How to Oovercome Waswas in Our Worship Sh Abdur Raheem McCarthy HD
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My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam
a story from the time that we live in some years back,
there was a man who was a successful businessman.
And in the marketplace used to lead the prayer at a lot of gold.
And one day
the people told him after the salaat
your army only pray you only prayed three records. And therefore he said, No, I prayed for him. And he's certain he prayed for and they said, No three for going back and forth. And he's absolutely certain that he prayed for, and everybody else's tell him no, you prayed three.
The thing was, is that he had the allele he had evidence that he had actually prayed for. He didn't want to share the evidence with them at the time. But he was positive that he prayed for. And they say no, no trust that you prayed three. So went back and forth for some time, say, look, he said, I'm gonna tell you what happened.
He said, I believe in the prayer here for many years. So not to go for rockets. And in this market, he said, I have four stores.
So on each account, I go to each one of my stores. And the first America I go to the biggest store, because it has the most things need to be done in the second store, the third store and the fourth store. And he said today I visited all four stores. So I said, I know 100% That I prayed all for God's.
Now as we hear this story, it makes us laugh, that someone in a salon every day, he could go to these four stores. But the reality is that almost all of us, we fall into the same category in our prayer.
When we go into the prayer, the Shavon comes to us, and he pulls us right we go right, he pulls us left, we go left, we travel back home, and then back to Doha. And then we go here and then we go there and we're all around the world when thinking about this and thinking about that. And then the mom says salam aleikum wa rahmatullah as salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah.
And we don't know what was said in the slot. We don't know what the Imam read in the Salat Allah. If you ask the people. What did the Imam read in the first book, I'm talking about soldiers that all of us know from Judo hammer.
You will have to say that word don't remember. Because they weren't there. His body's there, but his mind is somewhere else. This is the reality Subhanallah how many times has she upon beat us and taken from our salad
almost all of the time. And that's why today, we want to draw a line and say enough is enough to be able to defeat shape on in our prayer. And also, to be able to overcome the worst was not just in the prayer, but also we're going to discuss today as well, there was was that many of our brothers and sisters have a when it comes to the woowoo. And there's the HANA
many of them, that a by that their acts of worship are ruined because they let SharePoint whisper to them. I broke my will do, I forgot to wash my face. I forgot to wipe my head. I forgot this, and he ruins his anybody.
And I'm going to share with you today, a story that happened to me as a new Muslim, when I was in America,
why I miss the Latin Fajr because of the worst was and falling victim to the West was and how I was saved from Al Hamdulillah. And I'm going to share with you today, inshallah Huhtala some of the techniques that I've used for years to coach many of our brothers and sisters, and they've been cured from the West was well hamdulillah
first of all, ask yourself the question, Why did shaytaan
come to us in the salon? What does he want from us? Why is this so much focus? And so panela usually, what does he remind us of?
Usually it's good things. It's beneficial things. He remind you of important things. Oh, there's a deadline you forgot about at work.
She'll cron you know, thanks for reminding me. And the salary comes remind you you know what, if you were to do this at your job, you can actually do better the company could improve. You could do this you get a raise and now you're building your palace back home because you're making more money you got to raise and you're gone. Tell us he got you.
So paella sometimes. I told the brothers and sisters that even he comes to me in the prayer. And what does he remind me out? What do I focus on in my life giving Dawa, reminding me
suffer reminded me and others, he comes with our ideas, which is beneficial. It's something Islamic or something good but it's not the time for the prayer now this is time for Allah subhanho wa Taala This is time for me to connect to the last panel Wattana they'll come remind you you know that will be a very good video if you made that video later on.
And you start doing and you're gone. So we'll learn today what to do when He comes to us. How can we get back on track and shallow Tyler?
So what does he want from us? This is the key thing we need to know in the beginning. First of all, lmm even when I am Rahim, Allah Tala, he mentioned something amazing. He said that either karma labs.
If the servant stands up in the prayer, he wants to pray. Lord them into a shape on that shape on becomes jealous of him. Why is that? He said because he's standing out the makan. He's standing the greatest stance. He's standing when in front of Rob Bell Alameen in front of the Lord of the heavens in the earth. Allah subhanho wa taala. What a noble stance what a great statue standing in front of Allah. Che upon becomes jealous. And that's why he strives his best to make sure that you do not complete your prayer that you do not perfect your friend.
He knows how much we need this friend.
If we're going to be successful,
he knows that our spirituality
and being successful
in our spiritual life depends on the prayer. A bit of the prophets that Allahu Allah He was seldom. How did he describe the prayer? He said for a tiny, he said it was the coolest of my eyes the prayer. He used to say to belittle the Allahu Aranda behavior below and let us find relaxation to the to the prayer ability called the Adhan. Let's relax in the prayer. Let's find this relaxation. He knows that at the time of difficulties, the way out for us, the solution for us is in the prayer. Allah subhanho wa Taala commanded us Yeah, you already know the story. You know, the slavery was solid. Oh, you are believed? seek assistance through patients in France, the prophets of Allahu
Allah, he was selling himself at the time of difficulties. What would he do la salatu salam, he would race to the salaat he would raise to the prayer. chiffon knows all of this. He doesn't want us to raise to the friend. He wants to come between us.
And if we go into the prayer, we don't benefit from it. This is his objective. He knows that the prayer forbids us from that which is evil and that which is immoral.
In na salata, Tana And in Pasha your Mocha, Allah says a clear in the Quran, the solid forbids from that which is immoral and that which is evil.
The shape or knows that this salon is the sealer it's the connection between the abdomen the servant and between Roby between his Lord Subhana wa Tada. He wants to connect, cut that connection off between us and Allah subhanho wa taala.
He knows that this salah is the backbone of the religion. And if you collapse the backbone of the human being what happens to him, he collapses. And this is the human being without the salon
is the man collapses. The shaper knows the great reward, he knows that our sins have been forgiven, and he wants us to go to jahannam. So he's going to make sure that we don't focus in the salons.
that the ones who will be successful as a law made it clear in Surah dilute me known part of law helped me know that indeed, the movement known the believers have been successful. What is the first description that Allah subhanaw taala describes these will be known that are the successful ones and let the you know whom via Salah to him harsh Iran, the ones who find the who show that tranquillity in the Salah. And that's why shaytaan doesn't want us to focus, we need to realize this, what are his objectives? And then after that, we realize that when we come and we're about to say Allahu Akbar, that it's time for battle. This is the reality. I showed up the Allahu anha and the Hadith
which is narrating the Sahil body. She asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam about the llt fat, the one who looks to the right looks to the left, he looks around during the salad and he's not paying attention. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said that if the less from a che upon if the less meaning the shaytaan is stealing something from your prayer, he's taking something from your prayer.
And the crazy thing is that when it comes to the affairs of our dunya if we were to know that someone was stealing from our money
What will we do?
We will do whatever we can to make sure we protect our money.
We have 100 realsies stole two or three he stole five. He's not going to get the rest of those 95
When it comes to our salad, he takes 5% 10% Yellow Take 20 Take 40 Take it off
and we did it's like we don't pay attention to protecting our salon
which is the backbone of the religion as well. So allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam described our mu the deen the backbone of the religion.
And we let shaytaan take from him
with many billable hours will be Allah one. In the Hadith which is narrated in Sahih Muslim
he complained to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in the CHE upon Hala benei were Bina Salah at work Irati that shape on his intervene, he's come between
man myself in my prayer, Mrs annotation of the Quran.
The province that Allahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, That's a shapefile known as Hoon zip. And he told us the cure, and how to deal with that shapefile when He comes to us in the salad,
and we'll mention that in a minute in shallow Tana, after we realize that we're in battle, and we know the objectives of shaytaan we need to remind ourselves of the outcome of our prayer. Abdullah been our best wrote the Allahu Anhu ummah.
He said, lay silicone in Salah, Attica, Illa Moroccans that you don't get from your prayer, except for that what you Athens meaning that what you understood that what you focused on
that what you will you benefited from, meaning you that the deer in the in the in the prey are not distracted. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us in the Hadith, in no Rajala lion serif min Salatin that the man he leaves his prayer after the prey finished praying prayer from beginning to end.
But it only is written down for him pushed through half a 10th of it. And they said a ninth of it, an eighth of it, a seventh of it. A sixth level, a fifth of it. He said a quarter of it, or a half or a third of it, or half of it meaning shaitan is taking from each one of us different different portions of the prayer. He might take half of the prayer he might take almost all of the prayer leave us with about a 10th of it left of the of the rewards. This is what shaytaan is doing to us in the prayer. We think we're getting the reward and we meet Allah subhana wa Tala Yamapi ama with all of these empty solids.
All of these uncompleted solids amaretto hotbar. Brought the allaahu and he said in no Rajala now you Shibu Phil is slamming
wallum you Tim Miller he raka SubhanAllah. He said that a man becomes elderly in his lab. And he has not finished one record for Allah.
Meaning his life is in Islam. He's been praying, but Omar is telling us about the low. Lamb you Tim de la Hiraoka he never completed one regard to Allah. The people asked him here in this okay for that. How was that Omar? He's praying How can you not finish one record? He said let him you Tim Roku aha was to do the her that he didn't perfect didn't finish. didn't establish the Roku and the suit of the salon when he wasn't there in the salon. He was just going through the movements. But he wasn't perfecting his prayer. This is the outcome. We have to be aware of all of these things.
After we're aware of these things,
then the question comes what are some practical tips that can help us concentrate on the prayer.
And many times
people want solutions inside of the prayer and there is a solution Alhamdulillah from the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, inside of the prayer.
But the reality is my dear brothers and sisters, that the main solutions actually come in start outside of the prayer before we even enter in the prayer.
So we really want to be able to focus and benefit from our prayer and defeat shape on
we need to start off
by rectifying our relationship with Allah subhanho wa taala. Making sure that we are establishing the taqwa in our lives, in our actions.
Making sure that we know who Allah subhanaw taala is knowing Allah through His beautiful names and attributes. And once we truly know Allah,
we will love Allah and we love Allah. It has to show up in our actions.
after we know Allah subhanho wa Taala
we need to prepare ourselves for the prayer.
preparing ourselves for the salons,
starting with purifying our hearts before we even come to the salon. And we always give the example of the glass if I were to come with the glass and turn it upside down and try to pour the water and what would happen, no water into the glass. This is the same thing with the bad that that we have the solid and the desert in the Quran. If our hearts are impure, if our hearts are contaminated, then the head and the barrack and the Buddha is not going to come in.
We need to purify our hearts. And then we prepare for the salad. And preparation for the Salah is both mental preparation and physical panela
mental is because because the site now she's like, Oh, the other one was called we drag ourselves Bismillah make the wall do Allahu Akbar. And it's just, you know, touching our phone, make sure we know we'll be with you in a minute, when that's not really preparation, what preparation. First of all, mentally we prepare ourselves.
Knowing who we're about to stand in front of.
You're about to stand in front of rubble, Alameen
The Lord of the heavens in the earth
Subhanallah if we were to go now, to stand in front of the ruler of any country,
Muslim non Muslim ruler wouldn't matter. We'd make sure we'd be paying attention. We'd be standing straight, wouldn't be looking around, we'd be concentrating what's being said and what we have to do, as we're about to meet the prince so the ruler or the king or the president, whoever it might be.
But we're about to stand in front of Allah subhana wa Tada. We prepare ourselves, we remind ourselves, of all of the things I mentioned, the shape ALLAH knows and wants to take from us in the slot our need for the slot. We prepare ourselves mentally when we hear Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar. I need the Salat. I'm in need of all of these things. I'm gaining and benefiting from this salad. I need this I mentally prepare myself physically. How do I prepare myself? What Allah subhana wa Taala told us for those Zina to come and the coulomb and the coulomb is Masjid to take your adornment meaning to have your best clothes your best attire one when you go to the masjid
what is the objective of this, just that we look nice, just that we smell nice. The emotional impact that it has on you when you dress properly.
When you go to work and your dress nice and you get a nice glow, you get that tie on you got the suit you feel smart. You think you look good. It has an impact on you. When you go to work out what type of clothes do you wear, you wear the workout clothes, I see their brothers Michelle they go now they get the new shoes and the new clothes and they're out when they're starting their workouts mashallah because it makes you feel like you want to work out more the same thing that was solid to make sure I have the cleanest clothes on make sure I smell good have to do the checkout stuff so I can go stand in front of many brothers you'll you stand next to some brothers in the slot and you'll
pray like this.
And your whole focus is when am I going to finish other brothers mashallah, mela blessing, they come to slaughter Fajr, but they don't brush their teeth.
And you like the blemishes?
This is Salaat for those in the masjid, ALLAH is commanding us, take your joint be prepared. This is the physical that leads to the emotional impact on the prayer, respect for the salon. And notice my brothers and sisters, I mentioned about four or five different things. Now all of these tips are outside of the prayer. We have been entered in the prayer yet. This is the impact that what's outside of the prayer has on what's inside the prayer.
Once we want to enter into the prayer, how can we defeat you upon one of the keys is to understand the prayer. Understanding what we're saying, and understand
what we're doing the movements. What do they mean, what's the hikma behind them? Why are we doing this? There's so much benefit in each and every movement, and each and every statement. Each one has wisdom behind it. So Pana many brothers and sisters they pray for years 40 5060 years and they have no clue what the meanings of what they're saying and doing.
Can you imagine I'll give you an example. And this is something I find very bizarre. It's the basics as a Muslim we need to understand what it is we're saying. What is we're doing imagine if it was permissible it's not permissible to pray except for an Arabic we know that but if you could choose any language, let's say for argument's sake, let's say I say I like Japanese language. So I'm gonna learn how to pray in Japanese. And I have no clue
What I'm saying no clue what I'm doing. And I'm praying in Japanese for 4050 years, what would you say? He's mentioned? And he's crazy. But that's the reality of so many Muslims around the world that they don't know the basic meanings of what they're saying the words they're saying.
You need to focus on understanding the prayer, knowing what to do in the prayer, how to pray property, all of these things have an impact. Knowing different soon this to change and doing the prayer that has an impact on your prayer.
Now comes the question with all of this shaytaan came to us in the prayer. What do we do now?
Alhamdulillah we know from the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
From the Hadith he mentioned the hadith of Earthman. Even Abul as one of the Allahu and when he said the sheer pollens come between me and my salah to marry citation of the Quran.
And he told him about that shape on and he said to him to do two things to make us the other seek refuge in Allah from that shape on and then to and then to slightly spit and pay attention to the word spit in the translation. what's meant by it is basically some air only that actual spit so the Sunni said to do what? To do a slight little spin on your left side. So you're praying shaytans gotcha, you can't concentrate. Oh, the blemish ethology three times. This is the sooner you said meaning err and that's it. Don't spit on the guy next to in the salada
this this Mila
biome how many times? Have you seen someone do this in the prayer? The hadith is a Muslim, well known famous Hadith. How many times have you seen a Muslim in a masjid do this sometimes when I tell this hadith who's never heard this hadith before? This is what the prophet has told us to do. chiffon goddess Oh, the blemishes ology
that is this, this is one of the ways why you get back on track. You seek refuge in Allah subhanho wa Taala have mercy upon and then you want, you get back on track. This is the objective, and you start to focus on your prayer. And there's actually a third thing
with these two Sooners. And this goes back to understanding the reality and the essence of the meanings of what we say in the prayer that we have a minimum, a minimum,
and a true record Salaat of 11 reminders.
To put us back on track from a shaytaan minimum if we're paying to Regazzoni is gonna be 11 times if you're paying three or four OCAs is gonna be more than 11.
And what does that reminder?
we say it just routine and what is the meaning of Allahu Akbar, we understand the real meanings of Allahu Akbar, and Shavonne Goddess, and we're in the first record and we travel back home. We're thinking about we're going to do once we land in the airport, and this is the reality and then all of a sudden, the Imam says Allahu Akbar, it's a reminder to us, that Allah is greater than anything. And everything that shaytan is trying to distract us with. And that puts us back on track. After learning my dear brothers and sisters of how to get back on track and Ocelot will mention a seven tip or eight if you want to say seven different tips that we mentioned. And that is the dua to Allah
subhanaw taala how many times and all of us know ourselves, ask yourself, How many times have you asked Allah subhana wa Taala to help you concentrate help you focus and benefit from the prayer? Very rarely, it's usually Oh Allah nucar Oh Allah, new wife. Oh Allah new job is it was always dunya how many times that we turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala and asked him to help us how many times that we begged on Allah helped me find tranquility helped me be from the Hashemi. The DUA is powerful, my dear brothers and sisters.
And that takes us to the last topic of today which is the the West was in the world who Allah subhanaw taala how many of our poor brothers and sisters around the world they're a bad day their worship has been demolished, destroyed from shape on because of the West was said that they have when it comes to
and I told you I will tell you a story of something that happened to me when I was a new Muslim.
I said with some of our churches, some of our uncle's in America, may Allah bless them. But they taught me different forms of Buddha and innovation, which they thought was a good idea. Because they say you have to be pure when you stand in front of Allah subhanho wa taala. So you make a stingy, you have to do a little bit more just to make sure that no impurities come out. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us how to clean ourselves. We use the toilet. Listen, the beauties of Islam didn't leave anything behind any salat wa salam. We have three ways of cleaning ourselves either. And the best way is to use something like we use toilet paper these days and the
days we live in, they might use stones or anything or you know
Water where they had back in the day. So we use toilet paper or something to dry ourselves and then with water, or Secondly, just with water, or you just use toilet paper or whatever you have available to clean yourself. This is what we are commanded to do as muslims not to go any farther. But some brothers said, no, no, we want to just make sure just in case. So he said, what you should do is put the tissue and you should jump around.
Just to make sure everything comes out. When I say no, I say I learned something from our elders, something beautiful that you call off 25 times. Other ones that you take 25 steps inside of the toilet. So you can imagine I'm a no Muslim. So I said I'm gonna try all of these Bismillah so I went for as little Fajr one day and I'm jumping, walking, coughing, and what happens after you do it for some time? shaytaan comes to you. Amen. Something came out.
I'm like, Yeah, you're right, mish. So I tried again. Then you also when you feel something come out, and you suddenly feel something come out. All of a sudden it's after Shut up. Now. I've been in there for a long time in the toilet.
I come out one of our brothers. May Allah bless him. He said, bro, where were you watching Mr. Salad? And I explained to him what happened? Don't listen to that. He said the promises and told us how to make it stingy or how to clean ourselves. He told me that three ways. He said that's all you have to do is a Muslim. Even if something comes out later, it's not it's not on you because you did what you were supposed to do as a Muslim. Don't listen to that stuff. Don't mess up. You're a bad Alhamdulillah took his advice and him that was never bothered again.
But if I had not listened to him shaytaan would have continued to come with me to a room my brother. So what do we do? How do we overcome this relates to very easy steps? Well, it's so easy.
All you have to do is follow these steps. And these are proven steps. Numerous people Alhamdulillah have found cure to these steps. First of all, that if you're afflicted with this waswas then you will do that you return to Allah subhanaw taala and returning to Allah in three different ways. First of all, as we said, we say oh the bIllahi min ash shaytaan regime. We learned this from the Quran or from the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. When she upon comes you say oh the villa in the shaytaan regime.
Secondly making dua to Allah the law curious Allah help us Allah helped me overcome this.
Do I was powerful, the weapon of the believer that DUA
with the thicket of Allah subhanho wa Taala by remembering Allah
even some of the scholars of this the most powerful tool in fighting off the West was from them even hedger and hating me Rahim Allah Tala. He said to take care of Allah subhanho wa taala. And making plenty of it. He says the strongest way to fight the West Western Imam unui Rahim Allah Allah He said that some of the scholars said that the one who has been afflicted with the West was in his will do in his salad that he should say, Hola Hola. Hola. Because when he says La Ilaha illa Allah and remembers Allah shaytaan becomes small and he runs away. So he said I would have been let him in a shape or regime let you know in law, we make dua to Allah night and day to cure us. And the second
step, we take directly from the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the Hadith, which is narrated in scalable Korean, so he Muslim and it's a core principle when it comes to the West was
the man came to him, he said, he imagines in his Salah that he broke his will do that he broke when he passed gas. What that was what a loss on Allahu Allah He was Selim tell him, he said lay on Sir, if he doesn't leave the prayer, you're in prayer. You don't leave the prayer had that? Yes, Mo solten o Yejide. Han. He said unless he hears the sound, oh, he smells the smell. Many what he has gained certainty. And that's why the principal in Islam is Elia Thien, Allah your Zulu be shake? Are you happy? No lie a Zulu be shake, that certainty is not removed by doubts.
Pay attention to this principle. And how do we put into action? By not acting upon the West was
pay attention by not acting and not paying any attention to the West was? And some brothers and sisters where it was where they say yes, yeah. It's easier said than done.
But if you want to kill yourself will lie. This is the only way.
There's no other way except for what we mentioned. Going back to Allah subhanaw taala and then not paying any attention to it.
Don't pay attention to the west Western. When a person comes to you and says You broke your will do you say no I didn't. I would be laminate Shakeology. You have to make yourself believe you didn't break it. You come you see if I forgot to wait my head. I forgot to wash my own. I forgot my ears.
You know what you have to do? Don't pay attention to it. Make yourself believe that you did it.
And then you do what? After you seek refuge in Allah subhanho wa Taala you get up and you pray no matter what. She's gonna say no, no, no, no, no man, you forgot you. You've got to
Dude, you're not gonna you're not gonna be accepted. Say I'm still gonna pray this is what the scholar said you have to force yourself and when you force yourself to believe it and you go back to Allah subhanaw taala and you pray anyways you defeat the shape on eventually eventually you're going to overcome and I told you this is proven well I have brothers and sisters who come to me some some of them on a daily basis and some of them because of family ties I had I had to answer their questions every day to see if I forgot to wipe my head she had I felt something came out I think I broke when I think I did you know you didn't and as we pray anyways pray get up pray right now don't
talk about go pray this about almost as in pray there's what Allah commanded you do. Something might have came out say Okay, did you make a stingy out? Yes, that's what Allah commanded. That's what the President taught you to do. That's what you're commanded to do. Don't pay attention to go pray and Wallahi with these tools with these easy steps, and you have to be strong. Go back to Allah subhanho wa Taala and get up and fight shake on and pray Wallah you defeat there was there was was a with no problem in shallow Tala. And like we did this is something proven the scholars talked about it and something that I've coached many of our brothers and says with and once they implement on it and act
upon it, and they forced themselves to follow these steps and hamdulillah they differentiate on and they get back on track and they're about to mana more Rahim Allah what year come on Allah but amaro can be amor but that the Venus Ethan method and the mana gotta look around for Collazo gel in Allah wa Mala Erica to your saloon Island Nabhi year you will know the nominal solwara He was selling motors NEMA where you're pulling the views on Allahu alayhi wa sallam when sold on eBay had a son Allahu alayhi hashanah almost certainly was telling him about Guatemala and the Vienna Muhammad. What the Lama or whoever Russia de vivre Koroma or commando Ali one said is to have at the edge made
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