But he made sure that he was not going to be proud of himself. Right? That he's only dispensing Hadith that Allah blessed him with. Okay, that's what called action cure.
So if somebody is having a problem with pride, this is one of the ways to come out of it, to get your heart back together. Because pride is dangerous pride, pride can actually lead to tribalism.
It can lead to racism to
and even within our own nation. Now, this is one of our biggest problems. Now, that's coming one tribe against another one race against another, it's even affecting the Muslim world. And if we're going to have a revival, we have to deal with tribalism.
If we do not deal deal with tribalism, gets endless fighting.
That's going on.
Okay, the next issue of the diseases of the heart is hasard.
Jealousy, and this is a big one.
Now, if you think about the Muslim world, and again, I'm saying this study has it's all over the Muslim world. It's a human problem, actually. And that is when somebody else makes some progress in life. They get a new baby,
right? Or Ollie pulls up with a new Lamborghini. He pulls up isn't a beautiful car. How do you feel when you see Alia in the car?
Or you see Cena with the baby? How do you feel?
If you look and you say, I would like to have a car like yes, that's okay.
Because you would like to have a nice vehicle. But if you hate to see him in it,
and you say to your friend, look how ugly The color is.
Look at his tires. You see the hazard you hate it you feel like this corrosive feeling inside and you hate it. And and the woman sees the baby. And she hates it.
As you start saying bad things about the child. It's a dangerous thing right? Now we have a lot of superstitions in the Muslim world. About evil eye right.
It is it is a reality though, of husband.
Okay, so that's what how sad is that corrosive hatred. And that negative feeling when somebody else makes make some progress, and you get this and shaytaan can actually use it against other people.
But the prophet peace be upon him said Jaco will have sad for in the last
year called Hassan Atacama takanohana. He said beware of jealousy. They will eat up your good deeds like a fire
eats up firewood.
In other words, you go to Hajj, you pray and you're jealous of people burns it up.
You look at the Hadith like firewood, right? It's going to burn up all your good deeds, like firewood. This person compiled all these good deeds, and they come back and a jealous or evil iron people. All of its burnt up. Or your husband Omar and yours a captain, your Southern code all the things you think you did. Right? Hassan can destroy it. So really the hassad
is more in trouble than the Masud. Right? The one who has the jealousy is really gets hurt more than the one who's jealous.
Right? But it is dangerous. Some people go too far. I lived with the Bedouins in Medina for a while. And when the Bedouin people next door had a baby they came into us.
And the baby was like, wrapped up in a cocoon like I had called sort of more in the eyes and whatever when you see the baby, you have to say martial arts about our color. You have to say that you have to say Mashallah.
abetik Allah, may Allah bless. If you don't say that, then they look at you like what's wrong with that person? There's something wrong, right? And so they really paranoid. In many of our cultures, we have a paranoia like this. You know what I'm talking about? You've seen it, your culture is about babies, evil eye on babies.
Right, any examples of this within within the culture.
a.so a.in a string on the thing to
say so they're black and white beads. And then of course, they'll use the Tyrese or the taneema. They'll hang the amulets to protect the child. And this is because they believe they think that this evil eye is such a terrible thing. You know that it's a big superstition in the Muslim world. And we're going to be looking at superstition as one of our heads. But it's a big superstition in the Muslim world. Coming like that, even in workarea you have an example of it.
Yes, so that if people are hanging this, and we're gonna find out later, it's actually a form of shark.
Right that you're trying to defend yourself with an amulet.
Okay, so this is out the way. One country they even said
that the boy was really handsome. So they named him him Are they named him donkey?
So if your name cuz if your name is Hammad, nobody's going to be jealous of you. Right? That's taken it too far. Man.
that's taken too far. You see. So think about the knowledge cure in a sense of, you know, if the person is blessed with a child or material, well, that's a test. Because the Quran says your wealth and your test, and your children are tested to you, fitna.
So that child can be a biggest test on that person's life, right?
Well, that money can be a test on the person's life. So don't get caught up in this thing.
Okay, and, you know, humble ourselves realize where you know, your risk, where your provisions are actually coming from, okay, another big disease of the heart is which has been
identified by the whole ama, and that is heard up Catholic and that is uncontrolled anger.
And you have a fraught entire fleet, you have some people who are too angry, they have too much emotion. And you have some people who have no emotions.
So the one but no emotions, they see the Muslim world, they see people under attack, even he the man sees his own wife, people, you know, you know, attacking her say, he doesn't even feel anything.
So he needs some emotion, right? But the one that's usually the problem is uncontrolled anger.
To the point where the Prophet peace be upon him, said to one of his companions, when he came to him, he said, laptop it up, don't get angry.
Don't get angry. Cuz he knew he's got an anger management problem, right.
And this anger management problem, uncontrolled emotions, right? It can destroy the heart and everything goes out of whack.
Right is a serious thing.
And we have to think, you know, why are we being angry? This is a knowledge kill. Why? Think about Allah subhanaw taala Why are you angry at another person if something has happened to
Good or bad, that Allah has willed it, you got to have patience through it.
Right learn self control, because self control is is a really important quality. And the scholars have shown that the action component, remember there's an action component. How do you cure?
or at least part of the cure, after remembering Allah subhanaw taala is that, you know, you should make estate either you should seek refuge from the Shaitaan. Even you spit over your left shoulder, crochet Tang could be pumping you up.
If that doesn't work, if you're standing up, sit down.
Okay, there's a physical thing about that to your blood, right?
If that doesn't work, if you're sitting down, lay down.
Right? This is from scholars, right? This is like psychology, right?
And if that doesn't work,
many of them say make Whoo.
Because I will put out the fire. Right.
And I remember I was
doing counseling in Israel, you know, some years ago, and a family came to me. I'm not going to say which country they come from. And the sister was short, fiery sister. And the brother was tall, muscular guy, you know, and, you know, she they came in and her face was like black and blue.
Right? He had been he beat her up. Okay. And they said, we have a problem.
So what's the problem? The problem is, is that when she's frustrated, right, she knows what to say about him to get a met.
Okay, so he comes in the door. Maybe they didn't have a good shopping that week. And she says, you weak little man.
Who did I marry?
Is this the best up? She knew? Or they say presses buttons, right? She knew what makes them met. She has got a slight problem tools like masochism,
although she's the abused. So we take her side, right? But she recognized she had a slight problem. Because she would pump him up.
He would start shaking,
and then hit.
Right, and then they're in a cycle. So they said, What should we do? I said, I'm not a psychiatrist or a psychologist. I'll give you the Sunda right.
Seek refuge. Number one. If this is happening, seek refuge from the Shaitaan.
Right? If you're standing up, sit down.
If you're sitting down, lay down,
does the brother right? Because maybe she should lay down too. She may be over the top of him telling him things.
If If that doesn't work, make, I added another point. If that doesn't work, leave the room
or leave the apartment completely. Once you feel yourself trembling like this, don't resort to violence, no matter what.
Okay, and they took that back. And I never heard from them again. inshallah, I hope everything went well. But
this is a disease of the heart.
Another big disease is reality.
And that is doing acts of worship
in order to be seen by people react. This is a big disease of that. React is from the verb RA, which means to see.
Right? So in other words, you're doing a form of a beta
in order to be seen by people, so the person pays a cat in front of the crowd, because he wants to name
Okay, or he goes to Hodge. And he comes back and he puts over his shop, and Hodge Ali.
So if you're going to buy something who you're going to buy it from, you see Alhaji Ali and you see Zaid, you go into a Haji shop.
So he did it because he wanted people to buy his goods.
Right? It's like raw and everybody has some real.
I mean, you have real power and a sense of
when you get up in the in the morning and you got to go to work. Then you will dress according to where you're going.
The certain standards it's Juma. You want to dress nicely.
Right so you have this a certain amount. This is a bad
it's when you're doing worship right. When the worship comes in, and to be seen by people, then it's even considered to be a circle asker it is a lower form of shirk.
Okay, so it's a dangerous thing.
And we have to think about,
who are we doing? You know, this worship for?
Right? Who are the people? What is the whole purpose of our prayer of fasting or other things. And if it is the case where a person feels that they have,
you know, reorders coming, then they can step out of certain situations, like for instance, there's some cases, I'll show you two cases, there's a case of people who came into this Masjid
after Juma, so people are making tour cuts for cuts after Juma and they stood, they watch these these people pray.
One person was about to pray. And he looked at the group, and he knew that they would be watching.
Okay. So he said, I'm not going to do this. Because you can make your son at home or other places as well. You don't have to do it in the masjid. Okay, so he preferred not to do it.
Because he didn't want to fall into reality.
Because very easy. The other brother in law worked. As he's praying, the people are looking at a martial law. Look at how beautiful his prayer is. And so he took a long time. He goes into Jude and he's long time. Now think about it. He's praying for a law and also them to write because he can hear them talking.
Now you're caught in this, the Your heart is now out of whack.
Okay? And he gets up and he finishes. And he makes us alarms. And he turns to the people and he says, and I'm fasting to
you understand this. Understand what he said. He's gone now. He's gone. Rio has taken him completely. You see, he want more. See? I'm fasting too, right? So he wants them to cheer for him and raise him up. Right now he's not praying to Allah. He's praying to that crowd.
And his heart is diseased. There's a disease inside. Because the Nia his intention, why you doing things, right? Remember? So this issue of the heart is really a very important issue. It is a crucial one. And we need to really, we need to recognize what diseased hearts can do.
Right? They can cause tribe tribalism, racism,
right, oppression of the poor. treachery.
All of this thing can come when the person's rotten than the inside. Even though outside they may look beautiful islamically.
But inside, they're rotten as we would say, rotten to the core.
Right, that means inside the rotten,
you see, and when the heart goes bad, these are faster, that faster, they're just a Dooku.
As the Prophet said, if the heart is corrupted, the whole whole body is corrupt everything.
So this really is a key part of our Islamic revival. It is that it is the first stage that we need to understand. And and you know, really the, the, the the, one of the the heavy points that comes out of the heart.
And in chapter 26, verse 88. a loss of balance
is telling us it's telling us jambalaya, Marlin, water balloon Illa man Atala hubby Calvin Sally. So this is saying that the this is the day which is the day of judgment on which neither wealth nor children will be of any benefit, except for he who comes to Allah with a sound heart. You see this
free of evil, sound heart
and at Allah hubby Calvin Saleem.
So that part is the essence of Islamic revival itself. And it really needs time to really look at it to understand it inshallah, through our great dilemma that we will be looking at, we want to understand more about the diseases of the heart, the struggles that the hearts going through the protection around it, how to how to keep our heart sound. Here, we will go more into that when we look at their teachings as we go further, but this is the end. This is the end of the day of judgment,
your wealth, your children, nothing is of benefit. Unless your heart is sound, Calvin Saleem.
Write it is sound, it is good,
then you get a benefit from Allah subhanaw taala.
So this really is the key to our struggle.
It is the area of the heart. I want to open up the floor for any questions anybody has dealing with the issues of the heart itself.
Okay, so this, this is the next stage of the revival, starting with the NEA, and then go into that. Any questions anybody has comments?
The knowledge cure
really is to
is to reflect on our relationship with Allah subhanaw taala. Especially with jealousy, if somebody gets
some materials or a child,
realize that that was given to them by Allah subhanaw taala
there's a difference, do we look at wealth, not as our possession, it isn't a matter, it's a trust, put in our hands. If you look at it like that, then that child or that wealth is a trust, put it in the hands of the person is a test. So if you look at like that, you can start to deal with
that, that feeling that negative feeling within the self, and in terms of
recognizing the importance of intentions. And that Allah subhanaw taala is the ultimate judge. And then this will help us with react as
the other questions if anybody has any points?
So the real again, you know, that is we have to recognize, you know, what human beings are,
recognize that they wish you one day against you another day, that the ultimate power is what Allah subhanaw taala. Right, and you focus on the names of Allah, and the power of Allah and you know, the ultimate strength of Allah, you know, that everything comes from Allah, then, you know, whether they like it or not, is becomes insignificant. So that this, again, is important one, you know, first, but you military is a very important quality to get us out all of these things. Right? You military and it's submission to Allah subhanaw taala. floor is open for any other points.
So can we bring the Islamic concept?
Yeah, I mean, do you dress for others in the sense that
if you're going to play
football, basketball, you're not going to walk onto the basketball court with a three piece suit?
To look at you like you're crazy, right?
You're not going to go into an office, you know, wearing, you know, you know, ripped up jeans, although another so that we're in today, but you're not going to go in an office with a football uniform on.
Right? Because they'll say, okay, go outside in the field. So you dress according to your circumstances, in a sense. Okay. But, you know, our dressing has to be within the limits of, of Sharia. Right, it's a problem is when you go outside of Sharia, for dressing for other people. This is where the problem is. And it's one of the big issues that we deal with the youth. Because the youth have, and this is one of our topics here. Peer pressure.
So we're going to look at this is one of our topics, peer pressure. And this is a heavy influence over people's lives, styles is part of it. Right? So we should not be necessarily, we should not be slaves of the styles.
You know, and really, if you have a pair of jeans, which were originally worn by Cowboys, you know, people in the field, and you got jeans who can last, you know, for good four or five years, but now they're thin on the bottom and next year they wide. You know, so you got to throw away a pair of pants that can last for four years, something's wrong.
Why are we a slave to their style?
You know, we need to have our own style here, which is based on the sunlight, right? The simplicity of the sun, and not being controlled, you know, by the styles.
Yeah, well that that, in a sense, is a type of evil. That is there. And I guess there is jealousy of the Prophet Solomon his family, but that the big part of that was slander
and the tongue and that's one of our guests.
agrees. So really, I mean, part of the reason why they do slander sometimes is the hazard.
But But the big thing of that was the slandering of his of his wife, you know, of an innocent Muslim woman, with no proof, this is the big thing that came out. And the people were actually punished for their slander. And, you know, it was a big thing, but probably one of the reasons for slander is
because, you know, it's, it's a corrosive thing. You know, and that, that Hadith, where the Prophet said, you know, acid will eat up all your good deeds, it'll burn them up. That's serious. And usually, you see a person who has a lot of jealousy, they're never happy.
They're never satisfied. Because they're always jealous about this person's house, this person's got this person has that they're always talking about everybody, and they can't be satisfied with the things that they have, we have ryda we have red dot, which means we are satisfied satisfaction with Allah subhanaw taala
to be pleased with what Allah has given to us, you have to have this riddle
contentment, contentment and satisfaction, very important quality.
Now, and So, in conclusion,
the next class inshallah, we will be looking at character.
And this is where
the change, the revival goes for Nia, it goes through to the heart, and now it starts to express itself in your character.
You're going to start to see it, it comes out of the individual in the character, and we will look at that inshallah. Next week, to try to understand, you know, more about character itself. Are there any general questions on anybody has this as a chance for any general questions? concerning things about Islam that you recognize during the week, floors open for any questions that anybody has.
So this is our book. If anybody didn't get it, we do have some copies of the book available here. If anybody wants to get a copy, this book is available. And we'll be going through it.
You know, it'll be there in every class. You can purchase it in Sharla. So Have a safe journey home inshallah We'll see you next week. For salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah.