Understanding Istikhara

Bilal Philips

Channel: Bilal Philips

Episode Notes

Bilal Philips gives an understanding on how the evil jinn tries to captivate human beings and draw them towards great sins which includes zodiac signs, understand in which situations one needs to do istikhara and the basic rules of doing it, the misconceptions of interpreting it in a wrong way, the sunnah way of doing istikhara and explanation of the dua, how to interpret it in the correct way and find the right answer after doing istikhara, how to deal with depression and importance of Sujood-as-Shukar.

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Indeed All praise is due to law. And as such, we should praise Him, seek his help, seek His forgiveness, and seek refuge in a law from the evil which is within ourselves, and the evil which results from our deeds. For whomsoever a law has guided, none can misguide. And whomsoever a law has allowed to go astray, none can guide and I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship, but the law. And I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the last messenger of Allah.

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And as knuckleheaded Nikita Bula

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O'Hara had you had your Mohammedan Salah long while you send them

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the best form of speech is the book of Allah.

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And the best source of guidance was that brought by Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam

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was Sharon omura Masha to her

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death in VEDA, Hakuna Matata attend Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah Allah.

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And indeed, the worst of all affairs are the innovations in religion. For every innovation in religion is cursed.

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And all cursed innovation leads to misguidance and all misguidance leads ultimately to the hellfire.

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Human beings

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by nature,

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desire to know the future,

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are present we can see

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our past we know about,

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but the future remains something unknown to all of us.

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But if there was a way to know the future,

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we would all seek it.

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Because knowledge of the future means that you can avoid harm coming to you. And you can ensure benefit

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by knowing the future.

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However, only Allah knows the future.

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That is tawheed

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no one else knows the future. In its completeness and in its certainty.

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We know from what the prophet sallallahu Sallam informed us

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regarding the jinn, the evil among them, who do manage to get bits and pieces of knowledge of the future

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future relative to us,

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but not future relative to the angels.

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As information is passed amongst the angels,

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some of them are able to steal bits and pieces of that knowledge.

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And as the Prophet sallallahu Sallam informed us,

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they pass that knowledge down to their partners on the earth.

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And among their partners are the fortune teller.

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But as the promises lm clarified,

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each bit of truth that they pass on, is mixed with 100 lies.

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So, it has a mixture of truth, a small amount, and most of it is lies.

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But that little bit of truth

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is enough to captivate people, to catch them

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and to draw them into the sin, the grave sin of fortune telling.

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And because of that, we have in our world, people

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who are offering ways and means of fortune telling under different headings using different methodologies but all ending up telling you what your future will bring.

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Whether they read your palm

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or they read tea leaves at the bottom of your teacup

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or they read cards, they turn cards over

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They look into a crystal ball or whatever.

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Or it could be

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in the form of electronic programs

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where you put in your name,

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and your date of birth. And it will tell you what's good for you to do to do today.

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Today is not a good day to make certain kinds of decisions, or it's with the stars, astrology.

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Depending on the month in which you're born in, you're given a symbol Pisces or Virgo, or whatever. And then you have somebody who will tell you what's good for Virgos today,

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what's not good for Pisces?

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All of this fortune telling

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a major evil.

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So evil, that Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam had said, Whoever goes to a fortune teller,

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out of curiosity,

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his or her prayers.

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For 40 days and nights, we'll go unrewarded.

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For 40 days and nights,

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your prayers have lost their value.

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That's something very serious.

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Of course, this doesn't mean that if today, you already looked in the newspaper, and checked your column, and read your fortune, that now you don't have to pray for the next 40 days and nights. Okay, it doesn't mean that.

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Because when you pray, two things happen.

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One, you remove from yourself the obligation of prayer.

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To you earn reward, depending on your level of concentration of awareness. If your prayer is without any awareness, you're just going through the motions, then your reward will be zero.

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If you have some awareness, you do reflect, then the reward is added accordingly.

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But the obligation of prayer,

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even if you don't get reward, you have to do it to remove that obligation from yourself.

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And that is why the Prophet sallahu wa sallam had said, Do not make the farm prayer twice.

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Don't make the farm prayer twice.

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You prayed one time, the obligation is gone. don't pray it again, won't count.

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This is also to protect us from shaytaan.

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Who will come and whisper when you pray. Or that prayer has no reward, you better do it again.

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So you're going to do it again. By the time you reach test limbs is putting up whispers in your ear that you need to do the third time, then a fourth time, then a fifth time and you have lost. So to protect us from that you have one shot. That's it.

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So

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because of the fact that we have this desire to want to know the future,

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and even though we know that fortune telling is haram. It is a natural desire for us to want to know the future. Islam in its comprehensiveness provides for that desire.

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Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam provided for us

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what would fulfill our desire to know the future, not that he's going to tell us the future.

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What he has provided will give us the future exactly, but he gave us a means of dealing with that desire to know the future. He told us

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that whenever any of us has decided on a matter

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we should pray to units of prayer

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not from the obligatory prayers

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and then make a particular law

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which you know as

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Da lista hora.

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Most of you, if not all of you already know this.

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But for most Muslims, it is confused.

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Yes, there is this the horror there and yes, we're supposed to do it and, you know we're doing it in all kinds of ways, which do not

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coincide with what the prophet salatu salam taught us.

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This is the problem. Not that we never heard of it's the heart everybody heard of it.

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They might mispronounce the name and these kinds of things, but everybody knows about it. But how to do it? How is it supposed to be done?

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Well,

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if we begin with what the prophet SAW, Selim began with and he said,

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either Hama, decumbent Omri,

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either Hama arducam. Beloved,

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if any one of you has decided on a matter,

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meaning you don't do is the harder when you haven't made a decision.

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You don't you have two things you don't know which one to decide on.

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This is not what this data does for you. You need to first decide on one

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is a big mistake. People go into this taharah

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not knowing what to do.

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Not having decided what to do. They're thinking this the harder is going to tell them what to do.

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But that's not how it works from sentiment said either Hama hadoken will our if one of you has decided about a matter

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this decision

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and this is the hora

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is not done

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regarding what is already obligatory.

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You don't make us taharah to decide whether you should pray five times a day or not.

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You understand? This is not the place for istikhara

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nor Is this the hora to be done in matters which are already recommended by Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam

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whether you should get married or not

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are seldom recommended get married. And the story don't make sense to her on that one.

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Nor do you make is the hora about things which the prophet SAW seldom disliked.

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He said

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such and such is not good, better to avoid it. Whatever

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you don't do is to care about it has already advised us not to do it.

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Nor do we make a staccato about things which are haram

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Should I work in the bank or not? No. Don't make this too horrible working in the bank or not. It's haram to work in a bank End of story.

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So it's the hora is generally in the areas which are not prohibited,

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recommended, disliked

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or obligatory.

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However, it could be between two obligatory things, you've chosen one of two obligatory things and you're deciding to go ahead with that as opposed to another obligatory thing which you could do that's okay.

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But not whether you should do an obligatory or not do an obligatory I hope this point is clear.

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So,

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he said

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whenever you have decided then

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one of you has decided then make to rocket

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then make the drop.

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Now, commonly again, in our countries,

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people will ask other people to do is to harder for them.

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So they will go to the Chef molana

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or they might even call over the phone. Send an email.

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Can you make a couple of minutes the hardest for me please?

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And usually you get charged

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for every staccato so it's good business for the malanez

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This is nonsense nonsense nobody can make it harder for you The head is very clear

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you

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who has decided make two records nobody can do those two records for you

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and then make the dua nobody can do that draft for you you have to make the dua

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so this is the point I think most of us get lost. We're caught in this other understanding is the heart is like a mystical thing. You know, the malanez they know what to do and how to do and when to do and we don't really know we just say please can you do is taharah our payment comes in

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rupee or wherever

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rails I pay for it, you know, and waiting for the answer.

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But this is not the deal.

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And, unfortunately,

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have some of you have been following the news?

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We have a sister

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in Afghanistan

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who stood up against this kind of exploitation of the deen

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people who are selling

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Tao wheeze, amulets, charms.

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She tried to

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address one of the mullahs who are doing that.

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And what did he do?

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He said she has burned the Quran, and the ignorant people at that grave. went crazy. They beat her to death. Thor threw her off of a building drove a car over her.

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In Nan de la he or in in a Roger

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we ask a lot to accept her sacrifice of her life in defense of

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the profits arts alum taught us in the DA to say Allahumma Iniesta, Hiroko b l MC was stuck a derocker be quadratic was alchemy and Fabrica love him or Allah I seek your guidance to what is good for me, because of your infinite knowledge, I seek your help because of your power, and I ask you from your favor. So all of this is recognition of a loss, Tao heat,

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of his knowledge of all things of his power and control over all things.

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And have his mercy

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mercy upon us

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for any katakuri Rocketeer but Allah Allah Allah want Allah Marie Lu for surely you are able and I am not able you're humbling yourself recognizing that all is in a lot of hands and you know and I do not know

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and you alone know the unseen you alone know the unseen

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Allahumma incontact alum another amor higher only fee Dini. tamashi Raka geometry

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in this law, if you know, actually is not if you know, because, of course the law knows.

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Better to say I guess or law, though, you know,

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in this affair, what is good for my religion, because that's what is most important.

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What we are seeking guidance for,

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that it be good for our religion.

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Not merely good for my person, my dunya but good first and foremost for my religion

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and for my livelihood, because that's what we live in.

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And the aftermath of my affairs.

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backdoor holy warrior sir holy, thermobaric Lee, then decree it for me.

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Make it easy for me and bless me in it.

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So if you listen to the doula, you're not

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saying, Oh Allah, if you know that this affair, or one of these two affairs is good for me, it says if this affair, that's why you had to have decided on something

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you're talking about something specific,

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that this thing which I have decided on and decided on how you try to find out as much as you can, what is the correct ness of this thing that you're seeking, you get the advice of those who are knowledgeable around you. And after you've gathered all of that information you can include Okay, this is a good thing for me to do.

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At that point,

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make your istikhara then you ask a law

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to show you how to know whether it is in fact good.

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You ask Allah to decree it, to make it part of my father.

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And then make it easy for me. That is the sign.

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Make it easy for me. If it's good for me, then make it easy for me.

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So that's what you've asked for. So if this thing that you want to do

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when you have completed your dua, and you're looking for the answer, the answer is, when you have tried to do that thing, if it comes easy, everything falls into place, it's just smooth, then know that it is the best thing.

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Not as people think people normally say

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you need to make us the hora before you go to bed at night.

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And then you find your answer in a dream.

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If in the dream, you see red,

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a blinking red light or

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a red flame red something, then no, not good to do.

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But if you see a green light,

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or some other green thing,

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then no, that's a good thing to do. This is total nonsense,

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total nonsense.

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It has nothing to do with that at all.

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If it's easy, when you go about doing it, then know that it is correct.

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It's the best one for you.

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So naturally, the rest of the law says the same thing.

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If it's difficult,

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you know, if it's not good for me, then make it difficult. Take it away from me. I can't get ahold of it, it's difficult for me to access it. That's the sign. So if after you make this, the harder,

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you try to do that thing, all kinds of roadblocks come in front of you.

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It's no longer feasible,

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then you let it go.

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But what happens is that after we make this the harder difficulties come, we're still where our heart is attached to it. So we're still fighting, struggling and tried to do it anyhow. And maybe eventually we'll manage to do it. But it wasn't good for you.

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That was the sign, no red light. Just know when it is difficult, that

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it is designed that is not best for you and you actually in the door. We do ask Allah to take it out of our heart, take it away from us. It was not good. You know, remove the love of it from our heart, and put our heart on whatever else you have chosen for us and make us pleased with it. So this is

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istikhara

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a blessing from Allah Subhana Allah

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to give us a sense of peace.

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Where we fear the future what's going to happen?

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We have a means of expressing our acceptance of a laws other

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because in the end, after we make this the harder and we follow the science what what are we accepting here, the other have a law.

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After we make our decision, then we put our trust in Allah.

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So this is the correct method of his taharah and I hope in sha Allah

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You will share that with your families.

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Because there's huge confusion in the Muslim world about this huge confusion, share it with them, let them find the right way. And let them use this taharah you know, frequently, whenever they have affairs to decide on after they've decided, knowing the best way to go forward.

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And this is the dean,

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the dean, Islam has provided us with everything that we need.

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Every area that we have a desire, Islam has provided us with a way of fulfilling that desire in a

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positive

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and

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religiously acceptable method away pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So I asked a lot about Allah to keep us on this path

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sirata muster team

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where we hold on firmly to the Quran and the Sunnah.

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Where we can find the answer for everything that we need in our lives, having looked at

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is the horror.

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And its place in our lives,

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which aids us in accepting the destiny.

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What is occurring in our lives,

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it gives us a method of dealing with it

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which will give us a sense of peace and contentment.

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On the other side,

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we are commonly faced with stress,

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pressure from our workplaces, from family.

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Life is stressful.

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Many of us fall into depression.

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Some of us end up taking our own lives as a result

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of not knowing and understanding the color of a law.

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We get caught up in this state of depression,

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depression where we cannot see any good in our lives.

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Everything seems bad, nothing is going right.

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Oftentimes, we blame it on the jinn,

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the evil eye

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we can't deal with it.

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Well, again, Islam provides for that need.

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With a very simple act.

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The Act known as sujood, a sugar

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sujood a sugar

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Prophet Muhammad sallahu wa sallam

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is reported that whenever something good

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would happen to him,

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he would fall down on his face

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in sujood

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and

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carry on

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with his life, it was just a moment

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a moment of gratitude,

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showing gratitude to a loss of Hannah Montana.

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And this is what is missing in many of our lives today.

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A lack of that sense of gratitude. And this is why we've become plagued with depression.

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So the remedy profit moms are Salam gave us I know you've all watched cricket games where

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the guy has scored this or knocked this wicked out whatever and then they he drops down on the ground. he bounces his head on the ground and jumps back up again. It was supposed to have been to do the shocker, but

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not quite.

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Not quite. So Juda sugar is prostrating at that time but it is frustrating. Not just bouncing your head on the ground and jumping back up again. It's

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prostrating so the hanout have been

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reflecting on the good the blessing, which is in our lives, try to track it down, maybe you feel there is no blessing. But when you're in that sujood and you stay in that two to three minutes, reflecting finding good, because for sure there is good in each and every one of our lives there is good, but we just can't see it

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due to the depression,

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the stress

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the worry.

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So that's the timeout, that we open up and reflect and reconnect with the mercy and the blessings of our law in our lives.

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And believe that if you do that regularly, as it was the sonamarg cadavre sola sola salon, it will make a difference in your life.

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If you do it properly,

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you do it sincerely, it will remove your depression

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it will remove it

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inshallah.

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inshallah.

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So let us bring it back into our lives.

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Because I'm sure if I ask how many people made to Judah sugar this week, one time, put your hand up.

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Look at that.

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We have about 700 people here and not a single hand is raised. What is that saying?

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We have lost touch with Islam.

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This is something that prophet SAW Selim did regularly. Not just sooner, Sunnah. makeda.

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And we don't even bother to do it at all.

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We better than Rasulullah

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I mean, is it so difficult, you don't have to make Voodoo.

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So Judah sugar. You don't have to make Voodoo. You could be in a state of Genova, menses for the woman

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you can make so do the sugar. You're not sure where the Kaaba is? Don't matter.

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Make your Sujata sugar.

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It's completely easy.

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fully available.

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But we're not taking it. And then we wonder why do we have all these issues in our lives and the problems in the distance that that when the things which have been given to us, we don't even take

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we don't value them.

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When we say Muhammad Rasulullah wanna shadow ana Muhammadan rasul Allah. When we say that, what does that mean?

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Just words. Or it means that the example which he gave us,

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of su Judah sugar, we are going to follow him.

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That's the point. It's our loss. Of course, it doesn't affect us. We'll also lie celebrates our loss. We are the ones who lose by not following his way.

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We are the ones who then suffer depression, suffer stress, suffer all these things simply because we don't follow such a simple act, which the result salatu salam gave us

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so brothers and sisters, this is the deen we need to know it. And we need to live it.

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It is there to make our lives better.

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It's not a burden that we're putting on ourselves.

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The doors are open, to make our lives peaceful, happy lives.

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If we follow the way of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.

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So I asked a lot smarter Allah to bring us back to that sooner.

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The Blessed guided sooner

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that so now which will bring for us true happiness in this life and the next

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ask a law

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that we learn it

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to help us to learn it

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to fulfill the command of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam when he told us tolerable enemy for de de la Cala Muslim seeking knowledge is compulsory for every Muslim it was to learn the deen

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to learn about the law to learn the Sunnah of Rasulullah sallallahu

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and to live that sooner

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ask Allah to

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help us to hold on firmly to the Quran and Sunnah

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to bring the blessing back into our lives, the lives of our families, to forgive those who have died amongst us,

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our parents, relatives, children,

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forgive them, put them in Paradise and make us amongst those who would follow them into paradise in the life to come.

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