Channel: Asim Khan
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hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa sallahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Where have you been Mohammed in Salalah alayhi wa sallam, either early he will be here your minister in the vicinity Hilo yummy, Didi from my bad, a saramonic amatola heuberger to my dearest brothers and sisters, a very warm welcome to you all. dropping off in
the talk we have scheduled for you is called Don't be a slave to the dunya. And the idea is to try and tackle this subject about being a very worldly person, the person who's obsessed with the world whose ambitions revolve around this world by speaking about one of the chapters and put on a suit at the castle. Just for a show of hands, how many people have actually memorized a ticket? And how can you see it some hands?
Okay, the majority of you Yeah, Mashallah. The majority of you memorize this sort of, but the question is, how many of us truly appreciate the meaning of this surah.
Let us begin with the Hadith of the Prophet sallallaahu. Selim, he said an authentic Hadees. Lo, Lubna, Adam worthy and mean that I have a akula who idea that if the son of Adam had a valley full of gold, he would love to have to, yes, this is the state of human beings, generally speaking, everyone is looking to get more and more the next best thing that could be in fashion. The next best thing to wear, it could be the next best thing when it comes to cars, holidays, food.
The next big thing when it comes to jobs and careers.
Even if you have something amazing, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is telling us that you will still want more. And then he said the only thing that will fill the mouth of the son of Adam is what is
that? Yes, dirt. What does that mean? It means that your hunger for wanting more and more will only come to an end when you die. Yes.
Now the thing is, we live in times, which are very materialistic people have become very materialistic people have become great consumers. Yes, this is the month of September. And for Apple fans around the world. It's a very exciting month. Why is that? Anyone tell him what's happening in September? Yes. new iPhones.
And new iPhones are about to be unveiled to us. What is the next iPhone?
don't pretend like you don't know.
I remember panel last year for the iPhone X was revealed or when it was being sold. There were queues going around the corner from Apple shops was in there. Now in Tokyo, there was a there was a store where there was a huge queue and there were reporters that turned up to interview people when they finally get their phones. So this is 21 year old student. He's leaving in the morning after purchasing his phone clutch to his in his arms. And the report says to him, How do you feel? He goes I'm so excited to open this phone. She said How long have you been camped outside the store? You know how many days he said
He said I've been here for five days camped outside the iPhones
In order to get this end, he says that I was the first one ahead of the line of 525 other people
525 other people, for some
crazy, crazy look for the dunya.
Now, the interesting thing is that
studies show that the more and more things you get in life, it actually has the opposite effect of what you attend, people buy things in order to make themselves happy, right.
But there's a number of studies, for example, one by as a psychology professor in America, he did a study spanning six months or 12 years on some people studying the effects of materialism. And he showed that the more people pile up, the more their self esteem takes a dive.
And then he showed that in fact, self esteem, and materialism is correlated in a very unique way. He said that the less materialistic you become, the more your self esteem rises, and the more your self esteem rises, the less materialistic you want, the less materialistic you want to be.
Yes, so what is he saying? He's saying that, you know, people that are realized, but the more and more things they acquire,
the more unhappy they become?
as amazing as it. People usually think the opposite. I mean, we live in crazy times now. We're so used to buying things that we've made reality TV shows out to people that buy too many things. Have you seen something called hoarders or storage walls? Yeah,
some eyebrows are being raised because they don't want talking about
their reality TV shows now about people that have so many things, and they just can't let go of them. Their lives have been turned upside down trying to store and hold on to these things. Crazy, isn't it? Yes, but these are the times that we live in. But what I want to highlight to you is not the effect materialism has a mental well being. I want to highlight to you something else. And that is the effect of being a materialistic person,
the effect it has on your chances of going to paradise. We believe that the more materialistic you are, that effect it could have is it could make you lose your space in Paradise, and it could land you in the hellfire. May Allah protect us and our families mean, but this is not something which I'm pulling out of the air. This is something that Allah has told us to us in the put on. Yes. So that's why I want to share with you soon at the castle, because it delivers this meaning and a very shocking and compelling way.
Are all the Billahi min. Ash shaytani r rajim Bismillah R Rahman Rahim Allah Subhana Allah says, and how can we take a three phase competition for this world has distracted you and let's look at this. A lot began this surah with a statement in which he said
that you are being distracted by the need and the want to get more and more. Who is Allah speaking to him? There is no leader there is no yeah, you know, yeah, you will arena careful in an arena careful which kind of gives you an idea that this is speaking about or speaking to believers, or this is speaking to disbelievers? Are they speaking to mushy Kuhn?
But later on the sword, I will speak about later I wonder, Jane, that you people you will be made to see the blazing fire. So who is the surah speaking to believers or disbelievers?
disbelievers. Right. But it doesn't begin by highlighting that Why?
Well, one of the benefits behind that is to show us that even the ally speaking to disbelievers, the fact is that this message to them can relate to you as well. That you should look at this, these verses and think, what do they mean for me? How are they speaking about me? So let us begin Allah says, How could the cat or dog
refer there comes a root of love Allah who means to become distracted by by doing something which is less important, they by distraction for something that is more important. For example.
Has anyone ever been on the train and been playing on their phones and missed their stop? And as a result, they realized that you know what, one of the more has five or six stops have passed and I've missed where I'm supposed to get off. Why did you miss your stop because you're playing on your phone. This is no, the word aloha means that something has distracted you from something which is very important. What has distracted you at the castle? The word the castle from root. We get the from
We get the word caffeine. No, caffeine means a lot, or many to California is the idea of these two meanings. Number one of just wanting more and more.
Yes, this hunger, to just want to have more and more things. It is not just about money. People want more and more money.
But today, people want more and more followers, for example, on Instagram, people will do crazy things to get more social media presence, true or not. There is the castle. In social media
is the castle when it comes to money? There is the castle when it comes to clothes. Yes, for sneaks, wanting the next best pair of trainers?
So am I saying that those things wanting more and more of those things, it has distracted you meaning from something more important? What is more important?
What is more important?
What is it that you have been distracted from? It's not mentioned in the verse. What is mentioned is the thing that is distracting you wanting more and more. What is it has it distracted you from is not being mentioned.
Because there's many things, but they all kind of revolve around the things that Allah has made a priority for you in your life. So let me give you an example.
Let me give you an example. Let's take the scenario that it's your finals. Yes, your exams, your final exams. And the time of the exam has already started. Where are you? You're in a park bench playing on your phone. That's where you are. You've got no, you're oblivious. That right now, the exams of my life are taking place.
And when you realize is when the exam has finished. Tell me how would you feel?
If that was you tell me how would you feel that you just got off your phone? You're playing Angry Birds, man, you want some sick level, you're like, Oh, this is going really well for me.
And then you turn your phone off. Or maybe your battery dies. But that's why it takes.
my exam was just, I missed my exam. Tell me how would you feel? Shout out some words.
Obviously no offensive words.
You feel like a waste, man. Yeah.
You feel like,
you feel like a fool. You feel like
if you like him yourself, wouldn't you?
But look at this. I'll give you another scenario. Let's see you you feel the same way. Imagine you're watching the game. Football, obviously. And it's the World Cup finals. I think this actually happened. World Cup finals, and the time for money was coming.
Now the thing is when Madrid time came in, in the back of your mind, a little alarm bell went off saying you know it's negative time.
Think about Madrid because it gets dark. So it's very obvious.
Now, you tell yourself, you know,
it's all most full time.
Even about 1015 minutes, no problem. When the game is done, Bismillah will pray. Inside you're saying the stuff you know is wrong. The thing is, the school is tired. Now 90 minutes, and what extra time is coming along now. So now this is even worse than before. Because there's so much more excitement now. And if I was to pray right now, major FOMO fear of missing out by the way for the elders who feel like I'm really missing out. So you say you know what, after extra time in sha Allah, I'll pray that
the thing is extra time and then a slow drop. penalty shootouts. Well that's too much now now. Stuff are lazy and I can't even pray enough. I'm just too excited. Oh, we have no clue. Now. You know, you start to justify. I want to for sure. And Allah wants you to have for sure. So it's better to not praise stuff, allow them to pray in your mind is thinking about who's gonna miss the penalty.
game is finished. And you're watching the celebrations. And you're looking at your time you think you know, mine was gone.
But let's think about this scenario one, your finals. And scenario two the World Cup finals. Do you feel like a waste man? When you realize that the time for Muslim has expired? And you haven't prayed yet?
Do you feel like you have missed out like you feel like kicking yourself as much as you did when you realize that you missed your final exams? Let's be honest with ourselves. Do we feel like that?
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and how can we care for the second meaning of the castle is competition. Competing with one another keeping up with the Joneses. somebody buys an iPhone x in your class.
You're looking I'm thinking, Man, when I have one x, I need to get an iPhone x. Now I need to convert from Samsung just to beat this guy because this guy kind of a better phone than me. You look outside your window your neighbor's got brand new car shining, blinking, you think to yourself, man, all of a sudden your car looks really old. Your car looks really old and you think you know I could get a good price for this car. And tomorrow I'll have a new car as well. It happens so often, isn't it? Oh, sisters, they go to a friend's house. They read they've redone their kitchen.
It looks very nice. Come home to your husband. You know what we need to do our kitchen? We just did it last year. Yeah, but you know the pain and this wasn't done very well the cupboards look a bit manky now and it doesn't look as good as it's supposed to. Let's get it done. pressures on the husband isn't.
Keeping up with the Joneses at the castle has that meaning as well. So the summary of the meaning of the first verse is that superficial things like trying to get more money more followers, or keeping up with the Joneses is distracting you from the priorities in life, like worshiping Allah, like listening to the words of His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Now you don't know that.
Until you visit the grave is verse palate, deep verse. Allah never said happy yet. I had a common mode until death reaches you. Even though that's the meaning Allah said and to you visit zero from zero you know zero to visit. Also from zero you get the word zone, which means that just because the meaning of zero means to meet, and the meaning of zone is chest and when two people meet, they usually hug each other. Yes, so my season two, you do the era of marbles, which is the plural of the word pepper, which means grape until you visit the graveyards. That's the time that you are going to become. You're going to see the reality of your life that you wasted your life on takaful. Now the
question arises here, why didn't Allah say unto you die?
That's when you're going to realize the moment that you don't know unless and until you visit the graveyards.
Now, the thing is, by saying visit the graveyards is a lot of frightening connotations. For example,
if you're going to visit the graveyards, and the life in the grave is mainly a Zahra. What does that say about the hereafter?
Is it going to be longer or shorter?
There's going to be a longer reason. Now how long are you going to spend in the grave? How many years you're going to spend in the grave?
100 years, 1000 years, let's say 10,000 years. Only Allah knows when the final hour is but let's say some 10,000 years time aliquots 10,000 years in the grave. Zero is just a visit just a visit compared to what awaits in the hereafter.
Now if you're a disbeliever, or disobedient person, what does the time in the grave represent? a happy time or a sad time? A time of pleasure or a time of suffering?
Hmm. Suffering isn't it? So if the time of suffering in the grave is called merely a zero, it means you don't know what's going to happen when you finally do. resurrect and see your piano because your time in the grave is just like a visit you for that suffering was bad You don't know what's awaiting you. Allah protect us. You don't ya seen? There is a verse Allah says that the disbelievers when they are resurrected on your will pm or they will say Fallujah way Ilana man bath Anna mimar padina Have you heard this verse? They will say woe to us who as a woken us from our sleep, our nap.
The scholars they said how can they refer to their life in the grave as a nap when they will be punished in the grace
of God to be said because when they see the horrors that await a monumental PM, they will think the time the grave was a holiday. Now you know how you don't have to resort to more MacTavish just as
the other thing about visiting compared to being dead is that when you visit you're conscious. When you visit somebody's house you're conscious, you are present. When you're dead when you're a copes you think of something you're absent. So we are being told that when you
are being taken to the graveyard. And when people are praying over you are throwing dirt over you. And when they're burying you and when they're walking away from you, you are conscious and you know what is happening to you. So how do you know that? That you hear the footsteps of people as they walk away from your grave? After burying you? May Allah give us a light in our graves? Very dangerous. Something very serious hot desert on makabe that is when you're going to realize hella solfatara Moon from McCullough sofa, the other one that lost his color? No indeed you will soon know. The word used is color, which is a word full of anger. In like a teacher has a student Okay,
and the teacher and the student is wasting his time. Exams coming closer and closer. The teacher in the beginning says listen, revise, prepare for the exam. And the kid is like you know I got time I got time I got time now just before the exam because the teacher cares. He takes on an angry tone and says no you're not you're not gonna pass that's the word candor kennela sofidel No, no, no, no, no. You're gonna come to know
Meaning you are so in heedless so blind so wat that you are oblivious to the reality you don't know what's going on?
You know, this is speaking about people that their ambitions in life they only revolve around this world. To the point that even when they hear someone talking about the hereafter they're like, Yeah, because Korea What is all this stuff about the hereafter? this fairytale business these things that these religious people speak about? It's not really realism.
That's not really true, is it that we're gonna die and then resurrect and then we're gonna come before God? They're so far away from it, they don't even accept this idea anymore. I live in Canada sofidel and when you people you're so deluded. Now, you will soon come to North America. So, for that element and then a repetition with the word former No, then no doubt about it, you are going to come to know our boss he said here, why is it repeated? Now One reason is because the repetition serves an emotional reinforcement. Now when someone repeats themselves, it gives a level of emphasis which emotionally affects you it shows you that this person is serious, but if we are balanced that
is to highlight two types of moments when people will come to realize how diluted they were number one, killer Sophia Darla moon in the graves, when people are being punished in the grave they will realize somewhat that they were oblivious, distracted. Second time full McCullough so for that alone is when they are resurrected and standing before a law and being interrogated, then they will fully come to realize how oblivious I was. So this is the the two mentions
hello to Allah moon and money okay, this is the middle of the solar now. Allah says again Keller three times, repetition to show anger, Allah's anger towards his people, low to Allah Muna Alma neoprene, If only you knew for certain,
If only you knew for certain This is an IF and then statement.
If you study, then you will be successful.
But here, Allah only said if and he dropped them.
Why? Because he's done speaking to these people. Allah says if
you if you only had a million, let's say certainty, if you only have certainty, then allow What? Now I'm not even going to bother with that then
the implication is then you wouldn't have lived your life the way you did. But no one ever said that.
Because a larger law Allah wanted to leave that for our minds to think about these people have angered Allah so much that he doesn't even finish the sentence he left it to our imaginations. Now what's really interesting is the wording anyone okay what does it mean literally knowledge that gives rise to certainty? What does it mean if they only have certainty certainty about what Allah certainty that if they live like that they would go to the hellfire. But that's really interesting, because that means that people are expected to have certainty about things like belief in God. Belief in angels belief in the hereafter belief in jinn. But I thought that certainty only comes
through hard evidence that you can only be convinced of something when you see it with your eyes on you experience it with your senses, but we don't see a law we haven't seen Johanna. We haven't seen Jenna Why is Allah then saying you people
If only you had any money or clean conviction, do you see the question that arises, isn't it? Like one side they've been condemned for not having faith, another side of life, saying that you should have had the clean certainty.
But we thought faith was supposed to be blind. Not by saying faith is not blind, you are expected to have conviction conviction. yaqeen means you have you strongly believe in something in a way that you're not going to go back on.
So you know, some people they say, How can I believe in God?
I don't see God. Show me God, you're telling me to believe in hereafter. Show me the hereafter. And I will believe in you. If you can't see it, can't believe in it. You must have heard this and come across this right.
So how do you respond to that? The person is saying, if you want me to believe in I remember when I was in college, what are the like PDC is to call it back in those days, you know, talk about nonsense things, to think about the world. So the tutor, he purposely asked this question. He said,
How can you prove that there is a God?
And the thing is, this is predominantly Muslim students. And there was a few white people there. Yes. And some of them were just like Goths, you know, those who were. So obviously they don't believe.
So one of those ladies, one of those girls, she said, If God really exists, you should come down here right now. And I believe in him.
Now, fingers, the claws erupted.
Myself, I rocked it. I said, Who are you forgot to come down for
younger, many, many years ago.
I said, Who are you for cooked to come down for you that things got very heated, and the teacher had to calm things down. It was his fault for asking this question, provoking this type of reaction, isn't he?
Now she's saying that if I can't see God, then why should I be asked to believe in? Yes.
Well, I say,
is that really true? Think about all the things that you believe in?
or hold to be true? Do you believe they are true? Because you have seen them with your own eyes? or experienced them with your own senses?
Is it think of all the countries in the world think about China? Who's here and you won't be to China?
so all of you.
Why do you believe that is a country called China?
Have you seen China?
You've been dancing with your eyes?
On the media? Have you immediately run back and forth?
I'm kidding with you.
Most of you have not seen China with your own eyes. But you believe China exists. But because of Chinatown.
The woods? Is it round? Or is it flat? Anyone educate me?
Is it round?
difference of opinion.
is round. Who says isn't? know if I'm gonna believe the world is round. I just see it. If I can't see it. I want to believe it. That's what you said, Oh, no. He said, No. But science said, Oh, the guy in the lab coat said that's why it's true. I get you know, that's fine. It's fine. I was saying is flat by the way. I don't think it's flat. I'm saying that. Why did you believe that? It's round when you didn't see it?
Someone is in a loving relationship.
You say hubby? We love this woman? Yes. My wife. I love her. How many people say that? But let's say there is someone who says that.
He said how do you know she loves you?
Did you see the love with your own eyes? Did you look inside her heart and see the red heart like this beating? Did you see? How do you know?
Now we're not trying to cause doubt in people's relationships.
But I'm trying to make you think like, you believe so many things in life, but you never saw them in your own eyes. In fact, some things you can't even see with your own eyes. But you use another standard for when it comes to the belief in God. Why? Why do you use that standard you don't use that standard for so many things your life. In fact, if you use that standard, then you cannot accept the word of any person about anything any more news, just turn fake. You can't accept it.
You see what how we form our beliefs is usually based what they call
a truthful report. Somebody who you trust
A scientist person in a suit, or molana with a beard, tells you something. And if you trust him you believe in it true or not? True, not. That's what you do, isn't it? That's usually how you base your beliefs. Now, obviously, there's many forms of that it could be one person, it could be many people, it could be so many people. But the fact is that your belief about truth and falsehood on many, many issues, is not based on it, being seen, and being certain is on al Mohler pain, knowing in a way that gives certainty. This is what life is saying. That there is enough evidence in this world, in nature, in history, in the Koran, in the life of the prophets, that Allahu Allah said them to give
you a little more than the attain
knowledge that will convince you of the truth. That is why that is why you will be questioned for neglecting it. That is why you'll be questioned for your disbelief and for and punished for it as well. Does that make sense? And we live in Canada Hello, Thailand. alimony appeal letter our Jane look at the irony. I love essays letter, I wouldn't enjoy him, then you will be made to see LGB helpfile
The irony is that in this life, you are so distracted, your eyes were distracted by pleasures and enjoyments and distractions away from the truth. Now the Hellfire is going to be brought in front of you, and you will be made to stare at it.
Your eyes we're going here and then this dunya but now they're going to be fixated on jehane
see when people watch horror movies, what do they do when the scary parts come?
It depends like this or that this depends who's around you, isn't it?
You try to look away because your eyes are very sensitive. When they see scary things they want to look away. But law says letter one manager shame with two points of emphasis to show that is you're going to be forced to look at the scariest thing you could imagine that people look away from skiing seeing scary things in the movies right? Tell me what is scarier than looking at jahannam What will you see when you look inside Johanna
torture, suffering pain the likes of which you could never imagine? But you will you'll be able to look away? No. Allah said law that I wouldn't allow him the lamb is Lamb of possum I swear by lightning I swear by you medicine and not Allah never says sets that are not set out oh no Jackie, that you will soon see to him. Allah said letter a wonderful Jackie who the noon at the end this is noon Athena. Another point of emphasis, I swear by you will definitely be made to clj now what Allah call the hell fire.
And Jane, another word for jahannam is what? And now the law never said letter. I wonder now. You're going to see the file. And I said you're going to see a Jane. This word is very interesting. From this word, you get the route john Durham refers to a fire that is blazing. Yes Is erupting. So imagine you're looking at the Hellfire and it's like a volcanoes is exploding. This is one word. They're up say Jacksonville hub. Meaning that the fiercest part of war is known as Jacksonville help from the same route because it's when the light most lives are lost.
Third connotation Jama Jama in the sun out of they say is the look in the eyes of a lion. When it sets its eyes on the prey. When a lion looks at his prey, the look is referred to as Joshua from the same route. If you put all of those things together that Allah is describing the Hellfire as being this crazy file that is erupting. That when you look at it is looking back at you like it wants to devalue suparna line May Allah protect us, this is Allah describe the whole file, you will be made to look at a file that will look back at you like he wants to do value.
This is the reality then people will wake up
then the sewer begins to end itself foom Muladhara
pain then they will be will be they will be made to see it with the eye of certainty. Before it was al Maliki. Now it's I know when things became switched up in this dunya Allah asked us to you to get knowledge that will give you certainty, educate yourself.
If you'd fail that, then the education is going to be read done on you in a way that will give you idea Thank
see with your own eyes and then realize
doesn't that mean that people are gonna stop believing them?
If you see the whole fire, you're gonna have some serious email, isn't it?
You're gonna have your email is gonna go through the roof.
So what does that mean? Should they be punished? Or should they not be punished?
A lie saying that you're going to see it with iv opinioni. In this dunya Emily, Athena in the Asha, you have Irelia as another level of conviction. So should they be punished? Or should they be led off with heavy man? No.
No, that we punished because it's too late now, doesn't count for anything. Now.
The time that your faith counts, is when it's in the unseen.
When it's shown to you, it doesn't count for anything anymore. That's not faith anymore. That's not a man
for murder alone neoma in an event nine, then Allah says, then they will be asked me they will be interrogated on that day about a name. And name means the constant blessing that you had in your life because from name, you get the word Nam, you know, Nima means blessing, right? And from and from the root, you get your own, which means things are soft, comfortable and luxurious. Yes. And then name refers to the long lasting compass that you have in your life. What are we being told it? We've been told that on Yamaha piano, we will be asked about all the nice things that we used to enjoy in our lives. What does it mean? asked? It means you will you will be asked, Did you use the
compass in your life to come closer to Allah? Or did you use them to go from Allah? other nice things that you have in your life taking you away from Allah and His remembrance and his worship? Or are they bringing you closer to Allah?
You know, there is a Hadees Subhana Allah that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam one day in Medina,
he had, he had literally no money, no food. And he left his house, hoping that someone will see him and invite him into their house to give him food. Imagine how profits or loss of them reached that level once. And as he's walking, who does he see? His two comrades have a bucket and they are sitting down idly. And the process of them says to them, what are you doing? What are you doing what has made you leave your homes? They said and your hunger. So Panama, the leaders of the oma we're hungry.
Forget about palaces, we're talking about basic food, no food.
So the promise a lot of cinema said the thing that made you leave your house made me leave my house as well.
So they start looking around, imagine you're hungry walking on the street, hoping that somebody opens the doors and says you're not the father who will come.
So one of the competitors I forgot the name of the companion.
He sees the promise or sentiment of biker and armored. And he shouts out an all in one duration. The wife of this companion sees them outside and then invites them in.
So when the companion come home, comes home, and he sees the promise of cinema. In his house, he becomes delighted he said this is the most is the happiest moment of my life. These three people are inside my house, let me feed you.
So he brings them food and drink. I think he was milk and some meat dish and they ate the food.
After they ate their food, the Prophet sallallahu wasallam looked at his companion said from Allah to saloon, neomycin and I
he said this versus sort of the castle then they will be interrogated about the name in their life. He said this is the name we're going to be asked about. And imagine that this is not a luxury. This is survival. And the premise of somebody saying that no, even until this will be asked about these things. I mean that makes you think isn't it makes you reevaluate the kinds of things that you enjoy in your life. more things to be asked about. Now I want to end with some practical advice. Okay.
Practically speaking, we all know that we have a shift of worldliness inside of our heart some more than others some have their own struggles it could be to do with fashion it could be to do with the home you know some people spend their their IKEA every weekend. You know that every weekend. That's an Ikea day Sunday.
Seriously, every Sunday you IKEA every Sunday without fail. Because seriously, man, how many things can you buy?
For your house.
Sell time. So panela sale time alone.
What did they call that Friday?
Black? Have you seen the clips?
People don't go on Jihad feasibility or feasibility
to get those goods, they will trample on people.
And the hope comes out and people on that day, think yourself seriously, you got issues.
You got issues, man, some people are living for the sales, how we generate sales hit on their check, seriously, this is your life. This is not live TV. This is a bushkill this is a problem
that we all have our share of this. Okay, what can we do? Let me share some practical tips with you.
Number one, okay, ironically, my first point is avoid shopping centers unless it's necessary.
You know, when you win those shops,
all of a sudden you feel like you know, I need that.
I need it. Before it was just you know, let's have a look at it curious. This is he was like, when you start when you go into the Apple Store, he will everything. But then you think I got to watch the watch because you know, it makes sense. I've got got an iPad, I've got the phone. And this is just competing the system three Asana, three
way justification not jumping into your mind.
You've never, you had no intention of buying anything.
Going out shopping, walking past the shops, window shopping, and all of a sudden, you need all of these things. So you buy all of these things.
First advice, you know, sometimes even I gave this advice for people that do or Amazon and hedge. I said, don't get a hotel inside that Zamzam tower,
or the other towers, because look at the way they've designed.
You're going to leave the hotel room five times a day to go for Salah in the harem. But in order to get there, you got to go through all the shops, you know, all the little stalls, and all the shops, and the food court. You got to walk past all of that. Now the thing is that takes his toll. In the first instance, you like stuff, law stuff, I don't need any of this thing. I'm just here for the sake of Allah. And you come back and you go, and then all of a sudden, oh, yeah, I need to get present for this person. And it looks cheap. Must be cheaper here. You know, I should go. And now those trips to the masjid does go a lot longer. And every time you go to the message, you come back
with something in your hand another carrier bag, you think it was going on in my new suitcase now?
Yeah, this is what happens. How can you help yourself,
cut down on going to the movies?
online as well.
Number two, practical tip, when you get something, give something like this works very well. If you go somewhere nice. If you spend money on buying something for yourself, where you take your family out somewhere nice to eat, you know what, tell yourself, I'm going to give the same amount all half of it away in South Africa.
At least do that. And you know what? It may work in your favor. Because when you start to tell yourself my policies that if I spent a lot of money, I gotta give 10% then you know what? I don't really like giving this 10% of the woman, the 10% begin to hurt me. So I'd rather not spend this money and keep that 10%
Yes, if you buy something, you get something, give something. Point number two, point number three, buy on a need basis and a benefit basis, not on a want basis. If every time you bought somebody you have to ask yourself, how is this gonna help me in the grave? How is this going to help me on your medium? If I had to answer for this on your piano? Am I confident in giving a good answer to Allah? If the answer is you know, I'm not sure I can justify this in your monthly ama.
Then you know, reassess whether or not you should buy that or not. Whenever you buy something, buy on a need basis, don't buy on a want basis. Think about adverts is that they create the need in your mind. How do they create the need in your mind? Very interesting. Your adverts they don't actually advertise what this thing can do for you. They advertise how this thing can make you feel. Have you noticed that? How this thing can make you feel
the car. It's not about the features. It's about how make you look in public. How make you feel clothes, perfumes the way they advertise perfumes. It's so blatant and it's it's the same for any perfume. You man you buy this perfume. You'll get a girlfriend
If you buy this perfume, women will love you.
Isn't that's what is they play on your emotions is trying to make you think that if you buy this, this is how it make you feel make you feel awesome. Therefore you need to buy it now. Now you need to feel awesome. Now you. Yes, quench your awesomeness with this person.
Yes. But don't do that. Tell yourself, do I need this? Do I need it? Honestly, do I need it? If the answer is no colosse. Number four.
This is very important. Stick with people who don't remind you of a task.
You know, they are some friends. Some colleagues that if you sit with and talk with all they ever talk about is the latest gadgets, or the latest latest fashion trends, or the best next best place to go on holiday. And when you hear what they have to say. It only once makes you want to do the same thing.
You're like, you know what? Yes, interesting, man. Maybe I should as well. I could have a bit of that. I deserve a bit of that as though. That's what happens, isn't it? Those people, you need to minimize your interaction with those people. And if those people are family members, what should you do? You should dominate the conversation.
Don't allow them to go on down that rabbit hole. You dominate the conversation. So you know what? I rather not talk about the latest gadgets? No, sir. But something else? No problem. Let's talk about something a bit more beneficial. That's all you have to do.
Last point is to keep it simple. This is the most difficult thing is living a simple life for the Prophet sallallahu Sallam he said confit dunya can occur. But he but he said be in this world like you're a stranger. You think about strangers that he never feels comfortable until he returns home.
He doesn't feel comfortable. So he doesn't want to stay there. A stranger here. I don't want to stay here. I want to go home the process and he's saying that your home is Indiana. This world is a strange place to you don't really want to be here.
So if you're a stranger, you keep it simple in life. That could mean many things to many people.
But one thing it definitely does mean is that keeping it simple means that you are not obsessed with this world. Because the moment you cannot control yourself, is the moment that you should realize that you know what I am obsessed with this dunya and if I'm obsessed with this dunya that means the dunya is in my heart and if the dunya is in my heart that means the answer is not in my heart. Yes, how am I going to deal with that? I need to keep my life simple. Eat simple. Sometimes a person struggles eating simple Sometimes a person struggles it's not nice to have died and soup every day that nobody wants to have been on the menu every day, isn't it as a killer isn't one of the Briana
Amanda kababs Okay, sometimes keep it simple.
At least one meal now free keep it simple, isn't it? The thing is that these things spiraled out of control
person who loves food. Let me tell you how. If you know you love food, yeah, the way you know you love food is that you're eating and you're thinking what am I going to eat next? What's the next was dinner going to be like? This is lunch taking care of munching lunch? I'm thinking was dinner gonna be
that's a problem heavy. That is a that means that you have become obsessed with something Have you become obsessed with the dunya it means you are involved in the castles and we know about the castle now. Let me just recap these five things and we finished number one I said
avoid shopping sentence said avoid shopping centers unless necessary. Number two, when you get something give something number three, buy on a need basis not on a one basis. Number four, stick with people who don't remind you at the careful and number five keep it simple We ask Allah subhanaw taala to make us people of the earth and not make us lose the dunya how there was a de la silla Milan Amina Mohammed in while earning savage mean does that gonna feel bad? I think