Living Islam #06
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Say hello wallyworld Arkadin Nabina, Muhammad en la la la he was happy for that aquasana our praise are due to Allah, Lord of the worlds and peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad, the master the first and the last, and upon his family, his companions and all those who call to his way and establish his Sunnah to the Day of Judgment. As to what follows my beloved brothers and sisters are Salam. Wa Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh Alhamdulillah, we thank Allah subhanaw taala for another opportunity to reflect upon the path, the past that has been lit by the final revelation of Quran. And through the final messenger, Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon
him. And the path that has continued with the light of these two beautiful lamps, and the reflection coming through the great scholars. And so with this in mind, we find ourself in a period of darkness, we find ourself in a period of uncertainty, where the world is being tested, with a great pandemic, where major economic concessions are on the horizon, where attention has reached a peak in many parts of the world.
And for Muslims, it is doubly important because this lockdown this condition that we are in is also contrary to what we expect from being the father was the last Prophet, peace and blessings be upon it. So this is a test. And it's a double test for the Muslims, because we need to be in the forefront. Our revelation teaches us that this oma is the best of people calling to Allah and forbidding evil, believing in Allah. And so it is critical for us at in these times, to re analyze ourselves
to recognize danger around us and recognize solutions that can protect us from the danger.
And one of the great scholars living 600 years ago, CD Amazon, Oklahoma hula, the great scholar of Fes was one of the most balanced of the alumna. He was given the title more testable orlimar will earlier he was the quality control manager of the scholars and the Sophie's and the people of spirituality.
He would keep the scholars in a fresh spiritual sense. He didn't let them get to dry. They needed to be connected with actual practices and their hearts had to remain clean.
He would keep the Sophie's within shadia to make sure that they were not basing their understandings on dreams alone
or on physical manifestations, but yet they base themselves on the sources. And so that balanced approach
is crucially important for us. And it is reported that CDI made near the end of his life, feared for his companions, he feared because of the higher the dunya, the life of the world had become so enticing, so overwhelming. And so he laid down five foundations of the spiritual path.
And these are soul are these basic arcann
are extremely important.
And our scholar CD Ahmed Rahim, Allah, he focused on these points, although there are many different areas he could have gone to. But he focused on these points. And what is amazing is that the issues he brings up are of critical importance to us today. When in many cases we have a slum out on the outside, we have the name of it was a nap. But we don't have that spirit. We have the Masters, but not the spirit of the house of Allah. And so he laid down key areas of focus, focus on these areas, because these areas are the bottom line for protecting yourself in the time of spiritual danger.
And so CDI mid ramola
a great scholar
brought a clear message to his companions. And he told them in the beginning that you need to have talked to a law facility while alanya you need to have the mindfulness the consciousness
A lot privately and publicly.
You also need to have adherence to the Sunnah
not only in Word, but in deeds.
Thirdly, you need to be indifferent to the acceptance or rejection of others. You don't base what you're doing on, will they like me? Will they accept me? Will they give me likes on my Facebook page? Will I be loved by people? No.
You do it for Allah subhanaw taala. And then as the prophet SAW, Selim said, if you do this for Allah, then you will find that the people will accept you.
The fourth point that we are looking at, from the five today is the satisfaction with Allah, in hardship, and in ease, read Allah philokalia khaleel. Well, Kathy,
this is a very important area. And along with the last area that we'll we'll be looking at will we continue our classes turning to Allah, in prosperity and adversity.
Read the law is extremely important,
especially with the challenges that we are facing today. And in the beginning of the course, we mentioned the number of challenges that Muslims are going through. And I want to focus on three of these challenges today, although the concept of radar can apply to everything, but we are being struct with a type of forced migration. For centuries, we have lived within what could be called Dar Al Islam, and that is the abode of peace.
Muslims did not migrate out of the lands of Islam except for business purposes, and then they would return or for diplomatic purposes, and then they would return or for calling to Allah, forbidding the evil, and then they would return, but not to live, not to leave the heartlands of Islam, to live in the heartlands of people have other ways of life. This is unprecedented. But the conditions that we are in the terrible droughts, the famines, that the political confusion going on, the oppression, from our own so called leaders,
has forced Muslims to migrate and migrate in large numbers. And we see
in some really frightening cases, hundreds of Muslim jumping onto boats, and then going into the Mediterranean, risking their lives and their children's life. In order to get away from their country, you have to ask yourself, what was happening in their countries. So this is unprecedented. And it is leaving people with a strange sense of instability. And this is where our radar comes in. Right to the point.
We also find that many people are leaving agricultural areas, and they are going to urban settlements. These are the big cities. And so you'll find people coming from desert areas, coming from jungle areas, coming from Seaside, small towns, many Muslims coming from places like that. And suddenly they're thrown into a metropolis. They come off the plane, and now they're in the GTA. They're in Toronto, with so many different people, so many nationalities, so many religions. And suddenly they're thrown in the mix, which many people call a melting pot. And if you don't watch out, you will melt down. In the same way when you're making a nice soup. In the cold weather, you
have your meat and your vegetables and you have your beans and your beautiful spices and you mix things together in your pepper pot or in your Beautiful Soup. And if you don't watch out if you let it cook too much, then your vegetables and your meat all your substances will actually become part of the soup, you can barely distinguish the different beautiful aspects of the soup, it now becomes just one type of liquid.
And so it is with the urban life. It can turn us all into that same concept of Canadian or American or British. This concept which is supposed to allow for individuality which in many cases puts on the
So much pressure,
that people are forced to change their way of life.
The younger generation is specially hit with this. And what is happening with the younger generation is juvenile delinquency,
that the young people are disobeying their parents, they're fighting back in the society. And so we find find the rise of violence. Many times in the GTA, it's Muslims who are involved, we find drug abuse. And we find even when he other Billa, in the extreme prostitution,
where some of the young Muslims are involved. And so we have a challenge. And we need to strengthen our foundations, especially the younger generation, strengthen that. And that key pillar within the foundations is our radar. And that means it has a number of different meanings. It could mean satisfaction, acceptance, consent, pleasure,
that you're pleased with something goodwill or delight. There, there's a number of ways of describing riddle, and
the Prophet peace of blessings be upon him. In that authentic hadith in our daily me, reported, if Allah loves a servant, this worship,
he tries him. If he is patient, he draws him near. And if he is content, he chooses him.
So if he has red.if, he has contentment and acceptance with the trial that Elias put him in that a lot chooses
Omar radiola, one, the great halifa of the Allah wrote, and he wrote to Abu Musab Al ashati, rhodiola one, the point I wish to emphasize is this.
All goodness resides in our radar, it resides in contemporary. So if you are capable of being content, well and good, if you are not, then you must be patient.
So this radar is really important thing and CDR minute piercing understanding of Islam,
his ability to see what was happening to the Muslims. And so he emphasizes to have this pleasure, this contentment whether you have a lot or a little bit
emammal has led Rahim Allah, also in his FBR Luma Diem, and he is one of the great scholars of the internal Muslim, although he was a great fapy and his book almost thus far, and also that fact is probably one of the greatest in Islamic history. So this is a scholar of fact as well. And a scholar who looked at the internal issues and his his life, his understanding, will brighten up our presentation from now right to the end and the mind rahimullah pointed out that there are three levels of contentment. Okay, three different levels. The first is to be pleased with a lot as a rump. So you please with a lot as your Lord and that is Rob Bell, Allah mean Talmudic bear and
Holic. So he is the one who makes things happen. He is the Creator, he is the Sustainer. So you're pleased with Allah as your Lord, not to have any other Lords that you think are really sustaining you. Not the dollar bill or the pound, or the gold or the Bitcoin.
The sustenance is from Allah subhanaw taala. And so that's the first level, the next level is and within this level,
there's certain conditions that we want that first level number one, that Allah should be dearer to the individual than all other things.
And the individual should consider a lot to be greater than everything, and we say Allahu Akbar.
And we stopped there. But Arabic is the type of language that sometimes it will give you a great meaning you don't even have to say the rest of it. Because in grammar akbash shouldn't be the end of the sentence. So the end of the sentence would be Allahu Akbar when Konishi Allah is greater then anything else. So we say Allah is the Greatest. And so to get that first understanding of the Lord, we gotta mean it when we say Allahu Akbar.
Very important concept. And it's got to be for real.
And number three is that Allah is more deserving of obedience than all other creations, all nothing else in creation, deserves your obedience except the Creator of the heavens in the earth. The second point
that will tell us that there's a levels of contentment. And that is to be content with the decree of Allah. So it's one thing that allows your Lord, but what Allah decrees something to happen, Allah decrease a calamity, sickness, death, confusion COVID-19
the decree of Allah, the other of Allah comes through that the servant of Allah, that the believer
needs to be content with this. And that means number one, if work content content with the color of Allah, then all the conditions that we're in are the same.
So whether we are in a calamity,
or whether we are in NEMA, we are in blessings and having a good time. Everything is there is basically the stress and struggle is on select continues, our cat continues, fasting continues, just because you're in one or another. You don't forget about Allah, but you accept the good and the evil.
That might sound strange, or you're accepting the good when you accept the good. That means that you need to do something to tank a lot to show shock of thankfulness to the Creator of the heavens and the earth. And within this at a moment of bizarrely, rahimullah, deep understanding of this, if you're really content with the power of Allah, then you should have no animosity for the creation. There should be no automount animosity. And that's difficult because we are a people who base a lot of our moves on intercom on revenge, and is reported that alley radiola one, on one occasion is fighting hand to hand combat and this is very emotional thing. Your life is on the line, right? The
animal side of you comes forward. And he had the man down, he was about to take his life and the man spit in his face. Ali then put up a soldier walked away, the man said why, why you're not trying to kill me. Ali said because I was first doing it for Allah. And when you spit at me, now, this personnel, so, my whole understanding changed, I was doing it for myself. So, the animosity, the emotion of for human beings dropping.
And the last part is complete dependence on Allah subhanaw taala. And this leads us to the third point and this is the deep point of the of the mob of many scholars who are dealing with the internal Muslim, he saying the highest stage and that is
that that is to be content or rather be read Allah
that is to be content with contentment.
So you are content of the fact that contentment is there for Allah and you basically turn over everything to Allah.
Well, before we do, Omri Illallah, I turn my all my affairs over to Allah subhanaw taala. But that of course, is balanced with time Campbell, meaning we need to deal with the circumstances that are around us. And so,
to understand riddle, in a better sense,
what is the true love and contentment?
This is a deep concept
that our amazing scholars have looked at
one of the signs of contentment is that what a person is in tribulation?
That there is the person is wounded.
The person is a woman goes through this all the time with pregnancy. This is a masiva especially when the breath is coming. The pain that is there. The suffering
males go through especially you find in in in warfare.
tribulation can hit everybody with famine with drought. And so how do we deal with the pain?
The true love and redox is to know that the pain has a purpose. So while the person is in that pain, they know that there's a purpose for the pain and there is a reward
For having patience with that pain,
that's a deep concept. You see what Omar said, this is the bottom line. So whatever you're going through, try to understand that it is for a reason. Our life is not by chance. Our lives are part of the will of Allah.
And thirdly, to know that there is wisdom behind the pain, wisdom behind the tribulations that we are going through in this world.
This is a very deep point.
we need to look at some examples of
one of the examples of this.
The great scholars show us is the case of musala, Acela,
how the Prophet Moosa peace be upon him, was a mighty messenger of Allah. And he was the type of person that was never fully satisfied with what he had in the sense that he wants to see if there's something else
he wants to, he is getting revelation through speech, but he wants to see Allah.
And then the mountain shake and he falls down.
It is reported that moose la Salaam, on one occasion, was seeking wisdom
is there somebody who has more knowledge and wisdom that me,
anyone on a journey, are looking for this. And this is enshrined in cirtl calf, the chapter of the cave.
And you can see when Musa alayhis salam then meets al Qaeda,
the great wise person, and more so than starts traveling with incredible Heather, then made certain conditions.
And that is that you need to be pleased, or you need to accept what is happening.
Remember, one of the definitions of redox is acceptance, that we accept what is happening.
And as the story goes on, it's enshrined in the chapter of the cave, that they were on a boat, this orphans boat, and Al Qaeda then damaged the boat. And then Moosa asked, like why were you going to do something like this? And Al Qaeda, each time is saying, like, Look, I told you, you know, that you're not going to have enough patience. Okay, so you better you know, listen, and accept. And then they met a young boy and killed the boy. And Musa said, this is a innocent soul. How could you do that?
If you decide you wouldn't have patience. See, I know you didn't have patience. This is where the acceptance is, because a lot of the issue of patience is through acceptance. And that's why you can see O'Meara de la jolla is saying that the bottom line is to be content with Allah. And if you can't be content, with what Allah has willed in your life, the things happening around you, then at least be patient.
That's the least that you can do.
And they found a wall are broken down, and then you know, he built it the other wall up more So then, you know, asked about this and, and finally, Heather told him to just leave me. And he told him, You there's a reason and back this back of this, there was an evil king, you know, who was attacking people. And so this is actually helping the orphans.
That, you know, there is that boy was really wicked. And Allah ordered me to, to take him out so they can have another son. And, you know, to be rebuilding this well, he's protecting you know, the, the, the the treasures of the orphan. So, Musa alayhis, salaam then learned a major lesson
in terms of redox
that we need to be pleased with Allah.
We need to accept what Allah has given us. Allah has given all of us capabilities, but also limitations. And so the capabilities enable us to do things, but the limitations hold us back. And if we're satisfied with this, then we can move along nicely. But when we focus too much on the limitations, and we get negative because I can't do this, and I can't do that, like now we're locked down.
In the pandemic, we can't move around like we're used to.
I can't go to the mall like I used to. I can't go to the master
Like I used to, I can't do, I can't fly under planes like I used to.
There's a reason for
the quarter has set in. So except this reason, we don't know what that reasoning is, that could have hit us, Allah subhanaw, taala knows. And so therefore we are in this state, in order to fulfill the will of Allah. And seeing that and flowing with it is like flowing with a boat,
and you feel the push of the water, you feel the currents taking you. And you're able to enjoy that the person who doesn't understand about currents is afraid, because something pulling me and I don't know what it is, where am I going, but the person who understands currents that take the boat, they chart their course, to the direction that the current will take.
That is riddled in a physical sense. Similarly, in our lives, the will of Allah subhanaw taala is in motion. It's in motion all around us.
And we need to be able to accept this.
the great image
brought the story of a man who had contentment.
And this man moved his family
into a desert type area.
And he had a donkey
that would carry his goods.
And he had a rooster
that would wake them up,
anyhow had a dog that would protect their animals, and also protect their settlement. And within this desolate area, there are a number of other settlements. And people's strategically have animals not just to look good, or to take the place of a child. But they strategically have animals. Because that donkey is is really important to be able to move heavy things that we are not able to move. But the problem with the donkey is the it braise, it makes the noise and the court and even talks about that the worst of sounds is the sort of hamir that when this EMR is making that noise, it's a terrible thing. You can hear it all over the place.
but the man was pleased with Allah subhanaw taala This was his greatest quality. And he used to say it's all good. You know, we have brothers and sisters who say that it's all good. And so by the will of Allah subhanaw taala
was makes its noise.
But a wolf came along and killed the donkey.
And the family was really upset about this. But the man then said guess all good because he's pleased with the last panel Tada.
The next night.
The dog ate some food.
It was tainted and died. And the family was really upset.
Who will protect our flocks when we were sleeping? But the man said it's all good.
The next night, a fox came along
and it ate the rooster.
The family was really upset. Now how will we survive? But the man was pleased with the law said it's all good. And he waited.
within the next few days. He recognized the lights were going out in some of the different settlements that you could see distance away.
And when he checked out what was happening at the settlements, all of them were being destroyed by bandits
and the bandits who come in to steal in into the night.
They would be able to identify people by the brain of the donkey donkeys making noise. Now you know where they are. Also the rooster is crowing the dogs are barking. But Allah willed that the noises within our brothers settlement were gone.
So the begins the criminals attack
The other settlements destroy them. And the only one that was left was the settlement of the man and he said, it's all good.
Because Allah subhanaw taala is the best to know. Remember, he was content with Allah as his Lord, he was content with the color of Allah, the animals died. And he accepted this. And Allah subhanaw taala, through his acceptance, blessed his family had blessed his settlement, and they avoided being destroyed by the criminals. So in this case, read Allah, the contentment with Allah subhanaw taala. And so, this is a crucial quality.
And when we speak about the early generation of Muslims, these Sahaba in particular, we say rhodiola 100.
And so you hear a man and you say, read the alarm, and who a woman read the alarm on her group on home. Okay, may Allah be pleased with them. And then the Koran says a sorbet in a rather long run home, what are the one?
Answer it's obey Hina
that Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Allah.
And the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him.
What he spoke about this generation, he made it clear Halo NASS colony. dama, Latina yellow, gnome, Toma, Latina, Luna, the best of people is in my generation, then the ones that follow them, and then the ones that found them.
So rhodiola, one home, what are the one,
Allah is pleased with them, they are pleased with Allah regard
a crucial quality, being content with what is happening, to accept it, and to even take delight in it. And that's really the highest level when the person is taking delight, recognizing even in pain, that there is a reason for this pain. And there is a reward for the pain.
And so, see the midbrain bahala,
and piercing through the veils of time,
to our century,
to the problems that we are living in when people, especially those without faith, and sometimes younger people will say, Why me? Why is this happening?
This can't be and you see it, especially in America, United States where secularism has taken over and extremism, you see people fighting against solutions to the pandemic. Why do we take this? Why do we have to mask? Why do we have to have social distancing, I don't want to do you're taking my freedom. They're not accepting what is happening around them. And so the pandemic got worse and worse and worse, and is that crisis stage now. So the crossroads, but the more that people are satisfied, accept the other have a lot of they are in a deep situation. They're they're under a pandemic. And so they need to take certain precautions, is the fast that they will come out of this.
So this is real. This is not just theoretical. And it's something that we need to culture in our hearts in our minds, and also culture it in the lives of our younger generation.
So I want to leave you with these thoughts and I want to open up the floor for any questions, any comments that any may have anybody may have concerning this of the five foundations. And that is our radar. Bill clear. Our radar and Illa.
Bill clear will clear
that we are pleased with a lot
whether we're having a little bit or whether we have a lot. Then we are pleased and satisfied.
So I want to open up the floor. If you have any points you could put it you could write it into the chat room if you have anything and we're looking at question answers to see floor is open for any questions that you may have.
floor is open.
And so the five foundations
are made in such a way that the spiritual life is connected to the material life. People in secular societies tend to separate spirituality. So they say the spirituality is what you do on Sunday or Saturday or Friday. Spirituality is what you do when you have death, when there is birth when you're in a crisis. But under normal circumstances,
you don't have to deal with that. You just pragmatically deal with the world. This is connecting it. So that it is like a circle, that our spirituality is connected to our material life.
Want to open up the floor again, to see if there's any questions that anybody may have concerning this hour. fourth pillar from the fact that our five foundations within the spiritual path
floor is open.
You can write down your questions during the week.
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Okay, so for the last time, we will now open up the floor, if there's anything that anybody would like to ask in our session.
Alhamdulillah So we thank Allah subhanaw taala for this opportunity, and we pray that Allah would be pleased with us and that we can get this result that we can be pleased with Allah subhanaw taala whether we are enjoying a lot, or whether we have a little and when you're enjoying a lot, you got to show so shows shocker. That is gratitude. And this is when you show that you really are thankful for the NEMA for the comfort that Allah subhanaw taala has given. So I leave you with these thoughts. And I asked a lot to have mercy on me and you. But how can one and Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salam wa Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh