Taking The Middle Path
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regards to our religion, all of the answers can be found within the book of Allah subhanho wa tada and from that which Allah azza wa jal has instructed us to read and recite every single day, a minimum of 17 times when we stand before Him subhanho wa Taala in prayer is that Surah Surah Fatiha and from that which Allah azza wa jal has instructed us to recite within Surah Al Fatiha is that we make a minimum of 17 times every single day. And that is a statement of Allah subhanho wa Taala, Indian a Scirocco must have been our law Guide us to the straight path. And from that straight path, or from the meanings of something being straight in Islam, that it is a straight path is that it is
balanced, that it goes neither to one extreme nor the other, but that there is balance within that path. And this is the focus of my hope, but today, how to balance our lives, the balance between our worldly life and our religious life, the balance between Deen and dunya because unfortunately, being humans, we tend to go to one extreme or another. And there are extremes in both elements, extremes in the dunya and even extremes in the religion. And this is what we find from our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam instructed his companions, nurtured and educated his companions how to toe that middle line. When Allah subhanho wa Taala praises this oma,
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and insha Allah we are all part of that oma, Allah azza wa jal describes us as being a middle balanced path nation, worker, Lika Jana, mutton wasa, Allah has made us a balanced nation. We don't go too extreme in any issue or in any affair. The Prophet of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as is in the hadith of Abu rhodiola one collected insightful Buhari the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam established this principle and he reiterated and confirmed this principle in the religion that the religion is a religion of balance of the middle path, not going to one extreme or the other. Neither the extreme of the deen nor the extreme of the
dunya the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said in Dena useful Indeed, this religion is ease will aneasha Dena whodunnit lava lava, and no one will make the religion difficult, except that it will overcome him except that it will overpower him for Cirque de Du Bois caribou, but rather do what you can and to the best of your ability was the renewable hot watever Roja wash a minute dolger and ask for the assistance of Allah in the morning and in the afternoon and some part of the night. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this Hadith, beautiful concise in its words, yet profound in its meaning, is instructing us that this religion is is. The religion is simple. It is easy. No one
make it difficult except that the religion will overpower them. Allah subhanho wa Taala mentioned in the Quran, the story of previous nations, and in particular the story of the children of Israel, Bani Israel. Now when the prophets of Allah would come to them with commandments from Allah, they would dispute them, they would want to have a discussion about them, they would ask for more details as for it to be more specific, and so they would make things more difficult upon themselves, and the orders and commandments of a law would continue to come upon them. And each one would be harder than the previous one. That they wouldn't learn their lesson in Dina usul. The religion is is so in our
religion, we don't go to any extreme neither in the deen nor in the dunya. In the dunya. It is incorrect for a person to just chase this worldly life. If all a person does their main goal and vision and objective from the dunya is wealth and money and houses and cars, and so on and so forth. This is incorrect. If a person all they do is spent every new evening of every day with their friends, neglecting their family, their wife, their children, this is incorrect. It is an extreme. If a person all that they do is sit on Facebook and Twitter and spend all their time on social media. This is an extreme if a person all that they do is engage themselves in sports, playing
football one day cricket the next day rugby the third day basketball the fourth, this is an extreme and it is not allowed in the religion. And just as there are extremes in the dunya there are extremes in the religion as well. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned this hadith to his companions, and then to us to show that even in the religion, there are extremes in the Dena usul the religion is ease Wallonia, shared that Dena hudon illa Allah, no one will make this religion difficult, except that it will overcome them. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would instruct his companions about how to tow that middle balance path. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam was once bought a complaint by a man who prayed behind one of the most illustrious companions rhodiola one, one of the greatest companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, a man by the name of Boise blue Jebel rhodiola. One a scholar from amongst the scholars of the canyons, more I would pray Isha with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in Michigan nabawi. And then he would travel back to his own tribe in Oba and he would lead Russia there for them as well. And as he was leaving Russia, he would prolong the prayer. And no one no one would ever think that he is doing this out of spite, or out of hatred, or to make things difficult upon the people. But more is, is
enjoying the prayer. He's enjoying standing in front of Allah, praying to Allah subhanho wa Taala, reciting the Quran, bowing and prostrating in front of Allah. there behind them, there was an individual, a man who had other things to do, he was able to stand in the prayer for so long, until he came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam and he complained, or messenger of Allah more as he prolongs the prayer. Too much, it's too long for me, I can't go to the masjid anymore, because he prolongs the prayer. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gathered the companions, and amongst them was more health. And he said to them in the mean kimono feeling amongst you there are
those people who turn others away. The job of the Imam from the flick of the Imam is that he should get the people to come to the prayer, encourage them to come and pray in Jamaica in congregation. But if a person comes in the Imam is praying so long, that that person will never come back to the masjid again. He has defeated the objective of Salatu Gema. And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, be simple be easy upon the people, for indeed behind the Imam, there is the elderly, and the one who is ill, and the one who has other business to attend to be easy and gentle upon the people in the Dena use or the religion is ease the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wouldn't even
allow the companions in what is the greatest pillar of this religion after him. And what is the main foundation of this religion, the prayer without which a person can even be a Muslim, he wouldn't even allow them in this pillar of Islam, that they should prolong it unnecessarily, that they should make difficulty upon the people behind them. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, let me assure the Dena hudon illa Allah, you don't make the religion difficult, except that it will overpower you. One of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wanting to fast, wanting to fast continuously every single day.
Every single year, know that the companion had high aspirations. He had a love for the worship of Allah. He wanted to come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala by fasting throughout the year, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to him, it is sufficient for you, that you fast three days from every month, three days is enough, from every month. He said, O Messenger of Allah can do even more than this. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, then fast two days every week, Monday and Thursday, he said, O Messenger of Allah, I can do even more than this. He said, then fast one day, and don't forget the next day, one day on one day off, he said, O Messenger of Allah, I can do
even more than this. The prophets Allah, Allah, what are they He will send them said, there is no more than this. For this is the fasting of the Buddha alayhis salam, he would fast one day and take one day off, and that is the best type of fast the companion many years later, after the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he became old, and he became weak. He used to say that I regret not taking the concession of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he told me to fast three days a month, but I insisted on fasting at least half a month. And now that I am old and weak, it is difficult for me to do so. But I disliked I should leave a commandment that the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam gave to me, will aneasha Dina a hudon illa Allah, no one will do anything in this religion make it more difficult for themselves, except that it will overpower them. Now even with this, we need to balance our understanding. This doesn't mean that when a person comes and prays, they don't pray with lost sincerity. And they don't pray with their son with excellence. And they don't pray as if it is the last player to ever going to play. Does that mean that a person doesn't come and they do nothing fast? Does it mean that you don't give extra charity? Does it mean that you don't go and make more Umrah more than once or Hajj more than once in your life? No, it
doesn't mean this. But what it means is that you don't go to an extreme to the extent that your body becomes so tired, that you're unable to continue to pray, like a person who comes and they spend the whole night awake, whole night awake, praying to hygiene, but when it comes time for solitude, they're so tired, they fall asleep. They can't even stay awake for so now what they've done is taken something which is recommended and placed it over an obligation. This is the balance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is speaking about and this is why we find that the Sharia is inherently easy. The Sharia is easy this religion is is if a person can pray standing, the priests sitting. If
they can pray sitting, they pray lying down on their side. If a person can't fast, they break that fast and they make it up. If a person can't even make up the fast, they feed a poor person. The person can't give charity there is no charity upon them. For person doesn't have the physical or financial ability to go and perform Hajj there is no hedge upon them. This religion is ease. This is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam instructed us this is what he taught us. The great companions are given up your costs for the Allahu Allahu Akbar, one of the 10 that was promised Paradise by our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he felt ill in the early days of Medina, and he
thought that the illness would overcome him that he would die He would pass away. So when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came to see him, he said, O Messenger of Allah, I have much wealth, and there is only one daughter that will inherit from me. So will you allow me to give it all away and charity? Imagine this, a person on their deathbed, wanting to come closer to Allah subhana wa Taala at this time, when they think they're going to leave the dunya that there is nothing in front of them, except that he wants to give sort of a spin everything in charity. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, No, don't give all of it away in charity. He said, O
Messenger of Allah, two thirds of my wealth, and he said, No, it is still too much. He said, O Messenger of Allah, half of my wealth. He said, No, it is still too much. He said, O Messenger of Allah, then a third of my wealth, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, as follows was full of who can feel a third and that is more than enough. And then he said to display companion, sadly, BMW lacosse rhodiola. One, indeed the charity that you give during your life, that is a form of charity. And when you look after your family, that is a form of charity. And when you feed your wife, that is a form of charity. All of this is a form of charity. And it is better that you leave
your inheritors with some wealth, rather than they should go and ask people for money, stick their hand out asking them for handouts, because they're so poor, you get
All of your money away in charity. Look at this amazing balance in this religion. Look at how the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, even when someone thinks they're on their deathbed, and only Allah knows whether he would have died or not, even when a person thinks that they're on their deathbed, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam won't allow them to give more than a third in charity. Why? In Dena usul, it is a religion of balance. It is a religion of ease. Everyone has a right upon you. So my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, the question is, how do we strike that balance that balance between Deen and dunya, so that we don't go to one extreme in this or that. The
first and most important thing is to know your true objective from life, your true goal and vision from this life. Every single Muslim knows that the reason why Allah created them was that they should worship Him alone. one molecule Gina will insert Ilya Boone, not a single human nor a single gene was created, except that they should worship Allah alone. This is our vision from life. And when we know that this is our vision from life, then everything we do will be balanced. We won't attach ourselves to the dunya. Money won't be a god for us, the latest car or the latest phone, or the latest or the biggest house. It won't be a fitna for us, we will have a balanced mentality, we
will have a balanced mind, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in the hadith of Saudis teaching us that even when you're good to your family, even when you go and earn and earn a living, even when you go and spend that wealth on your family, your parents, your children, it is a form of worship. You're balancing your life, not because you want to. But because Allah has ordered you to do so. Because there is a part of your religion, because there is from the duties and responsibilities that you have from the rights that others have upon you, that you balance your life. If everyone was poor, no one worked, then where would this Masjid get its money from who would support the Dharma
who would give him charity and help the poor? And that's why Ramadan ohata rhodiola. One during his khilafah if he came into mastery, the number one and he saw young, able bodied men sitting in the masjid, he would take a stick and he would beat them. He would take them out of the machine, beating them with his stick, and he would say we don't have monks in this religion. Go and work. Look at how the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam balanced their lives. Look at how Amaro the Allahu Allah knows this religion better than anyone else. Those young men, they want to worship Allah, they want to seclude themselves in the masjid. They want to spend their day worshipping
Allah. Rama wouldn't allow them to do so. Because we don't have this concept of being a monkey in our religion. You have to go and work you have to earn a living, your wife has a right over you, your husband has a right over you, your children have a right over you, your parents have a right over you, your relatives and even the wider community. All of them have a right over you. So knowing your goal knowing your objective fearing Allah subhanho wa Taala knowing your religion it is a way to be balanced in this oma it is a way of having a balanced among the second thing is to know when to accept that there are times in this religion that religion allows for us to rest for people to
chill out for people to take it easy the Sharia doesn't expect that you just worship Allah 24 hours seven days a week. The Sharia doesn't accept expect that from you. And that's why I'm analyzer virgin, obligated the prayer upon our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in this run mirage. The prayer began with 50 prayers a day 50 prayers every single day and night. That means that you'd be playing every single half an hour more or less 27 to 30 minutes, you would have to go on off for a prayer. But from the Justice Amala from the mercy of Allah from the kindness and gentleness of Allah is that Allah then decrease that to five. The reward is still 50 but it is five in number. Why?
Because you have to go and work. Why because your children have a right over you. Why because you have other duties and responsibilities that you must fulfill. And as being humans, weak in nature. We need to rest as well. Our Eman will dip, it will become low and then it will go high.
The companion humbler rhodiola. One. He wants to walk past Abubakar Viola one and Abubakar said to him. Oh hamdulillah What's wrong with you? You look different today. Something's up. He said Oh, Baba Karnataka hamdulillah. Abu Bakr I've committed hypocrisy. Abu Bakr said, Why have you committed hypocrisy? He said, because when we're with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, our Eman is so high. Nothing can harm us. But when we leave him and we go back to our family
As our wives, our businesses, our jobs, our daily routine, our E man plummets. It's like we don't know about the author anymore. This is the companion saying this of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So but oh Abubakar, I feel that I have committed hypocrisy. Abubakar said you have spoken truly your spoken the truth. Let us go to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he's so humble and said, What's wrong? Oh hamdulillah he said O Messenger of Allah live committed hypocrisy. He said Why? He told him when I'm with you, I feel in such a high state of Eman, but when I leave you my Eman plummets. The Messenger of Allah
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Oh hon Allah, if you will always the way you are with me, if you will always in that heightened state of Eman, then the angels of Allah themselves would come down, and they would shake your hands on your roads, and in your houses and upon your mattresses. Those would seek your company. But like in your humbler, Sir tomasa. There is an hour for this and an hour for that. This is the beautiful balance we have in our religion. It is lovely policy, to want to go and play a sport, so long as that is balanced. There is not hypocrisy, to want to go and take a holiday to want to go and chill out to want to go and spend time with your friends. But so long as
it is balanced. This is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is teaching us he himself sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would come out and he would joke with his companions. He would come and he would race with his own wife Alisha. Sometimes she would win. And sometimes he would when he would come in, he would watch the companions wrestle in his own machine. And he wouldn't say anything. Under they have read. The little girls would come and they would recite enter. She'd recite poetry, and he would allow them to do so. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us how to live a structured and balanced life. So the problem is not with Islam. The problem isn't that the
religion is too hard that the Sharia is too harsh. The problem is with me and you that we don't know our religion. We don't understand our religion. We can't comprehend how to combine between these two aspects how to balance between Deen and dunya and the problem is, we don't know how to implement those teachings of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam barakallahu li walakum wa Santa Monica anyway yakushima Fie him I mean, it
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the third point in leading a balanced life in balancing between Deen and dunya is to know that even fulfilling your responsibilities, the rights that Allah has placed upon you, it is a form of worship, even when you're balancing your religion by taking care of your affairs by earning a living by paying off your bills, by fixing your car and so on the rights and responsibilities that others have upon you fulfilling those rights and responsibilities. It is part of this religion. In the dinner you saw, the religion is easy. Everyone knows the famous story of segmental faricy robiola one when he came to visit a Buddha. And he found his wife at home, and she was wearing shabby, Ill
fitting clothes. So he said to her What's wrong? And this was before the verses of hijab were revealed. She said, Your friend, Abba Dada, has no need of me. And then when a Buddha came, he presented some food to his guests, well, man, but he wouldn't eat. He said, I'm fasting. So salmaan ordered him to break his fast, he made him break his fast and eat with him. And then when he spent the night and he was going to sleep, a Buddha would stand to pray, and Solomon would say go back to sleep. And then he would stand up for a short while it's a term Go back to sleep. And then when there was only a short part of the night remaining, he stood up and he said to Abba, dada, now come
and pray. So in the morning, he said to a Buddha, oh Buddha, in Arabic Allah Akbar, one enough. sicario karateka. haka, Walia. Haleakala kapa
haka. Indeed your Lord Allah has a right upon you and your family has a right upon you and your own body has a right upon you. So give to each one, the Jew, right? A Buddha came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, O Messenger of Allah. This is what happened last night. And this is what Selman Pharisees said to me. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
Said saw the person man Selman has spoken correctly. Yes, my dear brothers and sisters, Allah has a right upon you. So you worship him. You pray your five prayers, you give your soccer you fast in the month of Ramadan, you perform the obligatory Hajj and then you perform optional, voluntary recommends to come closer to Allah. You're also you remember that your family has arrived upon you, your wife, your parents, your children, your siblings, they have a right upon you, and then your own body has arrived upon you. So you sleep and you rest during the night. You don't fast every single day of the year, you allow your body to rest, you rest your body, for there has a right upon you. So
give to each one that you write a group of people in the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam young men, they wanted to know about the worship of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So they went to some of his wives asking them, how is the worship of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, how does he pray? How does he fast and when they heard the way that he worshipped Allah, they thought to themselves, that this is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Allah has forgiven all of his sins, past, present, and future. If this is what he does, then we need to do even more to achieve the pleasure of Allah. And so one of them took an oath, that he would pray every night and
he wouldn't sleep, prayed the whole night without sleep. The other one took an oath that he would fast every day and he will never break a day of fasting. And the third one took an oath that he wouldn't get married. So they wouldn't bother themselves busy themselves with the dunya with marriage and sleep and food and drink, they would go and they would worship Allah. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam heard this, he said to them will lie in the talcum Neela. I swear by Allah that I have the most taqwa of Allah from amongst you. No one has more taqwa. No one is more pious. No one is more God fearing than me. And I pray and I sleep. I fast and I break my fast and I
get married. From a Marathi Brunson nutty, funny semi me, Whosoever leaves my son on my way, he is not from me. This beautiful Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam shows that to go to sleep during the night is a Sunnah to not fast every day of the year to eat and drink. It is a Sunnah to get married. It is a Sunnah to spend time with your family. It is a Sunnah to play with your children. It is a Sunnah we have balanced in this religion. We don't go to one extreme or another, where I want to conclude with a final point. And that is something that we all need to train ourselves to do. That whatever we're doing, whether it's earning a living, or whether it's
spending time with our family, whether it's respecting our elders, being gentle and kind to our youngsters, whatever it is that we're doing spending time with our friends, playing sports or whatever. And especially without doubt, the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala we work on correcting and purifying our intention. If a person has a plus, if when you spend time with your family, your intention is that this is what Allah has ordered. I am doing this to please Allah. It is a part of the responsibilities that Allah has placed upon my shoulders, you will be rewarded for that. If when you spend time with your friends, you're doing it to gather the bonds of unity and brotherhood to
foster those bonds of brotherhood to come closer to Allah through that friendship, you will be rewarded for it. If when you spend time at work so that you can earn a living a healthier living and spend it in a halal way and that you can give charity and help the Muslims then you will be rewarded for it. So the problem isn't that the religion is difficult that the religion is hard that we have too many Shara or too many rulings in this religion. The problem is me and you that we don't understand our religion. And we need to go back to the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to look at his life, the way that he lived, the way he interacted with his family, with his
companions with the wider community to understand the balance that is struck sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, amongst me no one understand that balance. And then we will truly understand the meaning of this hadith. in Medina, you sort of the religion is ease as Allah subhana wa Taala with his most beautiful names and his most lofty attributes, that he allows us to understand the balance of this religion. And then it gives us the ability to implement that and that he makes us from the middle and balanced nation that Allah himself has praised within the Koran. So marijuana law Morocco, he been upset person nafi Malika to Serbia to say well you have become an
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