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Strengthening our Relationship with Allah SWT
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one of the greatest challenges that every single Muslim faces every single one of us irrespective of our age, our gender, our position in society, our level of knowledge, an issue that every single Muslim faces is how to keep on strengthening the relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. One of the greatest traps of Shang pan and one of the greatest ways that shavon enters upon a person is by weakening and diluting that link between us and our Lord and creator. Allah subhanho wa Taala and if he can sever that link, then he will do so. That is his objective in life. It is our objective in life and our purpose in this dunya to strengthen to the best of our ability, that connection with
Allah subhanho wa Taala. And everything within this religion revolves around that central principle. That is the essence of the hain. It is what we find in the example of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam it is what a large zildjian wants from the Quran. It is the role and the purpose of the Hatim and the scholar, the Imam and the day to connect the people to Allah subhanho wa Taala to help them to find those things that motivate them and strengthen their relationship with Allah azza wa jal
when we look at the life of our profits on Allah, wherever he will sell them, you will find that even he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was given things by Allah subhanho wa Taala that then would be used by his oma as well. But he was given means to strengthen and to bring him closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. There is no one who is closer and stronger in their relationship with a large religion, that our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam no one who is more beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala than our Prophet salallahu early He will send them no one who has a higher state of Eman or a greater reward in the sight of Allah or greater status in the sight of Allah azza wa jal than our
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Yet there are a number of verses in the Quran that show that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would become sad. And he would it would sorrow and grieve him, what the Muslim king of gracious to say about him. And what would happen to the Muslims will be something especially in those early years of MACRA it will be something that would weigh heavily upon his shoulders. The responsibility that he was given of conveying this message and spreading the religion of Islam and teaching the people and bringing them to Allah subhana wa ttan. And his title when there was something which used to have a physical effect upon him, wasn't just that it was
something which was mentally draining something which was difficult to think about or to, to comprehend. But even physically, it would manifest itself upon our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
An example of this is
a sooner there is mentioned in the Quran, and something which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said concerning the surah and it is somewhat unique, the surah and some of the other sources that he mentioned within the same context, in the sense that it shows us how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to connect with Allah subhanho wa Taala and in particular through the Quran, because the Quran is one of those means and one of those ways through which you can continuously strengthen your
relationship with Allah azza wa jal. It is easier for the vast majority of people vast majority of Muslims to have a strong connection with Allah in the month of Ramadan. It is easier, it is easier for them to have a stronger connection with Allah azza wa jal when they go for Umrah, or when they're performing hajj, when they're sitting by the curb. It is easier when they're praying in the mosque of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. But the challenge that people face that me and you face is how to keep that strength of a man going when we're not in those places. We're not in that situation. We're not in those seasons of worship, like the month of Ramadan. How do we keep that
connection strong with Allah, one of the greatest means is through the Quran. And Allah subhanho wa Taala taught us to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by revealing to him certain surahs at certain times. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam lost his wife Khadija rhodiola
and then a few months later, he will lose his uncle a Batali in the books of Sierra in the life of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his biography this year. It is known as the Amel hosen The year of grief in the year of sorrow, two of the closest people to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam died, they passed away a few months apart. It is after this that a large zildjian gave to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam three things that would help consoled him and would help him to become even strongly in his connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And it is as if Allah azzawajal is saying to him, that yes, Khadija are the Allahu anhu was the one who would inspire you and He
will confide in her and she will motivate and encourage you. And as he was about Allah, who in public outside in the public eye, he will defend you and He will protect your honor. But it is ultimately Allah subhanho wa Taala, who protects and gives divine care and protection. So even if all of them were to pass away these people and other than them from amongst the Muslims, Allah subhanho wa Taala is with you. Allah zildjian gave to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam three things. One is specific to him, we as his own madman, Sharon, but two of those three are things that we to participate in, we have a share of them. The first of them was the surah and Mirage, the Night
Journey, in a single night, the practice element from Makkah to Jerusalem to the seven heavens and back, that is unique to him. But it was done to show the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the amount of love and care and protection that Allah zildjian has for His Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam yet within that journey, and then after the journey, there are two other things that every single one of us can take from in our problems in our issues when we're struggling with our a man, when we perhaps look at the world events and find that there is a test that has come to us that we need to face up to as individuals personally doesn't necessarily mean that it's something you share
with other people but you yourself know in your heart, your level of Eman, your connection with Allah zildjian you can audit yourself. Allah subhanho wa Taala gave to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and by extension to this oma the Salah, the prayer that five times a day or night you have that connection that is unique between you and Allah subhana wa Tada. It is a connection between you and Allah azza wa jal that even though every single Muslim is praying, and you may well be in a mystery than praying with hundreds or maybe even 1000s of other people, your prayer is your personal connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that is why people pray, but they differ in their
levels of reward and what they take from the prayer. people pray, but the benefit that they take from the prayer will also vary. And the second thing that the prophets are the third thing that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was given was the revelation of certain sources. After the death of those two people. Certain sources were revealed to the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa sallam,
the contemplation of the Quran understanding the Quran reading the Quran, and merging them with these ahaadeeth with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam pinpoint a surah or a verse or a passage and he says that this is how it affected me. Or these are the benefits that you can extrapolate from it. That is contemplation of the Quran, understanding the port and at a deeper level, because reciting the Quran without understanding and contemplation will only take you so far. In the hadith of Xia demon Allah beading certainly been manager there the mineral lobby or the Allah who answered that our Prophet said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam spoke about the signs of the hour.
And he mentioned a number of them. And then he said that during the Ahwahnee the habit that will happen when knowledge is taken from us, knowledge will be lifted. So as he had, he said,
robiola one the rise said O Messenger of Allah. k for you to learn more one on one. Abner Anna, will you, Abner, Abner? Illa, Yamuna, gamma or messenger of Allah, how can knowledge possibly be lifted? How can knowledge be removed when we read the Quran and we teach our children to read the Quran, and our children will then teach their children how to read the Quran, and that will continue until yomo pm.
And that's the case. We learned the Quran from the generation above us, our parents, our teachers, people who are older than us in age. Now we teach it to our children, they will teach it to their children from generation to generation, now or on passes on. And that is from the miracle of the preservation of the Quran. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam replied and he said that he let go omocha years he had in the controller or unterman Africa angle Medina, may your mother be relieved of you? And this was an Arabic expression or Arab expression to show someone the gravity and the seriousness of the situation and how important it is that they grasp what is being said. May
your mother be believed Have you over the ozean? I used to think that you are one of the most knowledgeable people in the city of Medina.
Our Lisa Harvey Hillier, who do one nosara your Corona terrazza will Injeel ly interferon I mean Harvey shape, then we have amongst us the Jews, and the questions will read their scriptures, the Torah and the Injeel. But they take very little benefit from it.
So the prompts are suddenly me saying it is not simply about the act of reading. Reading will only take you so far. And the Quran is blessing even in its recitation. We know that for every word that you read, you have 10 rewards of the Quran. And those people who memorize the Quran according to their levels of memorization, Allah will increase them in ranking station on Yom Okayama. In general, these are virtues of the Quran, but they will only take you so far. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would stress to his companions, the importance of understanding and contemplating the Koran. And that's why the companions would often take months and sometimes years over a single
surah delving into its meanings, pondering and reflecting over what Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would turn their attention towards certain sorrels towards certain passages and verses so that they would go back and contemplate it even more. One such example that I want to bring to your attention is the surah that was revealed after this year of grief and sorrow. After the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went on his Asana Raj, after Allah had obligated and legislated the Salah, upon all of the Muslim oma,
Allah subhana wa Taala revealed to him from amongst the stories that were revealed a surah by the name of Surah Hood. The Surah Hood in the Quran isn't one of those. Maybe you could say more popular, more famous souls in the sense that people don't normally wish to read or listen to the recitation of the surah it's not like surah Merriam, or a man aka have or other sort of use from the Quran that people are more familiar with. But the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam made an interesting observation concerning the surah in the Hadith that is collecting the 10 million are Hakeem and other than that, on the authority of Abdullah mahabis, or the Allahu anhu man, who said
that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was one day in the company of his companions and Abubakar robiola, who said to him, shape Italia Rasul Allah, or messenger of Allah, you have gone owned, meaning that your hair has white in it. Now the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the most most youthful of people, and the most courageous and the strongest of people even from amongst the companions. He was known for his courage and for his strength, and for his youthfulness. And the companion say that at the time that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam died, as even Malik rhodiola were answered in the narrations and Bihari. The prophet SAW Selim didn't have more than 20
whiteheads in his head and in his beard, no more than 20 the younger companions would sit, and they would count the white hairs of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Such was the love and the adoration and the admiration for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And as even Malik said he didn't have more than 20 white tears, the vast majority of them were in his head or attached to his lower lip 20 hands, yet even that slight change was noticeable to the companions. That slight graying of the hair of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was noticeable to the companions. And that's because the companions used to play pay so much attention, so much care to every single
statement and every single movement of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and with
action is normally unusual. It's unusual for a person that you see every day to notice slight changes about your family members who see you everyday, your wife, your husband, your children, because they see you every day. They don't normally notice the slight changes within you. If you're going more bold, you're going more gray, you've put on weight, you've lost weight. There is no many others who when they see you, after a few weeks will look at you and say, You look different. There's something different about you. But those people who see you every day for them, it's more or less the same. The subtle changes are difficult to notice. But the companions despite seeing the
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam are not an almost daily basis, they would see even the slightest of change. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam replied to Abubakar of the Allah one. And he said, Shay, you're Bethany rude to her. It is surahs like Surah Hood that have made me grow old. Now surah Hoon is a surah that was revealed after israa and Mirage, but the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is contemplating and contemplating and contemplating. we're evolving around the surah so much that years later when people notice a physical change, this is how the Quran affected the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that it would manifest within him a physical change to the prophet or
seldom says that is not my worries that have made me grow old age that has made me grow old or white, but rather, it is the Quran shaiya Bethany hold on to her in another narration he said Shay Bethany who will appear and woman salad well I'm Maria Tessa alone. What is a sham Sukkot we're on. Five souls have made me grow old from the Quran surah Hoon, and wealthier and more solid. And I made the sat alone and either Shem suku will, five souls have made me grown. This is how much the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam connected with the with those soldiers from the Quran. If you were to look at these soldiers, and you were to analyze them, and in particular Surah Surah, who did the
surah that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam received at this time in his life, because Allah subhana wa Taala gave to him within the surah the example of those who came before him, the stories of those who came before him know who would solid Ibrahim Lord Shri Musa are they human Salatu was Salam prophets who came before him and the stories and the interactions that they had with their people. Because now that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam had lost a metallic licorice increased in his in the oppression and transgression towards the Muslims, and they even harmed the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam more personally than they will do during the life of a butare.
Now for these are the Allahu Allah has passed away. So when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam returns home, he only finds his children doesn't find his wife, he finds orphan children who have lost their mother, or the Allahu image mine. Yet still the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam continued upon his path, because Allah azza wa jal revealed to him sutras like Surah Hood, Allah Subhana Dayal at the beginning of the soul and I just want to draw your attention to two or three critical points within the surah Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned at the beginning of the surah that every single thing that we need in order to keep that connection strong with Allah, and that we
need in order to be successful Muslims, you will find it within the Quran caulifla ma Kitab on IR to sama for Silla, Tamil Nadu Hakeem in hobby, this is a book that it's verses are manifest in clear and then they have been explained from the one who is all aware all wines, every single thing that you need, as a Muslim, to be successful not only in your religious life, but in your worldly life you will find within the Quran. So Allah subhanho wa Taala by begins by mentioning a couple of those things that are extremely important, Allah taboo in Allah, that you should worship. Only Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then Allah says when it's time for you to want to back home from matobo la,
you material Mata and Hassan Illa, jelly muslimah where you take a lady fall in favela and that you should seek Allah's forgiveness and repent to Allah subhanho wa Taala and Allah azza wa jal will give you God and He will increase you in God, and He will give you enjoyment within this life, and He will give you from his bounty, and from his grace, provision, success, happiness, all of this revolves around your relationship with a larger version. And that's when Levin says, When I'm in the button fill out of the inla and Allah he had his or her way
out, Dodaro, that there is not a single creature on the face of this earth, except that it is Allah who provide for that creature. It is a large zildjian who provides
For his creation, it is in the hands of Allah to give happiness to people to give them success to grant them to the way that will be the Serato step in the straight path. And then Allah azza wa jal mentions, the two types of people when it comes to this message of the Quran, when it comes to the message that was brought by the prophets of Allah subhana wa Tada, those people who will accept and they will persevere, and they will work and they will bring effort and determination, and they will sacrifice for the sake of Allah azza wa jal, and then you have those people who will turn away who will choose a different path, who will rather want to enjoy everything they can in this life, and
won't give any thought to what will happen after their death. Allah subhanaw taala mentions both of them. But then he goes on to mention those examples in practical terms with the people of no Halle, he said, the people have no Halle his Salaam, refused to believe in Noah. And one of the reasons that they refuse to believe as Allah mentions in the surah is because their people, the people who follow know how he Salaam were the weak and the poor. So they said, I don't mean like our tabernacle out of their own. Should we believe in you, when your followers are the weak, when your followers are the poor, when your followers are those who don't have a noble station in society. But olara
zildjian doesn't care about those things. Allah mentioned the story of hold on who the hell is salatu salam, who his people were people who were known to have military prowess, they had the ability to construct fortresses everywhere. And Allah azza wa jal says in the surah, that huzzah to them that if you return to Allah and seek His forgiveness, he has it come forward and
then Allah will increase you with even more strength in addition to the strength that you already have. But when they turned away from Allah azza wa jal, Allah didn't care about the way about the military power, about the strength about the fact that they could go and conquer other lands and other peoples. Allah mentions the story of Saudi how he said him and his people were given technological advances to the extent that still today in the world, you can go and see the dwellings of solidarity, his center, and his people model inside where they built houses and palaces into the sides of mountains carved into them 1000s of years ago, when they turned away from Allah subhana wa
tada when they rejected their Prophet salallahu alaihe salam, Allah subhana wa tada didn't care about those technological advancements that they had. You have the story of sure Abraham was people were given economical means they had money and they had wealth and they were extremely prosperous, but they will do so by cheating others and by being unfair in the way that they used to buy and trade and sell so large so Joel mentioned in the Quran that tray value Sallam said to them why are called me often Michela will miserable, just be just in the way that you weigh we just in the way that you buy and sell, were they to turn away from the profit and loss of Hannah with Allah, so
Allah azza wa jal didn't care about their well. So what does Allah subhana wa Taala care about? And all of these things are being leveled against the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the few Muslims that he has with him. During that time in Makkah, the Quraysh are more powerful, they're more normal, they have better weaponry, they have more advances in every single form. The companions of the Prophet have seldom the vast majority of them are weak and poor, they're women and children and slaves and so on. Yet a large religion is showing through the surah that Allah subhanho wa Taala only cares about those people who believe in Him, who turned to him who hold on to the path of Allah
subhanho wa Taala. They are the people who are given success. They are the people who if they strive and they are they preserve and they are determined to reach what a large soldier has promised them, that Allah subhana wa Taala will make their path easy for them. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam took away these lessons, and he would think and he would ponder and he will contemplate so much that he made a physical difference in his appearance, not only in his appearance, but even in his mindset, as I shall have the Allahu anhu mentioned to us that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would sometimes see a cloud. And when he would see the cloud, he would become agitated. And
he would walk in and he would walk out of his house and he would become upset. So she said, O Messenger of Allah, when the people see clouds, they rejoice because it's bringing rain, especially in a climate like Arabia, where it's desert and hot. When people see when they rejoice, they see clouds, they become happy, but your messenger of Allah, you become agitated and upset. He said, Oh, are you sure Verily, there were people who came before us who would see clouds like this thinking that he bought when and mercy from Allah azza wa jal, but within it, they contain punishment for them. He's referring to the people of who that are his center. Those people have who will give them
drought and famine that's how they would destroy a drought and famine and without a solemn promise them that the punishment of Allah would come. They saw drought and famine for a number of days. And they were extremely hard up. But then eventually clouds came so when they saw those clouds they rejoice and they said to who we knew that you were line, clowns have come rain has come who live has come, therefore you are not true. Your God is not true. From our overall revenue stop below the ATM, follow her out. They wanna they saw those clouds. They said these are clouds bringing Wayne Bell who are Mr. gela to MIT Rehan via Aleem to the mural coalition in the MDR, a br FOSS, Bakula Euro in
Lima Sakina. Allah says berada is what you hasten what you wanted mean the punishment of Allah, when you would say to who they feel true, then ask Allah to punish us. If what you're saying is true, show us this punishment of Allah. Rather it is what you hastened. It is an extremely painful torment and wind, it will destroy everything, everything, so that the next day you will not see anything standing except the houses other than the robos. Everything was destroyed. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and he would read swirls like Sora hood, he wouldn't just read them and pass on, but he would understand and contemplate, to the extent that if you saw something that is mentioned
within that surah something that happened to people who came before us by 1000s of yours, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when fear the same for his oma, the prophet of Salem would contemplate and he would change his physical appearance. This is how a person connects to the Quran. This is how we strengthen our relationship with the Quran. Allah subhanho wa Taala has given us the Quran is given us the Stata has given us all of these means, but often the way that we treat them is very haphazard. We don't connect, we don't stop to think and to ponder. Even though Alonzo says in the Quran, a fella to the Bernal or an America pulumi not follow her. Do they not contemplate and
ponder the Quran? Or are their hearts locked reseal? barakallahu li walakum Ronnie was sooner when a felony will be Murphy mammillaria to hikma a poco de Haida mustafina la Holly welcome when he's younger and Muslim and I'm including them infrastop Bureau in Nevada for right
smilla and hoody, Lao salatu salam ala rasulillah. Earlier he was talking to a woman Well,
this one is not meant to discourage people from reciting the Quran, or reading as much of the corner and that they can as they can to memorize the Quran. But rather is to add another aspect and a different way of also interacting with the Quran, one that is equally important, and perhaps in some cases, even more so. And that is the importance of understanding and contemplating what you understand, but just simply reading a translation or even a book of the CEO, but to stop and to think about it. Abdullah bin Ahmed the Allahu Allah, and in some narrations that he said that he was his father, I'm one of the Allah one. They spent 10 years oversaw to Bukhara 10 years. Abdul Rahman
Rahim Allah, one of the famous poets of the tab you're in from the students are from the students of many of the great companions. He was once reciting surah. Hood. And a woman passed by and she said an elderly woman. And she said to him, oh, even abhi Laila? Do you recite Surah Hood with this speed and he was reciting normally, he wasn't reciting very fast he was reading normally. She said, Do you recite Surah Hood with such haste? It's taken me six months, and I'm still on the solo. Six months and I'm still on the single surah because that's how the companions were. That's how the scholars were Yes, they would have a portion of the Quran that they would read daily in order to finish the
recitation of the Quran as often as they could. But they would also have portions of the Quran where they would stop and ponder and they would contemplate, and some of the companions would simply take a surah and they would spend as long as they needed in order to take everything that they possibly could from that single source of the Quran. I'm done live in Miss rhodiola or unsaid. Don't read the Quran with haste. It is not poetry that you're reading, nor is it a fable or a story that you're simply trying to read to pastime, but rather stop and ponder the amazing signs of Allah contain with every single verse. That is how you ponder the Quran. you contemplate the Quran. If the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells us that a surah like Surah Hood, made him grow old, that it's something that brought fear within him he would make him fearful at times that shouldn't we as people who love Allah, the Quran, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam want to go back to sources like Surah Hood and see why. What does Allah azza wa jal say? What is it
message that Allah subhana wa tada wants us to take. So the message from this hotbar My dear brothers and sisters in Islam is to connect with on on. It is one of the greatest ways of strengthening your Eman and keeping that relationship with Allah strong. But don't just simply by reading the Quran also by contemplating and understanding the Quran escolares origin that he makes us from amongst the people of the Quran. Those people who are is only those people who are special people that he has chosen from this earth. We are large that will give us the ability to understand the Quran, to implement the Quran to follow the Quran large and make it a means of our intercession
on the Yama and through the Quran. May Allah subhanaw taala raise our ranks in gender, male law protect us and our families from every evil Subhanallah amasi phone was Salam in almost 13 on hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen