The Greatest Loser
Channel: Hamza Tzortzis
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“There is in the body a clump of flesh – if it becomes good, the whole body becomes good and if it becomes bad, the whole body becomes bad. And indeed it is the heart.”
[Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 2, Number 49]
A great lecture to revive emaan in our hearts.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah to proceed, my dears brothers and sisters in Islam, I greet you with the woman's Islamic greetings of peace. Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
One and a Hawaii brothers and sisters because this is a very important topic, I asked you for us to create an intimate environment. Please come a bit closer to insha Allah because this topic is dear to my heart and inshallah become dear to your hearts.
Before I get into the topic, I want to give you some preliminary notes and these notes are I'm not qualified to speak about the subject.
Also, these notes have been taken primarily primarily from an amazing course that chef Haitham al Haddad delivered a few months ago, a few months ago called souls musk. And it's about sincerity. So I thought from brother to Brother, that I'll give myself some they see her and yourself also as we know the dean is a dino naseeha according to the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that the deen is sincerity and we give each other sincere advice in sha Allah. Because we know that we have to give this advice because it defines who we are. Because as Muslims, we want to be not only a Muslim, but among men when we come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And one way of doing
that is by loving for others who we love for ourselves as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, let me know I had to come after you hit me up, but enough say you won't truly believe unless you love for others what you love for yourself. So if I love this advice, and I think it's good for me, then I should learn from my fellow brothers as well inshallah. And primarily, the understanding of this hadith is things concerning religious matters. So
I want to paint a mental picture before we get into the discussion and the mental pictures as follows. Imagine every single one of you from today, you leave this conference, and you start praying not only five times a day, but all of a sudden the prayers, you start fasting.
Nearly every day, you fought one day you don't force another day. You print the 100 every night. You do your thicker.
You feed the poor, you spend the salon, you give your brother's gifts, you smile, you remove obstacles from the road, you engage in charity, soccer,
you pay as a cat you foster mother Ramadan, you do everything possible.
you strive in the cause of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
You get involved in the dollar, you become a die, you call people to Allah or the Arabic cool to the way of your Lord Allah subhanho wa Taala.
you facilitate the mercy and the guidance of 1000s you have 2000 Shahada.
You get married again, you have two wives, you have four wives Hamdulillah, you have 20 children. Every single one of those children are women, the girls, and you bring them up, you educate them in the righteous, we know the Hadith, if you have three to even one daughter, educate her.
And she's righteous. Then you go to Paradise.
You don't opens you feed them. So Paula, you are a wonder Muslim. You take over the world, you become a believer.
And then you go on the day of judgment and I love throws you to hell.
Your engine, burning forever acquiring a heart, even though you did all of these good deeds. And what is hell? What is jiangnan? eternity, what is eternity, and think about eternity. Imagine the ocean and you're standing on a very small island.
And the ocean is so vast that you can't see any land in any direction in any part of the horizon. And you have a teaspoon
and you take the teaspoon you dip into the ocean and you empty onto your island.
But every time you could do that, it would take you 1000 years. So 1000 years, you dip into the ocean with your teaspoon, you empty it. Then this way another 1000 years, dip your teaspoon into the ocean. Then MTL, the way another 1000 years
this is eternity. This essentially is eternity. So he did all these good deeds you guys
To hell Why? Who knows why?
brother, is because we do not do these deeds solely for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And this shows the play, men play the primary importance, the immense significance of dealing with our hearts. And it is something that many of the allana said, this is something we should learn before we learn
some LMS even some LMS say before you learn the other branches of arcada, because it's the basis of arcada if you don't have if loss, sincerity, in what you are saying, and you believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala and the Truth Truth of Islam, then you don't have Islam. This is one of the conditions of the Shahada, which is a class. So if one of what I really want to
just go through some notes, so we really learned from each other. I don't want this to be another lecture sermon, I think we should really gain some very useful lessons today and will lie at the end of the today, I want everybody to go home with practical strategies and steps on how to improve the class.
let me promise that to you. inshallah, we'll at least discuss some practical steps and strategies to improve our class such an important topic.
So, before we do this, let's discuss Where is if last, where does it lie? Is it in the brain is in the liver, is it in your toe? Essentially, a class is in the column in the heart. And according to the Adana acquired a heart, the color of the heart obviously comes from a term which means to waver is always wavering. The heart essentially is the spiritual being. And it is centered in the physical heart as per the Hadith the famous Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he pointed to his heart, when he was talking about the location of taqwa, God consciousness, the mindfulness awareness, the fate of Allah subhana wa Tada.
And essentially, if we think about this, acquiring a heart, a key feature of a righteous heart is that it's in a constant state of yearning, with regards to yearning, Allah subhanho wa Taala, the yearning of the love and mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And we know Allah has led the 11th century theologian and scholar, he mentioned in his books about the heart and he said, essentially, the heart is the king and the limbs of the soldiers. So if you think about the analogy here, that the heart is the locus is the central point with regard to the actions is the basis of the actions because we know that we that the actions themselves are indication of our own intentions of what's
going in our heart. So sometimes you see, if someone's always doing bad Is there something wrong with the hot is an symptom of underlying cause.
And this reflects the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam which you can find in Bukhari and Muslim. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in the body there is a morsel of flesh. If it is sound, the whole body of sound is crap, the whole body is corrupt. And from this perspective, some of the earlier ama, they said there are three types of hearts. There is the sound heart as mentioned in the Quran. The sick heart also mentioned the Quran, and a dead heart. And this summarize what these are. A sound heart essentially acquainted, Elena is it's free from desires and defects, from the blemishes of sin and the blemishes of our own knifes and desires. A sick heart, a
one and a helot is a heart that knows its Lord knows it's a rub Allah subhanho wa Taala to a certain degree, but it suffers from lapses. I think maybe the majority of us are in the second category where Allah subhanho wa Taala make us have a solid heart because Allah says in the Quran, that no one's going to be safe on the day, unless we have a sound heart.
And also there is the dead heart which essentially this heart doesn't know is loaded.
And from this, we must understand what are the actions of the heart. Now according to that our lemma, the actions of the heart are not just male whispering it's not just basically fleeting thoughts, okay, because we know various narrations when the Sahaba may Allah be pleased with him, went to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and said you know I have some fleeting thoughts in my mind or in my heart, that if I were to utter them, I'd rather be thrown off a cliff and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said this is a sign of Eman.
Just ignore the other like passing clouds on attach yourself to them. The whisperings of shaytaan Okay, this is not an action of the heart per se and this is a useful as well.
suspicions amongst the youth who suffer from from whispering what's worse, especially when it comes to do what was in the car earlier, we're driving up here, and one brother called us. And he was saying, I don't know, if I did three rockets, two rockets, I don't have to do. I don't know if I lied. Or if I have a class in this, I don't know, if I prayed, he had all these issues, we have to discuss this issue, ignore it. She don't want you to move away from Allah subhana wa, tada, Allah always wants you back, you know, don't have this kind of despair. So the fleeting thought is not an action of the heart.
The action of the heart essentially, is the driving force that
essentially has the resolve of action, which we're going to discuss a little bit later. So it's the it's the it's the key driving force in your heart that has a resolve a strong resolve to do some action with some alien, I said, We are accountable for this. Because generally, we say you know accountable, what's in your heart, you're accountable for your deeds. But some are the most we're going to discuss this type of action of the heart, which is a very strong desire, with the impulse of action with a determination into an intention to do some action. This is the action of the heart. And the reason I'm mentioning it now because we can link to something we're going to discuss later.
So sincerity lies in the heart of one and a whole lot.
And this is why the LMS said she hates him specifically May Allah preserve him he said, Never have waswas never have whispering for your ibadah pray pray to Allah has decreed it. What do you do? Do
you have a doubt that you think you need to do? it you know, it's just the Dow down doesn't override certainties. The general principle in rd
have yaqeen have a connection with a law have tranquility and sukeena in your a bother, okay? However, if there is anything you must be concerned about, be doubtful of even have whispering And what's nice about it is your intention.
It is your intention because it's the basis for everything in the deen. And it's actually the basis of tawheed itself.
So we know the Arabic word class linguistically means doing something for a particular purpose. And it also means to purify something, and not to mix anything with it. So this is why there's a difference between sincerity as an English term and lfls because Allah class is is making something exclusive, purifying your intention for something specific.
Hence, a class from this perspective is to do something purely for the sake of Allah to gain his reward, and prevent oneself from entering jahannam. So think about this in class in the deen of Allah subhana wa Taala is to purely do something for the sake of Allah to gain his reward and to prevent myself from entering gentlemen, this is a loss. Okay.
Now, if loss is explained some by some of the lemma is as follows. And these are some statements of some of our
number one, two single out Allah with intention in matters of obedience. Number two, purifying actions of impurities, these impurities mean doing some part of the action for somebody else or something other than Allah subhana wa, Tada. Number three, that your public and private actions are similar. So panola is a very strong indication of a class. Why are you doing more actions in public and not and less actions in private? If you're solely seeking the face of Allah subhanho wa Taala you're doing it solely for the sake of Allah, then this should be equal at least if not more in private.
Number four, that you do not seek other than Allah as a witness for your actions or as a compensator for them. So you reward it on you with a law. Which reminds me of the story between abubaker and Omer
when Omar rajala who he basically wanted to compete with abubaker we know competition in the deen is a good thing. In the dunya is a bad thing. Let him have the dunya but in the deen is a good thing. And these are negative competition meaning other way to be good, rather to facilitate the increase of good deeds for the sake of Allah. And always had a competition abubaker rajala boo, boo pocket as we know, no can be him in good deeds. No can be abubaker radi Allahu anhu in good deeds, and over said today is my day. Today is my day. And I believe it was in the budget of the book almost gave half his worth. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said
Why have you left for your family?
And under replies, I have left half my world. So Pamela imagine giving half of your world
an apocalypse it gives money gives his wealth and the purpose of the law who added with some Sister abubaker radi Allahu anhu why you left for your family? And abubaker replied
I have left them with Allah His Messenger
another narration, Omar Allahu anhu. He wanted to beat again Abu Bakr doing good deeds. So what he will do, he will go to a Jewish lady's house to try and clean it.
But then he would always find the Jewish lady's house clean. And he was like who's calling who's cleaning the house, he will do a hidden deed that no one knew. So he hated one day. And guess who's cleaning the house earlier? abubaker rajala and Abu Bakr was Khalifa at the time. So Paula imagined David Cameron or Obama cleaning someone's house. So Paula lady partner even clean the own toilet these people multimillionaires.
So look at the lesson from when I heard this, I feel like crying first I laughed. I laughed because sometimes it's so astonishing. You are the crumble you laugh, you know, it's like the human reaction. I was laughing. I almost joined. Can they be human beings like this in a position of power of leadership, leading all of the Muslims
trying to expand the frontiers of Islam so we can establish peace, mercy and justice to the wider society. Yet he had time to go to a Jewish woman's house and clean her house.
Ladies is amazing. You know the thing about the Sahaba, the more you read about them, and the more you listen about them, the more you love them. Isn't that right? The more stories you find out, you just love them. But when it comes to like
the celebrities, the Sahaba, shaytaan associaton, the more you read about them, the more you hate them, right? Even if it's your football player, john Terry, I'd respect for him if he was a warrior on the on the defense, you find out more about him when he's done, apparently, well he done then you just don't like these guys, isn't it? Yeah. But here so
So this is a very good kind of story. With regards to the lives of the Sahaba we got a class. So let's continue with the LMS a number five to eliminate eliminate creation when dealing with your load. So when you seeking a lot of anodes either not to have any intermediaries even within your heart, that there is an intermediary or you're doing it for someone else and for Allah. Okay, it's very, very important
that Elena also say that the non activity and activity of the slave of the servant is for Allah exclusively. So let's summarize the class. So we really understand this a one and a half watt class is the one who makes the loss of his or her religion for Allah only. He seeks the route of Allah. He wants to prevent himself or herself from entering jahannam and seeks to please Allah is a widget
that the seven makes the action purely for Allah and does not include anyone else along with our line his or her religion.
And we see various Quranic verses related to this, for example, sort of Bukhara verse 139 Allah subhana wa tada says, say O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, do you argue with us about Allah? Well, he is our Lord and your Lord, for us our deeds, and for you are your deeds and we are sincere indeed and intention to him, referring to Allah subhanho wa Taala. In chapter four, verse 146, Allah subhana wa tada says, except for those who repent, correct themselves, hold fast to Allah, and are sincere in the religion for Allah, for those who be the believers, and Allah is going to give the believers a great reward.
So when we see that a class here is to do something solely for the sake of Allah, to gain his reward, and to remove yourself from the punishment, and you will see there is a Quranic obligation for this, as we see in chapter 76, Allah says in the Quran, and they give food in spite of the love for it to the needy, the orphan and the captive, saying, We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not you reward or gratitude. So this is also a sign in a signification of someone who's doing something solely for the sake of Allah. They don't care if they're praised, and they don't care if the displaced is irrelevant.
They are very distinct from that perspective. This is why the Islamic sexier, the Islamic character, when they develop when the the the Muslim or the Muslim develops his his or her class, they become a very distinct character. They could have friendships or not based upon benefit is not a benefit orientated friendship like you have in the capitalist liberal West, because based on individualism, what's in it for me? I'm all right, jack. You know, I'm his friend because he's cool. I'm his friend because he has money. I mean, some because he has status.
The very shallow friendship benefit, but we prefer someone for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala I'm your brother for the sake of Allah, I love you for the sake of Allah. So if you spit on me hate me, I still give you your rights. I'm still kind to you, so compassionate to you. I'm still merciful to you, regardless of reciprocation, regardless, and that's the distinct character of a Muslim. By nowadays, unfortunately, what do we do? Someone doesn't speak to us, we don't speak to them back. We will speak tubers for nine months. Even we know if you don't speak to them more than three days, I believe according to the Hadees, please correct me. It's like slaughter.
So Subhan Allah. So if you read and this, this social issue in our community, is not a sign of knowledge, it's a sign of the state of our hearts. It's a sign of a class, Are you loving this brother for the sake of Allah? If that's the case, then you know, see here is going to be different. You're going to be talking to him as if you're talking to your own mother, not as if you're feeling better about yourself. He you didn't pray fudger. And though you missed your prayers, and hamdulillah I pray What's wrong with you? You see, the kind of see here, it's like in psychologists could call it is called Zimbardo theories, because in bottles theory of social comparison theory. So
the first thing is social comparison theory. It's a theory where you compare yourself with others to make yourself feel better, because you have low self esteem, and you have issues within yourself. And that's what we do as human beings, isn't it? Sometimes we feel so happy that someone has an A sin, because it reminds us that we're not sinning. So Paula, itself is a sin.
So, if you follow the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu, it was something that says
the believer is a mirror of another believer. So if your fellow believer has a blemish, and he's your mirror image, what are you going to do? You're not going to wipe the mirror, are you? You're going to check yourself because if he's singing, you're singing. So if you have the approach, when you give him the see her, it'll be like giving this to your mother will lie. So this is why we must have that across in society in our hearts. And this Quranic verse is a strong indication of this.
A very famous Hadith which I believe is the Hadith could see
is quite long, but it's worth to read out because it's such every time I read it will lay your heads should go on and it's a very powerful Hadith concerning a class and who are we seeking with regards to our deeds?
The head is as follows and I believe is since he Muslim, I believe.
The first of people against him judging will pronounce of the Day of Resurrection will be a man who died as a martyr, okay, which we know is the greatest deed he would be brought. And Allah will make known to him his favours and he would recognize them, the Almighty Allah azza wa jal will say, and what did you do about them? He would say, I fought for you into our data Mater.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala will say, you have lied, you did but fight that it might be said of you. He is courageous. And so it was said that he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face into his cost into the hellfire. Another will be a man who has studied religious knowledge, and has taught it and used to recite the Quran, who we brought and Allah will make known to him is famous and he will recognize them. The Almighty Allah subhana wa Jalla would say, and what did you do about them? He would say I studied religious knowledge. And I taught it and I recited the Quran for your sake only.
Allah was saying, you have light, and you did not study religious knowledge that it might be said of you, he is learned. And you recited the Quran, they might be said of you who's a reciter. And so he was said, then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face, and to his cost into jahannam into hellfire.
And now there will be a man whom Allah had made rich, and to me had given all kinds of wealth, he'll be brought to Allah azza wa jal, and he will make known to him his favors, and he will recognize them. The Almighty Allah will say, and what did you do about them? He would say I left no path on Jordan, in which you like mine to be spent, without spending it for your sake, Oh Allah. He would say you have lied. You did but do so they might be said of you. He is open handed. And so you were said then you will be ordered to be dragged along his face into his cost into Jana. So hon Allah, this hadith is enough. This Hadith is enough for us to understand that the actions themselves are
going to be judged by intention and where are hot lights? Who was it for who was was it for the public? Was it for fame, and this is even worse for people like us who speak now and then is much worse.
And we have to bear this in mind because if our DS are no for the sake of Allah, then these these are nothing zero. No matter what deed you you have done.
No matter how high is on the scales, it doesn't mean anything. If there is no loss behind these deeds, it gives you nothing on the Day of Judgment, humiliation.
And this is something we all have to realize and always have a conscious effort to really focus because remember, it last lies in the heart. The heart is something that wavers and many of the earlier especially I believe Safina towering. He said, The thing I'm always scared about is my intention, because it's always changing.
It's always changing.
So we have to really, really be focused and take a snapshot of ourselves continuously, every day, every hour. And ask yourself the question, what is the power of questions? And the power of questions is a strategy that Allah has given us? Because from questions, Allah gives us answers, but we own physical failure to pursue our own and in themselves, do they not see? That's like a rhetorical question almost are making you really think into the inner dimension of the self. Look within yourselves the physiological and psychological realities. There is something here that's indicating earlier here, the oneness of Allah subhanho wa Taala with regards to his worship rubia
with regards to His Lordship, there are these elements that you could understand from within yourself, your own creation, your own knifes, even your physiology and your psychology that indicate the divine reality that indicate Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah mixes question
for Leon Luna is the belief. Have you ever seen the Kalam and how it was created? Question? The power questions makes us directors towards the same conclusion. And this is the Quranic strategy of making us think and reflect who are the mythical roofie unfussy him Do they don't reflect within themselves? Yet Karuna law says, For those who reflect
so the power of questions are very important, it makes us reflect and it makes us think deeply about our reality. And this is why we have to keep this strategy everyday in our lives, to be people have reflections reflect within our hearts. So we know Where does my intention lie.
Sincerity is very important because we know is the condition is one of the it's one of the two conditions for actions to be accepted. Because we know a corner for what any action the dean for to be accepted is based on what are you doing for the sake of love for the for the reward or to remove yourself from from the punishment of all three.
And it has to be in line with the
center with a *tier. This is why
alpha Dane even er said about chapter 67, verse two, when Allah subhanho wa Taala says, to test you, which of you is best in action, he said, This means, verily, an action that is done sincerely, and is not proper, proper, and is not proper, is not accepted. So let's think about this, even if you have a class, but it's not a proper action isn't accepted. And when it is proper, but there is no class. It is also not accepted. Sincere action is one that is done for the sake of Allah, and is proper, and is in line with the *tier. And it's encoded in accordance with the sender. So we see from this perspective that we know that action is accepted if you have a class and they're in line
with Islam. So let's look at some of the fruits of sincerity. First and foremost, the fruit of the status so great that the rewards of sincerity outstrip the action itself.
The rewards are sincerity, outstrip the action itself. For example, you could have done an action for instance, to feed 1000 orphans but you just managed to feed 10 but you had so much a class in doing it for the sake of Allah and your intention was pure to feed 1000 but you couldn't Allah reward you for your intention.
The other fruits of sincerity is that your actions are accepted as we just discussed a significant aspect of a classic one or what is that habitual actions that are rewarded? Now this is to the sisters as an example, a co op listen to this carefully. Say you've been making your husband the same curry every Saturday for 30 years. And ally you hate the smell of the curry. It takes time. You have to have supper, you're sweating and you're upset.
Well lived for 30 years you could have rewarded Allah. If you said I don't like it, but I'm doing it for your sake. Yeah, Allah. habitual actions. If you turn them as actions for the sake of Allah, they become an
mexi rewardable Imagine all the things that you do that become mechanical in your life. Even if it's eating food, you want to know what you eat food because we're animals from that perspective and we will need to feed ourselves to have energy to live carry samosa, pecota roti, whatever stuff you have, which is Somali, just banana with your rights, and whatever the case may be yet.
If he's me good at Greeks who have moussaka yeah
so from this perspective of one hot
eating, you own eating your breakfast could be reward could be bad. Why? before you put a morsel of food in your in your mouth? If you say yeah, Allah, I'm eating this so I strengthen my body so I could become a strong servant and a worshiper because the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam did say that the strong belief is better than the weak one, which means physical and other aspects of human as well.
Well, he did that every single piece of food and we're like man, it was eat I even told by looking at you. Mashallah, Allah? Yes or no wheat, wheat and the 100 in the park condition from Allah. But imagine we focus well let me do this as homework please. I beg you for the sake of Allah do it once I can get the reward and secondly, so you could really start being a person of a class continuously even your habits your actions. You're going to eat tonight Yes or no? Yes or no? No one fast in the evening. Yeah. Yeah. hamdulillah
before you eat, have in mind Allah say Allah I know I'm eating and I want to eat because it's an instinct, but yeah, like, I'm sticking a snapshot of myself focusing and saying, Yeah, Allah, I'm doing it to glorify you. I'm a Allah to glorify you. Because I know you have given me this food, all praise due to you. You have given the reserve for me to enable to eat this food and I'm going to use this to strengthen myself for a bother and to be a strong Muslim for your sake.
Well, I do this, put your hand up if you're gonna do this today. Please Mashallah. Tabata cola is amazing. And you do this every day. So you got 30 years left 20 years to have 10 years of Allah knows. But you do for the years that you have left? You eg will become anybody.
Imagine that, bro.
Imagine how can you just imagine eating drinking water?
That's the power of a class.
We know it's a protection from Shakedown.
We know it prevents area.
It grants us wisdom, it removes regret and anxiety. It gives a ton of Paradise forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And reward even if mistaken,
even if mistaken. And we see this in aspects of HDX head if you thought it was it was the right way. And it was an issue How do you matter but you're wrong, you still get the reward as we know for the Hadith of the Prophet Mohammed Salam it husen so these are the fruits of a class. Let's look at the dangerous. Well, first and foremost is very simple. You're barred from entering gender, you are barred from entering eternal bliss with Allah subhana wa Tada. Hellfire is the recompense and we discuss what eternity really means, in a practical sense. Get a teaspoon, dip into the ocean, throw it away, and wait another 1000 years, dip a teaspoon into the ocean.
Throw what you have away and continue doing that. So Paula is the ocean ever going to diminish? will lie that's attorney inquire into what
we know actions are rejected totally.
And we lose the reward of actions and eternal residents and the Hellfire will be our abode.
So we've understood what a clause is. We've seen the fruits of the class, we've seen the dangers of the class. Now let's discuss
two elements that are related to a class which something that we need to really focus on. And we know this very well. But it's a reminder for all of us. And this is the Ria, doing actions so that people can see them in order to win their praise. This is a scary definition of Ria, doing actions so that people can see them in order to win their praise and admiration, or to gain position and status amongst them and or to obtain any worldly benefit. This is hugely important to understand, because the Ria nullifies sincerity and nullifies the class in one and a kawatte.
Hence, Allah says in the Quranic Chapter 107, so woe to those who pray, but the heat is of the prayer, those who make it to show off the deeds and withhold simple assistance. Also, Allah says in the Quran Surah Baqarah verse two, six for all you have believed, do you know invalidate your charities with reminders
I have injury as the as does one who spends his wealth to be seen by the people and does not believe in a lot and the last day and listen to this example by Allah azza wa jal. His example is like over a large smooth stone upon which is dust and is hit by a downpour of water, that leaves it bare. they're unable to keep anything of what they have earned. So, from this perspective, demolishes our deeds, just like the stone that has dust in it, and there is a showering of rain, and there's no dust left is gone, you can't obtain anything of what you've earned. This is the danger of including something, something else or someone else such as fame status, in your intention. And some of the
elements they say, take me as a speaker, I'm giving you a talk and inshallah it was for the sake of Allah. Okay, may Allah make a sincere
and I saw the reaction of a brother, the reaction of a brother. He's like, so power from his reaction, I change my style.
I increase my voice. And I do it because I know I'm getting some recognition that is rare as well. And the MSA I get rewarded up to that point but anything new I've added into my action, I don't get no reward. But if I towards the end of the talk, I do it just for the sake of your pleasure and your reaction. Then that could even be
Do you see how new instant is the one and a whole lot? This is why I never had was was a bother but have was was for your intentions. Think about them be conscious of them continuously.
And this makes a person very conscious he he becomes a mindful person. Everything he or she does is in a state of mindfulness will lie that's a very distinct position to be in.
Even when you're washing dishes or whatever what you're bored you're tired your husband be cracking like my mom's hands they crack because she's allergic to London water this is because there's lot chemicals and water they crack but she washes it. If she was Muslim May Allah guide her and she said I'm doing it for your sake Allah that habitual action could be immense reward for her even brothers massage you wise fee was the last time you massage your wife's feet Put your hand up
Has anyone massage the wise feet before?
if you put your hand up then you're you're encouraging people to good do good deeds have that class Mashallah, may Allah bless you. May Allah bless you yesterday. Well lay out there was amazing, but I know many of us we don't take a typical Kashmiris
sheet women don't have feet. Yeah.
Well lay it out, massage your wife's feet. Give the sake of Allah tonight Put your hand up another action homework, who's gonna massage device fee? piano.
You don't have a wife. If
you have a wife and I've never done it. But do today. What
you can rely on a chef you can
try to say he is a wife. I love you for the sake of Allah. I've never done this before. I had a talk today.
Some little boy was giving me a talk. And he said some few good things maybe. And he told me to massage your feet for the sake of us I get reward and because it would encourage me to love you more. She'd be like, well, she probably do things to you that you never imagined will lay out here. Shiva here. Have you miscarried today? Yeah. Do you see my point? Do it? Does it work? You get the respect of your wife? Of course you do. She loves you more Yes or no? Well, it was a humbling experience and massaging the feet of your wife lying
about your mother. Even more important. Paradise is under the feet of your mother. Do it. See, acquire a whole lot in order for us to transform and change. You don't Aspire, don't say I'm going to change I intend to change. Change never works that way. Change is when you be you be you do and you become this is such the psychology of
crying the last night of the night. If you can't cry, pretend and when you keep on doing it, it will become part of you then you will have sincerity in it. You be you do and you become don't don't think do it. Like shake him says even if you don't have the class, potential the class do the deed anyway.
And then you press a button now have a clause Yala. I'm thinking for your sake and that's it you don't mistake no words or no class is where your heart lies. And she has them it's a beautiful point. Don't have the D is only shaytaan Wayne Adamo says I'm gonna do the deed do it and keep on having a lot in mind do it and continuing and be continuous. So you be you do you become so even if there's no class in it, you're hesitant you know we've got that pride. Just do it, do it, do it. And then when
You keep on doing it, you do then you become you become part of you
this also refers to Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam related by even measure.
And the Hadith is Hassan,
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he talked about Ria, and he said, shall I not inform you of what I fear for you more than the dogen it is hidden Schick, it is when a man stands up for prayer, then beautifies his prayer for another to look at it.
So we should be careful of this and always have a lot in mind when we're doing any action not to have and not to have any aspects of our intention being spoiled by doing things for fame or other people
connected to react is to map
this is the same as Ria, but instead of the shift occurring by the census of the site, it is to the hearing. So it's very similar. Some of the LMS said it's the same as as the Ria, by in a different form. And this form in in terms of hearing, it's where you want people to know about your good deeds. There's a famous story from the Salah, I believe someone had a very amazing re citation. And that brothers was saying Oh, Mashallah, he's visitation is amazing. And then the person who's reciting turns around and says, and I was fasting today as well.
Now, this is Suma is basically when you You may even have done the deed for the sake of Allah, but after you want people to know about it.
And this is why in Buhari, there's a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, He who commits to Allah would do that with him. And he commits Ria, Allah will do that with him.
Essentially, Allah will forget him.
Because you included someone else in the deed that you're supposed to do for the sake of Allah.
Be very careful if one of what the let's hear some stories from the early generations concerning in class.
So hey, Rahim, Allah was asked
Raja and he was asked what is the thing most difficult for the nurse? Actually? What's the hell not Safina? Sorry, I apologize. He replied, how the class, especially when the soul is not disposed towards it. So they the Salah, the best people of our generation,
say that the class was the hardest thing. So imagine how we should be feeling of our own intention in our class.
And today and even he said at banning action for the sake of people is to seek the admiration, to do an action for the sake of people is to commit shirk, indeed, a class is what Allah saves you from both of these states.
So this is this is just some tales of sincerity, which really, really makes us think about a classic one a whole lot.
That was even hidden. He fasted for 40 years.
And even his family did not know
he would take his lunch from them, but he would give it away as charity.
And then he would return an eye and he was family. So Paula, he would fast for 40 years. And his even his family did not know. Well, like many of us, our wives know when we're fasting. Our eyes when we're reading no one we're reading for an hour Why is known we're doing tahajjud our wife knows these things. But look at this advisor that no one knew not even even even his family.
Now listen to this a while ago What?
Mr. Modi. He wrote books on Fifth and Tafseer. But significantly, he was known for CSR for political aspects in the deen. He wrote them as well tinea, the cam of the Sultan of the khilafah.
And he wrote many of his words his very famous equality award for these works, but will lie he was not known for any of them during his lifetime.
He was not known for any of them during his lifetime. Think about this as one of the hot
because when he died, he told his close companion that he hits some books that he wrote and to publish them after his death. Because he was fearful of his sincerity will lie when I heard this I was almost in tears.
just just just reflect on this story.
Also, it was reported that Abilene prayed that night, if someone entered his house, he would lie down in his bed as if he was sleeping.
So it wasn't a whole lot. Think about the stories and reflect on our class. So let's quickly in the last five minutes, discuss the indicators of sincerity, the indicators of insincerity and how we can develop a class the strategies you can use. So the indicators of insincerity as follows
they dislike being famous.
When Abu Bakr radi Allahu anhu. He gave a speech to the to the unser, at the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam which I believe was on a Monday. He gave them a speech and said, I want to be the leader. Almost.
No, he loved the speech because he was preparing his own speech. But he said, Well, I Omar, based on the impromptu speech without preparation was better than mine. But I disagreed with the last statement, which was that I should be the leader. He has Well, I would rather my head to be cut off the meat lead abubaker
and all of the salaries and the price criticisms they moved away from leadership and being famous or the dislike being famous, they disliked praise. They had the intense desire to work for the sake of the deen. They wanted to be proactive and seek reward. They have patience and forbearance, they strive to do deeds in secret. They strive to perfect the deeds and secret and their hidden actions are great in the public ones. This are these are indicators of sincerity. The indicators of insincerity is wanting to be known and wanted to be famous, liking praise, striving to solve one's deeds, concentration on perfecting deeds in public only, and had hardly having any hidden deeds. So
to the most important point of foreigner kawatte Let's now really take home this message on how to develop our sincerity well I II if you haven't focused for the past few minutes focus now.
Even taymiyah or him a lot which I
The more I read about Tamia, the more I respect him as a polymath. Well law he this human being was phenomenal, especially in the works of Islamic thought. There is a book that was recommended by a senior student of knowledge who sits at the feet of cinema in Mecca, who are experts on urban Tamia and it's a book in English is published by Brazil, and is written by john Hoover. And john who has so much respect for him. He calls him the chef. And this book is called even Tamia is theodicy of perpetual optimism. Forget the grand word is a very simple book, and it's amazing on ibdv his view and creation on the purpose of life problem of evil and amazing stuff. So this check is amazing. And
he and listen to this advice. He said, do one deed every day that no one will know about
ever. And this doesn't include the prayers because they know you pray you must do a deed every day that no one knows about apart from you and Allah subhanho wa Taala even you will forget again, put your hand up would you do a deed every day try have the intention to eat every day that you do for the sake of Allah no one knows about Alhamdulillah second is very important. seek the help from Allah azza wa jal make dua say Allah make me sincere. Make this dua without the help of Allah we are nothing
be absorbed in thinking about the Oscar because no without EClass your Acura is doomed.
Avoid seeking to be known. Avoid seeking to be known.
Think about death couldn't do nothing they cottonmouth every soul is going to taste death. Think about death continuously. Because what do you think about death? You become sincere very easily.
And an indication of this is if you've ever done martial arts before boxing. And you've had a sparring match. You've been beaten up badly. You're so humble.
You're slightly closer to death than others. You're so sincere. It's happened to me 17 years to be really beaten and tied in a boxing match or something when I used to do boxing. Right? Yeah, man, I was so wrong. Please forgive me. Yeah. Do you see my point? But if I wasn't in that state, I'd have a bit more of an ego. Your beats and isn't it? Sometimes a good beat? Good, man. Some of us need it. Yeah.
No, I recommend us to beat each other up by you know, amongst brothers litleo slap here and they may do some good you know, to wake us up well, like sometimes we need this.
We we must increase the praise of Allah and decrease the praise of creation to understand that behind everything is Allah subhana wa Tad.
thanks. And oh, praise belongs to Allah. If we really acknowledges from a psychological perspective, then it will increase our class because we know everything is from Allah anyway.
We must be worried about the acceptance of our deeds. Always be worried about them. And that's a good indication of the class and it helps increase our class and evaluate yourself regularly. Why not? Always take a snapshot of yourself and say, Who is this for your law? Who is this for? I want it to be for your sake. Have that driving force in your heart to do it for the sake of Allah.
And remember one what you will be known on the Day of Resurrection for what you did.
You'll be known, you don't have to be known in the dunya. You've been known
And make your aim Allah everyone has an aim and make your aim Allah subhanho wa Taala The Lord of the wells.
As the Hadith says, Whoever has the hair off, that's his main concern a lower bring together all of his affairs. He will feel his heart with richness and contentment, and this world will come to him in spite of it. Whoever has this world and his main concern alone will place all his matters in disarray, please poverty before his eyes, and you have nothing of this world except what was already predestined for him. So to end the one of what, let's respond to Allah school or coming closer to him, the core of everything that is good, and everything is good is done with the class, because we do that and allow give us life, as Allah says in the Quran. Yeah. Are you living Amazon steady
vanilla slowly in the alchemy, my Econ, or you who believe respond to the call of Allah, his messenger to that which gives you life. Remember, it says the response has to respond all that is good, and it couldn't even contain all that as good as Islam itself. And indeed, within Islam, we must have a class. So inshallah this was a very nice reminder for the brothers and the sisters, please, you promised to do three homeworks. Massage the fee of your mother or your wife, if you're women, besides the feet of your husband, or your mother or even your father.
Make all your habitual deeds into deeds of Nevada, even your food tonight you're doing it for the sake of Allah, just strengthen yourself so you could have more a better follow us.
Follow the strategies do a deed every day that no one knows excluding the prayers. For the sake of Allah, no one knows that you forget and just do a study for his sake. And follow the strategies of developing your class. By always being aware of your understanding of that without a class you have nothing and all the strategies you've just discussed, and develop some more of your own. In one of the people of the class, I pray that lots of panels are the guide you and loves you and forgives you because one of us make the art for the rest of our alma mater, for me, for my parents that that guide to Islam, and we have lots of panels. I love all of you and got you Jennifer those Savannah
Coloma will be humbucker as head of Atlanta in Atlanta was talking to Blake, Somali Rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. The uncle asked the question
Why in US foreign the actions or the solo Salalah items? And do we find them a taboo?
For example, even maybe the clothes or the better way miswak or the sinner prayers or you're feeding the poor or dealing with people nicely, or even the things that even society see as something that's wrong.
They massage the fee of your wives or polygamy.
ziana is a public subject once you guys get angry, or whatever, they just stigmatized taboo subjects. I don't know the answer. Yeah, hey, I'm not sure homophobia. I'm just kidding. No boy. miskeen. But I'll give you my 10 pence and my 10 pence on this is this
is that we have someone from an authority complex, because we lack a little bit of the class and you're keen, you're keen in the belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala what he has given us is good for us. Well life, if you take the Sahaba, the small village, the villages of Mecca and Medina, they had nothing and they took over the world, one third of the world. How does he do this have no weapons. They have no technology that no academia uses them and how he because they knew what it meant. It wasn't the three categories over here, Ruby, etc. Yes, we know that from academic perspective, but he was here in the heart. Because when Allah says in his messenger saying,
what does that mean? La hawla wala quwata illa Billah is no statement we say, out of frustration when we spilled tea on the floor. We never say that. Why have you done
that you never listen? Yeah, we use that almost as a expletive to replace the swear words. But what is it mean and what it means there is no true power, except the power law. This means that anything in creation intrinsically has no true power. Therefore you can't blame them for anything and they don't have any power and they can't be your obstacle, because alone he uses him as a tool to bring about his will and his power. This is so fundamental in the science of tawheed in the affirming the oneness of Allah azza wa jal. This is why the Sahaba they could take over the water be no fear anybody, because they knew whatever happens because of all those who are in power not because of
him. He has no gentlemen fit him is nothing I'm nothing.
Do you see? And this is this is so important for us to understand it would really empower us to have a new realm of possibility to achieve what we can achieve.
This way Abu Bakr radi Allahu anhu would he do before leaving the army who make dua to Allah so much as if he needed no one else but Allah, he was finished. And when he was fighting on the battlefield, what did he do? What did he do?
As if he needed no one else by himself. This is the Muslim will lay we fear the things that should not be feared.
And we become victims will lay uncle we become victims. The language of victimhood is a disempowering language. You tell me when the prophets of Allah what it was and blamed anyone else for your situation? Tell me when you blame others design is Fox News, BBC. When did he blame these people? It wasn't a whole lot wake up. We have even political organizations amongst oma. We always want to be the victims. Oh, we're oppressed. Oh,
we become women with beards. Well, light. Well, women with beards, yes, we are oppressed. We agree. But we don't have the mentality of the oppressed. Because we have a lot of allies. I hope her allies or friends, we have a law they don't have a law. We have
every situation and opportunity for rewarding success. And we should never have the victim of a tie. Once you have the victim mentality. What do you do? You give power to the oppressor, he is the only one that is able to change your situation. That is the science of victimhood. Oh, I can't I can't change the
victim or lay this I will never liked this even when they were losing battle sometimes, because they understood reality according to what
they understood reality. So I think is your key is understanding to heed what he really means the heart. And by the way, atheists are mushriks according to Dr. Joshua Idris, and he makes an amazing point because they attribute power to creation or like interesting pointer, the all powerful they attribute the attribute to creation.
Because the naturalist, which in the classical sciences, though called the doctor is the doctor year, which now is known as communists that they were naturally thinking that the whole world is a self contained system, and the only has power. So when you feel you're like an atheist, Poli is that you don't believe in Allah. Because you think that this creation has intrinsic power. This is the act of a naturalist of the dafair This is the arcade of the atheist, but we believe in Allah.
So if when we reaffirm this yaquina ally, you will change your life, inshallah and you see this in the lives of the Sahaba, 90 years after the dissolution of law, where were we who knows we'll move on is Pakistan, we're in Bhutan or in Spain.
So far, 90 years after the death of Apostle son, and it was only then that we decided to fix the machine By the way, you still dripping of water.
So that tells you how important buildings are in Islam. Not very important.
Question. Okay, this question is Okay, uncle so. So I went off a little bit of a rant, I do apologize. I get like that sometimes the Greek in media will excuse the
question. If we are reading the Quran or some other Islamic book and feel like sharing the verses or lessons from other books on Facebook. Sometimes I think I may be sharing it. Like telling the world this is what I'm reading. But I think I'm sharing because I want to share the knowledge how to keep the intention correct when sharing knowledge and public.
The class of Facebook likes on Islamic status is we don't want to be famous. That's a very good point. Actually, after the course I did say Haytham, I nearly stopped my Twitter account or Facebook account and he stopped giving talks and he stopped writing and he stopped doing everything I still need to stop doing the Dow you know that bell that was shut down. Obviously you're making you stop doing good deeds here. But it was such a powerful cause I walked out of the course thinking or lying none of Madison's been accepted.
I think SR ot the best thing to do here is every time you do this action have Allah in your mind. Don't make it mechanical. Every time you do it is you say Allah I'm doing this to glorify you.
Don't allow a town to whisper thinking oh look,
you're getting famous people are liking your status updates, whatever the case may be. If you feel so much then you could I think disable your status likes and just put that the status update in the first place. And if there is a time when you think that you're doing it for over a year or something, then don't do it for the hour, wait to the next day and make dua to Allah say Allah help me spread your knowledge and this is a good tool and Facebook can be good tool to spread knowledge the public tool
and make dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala for this and for the strategies we mentioned Think about your aka, is this deed going to make any impact to my Orca? No, it's not if I do for other people
is it should be it could lead to shook upon Allah. If all you need to do is remind yourself whether Allah says and remind the believers for reminding is good for them. Keep on reminding yourself well life you have that
In your mind, even write the strategies down every time you have this whispering of this kind of wrong inclination. Pick up that paper say ask the panel. I remember the strategies. Yes. So parlez Hellfire for me? Yes, this I want to move away from this, y'all. I'm doing it for you for your sake.
Okay, so that's probably the only thing I could give you, inshallah.