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Egocentrism

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Hamza Tzortzis

Channel: Hamza Tzortzis

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To have wisdom and knowledge, Allah has the picture, we've got the pixel, Allah has the whole jigsaw puzzle together, we got one small piece, as it being considered says, Allah has the totality of knowledge, we have fragmentary pieces, right? So we have to start with Allah commands, something is not arbitrary. It's in line with his nature, he is wise, he's a man. So he has the total knowledge and wisdom, he is the masterful. So therefore, when he commands something, it's wise and merciful, even if you don't understand it. And this is not a blind obedience, because when I was on the plane, and the pilot said, ladies and gentlemen, we're going to be experiencing some turbulence. So Please

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fasten your seat belt, I obey Him, He is the authority of the plane, he has more knowledge than me on turbulence and physics, and our plane works. So I buckle up. If I'm so arrogant not to buckle up, I've hurt my head, right? allies the authority not only of the plane of physics, but everything. So to deny His command is irrational and silly. That's the point. So we have to understand that even if there's a command in the show do in Islam, that we may fool is wrong. One point, maybe because we don't know the knowledge behind it, we need to study more. But the other point is, sometimes we just don't know who Allah is.

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Allah is a rough man, and he is the wise in the merciful, right?

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And he has the totality of wisdom and knowledge when he command something. It's a derivative of his nature. So his commands are wise and good and merciful, even if you don't understand.

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And that will shape Tom's trick, wasn't it? shaytaan he said, I'm not gonna bow down to Adam. He's made a clay, I made a fire. You need fire to bake clay. He thought he was better. He was the first pseudo rationalist because he used his limited knowledge experience to deny a lot. But he was the greatest idiot. Why? Because he denied the ultimate authority. Do you see? So this is a subtle thing. Sometimes we have more doubts, because we don't know the knowledge behind these things. And sometimes we have more doubts, because we don't know a lot properly if you really truly know that Allah is the the wise the knowing and he is a man, then whether we understand this moral command or

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not. We know it's from someone who is infinitely knowing. Right and infinitely merciful. Make sense? That's very important. And many of the accusations on a moral perspective are usually false anyway, because when you study Islam, you see that all of its rulings are based on Rama. As even came out. Josie has said that all of the Sharia is based on Mercy is based on compassion, you see it, even things that you may think are harsh. Well, like brothers and sisters, the lenses you use to understand Islam is mercy. Here's the Delete. Number one. Allah says he is a rock man. And he taught the Quran our rock man told the Quran, the Quran is a love letter to humanity. Number two, Allah

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says about the process under his or Rama to all the worlds to everything that exists. So these are the two fundamental lenses that we use to understand Islam. So for example, if there was a ruling for the punishment of treachery, right, we see this in the Sierra is a political issue after due process just low, right? There's a punishment for treachery. That's not harsh, it's messy. Why? Because if we always allow people to be treacherous against the community, and the community means what it means Muslim or non Muslim, it's not just Muslims. If we allow people to be treacherous from a socio political level, to the community,

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then that means we're easy target and it affects everybody innocence. So sometimes you have to have a suitably harsh load to create preventative mechanisms right. So it's in line with a greater wisdom and a greater mercy.

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My country Great Britain, right. Imagine France, always broken treaties. Always did skirmishes near the border killed innocent people. And David Cameron said, Oh, we forgive you, France. Oh, we forgive you, France. Oh, we forgive you again. And the fifth time England becomes France. Right? And is raped and pillaged all the Brits God forbid, right?

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To soft, that's no Rama.

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David Cameron will be really wise and masterful. If you said after the second strike. We're going to have a suitably harsh anti treachery law in place. Do you see my point here? stuff you see through the eyes of messy don't allow these islamophobes to try and make our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam look like someone who is but first he was never bloodthirsty. And we could see this in. When people became Muslim he forgave them which means that the monk said the higher objective was them for their guidance.

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And that was true love true compassion, love and natural love for yourself. This is in Bukhari narrated by Bukhari. She loves Allah and His Messenger then you want to give that love to other people you want guidance for people. He said I think coming to kiss people, right? He came to guide them he was here as a water and as someone to show them glad tidings he gave people who even tried to attempt to kill him.

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Right What about the general amnesty in Mecca? Right?

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You know, we people don't remember these things. The point is I'm I have a lot of forbearance, which is patience against aggression.

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And the other aspects that we see in the Sierra, they have context they have a social political context, which is based on a greater mercy, right, because if people always intend to kill others, you have to put preventative mechanisms in place right. So we have to be very nuanced and analytical when we look at the the tradition, Aslan foundation is all messy.

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So more doubts can be explained. Then we have egocentric doubts which really link egocentric doubts basically means that your perspective is the only perspective and this links to the spiritual doubts because if you're spiritually in tune, you know close to Allah you don't Humble yourself right? Because what's what's what's Salah Salah is an act of worship but is also very humbling your faces on the ground is the symbol of the ego is on the floor, you realize you're nothing allies, everything. Allies the greatest Allahu Akbar, right? allies both high, you know these things is to build to our ego because the ego is a barrier to Allah's mercy and guidance. And sometimes we are so

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egocentric, it's my way or the highway. Right? We were like this all the time? No, he's my way I don't care. It has to be this way. Because this is it. This is ego, this ego centrism. And this is also a trick of shaitaan that allows doubts to creep in. Because we may read something like how, how can the Prophet say this? Right? or How could Allah say this without being humble and understanding that there is a perspective and explanation? Or the very fact that if Allah did say, that, therefore is definitely true, more true than you? And has more mercy behind it than you think? Because it came from the Most Merciful and the most wise, but your egos you know, the so big, aren't they?

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Sometimes. And unfortunately, in our cultures, when I say our I include Qatar as well, because it's globalization. Yeah. It's the celebration of the ego. Loreal because I'm with it. Right. You can do it. Just do it. Yeah. Like, yeah.

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No Limits.

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I will try to make ourselves into God. You can do anything. You can achieve anything. You can do it. Right. This is shaytaan. It's actually a god complex. We want to become gods in that way. Is he? It's almost a hidden social shook. We celebrate people, don't we all the time we celebrate ourselves.

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Sophia, we do all the time. A lot of people die in the Gulf because of selfies. By the way, have you? Have you seen accidents? Or have you such a nice day? Alhamdulillah isn't the dead supanova they die upon that egocentric Sophie? Oh, Sophia. egocentric. But you know, I'm trying to say it's all about the celebration of me submission of I Facebook, what people are gonna think about me, right? And this creates an attitude where therefore your feelings and what you think is right is more important than what Allah thinks is right. And this forms the ego. But when you do salah and you will do thicker you build to the ego you push the laughs down, right?

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And that's where the Sahaba won the highest spiritual level because they would hear and they would obey, we would hear Who would think discuss challenge the not obey. But they would hear the beat because they had the heart they were so humbled.

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They had the tarbiyah so when they knew something was from Ireland, they understood it properly Colossus done for us, even when we understand it properly, we still have this ego, this wood that you see, and that's egocentrism. my way or the highway. I'm right. It's all about me and what I feel, how can I challenge my feelings? Yeah. This is ego. And we have to challenge this as best as possible. And the way to do this is to understand who Allah is. Allah is Allah dude. He is the loving, coming from the word would which means the loving that he's giving. Right? allies Oh, man.

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And we will Allah tells us because He loves us.

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We have to understand that and also we have to say that we have to humble ourselves. Because it's with humility, you find your true self