Ali Albarghouthi – Spend From What You Love To Attain Love

Ali Albarghouthi
AI: Summary © The importance of love and passion for one's life is emphasized in Islam. Small steps towards achieving a complete understanding of one's love are emphasized, including purifying one's love for the duniya and restraining faith. The importance of character and Kindness to family members is emphasized, along with the need for learning and practicing to achieve a specific goal and avoid destructive behavior. The importance of remembering to use the dunya in the context of the d union and not being a victim is emphasized, along with the concept of Zuhud and showing gratitude towards the d union.
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We have reached hadith number

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38 in the series,

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And the title of this chapter is spend

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from what you love to attain love.

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So spend

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from the very thing that you love in

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order to get the love of Allah

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And the hadith of this chapter

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is the story of Abu Talha

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and his famous

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donation.

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So

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it's reported here

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When the ayah

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was revealed,

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you will not attain bir righteousness,

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piety,

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until you spend from what you love.

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Abu Talha

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came to the prophet

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and he said, Oh,

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You Rasulullah,

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Oh Messenger of Allah. Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala

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said in his book

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You're not going to attain

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righteousness until you spend from what you love.

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And the most beloved of my wealth to

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me is

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Bayruha.

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So there was a garden

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that belonged to Abu Talha.

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He said,

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among all the things that I own, this

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is a thing that I love.

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It was actually interrupting. It's gonna comes in.

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Okay.

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I hope it stays.

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So it was a garden that belonged to

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him

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that the Prophet would

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love to enter,

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seek shade in,

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and drink from its water.

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It was a garden, and it had a

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well in it.

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So Abu

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Talha

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loved this the most.

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So he said,

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So he says, so this garden

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I will give to Allah Azzawajal and to

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the Messenger

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I am seeking

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its reward

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and its investment

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in the next life.

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So place it, O Messenger of Allah, wherever

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Allah

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wants you to place it.

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To the prophet alaihi sallahu wa sallam, he

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said, Bahia abuqalha.

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He says, Wonderful

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or How amazing.

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This is.

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This is money

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that is worth well spent.

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That is money that is well spent.

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That is profitable

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wealth.

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And then he said, Alayhi Salatu Wasallam,

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So he said, we accept it from you

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and we return it to you, so give

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it to

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the relatives,

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your relatives. So Abu Talha

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donated it to his relatives.

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So Abu

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Talha when he

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heard this ayah,

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you're not gonna attain righteousness until you spend

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from what you love,

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he rushed to the prophet, alaihis salatu wasalam,

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and he said among all the things that

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I love, I love this the most, my

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garden, which is a garden that the prophet

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would frequent.

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And so he said because I love this

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the most,

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I wanna give this to Allah Azzawajal. Take

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it and do whatever you want with it.

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Whatever Allah tells you to do with it.

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And the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam praised that

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donation, that sacrifice. It says, this is a

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profitable

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transaction, a winning transaction, what you have done.

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We take it and we give it back

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to you in the form of what? Distribute

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this to your needy relatives.

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Now

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to begin with, right,

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Abu Talha radiAllahu anhu did not have to

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give this thing.

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Right? If you think about it. And it

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was not

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a must,

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it's not an obligation.

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And if he even felt that he wanted

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to give something, he did not have to

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give

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the thing that he loved the most,

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right? He could have given anything,

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like he could say, list all the property

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that he owned.

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You say, I can give this but I'll

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keep the things that I love the most

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with me.

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But he sacrificed what he loved

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for a specific reason.

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And that is he understood

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that you will not be able to actually

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achieve

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Bir, as Allah said in the aya, until

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you give

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from what you love. And since he wanted

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the most of it, he had to give

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the best of it.

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And that will, by the way,

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today, wallahu 'alam, it is within the parameters,

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the borders of the expansion

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of the prophet's mosque in Medina.

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If I am not mistaken,

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if you remove some of the carpets in

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the expansion

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in

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the Masjid, you will find a circle

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to denote and mark where that

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garden and that well was.

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So it's no longer there.

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But it was close to the Masjid of

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the Prophet So

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Abu Tal Haniw, I love this the most

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and this is something that the Prophet loves

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the most. So he comes into my garden

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to drink from its water and then rest.

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He would love it more because of that

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but then he said I'm gonna give this

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up for Allah Azzawajal.

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And it tells you that it is easier

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to sacrifice

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something

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for another that you love.

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It was possible for him to give this

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up, though he loves it, because he loves

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something else more or he wants something else

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more. And that is really the premise of

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a sacrifice. You will not be able to

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sacrifice a thing or for a thing unless

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you love it more or you want it

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more.

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So

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why are the 2 connected?

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Spending from what we love

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And then iman

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or taqwa or bir. Why are they connected?

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Well,

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we understand before, Kenneth, we answer this question

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directly,

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let's answer it indirectly.

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Now, we understand how much

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we love the duniya, this world,

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which is something that is

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planted in us,

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and is mixed with our genes.

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And Allah, Azzawajal,

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not only does He say that we love

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the dunya, but we love it immensely.

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So Allah

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for instance said,

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And you love wealth and immense love.

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So it's not just love

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and it's not just,

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you know, a lot of love but Allah

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repeats

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it That in itself is emphatic.

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Jannah is also to emphasize that it is

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really intense.

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It's in your heart. It's what you think

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about. It's what you want. It's what motivates

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you.

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And this love, by the way, does not

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go away

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with age or time.

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In fact, you could say the opposite.

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So

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Rasulullah

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said,

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He says, The heart of an elder

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is still young

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and it's love for 2 things:

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long life

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and love of wealth,

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meaning

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your body could age

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and as it ages it weakens

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so you physically become weaker, right?

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The heart and its love for the dunya

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does not age, it remains youthful,

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meaning strong.

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It continues to love to live long

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and to have money.

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So you don't think

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that love of wealth or love of the

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dunya

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will fade with time. No. It actually either

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stays or it intensifies.

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And

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if that's the case

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and if that love is out of control

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as it often is,

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like, unless there is

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control exerted,

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applied

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to restrain our love for the dunya,

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it will run rampant

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without restraint.

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And the prophet told

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us

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to illustrate

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the danger

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of that

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love when it is so intense.

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He said

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So he said,

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2 hungry wolves

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set loose among sheep

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will not do more harm

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to it than the harm of one's desire

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for wealth and recognition

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does to their religion.

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So here the prophet, salal alaihi wa sallam,

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is giving an image. 2 hungry wolves

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set loose among sheep. What do they do

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to them?

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They slaughter them.

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They soak

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the earth with their blood. They don't leave

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anything alive.

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So that is like total carnage,

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total destruction.

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That's what they do, right? So he said

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the same thing

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your love for money and love for recognition

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and fame will do to your religion. It's

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the same thing.

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If you don't restrain it like those wolves,

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those wolves

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are so ferocious

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and so hungry, they'll destroy everything. So if

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you really love

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money and it's unrestrained,

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love recognition,

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fame, praise and it's unrestrained, what will it

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do to your faith, to your religion? It

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will destroy it completely

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because if you have to do anything haram

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to get it, you will do it. If

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you have to ignore any commandment of Allah

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Azzawajal, you'll ignore it. If you have to

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disbelieve, you'll disbelieve in order to get money

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or be famous,

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in order to get power.

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So he said, Alaihi Wasallam,

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it will destroy

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you. It will destroy you.

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And

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wealth,

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therefore,

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is a great test

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is a great test, especially for the Ummah

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of Muhammad

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He said,

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He said, Every Ummah has a fitnah. Every

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nation has a fitnah. The fitnah of my

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Ummah is money,

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Meaning other things are fitness. Yes.

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But in particular,

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money

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is one of the most intense fitness the

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the Ummah will have to go through.

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And if you understand it to be one

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of the greatest fitness that we will encounter,

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in addition to the immense love that we

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have for it, to the immense, in addition

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to the fact that we tend to exaggerate

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in the pursuit of wealth

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and that could destroy our religion, you'll understand

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that

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it could destroy your faith.

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And in order to grow your faith, grow

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your iman,

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grow your love for Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala,

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you would have to detach yourself from it.

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You have to restrain it. You have sometimes

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even to run away from it in order

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to run away from its destructive effects.

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And the problem, of course, with wealth

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is that a lot of people equate wealth

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with God's blessings,

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God's satisfaction

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and pleasure with them

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or they don't really care about that

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and as long as they are being blessed

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with wealth, they feel that their life is

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going well.

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They don't question what they're doing

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they don't question their path in life.

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Only when they start

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to lose money, to lose status,

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to face setbacks in life, do they go

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back and question what is happening to them

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and why it's happening?

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And a lot of people, unfortunately,

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when they look

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at the non Muslims or the people who

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are sinful in general,

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enjoying the bounties of this life that becomes

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a great fitna to them

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because they say, how come

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they are so sinful,

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so disobedient,

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yet so blessed

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and seemingly so happy?

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And if you don't understand money as a

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fitnah,

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if you don't understand money as a possible

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destructive

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tool

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would not handle properly,

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you will misinterpret

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the situation of those who have wealth and

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are sinful at the same time.

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And Alhamdulillah,

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that our Prophet

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gave us something clear

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to clarify this for us. So he said

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He said if you see that Allah

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is granting a servant of his

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bounties of this world despite

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that he is sinning

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you must understand that it is

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He's being led on.

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Led on to what? To his destruction. That's

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what Istidraj is. So if you see a

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person who is sinning yet at the same

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time he's receiving what he loves from this

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dunya,

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How do you interpret this? The prophet he

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said this is Istiraj, he's being led on

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to his destruction.

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When they forgot or when they ignored

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what We have revealed to them, what We

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have reminded them, well we opened for them

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the doors of everything

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until they became joyful

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with what they have received and then We

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destroyed them all of a sudden and they

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became

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hopeless.

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So you understand what Allah is telling you

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in this ayah?

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What does He do with people?

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He reminds them.

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And with that reminder He could test them

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so that they be awakened.

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Now what happens if they reject those reminders

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and Allah had given up on them?

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He no longer needs to remind them anymore.

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What does He do with them?

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He gives them the dunya

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and so they get more and more of

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it.

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And when they get more and more of

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it, what do they do? What do you

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think they do?

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Do they repent

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or do they regress

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into greater sin and greater disobedience and greater

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disbelief? Yeah, they become more criminal

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than they were before.

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And by that they be they invite Allah's

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destruction, they invite Allah's punishment.

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So when they become overjoyed with all the

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things that they have look at our cities,

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look at our roads, look at our money,

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look at our banks, the cards and all

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of this

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and

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the believer who is weak, who is oppressed,

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who is poor, when he looks at all

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of this, if he or she, they lack

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understanding, it becomes a fitna for them

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because they say how come they are sinful

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and they have all of that yet the

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Prophet alaihis salaam and before that Allah subhanahu

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wa ta'ala had really told you what all

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this is about.

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You should not be that naive

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or ignorant.

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Allah is leading them to their own destruction.

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It may take

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time but it will happen.

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So Allah says, then all of a sudden

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they get

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destroyed.

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So those are people who loved

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the duniya more than Allah Azzawajal,

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loved themselves more than Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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That was their consequence.

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So when Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala

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asks you to give,

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you know very well that He's not asking

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us to give because He needs us

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but that we need to give.

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You see the difference?

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It's like the poor,

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those that we call the needy, what do

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they need from you? Your money.

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But you need to spend that money.

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You need to give that zakah. Why is

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it that you need to do this?

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Allah Azzawajal

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said,

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take from their wealth meaning command them

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to donate, to give, take from their wealth

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a sadaqa

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that You purified them

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and You elevate them with

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or bless them with.

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Take from their money a sadaqa

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that purifies

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and blesses them.

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So you need to purify yourself when you

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give.

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That's why you give.

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Purify yourself from what?

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So what did we say before about the

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human self and its attachment to the dunya?

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It loves wealth.

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It's greedy

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by nature,

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selfish,

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ignorant

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stingy.

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Am I wrong?

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Right? That's common, right? Not only when you

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look at other people because it's easy to

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see it in other people, right?

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But the challenge here is to notice that

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in yourself.

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Can you notice it in yourself?

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Yeah. You have to.

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I am greedy. I am stingy. I am

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ignorant. I love money. I'm attached to it.

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So how do I overcome that impediment because

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I cannot enter jannah like that.

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I cannot love Allah, Azzawajal. I'm not ready

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prepared to love Allah like that. So how

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do I change?

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You remedy that by giving money to purify

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you of greed,

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purify you of stinginess,

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of selfishness so that you're thinking about others

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not just yourself

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that you're putting Allah first not only your

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needs.

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So the more that you spend, the more

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that you're treating yourself because you're taking the

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illness

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out of yourself and out of your hands

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and into somewhere else.

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You're moving the possession of that illness

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somewhere else. I'm not the owner of that

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money right now.

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So I've

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learned to detach,

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to give it up,

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to favor something else. And when you do

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this,

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you'll be less greedy,

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less stingy,

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less ignorant

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and are more willing to give even more

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and more willing or able to love Allah

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subhanahu wa ta'ala because you've given it for

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Him.

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See, you could

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give

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to Allah Azzawajal

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because you love him more

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or maybe you have not reached that level

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yet but you wanna love him more so

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you give to attain that.

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You understand the difference between the two?

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You can give to Allah Azza wa Jal

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because you already love Allah more than you

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love money.

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Right?

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Or you can give to Allah Azza wa

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Jal because you're struggling with yourself because you

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wanna love Allah more than you love money.

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Either way.

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And the more that you love the thing

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that you give, the more that you have

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a chance of loving Allah because you spent

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it.

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So

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Ibn Mas'ud

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commenting on the ayawataalmaalaalahubihi

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and he gave

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wealth

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despite loving it.

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And he gave wealth. That's a person who's

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being praised in the Quran. Gave wealth

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despite loving that wealth.

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He said

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and to

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He said that you would give it

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while you are healthy,

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stingy,

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hoping to live

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and afraid of poverty.

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And he had taken this

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from the hadith of the Prophet

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when someone came to him and he said

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He said, O Messenger of Allah,

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what type of Salakah, what type of charity

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will give me the greatest what

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type of Sadaka will give me the greatest

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reward? So he

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said

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He says that you would give charity

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while you are healthy

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and stingy,

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afraid of poverty

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and hoping to be

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rich.

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And do not wait

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until

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your soul reaches your throat

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and then you start saying to so and

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so I give this and to so and

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so I give that and it is already

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for them.

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So he's saying what is the best sadaqa?

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Sadaqa when you still love money.

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That's what he says, Sahih, healthy. You're not

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sick.

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Stingy meaning I need it, I need tomorrow.

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I have this expenditure. I need it tomorrow.

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I need to buy this. I need to

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expand. I need

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so you want

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it and you're healthy, you don't think that

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you're gonna die soon.

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You're

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afraid of poverty. What if I spend that

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I don't have enough

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for tomorrow because you hope that you're gonna

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live for many many years to come.

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I want to be rich, I want to

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have more and more. He says when you

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can give sadaqah

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when you're feeling like that then this is

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a sadaqah that is coming from your heart

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out of love

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because of you struggled with yourself

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for that dollar to come out

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because that's the greatest sadaqah. And he said

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alaihis salatu wa sallam when he continued and

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don't wait till you're about to die

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and then you say okay fine I'm gonna

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give my money. That's not generosity,

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right? That's not generosity.

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You know that you're not gonna live to

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see all of it. That's why it's easy

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to give it away

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but when you feel that you're going to

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spend all of it and then you give

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some of it or a lot of it

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then you really truly have given something to

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Allah Subhanahu

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Wa Ta'ala.

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So

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you will give from what you love

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because you're seeking a greater love.

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And you will give from what you love

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because you want to love the dunya less

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and you want to love Allah Azza wa

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Jin more. You wanna have a path

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towards the love of Allah. You wanna have

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a space in your heart, in your life

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to love Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

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So you spend

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on the things

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that matter to

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you, not the things that don't matter.

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So interestingly, Allah

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had noted

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what some of us do

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and he noted that in the Quran when

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he said, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala,

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Oh, you who have a man spend

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from the good that you have earned

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and what we have given you from this

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earth.

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And do not seek the lowly,

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the inferior

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part of it to spend.

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And you would not take it

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unless you close your eyes when you're taking

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it.

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Know that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala is self

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sufficient and praiseworthy.

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Meaning in this ayah Allah

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is telling us what to spend

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from what you earn, the good things that

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you earn and the things that we give

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you.

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But when you want to spend, don't seek

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the worst of it and give it away.

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Well, if it were to be given to

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you, you would not take it unless you

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would close your eyes and take it, meaning

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you would not take such a thing. You

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would not be happy with such a thing

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for yourself.

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Yet that's the thing you give away.

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So Allah

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is teaching us something here which is what?

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There are 2 types of spending.

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Spending from what you love and spending from

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things that you don't care for anymore.

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Are they the

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same? Now if there are things that you

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have at home that you're not gonna use

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anymore

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it's better that you give them to someone

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rather than throw them away, right?

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Right?

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But that's not the type of spending or

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sadaqa that Allah wants

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to push us to perform.

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Simply the things that you're gonna throw away

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then you say I'll give that away.

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That's garbage, that's junk.

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You don't really care about it.

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But is that loving for your brother what

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you love for yourself?

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Is this the thing that you would love

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to receive from other people?

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Would you accept this?

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Would you wear that? Would you use this?

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Would you eat that?

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So if this is not fit enough for

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you, why do you think this is fit

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enough to give Allah Azujal?

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Right. So Allah Azza wa Jal wants to

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elevate

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your perception of sadaqa. It's not garbage that

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I'm getting rid of

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but something that I'm giving Allah Azzawajal and

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I'm fusing to heal myself. So it has

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to come from something

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similar

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to what I love

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that honors

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the recipient

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but also before that honors Allah subhanahu wa

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ta'ala,

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the true recipient of sadaqa, and heals me

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in the process.

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So spending from what we love means things

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that we love

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during a time when we love to spend

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it or love to keep it.

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And only then would that struggle

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to spend mean a thing.

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Now

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we'll take just a small detour to understand

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why the prophet alaihis salatu wasallam directed Abu

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Abu Talha to give that money to his

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relatives

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and the importance of kindness to relatives

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because

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perhaps often this is something that is overlooked.

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When we hear in the masjid, when we

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read in books,

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reminders that we are supposed to be kind,

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have the best of character,

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treat people well.

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Usually in our mind,

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we reserve this to strangers,

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People I will meet in the Masjid,

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right?

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My neighbor, maybe.

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Stranger I'll meet

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outside the home,

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outside the Masjid.

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So be on my best behavior when I

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meet them, when I see them. That's what

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we think of when we think of character.

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But improved character or kindness, do we think

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that

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our families deserve the best of that

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or not?

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Usually, we exclude them from it.

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And we exclude them maybe because we have

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learned to exclude them whenever we think about

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how to act or react

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because after all this this is just family,

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right?

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Spouse, a child, a parent

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they're not strangers.

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At the same time

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it is harder to be kind to family

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than strangers.

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It's hard

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or harder

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to be kind to family than strangers

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because with a stranger

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you have no prior knowledge, no prior commitment,

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and most importantly no friction between you and

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them so you can be the nicest.

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You could smile.

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Your encounter with them is brief and you

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are gonna then depart and leave them. They

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will leave you. So it's easy.

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It's not challenging,

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right.

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But when you're with a family member

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there is

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frequent conversations,

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there is friction,

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there is past

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insults or,

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what I'm looking for is

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animosity.

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So it's hard really

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to be your best with them

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And it's hard to remember then they deserve

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your charity more than a stranger or a

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non relative

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because when you are kind to a relative,

00:31:25 --> 00:31:26

you're doing 2 things

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there is kindness

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or if it is charity it is sadaqa

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but there's also

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Kindness to your kin, to your family. So

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Allah rewards you more for it because they

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are relatives.

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So if you have 2 people,

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a relative who needs your financial help and

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a stranger who needs your financial help,

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who is more worthy of it?

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The relative.

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Right?

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If there are 2 people who need help,

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1 is your neighbor and somebody else is

00:32:01 --> 00:32:02

a far, far neighbor,

00:32:03 --> 00:32:05

who is more worthy of it? The close

00:32:05 --> 00:32:06

or the far neighbor? The close

00:32:07 --> 00:32:10

one. So the closer to you, whether they

00:32:10 --> 00:32:12

are neighbors physically close to you or they

00:32:12 --> 00:32:14

are close because they are blood relatives,

00:32:15 --> 00:32:16

they need more of your kindness, more of

00:32:16 --> 00:32:19

your charity. So the Prophet alaihis salatu wa

00:32:19 --> 00:32:21

sallam in one sense he wants Abu Talha

00:32:22 --> 00:32:23

to get the most out of his sadaqa.

00:32:23 --> 00:32:25

So he says Give it to your relatives.

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So he gave it to his relatives.

00:32:29 --> 00:32:31

And at the same time, Allah

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Prophet He said pay attention to your relatives

00:32:34 --> 00:32:35

as well.

00:32:35 --> 00:32:37

Take care of them before you take care

00:32:37 --> 00:32:38

of strangers.

00:32:40 --> 00:32:42

Take care of their feelings, take care of

00:32:42 --> 00:32:44

their needs more than you do with strangers

00:32:45 --> 00:32:47

because they deserve it the most.

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And what is interesting also about

00:32:51 --> 00:32:53

the donation that Abu Talha

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gave.

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Now when Abu Talha

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said to the Prophet

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take it, put it wherever Allah wants you

00:33:02 --> 00:33:05

to put it. Did he expect anything back

00:33:06 --> 00:33:06

from it?

00:33:08 --> 00:33:08

No.

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So

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if the Prophet

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would give it to anyone in Medina,

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Abu Tal Haq would not expect a thank

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you.

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Would he?

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He wouldn't expect a thank you because he

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just this is for you, do whatever you

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want with it. I'm not expecting anything back.

00:33:24 --> 00:33:26

Now if Abu Talha

00:33:28 --> 00:33:30

took this and gave the garden

00:33:30 --> 00:33:32

whether divided it or gave it in whole

00:33:32 --> 00:33:34

doesn't matter took it and gave it to

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a relative,

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should he expect anything in return

00:33:38 --> 00:33:39

in terms of gratitude

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or thankfulness?

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In the same fashion he shouldn't,

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right?

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And in that there is another lesson.

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If you want to do something good, don't

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expect

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anything from anyone,

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even relatives,

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even relatives.

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That is if you

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are kind

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but they're not kind in return.

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If your kindness was for Allah Azzawajal,

00:34:12 --> 00:34:13

it does not matter

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because it was not done for them,

00:34:17 --> 00:34:18

right. It's in your head.

00:34:19 --> 00:34:20

It doesn't matter to me if they call

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back.

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It doesn't matter

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to me if they visit back.

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I didn't do it for that.

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So you're not expecting anything from that.

00:34:30 --> 00:34:32

And so if it doesn't happen, you're not

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disappointed.

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And if it happens, Alhamdulillah,

00:34:36 --> 00:34:37

that's greater

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family relations.

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But if it doesn't, you're not expecting it.

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Just like when you give someone money, you

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donate money in the masjid, you're not waiting

00:34:47 --> 00:34:50

to hear gratitude from them because they received

00:34:50 --> 00:34:52

something from you. You say this is for

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for Allah. The only thing that I need

00:34:54 --> 00:34:55

is from Him.

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So when you're

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performing

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or being kind

00:35:02 --> 00:35:03

to your family

00:35:03 --> 00:35:04

members

00:35:04 --> 00:35:05

close

00:35:05 --> 00:35:08

or not so close. Understand that if this

00:35:08 --> 00:35:09

is for Allah

00:35:10 --> 00:35:11

the most peaceful

00:35:12 --> 00:35:15

feeling would come when you don't expect anything

00:35:15 --> 00:35:17

in return from it but expect anything and

00:35:17 --> 00:35:20

everything from Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala. Just like

00:35:20 --> 00:35:22

Abu Talha here. You want to take it?

00:35:22 --> 00:35:24

Give it to the relatives. I don't need

00:35:24 --> 00:35:26

any thank you from you. I gave it

00:35:26 --> 00:35:28

to Allah and to the prophet alaihis salatu

00:35:28 --> 00:35:30

wasalam. I didn't give it to you for

00:35:30 --> 00:35:32

you, I gave it to you for Allah.

00:35:33 --> 00:35:36

And if the Muslim has that attitude,

00:35:36 --> 00:35:38

it will relieve him from a lot of

00:35:38 --> 00:35:39

angst and anger

00:35:40 --> 00:35:40

when it comes

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to family

00:35:42 --> 00:35:43

and relatives,

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right? Now, going back to what we talked

00:35:49 --> 00:35:51

about, why loving money and loving the dunya

00:35:51 --> 00:35:52

is so problematic.

00:35:55 --> 00:35:56

The prophet said,

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He said,

00:36:11 --> 00:36:12

The one who

00:36:12 --> 00:36:13

loves

00:36:13 --> 00:36:14

their world,

00:36:14 --> 00:36:15

their dunya,

00:36:15 --> 00:36:17

will harm their akhira, their

00:36:18 --> 00:36:19

hereafter.

00:36:20 --> 00:36:22

And the one who loves the hereafter will

00:36:22 --> 00:36:23

harm their world.

00:36:24 --> 00:36:27

So give preference to what lasts over what

00:36:27 --> 00:36:27

perishes.

00:36:30 --> 00:36:31

So the Prophet

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here is declaring something that if you remember

00:36:35 --> 00:36:35

it,

00:36:36 --> 00:36:37

it will continuously

00:36:38 --> 00:36:39

shock you back

00:36:39 --> 00:36:40

to sanity

00:36:42 --> 00:36:44

as the world is filled with insanity.

00:36:46 --> 00:36:48

What he's saying, alayhi salatu wa salam, he

00:36:48 --> 00:36:50

says if you love your dunya,

00:36:50 --> 00:36:52

you're gonna harm your akhira.

00:36:54 --> 00:36:55

Is that clear?

00:36:55 --> 00:36:58

Here's this dunya, and here's the Akhira. Here's

00:36:58 --> 00:36:59

this life. Here's the next life. He says

00:36:59 --> 00:37:01

you're gonna love this life. You're gonna harm

00:37:01 --> 00:37:02

the next life.

00:37:03 --> 00:37:06

There's no compromise here. This is it.

00:37:06 --> 00:37:08

You're gonna harm the next life you're gonna

00:37:08 --> 00:37:09

harm this life.

00:37:11 --> 00:37:13

Okay, so then you say, What do I

00:37:13 --> 00:37:13

do?

00:37:15 --> 00:37:16

What do I do then?

00:37:17 --> 00:37:18

Because

00:37:19 --> 00:37:21

ideally you want to say, I want both,

00:37:22 --> 00:37:22

right?

00:37:23 --> 00:37:24

I want both.

00:37:25 --> 00:37:26

So what he's telling you,

00:37:27 --> 00:37:27

can you?

00:37:29 --> 00:37:29

No.

00:37:30 --> 00:37:30

You can't.

00:37:32 --> 00:37:33

So

00:37:33 --> 00:37:34

how to choose?

00:37:35 --> 00:37:37

He says, Favor what lasts

00:37:38 --> 00:37:40

because that is what is going to stay.

00:37:41 --> 00:37:43

If you harm your dunya, let it

00:37:44 --> 00:37:45

it's gonna end anyway.

00:37:46 --> 00:37:47

Then so what?

00:37:48 --> 00:37:50

So if you live in a small house

00:37:50 --> 00:37:51

rather than a palace,

00:37:51 --> 00:37:53

at the end of your life, both of

00:37:53 --> 00:37:54

them become rubble.

00:37:55 --> 00:37:56

Then what?

00:37:58 --> 00:37:58

Right?

00:38:00 --> 00:38:03

So you're not as healthy as everybody else.

00:38:04 --> 00:38:06

At the end of both of your lives,

00:38:06 --> 00:38:07

both of you are under

00:38:08 --> 00:38:09

6 feet,

00:38:10 --> 00:38:11

then what?

00:38:12 --> 00:38:13

What did your health do?

00:38:15 --> 00:38:17

So you're not as young, you're not as

00:38:17 --> 00:38:19

handsome, you're not as beautiful,

00:38:20 --> 00:38:21

you're not as rich.

00:38:22 --> 00:38:24

Well, at the end of your life and

00:38:24 --> 00:38:25

his life

00:38:26 --> 00:38:28

both of your wealth goes to some other

00:38:28 --> 00:38:28

people

00:38:29 --> 00:38:31

and both of you are poor under the

00:38:31 --> 00:38:32

dirt,

00:38:32 --> 00:38:33

then what?

00:38:35 --> 00:38:37

So all of you reach the same conclusion

00:38:37 --> 00:38:39

and the same end, having nothing

00:38:40 --> 00:38:41

if you have the dunya.

00:38:42 --> 00:38:44

You're the wealthiest in the dunya. You can

00:38:44 --> 00:38:46

compete, by the way, if you wish. The

00:38:46 --> 00:38:49

wealthiest person in the world today and you

00:38:51 --> 00:38:53

both of your lives will end the same.

00:38:55 --> 00:38:56

So the Prophet alaihis salatu wasalam is saying,

00:38:56 --> 00:38:58

Then what is the loss here?

00:38:58 --> 00:39:01

Even if you sacrifice this dunya for Allah

00:39:01 --> 00:39:02

Azza wa Jal, what did you really lose?

00:39:03 --> 00:39:06

But the akhira that is gonna stay for

00:39:06 --> 00:39:07

you. So favor that.

00:39:07 --> 00:39:09

So here there is really no compromise.

00:39:10 --> 00:39:13

If you favor the akhirah, you must harm

00:39:13 --> 00:39:15

part of your by the way,

00:39:16 --> 00:39:16

right?

00:39:16 --> 00:39:18

I mean, you think about it if you

00:39:18 --> 00:39:20

wonder, I mean, why would that be the

00:39:20 --> 00:39:22

case? Imagine someone who has a shop,

00:39:23 --> 00:39:24

who has a business.

00:39:26 --> 00:39:28

Something haram comes and he says no,

00:39:28 --> 00:39:30

not gonna take it. Is he not gonna

00:39:30 --> 00:39:31

lose money?

00:39:32 --> 00:39:35

Versus someone who says yes to everything

00:39:35 --> 00:39:37

is not gonna be richer?

00:39:38 --> 00:39:40

Somebody who says now it's time for salah,

00:39:40 --> 00:39:42

I'm going to close my shop versus somebody

00:39:42 --> 00:39:44

who is working 20 fourseven,

00:39:44 --> 00:39:46

he doesn't care about salah time or anything

00:39:46 --> 00:39:46

else.

00:39:47 --> 00:39:47

No

00:39:48 --> 00:39:51

restraints. No moral boundaries. Is nina gonna become

00:39:51 --> 00:39:51

richer?

00:39:52 --> 00:39:53

Right?

00:39:54 --> 00:39:56

Somebody who doesn't mind to kill

00:39:56 --> 00:39:58

versus somebody who is virtuous and he says,

00:39:58 --> 00:40:00

no, this is haram. Don't you think the

00:40:00 --> 00:40:03

other person will be more powerful? Somebody who

00:40:03 --> 00:40:05

does not mind ruining people's lives in order

00:40:05 --> 00:40:07

to get what he wants versus somebody who's

00:40:07 --> 00:40:08

afraid of Allah

00:40:09 --> 00:40:11

Isn't the other person the virtuous is going

00:40:11 --> 00:40:13

to be less powerful than the other person?

00:40:14 --> 00:40:16

So he says if you favor the akhira

00:40:16 --> 00:40:17

your dunya must suffer

00:40:19 --> 00:40:20

but don't worry about it because all of

00:40:20 --> 00:40:22

it is gonna end but if you want

00:40:22 --> 00:40:25

the dunya then your akhira must suffer as

00:40:25 --> 00:40:25

well,

00:40:26 --> 00:40:28

and there's no middle ground here.

00:40:29 --> 00:40:32

So the believer develops and should develop an

00:40:32 --> 00:40:32

attitude

00:40:34 --> 00:40:36

of preferring the akhira.

00:40:37 --> 00:40:38

Even if he loses

00:40:39 --> 00:40:40

some of the dunya, and by the way,

00:40:40 --> 00:40:42

you're not gonna lose all of the dunya.

00:40:42 --> 00:40:44

There is time for it. There is space

00:40:44 --> 00:40:46

for it. You're not gonna lose all of

00:40:46 --> 00:40:48

it. You'll have whatever Allah had destined, had

00:40:48 --> 00:40:51

written for you, but you're not gonna have

00:40:52 --> 00:40:52

excessive

00:40:54 --> 00:40:54

wealth

00:40:56 --> 00:40:57

like some

00:40:58 --> 00:40:59

greedy

00:41:00 --> 00:41:00

disbelievers

00:41:01 --> 00:41:02

or sinful people do.

00:41:03 --> 00:41:06

And the attitude, in fact, should be

00:41:08 --> 00:41:08

one

00:41:09 --> 00:41:11

of distance from the dunya.

00:41:13 --> 00:41:14

The attitude of the believer

00:41:15 --> 00:41:17

should be of one where he is distant

00:41:17 --> 00:41:18

from the dunya.

00:41:18 --> 00:41:19

The Prophet

00:41:20 --> 00:41:23

and we'll kind of highlight distant from the

00:41:23 --> 00:41:25

dunya. We'll explain Insha'Allah what that means.

00:41:26 --> 00:41:26

Once

00:41:27 --> 00:41:27

a

00:41:28 --> 00:41:28

man

00:41:29 --> 00:41:29

asked

00:41:30 --> 00:41:30

the

00:41:31 --> 00:41:31

prophet

00:41:32 --> 00:41:33

who is best, O Prophet of Allah? Tell

00:41:33 --> 00:41:35

me about the best of people.

00:41:39 --> 00:41:40

He said, He said, Everyone

00:41:40 --> 00:41:43

with a clean heart and a truthful tongue.

00:41:45 --> 00:41:47

Everyone with a clean heart and a truthful

00:41:47 --> 00:41:49

tongue. They say, O Prophet of Allah, we

00:41:49 --> 00:41:52

know what a truthful tongue means But what

00:41:52 --> 00:41:54

is this Mahmumul Kalbi?

00:41:55 --> 00:41:56

They say he is

00:42:01 --> 00:42:03

Who is this one who has a clean

00:42:03 --> 00:42:05

heart? What is that? He says he's the

00:42:05 --> 00:42:06

one who has taqwa

00:42:07 --> 00:42:07

pure.

00:42:08 --> 00:42:10

His heart is pure. There is no sin

00:42:10 --> 00:42:12

in it. There's no transgression.

00:42:12 --> 00:42:14

There's no hatred and there's no envy.

00:42:15 --> 00:42:17

That's his heart. A clean heart.

00:42:19 --> 00:42:21

Then they said, O Messenger of Allah, then

00:42:21 --> 00:42:21

who?

00:42:25 --> 00:42:27

He says, The one who hates the duniya

00:42:27 --> 00:42:28

and loves the akhira.

00:42:30 --> 00:42:33

The one who hates the duniya and loves

00:42:33 --> 00:42:33

the akhira.

00:42:35 --> 00:42:37

Now it's important to understand what the Prophet

00:42:39 --> 00:42:40

meant when he said he hates

00:42:40 --> 00:42:41

the dunya.

00:42:43 --> 00:42:45

Because does that mean that he hates food

00:42:45 --> 00:42:45

and water,

00:42:47 --> 00:42:48

marriage and children,

00:42:49 --> 00:42:49

hates

00:42:50 --> 00:42:53

plants and animals on the mount. Does that

00:42:53 --> 00:42:55

mean hating the dunya? Or what does he

00:42:55 --> 00:42:57

mean by hating the dunya? Well, first of

00:42:57 --> 00:42:58

all, the Prophet

00:43:00 --> 00:43:01

aspects of this duniya.

00:43:02 --> 00:43:03

So he said in the hadith,

00:43:04 --> 00:43:04

He said,

00:43:10 --> 00:43:12

He said alayhi salatu was salam

00:43:12 --> 00:43:15

that women and perfume were made beloved to

00:43:15 --> 00:43:16

me from this world

00:43:17 --> 00:43:19

and my greatest joy is in salah.

00:43:20 --> 00:43:22

And note, by the way, this hadith,

00:43:22 --> 00:43:25

his greatest joy is worldly or otherworldly?

00:43:28 --> 00:43:30

His greatest joy is from the dunya or

00:43:30 --> 00:43:31

the akhira?

00:43:32 --> 00:43:32

The akhira.

00:43:34 --> 00:43:36

And it does actually say something if you

00:43:36 --> 00:43:37

were to ask yourself,

00:43:37 --> 00:43:39

What is your greatest joy?

00:43:40 --> 00:43:42

It's a really interesting question, by the way,

00:43:42 --> 00:43:44

to say what is the thing that gives

00:43:44 --> 00:43:46

me the greatest joy?

00:43:47 --> 00:43:48

And here you don't have to lie to

00:43:48 --> 00:43:50

anybody because it's just you and yourself.

00:43:51 --> 00:43:53

What is the thing that gives me the

00:43:53 --> 00:43:55

greatest joy? So if you were to ask

00:43:55 --> 00:43:57

Muhammad alaihis salatu wa salam, he would say

00:43:57 --> 00:43:57

salah,

00:44:00 --> 00:44:02

right? So just think about how much we

00:44:02 --> 00:44:03

would need to struggle

00:44:05 --> 00:44:06

until we could say

00:44:07 --> 00:44:09

I find my greatest joy in salah.

00:44:10 --> 00:44:11

Not in eating,

00:44:11 --> 00:44:12

not in traveling,

00:44:13 --> 00:44:15

not in talking to so and so

00:44:16 --> 00:44:17

but in talking to Allah

00:44:18 --> 00:44:20

that's my greatest joy.

00:44:20 --> 00:44:21

Just

00:44:21 --> 00:44:23

think about it and that is and by

00:44:23 --> 00:44:25

the way, don't say, oh, that was the

00:44:25 --> 00:44:25

Prophet

00:44:25 --> 00:44:26

and

00:44:26 --> 00:44:28

it's so difficult for us to do this

00:44:28 --> 00:44:29

so we're not gonna do it.

00:44:29 --> 00:44:31

So how is he an example if you're

00:44:31 --> 00:44:33

not gonna do this? This is he's the

00:44:33 --> 00:44:36

model. So in your mind you should say,

00:44:36 --> 00:44:37

I'm gonna try to do that.

00:44:38 --> 00:44:40

I'm gonna try to do that or die

00:44:40 --> 00:44:41

trying

00:44:42 --> 00:44:43

but at least

00:44:43 --> 00:44:44

that's the goal, right?

00:44:47 --> 00:44:50

So the Prophet alaihis salatu wa sallam loved

00:44:50 --> 00:44:52

things from this dunya. He did not hate

00:44:52 --> 00:44:53

the dunya in that way.

00:44:54 --> 00:44:56

And the Prophet married and he had children

00:44:56 --> 00:44:58

and he recommended both.

00:44:58 --> 00:45:01

So what does it mean to hate the

00:45:01 --> 00:45:01

dunya?

00:45:03 --> 00:45:05

It means first of all to hate the

00:45:05 --> 00:45:06

Haram that is in it.

00:45:08 --> 00:45:11

Then to hate anything that is in it

00:45:11 --> 00:45:14

that distracts you and distances you from Allah

00:45:14 --> 00:45:15

Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

00:45:16 --> 00:45:18

that aspect of the dunya should be disliked

00:45:18 --> 00:45:19

and hated

00:45:20 --> 00:45:23

and anything in the Duniya that brings you

00:45:23 --> 00:45:23

to Allah

00:45:24 --> 00:45:26

should be praised and loved.

00:45:28 --> 00:45:29

So for instance,

00:45:29 --> 00:45:32

if I cannot avoid the Haram except by

00:45:32 --> 00:45:36

adopting the halal, isn't the halal then recommended

00:45:36 --> 00:45:38

or even an obligation to adopt?

00:45:38 --> 00:45:40

Like marriage, for instance,

00:45:42 --> 00:45:43

or having a halal job.

00:45:45 --> 00:45:48

So since it is a fence against the

00:45:48 --> 00:45:49

Haram, it is praiseworthy.

00:45:50 --> 00:45:52

You do not hate that

00:45:52 --> 00:45:54

because it takes you closer to Allah Subhanahu

00:45:54 --> 00:45:55

Wa Ta'ala.

00:45:56 --> 00:45:57

But a job that you

00:45:58 --> 00:45:59

take

00:46:00 --> 00:46:02

and that thing starts to distract you from

00:46:02 --> 00:46:04

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala

00:46:05 --> 00:46:05

until

00:46:06 --> 00:46:06

you are

00:46:07 --> 00:46:09

immersed in haram

00:46:09 --> 00:46:11

or you're immersed in

00:46:12 --> 00:46:12

ignorance

00:46:13 --> 00:46:13

and

00:46:14 --> 00:46:16

neglect of Him, Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala,

00:46:16 --> 00:46:18

that becomes something that you should hate.

00:46:20 --> 00:46:22

So as a principle, what is the dunya

00:46:22 --> 00:46:25

that we're supposed to distance ourselves from?

00:46:25 --> 00:46:28

And the dunya that we're supposed to hate?

00:46:28 --> 00:46:30

Anything that takes you away from Allah Subhanahu

00:46:30 --> 00:46:32

Wa Ta'ala then that is hateful.

00:46:33 --> 00:46:34

That could be haram,

00:46:35 --> 00:46:37

that could be the doubtful,

00:46:38 --> 00:46:39

that could be the disliked

00:46:39 --> 00:46:41

and that could be excessive

00:46:41 --> 00:46:42

halal

00:46:43 --> 00:46:44

that you do not need.

00:46:46 --> 00:46:48

An excessive halal that

00:46:50 --> 00:46:52

takes you away from Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

00:46:52 --> 00:46:55

becomes something that is not for you but

00:46:55 --> 00:46:56

against you.

00:46:56 --> 00:46:58

It doesn't help you but harm you.

00:46:59 --> 00:47:02

Like someone who has a business, Alhamdulillah, his

00:47:02 --> 00:47:03

business is profitable.

00:47:04 --> 00:47:07

He keeps expanding that business until he forgets

00:47:07 --> 00:47:07

about Allah.

00:47:08 --> 00:47:09

That expansion

00:47:10 --> 00:47:11

is disliked or Haram.

00:47:13 --> 00:47:15

Even though in essence if he can find

00:47:15 --> 00:47:16

the balance, it's halal.

00:47:18 --> 00:47:20

But because he could not, it becomes haram

00:47:20 --> 00:47:21

for him.

00:47:22 --> 00:47:23

So you understand

00:47:24 --> 00:47:26

the balance here. If it takes you away

00:47:26 --> 00:47:28

from Allah, Azzawajal, it becomes

00:47:28 --> 00:47:29

harmful

00:47:29 --> 00:47:31

part of the dunya that we're supposed to

00:47:31 --> 00:47:34

stay away from and supposed to

00:47:35 --> 00:47:36

protect ourselves from.

00:47:37 --> 00:47:38

And it's important

00:47:39 --> 00:47:40

to constantly

00:47:41 --> 00:47:42

remind ourselves

00:47:43 --> 00:47:44

of the value of the dunya, of the

00:47:44 --> 00:47:46

true value of the dunya.

00:47:47 --> 00:47:49

And these types of ahadith are

00:47:50 --> 00:47:52

helpful because they do settle in the heart

00:47:53 --> 00:47:54

and emphasize

00:47:55 --> 00:47:58

how fleeting the dunya is or how small

00:47:58 --> 00:47:59

it is

00:47:59 --> 00:48:02

for Allah Azza wa Jal and also in

00:48:02 --> 00:48:03

the eyes of the righteous.

00:48:03 --> 00:48:06

So in the following hadith, the Prophet sallallahu

00:48:06 --> 00:48:07

alaihi wa sallam

00:48:07 --> 00:48:08

entered

00:48:09 --> 00:48:10

the market in Medina

00:48:11 --> 00:48:12

and found

00:48:13 --> 00:48:14

what did he find here?

00:48:15 --> 00:48:17

A dead short eared young goat.

00:48:18 --> 00:48:19

So a dead goat

00:48:20 --> 00:48:21

just laying around,

00:48:21 --> 00:48:23

right? Somebody threw it away.

00:48:26 --> 00:48:28

So he held it by its ear,

00:48:28 --> 00:48:29

that dead goat.

00:48:30 --> 00:48:31

And he says, Who among you would like

00:48:31 --> 00:48:33

to buy this with 1 dirham?

00:48:34 --> 00:48:36

So I don't know. You can think of

00:48:36 --> 00:48:37

$5 or $1.

00:48:38 --> 00:48:39

Who would love to buy this for a

00:48:39 --> 00:48:40

dollar?

00:48:41 --> 00:48:43

So they say, O prophet of Allah, we

00:48:43 --> 00:48:44

would not wanna buy it for a dollar.

00:48:44 --> 00:48:46

What would we do with it?

00:48:47 --> 00:48:49

So he said would you like that it

00:48:49 --> 00:48:49

is yours?

00:48:50 --> 00:48:52

They said no. He repeated this would you

00:48:52 --> 00:48:53

like that this is yours? Would you like

00:48:53 --> 00:48:55

the ticket? Would you like that this is

00:48:55 --> 00:48:57

yours? He said that three times. He said,

00:48:57 --> 00:48:59

O Prophet of Allah, no. Even if it

00:48:59 --> 00:49:00

was alive, it's defective

00:49:01 --> 00:49:02

and it has small ears.

00:49:03 --> 00:49:05

Even then we do not want it even

00:49:05 --> 00:49:06

if it's alive. So he said

00:49:08 --> 00:49:10

the duniya weighs less or is less

00:49:11 --> 00:49:14

for Allah Azzawajal, then this goat is for

00:49:14 --> 00:49:14

you.

00:49:16 --> 00:49:17

This goat for you is nothing.

00:49:18 --> 00:49:20

You don't want to even take it for

00:49:20 --> 00:49:20

free,

00:49:21 --> 00:49:21

right?

00:49:22 --> 00:49:23

It's just garbage.

00:49:24 --> 00:49:26

So he says the dunya for Allah

00:49:26 --> 00:49:28

is less than this goat for you.

00:49:29 --> 00:49:30

If you know

00:49:31 --> 00:49:32

that this is how Allah

00:49:33 --> 00:49:33

sees the dunya,

00:49:34 --> 00:49:36

then it should just melt away.

00:49:37 --> 00:49:39

Anything and everything that is in it should

00:49:39 --> 00:49:39

just disappear

00:49:40 --> 00:49:41

from before your eyes

00:49:42 --> 00:49:43

because Allah sees this as nothing.

00:49:44 --> 00:49:46

You know, like when you see skyscrapers

00:49:46 --> 00:49:49

and you see modern buildings and you see

00:49:50 --> 00:49:52

decorations here and gold and silver and this

00:49:52 --> 00:49:54

glitters and this that shines,

00:49:55 --> 00:49:56

shines and it impresses you,

00:49:57 --> 00:50:00

all of that really impresses you and you

00:50:00 --> 00:50:02

see palaces and expensive cars and all that

00:50:03 --> 00:50:05

impresses you and you see tons and tons

00:50:05 --> 00:50:08

of gold and silver and it impresses you

00:50:08 --> 00:50:09

but when you hear that hadith,

00:50:10 --> 00:50:12

all this is supposed to melt away. This

00:50:12 --> 00:50:12

is nothing

00:50:13 --> 00:50:15

for Allah Azza wa. And then you will

00:50:15 --> 00:50:19

understand its reality that it is not real.

00:50:19 --> 00:50:21

It exists but it's not real.

00:50:22 --> 00:50:25

Sayyid, what is real? What is valuable

00:50:25 --> 00:50:27

in the sight of Allah Azza wa Jal?

00:50:28 --> 00:50:29

He said

00:50:31 --> 00:50:33

again and this is when he teaches

00:50:34 --> 00:50:37

he gives examples so that people can understand

00:50:38 --> 00:50:40

and can relate to what He's saying. He

00:50:40 --> 00:50:41

says

00:50:49 --> 00:50:51

He said, who among you would like to

00:50:51 --> 00:50:54

head each morning to Bhutan or to Al

00:50:54 --> 00:50:55

Aqiq? Two valleys.

00:50:56 --> 00:50:58

And he comes back with 2 big humped

00:50:58 --> 00:50:59

she camels

00:50:59 --> 00:51:02

without being guilty of sin or severing ties

00:51:02 --> 00:51:02

of kinship.

00:51:04 --> 00:51:06

They said, O Messenger of Allah, each one

00:51:06 --> 00:51:08

of us would like to do this.

00:51:09 --> 00:51:09

So he

00:51:10 --> 00:51:11

said if one of you would go in

00:51:11 --> 00:51:13

the morning to the Masjid and he would

00:51:13 --> 00:51:16

learn or he would read 2 ayahs from

00:51:16 --> 00:51:16

the book of

00:51:17 --> 00:51:19

Allah that would be better than 2 camels

00:51:19 --> 00:51:21

and if you learn and read 2 or

00:51:21 --> 00:51:23

3 ayahs from the book of Allah that

00:51:23 --> 00:51:25

would be better than 3 camels and whatever

00:51:26 --> 00:51:28

number of ayahs you would learn will be

00:51:28 --> 00:51:30

better than their number of camels.

00:51:32 --> 00:51:33

So you understand

00:51:34 --> 00:51:34

this example.

00:51:36 --> 00:51:38

He's saying Alaihi Salatu Wasallam, would you like

00:51:38 --> 00:51:40

to get free camels?

00:51:42 --> 00:51:42

Free.

00:51:43 --> 00:51:45

How much would a camel cost today?

00:51:46 --> 00:51:48

I would imagine 1,000,

00:51:48 --> 00:51:49

right? 1,000.

00:51:50 --> 00:51:51

And if it's the

00:51:52 --> 00:51:54

main vehicle of transportation,

00:51:57 --> 00:51:57

it is

00:51:58 --> 00:52:01

reasonable to equate that with a vehicle today.

00:52:02 --> 00:52:04

So suppose, for instance, somebody tells you, you

00:52:04 --> 00:52:06

would like to go and get a car

00:52:06 --> 00:52:07

or 2 for free

00:52:08 --> 00:52:10

without being guilty of theft.

00:52:12 --> 00:52:15

Just free. This is really free. This is

00:52:15 --> 00:52:16

absolutely free. Do you would like to go

00:52:16 --> 00:52:18

and get it? Now by the way, it's

00:52:18 --> 00:52:19

not just a car,

00:52:21 --> 00:52:23

meaning they are precious camel, big hump camels

00:52:24 --> 00:52:25

expensive and precious

00:52:26 --> 00:52:29

So an expensive carb, by the way. Would

00:52:29 --> 00:52:30

you like them? He says,

00:52:31 --> 00:52:32

Yes. So He said,

00:52:33 --> 00:52:35

Well, you know what? If you go to

00:52:35 --> 00:52:37

the Masjid and learn 2 ayahs, that's better

00:52:37 --> 00:52:38

than 2 camels.

00:52:39 --> 00:52:40

Now, we don't think like that

00:52:42 --> 00:52:43

but if you were to switch your mind

00:52:43 --> 00:52:46

so that you start thinking like that you'll

00:52:46 --> 00:52:48

be thinking the way that Allah sees things

00:52:48 --> 00:52:51

and values things and the way that Muhammad

00:52:51 --> 00:52:54

alaihis salatu wasalam sees and values things and

00:52:54 --> 00:52:56

the way that the sahaba used to live

00:52:56 --> 00:52:58

if you were to simply come to the

00:52:58 --> 00:53:00

masjid because today you would you could say

00:53:00 --> 00:53:02

to yourself, you know what,

00:53:03 --> 00:53:04

I can't compete with the richest man in

00:53:04 --> 00:53:07

the world today because we probably today he

00:53:07 --> 00:53:08

had won

00:53:08 --> 00:53:09

how many 1,000?

00:53:10 --> 00:53:12

He had made how many 1,000 just today.

00:53:14 --> 00:53:15

I didn't

00:53:15 --> 00:53:16

earn much today, right?

00:53:18 --> 00:53:20

But he probably had made 10,000, 20,000,

00:53:21 --> 00:53:21

a 100,000

00:53:22 --> 00:53:22

just today.

00:53:24 --> 00:53:25

But you can compete

00:53:26 --> 00:53:27

because if you just come to the house

00:53:27 --> 00:53:28

of Allah

00:53:28 --> 00:53:30

and you learn 2 or 3 ayahs, 2

00:53:30 --> 00:53:33

or 3 hadith, that's better than everything that

00:53:33 --> 00:53:35

he had accumulated for today.

00:53:36 --> 00:53:38

So you're the winner not the loser but

00:53:38 --> 00:53:39

you'd have to have

00:53:39 --> 00:53:41

the eyes of the believer,

00:53:42 --> 00:53:43

not the eye of the disbeliever.

00:53:44 --> 00:53:46

The way that we see things today,

00:53:47 --> 00:53:48

we have the eyes of the disbelievers.

00:53:50 --> 00:53:51

Do you believe me?

00:53:52 --> 00:53:54

The way that we see things today, we're

00:53:54 --> 00:53:54

not judging

00:53:55 --> 00:53:56

like a believer judges things.

00:53:57 --> 00:54:00

How a prophet would see the world today,

00:54:00 --> 00:54:02

that's not how we see the world today.

00:54:02 --> 00:54:04

We see it how a Kafir sees the

00:54:04 --> 00:54:06

world today and that's why we feel sorry

00:54:06 --> 00:54:07

for ourselves.

00:54:08 --> 00:54:10

But if you see it as a prophet

00:54:10 --> 00:54:11

would see it, as a believer would see

00:54:11 --> 00:54:13

it, it's say, why do I need to

00:54:13 --> 00:54:15

compete with him in getting 100 of 1,000

00:54:15 --> 00:54:18

of dollars and he's gonna lose that anyway

00:54:18 --> 00:54:19

and it's not adding

00:54:20 --> 00:54:22

to any piety of his or bringing him

00:54:22 --> 00:54:23

closer to Allah

00:54:24 --> 00:54:25

But if you come to the Masjid and

00:54:25 --> 00:54:26

you learn your religion,

00:54:27 --> 00:54:30

then you've learned something invaluable that no other

00:54:30 --> 00:54:31

rich person can supersede.

00:54:33 --> 00:54:35

You're the winner and you're richer because of

00:54:35 --> 00:54:35

it.

00:54:36 --> 00:54:38

So if you read these hadith and you

00:54:38 --> 00:54:40

remember these hadith, you will believe

00:54:41 --> 00:54:42

and again

00:54:43 --> 00:54:45

firmly attach yourself

00:54:45 --> 00:54:47

to what Allah values

00:54:47 --> 00:54:49

not what humans do.

00:54:50 --> 00:54:51

And if someone says

00:54:53 --> 00:54:54

as if we need

00:54:54 --> 00:54:56

more evidence to convince us,

00:54:57 --> 00:54:58

Well,

00:55:00 --> 00:55:02

I love the dunya. No matter, I'm just

00:55:02 --> 00:55:03

gonna keep loving it.

00:55:04 --> 00:55:07

And I have time and maybe later I

00:55:07 --> 00:55:09

could repent and maybe later I could love

00:55:09 --> 00:55:11

Allah Azzajal and and and.

00:55:12 --> 00:55:14

Or we have to say that we are

00:55:14 --> 00:55:15

out of time.

00:55:17 --> 00:55:19

Not the least of which because when you

00:55:19 --> 00:55:21

love the dunya so much it weakens you

00:55:22 --> 00:55:25

to the extent that your enemies overpower you.

00:55:26 --> 00:55:28

So if you look at Muslims today,

00:55:29 --> 00:55:31

would you say that they are strong or

00:55:31 --> 00:55:32

weak?

00:55:34 --> 00:55:37

Weak, right? I don't even have to ask

00:55:37 --> 00:55:38

you, right? They are weak.

00:55:39 --> 00:55:41

If you want to locate the reason for

00:55:41 --> 00:55:42

that weakness

00:55:42 --> 00:55:45

because everybody would say I want the Muslims

00:55:45 --> 00:55:46

to be strong today,

00:55:47 --> 00:55:49

this minute, this minute

00:55:49 --> 00:55:51

because we can't wait anymore, right? You would

00:55:51 --> 00:55:52

agree?

00:55:52 --> 00:55:54

I want it to be strong now.

00:55:55 --> 00:55:57

Well, the Prophet alaihis salatu wa sallam is

00:55:57 --> 00:55:59

gonna tell you that the reason why they

00:55:59 --> 00:56:01

are weak is because they love the dunya.

00:56:03 --> 00:56:03

Period.

00:56:05 --> 00:56:07

So you can't afford to continue to love

00:56:07 --> 00:56:09

the dunya regardless of the consequences

00:56:09 --> 00:56:11

because the consequences are destructive.

00:56:12 --> 00:56:14

Even if you don't care about the hereafter,

00:56:14 --> 00:56:17

it is destructive right here and right now

00:56:17 --> 00:56:20

because you are being killed because of it.

00:56:21 --> 00:56:22

So when He said

00:56:28 --> 00:56:30

He says the nations are about to invite

00:56:30 --> 00:56:33

each other to attack you like people invite

00:56:33 --> 00:56:34

each other to eat

00:56:35 --> 00:56:36

on, you know, one big dish.

00:56:38 --> 00:56:40

And they said, O Prophet of Allah, are

00:56:40 --> 00:56:42

we few at that time? And he said,

00:56:42 --> 00:56:45

alaihis salatu wa sallam, no, there's a lot

00:56:45 --> 00:56:46

of you then, but you are

00:56:47 --> 00:56:48

a dredge like the dredge

00:56:49 --> 00:56:51

of, a stream or you are dregs of

00:56:51 --> 00:56:52

a stream.

00:56:53 --> 00:56:55

You will be like the dregs of a

00:56:55 --> 00:56:58

stream what floats on top of a stream

00:56:58 --> 00:57:00

or on top of water. And he said

00:57:08 --> 00:57:09

So Allah

00:57:09 --> 00:57:11

is gonna extract from the hearts of your

00:57:11 --> 00:57:14

enemy any fear that they have towards you

00:57:14 --> 00:57:17

and they will deposit weakness in your heart.

00:57:17 --> 00:57:19

So they said, O prophet of Allah, what

00:57:19 --> 00:57:22

is this weakness? He said, loving the dunya

00:57:22 --> 00:57:23

and hating death.

00:57:24 --> 00:57:26

So the essence of it all, it goes

00:57:26 --> 00:57:29

back to the heart. He says your hearts

00:57:29 --> 00:57:29

are weak

00:57:30 --> 00:57:32

and your enemies are not afraid of you.

00:57:33 --> 00:57:34

Why our hearts are weak? He said, You

00:57:34 --> 00:57:36

love the dunya and you're afraid of death.

00:57:37 --> 00:57:37

This is it.

00:57:39 --> 00:57:40

So the more that you love the dunya,

00:57:40 --> 00:57:42

the more that you are attached to it

00:57:42 --> 00:57:43

and when you are attached to it, you're

00:57:43 --> 00:57:46

not going to sacrifice anything for Allah's sake.

00:57:47 --> 00:57:49

You'll favor it over Allah.

00:57:49 --> 00:57:52

You'll favor it over listening to Him. And

00:57:52 --> 00:57:53

it's of course then

00:57:53 --> 00:57:55

you're not gonna sacrifice your life,

00:57:56 --> 00:57:57

you're not gonna listen to Him, Subhanahu Wa

00:57:57 --> 00:57:58

Ta'ala.

00:57:58 --> 00:58:01

Your enemies will overpower you, your enemies will

00:58:01 --> 00:58:03

kill you, and you'll be too cowardly

00:58:03 --> 00:58:04

to act.

00:58:06 --> 00:58:08

So in order to

00:58:09 --> 00:58:10

free the heart

00:58:10 --> 00:58:12

from its enslavement to the dunya

00:58:13 --> 00:58:15

and weaken the Muslim body in general against

00:58:15 --> 00:58:17

their enemy, you need

00:58:18 --> 00:58:20

to rid yourself of the love of the

00:58:20 --> 00:58:22

dunya or at least excessive love of the

00:58:22 --> 00:58:22

dunya.

00:58:23 --> 00:58:26

And what helps you also is to understand

00:58:26 --> 00:58:28

that eventually you are gonna lose it anyway

00:58:29 --> 00:58:30

all of it is gonna go anyway.

00:58:31 --> 00:58:32

So if you don't give it up now

00:58:32 --> 00:58:34

it's gonna leave you later.

00:58:35 --> 00:58:38

And it eventually does not amount to much

00:58:38 --> 00:58:40

and it's not even anything

00:58:42 --> 00:58:44

Not only with Allah Azza wa Jal but

00:58:44 --> 00:58:46

also for the believers who pass on to

00:58:46 --> 00:58:47

the next life.

00:58:48 --> 00:58:49

This dunya does not matter to them at

00:58:49 --> 00:58:52

all when they understand the reality of the

00:58:52 --> 00:58:53

next life.

00:58:53 --> 00:58:54

So this hadith

00:58:56 --> 00:58:59

and the prophet alaihis salatu was salam he

00:58:59 --> 00:59:00

said,

00:59:07 --> 00:59:08

He said there is no

00:59:08 --> 00:59:11

one on this earth who passes away, dies.

00:59:12 --> 00:59:13

And what they have with Allah

00:59:14 --> 00:59:16

is something that they are pleased with, meaning

00:59:16 --> 00:59:17

that they are righteous.

00:59:18 --> 00:59:20

When they see what they have with Allah

00:59:21 --> 00:59:23

they never want to come back to this

00:59:23 --> 00:59:23

life

00:59:24 --> 00:59:25

even if you give it everything in this

00:59:25 --> 00:59:26

life.

00:59:28 --> 00:59:29

So

00:59:29 --> 00:59:31

you get what the Prophet alaihis salatu wasalam

00:59:31 --> 00:59:33

is saying? He says if you were to

00:59:33 --> 00:59:34

die

00:59:35 --> 00:59:36

and you're in the next life and you

00:59:36 --> 00:59:39

see what Allah has prepared for you then

00:59:39 --> 00:59:40

Allah gives you the option. Do you want

00:59:40 --> 00:59:41

to go back to this dunya?

00:59:42 --> 00:59:43

What would you say?

00:59:44 --> 00:59:45

Never.

00:59:45 --> 00:59:47

He says, If I'm gonna give you all

00:59:47 --> 00:59:48

this dunya,

00:59:49 --> 00:59:51

not just make you the richest person who

00:59:51 --> 00:59:52

had ever lived. No.

00:59:53 --> 00:59:55

All of this dunya and no one has

00:59:55 --> 00:59:57

all of this dunya. I'll give it all

00:59:57 --> 00:59:59

to you. Would you want to go back?

00:59:59 --> 00:59:59

You say no

01:00:00 --> 01:00:01

except for one.

01:00:03 --> 01:00:03

He said

01:00:07 --> 01:00:09

accept the shahid, the martyr.

01:00:13 --> 01:00:15

Except the martyr, he would love to go

01:00:15 --> 01:00:16

back to be killed again

01:00:18 --> 01:00:19

for Allah's sake.

01:00:20 --> 01:00:23

You see how great what He witnesses, the

01:00:23 --> 01:00:23

shaheed,

01:00:25 --> 01:00:28

that it is better than this entire earth,

01:00:29 --> 01:00:30

right?

01:00:30 --> 01:00:33

Cause that's the only incentive that supersedes it

01:00:33 --> 01:00:35

that is more than it because Allah

01:00:35 --> 01:00:37

if He were to say take all of

01:00:37 --> 01:00:39

this dunya and go back to earth, go

01:00:39 --> 01:00:41

back to this worldly life, he would say

01:00:41 --> 01:00:41

never.

01:00:43 --> 01:00:44

After what I've seen here

01:00:44 --> 01:00:46

I would never want to go back

01:00:48 --> 01:00:51

except if a person is shaheed.

01:00:52 --> 01:00:53

What he sees of Allah's

01:00:54 --> 01:00:55

welcome

01:00:56 --> 01:00:57

and mercy and honor

01:00:58 --> 01:01:00

is greater than anything in the duniya.

01:01:02 --> 01:01:03

And this is what what I said

01:01:04 --> 01:01:06

recently. It says when you look at people

01:01:06 --> 01:01:09

who are killed for Allah's sake,

01:01:10 --> 01:01:11

you feel so sorry for them,

01:01:13 --> 01:01:13

right.

01:01:13 --> 01:01:15

And some people start to lose their faith

01:01:15 --> 01:01:17

because what is happening to them but you

01:01:17 --> 01:01:20

don't realize that if Allah had led them

01:01:20 --> 01:01:22

to shahada, to martyr them,

01:01:23 --> 01:01:26

they have received the greatest gift possible.

01:01:28 --> 01:01:30

So you shouldn't cry over them but cry

01:01:30 --> 01:01:31

over yourself

01:01:32 --> 01:01:34

who had been denied that gift.

01:01:35 --> 01:01:36

Of course, we don't want Muslims to be

01:01:36 --> 01:01:37

harmed and killed

01:01:38 --> 01:01:40

but I'm saying look at it not only

01:01:40 --> 01:01:42

from the perspective of this life and what

01:01:42 --> 01:01:42

is happening

01:01:43 --> 01:01:45

but from the perspective of the next life

01:01:45 --> 01:01:47

and what Allah has promised those

01:01:47 --> 01:01:49

who are martyred, who are killed.

01:01:50 --> 01:01:50

Right.

01:01:50 --> 01:01:53

So if this dunya is nothing in the

01:01:53 --> 01:01:55

sight of Allah Azza Wa Jal

01:01:55 --> 01:01:57

and it's gonna end anyway and

01:01:58 --> 01:01:59

if we need

01:02:01 --> 01:02:02

to give up some of it,

01:02:03 --> 01:02:04

especially the parts of it that we love

01:02:04 --> 01:02:06

to get to get Allah's love,

01:02:07 --> 01:02:09

then we should start thinking about giving up

01:02:09 --> 01:02:11

more and more of it

01:02:11 --> 01:02:13

for the sake of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

01:02:13 --> 01:02:14

And as

01:02:15 --> 01:02:16

the Nun is gonna say now,

01:02:17 --> 01:02:18

the love of Allah and the love of

01:02:18 --> 01:02:21

the dunya are always in competition and

01:02:21 --> 01:02:23

they cannot coexist

01:02:23 --> 01:02:24

in a person's heart.

01:02:25 --> 01:02:26

So this is what he said,

01:02:41 --> 01:02:43

He says know that Allah's beloved

01:02:44 --> 01:02:47

does not consider any sacrifice for Allah's sake

01:02:47 --> 01:02:48

to be too big

01:02:48 --> 01:02:50

because for them there is nothing greater than

01:02:50 --> 01:02:51

Allah.

01:02:53 --> 01:02:55

There is nothing that you can give up

01:02:55 --> 01:02:56

for Allah

01:02:56 --> 01:02:59

is too big because already for you,

01:02:59 --> 01:03:01

with you, in your heart

01:03:01 --> 01:03:02

Allah is the biggest.

01:03:04 --> 01:03:07

Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest

01:03:07 --> 01:03:09

love that you have. So there is no

01:03:09 --> 01:03:11

thing as this is too much sacrifice.

01:03:13 --> 01:03:13

Allah

01:03:17 --> 01:03:19

is always more important than that.

01:03:26 --> 01:03:28

He says, So the one who loves Allah

01:03:29 --> 01:03:31

must exhibit the mark of that

01:03:31 --> 01:03:33

in terms of rejection of the dunya

01:03:34 --> 01:03:36

distance from the dunya meaning if you really

01:03:36 --> 01:03:36

love Allah

01:03:37 --> 01:03:39

then you should manifest

01:03:39 --> 01:03:41

a distance from the dunya

01:03:42 --> 01:03:44

that reflects how much you love Allah.

01:03:49 --> 01:03:50

Because it's impossible,

01:03:51 --> 01:03:51

he said,

01:03:52 --> 01:03:54

that the love of Allah could coexist in

01:03:54 --> 01:03:56

the heart with the love of the dunya

01:04:01 --> 01:04:02

So whoever loves Allah

01:04:03 --> 01:04:05

does not give much weight to what he

01:04:05 --> 01:04:07

receives from the dunya. He does not think

01:04:07 --> 01:04:10

of it to be much to be celebrated.

01:04:13 --> 01:04:16

And He does not need anything from someone

01:04:16 --> 01:04:18

other than the one that He loves.

01:04:20 --> 01:04:21

Now this is

01:04:22 --> 01:04:22

deep,

01:04:23 --> 01:04:25

right? This is really deep

01:04:26 --> 01:04:28

and don't think that if you just read

01:04:28 --> 01:04:30

it or if I just read it we

01:04:30 --> 01:04:31

understand it.

01:04:32 --> 01:04:33

This requires

01:04:34 --> 01:04:34

application

01:04:35 --> 01:04:38

and struggle for you to start to feel

01:04:38 --> 01:04:38

it,

01:04:39 --> 01:04:41

for you to be able to say

01:04:42 --> 01:04:45

nothing is too big to be sacrificed for

01:04:45 --> 01:04:46

Allah's sake.

01:04:47 --> 01:04:48

Right.

01:04:48 --> 01:04:50

And what comes to mind is Ibrahim alaihis

01:04:50 --> 01:04:52

salam sacrificing his son Ismail.

01:04:54 --> 01:04:55

Nothing is too big

01:04:56 --> 01:04:57

to give to Allah Azzur.

01:04:58 --> 01:05:00

Not time, not money,

01:05:00 --> 01:05:01

not family,

01:05:02 --> 01:05:02

not myself.

01:05:05 --> 01:05:07

And what he is saying, he says you

01:05:07 --> 01:05:08

can't love 2 at the same time not

01:05:08 --> 01:05:10

the dunya and Allah.

01:05:12 --> 01:05:14

What he means by that is what? What

01:05:14 --> 01:05:15

is dominant

01:05:16 --> 01:05:18

can only be 1. You can love Allah

01:05:18 --> 01:05:20

and love parts of the dunya

01:05:20 --> 01:05:22

but those parts of the dunya are not

01:05:22 --> 01:05:22

dominant.

01:05:24 --> 01:05:25

1 is dominant.

01:05:26 --> 01:05:28

You have 1 rabb, 1 Ilah, and 1

01:05:28 --> 01:05:30

master. You don't have multiple masters.

01:05:31 --> 01:05:33

So if the love of Allah is dominant,

01:05:34 --> 01:05:35

the dunya cannot compete

01:05:36 --> 01:05:38

and you'll give up the dunya for Allah

01:05:38 --> 01:05:39

Azzawajal.

01:05:39 --> 01:05:41

If the love of the dunya is dominant,

01:05:41 --> 01:05:43

you'll give up Allah for the dunya

01:05:46 --> 01:05:48

And that is the struggle and that is

01:05:48 --> 01:05:50

tawheed and that is shirk.

01:05:51 --> 01:05:52

Shirk is not always

01:05:53 --> 01:05:55

lowering your head to an idol.

01:05:56 --> 01:05:58

Shirk is sometimes lowering your heart

01:05:59 --> 01:06:01

to an idol that is on the inside,

01:06:02 --> 01:06:04

to a love that is on the inside.

01:06:05 --> 01:06:06

So

01:06:06 --> 01:06:08

when we give from what we love,

01:06:09 --> 01:06:10

we're trying to fight that

01:06:12 --> 01:06:13

because the love of dunya is not gonna

01:06:13 --> 01:06:15

leave our hearts that easily.

01:06:16 --> 01:06:17

And the love of

01:06:17 --> 01:06:19

Allah is not gonna grow in the heart

01:06:19 --> 01:06:21

that easily. It has to be

01:06:21 --> 01:06:23

pushed. We have to strive.

01:06:24 --> 01:06:25

So you have to look at the things

01:06:25 --> 01:06:28

that you love, and whenever you see them

01:06:28 --> 01:06:30

competing with Allah's love, you have to say

01:06:30 --> 01:06:32

Allah should come first.

01:06:33 --> 01:06:35

Even if I'm not at the level where

01:06:35 --> 01:06:37

naturally Allah is coming first,

01:06:37 --> 01:06:40

you say Allah should come first. Push yourself.

01:06:41 --> 01:06:43

So it's time for salah

01:06:43 --> 01:06:45

or you're playing a video game?

01:06:47 --> 01:06:49

Or it's time for salah and you want

01:06:49 --> 01:06:50

to sleep?

01:06:51 --> 01:06:53

Or you're time for salah and you're having

01:06:53 --> 01:06:55

an interesting phone conversation with a friend

01:06:56 --> 01:06:58

or it's time for salah and you're watching

01:06:58 --> 01:06:59

a movie or

01:07:00 --> 01:07:00

That competition

01:07:01 --> 01:07:03

which you put first tells you

01:07:04 --> 01:07:05

what you love more.

01:07:06 --> 01:07:07

This is impossible

01:07:07 --> 01:07:07

that

01:07:08 --> 01:07:09

you love Allah Azawajal

01:07:10 --> 01:07:12

more and you don't respond to His call.

01:07:14 --> 01:07:16

And we mentioned before the reason why we

01:07:16 --> 01:07:18

commit a sin is why?

01:07:19 --> 01:07:22

Because we love that sin at that moment

01:07:22 --> 01:07:23

more than we love Allah.

01:07:23 --> 01:07:25

It'd be impossible again

01:07:26 --> 01:07:28

if we love Allah more at that time

01:07:29 --> 01:07:30

for us to commit that sin.

01:07:32 --> 01:07:32

So

01:07:33 --> 01:07:36

the Noun Rahimahullah is saying

01:07:36 --> 01:07:38

what? If Allah is truly great in your

01:07:38 --> 01:07:39

heart,

01:07:40 --> 01:07:42

then nothing would be equal to Him.

01:07:44 --> 01:07:44

And

01:07:45 --> 01:07:47

if you want Allah to be great in

01:07:47 --> 01:07:47

your heart

01:07:48 --> 01:07:50

you have to take the love of Dhaniyah

01:07:50 --> 01:07:51

out of it.

01:07:52 --> 01:07:53

And one way

01:07:55 --> 01:07:56

to do that

01:07:57 --> 01:07:59

is to follow the Sharia of Muhammad

01:08:02 --> 01:08:04

Ibrahim Abu Adam said this on page 407,

01:08:12 --> 01:08:13

He says, Wara,

01:08:14 --> 01:08:17

which is leaving the haram and doubtful matters,

01:08:18 --> 01:08:20

leads 1 to Zuhd, which is turning away

01:08:20 --> 01:08:21

from the world.

01:08:22 --> 01:08:24

And turning away from the world leads one

01:08:24 --> 01:08:25

to the love of Allah Azzud.

01:08:27 --> 01:08:29

So Ibn 'Adham here is saying

01:08:30 --> 01:08:31

as if the Sharia,

01:08:32 --> 01:08:33

all of it is designed

01:08:34 --> 01:08:36

to lead you gradually to the love of

01:08:36 --> 01:08:38

Allah Azza wa Jal. What is the first

01:08:38 --> 01:08:41

level he's talking about? He's saying warah.

01:08:41 --> 01:08:44

Warah is turning away from the haram. He's

01:08:44 --> 01:08:45

saying, no, this is haram. I'm not gonna

01:08:45 --> 01:08:48

do it. And that's Haram. I'm not gonna

01:08:48 --> 01:08:48

do it.

01:08:49 --> 01:08:52

Add to it doubtful matters. Al Mushtabihat

01:08:52 --> 01:08:53

or Ashhubuhat.

01:08:53 --> 01:08:56

They say this is ambiguous. This could be

01:08:56 --> 01:08:58

right or could be wrong. Could be haram

01:08:58 --> 01:09:00

or could be halal. Better stay away from

01:09:00 --> 01:09:02

it. They say if you do this,

01:09:03 --> 01:09:05

then you will shun, you will stay away

01:09:05 --> 01:09:08

from a large portion of this dunya.

01:09:09 --> 01:09:10

Right or wrong?

01:09:12 --> 01:09:14

A large portion of that duniya

01:09:15 --> 01:09:17

that is destructive, that is harmful.

01:09:18 --> 01:09:20

When you say no to the haram

01:09:21 --> 01:09:22

and to what is doubtful,

01:09:23 --> 01:09:26

you've distanced yourself already from parts of that

01:09:26 --> 01:09:26

dunya

01:09:27 --> 01:09:28

that are very destructive.

01:09:30 --> 01:09:31

That's your first level.

01:09:33 --> 01:09:36

And if you manage to fulfill that level,

01:09:36 --> 01:09:37

he says, then comes Zuhd.

01:09:38 --> 01:09:41

And Zuhd is turning away from the world,

01:09:41 --> 01:09:42

meaning the unnecessary,

01:09:44 --> 01:09:46

the non beneficial part of it.

01:09:47 --> 01:09:49

So you look for instance at, I could

01:09:49 --> 01:09:51

buy this mansion or this house, but this

01:09:51 --> 01:09:53

house is enough for me. I don't need

01:09:53 --> 01:09:55

that mansion. So you will have zuhd in

01:09:55 --> 01:09:57

it. So you buy what is less. I

01:09:57 --> 01:09:59

can buy this expensive brand but this lesser

01:09:59 --> 01:10:02

brand does the job so you buy this

01:10:02 --> 01:10:03

not that.

01:10:04 --> 01:10:06

I can be extravagant or I could be

01:10:06 --> 01:10:09

humble. Being humble is better. So you be

01:10:09 --> 01:10:11

humble instead of being extravagant. So that type

01:10:11 --> 01:10:15

of zuhd which is shunning the dunya, excessive

01:10:15 --> 01:10:17

dunya, turns you away from further

01:10:18 --> 01:10:19

parts of it.

01:10:20 --> 01:10:21

And when you

01:10:21 --> 01:10:23

diminish, when you decrease the love of the

01:10:23 --> 01:10:26

dunya and the place that it has in

01:10:26 --> 01:10:27

your heart,

01:10:27 --> 01:10:30

you're not spending time on it, you're not

01:10:30 --> 01:10:32

worried about it, you're not thinking about it,

01:10:33 --> 01:10:35

then the rest of the heart is free

01:10:35 --> 01:10:36

to think about Allah

01:10:39 --> 01:10:39

right?

01:10:39 --> 01:10:41

And that's how it leads you to the

01:10:41 --> 01:10:43

love of Allah it empties the heart of

01:10:43 --> 01:10:44

the dunya

01:10:44 --> 01:10:46

to allow Allah to enter your heart

01:10:47 --> 01:10:48

but if you don't do this,

01:10:49 --> 01:10:52

the dunya will occupy the heart and displace

01:10:52 --> 01:10:53

Allah from it.

01:10:55 --> 01:10:56

So then think to yourself,

01:10:57 --> 01:10:58

what do you worry about the most?

01:10:59 --> 01:11:01

What do you think about the most?

01:11:02 --> 01:11:04

What do you want to achieve the most?

01:11:04 --> 01:11:06

And if it's all related to the dunya,

01:11:06 --> 01:11:08

then the dunya and its love is what

01:11:08 --> 01:11:09

is dominant,

01:11:09 --> 01:11:10

not Allah

01:11:11 --> 01:11:13

What do I do?

01:11:14 --> 01:11:15

That process.

01:11:17 --> 01:11:19

Don't think about the Haram or seek it.

01:11:20 --> 01:11:21

Don't seek

01:11:21 --> 01:11:23

or partake of the ambiguous.

01:11:24 --> 01:11:25

Stay away from

01:11:26 --> 01:11:27

it. The next step,

01:11:28 --> 01:11:29

non beneficial,

01:11:29 --> 01:11:31

excessive, extra, extravagant.

01:11:33 --> 01:11:34

It's halal,

01:11:35 --> 01:11:37

but it's not needed, and it's distracting.

01:11:38 --> 01:11:40

Try to gradually withdraw from it.

01:11:42 --> 01:11:44

What do I replace it with?

01:11:45 --> 01:11:47

Things that please Allah Azza wa Jal. And

01:11:47 --> 01:11:48

be patient

01:11:49 --> 01:11:51

and ask Allah for support

01:11:53 --> 01:11:56

until you start to actually value and love

01:11:56 --> 01:11:57

what Allah loves

01:11:58 --> 01:12:00

more than what yourself likes,

01:12:00 --> 01:12:03

more than what other people like.

01:12:03 --> 01:12:05

And then you would have achieved

01:12:07 --> 01:12:09

the love of Allah Azza wa Jal or

01:12:09 --> 01:12:10

at least

01:12:10 --> 01:12:12

the possibility and the potential to love Him

01:12:12 --> 01:12:14

Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

01:12:16 --> 01:12:18

So what we want to take and learn

01:12:18 --> 01:12:19

from this hadith

01:12:21 --> 01:12:24

is what Allah Azzawajal said in the ayah

01:12:27 --> 01:12:29

You'll not be able to conquer the love

01:12:29 --> 01:12:31

that you have for this dunya

01:12:31 --> 01:12:33

until you give up what you love from

01:12:33 --> 01:12:34

it for Allah's sake.

01:12:35 --> 01:12:38

Right? You're not gonna be able to conquer

01:12:38 --> 01:12:40

the love that the hold that this world

01:12:40 --> 01:12:41

has

01:12:41 --> 01:12:43

on you. You will not be able to

01:12:43 --> 01:12:45

defeat it until you spend from what you

01:12:45 --> 01:12:47

love and give that to Allah Azza wa

01:12:47 --> 01:12:50

Jal. When you start the process and you

01:12:50 --> 01:12:52

push yourself, they give up

01:12:52 --> 01:12:54

wealth but not only that

01:12:55 --> 01:12:57

time as well,

01:12:57 --> 01:12:58

body

01:12:58 --> 01:12:59

as well,

01:13:00 --> 01:13:03

your thoughts, what you're thinking about as well

01:13:03 --> 01:13:04

to give that for Allah

01:13:06 --> 01:13:07

and withdraw that from the dunya,

01:13:08 --> 01:13:08

only

01:13:09 --> 01:13:11

then would you be available to love Allah

01:13:12 --> 01:13:14

But if not, the dunya will not allow

01:13:14 --> 01:13:17

you to love Allah. We'll continue to struggle.

01:13:18 --> 01:13:19

Now the path

01:13:19 --> 01:13:20

is clear.

01:13:20 --> 01:13:21

What is

01:13:22 --> 01:13:24

or has remained is for us, insha'Allah, to

01:13:24 --> 01:13:27

take that and digest it and to at

01:13:27 --> 01:13:28

least start to take

01:13:29 --> 01:13:31

small steps towards that end

01:13:31 --> 01:13:33

because this whole thing

01:13:33 --> 01:13:36

could seem overwhelming. So what do I do

01:13:36 --> 01:13:36

then?

01:13:38 --> 01:13:40

If you decide to be more humble in

01:13:40 --> 01:13:41

how you dress, how you talk,

01:13:42 --> 01:13:44

if you decide to be

01:13:44 --> 01:13:46

more pleasing to Allah in how you spend

01:13:46 --> 01:13:48

money, I'm not going to spend it on

01:13:48 --> 01:13:50

haram, I'm not going to be wasteful,

01:13:50 --> 01:13:52

I'm gonna be more mindful of giving to

01:13:52 --> 01:13:54

Allah Azza wa Jal to those who need

01:13:54 --> 01:13:56

it, I'm gonna try to give from what

01:13:56 --> 01:13:59

I love for Allah's love. If you try

01:13:59 --> 01:14:00

to institute

01:14:00 --> 01:14:02

some of these practices,

01:14:02 --> 01:14:05

even small steps that you take each day

01:14:05 --> 01:14:07

or each week that you can build on

01:14:07 --> 01:14:10

with time, that would be progress towards Allah's

01:14:10 --> 01:14:11

love.

01:14:12 --> 01:14:13

And if you monitor

01:14:13 --> 01:14:15

the state of your heart and what you

01:14:15 --> 01:14:16

love and what is competing

01:14:16 --> 01:14:19

for your attention, you'll understand from time to

01:14:19 --> 01:14:22

time, oh, I'm drifting akhira? No. It doesn't.

01:14:23 --> 01:14:25

Then why am I worried about it?

01:14:30 --> 01:14:32

Why am I paying attention to it? Why

01:14:32 --> 01:14:35

shouldn't I refocus my energy, attention, money,

01:14:35 --> 01:14:38

body, life towards what's gonna last rather than

01:14:38 --> 01:14:40

the thing that's gonna end and perish.

01:14:43 --> 01:14:45

So this is the hadith

01:14:45 --> 01:14:48

and Insha'Allah, let me know if you have

01:14:48 --> 01:14:49

questions.

01:14:49 --> 01:14:50

Happy to

01:14:50 --> 01:14:51

answer them.

01:14:52 --> 01:14:53

We still have some time.

01:15:14 --> 01:15:16

So the question here is it is it

01:15:16 --> 01:15:18

logical or possible that a Muslim could be

01:15:18 --> 01:15:21

inconsistent in maintaining the rights of Allah,

01:15:21 --> 01:15:23

but consistent in observing the rights of other

01:15:23 --> 01:15:25

Muslim people around

01:15:25 --> 01:15:27

him? For example, he does not pray 5

01:15:27 --> 01:15:28

times

01:15:28 --> 01:15:31

but he does not wrong the people around

01:15:31 --> 01:15:32

him. Is it possible?

01:15:33 --> 01:15:33

Not completely

01:15:34 --> 01:15:34

possible.

01:15:36 --> 01:15:37

This person could have,

01:15:39 --> 01:15:41

an imbalance in their life and we talked

01:15:41 --> 01:15:44

about that imbalance before. An imbalance where they're

01:15:44 --> 01:15:45

not right with Allah

01:15:47 --> 01:15:47

but they're more

01:15:48 --> 01:15:50

observant of the rights of people, that they

01:15:50 --> 01:15:52

try not to hurt so and so, not

01:15:52 --> 01:15:54

to insult so and so, not to wrong

01:15:54 --> 01:15:55

them in general,

01:15:56 --> 01:15:58

but that they would be completely right with

01:15:58 --> 01:15:59

people,

01:15:59 --> 01:16:01

that would not be possible

01:16:01 --> 01:16:03

because those people include

01:16:03 --> 01:16:06

spouse and children and parents and anyone who's

01:16:06 --> 01:16:08

around him and you will not be able

01:16:08 --> 01:16:11

to be fully right with people around you

01:16:11 --> 01:16:13

unless you have Allah's guidance to support you

01:16:13 --> 01:16:15

and unless you have patience to be able

01:16:15 --> 01:16:16

to sustain

01:16:17 --> 01:16:19

a proper relationship with people. How do you

01:16:19 --> 01:16:20

know what is right and what is wrong

01:16:20 --> 01:16:23

with people unless Allah tells you how to

01:16:23 --> 01:16:23

act?

01:16:24 --> 01:16:26

Right? That this is right, this is wrong,

01:16:26 --> 01:16:28

this is halal, this is haram. So for

01:16:28 --> 01:16:31

him to be absolutely right with people around

01:16:31 --> 01:16:31

him

01:16:32 --> 01:16:34

though he is not right with Allah Azza

01:16:34 --> 01:16:36

wa Jal, that is not possible. For him

01:16:36 --> 01:16:37

to be better with people than he is

01:16:37 --> 01:16:40

with Allah, yeah, that's possible and in fact

01:16:40 --> 01:16:41

that's observable,

01:16:41 --> 01:16:43

right? And that's indicative

01:16:44 --> 01:16:47

of an imbalance in either understanding Islam or

01:16:47 --> 01:16:49

understanding life in general.

01:16:55 --> 01:16:57

So if it's true that we see the

01:16:57 --> 01:16:59

dunya the way that disbelievers see it, what

01:16:59 --> 01:17:01

do we need to do

01:17:01 --> 01:17:02

to break the cycle

01:17:03 --> 01:17:04

and how to begin?

01:17:05 --> 01:17:07

Well, you begin by understanding how Allah

01:17:10 --> 01:17:12

you keep repeating this and teaching it to

01:17:12 --> 01:17:14

yourself and to your family and to your

01:17:14 --> 01:17:15

children and

01:17:17 --> 01:17:18

it's almost

01:17:18 --> 01:17:20

a daily reminder.

01:17:20 --> 01:17:22

And if you need a daily reminder and

01:17:22 --> 01:17:24

all of us need it, it comes through

01:17:24 --> 01:17:25

Qur'anic recitation

01:17:26 --> 01:17:28

and readings of the hadith of the Prophet

01:17:28 --> 01:17:30

alaihis salatu wa sallam because you are being

01:17:30 --> 01:17:31

bombarded daily

01:17:31 --> 01:17:33

with a viewpoint of the disbelievers.

01:17:34 --> 01:17:36

As soon as you turn on

01:17:36 --> 01:17:39

something that brings information whether it's TV,

01:17:39 --> 01:17:43

computer, your phone, whatever you receive information through,

01:17:44 --> 01:17:44

the information

01:17:45 --> 01:17:47

is always comes through the prism or the

01:17:47 --> 01:17:48

lens of a disbeliever

01:17:49 --> 01:17:51

and it reflects their view of the dunya,

01:17:52 --> 01:17:55

not the view the Muslim view of this

01:17:55 --> 01:17:58

world but the disbelievers view of this world.

01:17:58 --> 01:18:00

So there's always this shift in your mind

01:18:00 --> 01:18:02

towards what they think and what they believe.

01:18:03 --> 01:18:04

So you need to bring yourself back. How

01:18:04 --> 01:18:07

do you bring yourself back? You need that

01:18:07 --> 01:18:10

daily reminder and that daily reminder is in

01:18:10 --> 01:18:11

the Quran and in the Sunnah.

01:18:12 --> 01:18:15

So you can't do without that daily reminder.

01:18:15 --> 01:18:16

And the more that you learn,

01:18:18 --> 01:18:20

the better equipped you are to see the

01:18:20 --> 01:18:23

reality of this life and to decipher

01:18:24 --> 01:18:25

its messages

01:18:26 --> 01:18:27

to know right from wrong

01:18:28 --> 01:18:29

and to,

01:18:30 --> 01:18:32

block the attempts of misinterpreting

01:18:32 --> 01:18:35

life that comes through that lens or prism

01:18:36 --> 01:18:38

that I talked about. So this is how

01:18:38 --> 01:18:41

you begin, Wallahu 'alam, and sustain that effort.

01:18:44 --> 01:18:47

You can celebrate the worldly achievements of your

01:18:47 --> 01:18:50

children, but it's always good to connect this

01:18:50 --> 01:18:51

to Allah Azza wa Jal.

01:18:52 --> 01:18:53

So you won this, you

01:18:54 --> 01:18:57

succeeded here, but who is behind that success?

01:18:57 --> 01:18:59

Remember to thank Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala

01:19:00 --> 01:19:02

and use that achievement, use whatever you have

01:19:02 --> 01:19:04

learned and earned

01:19:04 --> 01:19:06

to please Him Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. So it's

01:19:06 --> 01:19:08

not about let me celebrate

01:19:09 --> 01:19:10

my own glory,

01:19:11 --> 01:19:12

my own greatness.

01:19:13 --> 01:19:15

No. Reflect back to Allah.

01:19:16 --> 01:19:18

Reflect back to how are you gonna use

01:19:18 --> 01:19:20

this now? So you graduated, you have a

01:19:20 --> 01:19:23

degree. Alhamdulillah. Good. Is it going to enable

01:19:23 --> 01:19:24

you to get a job, to get money,

01:19:24 --> 01:19:26

and all of that? But how are you

01:19:26 --> 01:19:28

going to use this to please Allah? That's

01:19:28 --> 01:19:30

the question. How is this going to bring

01:19:30 --> 01:19:33

you to Allah Azza wa Jal? That's how

01:19:33 --> 01:19:35

the celebration of the dunya does not turn

01:19:35 --> 01:19:36

into vanity.

01:19:40 --> 01:19:41

Right?

01:19:45 --> 01:19:47

What is best what what best to do

01:19:47 --> 01:19:49

as parents when we see the competition

01:19:50 --> 01:19:51

that our children have,

01:19:52 --> 01:19:54

that struggle seeming like he put other matters

01:19:54 --> 01:19:56

before Allah. So if you see that your

01:19:56 --> 01:19:58

child or even you see yourself

01:19:59 --> 01:20:01

putting others before Allah,

01:20:01 --> 01:20:04

it's the reminders here that matter.

01:20:05 --> 01:20:08

Don't compete for the sake of the duniya

01:20:08 --> 01:20:09

for the duniya itself

01:20:10 --> 01:20:11

because you're going to lose all of it

01:20:11 --> 01:20:12

and then what?

01:20:13 --> 01:20:14

But if you want to compete to get

01:20:14 --> 01:20:16

the duniya, make it for Allah Azza wa

01:20:16 --> 01:20:19

Jal. Be the best in what you're doing

01:20:19 --> 01:20:21

to please Him Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala so you

01:20:21 --> 01:20:23

could help others. Not so that you would

01:20:23 --> 01:20:25

be the best. Then what are you gonna

01:20:25 --> 01:20:26

do with being the best?

01:20:27 --> 01:20:29

What if you are the smartest

01:20:29 --> 01:20:31

or the wealthiest or the fastest

01:20:32 --> 01:20:34

or the one who can jump the highest,

01:20:34 --> 01:20:35

but then what are you going to do

01:20:35 --> 01:20:36

with this?

01:20:37 --> 01:20:39

So simply it's just to,

01:20:40 --> 01:20:41

glorify yourself,

01:20:42 --> 01:20:43

then all that is wasted.

01:20:44 --> 01:20:45

All that is wasted.

01:20:46 --> 01:20:48

But if it is to help other people,

01:20:48 --> 01:20:50

if you want to compete to help other

01:20:50 --> 01:20:51

people,

01:20:51 --> 01:20:53

then your competition matters.

01:20:53 --> 01:20:57

So redirect the cause or the goal of

01:20:57 --> 01:20:58

that competition

01:20:58 --> 01:21:00

and remind them to make it for Allah

01:21:01 --> 01:21:02

and remind them that

01:21:02 --> 01:21:05

the world is vanishing soon.

01:21:06 --> 01:21:08

So don't look at yourself and achievements but

01:21:08 --> 01:21:10

rather connect it to Allah, Azza wa Jal.

01:21:13 --> 01:21:15

Anyone present here? Yeah.

01:21:19 --> 01:21:21

What is a good definition of

01:21:22 --> 01:21:23

Zuhud?

01:21:24 --> 01:21:26

So zuhud is to

01:21:27 --> 01:21:28

renunciation,

01:21:31 --> 01:21:32

distance from,

01:21:32 --> 01:21:33

is for you

01:21:34 --> 01:21:36

to think less of something,

01:21:37 --> 01:21:39

To think less of something. It can be

01:21:39 --> 01:21:41

used in the context of the dunya or

01:21:41 --> 01:21:41

linguistically.

01:21:42 --> 01:21:43

He

01:21:43 --> 01:21:45

does not like it anymore. He thinks less

01:21:45 --> 01:21:47

of it. He's turning away from

01:21:48 --> 01:21:49

it. So that's the zud,

01:21:49 --> 01:21:52

a distance from it because in your eyes,

01:21:52 --> 01:21:53

it is less.

01:22:03 --> 01:22:06

Right. So anything so a definition of Zuhd

01:22:06 --> 01:22:09

could be anything that takes you away from

01:22:09 --> 01:22:09

Allah is

01:22:10 --> 01:22:13

something that you should stay away from, have

01:22:13 --> 01:22:13

Zuhd in.

01:22:15 --> 01:22:17

So anything also you could also phrase it

01:22:17 --> 01:22:20

as anything that does not benefit you in

01:22:20 --> 01:22:20

the akhira

01:22:22 --> 01:22:24

stay away from it. And that is kind

01:22:24 --> 01:22:25

of

01:22:25 --> 01:22:27

the highest levels of Zuhud

01:22:27 --> 01:22:30

because we can have Zuhud in the, Haram.

01:22:31 --> 01:22:32

Obviously, right. That's an obligation.

01:22:33 --> 01:22:35

You can have Zuhd in the Mubah.

01:22:35 --> 01:22:37

Mubah meaning the

01:22:38 --> 01:22:38

permissible.

01:22:39 --> 01:22:41

But here anything that does not even benefit

01:22:41 --> 01:22:42

you in the akhira,

01:22:43 --> 01:22:45

you have zuhud in it that's the highest

01:22:45 --> 01:22:48

level of zud. Meaning if it benefits, brings

01:22:48 --> 01:22:48

me to Allah,

01:22:49 --> 01:22:51

I'm for it and with it and next

01:22:51 --> 01:22:52

to it. If not,

01:22:53 --> 01:22:54

I don't care about

01:22:55 --> 01:22:55

it.

01:22:56 --> 01:22:58

You would be climbing into different different levels

01:22:59 --> 01:22:59

in Zohar.

01:23:14 --> 01:23:14

No.

01:23:18 --> 01:23:19

No. I mean,

01:23:20 --> 01:23:21

it gets political.

01:23:22 --> 01:23:23

It gets political sometime.

01:23:25 --> 01:23:27

For sure. For sure. I mean, they were

01:23:27 --> 01:23:28

gonna die, they were gonna die anyway. They're

01:23:28 --> 01:23:31

gonna die anyway. Alhamdulillah. May Allah accept, you

01:23:31 --> 01:23:33

know, their their death and their,

01:23:34 --> 01:23:34

their deeds.

01:23:36 --> 01:23:37

Come to see it, sister.

01:23:46 --> 01:23:47

So he didn't get the point about the

01:23:47 --> 01:23:49

shahid, why he would like to go back

01:23:49 --> 01:23:51

to the duniya, to be killed

01:23:52 --> 01:23:53

again.

01:23:54 --> 01:23:55

Because of the

01:23:56 --> 01:23:59

honor that he sees receiving from Allah Azzud.

01:23:59 --> 01:24:01

He receives such an honor.

01:24:01 --> 01:24:03

Think of it as such a celebration,

01:24:05 --> 01:24:06

such a such praise,

01:24:07 --> 01:24:08

such elevation,

01:24:09 --> 01:24:11

that he would wish to see that again.

01:24:12 --> 01:24:14

And that is we said that is better

01:24:14 --> 01:24:16

than everything that you see in the dunya.

01:24:16 --> 01:24:18

SubhanAllah, I mean a lot of us in

01:24:18 --> 01:24:20

the dunya we would kill

01:24:20 --> 01:24:23

other people for a portion of this dunya,

01:24:24 --> 01:24:26

right? What do you think we would do

01:24:26 --> 01:24:27

if somebody's going to give us all of

01:24:27 --> 01:24:28

this duniya

01:24:29 --> 01:24:31

yet all of this duniya to someone who

01:24:31 --> 01:24:33

had seen the akhirah is nothing,

01:24:34 --> 01:24:36

right? You know, like,

01:24:36 --> 01:24:38

the closest that I can give you.

01:24:38 --> 01:24:40

Have you ever seen

01:24:40 --> 01:24:42

a really, really good dream?

01:24:43 --> 01:24:45

Then you when you wake up from that

01:24:45 --> 01:24:46

dream, you say to myself, why did I

01:24:46 --> 01:24:48

wake up? It was such a good dream.

01:24:48 --> 01:24:51

Like, the feeling there could never be reproduced

01:24:51 --> 01:24:53

in life. You got that sometimes,

01:24:54 --> 01:24:56

right? And you say to yourself I wish

01:24:56 --> 01:24:57

I could go back there. If I could

01:24:57 --> 01:24:59

go back there I want to stay there

01:24:59 --> 01:25:02

Because the feeling is unmatched to anything that

01:25:02 --> 01:25:04

you see in the dunya. You got that

01:25:04 --> 01:25:04

feeling sometimes?

01:25:05 --> 01:25:07

So you understand how

01:25:07 --> 01:25:09

people in the next life

01:25:09 --> 01:25:12

would have such an experience that surpasses your

01:25:12 --> 01:25:15

experience of that dream many, many, many times

01:25:15 --> 01:25:17

that what they feel that the serenity,

01:25:18 --> 01:25:19

the peace,

01:25:19 --> 01:25:21

just the joy and you say come back

01:25:21 --> 01:25:23

to the dunya. You say but

01:25:24 --> 01:25:25

I would never do

01:25:25 --> 01:25:27

this. Leave this to that.

01:25:28 --> 01:25:29

I was struggling, I was

01:25:30 --> 01:25:31

unhappy, I was depressed

01:25:32 --> 01:25:34

but here it's so blissful,

01:25:34 --> 01:25:35

it's so peaceful.

01:25:37 --> 01:25:39

Now imagine the shahid saying I would leave

01:25:39 --> 01:25:41

all of that, to go back to the

01:25:41 --> 01:25:41

dunya,

01:25:42 --> 01:25:44

all of its trouble to be killed

01:25:44 --> 01:25:45

not to live,

01:25:45 --> 01:25:46

killed again,

01:25:47 --> 01:25:48

to be in battle again

01:25:49 --> 01:25:50

because when I

01:25:51 --> 01:25:53

am received by Allah Azza wa Jal, all

01:25:53 --> 01:25:54

the honor,

01:25:54 --> 01:25:56

all the joy, all the peace,

01:25:56 --> 01:25:58

I want to see that again.

01:25:59 --> 01:25:59

That's why.

01:26:02 --> 01:26:05

Uh-huh, to be killed again. But Allah says,

01:26:05 --> 01:26:06

no, you cannot.

01:26:08 --> 01:26:09

Go. There's more.

01:26:27 --> 01:26:30

The people which you have done to them

01:26:30 --> 01:26:32

to do the same or better.

01:26:34 --> 01:26:35

I don't

01:26:40 --> 01:26:42

understand. So, I mean, Zohod as which is

01:26:42 --> 01:26:44

the question is about levels of Zohod. You

01:26:44 --> 01:26:47

graduate in Zuhud, as we said. So as

01:26:47 --> 01:26:49

we said, there is this Zuhud in the

01:26:49 --> 01:26:49

Haram,

01:26:50 --> 01:26:52

then Zuhud in the Doubtful Matters,

01:26:53 --> 01:26:54

zuhud

01:26:54 --> 01:26:55

in the disliked,

01:26:56 --> 01:26:58

zuhud in the Mubah, the permissible,

01:26:59 --> 01:27:01

and then ultimately zuhud in anything that does

01:27:01 --> 01:27:03

not bring you close to Allah.

01:27:04 --> 01:27:06

So we talked about zuhud in excessive Mubah

01:27:07 --> 01:27:09

then it will be zuhud in any Mubah

01:27:09 --> 01:27:10

anything permissible

01:27:11 --> 01:27:13

that does not bring you to Allah

01:27:13 --> 01:27:15

That is at the level where a person

01:27:15 --> 01:27:18

would sleep for Allah's sake, eat for Allah's

01:27:18 --> 01:27:20

sake, work for Allah's sake,

01:27:21 --> 01:27:24

speak for Allah's sake, be quiet for Allah's

01:27:24 --> 01:27:27

sake. So anything to them that is permissible

01:27:28 --> 01:27:30

but does not lead to Allah they don't

01:27:30 --> 01:27:31

engage in

01:27:31 --> 01:27:33

and anything that they engage in is for

01:27:33 --> 01:27:34

Allah Azzawal.

01:27:34 --> 01:27:37

Even anything permissible that they do. So they

01:27:37 --> 01:27:39

marry for Allah's sake, they have children for

01:27:39 --> 01:27:41

Allah's sake that is the highest level of

01:27:41 --> 01:27:43

zuhl. So all of their life is for

01:27:43 --> 01:27:46

Allah and it is distant from anything that

01:27:47 --> 01:27:48

is away from Muhammad.

01:27:53 --> 01:27:56

Does this apply to other categories of other

01:27:56 --> 01:27:58

than the killed one? No. Just the killed

01:27:58 --> 01:27:59

one, Allahu'ala.

01:28:00 --> 01:28:02

Just the killed one because it says

01:28:02 --> 01:28:03

the one who is killed.

01:28:04 --> 01:28:06

There is this question here that I don't

01:28:06 --> 01:28:09

fully understand. It says, Tell people what you

01:28:09 --> 01:28:11

have done to help them to do the

01:28:11 --> 01:28:12

same or better,

01:28:12 --> 01:28:15

not looking for recognition. Does that count as

01:28:15 --> 01:28:17

glorified? No. I think I understand the question.

01:28:17 --> 01:28:19

So if you're telling people about the good

01:28:19 --> 01:28:21

things that you have done in order to

01:28:21 --> 01:28:23

motivate and inspire them,

01:28:23 --> 01:28:25

that's not self glorification.

01:28:26 --> 01:28:28

That is if the intent is to motivate,

01:28:28 --> 01:28:30

then Allah rewards you for that intent.

01:28:30 --> 01:28:31

Right? Allahu'an.

01:28:33 --> 01:28:35

I think Insha'Allah we will conclude

01:28:36 --> 01:28:37

for today, and we'll see you at

01:28:38 --> 01:28:39

the same time next week.

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