Channel: Bilal Philips
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There's a stress on reflecting on the favors of a law.
And from the Sunnah of
Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam it said,
on the row element as well, I mean come while at 10 00 in a man who come
look at those who are less fortunate than you, or not those above you
for who edge Darrow and lattice deru near amatola aleikum,
it is better for you, in order that you do not deny what Allah has blessed you with.
Look at those less fortunate than you, those below you and not those above you. It is better for you in order that you do not deny what Allah has blessed you with another narration the prophet SAW said Ahmed said, if you look at one who is above you, then look at one who is below you. Because we can't help it was told us generally don't look to those above you. But we can't help it. Somebody drives by with a new car.
But the browser Salim said knowing that this is our nature, you see that new cargo looking at old car, and your car, you know is in between, you know?
So though our nature will cause us to look at those above us. Proctor's lm told us always whenever that happens, the remedy for it, so it doesn't go into our hearts. And then drives us
to want whatever anybody else wants has. This is what the society is promoting. Look at what we have, look at what the rich and famous have so that we don't feel satisfied, we don't feel contented with what we have, even though what we have is much more than many people in this world. But we are driven to want to have what they have.
So we get credit cards, we live on credit and
Unfortunately, many Muslims are caught up in it.
On the other hand,
patience, how does one gain patience?
This is perhaps the more difficult one.
Gratitude, we have been trained to be grateful as Muslims, our parents reminded us growing up etc. But patience, this one is most difficult.
Because it is not just recognizing something, you have to do something.
Recognizing a laws favor, makes you grateful. But what do you do to make yourself patient?
Most of us, we say well, you know
how there are some people you know, who are very patient, you say they've been blessed by Allah.
How do I become patient?
Western thought, promoted impatience.
That way, don't be patient.
When things upset you, what do you do? control yourself and be patient No, fly off the handle,
explode, get it off your chest.
They say because if you keep it inside, you know it's boiling around inside there, it's going to hurt you. So better you let it off, let off steam explode.
neurologists studying the effects of explosions of this type on the brain found that
it isn't better to get it off your chest. Because every time you explode, small capillaries, small blood vessels in the brain burst.
They burst and you can see an angry person. You can see all the veins and everything sticking out next. So you can imagine the very small
blood vessels, very small ones whose linings very very thin. Sure enough, bursting in the brain. It's not good. So what the prophet SAW Selim said last time
Don't get angry he was right.
And if you're angry when you're standing sit down
and if you're still angry lie down.
This was the advice of the prophet SAW Selim.
Don't let it out. So how then does one become patient?
In a hadith
by Abu sighs and Audrey
found in Sahih al Bukhari
the prophet SAW Selim said,
My yetta sabar you Sabir hola
my sub bar. You Sabir hula
whoever feigns patience, he pretends to be patient.
A law will give him patience.
This is a prophetic formula. One might say this is hypocrisy.
You're pretending to be patient and exploding inside.
This is hypocrisy that the prophet SAW Selim said, No.
You pretend to be patient. Knowing that patience is what is best with what Allah has commanded.
Struggle struggling with it,
then, eventually, you will gain that patience.
In another narration,
from Ayesha Yolanda, she calls the prophet SAW Selim is saying in a humble family Elahi, my Dharma was
indeed the best, most beloved deeds to Allah
is the one done consistently or constantly, even if it is small,
the one done constantly consistently, even if it is small.
pretending to be patient,
done on a continual basis, consistently, it will create in the individual patience, ultimately.
And this is a general rule for all of the various characteristics that a Muslim should display
all of them.
It is a principle addressed to patients, which is among the most difficult of characteristics to develop. But it's a general principle for all
generosity, for example.
This is difficult. Our nature is to be stingy, to keep for ourselves.
But if we pretend to be generous, we force ourselves to do acts of generosity.
At first, it may feel very
contrived, very unreal, you feel fake, phony, counterfeit,
but doing it continually, regularly, eventually, Allah puts it in your heart,
and so on, and so forth.
So even when we come to prayer,
when we hear of
Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and his companions praying and crying in their prayers,
and we ask ourselves, why don't we cry in our prayers? How does one cry in his prayers?
something missing in our lives.
We cry over a lot of other things.
When you get a new car
and those jealous people around you see it and they come out and they slash all four of your tires. You come out you break down into tears
over material things very easy to cry,
but to cry for a law
This one we find so difficult.
we do it by
forcing ourselves to cry
forcing ourselves to cry artificially?
Not bawling, you know. So it becomes a scene that you're showing off to people, you know, people hear you in your prayer room like this. When you're on your own when you're praying to try to get up for tahajud then
try to force yourself to cry.
Try to think about some things in our lives.