This is Love #19 Be kind for the Prophet to love you
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Hadith 19 In sha Allah.
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The hadith is a is an incident where the prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam redirects the Sahaba
and tells them how is it that they can attain the love of Allah and His messenger and our process throughout the book is to do few things. One is to understand the importance of the love of Allah subhanaw taala and that it should be the ultimate resuIt. Once that settles in, the next question that follows is how to get that love. And how do you increase it? So this is one of the Hadith that tells you how.
So the Sahaba said, Guna Indra Rasulillah, he further habito hodin for the Messiah, the houfy he submitted or
he said we were around the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam and he asked for water for will do. So he dipped his hand in it and he made will do.
So they said further Tibetan now HuFa has Sona. So he said, we collected his water. We went after the water of his will do the one he made will do n and we drank it.
So the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam said Mohamed El Camino. Masana to me says what moved you to do this?
So they said Ebola he was a Zulu. He says the love of Allah and His Messenger, meaning we did this because we love Allah. And the messenger Ali Salatu was Salam
ala Farina, enough to meet your HIPAA Comala who are solo do either to mean to them was the who either had death Doom, why synergy Waterman Java calm. It says if you want Allah or if you love that Allah and the messenger would love you then do the three following things. When you entrusted fulfill that trust and when you speak, you'll be honest, and if you be kind to your neighbors.
So he is saying here la Salatu was Salam. This is what you did out of love. But if you truly want if your objective is for Allah and His messenger to love you do these three things, which is what the Amana honesty and kindness to the neighbor.
Now, before we go into the statement of the Prophet alayhi salatu, was salam, right? You will notice in this hadith, how much they loved him and he used salatu salam.
And remember also last time, when we mentioned the how Baraka bodily Baraka is exclusive to the Prophet. Remember that? So it's only the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam who could
or who does have Baraka in his body Baraka in his hair, his sweat is His body has Baraka Ali salatu salam, and that is from Allah subhanho wa Taala because no human being has the ability to possess and give baraka, you know, what, Baraka is baraka is to bless, so that if he puts his hand in water, Ali salatu salam, as we will see, and you drink that water, there is baraka in it, there is goodness in it, because it touched the body of the messenger RNA is Salatu was Salam. But who gives this Baraka? Not a human being only Allah?
Is Allah is the only one who benefits and harms.
No human being can, no other object can. So Allah azza wa jal is the one who gives baraka to those who who touched the body of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam or did what they did with that water. So first of all, notice how much they loved Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and that is part of their love for Allah azza wa jal, which is the thing that made them unique and great, because they have achieved levels of that love, that are beyond anything that anyone after can achieve, no, always they will remain our models.
They will remain our inspiration. But we understand that we cannot be like the Sahaba of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. But if we want to achieve a fraction of their greatness, then we have to love Allah azza wa jal more and we have to love the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam, more and more. So that love is the thing first thing that he wanted to note. And another example of the love that they had for him, and also why they loved him so much. So on page 209, as reported by
Muslim. He said that when the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam would pray Fudger can either Salah Elijah, when he pray Fajr the servants in Medina, like each from each home would bring vessels and containers of water. To him Allah is Salatu was Salam after fajr. And what he would do it that he would dip his hand in all of them.
Right? Again, why is he doing this?
Because this is a Baraka that will be transferred to everybody who will drink from that water. So he'll dip his hand in all of that as many as they bring, he will oblige, he will comply, he will do that for their sake, color for Obama, who feels like that he'll bury the fire Mr. Yoda who fear and they would bring water even on cold mornings, and he would still dip his hand in all of the containers.
Even though it is inconvenient, right? And a very cold morning, very cold water. And he could ally his Salatu was Salam say Not today, not this week, not while it's cold. But as long as they brought that he had a Salatu was Salam would honor their requests. So that tells you, on the one hand, how much they loved him, and they were attached to him.
Because they wanted to be around him, they wanted to have water that touched his body, they wanted to listen to what he said. So that is this emotional, physical connection that they had to the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, that when you notice, you should say to yourself, I want part of that. I want more of this. So let me push myself so I would love him more. So listen to his words more, follow his example more, and wish and pray that you would see him Allah, His Salatu Salam on the last day, right and that he you would drink from al Qaeda, as he hands you the water, pray and cultivate that connection with him at his Salatu was set up. The other thing that you see from that
hadith is that he was a very pleasant person to be around very kind. He doesn't say no, even if it can, it conveniences him if it even if it troubles him at his salatu salam. And you think about that, despite all of the burdens that he carried and all of the sacrifices he had to offer, he still found time for people.
And he still found time to be pleasant, and joyful, and to smile.
You understand what happens when we as individuals, we carry burdens, right? How we turn sour and angry, how we don't have time for people, how we are so agitated all the time. Have a when you lose someone that you love, you wish that you don't want to see anybody and your burden and your your anger and sadness could last for a very long time. So imagine a prophet like Muhammad Ali, his salatu salam who carries the burden of everybody around him, because he is responsible for everybody around him. What if they get killed? What if they get persecuted? What if this and that happens to them, so he has to worry about them, he has to worry about outside, danger inside danger when we
talking about hypocrites,
their guidance, their misguidance delivering the message carrying all of that burden and yet he finds the time to be sweet and kind to everybody. So it was something else to be around the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam because you've always you will always learn something from him. Whatever you ask him, even if he doesn't have, he will give you whatever he has. And he will be hungry Ali is Salatu was Salam. But he will give you he will be in need, but he will give you so appreciate. Appreciate the character of Muhammad Allah, His Salatu was Salam and his sacrifice. And if you want that life changing proximity to him at his Salatu was Salam. We say yes, he's not alive today around
us, for us to learn from him. But what is still alive and what is still preserved is his life
and his wisdom and his sayings and his example, and how he behaved. All that is an inspiration. So the closer you are to it, the more likely that you will behave like him Allah He Salatu was Salam. Even with that burden, even with that trouble in your life, you will be able to replicate some of his character and his Salatu was Salam.
how do we express love is one of the great answers that this hadith provides. Because not every love is the right type of love and not every right love is expressed. Right? Right. So some think of love and that is kind of dominant and very superficial in the West. Love is an absolute good
All right, love is good.
But we say, does that make sense? In the case where you love the wrong thing?
You could love the wrong thing right? So when you commit a sin, why do you commit it? When you commit something wrong? Why do you do it? Because you love to commit that thing you are attracted to it. So every sin every wrong action is based on an element of love. So not every love is fine.
And not every expression of a sound love is in itself fine.
We will come and talk about briefly about ASAP No, Miriam and Isa. Alright.
So here the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam is redirecting the Sahaba from an expression of love that is fine, but into a better expression of love that is more lasting and more rewarding. And we will talk about that.
on page 211, there is this story that helps us understand how someone could exaggerate
expressing an expression of their love. Even though the love itself is sound, and how the prophets Allah Allah wa salam redirects, and he curbs that. So it's a very interesting story, it says that there is a household of the unsought and they had a camel, and they use that camel to carry water on it.
And the camel, maybe all of a sudden, or you know, slowly started to rebel, started to be very difficult, and to reject work for them to reject carrying anything on its back. Super refuses to work.
And so the answer came to the messenger hallelujah. Salatu was Salam, without complaint.
And imagine again, right being mean, in today's world where you are an important leader, you're coming to me with a problem with your camel. Why should I even bother with this, you go solve it on your own. It the Prophet alayhi salatu salam not only receives but he stands up and he walks with them to solve that problem for them. Like somebody asking you today, I have trouble with my car, can you come and help me? And you are an important person you say? Don't you know who I am? I really have time for this. Right? But no, he that's what I'm talking about that he they could come to him with this. And he la Salatu was Sudan we'd have somehow the energy not only the physical energy, but
that emotional energy to actually stand up and go and try to help. That idea of always being able to help those who help people understand that we are very limited when it comes to that energy. But the prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam was something else. So he goes.
I mean, they come to him and they explain and said, we had this camel that used to carry water for us, but now he refuses it. Sluss IBOR is very difficult, and he doesn't want to carry anything. And now our plants our palm trees are about to die because they're drying. So the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said to his companions, stand up, let's go. So they go to that garden and the camel was inside, in one spot over there. So the Prophet sallallahu Sallam started to walk towards him. And the unsalted said, he says, are prophets of Allah. He is like a rabid dog. He's a mad camel. Now we were afraid that if you come too close, he'll harm you. But he said at least Salatu was Salam, he
will not harm me. So when the camel saw the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. He started to walk towards him, and he fell and prostrated in front of the messenger Ali Salatu was Salam. They say
there be no see it. So he held him by his head at a Salatu was Salam and then lemma Kennecott as more the most submissive he ever was the camel, who is this so difficult? he prostrated in from the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, he held him by the head. He was very submissive. And the Prophet pulled him up at him, put him back to work.
So the Sahaba said, O Messenger of Allah, hiya Anna be Allah. He This is an unintelligent animal. And it's frustrating to you and we are intelligent human beings. Shouldn't we prostrate to you? Because we I mean, we should do this more than he it did. So the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam said, it's not fit for a human being to prostrate to another.
Right now, they love the messenger. Alayhi Salatu was Salam. And that request of theirs was based on what
love was that love sound? Absolutely. Would that expression would that have been sound? No. That's what we're what I'm saying. The love could be great.
Allah rewards you for it, the way that you express it could be wrong and liquid punish you for it. So both of them have to be right what you love and how you love it. So what you love has to be right, and how you love it has to be right. Right? Otherwise you can end up you could end up killing someone in the name of love. I love him so much. I'm so jealous, I killed them. That's, that's not the right expression. So both of these things have to be right. And you notice here that this is here, in addition to what we mentioned about the character of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam also that is a sign of his prophethood that even an animal animal would recognize who that person is and
the price straight to him at his Salatu was Salam. So we spoke about Isa, if no Meriam Allah He had an abena Salam.
He said a Salatu was Salam. He says La Thoth Rooney come authority nasaga Abner Meriam for in Nama and Abdul for Hulu, Abdullah, he was a pseudo he said, Don't exaggerate my praise as the Christians have exaggerated the praise of the son of Mary. I'm only his servant or his slave. So say, the servant of Allah and His messenger.
So he also tells you a salatu salam that you could be, you could go overboard with your love, you could exaggerate that love. So even with Muhammad Ali, his Salatu was Salam, there is a limit to your praise beyond that, you could elevate him to a station beyond the one that Allah had given to him beyond what is possible. And you can think that or believe that he is divine, or part of the Divine.
Right? Like if there are some people who will say that Muhammad Ali salatu salam was created from Divine Light.
And everything else was created from that light.
Or that everything was created for Muhammad Ali salatu salam meaning the heavens and the earth, all of that was created for Muhammad Ali, his Salah to answer
that question here. Is that a sound belief, even if the motivation is to love him and a solid to a sinner?
Because if you exaggerate His praise, you would be doing exactly what the Christians have done with ace of new millennium.
And were the Christians doing ISA is service when they said that he was divine.
Were they really honoring an ISA when they said that he was divine? Because they could say, you know, we love him so much. We've elevated him to that status. How could this right?
upset him? How could this be wrong? That is just love.
But as of memoriam Alayhis Salam spent his whole life preaching to him, not sure.
This is what he lived for. This is what he would die for. This is his entire life and message what he would sacrifice for when you go against him you would offend him the most.
And of course, he would upset Allah has zoton So would he be pleased with this? Absolutely not. He would be most upset with that type of shook.
So that is not a love that he will appreciate and that is not a love that Allah azza wa jal rewards. So the same thing with what loving Ali would not be tolerated. Loving al Hassan loving Al Hussein loving Al Bayt, the household of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam, loving anyone. When you elevate them beyond what is permitted, you've crossed the line. You've angered them and before that, you've angered Allah azza wa jal. So, the right expression of love is as important as who you love, right.
So, there are two conditions for any deed to be accepted. One is F loss, and the other one Allah must love it. So if I'm going to do something, whether it's salah, Zakah, fasting, do dhikr
first of all, I should be sincere.
If not, will Allah accept it? No, I should be sincere. In the Malama Lavinia the second condition, is that this thing Allah must love, how do you know if Allah loves something or hates it?
How do you know
who tells you?
I know who tells you what to sort of Lysol because otherwise you have no clue.
Right? No idea of knowing is this right dhikr or right? Or right Freya or right money or is this right or wrong? Only through the message of Muhammad Ali salatu salam would you know if things are right or wrong? So you follow the Sunnah and you have a floss Allah accepts that deed. You miss one of those conditions that deed is not accepted. Okay, even with the best of intentions, so that's why it's in
pourtant to express our love in the right way and follow the Sunnah of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam.
Now, the Hadith, the beginning of it when he said, If you love that Allah and then messenger would love you do this. If you want to learn the messenger to love you then do this, it tells you that love can be a motivation for worship. Right?
So that's clear. If you want Allah to love you do this meaning that out of loving Allah, or for it, do one and two and three. So, love of Allah azza wa jal is an objective of a Buddha, could be your motivation for a Buddha. And it's not the only motivation, because we have three, we have love, we have hope, and we have fear.
And they complement each other. They don't contradict each other, they complement each other. Now some of us might be generally or in particular times in our lives more motivated by fear.
Especially if you find yourself too comfortable, too lacks too forgiving, and you're committing sins and you're not worried about the obligations, then you need to increase a dose of fear into your life so that you come back to the straight path. So read more about hellfire, read more about Allah's punishment and the consequences of sin. Surround yourself with this so that you'd be more afraid of Allah because that is a reality. So fear is a motivation. And it will, I will never be able to bypass it completely. It should always be there. So that's one motivation. What is motivation based on hope?
That is motivation based on Allah's rewards. You read more about Janna and the rewards that are in it rewards in the dunya rewards in the Hereafter. And the more that you read, the more that you're motivated to pray and fast and give them this because you imagine these rewards and you want to get them. So that is based on motivation based on hope. And you need to have some of that, especially if you go more, grow more desperate and hopeless. Sometimes, I'm so bad, I'm so sinful, there is no hope for me, you need more hope to be injected into your life, the third motivation, and that is the most sublime and the best of all motivations is to do this out of loving Allah subhanho wa Taala
where we you will love him subhanho wa Taala because of who he is, because what he had given in terms of all the numbers because of his perfection, his love for you, you do that. And we will talk about why and how that is something superior and something that subsumes everything and should be the motivation of all. But one thing that we should stress before you know we do that insha Allah is that when there is an imbalance of love, it leads to an imbalance in behavior and imbalance, I'm sorry, imbalance and motivation
that leads to an imbalance in practice and an imbalance in belief. So, this quote on page 214, and that's an important one. And one of the things that I want you to remember insha Allah right, because it's a very critical point. So McCole he said Rahim, Allah man, Abdullah Hubbell Hofer Hua Harare, it says, If you worship Allah based on fear alone, you're from the Hermitage. If you worship Allah based on hope alone, you're from the Moto Jia. If you worship Allah based on love alone, you're a heretic, and the one who worships Him with fear, hope and love is on to heat. And that is a very important thing to understand. Because he's saying that if you only focus on the fear of Allah
azza wa jal, you ended up being one of the karate or like them, so the Hawaii bridge. They were very harsh.
very unforgiving. They would excuse me, Nick excommunicate people for the slightest mistakes. If you disagree with me, if you commit a sin, you're out. And if you're out, you're in hellfire forever.
So when you just focus on the fear of Allah, when it's so exaggerated, you become so harsh with yourself so harshly with people around you. So your Arcada is affected your character, your character and so on. And then they move to kill people in the name of that excommunication. No one is a believer except us because of all of their transgressions. So that is an excessive focus on
If you are excessive when it comes to hope, he says, you become one of the merger. The merger who will say it doesn't matter how many sins you make, the law does not matter as much you're
The man is intact and is complete. So that kind of belief, which more of us would be guilty of today, rather than the first one, do whatever Allah is going to forgive you compromises. Allah has Sharia and law, it doesn't matter, as long as I call myself Muslim, and as long as I have the shahada, I have Iman, I'm fine, I'll be forgiven. That cancels the Sharia. And it's catastrophic. Because it's just lays waste to everything that Allah has revealed.
The third one, if you worship Allah, who love alone, without the fear and the hope.
It turns out that that's the most dangerous of all of them because microled said, you become a heretic.
Right? The first two are still Muslims. The third is as you become a heretic, why do you become a heretic if you just worship Allah azza wa jal based on love.
First, the law itself like the second category gets compromised. Because if Allah loves you so much, and you love Allah azza wa jal, it doesn't really matter what you neglect of his commands, you could reach a level of knowledge, where all of these commands could be canceled, as some have claimed in Islamic history. So we're talking about actual examples. None of these commands matter, you've reached a level of Taqwa where you can do whatever you want, there is no sin for you anymore, and there is no obligation for you anymore. And that is heretical.
The other one is that we did and we do still have those who claim the love of Allah azza wa jal, who believe or claim that they can become ONE with Him.
Now these beliefs exist outside of Islam, if you're aware of that or not, that you could unite with the Divine and become one, or that you are actually one already of the Divine. But you have not noticed that yet you're not aware of it, but the love of Allah kind of removes the veils, and you discover that you yourself now are divine.
By right, and then Mirrors by the way, right? A lot of you know, language in
in the West, somehow your divine somehow you're special.
Somehow you're part of God. It's Eastern religions, religions that kind of find their way into the West and also into Islam. So that is heretical as well. So you're telling me Rahim, Allah, He said, which is interesting, he said, among those who claim the love of Allah azza wa jal, there is more opposition to the Sharia, than those who focus on the fear of Allah. And so he said, and this is on page 215, he says, it's so so the scholars who write books of al Qaeda they mentioned in these books of theta, that you would avoid those who excessively talk about the love of Allah azza wa jal, without mention of fear because of the corruption that they bring. Because fear brings balance. But
if you're only focused on the love of Allah xojo alone, that that brings a great imbalance with the person starts believing that him and the divine are one are very, very close about tonight. So that's a point of athlete that I wanted really to stress, because all of the focus in the book is on love. So I don't want someone to understand that. Oh, no, no, we don't need fear or we don't need hope. These are anchors and they complement each other. But going back to the love of Allah azza wa jal and why it is so important.
So you find for instance, in the Quran,
this is on page 216. Or when Allah says yeah, you're Latina, Amma Noma Yatta Denning calm and DNA Oh you have Eman if one of your some of you are all of you, you abandon your religion, then Allah who will bring others meaning to replace you, who be comin you hipbone people whom he loves, and they love him.
That is the first sign of those who are chosen by Allah azza wa jal when he wants to choose them, is that he loves them and they love him.
So that's how it defines them. That's what makes them fit to be a video of Allah azza wa jal and carriers of that message is that Allah loves them, and they love him.
And I bring you a quote, and it's important one from what happened when a bit and he is one of the Turbie in and it's authentic to him.
He said what he said called Hakeem Woodman of Yokohama, a wise person once said, he says, I would be ashamed of my job. If I were to worship Him, meaning just basically focusing on heavenly rewards. And I will be like a wage worker. If he's given he works.
But if he's not, he doesn't work.
You understand his point? That I'm only waiting for that reward? If Allah gives me I will. But if not, I will not.
And I would be ashamed of my Arab if I worship him simply or only out of fear of hellfire. And I will be like a very bad servant or a very bad slave. If I'm afraid I will do but if not, I will not. Like only when I'm afraid, will I do something? But I worship Him because He is worthy of it. And then what have you been? I'm gonna be Rahim Allah, He said,
the love of Allah zoodle extracts from me what nothing else can get out from me, but nothing else can.
Now, if you want an example, maybe that could help. Suppose that you're working for someone,
there are three levels of that employment. One is where you show up on time and do the work because you don't want to be fired.
You're afraid of being penalized. So you arrive on time, but simply because you're afraid of if they see me late, I get fired. If I don't do my job, they will duck my pay. So I better do it. That motivation is what?
So you'll do only what is needed from you not what's more, right? Because you don't really have an attachment, I'm just being afraid.
The second level is I'm doing it for the money. That's the reward.
So you will do more, as long as they are what
paying you. But imagine overtime without pay. Would you say? No. So that is reward. That's hope. The third level of employment is when you're doing this job because you love it.
Your heart is in it. You believe in the mission.
So even if you have to spend extra hours without pay, would you do it?
You would do it? You wouldn't think about the time I'm doing it. Because I love this thing. That's what he's talking about. It can extract from me what nothing else can. So yes, fear could be a motivation. And in fact, fear could take you all the way to Jannah don't think little of it. And hope is a great motivation. It could take you all the way to Jannah. But he's saying that love is the greatest of all motivations. And because it can get out of you much more than anything else can.
And, of course, any when we're saying this, it's important to always remember that when we're talking about the love of Allah azza wa jal, we're not saying oh, just love him and do whatever you want. A say love him. And a consequence of that love is that you would have to follow Muhammad Ali his Salah to a sinner, because that is the very first condition of love.
Put it in contempt of preborn Allah has to be only you become Allah. If you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you.
So don't misunderstand that love as I can love Allah and because I love Allah, I get to do whatever I want, whatever I decide, whatever I feel like whatever is whispered to me, because I have this kind of connection with the Divine know, the connection with the Divine is through Muhammad Ali Salatu was Salam. So if you love Allah, you have to OBEY HIM la salatu salam, and if you love Allah, it doesn't mean that you all of a sudden don't care about heaven anymore, or you don't worry about hell anymore. So what do you do with all these sources and eyes in the Quran that talk about heaven and hell do you just skip them because they are irrelevant?
No, Allah azza wa jal says what he that he can tell yet enough as in which enough is soon in that meaning heaven, let those who want to compete compete and you are among those who want to compete. Living Allah azza wa jal does not exclude these other paths. It doesn't mean that Well, I don't care about heaven anymore, as it is famously reported in some of the books as a supplication of a righteous person who once said, Yeah, Allah if I'm, if I'm worshiping you, because of heaven, don't give me heaven. And if I'm worshiping you out of feel of hellfire put me in hellfire, but if I'm worshiping you, for you, don't deny me proximity to you. Is that a legitimate.to? Make? First you
have to be really brave, to make such a DUA. Right? But is that a legitimate.to? Make?
No. Because you are still even when you love Allah as origin. Where are you going to enjoy Allah's love, by the way in the hereafter? Just by yourself wandering the ground? Where would it be, instead in heaven together two places either heaven or hell? So heaven is the place that you want to be the because this is where you will see Allah as soja
So do you want to be in heaven? Yeah.
All right. But what we're talking about here is if you just limit yourself to the things in heaven, find hamdulillah you're still fine. But you're missing out on the greater connection with Allah azza wa jal and that greater motivation. So, throughout, right you know, worshipping out of fear out of hope and out of love, love comes in includes all of them. Right?
Not exclude them but includes all of them. So you still will ask Allah to save you from hellfire and ask Allah azza wa jal to give you heaven. And
there is a quote from him no claim at page 218 to 2019 the summer the summarization of that summary of that quote, is what?
That if you seek Allah azza wa jal, he gives you everything else. That's the summary of that, quote, If it is too long for you to process it. What it's saying there is that if you seek Allah azza wa jal, you will win everything else that Allah azza wa jal has, and you will be saved from everything else that Allah azza wa jal will protect you from. But if you're asked for inferior things, you still did not seek and get Allah as Odin. So it's basically telling you, when you seek Allah for Allah azza wa jal, you're not going to miss out on heaven. You're not going to enter Hellfire because all of that is included in pursuing the pleasure of Allah azza wa jal and worshiping Him
because He is worth its apana. With that, alright,
that second quarter criminal claim and that's the one where I would spend a little extra time with it on page 220. He said, he said he shouldn't
drive himself or push himself to Allah azza wa jal, like a forced labor. A person who is worshiping Allah shouldn't push himself to Allah as urgent as a forced labor, but rather he should run smoothly to Allah azza wa jal, as water runs down a hill.
You know how smooth water runs down a hill, how easy it is how natural it is. He says your heart and whatever is in it should flow to Allah zodion Just like that water, you shouldn't be in a state where you're constantly and only pushing a reluctant body and a reluctant heart to Allah xojo Like somebody who has been hired to do work, but he doesn't want to do that work.
And he said that that condition of flowing easily to Allah azza wa jal That's the condition of those who love Him who are truthful in that love. Because they're a Bader is voluntary, out of love and contentment, and the contentment of their eye, their the joy of their hearts, and the pleasure of their souls are in it. as the messenger alayhi salatu salam said, the contentment of my eye is in sada Drewery that odorata a Neva sada meaning the thing that I love is Salah, when salah is the thing that you love, no one has to push you to pray. You want to go and pray right? So it pulls you you don't have to push yourself in he would say yeah, be that Irish nebi salah. He says Oh, Bilal
bring us relief with the Salah.
So again, he's saying what he finds relief in it, not relief out of it, but in it. So that's a very different attitude where you are flowing smoothly to Allah azza wa jal.
So he says that the person who loves Allah azza wa jal is one who finds his happiness in that obedience, unlike the one who obeys it, but reluctantly, with burden because he considers that he's carrying a burden on his shoulder. And he says, because he was commenting on what Allah we have said, we will do a QA he right, which is the humiliation of compulsion, a call it says whenever you are compelled, you are humiliated. Meaning when you feel that the salah is a compulsion, Salah Zeca is a compulsion, vicar is a compulsion. You're doing it. You are subdued, you're doing it only because you're afraid of punishment.
So that subdues you rather than the attitude of someone who would embraces it, and he says, I want to do it for its sake and for Allah azza wa jal, so he is not humiliated, but rather his honor, versus someone who cannot wait to finish but he does that, because he's afraid of being whipped. Right? Or punished. So there's humiliation in that versus an honor and doing it because this is something that you love and you crave and you want, so that's what he's talking about. So that rather than being someone who's burdened or forced to worship Allah azza wa jal start thinking about that there is another possibility another way will you worship Him because you want to do this
because he find comfort in it. That's the place
where you can make dua that's replaced when you are fully protected. And that's where the place when you meet Allah has Zota. And you hear his words and he hears you. So what is more special than that? And one of the benefits that we find also in
in the love of Allah has loaded or in that type of love, that it saves you from hubris, from arrogance, from thinking and so much of what you do and relying on it. So the known Rahim Allah He said, Man, I had Billa Estacada, local law Marine, yeah, mellow. He says, The one who loves Allah sees all their deeds as insignificant meaning something that is very small improper, because the love of Allah azza wa jal is far greater than what they have done. And it's not ever befitting of His Majesty, and what we owe him.
Right? So, if we are doing this, you need that a bar that reluctantly, unwillingly, it seems big in our eyes, you know how long it took me to pray, you know how long Ramadan is, you know how much money I need to give from my Zika and to the poor? Why do I say this, because I'm looking at my a brother, as something that it's a burden. But it's also great because it's hard to extract from you.
Right? Like, the dollar is hard to extract the minute it's hard to extract. So when you extract it, you think it's very big. You see how much I've given, because you don't want to give it but I've given, so your focus is on you, and the unpleasantness of the act. So that's why you see the dollar is very big, that 30 days are a lot. But the one who is not looking at his actions, looking at Allah as origin, whatever you give him is not enough.
Here 3030 days of fasting, but that's not enough. If I fast all of my life, that's not enough. If I give all of my money, that's not enough. If I give him all of my life, that's not enough. That's how you start looking at a brother. That is Allah as total is far greater because nothing matches what he had given and nothing's nothing matches who he is, and nothing matches how close he is to you. Right? You want an example? Think about how much you're willing to give a family a close family member versus a stranger. A stranger comes in ask for money. How much do you give Him? Here's five, here's 10. Here's 100. If you really generous, a family member that you really love, as in trouble,
how much money do you give Him?
As much as you can as much as he needs, and you see if you if you need more, I'll give you more. Why because you love him. So whatever you give is nothing compared to them. Because what do I want? Not the money, the money doesn't matter. And when your happiness, I want your safety, money is nothing, right? So you stop looking at the object, because of the love. Whereas when you don't love the object is great in your eyes. So that's how it is. So, if you love Allah azza wa jal, your Salah has nothing. Because you need to do more and you could do more, you're a better is nothing. So you keep doing more and you keep improving it. And subhanAllah if you just think about the fact that
the angels of Allah zoton as Salman or the Allahu Anhu explains that on the Day of Judgment, the angels of Allah zodion will see what Subhana acha Mabbott Nakhodka Eva tick, he says, His Glory be to You, we did not worship you, as you deserved to be worship, or as you deserve to be worship. We did not worship you, as you deserve to be worshipped.
And how often do the angels worship Allah azza wa jal
continuously they don't stop. Right? The angels of Allah continuously and they do not stop.
Alright, between rakura Institute and prostration, and they keep doing this over and over and over force, how many 1000s of years and yet they when they arrive on the Day of Judgment, they will say to Allah azza wa jal, we did not worship you as you deserve to be worship.
So if their worship is smaller than the Majesty of Allah as though did How about our worship? Which is nothing in comparison to them, not insincerity, not in volume, not in repetition. It's nothing. So then when we pray, should we then think that we are prayed so much that I am I should be exalted among the righteous? Should I be thinking I've given so much No, whatever we give is not enough. We simply hope that Allah would accept it. But what we give is not enough. What we do is never enough. It's always inferior. There's always something you're always think is always missing something which actually pushes you to excel.
Maybe my work was maybe I wasn't as sincere I should as I should. Maybe I wasn't really following the Sunnah as I should, maybe I could have done more done better. So you keep pushing yourself to do more and better. And you go back and you ask Allah for acceptance, fearful that he may not, but that is the relationship of loving Allah subhanho wa Taala whatever you do is not enough for your beloved.
Now, finally, how do we get his love Subhan Allah to Allah, and how do we get the love of Muhammad Ali is Salatu was Salam, according to that hadith. So we said that the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam redirected the sahaba. And in that he redirected us. You could do this if you want.
But how long will this last you if you just simply won the battle de
tres of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam, you're not always around him. Right? You're not always around him, you will get to travel. And that the Prophet alayhi salatu salam dies, and he's no longer there. And for everybody who's going to come after the death of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. How do you gain proximity to him? How do you get baraka from his body? You can, so how do you get his love? Or how do you express that love that you have for him? Simply physical, bodily, Baraka is limited. That's what he was saying earlier. Salatu Salam is not telling them you need to stop this. He's telling them there is something that is better and higher and more lasting. So you really
want the love of Allah, you will want the love with the messenger Alayhi Salatu was Salam do these three things. So people entrust you to do something they give you an Amana, you fulfill that Amana and when you speak whenever you want to speak you be honest.
And if you just buy think about think about it, if you just uphold that, it find that your whole life will change.
Add to it the third one, SMG, Warren and Joe or be good to your neighbors. Just do these three and you'll understand how your life will be very different when you do it, is just think about honesty. If you're honest and everything that you say, just adopt that as a position. I will not lie I will not exaggerate, I will not betray, I will just simply be honest, in everything that I'm saying. And if you develop honesty in tongue, what you say, you'll develop honesty and attitude as well. You will not do things or say things and contradict them. Because that's dishonesty. So if you give advice you will follow it. If you preach something, you will follow it. If you adopt honesty, you
will not be someone on the outside publicly and a very different person on the inside privately because that is dishonesty, right?
So if you want to be honest, he'll be honest, inside and outside public and private, the same person. If you adopt that mentality, you will be very different. And if anybody trusts you with something or there is a public trust you don't betray it
right? You don't damage property just simply because nobody's watching you. That's an Amana
you don't attack somebody or their honor. It's an Amana you don't take their money it's an Amana
so if you preserve all of that Amana and add to the Amana as well, the amount of Sharia
is in Salah and Amana.
Right isn't Sharia Allah's commands all of them are Amana. So Allah gave you that Amana so if you observe the Amana and you're honest, inside and out, and your neighbors,
you be good to them, and who are your neighbors, everybody around you is a neighbor.
So now when you're sitting down, you have neighbors, right. And in your Salah, when you're standing, you have neighbors and when you're driving, you have neighbors, and then when you arrive at home, you have more permanent neighbors, but everybody who's around you in that circle wherever you go is a neighbor. So wherever you may be your neighbors are your responsibility you be kind to them,
Muslim or not.
Theirs are are great. Muslims have greater rights, but it doesn't mean that the non Muslims have no rights. Right? Follow that. Muslims have greater rights. But non Muslims have rights as well. So you don't disturb them. You don't attack their property, you don't malign them, you don't have any, take something that belongs to them. So you basically observed the rights and you're kind to them. So if you do one, and two, and three, where you get the love of Allah and the love of the messenger, alayhi salatu salam, because that is the behavior that he wants from you. And guess what I mean, when you do this, you're doing a couple of things. One, is that the love that you're receiving from
Allah azza wa jal expands, because you're giving it out.
You notice that Allah loves you or you
You want Allah's love. So your relationship is based on love, right? So you come and you reflect that love as well.
So you're honest, you're helpful, you're kind. So the circle of love that Allah has zoton wants and loves expands.
And by that you become an example. So more people know about the Prophet alayhi salatu salam and more people admire his sunnah and they follow his sunnah and they become Muslim because of you, or better Muslims because of you. This is not only a matter about attracting a non Muslim into becoming a muslim, sometimes it's about moving a Muslim from a inferior level of practice into a better a better level of practice. They are inspired by you because of your approach to life, which has been guided through the prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. So rather than a hair of the Prophet here, or a sandal of the Prophet there, and you go crazy over it, right?
What is much more beneficial, right, much more beneficial, is the Sunnah of the Prophet and his, he's what He taught. And that's what a warrior or the Allahu Anhu said to people. He said, How come you're sitting here? He's talking to them and they're outside the minister. He says, How come you're sitting here? And the inheritance of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam is being divided in the masjid. So all the people rushed to the masjid and they say, where is this inheritance that you're talking about? He says, it's this knowledge that is being taught, he did not leave behind the Salatu was Salam, anything other than this knowledge, that is the most precious thing that he liked. alayhi
salatu salam and this hadith is one of them, because you take it and it changes you and because of that it changes the world around you. So you want the love of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam this is something that you could hold on to be the last soldier and this is insha Allah what I have for you today Mila let me know if you have questions
whether from you know this week or from our ski so we have something online but what are your questions are from this week or from previous weeks? Let me know I'm sure
they'll go through whatever online questions we have inshallah.
Is there also a harmful way of loving Allah subhanho wa taala. Of course, like anybody. So the question is, is there a harmful way of loving Allah azza wa jal? Of course there is. What if Ronnie, someone at the time of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he said he vowed, vowed not to speak about too fast and not about to not seek some shade, or shade from the sun. So be directly under the sun, fasting, and not to talk, something similar to it. So the Prophet sallallahu wasallam said, let him continue his fast and let him seek shade. So you could seek paths of a Buddha that you think are pleasing to Allah azza wa jal, people who you know, starve themselves to death.
Not don't only think of Muslims starve themselves to death, they kill themselves commit suicide in the name of the Divine, right? So they have a love or the divine for God, and they kill themselves or kill others. So that is an expression of love that Allah azza wa jal would not want. And it's a harmful way. So yes, so it's a good question, Barack Loafie.
Whatever, what does a person need to do if the person is struggling to be obedient, share some practical tips for the person to do as well as those around him that need to help him. So they're struggling to be obedient to Allah. So to identify that this was just what comes to mind.
First and foremost, always make dua for that person and you make dua for yourself. She was struggling with any sin, write anything. Make sincere DUA and make it repetitive. plead with Allah azza wa jal seek the best of times for DUA and make it your mission like are you serious about wanting to quit this? If you say yes, or on their behalf, you say yes, go ahead and make as much do as you can to quit that sin and for Allah as a job to put obstacles between you and it and occupy you with something that is far better and more precious. So let that be the first thing that you do. Second, if you engage in a bar, whatever a bar that is available to you, whatever a bar that is easy
for you, because for some of us this a bar is easier than another after the obligations, whatever it is, engage in that a bother. Some will say I can do the cut no problem we'll do thicker. Some will say I can do Quran no problem do Quran some will say I can do sadaqa do sadaqa whatever it is, just do more of the a bed of Allah azza wa jal because
As the more that you strengthen your Eman, the less likely that the shaytaan will have a hold on you. So strengthen here to weaken that.
The third thing I could say is that if you investigate your life, you'll understand why this is a problem. Why your obedience is a problem whether it is committing yourself to things that Allah loves or staying away from things that are he hate? Why is this a problem? And why is that a problem. So trace the steps that lead you to sin,
or trace the obstacles that stand between you and obedience of Allah as origin and then start treating the reasons.
Okay? And if there are things that you know, motivate or facilitate sins, start removing them from your life, at least one if there are obstacles that stop you from obeying Allah as though don't understand why they are there and try to remove them or at least make dua
a why is it that you're lazy? Why is it that you don't care why why. And reading the Quran is magnificent or reading the hadith is also magnificent in reshaping your head and your priorities. So give more time to that. And maybe some of these things insha Allah will will work for for us in shop.
So how not to go into autopilot mode in our intention when doing righteous deeds? So that's a very good question because often it's the case or an action becomes.
Okay, so whenever an action becomes repetitive,
we lose focus of our intention, right? So we start thinking about why I'm doing this, and I need to focus more on it. So it's to try to be intentional about our deeds to try to kind of remind yourself, you say, Okay, how do I remind myself like who is there to remind me, so, you need to find those reminders, what reminds you, what reminds you is coming to the masjid, right and listening to something like this, or other hackers, that talk about intention, what reminds you is listening to lectures at home, that talk about the value of having a good intention, what reminds you is reading these books that talk about that intention. So the more that you read, the more that you listen, the
more that you're engaged Islamically, the more that you will receive of these reminders, and then the importance of the intention will be emphasized and highlighted in your life. And you'll be able to do more and more of that. But of course, if you're absent, the last thing you will be thinking about is, how do I correct my intention? Because it's a very difficult and demanding thing to do. So how will you do this, if you are distance you need to come back and put more of those reminders into your life. So when you do this, then you will say, Yes, this solder of mine, why am I doing it? This is occur, why am I doing it this thicker with this Quran? This speech, this why we're sitting here,
why am I present here? Why am I doing it? So when you ask this, why you revisit your intention, you say, let it be for Allah as urgent, but you need to do this for the next action and the next action and the next action. And those who are successful are those who are repeat this as often as they can. But how do you do it, you need more of Allah's reminders, and the more that you do of that, and the more that you accepted that in your life, the more that you will remember. So that's what I can say about,
about moving out of that state. But we have to understand we're not the first people to struggle with it. And the way that they did it is that they continuously would
resist the temptation, of bad intentions, reminding themselves of why they should do this and that they do it and keep making dua and so on and so on and so on.
So knowledge will elevate a person even to be admired by angels. That's true, what kind of knowledge and how do we know that the knowledge had fruit and we are on the right track going for this level?
How do we know that the knowledge that we have is the right knowledge and that it has food first of all, if you want to know if the knowledge is the right type of knowledge, you have to make sure that it's based on the Quran and the Sunnah you have to take to understand
things based on evidence based things based on reference and understand who's teaching you these things, right? Just like what you go to a doctor, you must have an understanding of the qualifications of that doctor, otherwise, the person could kill you
So the same thing who's teaching you
what they're teaching you references evidence based on the Quran and Sunnah. So where is this If something seems out of place? It doesn't make sense. Okay? What's the evidence for this? Who said that? Don't be reluctant to ask is there evidence for this in the Quran? It's not rude. You should ask right? Don't you go into a restaurant the ask is this halal or not?
Right and sometimes you really fastidious about it show me the certificate show me who slaughtered it. Don't think he asked them show me was slaughtered but in each show me right. So it's the same thing they if somebody is feeding you this okay. What's the evidence for this? Who said that before you? Is there something in the Quran that testifies to it something in the Sunnah other scholars have said that so as this this is how you'd know if the knowledge is beneficial. Does it bring fruit or not? If it increases you inaction increases you and Eman creases you in Toccoa of Allah azza wa jal, then it had brought fruit, if it's not, then revisit your intention of why you're doing it
because sometimes the knowledge is beneficial. But you're doing it for the wrong reasons. Like I could memorize Quran for the wrong reasons, right?
Right or wrong?
Yeah, you could memorize Quran for the wrong reasons. So it doesn't mean that because it's just the Quran somehow I'll be blessed. Now it could be the wrong reasons could be because I wanted one on money out of it. I want recognition of his so what's the reason? So if you feel see that it's not for Allah or it's not increasing you and anything that brings you closer to Allah then it's not beneficial knowledge go back to your intention
I think this is it right?
Now you can sit down
so what's the I mean, what's your advice if you're making a lot of mistakes in the Salah, so you you're forgetful, about how many records you prayed anything else?
Just that forgetfulness.
So if it's not based on whispers Is it based on whisper whispers of the Shavon or manipulation, the shape plan, one of the things that you could do is that
any companion came to the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. And he said that the shaytaan is standing between me and the Salah, you will have Bisola either He's confusing me about it. So the prophets a lot of you said to me, he said that this has shaped almost Salah His name is Honza and he comes in he does that mean confuses you about your Salah. So when you do when you feel that seek Allah's protection from him, I would be lying in the shaytaan regime and spiritual to the left.
Right. So you do that and repeat as necessary. Right? And then ask Allah azza wa jal, you know have in your studio, Allah give me the presence of mind the awareness, the concentration that I need in the Salah. So he comes back, you do that again. And keep asking comes back, do that again. Eventually right that will go and you'll die insha Allah will give you more attention in Allah azza wa jal in the Salah, other practical things if not that, that's what's happening here but it could help others if there are distracting things around just remove those distractions if they could be images they could be sounds they could be the room or the place where the person is that could be
distracting. So if there are distractions removed or disposed distractions and there are distractions before the salah you're too hungry or to this you to that to remove those distractions so that you could come into the Salah with that with a clear mind online so yeah.
So is the question is that seeing Salah for a Prophet alayhi salatu salam on a Friday and doing a lot of it. Is this something that is allowed or is this something that is goes overboard? No, it's allowed in fact, and recommended? Because the Prophet salallahu Salam, he said, do a lot of Salah and salam, follow me on Friday, or indeed that will reach me for insalata Kumar, Udaan Allah you will be presented to me. So, overall, overall, it's recommended to say Salah and salam upon the Prophet alayhi salatu salam as many times as possible, that's part of the thicker that we have.
But especially on a Friday, it's
more meritorious when it's done on a Friday. And he said that he is allowed to assume that whenever we do it, it will reach him
I will reach him through an angel of Allah azza wa jal who will convey to him that you will name you has just said Salah and Salah for him, and he Salatu was set up. So no doing more of that on Friday is recommended and it's a good thing and there is no limit to it. You want to do 100 You want to do 1000 You want to do a million do whatever injury whatever you want to do in sha Allah as long as it's not interfering with other important obligations in your life of course
no, so no specific time it's open. So because he left it open and a Salatu was Salam. So all of Friday, is that day for you to increase your Salah on the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, right. And of course we know that that when we do that Salah and salon for the Prophet alayhi salatu salam ala de Sala and Sunnah for us 10 times, right? And in saying Salah and Santa Barbara and the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. Salah is elevation and praise. So you're asking Allah, Allahu wa Sunday we're sending him Anna Mohammed what is Salah? Salah in the language is dua but when Allah has the Salah, right? Right, when we're asking Allah azza wa jal Allah do Salah for the Prophet we're not asking
Allah to make dua No, asking Allah azza wa jal to elevate the Prophet alayhi salatu sunnah, so that's what Salah is elevation. So when you say Allama Saldana Mohammed says if you're saying your Allah elevate Muhammad, when you say Allama suddenly was salam what is Salam, Salam is safety and protection, safety and protection, meaning to save and protect Muhammad Ali Salatu was Salam in terms of what what he had left behind. So here what his sunnah his message, His followers, right, all of this right?
At that at the time of the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, when he was alive, it could be protecting him Allah salatu salam as well. But when he's dead, there's no harm he can reach him from a human being. So it's just protecting his sin and his teachings and his followers. By extension, Allah and so that's what it means. Yeah. And.
Exactly. Now, that's a good question, too. So one of the companions of the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam. He asked the Prophet come Allah come in Salah tea, how much of our prayer of my prayer, or my dua Should I give to you? He said, whatever you want. So the Sahaba said, 1/3. He said, four and third is good, and you can do more, if you wish. He said two thirds. He said, two thirds is good. And then you could do more, if you wish. He said, Then I give you all of my dua, he's an E then took for hammock, will you follow them? Then you will. Whatever troubles you will be sufficed will be dealt with and your sins will be forgiven. That is if I give you all of my dua. So the question of
the brother is, does that mean that that will be sufficient if we give everything to the Prophet alayhi salatu salam, and not make any other dua? So, on the one hand, we say that the Prophet Alayhi Salatu was Salam, right, who gave him this advice and this recommendation is the same prophet who also told us to make other types of dua as well. So ask Allah for heaven. Seek His protection from hellfire, say this dua in Salah Yanni Mo, do not leave after that. After it's solid to say Allah Khomeini and adequately cover shook Rico has Neva did. So he recommended other types of Doha as well. So the scholars have said to how do you reconcile on the one hand, he told him, make all of
your Salah and sit down for me, but he also recommended other two hours. So they said that the sahabi had a particular day that he made a particular day that he made at a particular time, let's say or a particular time of day. So have that thing that I'm making, how much of it should I give to you? So he says, it's up to you, but of that thing, if you give it all to me, then Allah azza wa jal will give you everything you want, which is forgiveness of your sins, and he'll take away your troubles, anything that you're worried about. So that particular dua that he had, that could be replaced, but you still have other times and other opportunities where you're making other do ads in
the Salah, after the Salah, after the widow all of these things right? So they don't contradict each other. So each has its place.
but in your own dua let's say for instance, you have a dua that you do every day outside of the Sudan right outside of the Fredo or voluntary Salah and you just sit for 10 minutes, five minutes, 15 minutes and you make dua. Could you do with that? Sahabi did which is that just do Salah and salam and that'd be enough, we say yes. So rather than saying yeah, Allah protect me from this and give me that protect me from this and give me that in that particular dua we're talking about not the one that covers the whole day and night, but that particular moment or that particular portion of your day, you can just simply say instead of me sitting and asking for a B, C and D I'll sit and
say salon salon for the profit that is auto center for the next 510 minutes. Allah will give me everything that I want in addition to the reward for that that the current that a bad so that would be completely legitimate, and Allah will give you much more than what you're asking for. So Zack will live
anyone has anything else you want to ask?
No. Subhanak along behind Nick a shadow. I love it. I love the stuff to him the lovable Alameen Salam Alikum rahmatullahi wa