The Heart Of The Matter
Channel: Ammar Alshukry
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Salam aleikum, Tala
hamdulillah salam ala Rasulillah. All praises due to Allah Who is magnificent in his essence, perfect in his attributes undeniable in His presence. All praise is due to Allah Who has the most magnificent names of praise that eternally remains may send peace and blessings in their most perfect fashion may send greetings and salutations that are complete and everlasting upon the best of his creation. Muhammad Sallallahu sending them made perfect his rank at elevate his station for he taught us what we did not know. And he gave and he gave and he gave because he loved us. So
I want to thank you guys from the beginning for having the one on my conference in the summer, take beer.
You know, usually these cold weather places they have their conventions during the winter when everybody wants to stay indoors. So every time I go to Minnesota, it's in the winter, winter, winter, winter winter. And so I'm just thankful that Calgary is not going to look at that you guys have this beautiful event during the summer time. And I was telling the brother who picked me up, I was telling him, You know, I'd really like to be able to walk to the venue today and he was like, Are you sure it's really really hot outside? I was like, It's 70 degrees. It's not really hot. I'm coming from Texas. It's okay. I know you guys probably have a heat advisory and things like that,
but it's not hot outside.
And then he was asking me about winter tires and I said what's that and he was like, Are you serious? So hamdulillah it's it's a pleasure to be with you all it's been a couple of years ask Allah azza wa jal he bless you and except from you,
Allah whom I mean so that being said, it's been a while
and anytime I like to come into a community, I like to just get a feel of where everybody's from. So we're going to do this again in Charlotte data. It's been a couple of years. So where are you guys from? Inshallah
Yemen who's from Yemen here?
Just one brother. Okay. What else do we have?
Egypt who's from Egypt here? Okay, these are the most quiet Egyptians I've ever heard in my life but okay, very good. What else do we have?
Morocco's are Morocco here. The my mother mashallah, you guys were all from Morocco three months ago, but now you're not from Morocco anymore. Okay. During the World Cup, what else do we have? Yes.
Turkey who's from Turkey here?
Who said Turkey than
you did? Okay. No, no, no shouting out somebody else where else? So Mario's from Somalia here
I thought it'd be more of a it's like 10 people, but they're allowed Okay, what else do we have? Pakistan who's Pakistan here?
Okay, got a lot from Pakistan. What else do we have? Yes.
Ah, Ethiopia is from Ethiopia here.
I heard Sudan and Sudan here. Okay, what else do we have?
What do you say? Algeria is from Algeria here.
Okay, Algeria. What else do we have?
Ah, Lebanon. Who's from Lebanon here. Caleb. Nan What else do we have
serious from Syria here.
All right, Syria. Calm down Syria. Okay. What else do we have? Saudi Arabia Israel Saudi Arabia here?
Nobody Oh humans out here. Okay, what else do we have?
Ah Nigeria's from Nigeria air. Okay.
I don't know what you're saying.
This guy keeps yelling Earth. Thank you earth. What else we have? Yes. Follow stay loose and fall asleep here.
Is that everybody?
At acusa Matlock here who said add up? Yes.
India who's from India here.
Anyway, anybody else?
okay, yes, Mauritius was we're Mauritius here.
Okay, we got one brother from riches. What else do we have?
That's everybody right?
What are y'all saying? To niZi I was from Tunisia here. Okay, masha Allah.
Jordan who's Jordanian here.
Ha. Albania who's from Albania here
okay, we got Albania anything else?
A Jana. What's his egg? Tanzania? Tanzania? Okay, who's from Tanzania here?
Okay, yes. Djibouti, who's from Djibouti here?
That's a lie. Mashallah.
Anything else? Leo's from Libya here. Why are you yelling Libya?
No, no, no, don't yell for anybody else. These guys are just naming countries that they heard of. So I'm not listening to them anymore. Anything else? All the way in the back? Yes.
Yeah, we said follow scene. We said velocity right? Yeah. Okay. Anything else?
Ah, are you familiar Murat? Are you familiar with that? Okay, it was not.
Even a Marathi guy didn't raise his hand on this one. Raise your hand. Okay. Anything else?
Yes. All the way in the back.
What is he saying?
France who's from France here?
Bismillah this is gonna not be too hard. Yes, sir.
Are you from Chad? All right, for who said Chad here.
All right. No, good. It's just you. This little kid mashallah came from Chad by himself. Nobody else is from Chad here.
Alright, Bismillah this goes like this. I'll start with Chad. Chad is my hometown. Jerusalem is my heart. I flash a Syrian smile. I've been Egyptian from the start. My kindness comes from Pakistan. My style Sudanese, Yemen and Somalia join two continents at my knees. A Jew booton mind. Tanzania and legs. Arabian disposition, Moroccan passion. No. We didn't have anybody from Morocco, right. We did Moroccan passion Emirati fashion and Moroccan passion and malati fashion and
Algerian precision wherever Allah is worshipped are my people I can include Canadian cuisine even though there's no such thing as non
Canadian Canadian esteem, French cuisine and
an Albanian attitude.
I have history in I have a history in erahthi soil and Nigerian sand a future shining from Orissa and my present is where I stand my eyes spear from Kashmir that's India
I'm just saying my eyes Pierre from Kashmir towards a what's left
my sphere from Kashmir towards an Ethiopian Jordanian Rising Sun my body is indivisible. I'm an of one
I tried to get everybody but there's too many people, mashallah to Article it's a very diverse group.
So, I was asked to speak about the heart.
Ibrahim alayhis salam, he says in Surah sharara wala to Zinio, Mobifone yo Mulayam, for Oman, wherever whatever known as a lamb and at Allah had basically been said, he's making dua to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. And in his secrets of dua, he says, And do not humiliate humiliate me, on the Day of Judgment, on the day where wealth will not benefit and children will not benefit. The only thing that will benefit is those who come with a heart that is studied, selling meaning salad, salad, meaning free from deficiency, free from deficiency, number one, indoor heat, deficiency, indoor heat, meaning any bit of *.
That's the first thing we have to purify our heart with. And then number two, is we have to purify our heart from all of its ailments and its spiritual diseases. And if there's one thing that I can point to that purifies the heart of ALLAH SubhanA the heart of a person before they meet Allah subhanaw taala is what I want to make the subject of this session in sha Allah to add. But before that, I want to tell you this.
The province of Elias and him Do you guys remember when clubhouse was popular for two weeks? Do you guys remember that? clubhouse was an app, a couple of Ramadan's ago became very popular. And it was an app that was there was like a social media app where people could join chat rooms. And in those rooms, it was only audio form. And what made it so popular is that the biggest leaders of industry were joining these rooms to have conversations. And so you could go in and you could listen to Bill Gates have a conversation with Elon Musk, and you might be able to ask a question or at least at the very least the reason
Why 1000s of people were excited to join is because they could be a fly on the wall and they could listen to them have conversations.
And I want you to think about how attractive that is. If you could just be in the room, when the great the greatest leaders in the world, were having conversations about whatever it is that they converse about. And now I want you to think even greater than that. If you could be in the room when the greatest leaders ever are having a conversation.
And fortunately for us, that conversation is actually recorded for us. The two greatest leaders ever Rasulullah sallallahu ala syndrome, met with his father Ibrahim, and they met on the night of Elissa Omega launch. And the hadith is reported by a third MIDI the prophets of Allah it is said LEM is ascending from one heaven to the next one heaven to the next. And he's meeting prophet after prophet prophet after prophet. And finally he meets Ibrahim. He said his father, the one who he saw Elijah said I'm physically resembles the most and the one who made the out for his existence and his arrival. Well, I feed him about an hour but I feed him what I saw at a minimum, Ibrahim when he's
building the guy, but he's making this go out with his my aid, oh Allah send for this people, a Prophet from amongst them, who will call them and teach them the book, teach them your science, purify them.
And now he's seeing the manifestation of this trap in the person of his son. But he wasn't simply a prophet sent to the people of Makkah. He was a prophet sent to all of mankind, and he would be the final prophet sent to mankind. And I want you to think about all of it by him and his experience, his destruction of the idols, his Hijra in the path of Allah, His debates with kings, everything that he did, and he experienced, calling mankind to toe heat. Now he has a brief moment to communicate and give advice to his son, who would be the final messenger sent to mankind. What is the weight of the advice that Ibrahim alayhis salam is going to give his son? What is the weight of
this advice that he's about to bestow upon Rasulullah Leidos and, and, and we get to hear it. So what does he say? Well, so last Elijah said it says when he met Avila he Ibrahim A list and I've said to him, number one, give your ummah, my setup.
How beautiful is that?
That you receive salam from Ibrahim alayhis salam. And then he said, and tell them that Jana is labor to turba that Jana is pure soil
well and how they earn it is Flatland. It's very easy to plant trees. They're very easy, the soil is good, and it's not rocky terrain. It's very flat. It's very easy for you to cultivate.
Wonder Hirasawa and the way that you plant seeds in Jannah is Subhanallah Hamdulillah.
That is the advice of Ibrahim Ali salaam, to his messenger to his son who is the messenger of Allah today set it up to the final on my set to mankind.
Say a lot of vicar.
That's how you enter Jannah
so when we talk about purification of the heart, the greatest thing that I want you to pay attention to is what is the state of my vicar of Allah Subhana
Allah Subhana Allah says, LM yet needing the deen manual and Dasha, Alka Luba, whom the decree law
has not the time come for those who have believed that their hearts be soft into the remembrance of Allah, while I Hakuna Kalinina Auteuil Kitab him and COVID and let them not be like those who are given the book from before for Thala de him will Emmett focus at Kulu
that they not be like those who were given the book from before and the distance became long for them. They've been practicing for five years, 10 years, 20 years, two years. And we all can remember a time usually when we began practicing, or when we converted to Islam or when Islam first started to make sense to us. Where your worship had a sweetness where you enjoyed reading the Quran, where you enjoy the vicar of Allah Subhana Allah when you enjoyed the salah where you were adding acts of worship you were fasting Mondays and Thursdays maybe or you you're getting up to pray to Yama Lin, or you did things that were voluntary because you tasted the sweetness of worship. But then over
time what happens
a person's heart may become hard. Allah subhana diocese for follow it and when I met focus at Kulu, their hearts became hard. And what's the result of that? What cathedral mean home faster code, and many of them were transgressors. Their hearts became hard, even though the outer shell still looked like it was righteous that beer
It is still there that a job the lingo, they still might even go to the masjid. They do the outer actions. But on the inside, their hearts are becoming callous. They're becoming hard. And a result is that is that many of them were transgressors. Beyond public eyes, when the doors are closed, they have major sins that they commit. Not only do they not taste the sweetness of worship, but they start becoming loose with the things that are haram, they start becoming loose with limits that they transgress, maybe even the knowledge that they have learned over time becomes a reason for them to commit major sins, because they have an opt out of everything. They have an argument for everything,
they have a fifth position for everything. So they are no longer worshipping Allah subhanaw taala with passion, and they're simply worshipping Allah subhanaw taala, out of routine.
That is a symptom of a hard hearts. Sometimes
you might find a person who on the outside is very religious, but you don't find them mentioning Allah at all. And so brothers who are religious will sit there and they'll talk about sports for two hours, and no one will will do the if God no one will say Subhanak Allah and what we have Nick shadow Allah, Allah, Allah to stir Federico to we make the things that were taught to say, even in imaginisce, in a gathering, these important as God that were supposed to make, we don't say anymore. Some of my machete, they used to say we used to consider people to be religious, not by the way that they looked, but by the pronouncement of Allah subhanaw taala on their tongues.
It is the greatest act for a healthy heart. And sometimes we overlook the Dhikr of Allah Subhana Allah because it is so simple. And it is so basic. Just like if you if you if you would ask a doctor, what is the exercise that I can do the most over my lifetime, that will give me good health. And they'll say something like, they'll say something like walking this walk, walk 10,000 steps a day.
And walking is something that's so basic that a lot of times we overlook it especially, I want to do something I want to swim, I want to do CrossFit, I want to do I want to I want to do yoga, I want to do something that's more intense. But guess what, walking, even though it may be boring, because of how basic it is. It is something that you can do in your teens, it's something that you can do in your 20s you can do it in your 30s, your 40s, your 50s or 60s or 70s. And over the duration of a lifetime. There is nothing that is a single act that more consistently can help a person's health as far as exercise than walking. And similarly, there's no single act that helps a person spirituality
and their hearts and that health beyond or more than they could have Allah subhanaw taala Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam used to give the prescription of liquor for everybody who used to complain that they're too old, that they're too that they're too uneducated, they're not able to learn. The province the lowlight SLM used to give this prescription for somebody who was too busy. They could have Allah a man comes to Rasulullah sallallahu de Sena and he says, ya rasool Allah insha Allah and Islam but guess what today
the legislation's of Islam are too much for me.
It's too much what you're asking me to do.
Halal and Haram and filthy and it's all too much. It's telling me one thing that I can hold on to and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam says to him, let your tongue always be moist with the remembrance of Allah. That's it.
Oh man, he comes to Rasulullah sallallahu is and the cousin of the Prophet and the sister of of it have never thought it. She comes to me. She says the eldest will Allah, I have become old and I become weak. So tell me something that I can do while I'm sitting down telling me something easy that I can do. And also Allah Allah, Allah Allah is that obsessors say subhanallah 100 times Alhamdulillah 100 times Allahu Akbar 100 times, ly Allah and Allah 100 times, if you do that,
no one will have done more than you in this day. Other than someone who says what you have said and said more.
You Say Subhan Allah 100 times, can you say subhanallah right now while you're sitting down and listening to this lecture 100 times as you can, and Can You Say Subhan Allah Hamdulillah 100 times while you're walking in the bazaar? Yes, you can. And can you make the call of Allah subhanaw taala while you're performing surgery, I hope you're not performing surgery if you're not a surgeon, but yes, yes, you can't. Can you say can you make the thicket of ALLAH SubhanA died and your commute? Yes. Can you make the thicket of
no matter how busy you are, you're not going to be able to go to the Mestizo all the time. You're not going to be able to volunteer all the time. You're not going to be able to do a lot of things in your life especially as you go through the ups and downs of a person's life cycle but no matter where you are, in your life, busy mother of five busy a father of five whatever it is, you can always exercise and they could have Allah subhanaw taala a man comes to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi salam and he says the eldest will Allah
I can't learn anything over the Quran.
Not even Advaita tell me something that I can do with my son and little solo Lasala like this and I'm sad to say Subhan Allah hamdulillah and I have Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah. And the man snatches these words out like this from his hand.
And that also lost the lightness and love. He says to him, that is for Allah what's in it for me?
And so it also the loss of Elijah said, I'm sad to say Allah Houma had any wealth for me what how many words open your Anthony, oh Allah provide for me and have given me health and give me and give me and forgive me and have mercy on me and guide me. So then the man snatches it out of the air like this. Now he's got his hands full and he walks away. And that also will last a little lighter. Yes. And it says Amanda, *ing meta ad email here. He says, As for this person, he's filled his hands with goodness.
The purification of the heart comes with a dhikr of Allah, you know, if I can go back to that verse, and I just want to continue it because it's really beautiful. And so little Hadith, verse 1617, Allah subhana data tells the believers and he says, Has not the time come for those who have believed that their hearts be soft into the remembrance of Allah?
And that they not be like those who are given the book from before Fatah Allah I am will Emmett and so the distance became long for them for CASA Allume. Their hearts became hard, what cathedral minimum faster code, and many of them were transgressors. But then the next verse, Allah subhana, Allah Allah says, Allah, mu and Mala up out of the bottom odia know that Allah subhanho data gives life to the earth after its death. So then the question becomes, why does Allah Subhana Allah to Allah mentioned hearts in this verse, and then in the next verse, it just completely shifts and he talks start, he starts talking about bringing life to the earth after its demise.
You guys in Calgary can appreciate this.
When winter extends for too long,
hearts call out for spring, tired of the snow and the cold the ice and everything. But there are hearts that are like winter. And they've been winter for so long, hearts, barren and frozen, needing for spring to come along. But Allah brings life to the earth after its demise. And so you see, barren places come to life before our eyes and the flowers bloom again and the birds returned to sing. And Allah can bring life to any heart. Turn its winter into spring.
At the begin Lacan at Allah says,
We have made clear for you the science, perhaps you'll understand, just like in Calgary, the longest winter turns into spring. The longest winter that is experienced by any heart can be turned into spring and life. The province of a lady has said they've used to say hola hola much I look for an Aldi, Mr. Ravi Jacobina. One also dorina Oh Allah make the Quran which is the greatest form of the, the spring of our hearts and the light of our chests. And so the first thing that I want you to know about the vicar of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah is that it is the greatest thing that brings life to the hearts. But the virtues of vicar are much more than that.
I live in Abu Dhabi below the line.
And his wife Fatima
are sitting and they're talking to themselves and they're both complaining about the manual labor that they do for the mother, the Allah and how she has to grind barley. She's a she's a young, bright, and her hands are becoming callous. That's not a good look.
And I've never thought it carries water. And so she's complaining about the calluses on her hand, and he's complaining to her about his back hurting because of water. And so I've never thought about the law and he tells thought to me, he says, your dad will sue last Friday I set it up recently got some servants solo and asked him for a servant, and so forth the model the law and now she goes sudo su la sala de Salam. And we all know that Fatima is daddy's little girl, the province that Elijah said to him would stand and he would see here where he was seated. So a lot has ended up there was no one who mentioned who resembled his look and resembled his walking and his talking like no one
resembled his walking and he's talking about his look but his walking and his talking like like forced him out of the line. And so far thema comes and she meets the province the lowlight is and
and he greets her like he always greets her. And then she asked him for a servant and the private cellulitis and and tells her no.
And he says to her, I'm not going to give you a resource that I cannot give to I do suffer. I also for the people who lived in the masjid. They're the people who are living on the welfare of the Metheny society. And little sort of lost the Lola they send them is saying to his daughter, I can't give you a servant if I can give it to every last person in
Medina, she goes back home, her request was denied. But that night I don't even ever thought of while the ally and Lee says that when they had laid down to go to sleep,
there's a knock on the door.
And it is also last on the list and I'm seeking permission to enter. And he comes in and he says to them, they sat up he said, No Stay where you are. They're laying down and he stands in between them. And I've never thought about the line. He says I could feel the coldness of the feet of the province cellulitis and
and then he said to them, Shall I not tell you what is better for you than a servant's that every night before you go to sleep? You say subhanallah 33 times and Hamdulillah 33 times and Allahu Akbar 33 or 34 times the narrations differ, he says that is better for you than a servants.
I come and ask for a servant and the prophets Allah Allah Allah is no comes and tells you to Say Subhan Allah 33 times and Hamdulillah 33 times Allah 30 times, what is the relationship? How does that solve my problem?
The odermatt They said
this is evidence that the vicar of Allah Subhana Allah strengthens the body
if you're doing work,
and it's difficult manual labor, you're cleaning your whatever it is that you're doing. You know, there was a brother
who, if you guys have ever seen those YouTube videos of guys doing like these crazy, like pull ups. There's his brother who founded one of those. One of those groups, they're called the bartenders because of the pull up bar in New York City and his name is his name on the street is called giant. And mashallah he looks like a giant whenever he's when you see him, he looks like he's chiseled out of stone, Mashallah. It's like looking into a mirror. And then, first of all, calm down, brother. It's not that funny.
We're gonna stop laughing. So
we brought him to the masjid. And he came, and he did, uh, he took the kids to the playground. And of course, the kids were so excited. And he just started doing all these pull ups, and he's Muslim. His name is Hesson. But his name is giant. And so he's doing all of these pull ups for them. And he's showing them all and then he says to them, you know, my secret is, and everybody's like, what he says My secret is every time I go up, I Say Subhan Allah, and every time I come down, and I go back up, Allahu Akbar. Next time, Lila
Is that That's my secret. The dhikr of Allah Subhana Allah to Allah strengthens the by the vicar of Allah Subhana Allah is the thing that enters the most people into Jannah Ibrahim alayhi salam gives us that advice. And the Dhikr of Allah subhanho wa Taala is the thing that softens our hearts. May Allah subhanho data make us have a decade cathedra
the vicar of Allah subhanho wa Taala protects a person from spiritual harm, spiritual harm.
You know, every day when you leave your house
Shavon waits outside to punch you in the mouth.
Every single time.
Allah subhanaw taala he says in the shade Brian, I love him I do. I do. Allah says che plan is for you an enemy. What's the second part? He says take him as an enemy. What does take him as an enemy means? It means if someone
if you're back at school, and there's someone every day, who insults you and ridicules you and and and harms you and takes your money and all that type of stuff. And then that person is telling you oh no, no, no, they're just kidding. They're my friend.
Like they're not your friend. They are if that's how a friend treats you then you don't need enemies that is an enemy. Allah Subhana Allah tells you shaytaan is an enemy. So what should you do take him as an enemy. What does take him as an enemy means It means fight back, it means protect yourself.
I saw Rasulullah sallallahu there send them tells us that when you are leaving your house,
that whoever says Bismillah to a culture of Hola, hola, hola. Hola. Quwata illa biLlah if you say these things,
then it is said to that person. In the Name of Allah. I rely upon Allah and there is no source of transformation or power other than Allah. Number one it is said who did what Kofi it will teach. You have been guided. You have been protected and you have been sufficed, what they're not her and who she thought was one last little light instead of says and shaytaan departs from them. It is as if she thought is waiting outside your door as soon as you leave to attack you. But when you make this small, thicker, you are protected from Chatbot.
Could you imagine a police officer going out every day and they don't have a bulletproof vest.
Wait in Canada Do you guys have bulletproof vests? Police wear bulletproof vests?
But could you imagine how silly crazy I believe like this world is a dangerous world you're dealing with criminals and you're not wearing a bulletproof vest that's incredibly reckless. But for us,
we are in no less dangerous spiritually than that person when they go out into this world. We are in incredible spiritual danger every day and we go out without any vests that message that indicated that you make Bismillah to occur to Allah Allah Allah Allah and you're just hoping not to get stabbed by shade lon Rasulullah sallallahu sallam said in my says that a pseudo la sala Leida send them wouldn't hardly leave his house without looking up towards the sky and saying
Allahumma in Yahoo the DECA and Allah Odin Oh asila Ozanne Oh Aveline Oh ALLAH. Oh, I tried. Oh, you try to ally Oh Allah I seek refuge in You from for things that I slip, or be made to slip. Or that I oppress someone or that I be oppressed, or that
I misguide someone or that I be misguided by anybody, or that I
be ignorant, or that someone acts ignorantly towards me.
These four things, but probably Silverlight SLM would say them when he's leaving his house, recognising the importance of daily protection from ignorance and shaytaan.
Finally, the homework from this session is very, very simple to increase in our thicket of Allah subhanaw taala to remember Allah subhanaw taala more to create for ourselves a daily devotional, every day, hold yourself accountable for doing some of the God of the morning. hold yourself accountable for doing some of the God of the evening. There's a million YouTube videos you can watch any one of them
protect this heart of yours. Make sure that you are constantly diagnosing your heart by seeing the sins that you do in public and private and always increase Allah subhanaw taala and asking him to make you of those who remember him make you have those
but it's a beautiful what Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam he says
to Ma dibny German Yamaha I love you. So do not forget to say after every Salah
Do not forget to say after every Salah Allahumma inni Isla de Chirico should recall his name Baddeck O Allah assist me in remembering you? I can't remember Allah. I can't be that good enough. Allah doesn't assist me. So what do I have to do I have to ask Allah and when do I ask ALLAH ask Allah after every single Salah Allahumma inadequate IC O Allah assist me in remembering you, number one. And number two, if I remember ALLAH, what's that going to inspire? Shakalaka it's going to inspire gratitude. And so assist me in remembering you and thanking you. And then if I thank Allah Subhana Allah what's going to happen Allah says, wait as Rob Buccola Aisha kartu
as either nakoma If you show gratitude, I will increase you. And so
what will Allah increasingly lead to Kristene by the tick, Allah will increase me in beautiful worship because I just thanked ALLAH SubhanA data for the worship that I had. I just remembered Allah. So remembering Allah, thanking him and worshiping Him beautifully. We ask Allah azza wa jal to allow us to be of the decade to make our tongues voice with the remembrance of Allah and to make it the sweetness of our existence with solar lights and Mohammed. While it was like visiting some concealer