Channel: Abdurraheem Green
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Does music give strength to the heart?
Music does not give strength to the heart brothers and sisters. It's like junk foods. What is it? Do?
You see? Here's the thing.
Though the music occupies the space, here's your heart. It feels your heart. It does, it feels it. It gives you the feeling.
It gives the appearance of being something that is nutritious. You feel happy for a bitch. While you're listening to music, you feel happy. As long as you're plugged into it, you feel happy, but when it's gone, when you're alone.
your iPod is broken.
So then you realize how empty the heart is, then you realize how weak Your heart is.
Then you realize that really empty hearts, that's what it is. Music is just there to fill it and it's the same with movies. It's the same thing is the same with recreational sex
is just a way to fill that empty heart. A way to
fill it because it can't be empty. I need something to distract me.
acid, cold, heroin, alcohol, the same thing What is it? It's filling the empty lot. But all of this stuff damages the heart It's not good for the heart.
doesn't give strength to the heart. It doesn't really bring us true peace and happiness.
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with all the unforeseen a woman said to
when I heard the
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what the Buddha
worship shall do and Mohammedan Abu.
We begin by praising Allah, we praise Him we seek His help me ask for his forgiveness and we take refuge with Allah
from the evil
of ourselves, and from the evil consequences of our evil actions.
Whomsoever Allah guides, no one can misguide.
But whomsoever Allah leaves to go astray, no one can die.
And I testify that Allah alone is worthy of worship.
And I testify that Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam May Allah peace and blessings be upon him
is the servant of Allah
and His final messenger
the title of the lecture that I've been
asked to deliver today
crazy lives, empty hearts or is it?
Is it empty? Is it crazy hearts wherever it lives?
It can be either you said it can be either it could the title could be the video. In fact, when I was looking at the title, Mashallah nice title.
I think we all know what the title is trying to say.
But let's look at the nature of the heart. My brothers and sisters, let's look at the nature of the heart.
When we talk about the heart in Islam,
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa
Some say that there is a piece of flesh. When this piece of flesh is sound,
the whole body is sound, when it is corrupt, the whole body is corrupt. And that is the heart.
It is this heart, my brothers and sisters, the heart that is linked to our desires,
and the heart that is linked to our understanding, what we understand how we understand.
So sometimes the concept of heart and mind,
what is the mind what is the heart
there, they are often something that is interchangeable.
So it is the condition of our hearts.
That is very, very important. And
something Subhanallah I realized about all the lectures that I'm going to be giving over the next few days, it's not that many three weeks in sound like all elections, but the three lectures I'm going to be giving over the next three, the next three days is very much brothers and sisters connected to the hearts
whether it is the way we live our lives, the chaos, the old too often seems to surround us in the societies in which we live.
Or whether it is
how we judge
how we judge ourselves, and how we judge each other.
And who we love, and why we love people and who we hate and why we hate them.
It's all connected to the heart.
And something very profound
dawned on me my dear brothers and sisters May Allah subhanaw taala have mercy upon you something very profound dawned on me when I was doing research
into the last topic.
My last topic, which is on Sunday, on
a very, very challenging
In preparation for this lecture, Marshall, I actually had
one chef, I don't know if you've heard of him, Chef hates them. And
they gave him the nickname Marshal of the little. They mean, you know who shaven they mean is a human law. He was one of the students of shaving. They mean, in fact, he was a student of many of the big scholars in Saudi Arabia, as well, as well as having studied in other places, Mashallah May, Allah bless the chef, we spent 40 minutes plus talking about this topic of Alibaba and Alibaba.
And in the end of this, I realized brothers and sisters, that it is all about the heart. In fact,
our deal itself, if you boil it down, and if you start thinking about
what is this all about? What is Islam all about? What is being a Muslim all about? Yes, of course, it is about knowing our most of our data, ultimately, that's why we've been created. But this knowing Allah, even this state, this state of knowing a lot of worshipping Allah, Allah,
that Allah is telling us that he hasn't created the human beings in the gym, except to worship Him.
Primarily, this worship is what it's about the condition of the hearts.
Because if you're making the movements of a soul, and you're going through the outward manifestations of fasting and making Hajj and giving charity, but the state of your heart is corrupts, then those deeds will not benefit you.
As the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was asked about a woman.
They said, Yeah, there is a woman. She prays a lot.
And she costs a lot
and she gives a lot of charity. But she has a wicked tongue and she harms her neighbors. The profits of the long line he was seldom said she is a person of hellfire.
She prays a lot. She fasts a lot. She gives a lot of charity, but she has a wicked tongue. She harms her neighbors, she talks bad about people. The prophets Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said she's a person of hellfire. What does that tell us? What is behind this? What is behind this is a person's outward appearance of praying, fasting of giving charity, if their heart is not pure. And there is this link between the tongue and the heart, the tongue and the heart connected.
It's almost a hammer to Allah says
about the enemies.
The enemies of Islam, most people who
attack the religion of God.
They attack God.
They attack his religion. They attack truth itself.
Hatred is appeared from their mouths, but what their hearts conceal
is even worse.
Hatred has appeared. So what is in the heart, the tongue reflects it.
So this woman, she's praying and she's fasting, and she's giving charity but the province of abattoir the use of them said she's a person of hellfire. Whereas they asked about another woman, she didn't do a lot of extra press. She didn't do a lot of extra fasting. She gave very simple things in charity, but she didn't have people with her tongue.
He said she's a personal paradise.
It has to do with the heart brothers and sisters.
It has to do with the heart.
And so we need to study this. It's a science No, we don't need to say it's a sign but I want to make it complicated. It's not complicated.
It's simple. Every one of you can understand it, it has to be
this is the purpose of our life. This is the reason Allah has created us this is the reason he sent us prophets and messengers. So we can purify our hearts.
Now, let me tell you the nature of the heart brothers and sisters. Let me tell you about the nature of the hearts
there is no such thing as an empty hearts. We do have a phrase of course empty hearts exists. Do you have something like that in Norwegian? Empty hearts is hard is empty. The heart is empty you have something like that. How do you say that in Norwegian?
How do you say
I was practicing some Norwegian today
in this morning, you know I'll try out on you later inshallah.
Empty hearts but actually brothers and sisters, let me tell you, the nature of the heart is it it can never be empty.
The heart the nature of the heart is it always has to be full. It has to be full.
So the heart is like a vessel, a container. So it holds something.
Even here. This cup is this cup completely full.
It is full. It's this much full of water and it's that full of air.
Okay, you didn't notice the air but it's still something is in there. Right? You know they have a saying, nature abhors a vacuum.
Now nature abhors a vacuum. It means that vacuums in nature. They
they don't exist.
And that naturally.
It doesn't exist naturally. Nature abhors a vacuum. This is the condition of the heart. The heart cannot be empty. It must be full. It is a vessel that has to be
So when we say an empty heart, what do we mean by that? Because it's not in reality empty, no, the heart is full. And we have to fill the heart with something.
This is the reality, the heart, you can even say the mind, the heart and the mind, we constantly need our heart and our mind to be distracted.
To be full of something.
Now we can give an analogy, or comparison we can say, and we can think of it not only is the heart of vessels that needs to be filled, it is also something that needs to be nourished.
It needs to be fed.
So what we feel a heart with, affects the heart, what we fill it with, affects it.
You heard the phrase, you are what you eat. Yeah, you heard that phrase here. You are what you eat.
Okay, certainly, there's no doubt about that. What you eat affects you.
And if you keep eating rubbish, for long enough, you will become rubbish. And you'll become so addicted to rubbish. You can't even eat anything else. They did an experiments. Some scientists, they did an experiment with rats. I know we're not rats. But
they experiment. They experiment with rats, because they can't experiment with humans. So they did an experiment with rats. And what they did with these rats is they fed these rats,
a diet of junk foods,
all the worst possible foods nutritionally that you can think of.
And this is what we do, a lot of us consume empty calories. What is empty calories an empty calorie is something that gives you energy.
But there is no nutritional value. In other words, it doesn't actually nutritionally help you. So sugar for example, refined sugar is an example of empty calories, most of the soft drinks, the carbonated fizzy drinks, they are nutritionally vacuous. They have no nutrition, they are empty calories, white bread, empty calories, most highly processed foods, empty calories, so they give you energy.
But actually, they don't contain any vitamins. They don't contain any nutrients, they don't actually help build the cells of your body because your body is made of cells, right? Your body is made of cells.
And the cells are healthy, if you feed them healthy things. If you feed them unhealthy things, your cells will be unhealthy. And that's how you get sick.
That there's another thing that makes it cause your body sick. And that is toxins, things that damage yourselves poisons and toxins that damage ourselves.
So they took these rats, and they fed them junk food, the worst type of food, doughnuts, sweets, everything was stuff, Coca Cola, piano, whatever, right? They fell them fed them all this junk.
They gave them an exclusive diet. Then what they did is offer some time I can't remember two months or something just two months. They started trying to feed the rats, proper foods, proper rat for the things that rats normally eat stuff that's actually good for them and healthy for them. You know what happened to these rats? They refused to eat the healthy food they actually die.
They prefer to starve to death
than actually eat the healthy foods.
This is how the addiction of eating a junk food had gone so far.
They actually prefer to die than eat proper foods.
It's the same with the heart. Brothers and sisters. It's the same with the heart.
You see you can feed your heart, your heart there are things that sustains the heart. What gives life to the heart. What gives life to the hearts
This is not something
As you can tell us this is something we know from the one who created the hands, the one who created us. And I'm talking here about the heart, the spiritual dimension. What gives life to the hearts?
What gives life to the heart is the remembrance of Allah.
Again, when I say the remembrance of Allah brothers and sisters, I don't mean Allahu Allahu.
I don't mean that.
Remember about the woman who fasted, and she prayed, and she gave charity, remembering Allah does not just me, just repeating
a name of Allah, saying, Allah Harlequin barium.
And you don't know what it means. How is this remembering Allah?
Know, remembering Allah again, means that you know Allah. When you think of Allah being Allah, for you understand deeply and profoundly the reality that Allah is the most forgiving, the most compassionate, the Most Merciful, Allah dude, he is the loving, and he is also in reality, the just, and he is the severe punishment. All of these are attributes of a law.
And you think about them, and you understand them in a deep and profound way, not in a superficial way. So what gives life to the heart,
and this is something we will see in my talk on ambala and barah, will give us a very deep insight into this topic.
But what gives my what gives life to the heart? What gives rest to the heart? Isn't this what Allah subhanaw taala meant mentioned,
Now every action of obedience to Allah is remembering Allah, every action of obedience to God is remembering God. Why?
Because every action of obedience to God, if it is an action of obedience to God, it needs to have what Nia
every action is judged by its intention. In the
near term. Every action is judged by its intention. And intention is what? It's an action of the heart.
Yeah, so intention. So before you do an action, you have to intend to do this purely and sincerely and completely for Allah completely.
I think about that, this takes an efforts, this takes will
this takes concentration. This means you need to think you need to look inside your heart, you need to examine yourself, why am I doing this? What motivates me as a human being?
motivates me after him? Why am I standing on this stage? Why am I giving this lecture? What is the purpose? What is it going to do for me?
My heart? Is it because I want fame. I love having my picture taken
with also people and seeing my
you know, seeing me on facebook everywhere. I love the admiration. I love the respect. I get lots of respect from any.
What motivates me? Because if I'm motivated by those things, this is not right. This is no remembering a lot. This is self glorification.
This will not give rest to your heart. It will not. Not at all.
This corrupts the heart. This is the Junk Food for the Soul.
Yes, it makes you feel good for a bit.
But then how about brothers and sisters when you're all on your own.
When the internet is down, you can't go through Twitter and Facebook.
You're all on your own.
Where are your fans?
Where are your admirers? No, it's just you, you and yourself.
What's going to make you feel good? Then
you become like the rats.
Those rats, you feed yourself junk food.
Soon you get to a stage where you can't live without him.
It's the same intention. What is your intention? So every good deed, every good deed, helping your mother, helping your mother. Mashallah is one of the most important things in Islam, to obey the parents and be kind to your parents, one of the most important things is kindness to the parents, and obedience to them. But why do you do it? What motivates you? If you're, if you're being nice to your dad, because he's gonna give you an iPad?
what it what is this doing to your heart?
What are you filling your heart with?
Is this nourishing your hearts? Is this remembrance of Allah? No. But when you do the action,
when you do the action for your husband, something that he likes something that pleases him something he asks you to do. And you do it. Why? Because you want him to win his love. That's natural. You want to win his love.
You want to win his approval. You want him to admire you even more.
So here's the thing, sisters, when you do that, because you want your husband's love and admiration and respect.
And you want him to admire you.
Then you're happy to obey Him. But how about the day comes when you don't admire him? You don't you're upset with him? You're angry? Maybe he's not giving you the attention that you want? Then what you disobey Him?
Then you do you don't listen to him?
Is that right?
Is that how is that what a Muslim is supposed to be? No.
The same with the husbands?
What do you do to please your wives?
Why do you Why do you do what you do? Is it motivated by your love for Allah? your intention to please Him? Is that why you buy her this and you buy her that? Because this is pleasing to Allah? Or you help her in the house cleaning the dishes? Will you do that? Because you want something from her?
That's how I get her happens. I'm going to help her out. Okay, then what?
No brothers and sisters. You see, here's the important thing, Nia.
You see, we watch these movies. Well, hopefully you don't watch these movies. But people they watch these movies. And they see this love and the so called Hollywood and Bollywood love. And they try to build their marriages on these things. But this is Junk Food for the Soul. It's junk food for your hearts. It gives you a buzz for a bit.
But it's got no nutritional value. It doesn't help your heart grow. It's not really giving your heart what it means.
What your heart needs is the remembrance of Allah. And how different Will you be as a person if you do it for Allah? I remember. I was just a couple of weeks ago in a beautiful retreat.
When Marshall a few 1000 people came together and UK and there were many lectures and
and there was an incident in the speaker's lounge where one of the chefs was complaining. In fact, the chef would run the retreat was complaining that okay, what happened is one of the brothers had taken his laptop. And the brother only did it because he was afraid that someone may come into the room and steal the chef's laptop. But the chef was complaining, how come you took my laptop, you shouldn't have taken my laptop.
You know? And he was talking about how you shouldn't you know, do this to a Muslim and do that to a Muslim and the chef is he has a certain way of dealing with people. He was being half serious.
Half joking at the same time, but because he's very serious. You don't know. It's like, okay, is he joking? Is he serious?
So the brothers, you could see that like, really nervous is very stern chef and these brothers, and it's even worse when they know the Hadith of the Prophet. And they still go ahead and they do this. And he's saying this, and then one, and then the brother, one of the brothers turns to the other brother. He says, Okay, I told you, we should have left this laptop, we should have left it. And then the chef said, you see,
you didn't do it for the sake of Allah. If you did it for the sake of Allah, it wouldn't matter to you.
You could use a handle, I did it for Allah. But now he's saying, look, this shows you don't have a cross. And he's joking. But he's giving he's serious at the same time. He's giving them tarbiyah. At the same time, as he's joking, he's telling them listen, if you have a plus, if you really didn't follow, you wouldn't bother you. Because you would say, I did this for I did this to please I'm not too pleased to share.
I did it for Allah. So if the chef is angry with me, it doesn't matter. Because inshallah Allah will reward me. If my husband doesn't appreciate what I've done, it doesn't matter because I did it for Allah.
If my wife doesn't appreciate the effort I made, it doesn't matter. Because I did it for Allah. If my parents don't appreciate, and thank you, it doesn't matter. Because they didn't do it for them. I did it for Allah. How will this feed your soul? brothers and sisters? Can you imagine the heart of this person? Can you imagine the willpower of this person? Can you imagine the strength of the heart of this person who is connected to Allah always, they're not looking for award from the people, they know the reward is from a loss of data. And this heart is at peace, this heart is at risk. Because whether the people love him, or they don't love him, or the people turned to her or they don't turn
this person, they don't matter.
It doesn't matter to them.
Their heart is at rest. Because they did it for Allah. This my brothers and sisters, that is the Food for the Soul. That is what gives life to the hearts, the remembrance of Allah, doing things sincerely for him
a class, this is the true Food for the Soul.
So we need to fill our hearts brothers and sisters, with the remembrance of Allah. And it needs to be something that is deep and profound.
And this is how we make this connection. This is through this heart connected to Allah subhanaw taala. It is through this heart, we are connected to a loss of handler to IRA.
So this is what we need to take care of purifying this odd
removing from it and keeping away from it the things that harm it.
As we said the same analogy about our bodies, what do we feed our bodies with? We need to feed our heart with beneficial foods.
We need to feed it with what will benefit it with what will make it strong
with that which will give it rest of peace.
And this is what we find brothers and sisters. Everybody is looking people have got crazy lives. Their lives are crazy, because their hearts have filled
with those things that gives it no real value.
And then really the analogy with junk food is so appropriate. music,
music let's talk about music.
Some people they say music, how even you find many non Muslims even with Iowa's. If someone told me music is forbidden wouldn't be crazy, man. What are you talking about? I mean, I don't I used to say we used to have a phrase of school. And my school was a Roman Catholic monastic boarding school. We used to say music is life. Music is life.
That's how we used to think of music. Music as being like life itself. It we could not imagine life without music.
But music brothers and music sisters, is junk food.
The reason why I'm here
Music is so addictive.
Just like McDonald's burgers and fries and Coca Cola.
It makes you feel good. When you eat it, it gives you a rush of salt and sugar and less fat taste on your mouth. It gives you a rush
and you feel boosted.
But just as soon as it makes you feel up, you feel down. And what do you need to do? Sure enough, I need some more coal, I need some more burgers, I need some more fries. You become addicted until you become like those rats.
That when they when something good is given to them something really nutritious, something that will give them strength.
This music gives stress to the heart.
Music does not give strength to the heart brothers and sisters. It's like junk foods. What is it do?
You see here is the thing.
The music occupies the space. Here's your heart, it fills your heart. It does it fills it in gives you the feeling.
It gives the appearance of being something that is nutritious. You feel happy for a bit while you're listening to music, you feel happy. As long as you're plugged into it, you feel happy. But when it's gone, when you're alone.
your iPod is broken.
So then you realize how empty your heart is, then you realize how weak Your heart is.
Then you realize that really empty hearts. That's what it is. Music is just there to feel it. And it's the same with movies. It's the same thing. It's the same with recreational sex
is just a way to fill that empty heart. A way to fill the empty hearts. Let me fill it because I can't be empty. I need something to distract me.
acid, colon, heroin, alcohol, the same thing? What is it all do? It's filling the empty lot. But all of this stuff damages the heart. It's not good for the heart.
It doesn't give strength to the heart. It doesn't really bring us true peace and happiness.
And when the hearts alight that that's what we mean empty hearts. When we talk about empty hearts, they're not empty. Because we still have to fill them but it means really, there's nothing worthwhile inside the heart. There's nothing of substance that's what it means brothers and sisters. An empty heart means yes, there's something in it. But what is it, it has no substance.
It has no permanence.
And that is why
you have crazy lives. Because your hearts empty your life becomes crazy.
That is why we live in societies where a kid can pick up a gun
and shoot someone because the person looked at him in the wrong way. He didn't respect me.
This is not a joke. He didn't respect me. He looked at me in the wrong way. And I shot him I killed another human being. Because what this whole kid's life is about a respects. War respect to I get who respects me, who doesn't respect me?
And t hearts.
You don't find the respect for you. When you do you try and get it any way that you can because you're like the rats, the junk food rats.
That's all you know, now I have to find my respects.
So how would I get respect by killing someone respect? Look how tough he is.
And it's the same brothers and sisters. There was a time when you think about this time in Islamic terminology recorded earlier. Just ignorance. But journey is more than just ignorance. It's like the wild times the crazy times.
And this is this is how the empty hearts brothers and sisters
killing another kid not just stabbing another kid in the neck because I just heard about an incident just the other day in London some 16 year old standard and a 16 year old in the next is stabbed him why some cool school kid killing another school kid About what? What can be so bad that you stick a knife in a person's neck.
And you when you find out you find this about respecting he didn't respect me.
How? How bad is it gonna get?
It's gonna get worse.
And you just need to see what happens
in pagan Arabian society, they have a people immersed in ignorance, the most backward ignorance, vile people on the face of the earth.
the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasalam said, Allah looked upon the world and its people and hated all of them, except a few of the People of the Book, except a few Jews and a few Christians. There was just no one left of any value.
And the deepest, the place in the deepest, darkest ignorance was Arabia.
The worse, Allah subhanho wa Taala God, the Almighty, the creator, he picked the worst place to show us something very important to you. This is such a profound and important lesson. However bad you think it is not this bad brothers and sisters.
would get respect
from taking his daughter
five year old way until she's five. Don't take her when she's a baby.
Way to she's five year old girls.
This is the age.
Right? And I look I have my three daughters.
Well, I have more than three. But I have three daughters at the moment, right? One is three, one is four and one is five. I call them to myself, my little angels.
I just if I want to feel happy, I just think about them. I just put their faces in my mind that I just, I just feel happy.
You know, they it's just the time when they are so loving. They are so sweet. They are so Subhanallah and they are so loving to them father especially.
so can you imagine now at that age of five father takes his child. Where are we going Daddy, we're going to have a picnic in the deserts.
Why he did the night before to get respect
is he dug a hole in the sense. He's not taking his daughter for a picnic. He's taking her to bury her alive.
And he takes her out his own daughter and she's home.
She's holding his finger with a little hand.
He's walking and she's holding his finger.
And he takes her to this spot
and buries her
to get respect.
And that's the thing brothers and sisters. You see when you fill your heart with junk.
With music and movies, and looking for a SPECT
and all the other junk things that we fill our heart with.
Your heart is never satisfied. Your heart gets hungrier and hungrier. This is the reality.
Do you know why people in America are so obese? Why are they so obvious why most of us are so obese? Because most of the food we eat is junk.
And when we eat junk foods, it actually takes the nutrients away from our body. And now what is quite simple is quite simple. When your body is missing nutrients like vitamins and minerals and micronutrients and our electrolytes, things like that.
Your body says sends a signal to your brain. I'm hungry.
So what do you do you eat more junk. But this junk food actually drains your body in order to process this food. Your body actually is drained of these nutrients and bitterness. Every time you take sugar, it drains your body of vitamins and nutrients because it has no calories. It's empty calories. So in order to process it, your body drains nutrients. So you eat more, but what do you eat more junk food, you eat more junk food.
And that drains your body of nutrients more, and your brain says I'm hungry and you eat more Do you understand more and more and more, until you just can't keep up with it, you're eating so much, and your body just
keeps sending the signal. He
said same with drugs.
The same with drugs, you build up a resistance, you need to take more and more
I need more and more. It's the same thing. Brothers and sisters, you never get satisfied. Because your heart was not designed. It was not built. It's not its nature. It doesn't feed the heart. You have no satisfaction, no satisfaction.
And most people, they just keep on doing the same thing, the same thing, the same thing.
The same mistake filling their heart with junk.
And that's why it has to get worse, the drugs get harder and harder.
The food gets more and more junk food.
More and more respect whatever it is you're doing. It's not satisfying the heart.
And that's how you end up doing what brothers and sisters burying your daughters alive for a speck.
What's left brothers and sisters we look at the societies, their hearts, empty hearts.
And we see what's happening the result of that around us.
Increased promiscuity, increased alcohol addiction, increased drug addiction, increased violence, increase in depression increase in suicides. It is remarkable brothers and sisters. It is it's almost unbelievable.
How is it that these societies who are so materialistically advanced, have so many resources, have such great material wealth,
have really amazing social structures, for education, for medicine,
for social welfare, yet people are depressed on unprecedented scales,
What is the solution? The solution is, you know, you may think it's difficult.
You may think the solution is hard. But it's not. Brothers and sisters. It's not hard honestly. So how the solution is so simple.
It's so simple.
The solution is to connect with Allah, to connect with your Creator, to know your Lord, and you're only going to know your Lord
The knowledge I'm talking about is simple. Really.
This is a book that Allah has sent down, God has revealed this stuff so that we can know Him
so that we can know Him. Read the plan and reflect on it deeply. And think about it. Simple. It's very simple. Connect with Allah. The other simple thing is pray. I when I say pray, I don't mean just make supplicate No. Establish ritual prayer, but not in a ritualistic way.
Establish the ritual plant prep a Salah, but not in a renewal ritual, ritualistic way is to establish the prayer with your hearts. Pray, make a Salah with your heart. Be attentive with for sure with reverence with all with hope with trust.
Understanding what you're saying,
what you're saying when you say a law.
What does that mean? Along with just that, a law.
Just think about a law.
It doesn't mean God is the greatest, it literally means in Arabic.
Allah is greater.
It's almost an finished thought. Because if you say Allah what you think Allah is greater than what?
Whatever you can think of Allah is greater.
So Pamela, I
understand what you're saying,
when you are praying a Salah,
make this connection with Allah. That's it. That's all you need to do.
That's all you need to do. Read the end with understanding. Think about it. and establish the salah in your heart. With attentiveness, I guarantee you that if you do that, you will find everything else in your life will change. If you can get that habit and you can make a reading and in the language you can understand and thinking about it deeply. And establishing a salaat with understanding if you can do those simple things, you will see your life will be transformed, honestly. And you know what? You will not need that junk food for this for your heart anymore.
You know you won't even feel comfortable listening to music you'll
you just won't feel comfortable. Why do I want to be distracted?
That music is distracting me that music is taking me away from what is making my heart feel happy and contained in a piece which is my connection with Allah, you won't even like it. these horrible things will not it just will not appeal to you.
Because you're tasting
what is really good for you. you're experiencing your heart now coming alive. Your heart being fed, this one is good for it and your heart will grow in strength
and it will feel peace it will feel
So brothers and sisters, the solution
for our crazy lives
is to remember profoundly and deeply our Creator Allah subhanaw taala and this is what gives life to the hots Allahumma salli ala Mohammed he went ahead he was FBO Salaam salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah.
I am not yet Muslim.
And my question is, why is allowed and the only correct thing to fill your heart with?
Why did you get that? Just Just an unseen response? Again? Why is Allah The only correct thing to fill your heart with? Oh, is Allah The only correct thing to fill your heart with the remembrance of Allah? Thank you very much.
That's a very profound question.
the only answer I can really give you
is, that's, that's the nature that God gave to the heart. Yeah. So it's not something
you see, I suppose understanding
this answer I have given goes back to something
very important. And it's a it's a whole nother question.
The whole nother question is, how do we know something is true?
How do we know Islam is true? I mean, all the talk I have given is based upon the assumption that what the Quran teaches is from God.
But I think you probably agree with me, just from the point of view of logic, just from logic, that if there is a God
If the universe has a creator, there is a God. This all seeing all knowing creator of everything. Yes. Then if God didn't give us some guidance,
then the most logical and rational thing for a human being to do are limited finite, small human being. The most logical thing to do is follow this guidance. But the most important question that is, how do we know this guidance is from them?
How can we know that? What I am saying or what anyone is saying? And is really from God? So for for Muslims, they should ask the question. Okay, after him. That's my name. Yeah. Okay. After him. That's a very nice talk.
But is this really what Islam is teaching?
Perhaps for you, the more important question is, even if all of what I say sounds nice. How do I even know that Islam is true anyway? because everything's based upon that presumption.
everything I'm saying based upon that Islam is true, although I think some things I have said.
They are true, whether you believe in Islam alone.
I think generally what I said about the hot, and the junk food for the heart is true. Whether you believe in Islam or not, I think anyone could understand that many of the things we human beings do, trying to get respect, for example, it doesn't really
give peace and satisfaction to the heart. Yeah. Okay.
how can we know that Islam is true? This is a, this is a very important question.
And I would
simply break it down to three main components. Number one, what is the
teach about God?
This is the first one. Okay?
the Quran teaches us that this universe has a creator, and this creator is one and unique. The Creator is not like the creation, and nothing in the creation is similar to the Creator. Yeah. So this is a very important concept that God or the Creator is not a human being.
He is not like a human being, and no human being is like God. In fact, nothing in the universe is similar to God. And God is not like anything in the universe. This concept alone is a very rational, easy to understand concept. So for example,
send you that this, this iPad that I've got here, yeah. Okay. I was walking along one day. Yeah.
in the fields
of wherever you go, yeah. And then, on the rock, I found this iPad.
And then I said, this iPad was a product of millions and millions of years of random events. You see in the room, there is some iron, and there is some sand. And there is some oil. And so the wind blew, and the lightning struck, and the sun shone and the insects called Yeah. And the sheep, you know, kick the thing that after all of these things in the wind blew, yeah. And so after so many millions and millions of years, this iPad formed itself by coincidence.
Is this believable? No.
we see here order, we see something working according to a system, whether it's man made or not, is not important. The point is, is that there is order and system in this thing. And the same thing, when we look at the universe, we see there is order, we see the resistance in the universe.
Isn't it rational to conclude that also the universe must have a creator just as his iPad someone or something, some intelligence must have made this. Isn't it logical to conclude that the universe also should have something some intelligence behind it?
Was it just a random event just happen.
Though the universe is more complex than this, this is simple.
This is simple compared to the complexity of the universe, the universe is more complex.
So this is why there was a famous atheist. His name was Anthony flu, and used to be an atheist. Before he died, he wrote a book. They, the book is called there is no God, that He crossed out the note, there is a God. And he explained why he gave up atheism, and he believed that there was a god. And the reason is because he said, Now science has uncovered the huge complexity of the universe. To claim that this is a random event is ridiculous. He said, it is much more rational to believe that this organized systemized universe has a creator. But as he points out, in his book, this creative probably the same as the universe. Because that's like saying, the creation created itself. It's
like say, for example, this creative itself, that doesn't make sense.
So it's rational to believe the creator must be different from the creation. This is exactly what we find the teachers about God.
And I would say that this is almost unique
in religions in the world, although Christianity has a similar concept of God, Christianity confuses this by saying that Jesus is God. He is a man or a third he breathed there is a limited finite being. This doesn't make sense. How can something be infinite and finite, created and not creative? At the same time? It is not rational. So the first thing I would say is that the teaching about God in the Quran is very Russian. The second thing I would say is if you look and read the Quran,
one of the things that will amaze you,
the core and does not read like a book written 1400 years ago.
And I say this in respect to the descriptions
of the natural world. Yeah.
how would a book 1400 years old?
Or how would anyone 1400 years ago in history, know that the mountains have roots?
wet? How would someone know this information? That the mountains have roots? In fact, it mentions like, you know, like a tent, you know, the egg of the tent? It describes, like roots like the peg of the tent, meaning it goes down into the, from where does this knowledge come from 1400 years ago?
How would the book 1000 or anyone living 1400 years ago, know about the common origin of the universe? You know, the common, you know that now pretty much science is agreed that the whole universe was one piece, a singularity, they call it the singularity, and from this case, the Big Bang, yes. Yet the 1400 years ago called an insane have not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one piece, then we rent them a son that means we we made them apart, and we created from water, every living thing, will they not beneath?
You see when you read them?
You will think how could someone living 1400 years ago have this type of knowledge, this gives
certainty to the heart. This is very important.
Because in order for your heart to find peace,
in order to answer these very important questions, what is the meaning of life? Why am I here? What happens to me when I die? Why is there so much suffering in the world? So many questions we have about our life.
We need something to give us certainty. If we don't feel certain, our heart will not be at risk or we will be questioning this and questioning the end give certainty.
You have very good reasons to believe the Quran is from God. Very good, good reasons to believe the Quran is from God. Find me something else that gives such good convincing reasons to believe it is from God. Yeah. So this is the basis Do you understand what I'm saying? The basis is there is one God, the basis is a crime. And that's why I sent you even you should read the code and and think about it deeply. Because I think when you do, you will find very good reasons to believe that it is from the creator alone. Yeah,
there's my answer.
My name is Baba. And I have a question. It is how to give out to take out the love of the junk food from your heart when you love to give it the junk food and you know, it's exploited by logic. Okay, this is a very thank you for this question. Okay.
Okay, my I gave the answer at the end of my talk. Yeah.
The answer is number one, you need to pick up the core and
in a language you can understand
and you need to read it
not just read it though, read it and think about it deeply.
This is a difference because there is reading you know, read read read read read like this.
And there is reading with thinking
yeah, a very useful thing brothers and sisters is the pen.
right? The pen writes.
Yeah, Allah subhana wa tada Allah God in the dimension
that he taught men
by the pen.
Yeah, that which he did not know in certain ekra.
Under the Alamin Bella column,
he taught that human beings with the pen that wish they did not know Melania wish they did not know. So the pen is very important. Read and Write, take notes.
Write your thoughts down.
You don't have to show them to anyone. This is between you, yourself and Allah and your heart and Allah. Maybe if you have some confusion, or you reach something What does this means? What does this verse mean? Then maybe you can ask a sheriff or you can ask someone
please explain this. But this deep thinking about the end
will begin to connect your heart with
a lot in a very very profound way.
The other thing is a seller
most of us we just make the prayer along with
my business my car my wife my friends my
Well, there's a joke here.
There's this man. He's leading the people in solar.
And then when he makes the streams
there's an arguments chef you only pray for your car?
No, no he prayed for
so the whole Gemma is just everyone is arguing three Some say.
For some reason. Everyone is arguing. There is one man he's saying.
I swear by God I know it's only three.
So it's okay. How are you? so sure. He said Look, I have four shops, every every vote. I do the accounts for one of my
accounts. And I only got to the third shot. That's why I know there's only
Yeah, this is not a solo. If this is your salon, you're not connected with Allah, you're not being connected with Allah.
Really, and most of us, many of us our salons like this, okay. Let me give you
let me give you something to help you do this or think this before ever
Okay, so what I want you to do now is have an objective. Every salon has an objective every time you're going to pray before you pray, here's what I want to do. This is my objective.
Try, try to pray, to recall, just to, even if it's
so emotionally, you have four, to try and pray to recap in these two times, just to recap.
You must not think of anything except Allah.
So, you know, if you're in the first one, you mess up, you know, in Europe.
I miss this. Okay, we still have three record. Try, try to do it, just to record and you think of nothing except Allah. By the way, if you do this, if you do this, according to
all your sins are forgiven. It's like you It's like you're a baby again.
But I don't think you can. It's possible. It's possible.
But it's very, very hard. Actually. I think it's easier to climb Mount Everest and to do this, you see and try it. Every time from now on when you make your Salah. What are you going to do? You're going to try just for children to think of nothing except
Allah, try it.
Just take my advice to simple things, brothers, take a pen, take the cord and take the note. Read any language you can understand and think about your sisters. And when you make a Salah,
just have as your objective.
I am now going to try to pray this salah and think of nothing except a law that says inshallah you will see if you pay if you do this, you see a big change in your whole life, not just in your
salon in your whole life. Just try it inshallah. Okay,
Any more questions?
Shut up very quiet today.
Bismillah cuando la la la la la la La quwata illa.
Thank you for the nice speech. I like the speech about
the empty hearts and the crazy lives and how it makes people actually start to shoot at each other. What I have noticed among some of the Muslim societies is that when they empty their hearts with that sort of junk food, they sometimes attempt to fill it with hatred, especially against each other and
so my question is, regarding that you said that it's important to fill your heart with love towards Allah. I've seen Muslims who actually promote hate towards each other, towards other Muslim minorities. And I've even seen that they promote killing of Muslims they don't agree with. And lately in Belgium for a couple of months ago, it was some Salafis who attacked Shiite mosque, burning the mosque, killing them Imam in the mosque is saying that they come to heaven having dinner with a prophet. So I wonder what is your opinion about Muslim promoting hate towards each other? Thank you.
I'm going to sister thank you for your question. It is a very, very, very important question. But insha Allah, I will deal with this topic. The whole of my lecture on Sunday, Allah and Amara is on this topic. So my whole lecture will be on this topic. So I don't want to preempt the lecture by answering your question here, inshallah. It's a very good question. But this topic I will deal with,
on Sunday in sha Allah when it's I give my speech on our law.
You are correct. By the way what the sister has said.
And unfortunately, this is you know, this has some truth to it, that some people
you know, they feel their heart with hatred.
They feel the heart with hatred.
And as we will discuss on Sunday, actually hatred, some degree of hatred is a normal
a normal natural reaction of the human being. It's normal love is natural hate is natural is something the heart cannot avoid. It's designed like that. And it's designed like that by God for very good reasons, which we will talk about inshallah on Sunday.
But this is the topic in links you see what how the, how we behave, how we react is all linked to this state of the heart. So there are many extremes you see, you will find some people, you know, they fill their heart with love, which is very beautiful. Okay, but unfortunately, also, if you only fill your heart with love,
you will not protect yourself
from things that will harm you, and they will harm your heart. This is why, although I don't like the word hate, the word hate is very strong, but but you have to have
the condition of your heart that you turn away from things and you repel things so your heart should be attracted to some things and repelled from other things. Anyway, this is the topic of Alibaba and Alibaba. I don't want to go into it. I will discuss it on Sunday inshallah, but thanks for the question. Make sure you come to the lecture on Sunday in Sharma if I'm alive if some someone doesn't kill me doesn't like
Sharma you never know.
Okay, anything else?
No, it's very quiet. No way today. You're all tired. It's been a long day here.
No more questions going.
On. I got a question here from a non Muslim sister. And she's asking
it is this song were
with Mnuchin thing. And it's about a piece on low on companionship. So she's asking How can you call this song, which is about love, and peace? At trunk fit?
I can't understand sister really, it's the echo is really bad. When
the question is again, how can you call a music and a song which is about love?
Like it's a song about the soul, which is about love. Yes. Yeah.
Okay. That's a very good. I'm very glad someone asked that question. Because I'm sure this is a question. Even in people's minds. How about a song that is full of remembering Allah?
I can't sing as you can find out. Yeah. So. Okay.
Okay, the problem, okay, this.
I'm going to try and I'm going to try and make the answer not too long. Because,
The problem is the medium.
The problem with music.
It's not about the words.
It's about the fact that it's music. It's the medium itself.
The problem, okay.
What gives strength to the hearts. Let's go back and examine this. What gives strength to the heart and I'm talking about the mechanism here, the actual mechanics, how does it worked?
What gives strength to the heart and what is important is the effort. It's the efforts. Yeah.
It's like building your muscles. It's like getting fit and like getting strong. There is no short cuts. If you want to get fit, you need to run. You need to ride your bike. You need to put on your skis. You need to go swimming.
There's no shortcut. If you want to build your muscles, you need to pump the iron. Even if you inject steroids, you still need to lift the weights, right? All the steroids do is allow your body to recover more quickly. So you can pump more weights, right? You still need to do the work. The same for your hearts.
You need to do the work, your heart does not get strong and healthy, spiritually strong and healthy, except by doing the work. And it's this process of working very hard, striving, struggling struggling, which is in fact the term Jihad does not mean holy war. It means to struggle
to struggle to the utmost of your ability, jihad, Bill knifes to struggle with your desires, it really is a struggle, and efforts.
But it is this effort itself, that produces the results. Right? So the effort is very, very important. You have to make the efforts. Without the efforts, you don't get the results, the problem with music, whatever the lyrics, and whatever the theme, whether it's about love or Allah or whatever the problem with music is there is no efforts, you are just sitting and listening, there is no effort. So it gives the feeling it gives. It simulates, and gives the feeling of happiness, but it doesn't involve efforts. And if there is no effort, it's not really making the heart strong. It is not really building a strong, clean, pure heart. Do you understand?
Right? So it doesn't matter what the words Okay, if the words, if the words are filthy words, or bad words, or words of hate and violence is much worse. It's much, much worse. But here it's a question of degree. Because the problem is the medium itself. It's a passive medium. It's a passive medium. It's not you're not active in this medium, right?
Unless, of course you are singing and making the music yourself may be different. But I'm just talking about here in terms of just sitting and listening to the music.
Okay, this is anyway something
that can be studied through psychology.
Even this is something that is known to in terms of psychology, optimal experience, which is something that produces happiness in the human being is a product of, or a consequence of working hard to achieve a specific objective. There is not too hard and not too difficult, but you're always pushing yourself on the edge of what is possible.
Right? So as long as you can do it, and you can achieve it and it's not too difficult. And you're pushing yourself pushing yourself, when you achieve it. You feel an amazing sense of satisfaction. This is what is giving life to the hot music is not like it doesn't produce that. It's just passive. Yeah. So it is like an artificial drug, for example. So you could say the same thing. We could say this about marijuana. But what if I'm smoking marijuana? And I'm thinking deeply about Allah?
Yeah, there are some people who claim this for example, no.
Again, this is you're missing the point, though, what gives life to the heart and what makes the heart strong? Is the heart making the effort with this, your drug is giving an artificial substitution. It's just like the junk foods. It's just like the junk food. Yeah. Okay. So hopefully that answers the question is a very good question. Thank you for that question.
Okay, last question.
Yeah, my microphone does that as well. Sometimes I think you'll notice.
I didn't know that. What happened on Norway that day.
On this day,
All in one go.
Yes, that's a very nice question.
Let me let me answer this important question.
By giving a different analogy on a different topic, for example.
Okay, let's talk about alcohol.
Someone may say,
scientists have proven
a glass of red wine a day
actually makes you more healthy.
What is wrong with that, if we just have one glass of red wine a day, it will make you more healthy, it will prolong your life, it is full of antioxidants, it has health benefits.
How can you say alcohol is bad? How can you condemn alcohol? When we can prove that it has this benefits? I would say the same thing. You know the same thing you can say look, this song has done this and that and that, how can you say music is bad when okay. But you see, there is a principle.
A principle in
actually, if all human beings applied this principle, it would be amazing. But this is a principle in the Quran teaches that God gives us to lead our life. The Quran actually says in alcohol, there is some benefits.
There you go. The Quran says in alcohol, there is some benefits.
But there is also much harm. And the harm is much more than the benefits.
So here's a rule we have, because there is benefits. So I'm not denying sister, that there may be some benefits in music, there may be some therapeutic benefit, there may be the benefit that you said maybe. But in general, when you assess the whole topic, and you look at music in general and the effect it has on the heart in general. Right. Then the effect is, as I said, the same with alcohol in general. And then the principle is you don't do something that has a small benefits, when in general the benefit is,
in general, when in general, the harm is so much. Yeah.
And the reason is simple. Because this, this, unfortunately, is opening the door, if you and here's the deal, if I have one glass of red wine a day, okay, one day, if I have two, what's the harm? Or three? Okay, I just get drunk once a year at Christmas, what's the harm?
Or maybe twice a year? Or maybe now three times? Do you understand?
It is better just to say no, we cut this altogether. And we don't do it because the benefit is there. But it's not enough. It's not enough. In fact, the harm of alcohol is too much. It's actually one of the things that confuses me about Western society that has prohibited cigarette smoking more or less not prohibited it but made it you know, so difficult to smoke and drugs and how is it that alcohol is still consumed and allowed to be consumed? It's a poison. It's responsible for so much death, so much suffering. So many problems. It is astronomical I, I wish I had the statistics of how many deaths, how many accidents how many billions of of pounds is wasted because of people, people
and their alcohol problems. There may be some benefits, but it's not worth it. The same thing
Maybe the song had a lot of benefit maybe. But in general, in general, when you understand the state of the heart, no, we can't open the doors to all of these things. Because then if this song then that song, why not this song? And then why not every song and then why not? This is how it becomes. No, we have to understand. Right? I was reading a book about just to give you an analogy. I was reading a book about junk foods to go back to the junk food analogy. And I think it's called
false Fast Food Nation. There's two books, and I think this one is called Fast Food Nation. If you read it, I don't think you'll ever eat McDonald's again, after reading this book, right? They asked nutritionists in America, the guy he asked some nutritionists, he asked about five or six of them. How much junk food do you recommend is, you know, tolerable, you know, is safe. Some people said once a year,
some said twice a year. Another one said never, never. Don't ever, ever eat it. Right. So, here's the point. Is that okay, you know, once he is but you know, what's the nature? So the best thing to do is just to leave it. Okay. So that's my answer in Sharla. to that very excellent question. Thank you very much. And we,
I think also brothers and sisters, really the effects of people really purifying their hearts, filling their hearts with goodness, filling their hearts with the remembrance, the true remembrance of God will be better than any amount of singing and, you know, those type of things. Okay, because the cure of the sickness that we are suffering in the world is something very deep and very profound, and I do not believe it can be solved with songs and movies. Okay. I don't think so. I might be wrong, but I don't think so. And God knows best. May God bless all of you, and may God guide all of us closer to the truth. salaam aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa wabarakatuh