Manners of Seeking Knowledge – Part 4
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persistence and more of the same thing sort of consistency. So persistence being serious, and consistency and him having an aspiration to accomplish something, actually something with your life or with seeking knowledge.
And this is me who you're going to see in sha Allah some of the edip and some of the benefits in fact some of the wisdom that go beyond simply an only learning Islam
it's about learning anything so it's the these principles apply to everything and they even go beyond that to wisdom about life itself and what it means etc, etc. You'll see inshallah, so he said here Rahim Allah from Allah with terminal did Dr. mala bottle one Manasa Mattila tala bill and he says the secret of knowledge, especially religious knowledge, he must be serious about it and must be consistent and must adhere to it for him to be able to accomplish anything in it. And he says a lot as it says in the Quran. He cites this as evidence he says, Yeah, here, hotel kita Baba lozenger speaking to his prophet alayhi salam, he says, Oh, yeah, here, hold on to the book. Seriously, take
it seriously. take it seriously. And then also Allah is saying or Latina, jaha do phenol, and at the end, the homes will Anna and those who strive in our path will guide them to our way. So those two is tell you something. The first one yeah, Holden kitabi. akua. Yeah, take the book seriously. There is this book, which is a large revelation that was given to YALI Salaam is this if you want to apply it, if you want to benefit with what is in it, you got to take it seriously, take it seriously in terms of what belief, not believe in it seriously. And also take it seriously in terms of practice. But it wasn't before practice, in terms of study, and in terms of understanding, so you believe in
it. And you try to understand it, and you try to extract from it the wisdom of Allah as Odin what he wants from you in it, and then practice it seriously. And any book in any profession, any way in life that is valuable. In order for it to actually bring fruit you must be take, make it take it seriously. If you don't take it seriously, you're not going to get anything from it. Right? So if someone for instance, and the book of Allah zoologists like medicine, so this is medicine that you need to take each day that a doctor will take it we'll tell you what,
be serious about this. Meaning what don't skip one day, because that's going to harm you
don't for instance, you know, think that you're not going to be able to take it and you'll be fine. No, you actually need to take this every single day. So be serious about it be serious about believing that you need it about the benefits that are in it, and are taking it every single day. So yeah, here is piano, in other words, Jani. This is not a playing matter. So anything that is important in life needs to be taken seriously and otherwise, you're going to lose it. Right? So he says Coca Cola. And then Allah as the judge says, will Edina Jihad rufina those who strive in our path will guide them to our way. So when you are learning the Quran, and learning the Hadith of the
Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that is a form of jihad or not.
That is a form of jihad learning is a form of jihad. In fact, you can say it's the basis of all other jihad, seeking knowledge is the basis for all other Jihad because not no other jihad, physical jihad, or even Jihad with your wealth can proceed without person knowing what to spend, how much to spend on on what or when to fight and the limits of fighting, right. So that basis of jihad in Islam is knowledge itself and striving to learn and striving to reform yourself. And through teaching, striving to reform other people that is the basis of jihad. And that is the greatest of jihad, that is the greatest of jihad. And the person may be able to actually achieve through teaching people
learning Islam and teaching people the level of the Shahada or even higher if they have the proper intention. So whether the ninja had a few strife, you will be guided on means what that if you don't strive, there will be deficiency in what guidance with me, there's if you struggle
Ivan Allah XPath, because seeking knowledge is not always the easiest thing to do in terms of persistence, in terms of being consistent with it. And at the same time in terms of practice is not the easiest thing. Because once you start, there always be distractions. Always be distractions. So to be able just to focus and tune everything out and just do what Allah zildjian wants, when seeking knowledge, when everybody else is just playing with life and enjoying life, but you're serious about this. That's not easy to do. Right? And the more serious the pursuit of knowledge, the less and less people will be interested in it, the more serious it is, but if it is fun and trivial, then more and
more people will be interested. But if it is really serious, then less and less people will be interested because people are willing to strive and put an effort and even understanding. It's not always available. And even when you understand to apply what you've understood, that's not always easy to select the Select among humanity are those who are guided to the practice of the religion of Allah, the agenda and the pursuit of the religion of Allah.
And then he says there's a piece of poetry he says, and if this could be read in two ways, I'll explain them in sha Allah to you The first way is better than diabetes then called omega d for heljan. Don't be logic didn't image D, right? So he says BJ then lab at the end kulu kulu match D. So this is one way of reading it. He says it is a gift from Allah azza wa jal any any accomplishment in life it is a gift from Allah budget dinner budget, then this is not simply only by your actions by your striving, but it's a gift from Allah zodion Bhima didn't budget didn't law budget did not by your effort, could you imagine every accomplishment. But then he says for hell just don't be legit
didn't be Moody, but would an accomplishment or lineage or honor that you inherit without an effort actually accomplish anything? Sue is saying here according to this reading of that verse is saying you must have two things enabled for you to accomplish anything one, a gift from Allah azzawajal guidance, success facilitation, but that needs from you effort. And if you have this effort, and Allah has guidance, then you will be able to accomplish so that's one way of reading it. The other way of reading it is BGP in labeija din kulu match D meaning that every accomplishment and honor happens through an effort of yours, not simply you being born into it.
Right. Are you born a doctor?
If your parents are a doctor, shouldn't I be able to practice?
should I be able to practice if my parents are doctors? No right? So should I be able to draw plans for buildings have my parents are architects? No. So I inherit being an island just because my family were olema?
No, even if even if our name is synonymous with knowledge. I'm son of so and so who is son of so and so. And they were scholars I'm not going to inherit this. So to be able to actually have knowledge is rigid lab rigid, meaning your effort is needed. As he says for coming up Dania Houma, chama Turin will come in Harun Yo mama karma Abdi how many a slave that are actually like free men, and how many free men are actually like slaves? And what does he mean by this? He means typically, right? At the time when they they were slavery, the slave typically is well educated or not.
What do you think? well educated, he goes to schools note has tutors and no, right? Is he skilled? It may have some skills, right? But he's generally very skilled and knowledgeable and versus No, he's not. So he says typically right? A slave does not have the opportunities that have free man will have. But he says at the same time, you will see that a person could be born a slave, but through an effort be much more intelligent than a free man.
And a free man is born a free man and he has the opportunities like somebody born today, and you have the money, the opportunity, and you have the education, the opportunity, and you can accomplish a lot all the opportunities out there. But he shuns all of that, and becomes an idiot. That's what he's talking a free man was simply like a slave or a slave was like a free man. So it doesn't matter where you come from. It's your effort that changes your situation, see become a better human being or worse human being. If Allah had given you the opportunities, but he did not take advantage of them. And then he says masala Shea and Majid Dowager. It says, if you go
And seek something and you are consistent and persistent. You'll find it. If you give up you won't. Woman Cora Alibaba, well let Joe allege, he says, I'm the one who knocks on the door and is persistent in knocking, he'll get in.
Meaning what do not give up, do not give up. And he says, becontree Matata, annata Nando Matata minute, this is true in life. As much as you strive and you get tired striving, you will be able to attain what you wish for, especially if what you wish for is hard,
is really up there, you're not going to be able to get it by simply wishing it, I want to be an alum, I want to have that skill, I want to be rich, you can dream about all of these things. But they're not going to come simply by dreaming. So you'll have to put an effort and sometimes you look at this thing. And you see, it's just a lot of work, isn't it, I don't want to put that much effort, I just rather to sit comfortably and enjoy my life. I don't want to put that effort. But yet, I want to be great and achieve greatness, he says you won't be able to have both, you'll be saying this shortly, you won't be able to have both, you want to accomplish something great, you gotta get tired
to get it. And the more that you get tired, trying to reach something great, the more that you will get it. So this is life, it's not going to give you what it has, until you pay the price and paying the price including in seeking knowledge in tabular in memorizing the Quran and memorizing the Hadith. And understanding them requires a lot of your time, a lot of your concentration. So because the the method, then Aloma determine. So the more that you get tired, the more that you can be comfortable later. And if you decide to be comfortable, now, you're going to be tired later with me. So if you decide that I want to be tired now, later on in life, but definitely in the hereafter
you're going to be comfortable. And if you decide to be comfortable, now I don't want to do this. It's hard. I don't want to do that it's difficult, then later on life or in the hereafter will be more difficult.
Now, then he has also some, some verses of poetry and there's some benefits in it. That's why I read them. He says, as you do, Nicola amarin shares he wanted Do you have the ambreen malarkey? So he said bike resistance, anything that seems far is near and everything that is closed, will open.
And he says Well, hakuho alquila hater Allah will hammer on the homogeneous collaboration. He says the person who was deserving
to be distressed is a person who has high aspirations, but does not have a lot of money does you want to do a lot, but you don't have a lot of opportunities or a lot of money to do it. And he says, and this is an interesting verse, and this is why I'm reading it. wamena, delila alcova, he will help me here evidence
regarding Allah's decree that Allah has loaded is behind everything that is happening and that there is wisdom behind it or judgment of Allah, behind everything that is happening. bootsy Labib lobby, the intelligent is having a difficult life, to live a miserable life of the intelligent and wise, we'll see what I should say and the foolish living comfortably. So the foolish having comfortable life, and the wise and intelligent having a difficult life. Then he says lack in musical hija huria Molina but the one who Allah is endows him with intelligence and wisdom, he will not attain affluence or money and wealth. But Danny their opposite yesterday, economy a yet the federal paid
opposites that they never meet.
And the last two are the ones that are interesting. He says that evidence of a lot as though it will be about being behind everything that you witness behind a lot of your effort is that you'll notice that a lot of the people who are smart and intelligent in this life are having difficult lives. Difficult in terms of what does he mean?
wealth, they're not wealthy, they're poor, they're struggling, but you find the foolish living comfortably.
So here, why does this happen? Okay, there are a couple of reasons for it. And if you think about it, you may be able to discover more. One of them is that Allah azzawajal wants you to show it wants to show us all through this is that it's not only through your effort,
but that there is someone behind who gives to fear and facilitation to some, but does not give it to others. So that approach
does not rely on his own thinking that it is by my mind and intelligent and skill, as able to get all of this. So Allah as it is saying, No, even though you are smart and intelligent, but he are not successful. So then you will learn not to trust what
not to trust what but to trust whom
not to trust yourself,
and your effort because you are intelligent, and you are that you are hardworking, and you have great ideas, but you can't make it. You can't make it.
So it means that all of these are enough or not. They're not enough, and how do you need a law surgeon. So he wants to show you that I can give without a person deserving it without a person working really hard for it. Here he is foolish, but he has a lot of money.
So to tell you that it's not always based on your efforts. So ask me if you want anything. So that's the first benefit in it. The second benefit in it is that it tells you that this dunya or being wealthy and comebacker living comfortably is not a sign of Allah's favor.
If it were a sign of Allah's favor, then those who deserve it the most should get it.
who deserves it the most the prophets of Allah, the ones whom Allah loves the most should get then be the richest of people, but Allah did not make it the richest. And those who oppose the prophets of Allah and oppose Allah azza wa jal are the ones who don't deserve any of this money and wealth. Yet they get it to tell you, for Allah azzawajal, to tell you that I don't give the dunya to those that I love, I can give it to those that I love. But I can also give it to those that I dislike, because they dislike me because they don't love me. So I can give it to you, but I take it away from you. And it's not a sign of my favorite. It can be in your hand, but it can be taken away.
And it is taken away from you. And you are a believing person, a Muslim pious righteous, the fact that Allah has taken it away from you, is actually good for you. Because if Allah takes it, and Allah loves you, Allah wants the best for you when he loves you, and he takes the dunya away from you and you can't find enough and you're struggling, understand that this struggle is part of Allah's favor on you. And that's sometimes it's hard to see. How is it that Allah azza wa jal is testing me as an alum. And if you go through the Sierra of the olema past, and maybe some in the present, but the past, you'll find that a lot of a lot of them were struggling.
But it is that struggle that shaped them and made them the scholars that they were
to be able to denounce the dounia.
To be able, you know, to know to say to it, that I don't want you I can work as a businessperson, a merchant, I can work you know, for hire, I can, but I'm not doing this. And I'm giving my time Lila azzawajal, studying this and memorizing that, to make that sacrifice and that trade is in itself. Jihad loves to go hungry and favor Allah as it is itself jihad. Similarly today, of a person, as I said before, is a person, Okay, I'm gonna end this weekend. There's some halaqa here, some Hanukkah there, there is explanation of this book, I'm going to be in the masjid, in the house of Allah azza wa jal studying this and learning it. That is difficult, that is not easy to do, because there are
101 attractions outside that can pull you and they are very attractive. And you know, you can tell yourself, you know, what am I learning here, I will actually outside I'm having fun with my friends, and I'm doing this, I'm doing that. And maybe when you're outside subpanel, I mean, maybe we can get even richer, have more connections or whatever, but in the method is different. You're not going to be as rich as you cannot be as connected as, but that is part of the trade off. That you do when you are learning the religion of Allah azzawajal is that yes, yeah, Allah, I'm doing this for your sake. And if he denies you some of the dunya you don't necessarily have to be poor. In a Salaam Sahaba.
were rich, right?
Right. Some of us have our poor, and some of us have our rich, it's not like it's rude to you to be poor and virtuous to be poor. And it's not virtuous to be rich. It just depends on what you do with this and what you do with that. But if Allah decrees you are poor, then he did not give that to you, because of a reason and if you are seeking knowledge while you're doing it, know that there is precedence and you have people before who were poorer than you, but they stuck
to pursuing what Allah azza wa jal loves,
he also a another verse of poetry system and data and to cfrp hymenoptera. He says, You wish that you become a scholar of fapy, who is able to debate and talk about this and talk about that before you dive in without effort. And he says, we'll do noon for noon. And he says insanity as of different types, meaning that he's calling this insanity. Wait a sec, this, I will merely do an AMA shortcut. And he says, earning money without any effort that you would put that you will put is impossible. So seeking or attaining knowledge without effort, how is this possible? So what he's saying is that you want to be a scholar accomplished in scholarship, but without any effort. That's
a form of insanity. This is like someone who wants to be rich without any effort. How is that possible? So anything that you want to get in life, you want to pay its price? You want to be rich? What do you do? You take your time, you take your hours, you take your life, and you sell those, and in return for what you sell, people give you money.
I'm giving you through my in my week, 40 hours, 50 hours, 60 hours or more. What are you giving me in return this per hour, you're selling your hour and you're selling your life's when you decide that you want knowledge and you gotta sell your hours, so that you will attain that.
And he also another piece of poetry, and there's quite a bit of them. And if you and if I think that they are not very relevant, I won't I will skip over them but some of them are interesting, there's some benefit in them.
What a lot of you are you'll be nasty. Eva konexial Katerina Aleta Mamiya, as the poet have said, I said, I have not seen
a more glaring deficiency ibor in people, as the deficiency of those who are able to be complete, meaning you having potential, and you not realizing that potential and living without realizing it, and someone noticed looks at it. And he say, you could do so much, but you're choosing not to do. It says that is the greatest deficiency I saw in people. There's a difference between a person being born without the inability, they are not smart enough, or they now don't have the aptitude to learn and to memorize and to understand. They don't have the opportunities, that's fine. That's not a deficiency. Allah made you and I this way we're incapable of this particular thing. And that
particular thing, and each one of us is incapable of something. We can't do everything. But when you notice someone who is able to but does not invest in the abilities that are like given them he says this is the greatest disgrace because you can see it right there. You're so smart, but you're not using it You're wasting your life or you're wasting the talents that are not that Eliza gel has given you.
And he then also says and these are sayings he says it definitely Layla jurmala to directly he Amala.
So these are some of the nice sayings that rhyme. And some of them, some of them are easy to remember he says,
Take your night or transform your night into a camel. And you will be able to reach your destination, whatever you hope for. So what does it mean to take your night as a camel, there's as you ride a camel, and you go to your destination, your nights can be used to reach your destination meaning study,
study throughout the night. I mean, in moderation, of course. But study throughout the night, when it's quiet, there are no disturbances, and consider that it will take you time, like on a camel. Right? And we don't end today we don't have patience. So we have missed that.
That the ability
or the gift of patience, that you sit on a camel, and it will take you days to reach your destination and you have to be patient until you reach that destination, we don't have that gift anymore. So if you want to be accomplished in anything, you're not going to do it in one night or in two nights or three nights. It's not going to come all at once. But consider it as a council and each night you do a little bit more and a little bit more and a little bit more by the end of the week by the end of the month by the end of the year, then you'll be able to accomplish something that is very, very significant. And consider you and if you want to make it into a project
if you're a person who is not used to reading or you have a book, lacking something that is you know, medium size, right. And you said have a book and you say to yourself I've always meant to read this
But I've never really found the time.
You know, I conduct this experiment with yourself. Okay, especially if the book is easy to read, but just conduct this experiment. Give yourself each night, just 10 minutes, 10 minutes, but specify a time, as before maglev after neglect for Asia after Asia before I go to bed, as long as before you go to bed, you're still awake, you can actually understand what you're reading and said, I'm only going to read 10 minutes each night from that book. That's it, nothing more. Can you do 10 minutes? It's pretty easy, right?
Just like that's the scanning less than the time that we spend on our phone before we go to bed, who texted me who did not who posted or did not 10 minutes, right. And that's it, but be consistent. And you will find how much you will read by the end of the month.
And the book that you thought to yourself will this I'll never be able to read this. Now, maybe in two, three months, or maybe in six months, it's done without you actually putting a lot of effort to read. But actually you did. Because you said to yourself every single night. Just conduct that experiment and see just for you to understand what he means by every bit of a little bit every night a little bit every night, you'll be able to reach your destination,
you'll be able to finish volumes and volumes if you give yourself the opportunity.
And he says and this is a verses of poetry to the for the author himself mature and yet we are mela who jumilla ferlito lado, fedorko jurmala, meaning that when he wants to, if you want to attain all of all what you want, then consider your night as a camel. And then he says, and that's one extra advice, alkyl Tomica, kita Javi, Sahara and Cheetah sahibi, enter bluehole kumala. He says, if you want to be able to have
to be alert at night, so that you can read and can study then don't eat as much.
So decrease your intake of food doesn't mean to starve yourself obviously, right? But don't stuff yourself is if you stuff your selfie becomes so full. You don't have energy to do anything else. You just simply want to sleep. But he says don't stuff yourself so that you will have the energy in fact, to study and to memorize and to read and all of that and you'll be able to reach the highest of stations.
And he says men Asana so belaid for Rockwell bobina. He says if you
toil at night, you'll be happy in the morning. If you toil at night, meaning that he really put effort at night, in the morning, you'll be happy. The Why is that? Why would you be happy in the morning,
because you can look back at it and said, say I did something last night. Right? And listen. And then that toil that pain, that fatigue that you felt last night. Now after you sleep is gone is just memory. But now what you have is a be able to I've been able to finish this much I've been able to accomplish that much. So in the morning, you will have energy and you want to do it again. Because now you have a sense of you've tasted accomplishment. Now you also want to do it again. So this is not part of the bounty, the reward that allows it just gives to people is that here, do something and you will be rewarded with it a lot. But once you know you realize how blessed you are that
you'll be able to accomplish it. He says and the secret of knowledge must be persistent in studying and in repetition in the beginning of the night. And in the end of the night. He says my opinion and he knew about what is between Muslims and Asia and the term of Sahar. Okay, the last part of the night is often Mubarak it's a blessed time. So he's talking about through experience, that is these times, especially the night when it's really calm. So he says between Muslims and Asia, okay, there is a good time for a burger in general and that is a good time for study.
And also late at night when you wake up and you're fresh and there are no distractions and you're able to read and concentrate and some people you know recommend that night for at that time for memorization, if you really want to memorize something early on early in the day. So wake up before fidget. Or if you can do it after fudger You're still early bright, and you have all your energy with you. And none of the distractions of the day have crept into your mind. You're not worried about this you're not worried about that. So memorize at that time. It says that's one of the best times to be able to study and the best times to be able to memorize
he says he I thought he beat me he says oh secret of knowledge. He says this is the some of the things that will help you Beshear in what ah
be pious of Allah azza wa jal be pious of Allah zoa did. Well Johnny be Noma and leave or avoid sleeping and over oversleeping What's rocky Sheva and also being fun
stuffed with our malodorous era to fairies who answer and be consistent in studying or in studying and memorization, do not leave this for a second or third because it is through studying the knowledge actual be attained. But the first verse has an end good advice Beshear in what he says if you are seeking knowledge,
you'll be able to attain it.
And allows it will give it to you through our piety. And in fact, we can say that this is this is true about all knowledge, and specifically religious knowledge. Because what you're asking, okay, with religious knowledge, you're asking a lot xojo to give you an understanding, you're asking a lot as though just to assist you in memorizing to assist you in remembering. So if a person sins,
then he is distant from Allah xojo and Allah will not aid him, I will not protect him from the shaytaan. So he'll be able to accomplish less and less because of his impiety. So impiety is an is an obstacle. And when a person is not pious, they sin with their eyes, they sin with their ears, they sin with their body, then those faculties of his are not equipped to actually attain the light of Allah Zoda the light that Allah has revealed in his book, and the Sunnah of his prophets of Allah said let him not be able to absorb them because they're been tainted. But if he's sincere and he stays away from the Haram, then his ability to memorize improves.
His ability to understand improves his insight into the Quran and Sunnah improve his extract his distractions, decrease his energy, and appetite to ever seek knowledge also increases. But he finds if he finds that he is wavering, and doesn't have the energy doesn't have the desire, then there is a reason behind it. And that could be what
that a person had said. And there are two verses of poetry that there are very famous and always quoted when it comes from memorization should go to a lower key into the future, then either turkey Massey, Barnaby and Alain murumuru la isla de la see, it is said to Allahu Allah, that the chef, and the chef, it was it was amazing. And memorization shafia was amazing. And memorization that to the extent right that if he's going through a book, right, he would hide one of the pages in the book because he's reading, right? So he doesn't want his eyes to steal glances at the other page and memorize it before the page that he's reading. And this is how fast he would memorize. And with
Malik Rahim, Allah right when he was a student of Imam Malik,
and he would sit and he would write, he would just, you know, I don't remember exactly, he would write on something or he would write on something that doesn't last, like let's say on sand, right? And he doesn't take anything with him home. So they thought or his, you know, colleagues companions, or maybe the shift thought, well, you're not serious, as he says, test me. So they tested him, and he memorized better than the people who are taking actual notes and taking the notes with them back home. So we had that level of incredible memorization.
So these two verses of poetry it says that check out our key I complained to a key about my inability to memorize for sure that he guided me to leaving all sin Bharani and he told me the NL Aleman on this knowledge is light. While neural law the light of Allah is not going to be gifted to a sinner. So a sinner is further away from Allah as light. So you here asking Allah as it will give me what you've revealed to your profits and understanding of it and memorization of it, but yet you said that's not going to help you. So you need to stay away from it. And of course, in addition to it, like when you are pious you're applying what you learn and when you apply what you learn. It
will be etched in your heart you will not forget it if you miss apply or you feel neglected, is gonna fly away. So you keep it in your heart you keep it in your mind by applying the very thing that you have learned this is how it stays and he says we don't even know motor uchimura you know don't oversleep and don't overeat, etc, etc.
Another verse of poetry he says in and this is
any adds to that matters or what is important in knowledge, what a Yamaha data defect Dyneema in a lotta dumo isn't take advantage of your young age, because that is not going to last for long.
So when you're young, what do you have? What's the advantage that you have versus someone who's older? The older when you get older, you're going to have certain advantages, but when you're younger, what is the advantage that you have when it comes to seeking knowledge?
What is it
You said, someone pointed here you have time. That's right. So let's go with that. First Do you have time, not as many distractions, as when you get older. So when you get older, you get married, you have kids, you have debts, you have this, and you have that. So when you're younger, if you take advantage of it, you have less distractions, and more time to dedicate to knowledge. So time.
Health, definitely. So you have more of your health with you. And you have more energy, that's included under health, you have more energy to spend on this, and on that we're going here and going back or you know, staying up or whatever. When you get older, you get more tired. Sickness starts to assault you. But before that, you have health, and you have that energy.
And you point it to your head. And that's that's true clarity of mind.
Connected to time, clarity of mind, when you're older, you're thinking about so many things. And we maybe we can add to it. Also some patience. Maybe when you're young, you can be more patient.
Maybe more patient when you're older, you got you have some elements of patience, but you lose, you lose another element of it. So you're not as patient as before. And one significant one is the ability to memorize.
So you can really memorize when you're young, but you lose that ability when you're older. It doesn't mean that it vanishes. It's just memorization is like a muscle. memorization is like a muscle. If you don't exercise it, it goes weak.
If you exercise it, it regains its strength. So if you are in your 60s and 70s, and 80s, it doesn't mean that you can't memorize. You've heard of example of people in their 60s and 70s and 80s memorizing the Quran. Right? So is it ever too late? Never, ever, never ever it is as long as you are breathing. It's never late. It may be more difficult later on. But it's not impossible, and it's not late. But that's what he's saying is take advantage of your youth when you're young, because then you'll be able to accomplish more in them. And then when you get older, you'll have more advantages. You have experience you have wisdom that you'll be able to, you know, coupled with
whatever you have learned an extract from it, valuable treasure has been the last origin and he says at the same time, right? He's pushing you he says you know, don't overeat don't oversleep be persistent, you know, toil and all of that. But he says and also, don't overwork yourself in a way that weakens it.
Don't overdo it. So that this will stop you from seeking knowledge or for stop you from worshipping Allah azza wa jal, but you use caution or gentleness and kindness in this because gentleness and kindness is a great principle. That is he's telling you be what balanced, be balanced. Sometimes you really enthusiastic and you really want to accomplish a lot and you put on yourself more than you when you can bear and you collapse. He says no, that's not the way But seek moderation. Seek moderation. Feed your body and feed your mind. Give some time to Allah azza wa jal, but then when you're done, you can't study anymore. You can't memorize any more stuff. You don't keep to have to
do this. Every hour of the day, stop and do something else that is useful. And if there's halal entertainment, go for halal entertainment, go for physical exercise, go and play basketball and this, do that so that you're able to come back and study some more. So always have this balance in your life. It doesn't mean that I'm a student of knowledge. I'm a student of logic, knowledge every single hour of the day, or a person of data I'm doing data every single hour of the day that I've never really had fun, no, I do this and I do that right. And I gave you the example before of the Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. In their day, I said that
in the morning after fidget, they will sit with the Prophet sallallahu Sallam meaning in the message of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam would be in his masala till sunrise and the Sahaba will be in their masala till sunrise remembering Allah azzawajal then after they pray, they sit together and they talk about their past j Leah a funny stories in them. So they'll be laughing and the prophets of Bollywood cinema will be smiling. So this is here it's an interesting mix between both happening in the message of Allah xuejun one remember Allah there is federal and then afterwards there's reading Koran remembering Allah zildjian each doing you know his his thing. once they're done, they come
together and they socialize and they talk. So it doesn't mean that if a prophet is a prophet of Allah azza wa jal means that he's giving Dawa every single minute of the day. That doesn't work. If you are a human being you need sir our sir
Some time like this and some time like that, and he sets a lot of us alum.
He says Allah in the header Dena Mateen, for all the fee. But if he says this, this religion is vast,
and is strong, vast and big and strong fellow will fee, delve into it gently
just like to see
what happens with the sea, you see it and you say you get so excited. And some of us know how to swim. And some of us don't know how to swim. So before knowing how to swim, you just want to go and swim, what happens to you, you drown, you drown in it, or you know how to swim, but you decide this is the sea, I want to go to the end.
You don't see where the end is, but you just go, and you keep swimming, and swimming and swimming until you get so tired. And then what happens? You also trail. So this is religion is like that, there is so much of it. Just take one field, just one field of discipline of study.
There is so much in it, that if you just decide I want to know everything or physically, you know, in a week or in a month, you're gonna drown in fifth. And what does it mean to drown in fifth? That is to say, I hate this, I don't want to do this anymore. It's just it's way too hard and too complicated. But you and I have made it complicated. Why? Because we went into areas we're not ready for yet. I have not learned to swim that deep. But I want to swim that deep. And you say it's so complicated, and so dry. And so this and though that will Who told you not ready for it yet, take out either you can dry dry dive so deep in Akita, you come out confused, well, Who told you that
you're ready for this stage yet, you're not ready for it. So you need to take it in stages. So this all religion seeking knowledge is included. But this all of religion is the same practice of religion is the same. You You're this, you know, you just have come back to Islam, or just accepted Islam.
So I want to do everything.
In the beginning, you can take an honor yourself, I'm doing this, I'm doing this and doing this in a month or two months, or in six months, or in a year you're doing nothing.
Because it just gonna simply backfire on you because you're not ready to carry all of this. So it says what, take it gently. So the one who seeks and wants to seek knowledge all at once, knowledge will run away from him all at once. But if you take it once a day slightly or a little bit each day, then that will accumulate. And that will stay with you. And there will be more likely for you to be able to continue because you want to do more of it the next day and the next day. And the next day. If you find yourself taking so much of it that you say I'm tired of it. Okay, I'm bored, then you know that you've reached your limit, or maybe beyond your limit, and you need to retest
what any what you're studying and how you are studying.
There was something I wanted to say. And it's I want to see if it was here, or there. No, no. So yeah, maybe it was here. So the one thing you know, that I wanted to add is that he's saying be persistent and keep knocking and Nick keep knocking and keep knocking. Now how do you know the difference between
pursuing something that is of value, and you're supposed to pursue but it's hard and difficult, but you never get what you're not giving up? Because you want to get it and that thing is yours and will be yours and pursuing something that is of no use or is not going to be yours? meaning you're trying and trying but you're not seeing a fruit yet. When do you know how to stop and when do you how do you know when when do you know when to stop and switch to something else? Or when to keep trying? And you know pursuing this thing until you get it just like the example knocking on the door until you are allowed in some doors are not going to open and some doors are going to open you follow me.
So, how do you know the difference between I should keep at this until I get it or I should quit and try something else? Because this thing is not mine.
You know this will low alum through istikhara and st Shara praying to Allah as origin and consulting people around you. Because in some of these areas, no one can tell you for sure you should stop this and do something else. That may be difficult, you know, the some of the early accomplish you know odema some for instance, for instance, a person goes and pursues Hadeeth let's say or goes or so little fella finds it very difficult, tries and tries it tries finds it very difficult. And they switch to grammar or to switch to something and they excel in it and they become among the leaders in that field.
So here, Allah azzawajal Subhana, Allah did not facilitate or guide or assist in this area, but another area, they became imams in it. If they were to continue knocking on this door, it was never going to open or if it opens, they're not going to be able to do much with it. But they switch to another field, another study and the Excel. How do you know? Well, that lies into the unseen, the hidden? How do you know?
You don't know, unless you do these two things. One is taharah. You asked Allah azza wa jal? Should I keep doing this? Is this for me? And this applies to anything in life, by the way should I do this? Is this for me?
And then you go and ask the experts, the wise, I've been pursuing this for this long doing this, this this this? Is this for me? Should I do it? Should I change? So you ask the experts and you ask Allah azza wa jal? And if you keep asking, what will happen?
What will happen? Allah will guide you, if you keep asking and you really keep asking and keep you keep Allah will guide you to what is best for you. If it is this thing, that Allah will open doors for you. And if it's not, that you're going to switch to something that will benefit you and will be for you. So there any sometimes no one person will have the answer, you'd have to go back to Allah xojo. And you need to ask him, plus also our consultation, of course.
And he also says, He says Allah de Ll asmita de la Mo, he says, without the alcohol caramel macchiato, he says in proportion to the people of determination, they will get what they want. And in proportion to the people of honor, they will receive honor, or double mafia in his solo ad see hautbois He says, In the eyes of the little person or little man, little things are great. But in the eyes of the great person, great things are small. What he means by it is that if a person is a little in the sense of what have no aspirations, he has no aspirations at all, and no desire to put any effort. The small things are
big, it's a big accomplishment, or I can't do this. I can't do this. This is just way beyond me. Why? Because I have no aspiration, no desire to put an effort in doing anything. So even the small thing becomes so big, but for the people who have this desire to accomplish and do great things, have him even the great things become small
and achievable. So he's saying that have this him have this aspiration. LG duel him to the idea. He says, if you're him, if your aspiration if your intention is he brings it gives the example. He says I want to study or memorize the books of Mohammed Ahmed Hassan, one of the
Hanafi scholars, he says, and if you do this, walk around a bit, because this is your aspiration. And you couple this with an intention, persistence and consistency. You can read or memorize most of them, or at least half of them. But if you only have aspiration, but no effort, or an effort, but no aspiration, you're not going to get anything, says Where do you want to go? So he's telling you to aim high, the highest that you can.
What is it that you want to do? It says if you say I want to memorize this is the example I want to let's say for instance, this is the Quran you say to yourself, I want to memorize the Quran. If you put your limit that I want to memorize just
okay, this is this is your limit? How much of it? Are you going to memorize?
The best is what? Just the worst is what? Maybe nothing. Or if you memorize 120 5% half of a juice. That's it, you're not going to do much what because this was my goal, my goal is just
but if you say to yourself, Why Why is memorizing the whole Quran beyond me? Why is it?
What am I What am I lacking? If I ask a lot to assist me? I don't I don't it doesn't matter whether you know Arabic or not, you can read Arabic or not does not matter. But you say I can ask a lot as though just to assist me and if Allah azza wa jal says Yes. Can I do anything stop it? No. And if I put as much effort as I can, what is stopping me from memorizing the Quran?
So what is my intention now to memorize what?
The whole thing so if you make your intention to memorize the whole thing, you're likely to memorize the whole thing or if not
Most of it, because that's the end. But you need with this plan, you need, what?
effort? It's not like, like one day, I want to
memorize the Quran one day, when is that gonna happen? One day I want to go to space. Right?
I haven't applied. I don't I'm not physically fit. I'm not even exercising, I don't know how but one day I want to go to space is always going to remain a dream.
But it's not going to be reality. So memorizing the Quran is easier than go into space. So you say I want to memorize the Quran. Good. Now, what are the practical steps that you're going to take to memorize the Quran or to read the Quran stuff, see, or to memorize the Aldo salia him, whatever it is that you want to do or read, or whatever it is that you want to do. But if you say I want that, and you're serious about it, you say, Okay, now that I'm seeing, okay, what am I going to do today and then tomorrow and after to be able to reach that goal, and you take the steps, and then you'll be able to do it. So don't be as they say, demean yourself or belittle yourself that the Quran
Enough said don't put yourself down and say I can't see I can and I want to do it, and inshallah Lola assist me because I will, can I keep asking him and I will do my best.
And the beautiful thing, beautiful, beautiful thing is that if you die on the path
of trying to do something, it will be counted as if you have done it as long as you are trying.
As long as you're trying. And this is beautiful in anything any religious thing that you want to do you know that our right
you know, I don't know who's working on our or who's working on teaching people. Let's say like, you're inviting non Muslims to Islam, you know, and says, Okay, what is your intention? So my intention is I want to just guide one person, a beautiful to guide one person, but why is that your intention?
What should your intention be?
with a Himba more Come on, give me a number. Hmm.
Hold of Toronto, by yet. All of Toronto, right? million plus. Right? Yeah, yeah, yeah, million people or more, why not make that your intention? Like actually seriously your intention? because who knows? Subhana Allah if you actually make that your intention, and you pray to Allah azzawajal. And you start thinking about it and talking to other people that somehow allow will open a door like this for you.
And from it, you'll be able to do some of that. Who knows. And maybe you won't be able to see this while you're still alive. But you have created the path, the work the framework or the groundwork for that to happen.
So you're dead. But the people are benefiting from what you are doing and then just cashing in right? while you're in your under that and you're just getting all those people accepting Islam because of an intention that you had. I want a million people to accept Islam. Because once you start actually being serious about it, you get excited, isn't it? This is this is a possibility. Yeah, it is a possibility. Now start thinking about ways to do this. And it could be anything I want to help people in the community I want to have the youth I want to help the elderly think really big think really, really really big. And then of course when you're going to start planning for it,
you're going to start planning small, but with that goal in sight, I want to do something big.
At least when we die, it will be that we die Why Allah Xhosa has written that we are pursuing that goal
and so shall advanta Rahim Allah you know when you know either two pieces of poetry used to repeat by Imran case, Becca sahibi llamada
de una hora CON LA County because Allah subhanaw taala hola Takenaka in Amano. How will you can I wanna move to Fernando? He says him Okay. So this companion he says while we are on the path to go and meet
Caesar, okay, the Roman Emperor. So he says he said how long the path was and how difficult their task was. He says he started crying
for too long who I told him Do not cry. That's up. Yeah, you know, get in the manual, how will old cases we're going there to retrieve our power, our kinship. So either we reach or we die, and the excuses for trying. It does not matter whether we reach or not. This is what the shape was saying. This is what I want. This is what I'm you and I want it doesn't matter.
Whether we reach or not, it matters that we're on what? The path trying. So either we reach hamdu lillahi, Rabbil aalameen, or we die no mood for not adara they'll excuse us that we at least we tried
to we tried on the path. The problem is that when we don't try we give up even before trying. So you need to try so okay, what is your aspiration? So not this insha Allah be something that we get from this halaqa tonight if you get this from it, and it handed inaudible me? What is your aspiration in life? Have one, and I want you to really think be really, really, really, really big. Okay, beyond you, beyond you, I can only do this beyond you think not be my la COVID. But denial, you're probably not, you know, what is appropriate for you? What is appropriate for Allah xojo that he can give? So what is it that you want to do? So think really big? in your field in your area? I want to do this.
And if you don't know, ask Allah zildjian for that, like, I don't know exactly what is it, this or that? ask Allah to grant you that insight. And keep asking, he'll give it to you. And then once you have it, and it fills you with excitement, and you have hope, then you start now planning, how is it that I can accomplish this. And as I said, start small. But always with an eye for that big thing that you want to do, every small thing that you're doing is building up towards that big thing. And consult if you're not sure about it consult.
So he says, here's this story. And he says, and it may not have happened, but just the moral of it is that it says that the codename the one that allows of dimensions in the Koran. He says when he wanted to travel and control the east and control the West, he says consulted with the scholar or the wise people around him. So he has a counsel. And he consulted with them. And that's here the importance of consultation, even if you are very wise. He says, How do I take this? Why should I travel seeking this amount of power. And this world is fleeting, indeed, you know, this is something that is foolish, these are not high aspirations, meaning that if I'm going put all that effort to
travel east and travel west, simply just to have physical control of something in this life, or whatever I'm going to gain I'm going to lose. So what kind of aspiration is this? This is low aspiration, not high aspiration. So they told him go and travel to seek the power of this life and the hereafter the bulk of this dunya but the bulk of the hero, so he says yes, this is better. And don't make your intention only this dounia. They're telling him because of course as he said, Whatever I get from it, this is going to leave. But he says make your intention that whatever you're going to get here is for the sake of the hereafter he says that stays he says yes, that's an
aspiration. That's him something that will never leave me. And he said so Allahu Allahu wa Salaam, Allahu your head Wilma, alien malarkey, where your crucifix if Safa is Allah as though the loves the loftiest of manners and hates the lowliest of them. So any manner this is, you know, incredibly comprehensive, and you can take it and buy it you measure anything that you say and anything that you do
the noblest of character, what is considered noble in Islam, and then what is considered normal among people in your society that does not contradict Islam, that is the noblest of character that allows Odin loves. So if you find this is how a person adopts good character first he learns good character from the Quran and the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and what is the lowliest of characters from the Koran and from the sin of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So, you know that religious boundaries and parameters, this is what is right, what is this is what is wrong, then you look into your own society and you consider what they consider to be noble and what they
consider to be ignoble. So, you take what they consider to be noble, if it does not contradict something Islamic, you also adopt that as well. Right? And if they would ever be considered to be low, if it does not contradict Islam, you avoid that as well.
So this is how you actually attain the best of character, so that among people hamdulillah you are always aspiring to be the person with the greatest character not to impress, but to please Allah as
I'm just seeing here.
this one verses of poetry is is for attaching to America was the demo, etc, etc. inshallah he says, Yeah, and he basically Don't be impatient in whatever you want to accomplish with the demo family.
lassika Mr. De Mie. He says when you want to fix something, when you want to fix it one of your sticks, this is the way that they used to do it, they would take the sticks and they will put it on the fire and be patient patient until it is smooth. So he says anything of importance that you want to fix that you want to use later. It takes time for it to actually
be fixed. So he says, be patient with yourself and be patient with whatever you do and don't procrastinate and do not.
Let go and be always be consistent.
Now, so skip a little bit here, avoid laziness, etc, etc. So we'll we'll skip over that. He says rhodian aka Metallica, buddy phenol, and a moon will add an image. He says we are satisfied with how Allah zildjian has divided his favours, we have knowledge, but our enemies they have money. But he says for Indian Malaya and Caribbean but the money will soon depart. We're in an AMA of Kala is Allah but knowledge remains and does not leave. That is when you find yourself that Allah Xhosa had given you if it happens that I'd given you knowledge but not wealth, or wisdom but not prestige in this life. Don't think that you've been denied because these worldly things do not stay. So this is
not an indication of real favor. If someone is rich, or someone is famous, that in itself could be a curse, by the way. And when you look at some people on from the outside, and you see how impressive their life is so and so is rich, so and so's famous so and so can go here and go there and buy this and buy that, that in itself could be a curse, because they have these things and they don't know what to do with them. So if that ends up destroying their lives, it really ends up destroying, eating, eating them up on the inside. And they became become Subhanallah addicted to this and depressed because of that these are real problems. So all of these things that I've given you didn't
help actually increase your trouble. So he says that all Deena we are satisfied with what Allah has given us because we understand as these other gifts and gifts, especially when you don't know what to do with them. But if Allah has given you knowledge, it's remains with you. How long does it remain? It remains with you here it goes with you in your grave. Right.
And it goes with you when you are resurrected, it is still with you.
So the people of knowledge in this dunya are the people of knowledge in the hereafter that does not leave them but the rich here
there's no money over there. Right? So you don't you don't get to keep that but the knowledgeable here as people need them here as people need them here. People also need them in the hereafter as well.
And he says here he says Ajay Luna Mustafa Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali Muna emetophobia, he says the ignorant are dead before their death. And the knowledgeable even if they die, they're still alive. And that is very interesting. So someone dies, and he's a scholar. And he has died for more than 1000 years, and you're still talking about him. You still quote what he says. And you still make up for him? Right?
While an ignorant person who's still alive, but his life is like death, because it produces no benefit. What's the difference between the dead and the living? What's the difference between them, the dead can bring no benefit, can bring no benefit, cannot benefit themselves and they cannot benefit you but the living can serve a person is ignorant, and he's still alive. And he does not benefit anyone around him and does not benefit even himself but brings harm that's worse than the dead or not. It's worse for that person. If Allah does not rescue him, if that person does not wake up, living is worth worse than death. Because the longer that he lives, the more that he earned
something that destroys his life and brings him Allah's anger. So it says if you are not alive, if you are not knowledgeable, you're living like the dead. You're living like the dead. You don't know what's right. You don't know what's wrong, your heart is dead, but you don't know that. You're, you know, harming people around you, but you don't care. That is a dead person, but in the image of a living person, whereas people in their graves, they can be as if they are alive.
And he says also here Hayato COVID elements of tanimoto LBJ don't question him who is the life is really the life of the heart and He says the life of the heart is a knowledge. So seize that and the death of the heart is ignorance so avoided and Subhanallah that
It's true that is that true love true life is the life of the heart. And true death is the death of the heart not of the body.
So what the reason why we are learning and we're supposed to be learning all of this is because it can affect our hearts can change them can make it better or closer to rumble. And I mean, it can affect our behavior because their heart there is a sensitive, sensitive to a loss command sensitive to the good and bad things that is happening to him sensitive to people's needs. That's a hard That is a lie. But when the heart is dead, it's insensitive to all of this doesn't care if people are suffering or not doesn't care if Allah is happy or not, doesn't care if he's on the right path or not. That's the dead heart. So the living the living or the life and the death of the heart is what
Allah azza wa jal loves, right?
And let's see inshallah here.
Yeah, he mentions here in some of some of the verses, he says how it is that through knowledge, that people will be able to intercede on the day of judgment and extract people from hellfire. So if you attained this knowledge you've attained all good in this dunya and in the app here are really this is all good, Who else wants to quit early. And he says, interestingly, here who among several earlier Sahiba That is, if Allah grants you knowledge, that is the highest position that you can attain, he then needs to Whoa, whoa, wouldn't be holding Manasa he says if you attain that don't care about losing other positions in life don't care so and so has the title so and so has the
position so and so has the salary and you look at it sometimes sometimes you say, I could have been that right I could have been this famous people could like you give me this title before my name people could have respected me be all of these things. And sometimes he could be weak and you know, wish for it. He's saying, if a lot gives you what he loves, forget about titles and forget about, you know, worldly positions. It's that's not what's important in fatica dunia while t Boone aimia. It says if if you miss out on the comfort of this life, and the luxuries of this life for commit, I look the other way or close your eyes. Don't look at it. For in an email, hey, you're on my way
because Allah has given you the best thing alive, giving you the best thing. And it is to penalize as a part of ingratitude to Allah as though did that allow it give you something beautiful, and you turn away from it and wish for something inferior, something you know a lot worse than it says that's not the way to thank Allah azza wa jal, sometimes the dunya is going to come and knock, or you look at something in it, and you would wish for it. And if I just had pursued it, I would have been would have been this and this and this and that in this dunya, I missed out on being rich and having a big home and having a title. And having I don't know what
this is, I missed out on all of this. But you have not really missed out on on any of it. If Allah gives you what he loves, then you've got everything. Because Allah can compensate you for everything.
And he says, you know, so
for me about on earth hero, he says when you
seek knowledge, and this is something to keep in mind that it has its own beauty and its own satisfaction and its own sweetness, the beginning of seeking knowledge, when you learn something new, when you discover a question, prior an answer to a question that you always had, you solve a complexity, you are able to answer a controversy, through seeking knowledge if there's an immense satisfaction in it. So there's beauty in it in the beginning, and beauty in it in the end, and the one who tastes the sweetness of seeking knowledge, that itself will become an incentive. Then he says and this is the last thing inshallah will mention. He says,
people can become lazy and this laziness could happen because he mentioned he goes into some biology because of phlegm and mucus, and moisture in the body, etc, etc. But anyway, that does not matter as much. What matters is that some of the advice that he gives, he says you can control laziness by eating less. Again, not starving yourself, but by eating less. And he says also using the seawalk because using the seawater is the son of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he says and reading the Koran. And the ricotta clearly at least says how do you can you eat less. He says you look at the benefits of eating less than the harms of overeating. Being that the less that you eat
as long as the what you eating is balanced is as you will be healthier. And then you're not going to have to pursue the dunya more and more because the more avarice you have, the more that you have to pursue the dunya because you have to pay for your own craving
If I have to eat the best of food, I have to earn a lot of money to pay for that habit. If I have to write the best of cars, I have to earn a lot of money to pay for that habit. So he says, If you eat less, if you separate from the dunia up to a degree, then you don't need as much of it as can. Well, he thought, you're not going to love the money as much so you can give away some of it to those who need it. Though he says, For our own from our own from our own, he says disgrace, disgrace, disgrace for someone who toils in this dunya simply for food.
And if you think about it, if you're not toiling, if you're not working hard in this dunya for the F era, you're working hard for food, isn't it?
You think about it.
And you want to be famous for what?
Right? And be able to be rich, right? And you're being rich for what to pay for the necessities and what is the greatest of those necessities is to eat. So you basically that you're living and working and working and we're just to eat and eat. So he says Think about it, What a disgrace that Allah had made you this special human being special creation of Allah. And the only thing that you're living for is because I want to eat I want to eat I want to eat right meaning satisfying this desire, there's nothing more and greater than that. You lived your whole life because I just simply I was hungry and I wanted to eat I thirsty and wanted to drink. That's it and I wanted to own some, you
know, beautiful things. Simply that he says that's a disgrace, you have wasted your life.
And then you look at you know, the problems with overheating this, this this then, you know, abroad, it gives you sickness, and it also makes you dull, dull in a sense that you're not not sharp enough to be able to read and understand walk a little bit now to the world fitness, over eating or being fat goes away with intelligence. So that mean in a sense that the more that you eat, the less that you'd be able to study less be able to think and less time that you'd be able to give to serious matters, in addition to a fee on it level, not any wasting money as well. And eating beyond you know what you need his complete arm, he's it, he says in it. So in generally any This is the end of it
insha Allah for this chapter. So in general, he is saying that, be persistent, aspire to achieve great things. Put the effort to achieve those things. And also leave the distractions, which includes you know, oversleeping over eating, being lazy, not having a plan, whatever it is that you want to accomplish in life as long as it pleases Allah azzawajal put an effort so that you can achieve it and ask for support. But don't just simply ask for support and do nothing. Ask for support and have a plan for it.
So we're close to Asia, but not there yet. So you have any questions about anything
that we said today?