In Search for Sincerity
Channel: Asim Khan
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Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam wa, l mursalin
wa barakato their his brothers and sisters, and welcome to this, this lecture, I'm quoting a lecture because I want this to be perhaps a little bit different to what you may have already experienced in hearing and learning about this topic of his loss, sincerity. I was going to ask you for a show of hands. I'm sure many of us if not all of us have had a reminder to about this loss, having good intentions, having good motives behind what we do, etc, etc. But who here has actually could say that, you know, they've done a little bit of studying into the concept of a clause in Islam is dimensions, you know, like an academic type of study, who can put their hand up and say, you know,
once maybe twice looked into it on an academic level.
Anyone here? No.
Okay. So, this is inshallah going to trying to tackle this very amazing, you know, concept in Islam, of having a floss is translated as having sincerity. But what we're going to see is that is not really an accurate translation.
You know, because in, in the English language sincerity, do you know what actually means? In English only say a person is sincere sincerity? What does actually mean? What's the definition of sincere, then you will know?
Do you think it means
intentions to do things with good intentions kind of right? They will be more technical that they say that
a sincere person, he does things without an ulterior motive. Okay, so he's, there's no deceit deception, underlying his motives behind what he does and that's what we're going to learn is that that's not really accurate, when we use it as a translation for a class and start buying Shannon law.
pondering over this little article, which I came across was the headlines back at the board why teachers keep working after retirement. Now the thing is, I found this found a very interesting for a number of reasons. Here we have a story about real people, okay, teachers, they went into teaching they spent a whole career in teaching and then after they retired, what they do they went back to teaching now when they went back to teaching did they get paid? Or they never got paid? So they were very happy going back to work teaching day in day out same routine same classes for no money.
No money is real people. So why I found this interesting is that if you look at this from the perspective of intention, you can learn so many things first of all, why did they become teachers in the first place? Who here wants to become a teacher was thinking about it?
graphic people yeah.
So you brought up the piano?
The piano the tennis what why do you want to be what do you want to become a teacher?
It was one of the reasons why you become teacher.
Thank you. So because the flexibility in the work yeah, this this one and this truth teaches me that Mashallah. Big holidays and very frequent.
One of the reasons Do you think people have becoming a teacher? What do you think the number one reason
you think that people really become teachers to spread knowledge maybe Mashallah very positive outlook on the world.
I'm thinking that people usually become teachers, and I know quite a few teachers because it's a good job,
fair amount of money. And, you know, for the qualification that the person has they think that that's a good career degree.
So the main reason why some becomes a teacher, in fact, the main reason why anyone gets a job in the first place is because of what money and there's many other reasons alongside it. But number one, is money. I agree.
So, hey, we've got real people that are prepared to do an action
for the opposite intention. Once upon a time, they came to
Work and the motive was money
2530 years later and doing the same action now for a completely different intention. Do you see that? And that teaches us upon law that any The
intention is what governs that action. But that intention, first of all can very different, you know, the brother over there, he's got his own intention, other people got other intentions, but that intention can change over time. Do you agree? And it can change drastically, you know, these people are prepared to go back to work
for nothing. So, why do you think they come back to work? What do you think their intentions
are the opposite? They said good.
Okay, so, board. Okay. Why the reasons do you think? Why did they go back to work?
What do you think? What's making them do this?
Okay, very good. So on compassionate grounds. Yeah. The fact is that they, they, you know, the, the, the idea of helping others and imparting their knowledge on to younger generations is appealing. And that was maybe down the ladder somewhere at one Fibonacci has come to the, to the very forefront. So they're doing it for this reason. Any other reasons?
Excellent, very good. Mashallah.
Solomon, Solomon said that it's the gratification factor is the enjoyment that they get from coming in teaching, getting the students up to scratch for exam, seeing them pass go on to become, you know, doctors, dentists, whatever else, that enjoyment, you know, is such a strong feeling for them that it became a reason to go and work for no money.
to not do you agree with them. So So Pamela, this is why I found it. So interesting, that number one intention changed so much. And also their intentions differ so much to it could be so many different reasons why somebody does what they do.
Okay, so based on this now, I'm going to ask you a question. You all here in Sharla, with good intentions, but I'm sure your intentions differ as to why you're here. I'm not gonna ask you why you're here. Okay. I'm just going to ask you to consider why someone may come here, okay, today and be in this room to learn about how to be sincere with Allah subhanho wa Taala. I'm going to break into three categories.
Tell me Give me an example of a good intention for being here. That I want you to give me an example of a bad intention of being here. And a third category is an intention why somebody may have for being here, but it's actually a foolish reason to be here. So let's start with the easy one. Okay, a good reason why somebody would want to be here today.
For the sake of Allah, okay, any you wanna elaborate on that bit? For the sake of Allah could mean what does it mean to you?
Okay, so to make you into a better Abbot, a better slave a lot.
That's what you mean. Okay. And obviously, Allah will be pleased to see that his servant is taking time to learn how to become a better slave of his, for sure. Any other good reasons?
The intention of eventually getting a job
earning money for your family.
Okay, but that's your intention. We're coming to study bound talking about this lecture. Yeah, like, you know, coming to an Islamic talk type thing.
That's true what you said though, any other good reasons.
To learn more about these kind of similar to what the brother said, yeah. To become better and you want to learn for the sake of becoming a better slave on the sole objective in life? Yes.
Okay, in order to reap the blessings of being in a gathering, mentioning a las panatela his verses and the statements of his prophets and are seldom anything else.
benefits from the lecture.
Okay, so it's kind of what the brothers said make you into a more knowledgeable
slave Allah in order to impart that knowledge on to others. Any again benefiting yourself from religious perspective become a better Muslim.
anything different brothers and sisters
making use of your time? What do you mean? Like
I love playing squash and also I'll go play squash in my mind I'm making good use of my time but
so brothers now let's listen to what the brother said he said the reason one of the possible reasons could be in order that you don't waste time.
Now do you think do you Would you say that's a good reason to be here? Or do you say that comes into another category? Or the bad reason or a foolish reason?
What do you think brothers?
now we have to send sisters as well otherwise
it can't be both Okay, explain what you mean by that it can be both which both these three categories
okay to buy he just said not to you just to avoid wasting time. You know when you feel guilty you just wasted time. He's I think he's this way means that to avoid that guilt. just wasted one hour and nothing whatsoever. I'm sure none of you know what that feels like. But
there is such a thing.
So he's saying that is the reason why somebody may come. Now is that a good reason? is a bad reason. Or is that a foolish reason?
Okay, that's true. So playing coming here is different to going on blink is full. That's true. However, if that was his only reason for coming here not so not yours. So if that was a person's only reason for coming here, would that be
a good reason? A bad reason or a foolish reason?
Are you saying that it could lead on to many other good things?
Anyone disagree with that? Brother thing? No, it doesn't go into that country. It goes into another one. Yes.
It should be to benefit.
Yeah, I think it could be a good reason.
It might be elsewhere not even just in environments.
See, that's true. So what the brother said what you said is very similar is that by coming here, you might be avoiding something How long? Yeah, and I agree with you. But if the person hasn't intended that if I come here our words on the how long
Yeah, it means all he intended is I just don't want to be that person who wasted an hour of my life
do you see you can add to this many many things but we think purely looking at this let's move on. Okay, now the other spectrum a bad reason why somebody if they said you know what, that's my reason for being here today.
You know, you'd say brother
any Come on, you came to learn about a law that was the topic and your reason to come here was that these are some examples of this type of reason
to get made what
why is it
knowing that Danny Getting married is half of the team why would coming here I'm not gonna ask any take fit explain that but
the only the intention is good, but the way you do
it for example, to benefit yourself.
So if that is your intention
it could be considered foolish
let's put that one on ice
to to get another any one that you think everyone agree then that this is truly a bad intention, maybe an evil intention that somehow law you'll be punished for having
So come on. Tell me Yeah.
Because your friends
cuz your friends came you came as Oh,
Okay, this is I okay, the brother said in order to show off basically, isn't it that you know, let me tell you my plus.
I agree. Do you agree that this is this is like versus someone said that this is real? Yeah. And as Paula Rosen said that one of the things are famous for my oma is the minor shift. And he was asked what is the minor ship the lessons here? He said it is real, it is real. So that is a clear intention, which we would point to and say no, that's, that's bad, you shouldn't have that you need to work on the interchange any other bad intention before we move on to the third category?
Cause, like a refugee or something. Right. Okay. So in order to refute me, so no, no, I get what you're saying. So in the UK, but it's kind of like what the brothers said, because you want to show off that you might have more knowledge than the person standing, isn't it?
So showing off?
What about someone came in order to
have a little work camera there, see what the person saying? Maybe go back and report to my superiors.
to assume now, the person is a Muslim, unfortunately, is wrapped up in hypocrisy. And the reason he came in or she came here, very different to what other people can agree or not. And this we would say is an evil intention.
Yeah. Okay. Now, the third category, the foolish intention, what do I mean by a foolish intention? What I mean is that the only you need to appreciate that this and any this environment, or this does this environmental things like it gatherings of worship, that is what they are supposed to be an opportunity to gain Yani some religious value, reward knowledge, closest to Allah subhanaw taala, this is exactly what we're trying to do here. So knowing that this is the gathering,
yet coming to that gathering, for a reason, other than to benefit from that gathering, but at the same time, not on the other side, which is actually a very bad reason to come to the gathering. But in the middle, and the reason why it's foolish is that by coming to it with that intention, you will leave with nothing to your skills, that there was an opportunity for us to get some reward and to have some of our sins forgiven. And have the angels have had a lot of comments around us.
Yet knowing that you came with a reason which will impact on you how by depriving you of any of that goodness, you will leave with nothing. Why? Because you came with a particular type of intention, which Allah looks at, and he says, that is not for me. Therefore, I will not give him anything whatsoever.
Yeah. So tell me now, brothers and sisters, an example of an intention of this nature.
That if you came to with this intention, then To be honest, you leave. And you will have not gained anything, though there was so much to gain
and attainment. Okay.
I agree with you. And he's currently you came just to the wow factor, who was one of my teachers said this power factor.
And he just says, Oh, I didn't know that.
Okay, that's true. And sometimes it happens. Yeah, some people came, just because they like to be wowed.
And that's a foolish intention. Do you agree or not? And he never came to think alone will reward me for coming here. You couldn't even bring yourself to have that intention. your intention was just to be wowed. And therefore, that retention will be rewarded for was that intention for Allah? No radios for your ownself true or not? Is like what we said about the teacher, that the reason why he's still working after retirement is because of the enjoyment factor. The gratification I just love, you know, to teach and that's why I'm doing it.
Any other foolish intention?
Yeah, I agree. Yeah, you just because you want to avoid whatever's going on outside. And at the same time, you don't intend to benefit from the gathering in any way shape or form. It can happen. True. No. That's the whole point isn't it can happen.
Oh, okay. Okay, in order to relieve yourself from the worries of exams.
Do you know this tree the other one brother mentioned something here as well because you want to come because your friends I
think this is definitely one that falls under this category. Foolish intention Yanis crowner there was so much available for you in terms of reward. Yet the only reason you came is because you know, our mates are here after zingo get much together.
Come on Panama. This is foolish, foolish. Yeah. So my Brandon says what we learn now is that intentions differ greatly. The one that allows reward for is the good intention, we will come to define the inshallah, but besides the good intention, there is the opposite which is the bad intention. But then in the middle, there is also a whole, you know, range of intentions which are to be honest, foolish. Why Because Allah put us in the dunya in order to worship Him and to earn reward. And yet you spent that time doing other than that, even though you could have done that, to get the point. Even though you could have got reward, you chose to have an intention which will
deprive you of the reward. That is why I call it a foolish type of intention.
Now, moving on to the next slide. I have here a very powerful Satan by Eben Tamia, Rahim Allah. He said that outward actions are not deemed as upright and sound unless they are in harmony with the actions of the heart, for the heart is really the king and the body functions as its soldiers. Therefore, if it is corrupt, the soldiers are also deemed as corrupt, such as the saying of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam halophila just said he will walk in us on a headset, I had just said to kulu why the facade faster than just a little cooler who can afford a lavalier system. So the process of which he mentioned at the end said in a hadith authentic that, indeed, there is a
morsel of flesh in the body, if it is sound, and the whole body is sound, and if it is corrupt, then as a consequence, the whole body is also corrupt as well. Now what I want you to focus on from this statement, is when he says that the for the heart is really the king, and the body functions as its soldiers.
What we're learning here is that the heart in the Islamic concept is a it's like a muscle, okay? And that muscle has actions that it can do. And like a muscle is made stronger by doing things repeatedly. So to does the heart to become stronger when it does certain things repeatedly to two things. Number one actions at the heart has actions. Number two, those actions become stronger. Okay? When they are done more often, and also with greater intensity. So now I'm going to ask you a question. What actions does the heart do?
What actions does a heart do? And my physical body they do actions with my hands and my legs and so on and so forth. But the heart
We are being told that it does actions as well. actions of worship, for example, what actions of worship does the heart do?
remembering Allah okay. In what sense the How does the heart any do the good of Allah?
Okay, so pondering over your blessings, makes you ponder over the one who blessed you are lost Karnataka. And so the real action here is not the vicar.
It is actually what, what are we talking about here?
Not even contemplation.
It is sugar, gratification, or gratitude, rather, sugar. That essentially is something you feel in the heart, right? It's an emotion, someone does something or you feel grateful towards them. Yeah, so sugar is actually
One of the, one of the one of the actions of the heart, what are the actions of the heart? Sugar is one wells.
Very good. Love, love any is that I don't do that with my hands and my legs do as
I do with the heart. So the heart is the one that feels the love. And if it feels love for a law, then that is an act of worship. true or not. So love is another one. What were the actions?
Excellent accent tawakkol tawakkol, reliance trust, placing your trust in Allah. That's not a physical action. Is it? Any people sitting here and your exams coming up? exams? No, he's got
them so you gonna have exams coming up? And some of you are, all of you are working hard. Some of you are working hard and relying on a lot to help you pass others or not. This is a reality. Can I look at those two people until who is and who isn't kind of
very good because this is hidden is inward is in the heart. So the heart is doing something which cannot be seen on the body, in this case to what could rely on so that's another action of the heart and the others.
Okay, feeling a particular you know, feeling low than or dislike for something, but not just because you don't like it?
a lot doesn't like it. A lot doesn't like this. For example, arrogance. Law hates arrogance here. And the only the worst symbol of arrogance is the police. So somebody says in police I feel loathing towards him because Allah hates Eric's now and you can say that with your tongue. But you only saying it because you feel it. So any that help? Okay, and that hatred both? This is another action of the hot so so powerless, so many actions of the heart. Yeah. And then there's hope fearing is all this taleem feeling and all Allah subhanaw taala. So these are actions of the heart.
Now the other thing is we said those actions can be made stronger, if you do them more frequently.
Is that true? Yeah, he just like a brother, Mashallah. He's going to gym. Okay, he's benching. He starts off maybe 20 kg. Does a few reps, does it over a couple of weeks knives on to 30 4050? Come on Rochelle. 100. Instagram.
So any How did you 100? How did you just wake up one day helaas 100. No, I exercised that particular type of action, in this case, benching, and they increased in its strength of that muscle.
In the same way, Subhanallah if you exercise more torque and a lot more regularly, your degree of tawakkol in Allah will go stronger.
if you are very lacks, in pushing yourself to have reliance on Allah,
then surely if that continues your level of trust, and Allah will just deplete and go down and down and down and down. Jonah, just like somehow, like muscles, when you're, if you only know someone that is bed bound, what happens to the muscles when someone's bed bound, they can't move.
Yeah, they start to waste, they start to waste, the muscles start to waste away, the person becomes sin, feeble, weak. And you can see that in the same way. So panela the heart and his actions become and the strength of the actions become weaker, the less you do them as well. Now, if the heart was strong in those actions, then what you would see is that the body and the limbs would follow suit as well. Their lives will just follow and that is why international law says here that the reality is that the heart is the king and the body functions as its soldiers.
Okay. It's also one of the prophets that is actually one How do you throw though the prophets are certain that he said that
Anna Dara to Avi Ibrahim, he said the IMD answered, supplication of my father Abraham and he said I'm under the law, even Islam
I see him Rasulullah mean whom yada, yada yada Mohan kita Bo and hikmah will use that key him in naka antilla Aziz and Hakeem Ibrahim and I made a dua to Allah. And he said Rob Bera wa see him Rasulullah that sent you my progeny, a messenger and that messenger will do certain things he will recite upon his followers, the Ayat of Allah diversity of Allah.
And He will teach them how to live by those verses. And then a third thing where you Zeki Him and He will purify them. And that is Pamela is talking about the heart, the heart itself, and how any of the if you were to say which is more important than actions of the limbs, or the actions of the heart, which ones of how long do you think is more important to Allah? Which one
actions of the limbs for example, making Vicar Yanni with your tongue reading put on praying, okay, fasting, even you can say that's like an action of the physical nature, our true nature that's on one side. Then on the other side, we've got the ones you mentioned, you're fearing Allah, hoping and Allah trusting and Allah, loving Allah, etc, etc. So those you got two categories. Which one do you think
Allah Gianni appreciates and values more?
Okay, the president what he said.
If you if your heart is pure, obviously it's very sort of Yeah, if it is then the actions of the lens will fall into place and your Salah would be close to inshallah perfect your fasting, everything else will come with the
opposite side, if you do the actions of the limbs. Well, again, that may not be sincere, you can do it just for the sake of
extra, okay, okay, I'm with you. I mean, saying that. If your heart is nice sound, then heart, your soul will be sound as well. Your fasting will be sound your reading of gravi sound. But let me put it to you this way. Say for example.
And he, you had an accident, someone has an accident. They are now he's bad that
he can't really, he's young, he can't even speak.
It happens when someone has a stroke that he can't speak anymore. So no put on reading anymore.
No thicker anymore. Even the Salah maybe he can pray with his eyes. So now his actions of the limbs has just decreased dramatically.
So if that is the case, you've got to now if it was just based on this one, then the reality is that we would say he's not
very good believer, or his journey is not really doing much better.
But somebody comes along and says no, what about the actions of the heart, he could still be doing more a bother with his heart than he was doing with his limbs. So here we are seeing that there can be a separation between the two. Yeah, so if we have to separate which one does allow value more,
which one is more pleasing to Allah? If you couldn't do acts of worship with your limbs? Does it mean that you've been disadvantaged now and you will never be able to please Allah like you could have
and I'm getting a bit technical here but
you could marry though guys No.
Okay, why why do you say the hot
Okay, very good. So if you take the analogy that I gave that he refer to the heart as the King of the the king dictates what the soldiers do, but ultimately the king has a level above the soldiers. Okay, anyone else can provide an answer. Please.
Shall not. The brother mentioned a point he said, if you think about one outfit, for example, a pure hypocrite. He can pray harder, then maybe a real believer. You could pray more aka you could do longer such that then any a believer true or not? It could it could read more on like the
It is a process of you said that you will find certain traits in the hardage a one of them is that suppiler they recite Quran and he consistently
you know, and even in a basketball, the amount of humor. He said that in the time of Ali's reign, when Ali Ronaldo sent him to debate with the Hawaii bridge, he said when I entered into their place of gathering, everyone was murmuring the Koran, every one of them
so the Horace however
there are good Muslims
but the actions
are even more than the actual believers themselves. So what the brother is saying is that hypocrite and a hypocrite could actually do more actions than a believer but in his heart
not in his heart There's nothing Walmart Home Depot meaning they don't even believe meaning there is no he man inside.
So the criteria then is that if we said they are the actions of the limbs of greater value, than how would we answer the person who says What about no Manasa are we saying that he's a better than a believer because he's actions of the limbs are more do you get the point brothers and sisters? Yeah, very good point. So here it is clear. And the person mentioned this is all that in a Laila young boo Isla de Kumara era sorry Kampala Kenyans Oh Allah Oh to become Hadith Sahih Muslim processing who said that Indeed Allah does not look towards your bodies or your outward appearances rather Allah looks towards your
your hearts Subhan Allah that the real Danny place of value for Allah is what the heart is feeling inside that believer he feels love towards me. And of course, he will show me but the essence here is the heart itself you know and that is why the concept and the and the the need to have sincerity for Allah sake is it cannot be underestimated whatsoever, because it is really about the heart. Then if philosophy is exactly about the heart is nothing but the heart. Yeah. So, here any we learn quite a few things for even a smaller set. So now we move on to defining a class. And before any we conclude what the definition of one of the definitions is, if you had to define to a non Muslim, for
example, what a class is, you know, he says, you know, you guys had a lecture about IQ loss, and his sincerity right? So, what do you guys say about a class? How would you define it to me? How do you understand as a Muslim being sincere?
Do you think they can take a shot? Give me a little definition.
To seek no one's praise except Allah. Okay.
Anyone else have a another definition?
Seriously, no one can answer this person.
Okay, to do all actions outward or inward for the sake of a loss pattern. Okay. As opposed to what?
As opposed to what?
Okay, other than Okay, now, other than him.
You're saying that that wouldn't be a loss doing it for other than him.
Okay, now when you talk about other than Him gelada Who are we talking about? Other people?
The creation, okay, anything other than this? That when the brother said is to do or maybe not to do just for the sake of Allah as opposed to other than Him?
In other than Him you have any other people or the creation? Anything else come under this?
I'm just testing you on what we already studied.
What else could be a any other than Him reason?
Very good. Like work for yourself.
Very good for your own self. Even for my own. No, no, actually, we when you have a floss University, you've been doing it for yourself. You're doing it for a lot.
You know, like my mom, she'll
likes. She likes me to speak in order to okay when I'm at home, even though she doesn't speak with me all the time in here, but she likes for me to speak good though. I don't like to speak with them. I can if I have to, I don't like to. They so if I did speak to her, it's not because I like to is because she likes meat. Did you get this? So holla when we said to do something for Allah sake, what you actually said is to do it. Okay? Just what a lot of not even for myself. In fact, I may not even want to do it myself.
To get this. Now look at these verses. Okay with that, look at it. This is this verse it from sort of Allinson, Allah, Allah, Allah says, about abroad abroad, the extremely pious people, what do they do? While you're there anymore, not baramulla hubby Myskina via T Mobile zero. They give food despite their love for it to the poor, and orphans and captives. So I'm not saying that one of the descriptions is that they give charity. Okay, and not just to one source, many, many sources. They're quite opportunistic. There's a need here, there's a need there. There's a need there. I'll give it to all of them. But there's actually an extra detail mentioned inside this verse, that they
And bear in mind something else that was said doing it. Allah should be that they don't actually like doing that. from one perspective, they don't like doing it. Did you get this? Yeah, you're not parama Allah should be meaning despite they, they love for keeping that money for themselves. Anyhow, go 100 pounds, I can do whatever I want with it. If I gave 50 pounds away to charity, a part of me is struggling with that because I could have used that headcount for myself. And if I give it away, it means I've only got half left for myself. So I'm doing something which I don't actually like from one perspective. from another perspective, I like to do it because of what why?
Now it's pure. Do you see that the element of self gratification has been admitted, Allah should be no, no, they don't even like doing it. So then why are you doing it? Well, they say themselves in nama no to no comely wajima. Indeed, we only fed you. Why, for the face of a loss of panels, our Wedgwood law is like an expression referring to the pleasure of Allah or my intention be exclusively for Allah. Yeah, exclusively for Allah subhanaw taala in a minute or so calmly watching and then they continue Landry booming Khun Jessica wala,
Shaco and this is amazing, that they saying, you know, people come up to you and you've done something fantastic. say look, you know, that's, that's amazing. Let me give you something for doing that. You know, we're so grateful for you for doing that. Is it not? landlordism? income jazza. I didn't do it for money. Yeah, does are referring to wage I didn't do for money. Okay, I didn't do it for academic credentials. I didn't do it to become knighted. Whatever. I didn't have any other reasons. One last hurrah. And not even in order that people will say thank you very much.
You know, I'm really grateful for, you know, how much that means to people. And if you got into management, if you learn how one of the one one very beneficial way in keeping your, you know, colleagues and staff loyal to you and providing a good work ethic is that you you show that you're grateful to them, and you praise them, okay, you praise them for the good things they do. Why? Well because if you don't do that, they feel like you don't value them. There's not any working for someone for one year and they never said thank you for doing something you don't value whatsoever. And if you did say it then it means a lot to someone you know growth thank you so much hoping other
day seriously that that has an impact on someone degree. So they are saying that even that self gratification factor that you know, feeling of that pleasure that you get when someone says, bro fantastic, even if you didn't do anything else to feel something.
So even that feeling this ad we didn't even do it for that panela a Jeep that someone is saying that I
Did it so much for the sake of Allah, that it doesn't matter to me, even if you don't say thank you.
You know, I remember that one some, a close friend of mine. And he was going through a difficult time, he got married. And he, in fact, he got a job and got married, and he lost his job. So he started talking, he said, This is my situation, as a philosopher, give me some money, no problem. I gave you some money. And I transferred that money into his account. And then some days and past, a week went passed, then hear nothing from him.
Then a week after I saw him, and we just have normal conversation.
And after thinking that, you can say thank you for that.
That's the least you could do. I never said anything. But I felt that. And then I thought, Subhanallah if I did it purely for the sake of Allah, it wouldn't make a difference whether this person said thank you, or didn't say thank you.
So I, in my intention wasn't really pure. There might have been some level of I wanted it for last day, but another level of, you know, I should help out another person. And you know, he'll be grateful to me if I did,
isn't it so they I realized, this is not the way of a real Mukhlas. The real vocalist, and this is a definition is somebody who does something or abstains from doing something for one of three reasons. One of three reasons. First reason he does or doesn't do is for reward from Allah. I am going to Annie, for example, do a charity auction, okay to raise money for Syria, they, and one of the reasons I'm doing it is because Allah will reward me either in this life
or in the and in the life to come. Okay, I mean, we can get rewarded this level. You know, that if you give sadaqa for example, Allah Allah, Allah borrower can use this as a reward coming to you in this life. Yeah. As well as their life to come. Number One reason for the work. Number two reason, in order for Allah to be pleased with me
a lot, I'll do this for you, just because I want you to see me do it, and be happy with me. Yeah, Lee wotja Hila. Just for your pleasure.
Now, what is the third reason?
experiences because what will sins do to you? And what could they land you in?
Anger, and Danny, what happens when he was angry with you, the punishment is john, in order to save yourself from the help file, third reason number one, to get eligible, number two, for a lost pleasure number three, in order to save yourself from the file, and everything goes back to this. Now, the main point is here that the word colosse itself comes from a philosophical issue in Arabic refers to um, how to shade to purify something of contamination, like you have, you know, oil and water mixed together, oil at the top.
If you were to siphon that off, and you're left with pure water, okay, that any would say that's quite a loss, meaning it's become pure now. That is what we are talking about here, that human beings have many reasons for doing what they do many reasons we've already spoken about that. But the one the reasons that Allah loves and values the most are the reasons of this loss, that somebody does something in order to be rewarded by Allah to be saved from the Hellfire or just saw a low become pleased with that person. It can be one of them, two of them, or three of them. And of course, every single one of them has been spoken about in the Quran. Doing something just for the
sake of reward. You know, some people say, is it really sincere just to do something because you want reward? Is that really sincere? You just want it for yourself?
No, allow wants me to do something just for the sake of reward. Allah says no Quan was Surya illa muffuletta Mira become legitimate in Abu Hassan Allah to well up for that pain, and raised with one another towards the forgiveness of your master and towards a garden devices of witches like the heavens of the earth, already prepared for the mocked up clean. So Allah and he instructed us to raise towards reward. Yeah, you get this reward. So Allah has told us make your intention.
As the reward on the other side somebody say you're just praying and fasting just so you don't go to the hellfire. Yes. And you know what a lot told me that in Surah adultery. Yeah you will Edina Avenue foo and foo Sakuma Hakuna Oh, you believe believers, save yourself from the fire, save yourself and your families from the hellfire. So one may motivational force in your life to do what you do is just to save myself from hellfire. And Allah loves to see someone trying to save himself from the fire. Allah loves to see that. And if you did it for that reason, you're actually doing it for Allah sake, from this perspective, and obviously the pleasure of Allah, that is something we all
know, pretty something just for the pleasure of Allah.
Do you understand? Is that? Yeah, it's fine to me one.
So we'll just take, we've done that.
Now, this is the last pitch. Okay.
I'll share with you a story of something that happened to me. When I was doing my pre read exam.
We did the exam, I remember I was walking with a friend of mine. And we went through Liverpool Street Station. They even we were hungry. So we went to pretty much in those days, we should call it pretty manga, because it's quite expensive. So we went there, we got a sandwich. Now the sandwich and he said, the limited edition sandwich. And so instead of Colossus get this energy, we've got the sandwich paid for left working in this station now. And I saw someone and just sitting as a beggar young guy sitting as a beggar
with his hand out. So I said, you know,
was supposed to do and he goes are? Can you give me some money? Now the thing is, obviously don't give money because they might use it for drugs, right? So I said, Do you want something? He goes, Hey, anything. So I said, you can send it.
Now, what happened is we went walk past forgot about it, and we forgot something. So then we walked back the same way again, went past that guy still sitting there
in the flow.
And it wasn't even eaten. He took it out. And he just I don't know why it looked, you know, checked in the blue.
And I thought
what a waste. And then I thought you know what? That means that I gave it to him without a clause.
Why do you think I said that to myself?
Because I got angry noise more than that.
When he asked,
okay, when he was ungrateful for throwing on the floor. Yeah, obviously I was affected. But why did I say that? When I gave it to him, I never had a clause.
a lowly accepts it when it's in its purest forms. And what was what?
That's very true. So if it wasn't pure, Allah wouldn't accept it. So how is that any teaching me that I didn't have a class and
the my reaction indicated that I never had a class, I'd understand you saying starting is very close. Maybe someone can be living my career.
You want to refute me?
No, I think maybe it was accurate.
Is that the Yost brothers come on? Yesterday.
I expected him to accept what I gave him. I didn't expect him and he didn't accept it.
See, this means that we haven't really understood the philosophy can't answer this question. Is is the other back there? On the left?
No, I didn't expect to thank you. Maybe he even said thank you.
Why I said to myself, when I came back, please listen to this is what? What a What a waste.
When I said that, I started to think maybe I didn't have a class. How? Why did I say therefore? I think that the backs are just behind you.
Somebody might benefit
was getting closer. This is this way
Asante Mashallah say Mashallah brothers and sisters, very good. If I did it for a class is for one of three reasons
to not either because of reward to save myself from the hell fire or Fallout to be pleased, is any one of those three affected by the fact that he threw on the floor?
No. So then why was I any shocked? And why was saying it's a waste? Because when I gave it to him
I was hoping that he would. Yeah, and he he was hungry, and that is not gonna be hungry anymore. Or, you know, out of guilt. Maybe it was maybe out of guilt, how it just worked for us, and he went to pretty manga, you know, you're gonna give him a sandwich. guilt. All of those things are very different to the three things which are reasons that we would class as a class. Yeah. So therefore, I checked myself. I said you didn't do with the class. You know, if you did, even if you three on the floor, you would say Alhamdulillah the reward is not affected.
In normal ama Albanians, were in America Lymbery man was panela. Amazing. How do you feel the person indeed, actions, according to one interpretation, are judged based on
intentions in another way, intention. So suppose Allah, Allah jalala saw that. And if I had really done it for one of those three reasons.
As soon as I gave it to him, it's over. In China, that would be written for me. But if you didn't do it for that reason, then certain indicators show that you wasn't insane in the first place. That's the main point. And I'll even ask this question to another group of students on the brother said, Oh, because you shouldn't have bought a limited edition.
Come on, rather.
The two other benefits. Okay, this one thing, this is the first any lesson we learned from this story is that if you do something with a class, you have no regrets. Even if you'd made a mistake. Do you see this? I made a mistake yesterday. In retrospect, I made a mistake, the guy wasn't genuine. But if I had a loss, I wouldn't have regretted that Pamela is very powerful. You do many things in your life. You know, as long as those things out really seem to be good.
They may in reality, not be the best thing to do. But if you had the EClass then the action was shown later on to be bad or wrong, or a mistake, but what remains is the intention. And the intention is what is of value before last panel. Another benefit of having a class behind what you do is that if you never managed to complete the deed that allow will reward you as if you completed it. Yeah, Allah Subhana Allah says in Surah Nisa, one may yell at him or her durante la casa de Soma, you direct como la,
la, la la, la la saison. Whoever left his home, migrating for Allah and His messenger. Do you see here? I was telling us the intention. Why did he leave his home is not to just relocate to a more affluent part of the city. He left it in a law what a city somehow very cool mode, but on the way of migration, death caught up. He never completed the hitron. Allah said for either What are Algeria what Allah Allah well as a puppet, he said make a binding upon himself to reward him as if he got to the door of his destinations Panama, amazing. Allah looked at this intention of the person and rewarded him as if he did the deed. Even though something came in between stopped him doing it. You
know, it's actually it was revealed because of as a hobby. He was bed bound. And he was in Makkah, the command to migrate to Medina had come and he couldn't go. Okay. So he told his family put me on a stretcher and take me amazing and they took him and on the way he passed away. And then people started saying any the hitter is not complete. And then this reverse was revealed. Amazing. They Okay, with this a few other things they've been shot. I will finish it here. And we'll leave it for questions in sha Allah subhanho wa Taala. stuff will go to Big brother and sisters.
See, if you look at the intention in isolation,
then you can say this intention isn't good. But it could lead to many other good things. Yeah. So what we're saying is don't have this either all mentality in your class, and no one here could claim to have 100% of philosophy on anything they do agree on. Could you say that any? Forget about public capsule, you know, good, just private. And the reading Quran, for example, was hardly any Ramadan. We all love to go and stand behind a mom that can
recite beautifully. Someone says at the end, you're going to show my accent? Are you going? Because you like to hear the recitation?
Maybe. Okay, but does that mean you shouldn't go? Does it?
Yeah, and what?
assets? Very good. So yeah, it's true going for the entertainment factor, you could say,
it's not really good. But let us not then go into a bigger problem, which is
I shouldn't go whatsoever. No throw away for me this Ramadan, I was going for the wow factor. Law, this is a deception from shape on the actual understanding is that you may never be able to achieve 100% but you need to try your level best to get that and this struggle to get more more pure intentions is something along will certainly reward you for. Yeah, so we would identify this intention, it's not very good, you need to work on it, you have to try and purify this loss into procurify is a digital contamination here, you need to try and purify.
Okay. So, this is very similar to what the brother said, because we have to do in order to say, this type of intention will be subject to sin, and maybe even punishment will
you have to address what type of action is in the first place. And in that regard, you can categorize actions into,
into two to some actions you have to do for Allah sake, you got no choice. Like Sala, you can't praise Allah for any other reason except for the pleasure of Allah the reward from Allah and save it from the fire. Fasting, so the pure acts of a bear that Yeah, fasting, reading Quran, sadaqa, Salah, Hajj, Umrah, etc, etc. Those ones you are mandated to do for a law degree, then you've got the worldly actions, coming to university working, getting married, etc, etc, eating drinking clothing. Now, this represents a whole, you know, vast array of actions that you could do with a good intention and get reward from, isn't it.
So if you did one of those actions, which you should really do for a good reason, but you don't have to, then you wouldn't be punished by a B, it'd be foolish, foolish, any Allah give you this life and all these things that you could possibly turn around in your favor. And yet you are too lazy to think about and to do that. There'll be foolish, be foolish. So if it was an action of this kind, then if you had a bad intention, and he or you never had a good intention, then you wouldn't be subject to sin. But if you prayed Salah, and you did it to show off, for example, or you fasted in order to lose weight, so we will do this now, you know, after that documentary, about a scientist,
He fasted Monday, Thursday. Yes, fantastic. Yeah, if you fast to lose weight, this fasting is a lasagna that you can't do for that reason. Maybe sinful, you get enough.
You will always struggle with the intention. The moment you think you need to struggle, you need to question yourself. Yeah.
You will never know the reality of your intention. You will never know. But yes, why you need to rely on a lot to help you have the right intention. Yeah, you have to. You'll never know the real interview intention. You have a good idea. And you can check yourself. But to pinpoint that this is the philosophy now I'm the law got it. And even if you had it for
That moment, and the next moment it could change. So the main message is we have to struggle with this.
We have to ask the Lord to help us.
It was said to carry our actions or abstain from actions from the sake for the sake of Allah, even if you don't like it, it is a clause, but you should not strive to love or hate doing the action.
Okay, what I said was that, if you don't like doing something, and you still did it, it means there's another reason. Yeah. And so those people and abroad, they gave charity, despite the love for money, and that applies to us all. So what we're learning is that there's two perspectives. For one perspective, you don't like to do it. But from another perspective,
you do like to do, I do like to do for a large reward. I don't like to do it from a financial perspective. Which which Yani motive overcomes the other one? Is it this one? If this way around, then you failed. But if this one took over, and defeated the other motive, then it means that you did it for Allah sake, and it was very pure, because you didn't even wanted to do it. yourself. Yeah. So should you not strive to love or hate doing the action? This is why I'm saying that there will always be two perspectives. For one perspective, you know, quotevalet, one, PETA, Allahu Allah. Allah says that, you know, that fighting has been mandated for you, even though you don't like it.
Yeah, no one likes to put themselves in harm's way. true or not? No one likes any except the sadistic person, no one likes to be put in harm's way. So Allah saying, Yeah, from another perspective, you should overcome that dislike and that is to do it for religious reason. As you see the two perspectives, always going to be two perspectives, is the one that overcomes the other. That is, is is what we are focusing on. The second question is if someone does a deed because it feels good. For example, you're saying, because they feel at ease or pray and stay away from sins? Because the heart feels good? Yeah, it is not a form of reward, which is so other than online. Okay. Very
good question. The reality is that doing any good deeds is something that pleases a person. sooner. Yeah. And if you gave Pamela some money in Santa Clara, it was a lot. And you're in a difficult situation, but you still gave that soda. For Allah sake, you feel good about, you feel good about it. You feel good about it for many ways, you will feel good about it, the prospect of having that accepted and being rewarded by Allah, amazing prospect, and also the perspective that you will in inwardly, you'll feel good about yourself. Yeah. And this is something you don't really have influence over. This is natural. But the point here is, what came first, your desire to want the
Or to do it for a large reward, and say, for his punishment, or for his pleasure? And then what came about because of that was good feelings. gratification. Pleasure, enjoyment. Do you get this a bit of a fine point? Which came first? Does that make sense? You can tell me it doesn't make sense. It's fine.
Makes sense? Yeah.
So this is any, what we have to check, like I said, is very, very difficult. One of the setups that I struggled with my class for this, he said, there's nothing which I struggle with more than my class, why? It is always changing, always fluctuating, is always changing. So he's one of the most pious people and he's saying that this is one of the most difficult things, and he's very difficult, but you can check and you have to struggle. So one of the things is that is true, you will feel good. But did you do it in order to feel good? Or did you do it in order for one of those three reasons. And as a consequence, you felt good. They, and it's true. This is a sign, you know, ellaby
the Caroline Tacoma in Malibu. Very in the remembrance of Allah the heart finds peace tranquility. Yeah, in the vicar of Allah.
So what came first, the vicar came first and as a result, it met none. As a result, the good feeling came afterwards. Do you see the other way around is the problematic one
purifies intentions. Okay. Yeah.
Okay, so this is a question very good question, which is essentially how does one develop a floss in their in their life? Yeah. And
in order to give a short answer,
we have to appreciate is that
what we end up doing in our life and what we end up doing in our
Life in terms of actions is based on decisions that we make. And those decisions are based on our,
on our motives of what we want in life, okay, why we aspire to do the things we do that aspiration, okay? leads to you making particular decisions, those decisions the outcome of which is you do particular actions, like you know, university, you aspire to become a doctor. Okay, so that aspiration led you to go to a particular University, Shula, those universities that do medicine, then the end result was you became a doctor actually practicing as a, as a doctor. So if you were to change the end, you will have to, you know, recalibrate the beginning, which is the motive. So here is the real place to work on, that when a person wants to become more worthless, or have a greater
class of Allah, he needs to change the way he thinks about the life he lives. And the best way of doing that is reading and educating yourself about the Quran. Because the Quran Subhana Allah speaks so much about the life to come. In fact, one third of the Quran is exclusively devoted to speaking about how would life be after we die? What will that life be? What would I see? What would I experience the rewards? And also the other side, mela Savers, the types of punishment so much detail in the Quran, how comes because Allah wants us to think about
a great deal in our lives. Now, when you think about the Hereafter, because you're reading a lot of Quran and you're thinking, Well speaking, right like this, unlike this, and again, and again, in different ways. You will think more about Arthur, when you think more about our hero, it will lead to your decisions in life changing.
Yeah, just this example, we go back to I want to become a doctor. Now. Okay, so now your aspiration is you want to become a doctor, but you want to be able to do that while later on in your life. You want to go, you know, you're able to teach other people about Islam make people stronger believers. Okay, so that means that
the university I go to, I want to make sure that you know, the I can, I'm able to go to the university and study at the same time because I need to study in order to become a dad. Yeah. So I don't want to go and live away from home. Because if I did that, I'll go look after myself. Mom's not a fun place to live money, I got to work because of more bills to pay. Okay, so I'll decide on a university, which is closer to home, in order to have more time to study, why do you wanna study to become a dad?
Yeah. So here we seeing that the initial aspiration is affecting the decision making process. So the crux of it is, if you spend more time not just reading, but trying to understand the Quran, and have a very close relationship with the Quran, you will be able to help but become a person who thinks more of that life to come. And when you do, it will affect the way you do things, and why you do things, why you do things, and this is any loss, that you would want to do things in order to prepare a better place for you in the life to come. Okay. Sometimes when certain actions are repeated their effects on the heart weaken. For instance, for a sinner to make the first steps
towards Toba. Its effects are great on the heart. But what I find the level of connection to Allah isn't the same even if we make so far 100 times a day now, how does one still feel connected with every action? Even if we repeat it, repeat it? Okay.
From what I understand, the question is that certain acts of worship lose their novelty here, you do them so many times. And after a while, the irony, the novelty factor weighs away, and then the same impact isn't felt, okay, the same impact and so, and that that's true to an extent, that is fleeting. But what is amazing about the Sheree our last panel is that Allah prescribed to us different varieties of worship in different times. And it's almost like a schedule for you a year. You know, you have the daily activities, like the Salah, okay, and then you have like the weekly activities for talking about someone who really wants to live by the Sharia. Monday and Thursday is
an interesting day. And then
weekly activity Juma for example, a weekly activity and then a yearly activity is occurred has occurred.
is different to solo. Solo is more about the physical body and worshiping Allah with the body. But Zakat is about a financial type of worship isn't is wishing maloja money. Hajj, once in a lifetime, had once in a lifetime, that's a combination of so many things is an act of worship with your buddy. With your money, would your time hear different different varieties of worship in the year from abundancia, once a year etica once a year etica I don't know if you experienced it at the Cubs has a very unique type of worship where you retreat and stay for 10 days in the masjid. That is a very different type of worship. What I'm saying is that it is true that if you do certain things, many
times they lose the novelty. But if you look at the collective body of worship that Allah has prescribed for us either obliged or recommended, by doing them in the way that he has, he won't be able to lose the novelty because after one comes another different one. And after that one comes another different one, even thicker, any morning. And then even now the problem we have is that language barrier, the language barrier, and it deprives us of the spirit of the other. You know, like when you go on Hajj or Umrah, you see people go around to the groups, you know, you have the big Turkish group or you have the big Indonesian group and they all live together. And if you see
this, so there's someone at the front, you see someone at the front, I say about a
and you thinking and these people don't know what they saying. No idea what they just said, even the guy in the front is making mistakes.
So this for them is a bother. Just say robina artina, fake dunya and all to them. That's it. It's just the rigid, you know, dry Avada?
Yeah, I see.
Do you even think any of this will help you? Maybe allow it Have mercy on you and accept it from you. But it's not the same as knowing exactly what you mean, when you say it. And then feel that with your heart are the heart again. So by insula, for example, if the person doesn't know what it means, easily, he'll become bored.
easily. But if he knows what it means, and he knows, a lot of Quran are considered on the Salah will never be the same one slide to another, so I will never be the same. Yeah. Because he knows the meanings of the words. You know, send me a loved one. Have you done? Even I was thinking about this. Yeah, they sent me a lot of them and have them send me out. You know, he heard
Lehman Hamilton, the one who I just praised, heard. It's quite amazing, because you just came off record. Okay, what do you say record?
A little bit out of him. He just praise Allah. Glory be to the Have a great one. And then he just had sent me a lot and even Hermida and he just heard me. I just said no, you just heard me. And he just simple. And the impact is hard on
another level, is it just one statement? You know, so it is true, but they are in need to appreciate that if you move from one act of worship, and you're doing all the others that you're supposed to enjoy, and you will never become bored. On top of that. If you know the meanings behind why you do them, you'll be able to capture the spirit behind the Alibaba. And for sure any of that is more than enough for anyone to spend a lifetime even 1000 years worshiping Allah subhanaw taala if you do a lot of deeds in public.
Okay, so is that by yourself?
Okay, it's a good question and supply law for that type of person. This is a key question. And it's a key question because
one of the great scholars, I think you remember that we rahimullah? I think he said it by himself or somebody else. He said that
I don't consider anything I do in public to be valuable for a lot. And this is a person who taught Hades for 40 years. He said that I don't consider anything I do in public to be a valuable Amelie. I doubt I had class in anything I did in public because it's so difficult. And we come up with all these you know, I was saying to my friend, and if, for example, on Facebook, you have any 4 million followers, the 4 million followers and you're going to write something for them. Just imagine, maybe someone doesn't have any followers and he's going to write an E
He wants to share something meaningful with everyone encourage someone to do an act of worship. That is true. But as soon as I write something, bank 1000 likes, you're telling me that a person, it doesn't matter. One like 1 million like, nothing to me,
is difficult to say trona is difficult.
Come on after so much.
No appreciation. I told you about the people in UK.
They've so Danny, it is true what the person does in public, you need to appreciate that it is never going to be the same as what you do in private. Okay. And this part of law keeps you in check. You think little of what you do in public, and you focus more in what you do in private. Why? Because what you do in private, is a greater probability that you did it for the sake of Allah and him alone. There's no one day you prayed any all night? No one at home?
Yeah, okay. So no one's a home. So no one knows that you just did that. Which means that most probably you've done it for the sake of Allah.
Outside is difficult. It is difficult to confirm. Yeah. And somehow even the the Hadith speak about the different levels of Paradise, different grades, you know, in general is not one, many, many grades of paradise. And how the president described the people of higher grades, he said that this person is in a higher grade because of not because of the data he did, not because of what he did to others, but because of the pure acts of worship that he did. This one fasted on a hot day. This one did we do in a very cold day, and in this one prayed gambling. So the rewards and the levels are being based on a criteria that has to do with personal apps of worship. Not public ones, though both
What is more valuable is what you do in private. Yeah, and then there's any there's Don't be confused about this. Yeah. Don't be confused about this.