How to Give Dawah #6 The Greatest Form of Worship
Channel: Hamza Tzortzis
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You know, I've seen it with myself and many other people, the dollar has taken me all over the world. I've been to countries that I would never have imagined I've gone to. Right. South Africa,
America, Canada, Australia, Japan, Malaysia.
So many places. Yeah.
Those are places and you engage with different cultures and peoples. You know, if people had a bucket list of like, yeah, when I go to five countries, you know, I think I've gone to like 41 countries or something, and a lot of them for the dollar, right? Many people have gone to many, many more countries.
I'm not saying to give that that's what's gonna happen. No, but it's an example of your, Allah will give you a sense of life a sense of a higher goal.
Yes, we will hit to worship Allah, but Allah would add a bit more spiritual spice to your existence, because think about it, right?
It's a crude example, but I use crude examples this to get the point across right. Now many of us, you know, we like we're born in a Muslim family,
get good, get good education, get PhD, get a good job, get married, have children, buy big house, eat lots of food, get fat, then die usually have type two diabetes or heart disease. Okay.
So technically, in my view, your life has been an animal an animalistic life. You're no different from an animal. Why? Because your whole existence can be reduced to the core instincts, while the core instincts survival and reproduction.
You survived. And you reproduced. I don't care if you got a PhD. That's about survival to get good job. I don't care if you what you write, you wrote your wife great poetry and you took it to Mexico for your honeymoon. That is for reproduction. And for many of us sometimes survival. Yeah, the point is, everything you do can be reduced to the core animal instincts, apart from the Salah, which is the kind of spiritual Fitri instinct, but 90% of our life say has been reduced to the animal instinct, survival reproduction. Yes, you could intellectualize it and put some fluff. I did this. And I did that. And I have a PhD and I wrote a paper and I wrote a book, all of that is still
reduced to the instincts in some sense, right? So what makes you different from a bacterium on the posterior of a dead rat is to survive and reproduce, doesn't it?
It puts you your life in perspective doesn't it right here bro. I spent 5000 pounds buying her diamond ring so survival reproduction
Let's just break it down to the kind of the basic essence of what's really going on. By God big house and I got a kitchen extension. I got 20 kids and I got full wives and about five cars and survival reproduction, bro.
Do you see my point?
What's gonna add life to your life?
responding to the call of Allah. That's it. And Allah is telling us the one who gave us life is telling us how you're going to add life to your life by responding to all that is good. Responding to Allah and His messenger.
Also brothers and sisters was very fundamental for me is that Tao is about really connecting with the Quran. You know, many of you in here probably you have memorized a lot of the Quran Alhamdulillah but you couldn't memorize the whole of the Quran but ya know, be connected to the Quran.
Because 1/3 of the Quran generally speaking are stories, stories of the prophets or stories concerning Dalit and Tauheed.
Now, let's be very honest with ourselves, are we going to be connected to the Quran? If we haven't walked the Quran from the point of view that we've experienced what the Quran is talking about? You know, you can be talking about the struggles of use of Alayhis Salam, you can to be talking about the people of the cave, you can be talking about the NBR which are really stories of Dawa. But if you know walking a path of Dawa, how you're going to be connected to the message and the lessons, it's going to be abstract to you. You won't taste it. I can tell you the ingredients and how to make my mother's cooking but it doesn't make you taste my mother's cooking does it?
Does it make you tastes my mother's cooking? No, you have to experience it. Similarly with the Quran. You have to experience the Quran to connect to the Quran.
So one side of the Quran could be missing in your lives. It could be totally missing
This is going to be abstract. Don't get me wrong, you still be able to connect with those stories, but not in a in not in an experiential, real way.
And you get more insights and a different perspective consenting to the bar over the current pondering of the Quran. You truly realize that the Quran is like an infinite ocean from a tabular point of view as Allah says in the Quran, if all the seas were ink and the trees were pen, you can never exhaust the words of Allah subhanho wa taala.
So if you really want to connect with the Quran properly, experience it, you need to be on a path of doubt because once that of the Quran is about our
also the giving down mix your companion, what do I mean by this? It makes you a companion to the Prophetic Mission.
Now, what is the Prophetic Mission, the Prophetic Mission
is gonna rip so
the Prophetic Mission brothers and sisters
the Prophetic Mission is calling people to Allah subhanho wa taala. And
what you become is a companion to the Prophetic Mission. You're advancing the Prophetic Mission, which is the raison d'etre, the reason for existence of all the prophets, which was to call people to Allah. And by engaging in this work, you become a companion to the Prophetic Mission.
When you want to be, quote, like a companion to the Prophetic Mission,
that you're following in the footsteps of the prophets, because there's no prophet after the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he is the seal of all the prophets.
So it's our responsibility now to continue that legacy. And to continue the call to the dollar call to Allah subhanho wa taala.
Finally, giving Tao is one of the greatest forms of worship brothers and sisters.
It's one of the greatest forms of worship, even as Josie, may Allah have mercy on him said, Are you not aware that the prophets gave preference to guiding humans over the own worship of Him in seclusion, due to the knowledge that this was more desirable to their beloved?
But it does, doesn't it? Of course, so the outer does reflect the inner for sure. But it doesn't necessarily reflect the inner, like, for example, you know, a brother could be having the beard, not for the sake of Allah, he could be doing it because he wants to look like a hipster. Right? It could be the case you don't know. But you judge by the apparent no one's saying you just people's hearts. But from a spiritual context, you don't really know why people are doing things like people could be doing things for so many different reasons, right? They could do it. Because, you know, people start to see Islam as some kind of ethno religious cult. That's how Islam is for many people, they have no
idea what it means to submit to Allah. They just pray five times a day, because it's an ethnicity thing. I'm Pakistani Muslim. That's what I do. Just like what the Greeks have done concerning the Christianity. If you're Greek, you're Orthodox, you go to church on Easter colors, that's it, you get buried like an orthodox, you do Communion now and then and that's it, you have no idea what Christian Orthodox spirituality is about, you don't know nothing about the Trinity. You can't articulate yourself. It's merged so much with your ethnicity and identity, being an Orthodox Christian as a Greek now, is this a identity marker? And what's happened with the Muslim community,
unfortunately, especially amongst Asians, is that it just becomes identity marker.
And that's could be a big problem. Right? So,
you know, of course, the, you know, we have to follow things, but everyone has their time. Like, you know, there's the flick of priorities, like, you know, when a new Muslim sister becomes Muslim.
You know, I see, you know, I've heard of so many horror stories that someone forces, the jilbab and the hijab on them and take off that lipstick and bah, bah, bah, bah, blah, and like, oh my god, there's a priority. Let them focus on this on other religions with Allah then everything else falls into place. We act as if we were catapulted from our mother's womb with a niqab and a Mahaffey. Yeah, you just remember where you came from. Many of us were sinners, proper sinners, and we're still sinners, right? But we act as if we're muscle.
We have to be very careful, guys. Very careful. Just remember where you came from. Remember who you are yourself. So everyone's on a journey. That's my point. And yes, the external is important. So like, for example, when you when I see sisters with hijab and niqab, you feel happy because it's an it's an expression of what's inside obedience to
humidity before Allah love for Allah. When you see brothers with beards like he loves the sun, he loves the process on him. He loves Allah because of being the process homies that obeying Allah. So you see those things? Absolutely the external is very important. But it's not just the external. It's the external with the internal because the external on its own doesn't mean anything because a beard is dead protein. What is that? How is that protein rewardable? In the grand scheme of things, is only rewardable. Because here you are following the Sunnah you love Allah, you love the person, salam, you obeying Allah, that's why means something. But for a hipster? Does he get the reward? No,
because the intent is not there. So Islam is the external and the internal. Because think about even goats have beards.
But then you may argue about goats or Muslim or animals or Muslim, right? But you get the point. Right? So it's about having both is about having both Yeah. And sometimes you need to have one before the other one comes. Like sometimes you have to do something external, and then your heart will follow eventually, you know, or the other way around. But the point is, yes, the external is a sign Absolutely. Just like what you stay, which is external, your words. Your tongue is a spoon of your heart, isn't it? Yeah. So what's happening in your heart?
You know, so what you say is a sign of what's inside. It might not be a necessary sign. Because we don't really know the internal goings on in a human being. Only Allah knows that. But generally speaking, the external is, is also important, but when it comes to the context of, but but this should be only for yourself, not for others, you don't use it now to judge others. You're doing it to judge yourself. Because this the Sahaba, generally speaking, will internalize before the externalized. So when you read fit our own in the Quran, you see, where am I Pharaonic elements in me. But what do we do? We quickly use it as a schemer to judge someone outside. Hi, he's a morphic.
It's for you. The Quran is revealed to you to change you and transform you primarily. And then it's for society.
But what we do when we read the Quran, and Allah is talking about people or psychologies or states, sometimes what we think is Hi, my auntie is just like that. Yeah. You know, and as you know how many times I've given a talk and I'm like, talking about new you guys, and then thinking, oh, yeah, I know someone. Yeah. We have to internalize before we externalize. It's very, very important for us to do that. Yeah.