Why Allah is worthy of our worship

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My son's a career. He is my eldest son is 10 years old now, I'm delinda. And he goes to the Muslim scouts. Okay. And in the Muslim scouts, they do this, like Muslim Muslim Olympics. Yeah, it's really cool. You have like 1000 children, there are 100 or 1000 children in this auditorium. And they're doing, you know, Olympic running and all the different types of sports. And, you know, I tried to be a father When, when, when I can, when I went when I tried to be, you know, mellow, make me a good dad. And

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I was thinking, so I wanted to give him advice. And I said to him, you know, as a career, it's not about winning, who's doing the 400 meter races, it's not about winning that career. It's about being the best version of yourself having a sense of sn, right, because Allah is giving you tools and gifts, you don't know what they are. But you know, they're amazing. And you want to use them to the best of your ability. And if you use them to the best of your ability, this is sugar to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because a sun is into sugar, in my view, because Allah has given you tools, use them excellently as best as possible. And this is a sign of gratitude to Allah subhanho wa Taala,

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you could win the career, but you didn't do your best and you really failed. And you could lose and do your best. And you were truly successful. Because you you had a son, he went by that deep. Yeah. So I was giving him this advice, as it is be yourself to express yourself. It's not about winning or losing, I want you to be the best that you can be. So it starts On your marks, get set.

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He will get so fast. He was like, Oh my god, like he looked like that. He was like in his own. You know, when you have children as a father, you know, when your child is like, in that very rare moment, self expressive, not caring what people think and that age, they care a lot about what mum thinks that things other children think. But he was like, in the moment he was in a social spiritual vacuum. He was like, I was like, so like I was over there.

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Sorry. And

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I had the Helios my the sun on my shoulders and lots of agents I'm continent conservative lot there. And I'm the kind of guy that does I don't care what people think now I'm 36 years old. I don't give a damn my shoulders or you know, Bruce Lee tobacco, some crazy tracks you want to share with some crazy boots. I'm going to the middle of the Olympic Park going gamma Zachary. barefoot baby.

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Uncle baby running around. Excellent Zakaria?

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House in a moment, I was like, Wow, he came second hamdulillah when he stopped, he looked at me as if it was, you know, I found a part of myself that I haven't found before. Yeah, these are very rare moments, right.

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And I'm thinking to myself,

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sorry.

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Why did I react that way? Because I noticed an attribute in South Korea that I believed is a price. I noticed something is a career that I felt as a father deserves some praise. Now we do this all the time, don't we? When we hear great poetry have a ball. So panela right. When we see our famous

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new sheet artists, we're like, Wow, what a greatness sheet would give them a standing ovation. We clap we applaud. We we all the time, praise people for the aptitude and their abilities more for the Olympic runner. Even more for was during the Olympics. I was stood up in common mo right. As a brilliant runner. I like boxing. When I see great boxes recently Anthony Joshua forklifts go, he got knocked down in the sixth round. He got back up the tenacity the sagacity as a wall. inspirational, right? We do this all the time.

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We give him a standing ovation. We praise we clap. We say well done because we notice attributes in people that deserve due praise, right?

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Look at this universe. Look what we discussed for the past few days.

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confer yakun.

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We have the ability to ration insights.

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We have consciousness.

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We have this amazing complexity. We have physical laws in the universe. If there were different we want to have life. We have this life sensitive arrangement of stars and celestial objects. If there were different we don't have conscious life on Earth. Look earth we have plants that move with the sun. We have animals that could stand the way many times over.

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Look what's happening on this planet. We have seeds that just

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Many because of the heat of forest fires, the only germinate from the heat of forest fires.

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We have birds that can fly for days at a time without truly sleeping, because they have two parts of the brain one sleeps once a week. And when one part of the brain has had enough, it wakes up and the other part sleeps. I mean, just talk to the board, he gives me some amazing stories about biology and what happened in this world, right.

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And yet, some of us, we can't give our last standing ovation. We can't praise Him and glorify him and say Allahu Akbar.

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So from this point of view,

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I want you guys to realize that when you talk to human beings go straight to that aspect of misdirected worship. You know, my father, he attended my school band, I used to play classical music, classical guitar, when I was non Muslim, and go to the Royal School of Music. Not many people know this about me, right. And inevitably, I had to go to the school band, somebody that attended. And I wasn't very good at electric guitar. So I'll put the volume way down. I have another full guitarist that would be making the noise would be like, look at me, I'm so cool, right. And there was a moment with I think it was an acapella singer. And she had an amazing voice. And she basically

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expressed herself and it was the climatic part of the song. It was phenomenal. And you could see that, you know, she didn't care who was around, it was her and her expression. My dad stood up, and he's been Bravo and he's kind of Greek accent Bravo, he was the only guy standing up because he knows is an attribute in her that deserved you praise, right? That's self expression, that amazing ability. We do this all the time. But look at Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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The people that we praise are deficient. status is a region of carbon, the limited to some degree, they're not perfect. They have flaws and deficiencies. But Allah subhanho wa Taala is not full. He is perfect. He has no deficiency and no flaw and some of us, we find it very difficult to give him the praise.

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So this is summary of what we're going to talk about today. Why Allah deserves to be worshipped.

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The first thing I want to talk about is gratitude.

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This is extremely important because we do not understand gratitude properly in our, in our societies, right? We think we should be grateful for a bigger house, we should we think we should be grateful for a better car, we think we should be grateful for three meals, right? We have this kind of force, social constructs that really raise the bar for gratitude, from the point of view that we should be grateful for these excessive luxuries.

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I want you to understand something and I want you to be able to talk humanity this to that there is something that is priceless, is priceless. That is given to you freely, every moment of your existence. You don't earn and you don't own.

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There's something priceless has given to you freely. Every moment of your existence that you don't earn you don't own. You know what this is, it's your conscious life.

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And you don't earn it. You don't own it and you don't necessarily deserve it. Yeah, Allah gives it to you freely. If someone gives you something priceless, you don't earn, own or deserve, how should they make you feel? How should they make you feel?

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Grateful, grateful. Forget what you have in life, be grateful for life. And this we forget, sometimes we act as if I am the source of my own existence. This kind of false self sufficiency, I am my own creator, right. That's how people act.

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And this gratitude is extremely important for us to get people to internalize.

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atheists, agnostics, non Muslims uses philosophy all the time you see in this self help books is all about gratitude.

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There are so many Buddhists that talk about this concept. But we have something profound because we have the true day to be grateful to right we will say that atheists are grateful to be grateful to right.

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So from this point of view, gratitude is the key to worship in Islamic tradition. Look at the Quran, the sign is there. The first chapter of the Quran is what sorrel Fatiha. And these seven verses are the mother of the

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the keytab and they summarize the whole of the Quran. The first verse talks about what happened, gratitude, gratitude.

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And if you don't understand this gratitude, you will be misdirected. You won't be able to understand your work your property will lay I told my family anything above a heartbeat is a bonus. Anything above a heartbeat is a bonus. If you truly internalize this point

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Not only would you be great grateful to your Creator, we've established the Creator, you wouldn't be grateful to him because he's given to you something freely. That's so practice that you don't earn. Don't don't own it, don't do and you don't necessarily deserve. You should be grateful for that. You know, my grandma passed away, like just over a year ago, I was very close to my grant.

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To be honest, it wasn't really upset about aka per se. I tell you why. Because what tsushin authority says, He says if I had to choose between my mother and Allah subhana wa tada judgment, the day of judgment, I would choose Allah subhanho wa Taala. So he's gonna she's gonna be enveloped in all the justice or mercy and whatever happens happens, right? Yes, there's that kind of fear and whatever the case may be, but I wasn't truly like broken. I was broken. Because I didn't do enough for her.

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Because now I'm going to be worried. On the day of judgment. I ignored her calls. You know,

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you know, and COVID busy, right? So, and I was actually in America, I was having dinner with Farhad. That night, she actually could.

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Yeah. And then she passed away in the morning.

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So

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the point I'm trying to make here, just to recap, is that

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micron had a little bit of money, she had like, what, 40,000 pounds or something, right?

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And, as is with families, debate, discussions on these issues, and I said to my mom, look, if we were to take her money and put it in her mouth, coin by coin, she will not be resurrected. I said, What will you do for your granny to be alive? Again? She had a million would you give him a million? Of course, if you had too many would you give 2 million, of course had a billion, would you give a billion, of course. So what does that say about the price lessness of the priceless nature of life, and the dunya and money itself? to get people to realize how many people are blind and say they were billionaires and ask them the question.

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If I could give you a site back, would you give me a billion? What do you think they would say, of course, see, and now we need these reminders to understand these things. And gratitude is so important, because

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we sometimes think we have to be grateful for the excessive things which is true, we have to be grateful for those. But what about now, what you have right now, what you have right now, don't forget, the person was talking to the Sahaba, and teach them to be grateful. And these people were poor, these people didn't have anything, they had one cloth and dates, and you're teaching them to be grateful.

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So the point here is, we need to show to humanity,

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that not only do they have a rub a load a creator, but they have to be grateful to that creator for these very basic points. And the reason I'm giving this basic point is because not everybody is happy in life, not everybody has luxuries, so you go straight to the fundamentals, make them realize life itself.

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So

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before we continue to say why Allah deserves to be worshipped, let's now talk about what worship is. Worship can be described in the following way, my beloved brothers to know Allah subhana wa tada to love Allah subhanho wa Taala, to obey Allah, and to direct all our acts of worship towards Allah, internal and external acts of worship to Allah alone. This, I feel is a very comprehensive definition of worship. It's been taken from my previous earlier ama. And I think it's extremely important to define worship in this way. Because you remember, the art of Tao is using the right language? Because when you say worship to the Western audience, what do they think and feel?

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Physical actions Sunday service, right. But worship in Islam is very profound. We need to learn to use the right type of language. In order for people to understand what worship really is, in actual fact, what's very important is the use of language. We spoke about this in the call, I think, a few days ago, because for example, I refuse to call Salah prayer. If we do that, you've got it wrong. Prayer is you're asking for something sadhana is not asking for something. It's a praise. Is this a dickered? It's a submission. It's a divine discourse. It's so many different things. How can you use the word prayer? Today? I'm going to go pray five times a day. Oh, really? I pray more than I pray

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all the time, ask God all the time for things do you see my point? We need to revive the art of using the right language, even the concept of fear of God. fear of God in the Christian tradition is very different from the fear of God in the Islamic tradition. But we use the same terminology and even in the Quranic translations, we use the same terminology. Yet the connotations from a social point of view and personal point of view and a historical point of view are totally different. So you may be taught using the same words, but they don't mean the same thing. So I think it's very important for us to actually define our concepts as best as possible or use the most appropriate

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language

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And this is a challenge for the daughters Well, yes, there are times you have to use similar words to bring that connection, that commonality, but it requires sometimes a caveat and a discussion on what that really means. This is very important, because even me when I had Muslims would pray like my sister, pray five times a day. Why only five? Right? Because first you're thinking, I'm asking God for something. Do you see?

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But prayer really is Salah is like some kind of spiritual program. I don't know I The point is it's important to really use language in an appropriate way and this even is social political discourse as well.

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So knowing a lot of you know the lemma have discussed various categories but just for ease of use this is remind ourselves about Allah subhana wa Tada. Knowing Allah essentially means affirming the oneness of his creativity, Allah subhana wa tada is the sole creator, the sole, sustainer, and maintainer of everything that exists, we affirm the wonderful oneness of his names and attributes. We don't compare a lot to anything LASIK and Miss Lee. There is nothing like Allah subhana wa Tada. We affirm His names and attributes. And we believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala. We believe in his maximal perfection, we believe these names and attributes are not deficient and they're not flawed.

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They cannot be compared to human beings, right? We can't humanize names and attributes. And we can't defy human beings to say that they are just like Allah subhanho wa Taala, right. And Allah subhanho wa Taala is the most perfect being from the point of view that his names and attributes are to the highest degree possible without any deficiency without any flaw. We also affirm the oneness of his worship. We believe that we must direct all acts of worship internal and external to Allah subhanho wa Taala alone without any kind of intermediaries without any misdirection solely directly to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So why dedicate worship to Allah alone?

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So there are a few arguments I've taken from the book of Allah subhana wa tada that I think, really provide a phenomenal spiritual, existential argument, if you like why he deserves to be worshipped. Because remember, it's in the context that we already affirmed his creativity, we affirm as a creator, argument from contingency, argument from design, or adding or from God's existence, that argue from rationality, the argument for morality, we have all of these things in place. So now we're going to talk about why Allah deserves to be worshipped. The first point and this is so significant, especially in a materialistic capitalist context, when we act like businessmen all the

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time, even with friendships, you give me something, I give you something, you scratch my back, I'll scratch your back, right? The first point is,

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Allah is right to worship is a necessary fact of his existence.

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It has nothing to do with what he's giving you. It's a necessary fact of who he is, by definition, Allah, Allah, Allah, the Arabic language, say, the object of worship, he deserves worship, by the very fact that he is the only being worthy of worship.

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It is a necessary fact of his existence. regardless how he has chosen to manifest His bounty to you, he could have given you the crumbs of the universe, but he deserves worship because of who he is. And this is very important, especially for new Muslims, especially for new Muslims, and especially for non Muslims who really don't understand the concept of worship. Because many people think I'm worshiping God because I'm grateful he gave me a house. And when he doesn't give you a house, then they lead worship. I made the student wanted, I pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala, five times a day, I was praying to Allah, doing tahajjud all of these things to get good exam results. I failed. So I

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stopped praying. And I said, You broke he was probably thinking you're gonna get this nice compassionate counselor Hamza is you know, Mr. compassionate, but no on this issue. I said, Who are you? Who the hell are you? So you think you're on par with Allah subhanho wa Taala like, he's a businessman, and you are his business viral rival, and you're basically you know, having this kind of contract together.

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You think Salah is at Queen's at a bank and you're gonna get something back and have interest. So are you insane? Allah deserves worship. Even if you have no legs and arms bro.

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Allah deserves worship even if he's giving you nothing if the only thing you have is life, you to realign how you see yourself how you see Allah subhana wa tada and how you see the amazing boundaries that you have ignored because you think about a line in a way that you shouldn't think about Allah subhanho wa Taala and he got it. And that was through experience because some people need that sometimes. Right?

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So this is a very important point to to address, especially new Muslims because new Muslims, they'll become new Muslim, and the community made forget them. Everyone gets busy. Yeah, call me bro. Anytime you

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under dollars, then the next Friday deal in Juma prayer this than the other, and they got problems, they got chucked out of their home, they make the calls, I'm too busy, busy, bro, I'm on holiday with my family by right.

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They're gonna face tests and trials, we don't want them to move away from the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. because number one, that's what's going to give you a true spiritual strength. And he deserves worship because of who he is not necessarily what he has given you. Absolutely very, very important for us to understand this point,

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conceptually, and internalize it when we're discussing with people about worship, because God has given you so many amazing things. I don't talk about that first. Because what if those things go, you have to make them understand who Allah is. And He is Allah, He is the deity that is deserving of all worship, and worship is a necessary fact of his existence. Second point, Allah has created and sustains everything, so many I act on this issue. Think about this, if allies Europe, if he is your Creator, who sustains you and maintains you, then he created all the bad, all the physical causes you use to maintain yourself and sustain yourself and

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approach. Pleasure run away from pain, all of these things. It's Allah subhanho wa Taala. Since that is the case, then you should be grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And gratitude is a form of worship. This is extremely important for us to understand. Because sometimes we think, you know, I own this, you know, such as a courier once normal mind, who is this mind? I mean, I've got quite angry with him. What do you mean mind my Lego is no, my Lego. Everything is, is owned by Allah subhanho wa Taala. He's just giving it to you have delegated authority to use an appropriate way. So if you don't share it, you know, using an inappropriate way.

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I'm trying to make the distance themselves from the junior from that point of view for them to understand that yes, it's mine. I have delegated authority, but it's not mine. I have absolute ownership. There is a subtle spiritual difference here. Everything belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Like, you know, some brothers, they give money, right? They obviously give my tire and other charities, and you speak to these brothers, and they say spawn abroad xhaka here say, well, it's not my money, so lots of panels, and as a trustee here, and I'm just using it in a way that's pleasing Him. So Python, Allah Subhana Allah.

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The third point, Allah provides us with a new innumerable favours very famous I in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala says that you could not count enumerate the blessings of Allah. Now we're going to find an example that you can use for someone who suffers in life, and someone who is happy. So transcends their context. I think I found it.

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What is the physical cause that keeps us alive?

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heartbeat? So here's the challenge. I've done this before. And people are like, like, they can't respond.

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The heartbeat is the physical cause that is bad that keeps us alive.

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And you know how precious life is. If your loved ones were to pass away tomorrow, God forbid.

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And you had billions of dollars. And someone said, This increase their life for another week, but give me the billions of dollars. Would you give it to me? Absolutely. It just shows how important life is compared to anything in the dunya.

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If I said to you,

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you have 500 heartbeats left.

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But in order to have another 50,000 heartbeats, you have to give me a house. Put your hand up, who's gonna give me a house? Everybody? salutely. So look at this account heedless state of ruffler. Only sometimes.

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Now, here's the challenge.

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Can we have it?

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It's impossible. It's physically metaphysically impossible to count all your heartbeats. For the first three years, you've got a backlog? 123. Because you don't have to count when you're sleeping. You can't count your heartbeats. Right.

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So isn't it true, that you can't enumerate the favours of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why Nova an infinite number of blessings. It's our job brothers in the Shire, to really revive the hearts of the non Muslim community in the Muslim community show to them. This is the concept of gratitude in Islam. And I'm telling you I'm a true believer if they have this internalized. How can you be sad? How can you be sad?

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You know, this is why you know when you talk about Vicar in an hour with booking the tablet of God he talks about, you know, we should be paired with people to victory

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Obviously, but Alec is very mechanical. I call it an ak 47. Because after Salah it's smart, smart, smart, smart, smart, smart, smart, smart, smart, smart, right? There's nothing there. There's no mean or feeling now, and now he talks about how you know, when you do it, do it slowly, you know, make sure you could at least hear it upon Allah Subhan Allah. And it's not just an utterance with your mouth, but your heart is in tune. Now, because I've tried to internalize this, I get so confused, to be careful about what I think about my heartbeat. That's what I could do. Because I get so overwhelmed by the infinite number of blessings and is available to be eliminated leads me Be

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grateful for the thing that is pumping, right? That's allowing me to stay alive. And we have to revive our divided that way that the heart is in line with our God with our ebird.

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The next point, if we love ourselves, we must love Allah subhanho wa Taala. I took this argument plagiarized it. And I'm so proud of plagiarizing it from the proof of Islam and it goes on. And his book is 36 books in a year which is, which is on love.

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And others it makes a very interesting point, something that Eric from the psycho analysts said as well. That human being should have self love, man, this self love is not narcissism. It's not like Oh, look at me, the self love is that you want to prolong your existence. You don't want pain, right? You want pleasure.

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And you're going to use all the physical causes that you have at your disposal to actually approach pleasure and run away from pain. This is a form of suffering, you want goodness for yourself, the very fact you want Paradise is because you have this form of self love that otherwise it makes a beautiful argument. He basically says, Well, if you love yourself, you have to love Allah subhanho wa Taala. It's a logical and spiritual necessary conclusion. Because who created you, who is the source of love? Who is a source of love and mercy? Who is the source of your pleasure? Who created the ASVAB the physical tools that you use to embrace pleasure and run away from pain? Allah subhanho

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wa Taala and if you are heedless not to realize this, then you like drunk with the dunya

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so if we love our souls of Muslim Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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Another argument is that our life is very loving. And remember, a form of worship is to love Allah, right?

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So are those coming from the Arabic word would which means a loving that is giving and he's excessive, and His love and His love is so pure, because Allah is I live and he is independent, and free of any need, and he is rich. But yet he loves and he gains nothing by loving. His love is even greater than any worldly type of love, even a mother's love because a mother she needs to love. She gains by loving, it defines like, makes a complete Ally's already complete. Yeah, he loves. Imagine how pure the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala is. So if I told you even from a human perspective, someone comes into this room, and I say this is the most loving human being, I don't care if you're

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an alpha male, you're going to be like, I want to know this person. I want to know who this person is. Right? I don't care if you have one of these kind of like, you know, No, man. I'm a bro. If I found out someone to this woman is the most loving human being ever. I want to connect with that person. I wanna know what makes them tick. I would understand them. novem Allah subhanho wa Taala is perfect in his love. Excessive and his love. maximally perfect no deficiency or flaw. So pure love because he gains nothing by loving gay he loves.

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So why don't you want to love Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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Just by reflecting on who Allah is, then you would want to love Allah subhana wa Tada.

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The other point worship is part of who we are.

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worshiping Allah is part of who we are. We spoke about the fitrah we speak it we speak about every day now, just to remind ourselves that these arguments and the things that we learn are not ends the means to awaken the truth within worship is a fundamental feature of the fitrah and who you are. If you don't worship Allah subhanho wa Taala you are actually forgetting your own self. What does Allah say in the Quran, if you forget Allah, Allah will make you forget your own selves. Your spiritual identity will make you complete as a human being is to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. And when you go away from that worship, then you forget who you really are, and you'd be in a state of

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heedlessness a state of spiritual chaos. This reflects on your own lives, brothers, please. When you slightly dwindled away from the type of worship that you do. How do you feel? How do you feel? Be honest, be honest, I'll tell you the truth as well. Sometimes I've tried to record morning and even I don't do all the time. Sometimes this month. I don't do it. And my wife knows. She says she dawns on your face. She knows when I'm not doing the curve. She's not we've been together for like over a decade. Yeah.

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She's like she turns on your face. shaytans Got you. And I get so aggressive inside because she's right. She's right. She's right. And she's very honest with me. And she knows.

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And she could see even from the outward appearance on is this guy doing the stuff that he needs to do in order to protect himself because you're in the Dow field. And also just to come closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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Just look at your life, the days used to tahajud and the days you didn't or the days you were on and the days you didn't, right. There is always a correlation of the brothers, even the brothers noises and me sometimes I get into different states. Sometimes I'm passive aggressive, sometimes I'm alpha male. Sometimes I'm a walkover like what's wrong with this guy? He's either got bipolar schizophrenia or which is probably true, or he's not connected with Allah subhana wa tada right. And we even do this we now have the will quite close with the brothers you know, we have to say, bro, you pray today Oh, something's going on. What's up, you know, we could tell by the faces sometimes

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that we have we try and help each other. But the point is worship is part of who we are.

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Remember what Allah says in the Quran, consider the situation of two people. One man is a slave to many masters and they'll all quarreling, another man is a slave to one whose conditions best we need to make them realize that everyone worships something. Everyone wants to know something, love something, or base something and direct the acts of worship to something I intend to analyze anyone's life and mushrik an atheist, a humanist, anyone, they worship something, they want to know something the most. They want to love something the most, they will obey something the most, and they want to direct the acts of worship, like gratitude is something the most let me give you a

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crude example Justin Bieber, right? How many of these teenage women and even men, they will know him the most non true Twitter profile Instagram following magazines. They will know Justin Bieber the most. Number two, they love him the most. They will do anything to see him to hold his hand to buy his merchandise to even catch his sweaty t shirt. Right?

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You will love him the most they obey him if he says spinach is good for you, everyone buy spinach. That's how marketing works. When President Clinton start eating spinach, the spinach sales rolls.

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That's how marketing works. So they obey him from that point of view. He said right, Nike is the best clothes, everyone was gonna buy Nike that people that really have that infatuation for him. And they direct acts of worship to him. Like what? You see the the gills diaries, I'm so happy because Justin Bieber's alive, he makes sense of my life. I really want to see him, you know, he's my everything. This is

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this is worship. Now, this is a crude example. But my beloved quantum Messiah, it could be ourselves and our egos, especially as the arts. And this is to advice to myself, I want to free myself from hypocrisy. This is advice to myself, first and foremost. Because sometimes you can worship your ego

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and you will know yourself the most.

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Yeah, you want to obey you know, the most, you love yourself the most. And you direct your acts of worship to yourself the most by what by referring to your limited occur by referring to yourself as you're the source of your goodness, may Allah free us from this and protect us from this.

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So when you understand the concept of worship, you apply as a template to everything.

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So worshiping is part of our final point, obedience to Allah subhanho wa Taala is another form of worship, to obey Allah. Now, this is very interesting because a link to what Allah is, he's al Hakim, and Annie, he is the wise the knowing. So when he makes a command, we know is good for us. We know it's something that you have to obey. We shouldn't be like shaytaan, who rejected the ultimate authority, Allah subhanho wa Taala by denying to bow down to Adam, right.

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And obedience is a form of worship. Now, some of the secular folk, you know, in a postmodern context, especially Muslims, they don't like this obedience thing, right? be obeyed. No, this is your mic free choice thing. Shut up. You're a slave of Allah Shut up. Sometimes some Muslims need this right, within context in the framework of Rama and mercy.

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But it's true. Some people just need a slap down intellectually and spiritually. Who are you? What do you mean, and to make them understand their own life, you will be things all the time, and you're not going to even incline and want to obey Allah subhanho wa Taala. You obey the pilot, when he says pulling your seatbelt because of turbulence, you obey. The medical practitioner says you have this disease, you must take this medicine, you will be everything friends, family, politicians, traffic, light, traffic lights, all these so called authorities in your life, but you're not going to be the ultimate authority and you find it

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irrational. That's that the discourse of shaytaan

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isn't it? A lie is the ultimate authority, remember what lies Aleem al Hakim? He is the one who has the totality of wisdom and knowledge. He knows everything, he was good for us.

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So we obey Allah subhanho wa Taala, I truly believe if you internalize these points, and there are others, but if you internalize them, and put them in your discourse, when you talk to people, after making them realize, and they have that internal awakening, that there is a rub, there is a creator.

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Or this is the true conception of Allah because we believe in a creator, but they believe in their own conception, like the Trinity, for example, right? Once they understand who Allah is, then this is a necessary aspect of your data, you have to, at some point, focus on worship. If you don't, then there'll be a big problem and they may become Muslim, and they'll suffer the problems I suffered. Now, I'm still suffering the consequences of first four years being Muslim, and you know, abstract intellectual robot with nothing in your heart. And then you get very bitter about your whole life, because you're taught a form of Islam that had almost nothing to do with the essence and inner

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dimensions of our tradition.

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Worship is everything.

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Now, common contentions and we'll finish in five minutes inshallah, a common contention is that, does Allah need us to worship Him? Right? You always hear this in the popular culture dour. Now, it's very simple. Who is a low is a very back to what Allah is his names and attributes. He's Allegheny, he is free and independent. He doesn't need our worship. If the whole universe were to worship Allah subhana wa, tada want to increase his bounty? And if the whole universe were not to worship Allah one decreases bounty. This is our up. So we clearly say that allies absolutely transcendent is absolutely independent and free, that worship is for us. No, for Allah from that

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point of view, he doesn't need our worship.

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Now, but why did a lot of prayers to worship Him? Right? He's gonna answer them very quickly. Why did Allah create us to worship Him not?

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To show His mercy? What what other reason? Yes, he is to show that who he is

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to manifest His will. That's a very interesting point. And I think it's a very powerful argument. Because you cannot you can you could you could answer this in two ways. Well, fine, Allah doesn't need us to worship him. But why did he do it in the first place? The first answer is, it's in line with his wisdom that's absolute and total, and you will never understand. And that's actually a rational answer. The second point is, I think is very powerful. You just mentioned molana sub, what's very powerful is this.

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Creating us to worship him was a necessary and necessary manifestation of our last names and attributes. Yes,

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absolutely. Remember this, God is alive, a maximally good being there whose actions are not only good, they are expressions of his nature. Allah loves good. He created rational creatures who freely choose to worship Him and do good, some even exalting in virtue like the prophets, then being given eternal life in the Presence of Allah to pass an eternity of intimate love and companionship. It's the greatest story ever told, says God loves all good, it is clear why he would make this story reality. Allahu Akbar. In summary, Allah created us to worship him because he was good for us. And he wants us to go to Paradise. And he was a never to mind. It was inevitable manifestation of his

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names and attributes.

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And what's very interesting and this is accurate, he said, Yeah, amen. Allah bless you and preserve you and increase you. Allah has made it clear that those who attained paradise have been created to experiences mercy. We have been created to experience the mercy of Allah. As Allah says, if your Lord had pleased, he had made all people a single community, but they continue to have the differences except those on whom your Lord has mercy, for He created them to be this way.

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And as I said, a lot creators to worship Him because it was inevitable

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manifestation of who Allah is.

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So brothers, true liberation is to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala, as we mentioned, and I want you to realize something in our Western discourse of liberation and freedom. In this Western discourse, sometimes we jump into this, but we forget how we should truly define freedom, the raw, raw, liberation ease, the soul wants that he can only be found in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It can only be found in the worship of Allah subhana wa

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I want to compare inside yourself. Think about all the moments of bliss you had in your EBITDA and compare it with getting more done your blessings compared with another house compared with another why, for example, more children and I'm telling you I was there we get stressed sometimes, right? You know, everyone's doing admin work is off is here. And everyone's got different roles and yeah, it was like a mismatch. Yeah, it was a small team, but we try to do our best to bless the brothers. Yeah. And I was like, we're talking about other blessings and some Junior thing as I listen guys, don't worry about this bro. And one brother wants to get married and stuff look, nothing. Even in

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your honeymoon day, nothing is going to compare to that few moments that Allah has blessed you with? That you really felt Vicar that you really felt you're a bad? No, because you chase the feeling. But you did it because he deserved worship. And this is another point you have to understand. don't worship the feeling worship Allah. It will tell Josie he made this point very careful. He said don't worship the feeling that feeling is an inevitability of good worship. But don't worship because of the feeling. And that's very subtle here. Okay. And that's when we teach our new Muslims as well that, you know, sometimes some of the nmsa just you know, just by your bones being settled off.

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Yeah, it says of Yoku. So anyway, the point being is,

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you know, that, that liberation, that sense of spiritual Sakina and freedom that you maybe have been given once every decade

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you know, like Hodge hug seasons coming? Well, la Hydra is my home.

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My wife has seen me relax and slipped step more most in my life. I don't sleep that well generally speaking and hodgin Minar people called me the sleeping man. I was reading so tahajjud was falling asleep and it was bliss was it was delaford was Jenna. Jenna. Right? Hutch for me is home. It was very interesting about hygena will end on this in terms of a VEDA. You know, a biter does this to a tree liberates you by making you understand who you truly are in western spiritual discourse. What do we do we add to ourselves courage, learn this do this right all these actions and these other epithets about who you are. But really Islamic spirituality is not adding is removing. You already

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are good. Your fidra is already worshiping right wants to worship you're already in that state of goodness, what is hard to do. If you haven't been too hard, you're gonna fill this inshallah, my blessing. May Allah bless you with accepted Hajj. So when you go to Hajj, when I went to high Jyoti, what happened to me? I look the same as everybody else. I lost my individually. Because that's ego isn't even who you think you are, you know, speak anymore. I even forgot I was what gender I was. Yeah, honestly. I didn't know who I was. I forgot my name. I forgot almost my personality. I forgot. Oh, I I was de individuales from the point of view that me being a father, a speaker, someone who

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studies someone who does this was so irrelevant. So even all that linguistic wrapping that my ego has linguistically labeled and wrapped my role. My fitrah was unraveled and unwrapped, and what was left nothing. And all I found was an Arabic.

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Just wanted to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala.

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I say to my wife, I want to go back home.

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As Mohammed cabal said, the poet, he said this one frustration, which you find too difficult frees you from 1000 frustrations. If you don't worship Allah, you're worshiping something else. And beloved brothers, may Allah bless you for your time and apologies for you know, my expressive state. May Allah bless you, please internalize these points. We're going to review them during the review sessions. And let's now organize the cause and have some food love Bless you. We'll lay alone for the sake of Allah Solomonic grammar.