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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato. Allows Peace and blessings beyond each and every one of you. I'd like to welcome you again to our series, the best in Islam. In this series we seek to grasp and to understand to reflect on those issues, which Allah and His Messenger have defined as the best. What is better for us? what is best for us? What is good for us, whether it be in our deeds, in our words, and our thoughts, in our possessions, in our acts, the rituals, etc, etc. and in this episode, we're going to be looking at Hydra, the concept of Hydra and the best of Hydra. We have a narration from Eben amor, in which he quoted the Prophet we got peace and blessings be upon him as
saying of the lil Mahajan, man Hydra, mana Allahu taala
afterload jihad. Mangia had enough sir who feel that Allah azza wa jal, the best immigrant is the one who emigrates from what Allah has prohibited. And the best jihad is that of one who strives against his own desires, for the sake of Allah Most great and glorious. So, the prophet here, peace and blessings be upon him, explained an element, a concept within the general concept of Hydra, Hydra being leaving, the land of this belief can go into the land of belief, and the time of the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him. It was leaving Mecca and going to Medina. It was obligatory on the Muslims when Prophet Muhammad SAW Salaam
made the hedra or the emigration to
Medina. So this became a principle, an ongoing principle. Of course with the conquest of Mecca. That particular element of Hydra ended the obligation of going to Medina and the Prophet monster Salam was known to have said, la Hirata, modeled
after the conquest of Mecca refers to the conquest of Mecca, there is no hedra required, if one chose to go there, it's still valid or invalid. But the obligation of Hadrian to Medina was no longer
an obligation, no longer a requirement. However, the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him. He also clarified that hedra with that same concept behind it, where we live, a land where we are having difficulty practicing Islam to try to go to a land where we can practice Islam properly, that remains an open principle until the last day is a well known Hadith in which he was quoted as saying, Latin cotterell hijra Hydra will not end had from October until repentance ends till the time for repentance stops allow will not accept any repentance after that hedra will remain.
So that was already an understood principle. This idea of hydro emigration for the sake of Allah for the sake of the deen to be able to practice it better. Now,
what we find is that this narration, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam had said, the best immigrant is one who emigrates from what Allah
As prohibited, he has taken it to an even more basic level, that ultimately, immigration hedra is avoiding whatever a law has prohibited, leaving it behind. Whatever law is prohibited in any area of life, any act, word, deed, etc, leaving it because it was prohibited, that is the best muhajir one who applies that principle, not only in his physical movement from one place to another, but in his spiritual decision to follow the commandment of God, and avoid, emigrate from abandon leave,
all which is displeasing to Allah, which is why he has prohibited it. Then, the Hadith goes on, though the main focus, for which we quoted the Hadith was hedra. The Prophet Muhammad wa salam adds to that, that the best jihad is one who strives against his own desires for the sake of Allah, giving us the foundational principle behind jihad. We said before, that this concept of jihad has become distorted to the point where it is a dirty word. It's not a nice word, to praise, or to encourage, or to promote jihad is to invite the wrath of the west on oneself, the West that doesn't understand jihad, and uses the term jihadists in the newspapers. And they use it to apply to anybody
who is engaged in terrorist acts. They will call them as one of the optional names from Muslim terrorists to jihadist or Salafist, there are a variety of other names, which they have incorporated, in order to demonize this principle of jihad, a principle whose Foundation was the defense of Islam, to promote Islam and to defend its teachings defend the right of all human beings to have access to Islam, Islamic teachings. So the prophets of Salaam here said that the best jihad is where one strives against one's own evil desires, because the strive against the evil forces externally, it is not preceded by the internal struggle to overcome our own internal evil forces. If
we haven't dealt with the internal, then we will not be successful in dealing with the external. So this is why the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, stressed, the most important aspect of jihad were one tackles one's own weaknesses. And all of us have in our selves, many weaknesses. So, the struggle begins at home,
in our own hearts, and this is where we either win or we lose, as individuals, we win or we lose, then the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, praises that individual who makes this jihad, Jihad enough, as it is sometimes called, the struggle of the soul
or the spirit.
So as emigration, fundamentally, was a spiritual act, where one has in fact abandoned, what is displeasing to Allah. Similarly, jihad is fundamentally a spiritual act also. Wherein one seeks to strive against, to struggle with to overcome the desires of our soul, continuing with the thought, of struggling with the desires.
We have a verse from Surah Al Imran verse 180, in which Allah addresses one of the vices of the soul. He said, we're laptops abandon the deniable calluna Bhima Tahoma law and family who are hired to LA home balharshah
The home. So you tawa ponemah baka looby, Yeoman tiama. Those who greedily withhold some of the bounties which Allah has bestowed on them think that it is good for them. No, it is bad for them,
for it will be tied around their necks on the Day of Judgment. So here is the struggle of the knifes.
Those who greedily withhold some of the bounties which Allah has bestowed on them,
they don't share it. They don't pay, there's a car required for it.
They deny even their own relatives access to it. And they think that is
a bounty from Allah. However, it's not good for them, they may see that their actions of greed keeps more of the wealth
in their control, they're able to squander it and waste it more easily.
But in fact, it's not good for them, because they are involved in more and more sin. It is really evil for them. So they need those people in that situation, need to struggle against their own desires, their own desires for the accumulation of wealth, and position, power.
That they be praised. People envy them, they love it. But this is an evil state to be in. Because as the law goes on to say,
it will be tied around their necks, all of what they have accumulated and not given there's a cap on it, not given the rights of the poor in it. All of this wealth will be tied around their necks like a millstone tied around their necks. On the day of judgment. They will be exposed and they will regret having not shared it with others. With that their viewers would like to take a brief break, following which we'll continue to look at some other aspects of the best in Islam.
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