Self-Knowledge #5 – Towards A Qur’anic Anthropology
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Mr. Narayan Rahim o salat wa salam O Allah says, you know have you been out of school? You know, he was so happy to you woman whadda Allahu Mala and Madonna Lamar and Antonin Cantor Oliver Hakeem Lahoma alumna million photo of Anna Bhima London was in the end mark will revisit near anma will study no matter see the Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa salam to see him in a ceremony kumara Allahu wa barakato. So we're continuing on in our
study of this extraordinary book by imam or rather, alias for Hani. And we we left off midway in this chapter, which is the fifth chapter. He was talking about the two powers these two pull, shall we or other via the irascible Nick concupiscent powers in the soul
should be regulated and controlled by the rational power but very often end up taking over. And so he was talking about the two types of pleasures, the the sensible pleasure, sensory pleasure, which is Meisels or the intelligible the pleasures of
the immaterial pleasures would really be the material pleasures and the immaterial pleasures. So the second is the malcode. Like the pleasure that one gets from knowledge, so so the first ones are more that I mean, they're qualitative, but they they're, they're closer to a kind of quantitative phenomenon in that they're there. They're of the sense Oreo, whereas the pleasure of knowledge, the pleasure of discovery, the pleasure of study of contemplation, these types of pleasures are immaterial pleasures and and deeper in their qualitative aspect. So he says that the
he says, what he that you're kind of hooked on a NAS my moral behavior Apple he was talking about the fact that the the sensory are dominant in the human
personality and, and he says that the
technology, it's very rude. Just interrupts no manners.
people used to,
you know, they would come and knock on the door. And you could either answer the door or not. Now, it's the telephone. It's just wherever you go, share how three. He said that, that, you know, people talk about servitude in Mauritania, but he said that he said the servants in Mauritania, he says once they're over the hill, you they're gone. You can't call them back. But he said, but here, he said, Everybody's the slave because they just call on the phone and suddenly there, we need you at the office.
So, so he says that the problem is that,
that people don't want to obey the intellect because it's telling them to do things that they
tend not, they want to do them. And it's telling them not to or telling him to do something that they don't want to do. So he said, that for this reason, it said that I could also do upon Macatawa onward, however, I do want to work on that the intellect. And it's important to remember that into when they use intellect, they don't mean the same thing that we mean by intellect today. The aka is is a light, it's an immaterial light that we perceive reality with. And it's a very high thing. And even the medieval scholastics in the Western tradition understood it as something very different from what it's understood today to be it's more of a cognitive function today as opposed to
that has a an intuitive quality, but also
is, has a capacity that's that's extraordinary. in its in its immense possibilities. So it has
in our tradition, we have all these different names for it. So it's called the rule. It's called the enough's. It's called the the opposite. It's called the ad.
It's called the new heart. It's called the lube. I mean, Asia, there's all these different names and the Arab say Katara tell Asami to Dulo Allah Allah matomo sama that
many names indicate the immensity of the thing named. So Allah's, we don't know a lot of names that Allah has
names that we know 121 names. If we, if we look in the tradition that we've been given, like the Quran has if you include the, what they call the US man which taka, but the the, the Arabs name things that have great import. And and, and so like for instance the lion has many names. There's
there's over 500 names for the lion in Arabic. So the lion is something and there were a lot of lions on the Arabian Peninsula. So it was something immense to the Arabs like the lion and the dog has many names in Arabic. There's a famous Aladdin Marguerite, who was
blind man bumped into him and called him a killed
it because he was blind he bumped into the man the man called him Academy and he said I'd kill Bo Malaya Arvo
from Siena, Eastman and kelp. The real dog is the one that doesn't know 50 names for dog.
And so Imams God wrote a terrarium. And when Siddhartha and Marie you know the how to get out of the curse of an artery, so he wrote a book on the 50 names of the dogs, so you could learn them and not be a kid, according to Juana. So so the intellect has many names, because there are many different aspects to the intellect. It's a multifaceted phenomenon. And,
and consciousness study is one of the obsessions of modern people, because they, we have a whole slew of these people that want to prove that consciousness is material. They
the judgment, even in modern science, they don't really fully understand consciousness, where it comes from. They understand aspects of the brain neuroscience is very well developed, but they don't understand consciousness, especially the qualitative aspect of consciousness, like how we experience things qualitatively, not quantitatively not measurably. But how we experience things qualitatively that can't, that cannot, you can't put your hand on it. There's there's nothing there to indicate that it's a material phenomenon. It's an immaterial phenomenon. And that's why consciousness for us is a proof of the immaterial world. The very fact that we're conscious even though we're Gods put us
in these bodies, we're embodied and so we experience consciousness through the sensory area, but we also have a priori reason we have we have the built the ability to think outside of
of the the sensory area, we can think about things that we have no experience in this and Soria of them and contemplate them. And so
he's he's pointing this out that the intellect it's, it's it's a momentous thing, and it's something that we should listen to. But we don't so he says, either he quotes the poet who says either my dad's can have so Yeoman be charlatan or cannot la halal or be hit by Rico for that ha ha ha Mr. Hate if I do one will do Don't worry, that was the echo. That if your knifes you know if this lower self calls you one day to some appetite, and it went in and it was something foul, it would lead to a foul thing.
Then he says Leave it and go against what you're desiring, because desire is a is a friendly enemy. Right? So it's tricking you.
And he says what he levels at the Echo to go against it is your real friend. And the Prophet saw I saw him for that reason said what agenda Toobin. McHattie will refer to Naropa Shaohua. He also says a lot of sentiment, it's one of the foundational ideas. According to Imam nawawi in the Urbane. He said that the Prophet slicin was reported of Salah you know, I had to come home to you Hakuna howhow Tibet and the magic to be that none of you truly believes until the Hawa the desire of the person is in accordance with what I have brought. So, initially you have to struggle with that. But once the Sunnah becomes your habit, it's your want. It's you've habituated yourself to following the prophets
guidance, then you have the Melaka of virtue, and so your Hawa now is in accordance with what he desired. I was with a man once.
currently lives in Arizona and has a coffee shop. But
I was thinking somebody was telling me about him yesterday, but I remember he had just become Muslim. And that somebody offered him a date. And he, he said he didn't like dates. And the person offering him today said, Oh, the prophet love dates. And he said, Oh, I love dates, and he took the date and ate it. And that is,
that is that is the way we should be with the prophesies. And even though you don't have to follow what were those things that were cultural, to the profit slice. There are certain things that are cultural, they're not really Sunon. They're cultural things. But people who love the prophesy will even follow those things. So
So the Prophet brought us this amazing tradition. And so we should love it and our Hawa, our desires should be in accordance with it, what do you got to get tattooed Insano on your arm, if he magalia under he it almost he built arm him in a hurry. And for this reason, the human beings should be led in the beginning of the of his affair, to these, these benefits with really a type of coercion. In other words, you should coerce yourself as now from outside that kind of a dean, you can't you can't coerce people to virtue. I mean, obviously, your children, you have some level of of
you can compel them to a certain degree, but in the end, it's much better to get them to love things. Because
as as a wise Greek said that things that are learned through compulsion never stay. They don't they don't stay.
And that's why one of the things that Dr. Cleary said it was very interesting. He said about that verse letter, karate Dean, he said, True religion
comes from the heart. One should not feel compelled to pray, one should want to pray.
And that that's really when the religion has become real for you. It's no longer this thing that you have to do. It's the thing that you want to do is very different than it could have been.
So he says, initial and this why the Prophet said, Yeah, Javon The Omen your Kaduna. Illa Jana, the set acid. So this is this is about a group of people that he knew would become Muslim. And he saw them they were prisoners after the battle. And they were they were
not tied up. And he laughed when he saw them. And the Prophet did not laugh. Haha, you know, the Arabs call that your character who? Like hahaha, the Prophet, his laugh was a smile.
And even they didn't you rarely saw his No, Ajit, you know, the molars, those front molars, but usually he would smile where they said they could see his canines.
So he was smiling, seeing these people and one of them thought, why why are you You know, these people are in tribulation, why are you smiling? And he said, he said, as you have been like, it's wondrous to see people that are being taken to paradise in in chains.
Because he knew they would become Muslim. So even though they were opposing him that then he knew that they would become Muslim. And so he just saw that and that's why even ATI, Allah one of the things he says in the HECM he says that, that, you know, if you're not, if you don't come to Allah with Sahn, right, then he will bring you with, with Salah SLMC Han, the chains of tribulation, like if you if you don't go to him from his son, he will give you tribulations in your life to drive you to him. So it's always better to go from his son like because his son is so immense. And just out of gratitude. Well, how could insomnia new Jaha whoa Illa and Yakima Acaba, de hulless, Hina, then min
Adele, so he says that it's appropriate for a man for a human being in San really is a genderless it means both male and female happening in San Anuj. The howhow to struggle against one's passion in a necktie, maraca until you actually reach the Acme so you've you've gone up the steep ascent, which is difficult. I just climbed a hill and you know, by the end of it, you're huffing and puffing but when you get to the top there's a great relief. And so that's what he's saying for you at the Holocene a them allow so you're free from from the harm of the self, and even an Moncada who was the mathematics teacher, one of the great man
Lucky One of the great Medina scholars, he said Yeah, had to enough see him Cena, Cena had this documentary, I struggled with myself for 50 years until it was finally in submission, and upright for me. So this is a war with yourself, you're struggling against yourself. And the worst thing that people do is given to their self is the worst thing that people do. And you'll never feel feel good about yourself. If you give into yourself, you only feel good about yourself, if you fight yourself, if you don't fight yourself, you won't feel good about yourself. When you achieve something after great effort, that's always an immense in Sharra that comes there's a, there's a, an expansion in
your heart that comes from from striving for something and like when you learn something.
So then he says enough's enough Iran. So the nafs has to,
it has to
there's two things that the soul is directed to, you know, it's looking to two things. Number one LFO fork that will actually it's either looking upward towards the intelligible woman who tested there
are two major has been on my house and merkabah with tactical cave to heroin mahasin With that agenda, Avaya, and from that it's able to
master you know, draw from these sciences and knowledges. And also distinguish between what is good and what is evil, what's ugly, and what is beautiful. And then also to know how to seek what's beneficial, and to avoid what's harmful to seek what's beautiful, to avoid what's ugly, to seek what's virtuous and to avoid what's vicious. So never know. And then the second
perspective, it attacks now what how it's looking at, down so it's a downward one's looking upward, one's looking downward. And so he says,
will be he tends to haha. And because of this, the soul forgets the realities, it forgets those higher things, what telephone has, he said, and it will become accustomed to contemptible things to low things, things that are unworthy of our nature, Bell and other rods, even foul things. So the Hacienda is a low thing. But the Fedora is something that's, that's it's, it's defiling. It will defy you. There's things that you can do in this life where that will, it will make you feel defiled, if you do that sinfulness defiles the soul, and that's why, you know, there's a motif, in, in, in, in a lot of
films where they will show somebody who's been defiled and then the next scene will show a shower scene, because there's this need to be purified. So if somebody's violated, they want to be purified, but when you violate yourself,
right, it's one thing to be violated by another person. But what happens when you violate yourself when you violate the sanctity of your own soul, and that also needs a it needs Toba and it needs cleansing. So he's saying, well enough, so meta Kennett Shetty for 10. A damnit another Mr. Haka when the soul is noble. Then it continues. It's It's It's perspective. It's looking always to what's above it come either Kaduna. What, at Andorra, Medina elanda Bharara and will not look at what's beneath it, except out of necessity, what Atherton our lead that at 2011 has, he may or summer will accrue. And musta made Doom and Ashara. And it will not engage in these pleasures, except to the
degree with which and he's talking about the bodily pleasures a lead that at Betania except to the degree with which reason has decreed it to be appropriate. So there is a time Allah has made us passionate beings. We have appetites. They're important. And through it, we sustain our through food, we sustain our bodies, through intimacy, we sustain our species and also take respite from the dunya. So so this, he's not saying that we you know, we're not like
the sanyasis or, you know, the monks, the Prophet said loud I have been here to fit Islam. There is no monkhood in Islam. You know the prophesy said
him he said my soon as to marry I marry he said, at the zoo which men men.
He said whoever
turns away from my sunnah is vaca Abba, you know, Mondragon Suniti. Abba, whoever turns away from my sunnah he's refused, meaning he's refused Jana. So the Prophet, which doesn't mean, again that I mean, we have to be careful with these things because people can misunderstand them. It doesn't mean that there hasn't been there. There are scholars that didn't marry him. Oh, no, we never married, even Taymiyah never married. So there's scholars that never met, but they didn't do it as a devotional practice.
And that's the difference. It's like not eating meat. If you if you if you choose not to eat meat, because one you don't like it, then then you're like, I'm a lamb of the Sahaba who didn't eat meat. There's one so how we didn't eat meat, and the prophesy is Mr Corolla. So you can be a vegetarian in Islam. There's no problem with that. But if you do it devotionally
then you've made a bitter, that's the difference. And so if you're saying, Oh, it's higher not to marry, then you've made a bitter because the Sunnah is to marry it's higher to marry than to not marry.
So that's important so it doesn't mean you have to do something. But if you leave it you don't leave it because for a spiritual or religious reason, there's other considerations.
And then he says
we the candidate enough so Danny, you're 10 Axolotl. mela era shouted. Betania. So yesterday through the Erica La Ilaha is Annan we're in PR then. Lucia Howard. Betania. For you started below who? For you started with hahaha. Come up on a low to Anna of our item Anita. hada. ILAHA. Whoa, well, hello. Hola. Hola. Hola. In. So he says, if the soul is pusillanimous, if it's if it's a if it's a diminished soul if it's a low soul. And it's important because these are realities there. I mean, this is not somebody that is decreed for you. It's where your energies go. It's where you put your energy. So, if this because the soul can grow for the flockmen Zika. Zika means to grow. So he he or
she has had success who has grown the soul. Right? So magnanimous means big soul. It's a soul that has has, has grown. So it's important to what he's saying here is that this low soul, this duniya is the one who inclines towards these things. And then becomes really into as he actually Yardi through that ICA is an unknown piano and, and that inclination, then engenders in him, a type of of submissiveness to his bodily appetites to the point where they actually enslave him. He becomes enslaved by his passion, come up on a low to Anna, have you not considered the one who took as his God, his passion?
Well, Allah Allahu Allahu Allah. So Allah, then allowed him to go astray with knowledge. Allah him despite the knowledge,
waiting him Allah Lucha and you know how he went astray after he had taken his passion as his God would have done in a rather demure area and made him a servant, a slave of his worldly aspirations his worldly motives come up on interview techniques Abdu Durham, dinar Ratchet is the slave of the gold and wretched is the slave of the silver
woman had the ideas to add a Ibrahim and from this servitude Ibrahim sought refuge he thought it was nobody with any yet and with that I'll snom
helped me you know cause me to you know divert me from the and my children my offspring from worshipping the idols and the biggest idol is idol of the self. So knifes the prophesy Sam said
knifes took a little advantage and make the worst enemy you have is what's between your two souls.
So the hotel in Santa Fe share out and most of that now with taxis will be accolti che and for che and minha. So the hotel in San fishy out and Mojo that
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the human being as they manifest amidst these
these emblematic existent things that we have
And then how he is
particularized with this this power
in their midst. So he says that within Sandman Heito, Mishima at fie over Mozu that sada we are Mr Anil annum, the human beings essence in terms of what is gathered in it from the all the potentialities of existent things has become a vesicle for the meanings of the world in the mud koloman and highmountain Bisola you know the the whole world or meaning set up in images khulumani Jericho Hello Kevin. Hello everybody. So your ability is to penetrate the meanings of existence
that that that's what you have and so that's what he's saying that you are a we are for Manuel alum YOU ARE WE ARE for my annual accoun coulomb anutric ohada Kanima Nahalat ever Whoever understands that all of existence or forms their meaning set up in forms
it's but people get lost in the in the in the form they get lost in the Surah and they lose the minor
so then he says
well being Atos already he will Medina 30 He wasn't measurement Hopper up what can I know Monica Bowman Gemma Dalton won a baton Woba Hi, Emma, we'll see that and wish out then Well, my dad, he cuts a wheelie that he got. But the other huddled fish are equally what had him in that. So. So he says that he is the, the gathering place of all of these realities, he is the mind of all of their effects.
And so he says,
it's as if
he is the composite of, of the inanimate, the vegetable, the animal, the high animals, the demons and the angels, all of them come together in the human being, what do you that? The other how to appreciate adequately why I didn't mean that and for this reason, those things that are emblematic and each one of those things can manifest in that person. Those those things that that really essential lies each one of those types of things can manifest in that person. So he says for Yejide thought and material Gemma that sometimes he is like the inanimate things in his laziness. There's no motility there's there's no volition. It's somebody who's who has no Will.
Will Caleta to Horak doesn't move what him be asked there's nothing that is engendering in him there's no incentivizing there's nothing will incentivize him. Well, I know how the number hello to Andrea pony Therma Cosette kuruva boom member added Erica via karate. Oh a shadow casa. So their hearts became hard after that. They were like stones or even harder. So Allah says you know they're like the that mineral world
well, but the other part of his Jana betat Or sometimes those things that are emblematic in the vegetable world and humidity, our the Mima either praiseworthy or blameworthy for your pseudo immaculate a true LDLT Mohammed, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Oh, Canakkale would Kermie FEMA, you Lehman and NIFA
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Why through carry button hubby thing Khashayar rotten hubby that in that memo got mad at him and so he says that sometimes they're like these vegetable things. Like for instance, the truth, the truth. I mean, there's there's, they usually say it's a lemon Hindi it's like a it's like a grapefruit.
I really feel it's the orange.
The in Spanish, they say in the Russia, you know, which I think maybe came from that a low on him. But
because the prophesy Sam said the moment that reads the Quran
is like the
re re Jota nubone abominable by you that it has a good smell and it tastes good. And he said what a moment Allah the layup or Quran Katama Larry Hala watamu one. It has no smell but it has a good taste and he said Delmon, Africa the
dakara Quran Cara Hannah, it has a sweet scent, but it's bitter to taste. And the one that doesn't read the Quran is like the humble, no scent, but it's bitter to taste. So that so that's what he's saying here is that we can be, we have those qualities. So he says the Torah is is he says it's like
it's, it's, it has a good scent, it has a beautiful flower, it has nice, the food is good, the, the wood and the and the leaf of it, or like the date poem, or like the grapevine
in that they give so much benefit because they give benefit not just in,
in their food, but also in all the uses. I mean, the date, the Arabs use the date for so many things. They used it for writing on they used it for the profit size, some floss his teeth with the date fiber, they used it for building, lot of building materials come from the date palm and they also use it for clothing as well. So many, many benefits from the date.
And then he says oh Coca schueth the cause schueth is
in if you go to the south, they have these big trees and they have that they have this
it's like gossamer it hangs from the tree. I don't know what they call it. There's a word for it in English though. But it's a rootless type of
parasite. You know, it's a rootless moss it's like a moss on the trees so that's what he means by cush uth are the higher there's no good it's just there and it actually it has its own kind of beauty because even things everything Allah makes is beautiful so even the
you know when you see like a dead tree there's something beautiful about a dead tree or you take like somebody like Georgia O'Keeffe. I mean she she did many many drawings of skeletons just of cows heads that she would see out in the in the New Mexican desert. So everything Allah makes is beautiful there's our garbage is ugly. human garbage is ugly, but all of God's waste products when you see them like you go and see dead seaweed on the beach, there's a beauty to it. And so even with the cashews but but he's saying it doesn't really have any benefit it's just it's actually not good for a tree.
Oka handle if you have them meet up or like call a cent because it has a foul taste. Well I know how the nipa Hello two out of your Cody a lot of a lot. So then Allah has showed us this when he said a good word is like a good tree. Its roots are firm, and its branches are in the heavens, which is Lele Allah, Allah, Muhammad Rasool Allah, and a bad tree is foul is a bad word is like a foul tree.
It's, it has no it'll just be uprooted easily and it has no stability. Like you know, a tree that's rotten. When the winds come and just blow it over, but just pull it out, you'll see the roots pulled out. And then he says or like a cup bio, and masa be able to have half through Alpha. There's a bird called abordar which means the the loyal bird. So because it comes back to the same place again and again. And so there's people like that that are very loyal. Or cookin zero Ashara or like the pig in its appetite.
Greed, okay, that'd be for life. Or like the wolf in in its eighth is like, you know,
causing trouble. So it's a troublemaker the wolf comes in, eats all the chickens.
Okay, kill Philhealth or like the dog in its covetousness Oh, cunningly filled Gemini. Or like the ant in his, you know, ants are hoarders, right? There's people that are hoarders. So he's saying that there's people like ants, there's people like dogs. There's people like rats. Oh, Katara I mean, we even use that term. He's a rat. Right?
Oh Confira T for syriaca. Okay, thank you for more hour, or like the fox and it's
it's craftiness. You're our who the Prophet SAW I sent him.
He said that towards the latter days. He wished that the OMA would your ally who are our Hannah Taleb? They would be more like the fox because the fox is weak. So when the Muslims have no power
They should be more like the fox.
Because the fox is a weak animal, but it makes up with his weakness with its intelligence. Its crafty as what Aesop always has the fox. You know, the lion invites the fox into the cave.
And the fox said, I think all I'll pass, and the Lion said, what I'm just being hospitable. And he says, I see all these Fox footprints going in, but I don't see any coming out.
So the fox is smart, and that's why he's abuses him like that. So
I'll kill dirt for more haka or like the monkey in its imitative nature. The monkey does you hacky? Right? The Sudanese I say Lima and do work geared.
If you don't have a word, like if you don't have a devotional practice every day, you're like a monkey.
Oh, Callahan Mr. Phil balada are like the donkey in its stupidity. You know, it's the donkey is like a dumb animal. It doesn't obey.
Right? And it'll just, you know, you can beat it and it's just it won't. It won't budge. It's got this stubbornness to it.
Okay, authority for the hamara or like the Thor in a kind of its rashness, you know like it'll you know, the thought of will just out of rage attack something Well, I know how the net we minimal Shabbat had done a lot of your OT or mom and button fit or they were out or eating out the Ruby Jenna ill omen I'm thorough. Ma for rotten effect Kitab him and shade and make it out to be him your Sharon. So there's no dabba dabba is anything that walks on the earth, www been anything that walks on the earth is dhaba. But it can also do better, or there's the
is the termite, right. Just but it's, it's usually Dubba is like kind of imperceptible, because most animals, if you notice, are very quiet, because they all have natural enemies. So you very often don't notice animal like cats, you won't even notice cats.
And animals in nature are very, they're always you know, their ears are always checking.
Because because they all have natural enemies. So, so he says there's no dogma in the earth except, or a bird flying in the air with its two wings except their communities like unto yourselves.
Alright, so that's what he's saying that we have all these things in us, which is why many, many traditional peoples in the Arab still do this. We don't do it so much. I think there might be a few names left that do have some, but traditional peoples always named their animal, their kids, children after animals. It's very common.
Because they were looking at the positive within the name of cockroaches or rats or they named them eagles and, you know, like soccer is an air of name. You know, Fahad
said, these are high things in Native America, some of the Native American tradition, they would name them after animals with defects. But they did it because they wanted an animal that has a defect will make up for it with its cleverness. So it was kind of a way of, you know, wanting them to have some kind of benefit from that.
So he says, What Kinetica Donna, and then he says, We have heard or thought beneficia outershell thing, and sometimes in those things that are emblematic to the demons for you who will deal with you. So we'll about that a few Surah tahap. So they will lead astray and misguide and convince somebody that falsehood is they will make deem falsehood in and make it appear to be true. They are telling you about Allah they seek error. We activate al Hawa and follow their passions. Canadel Allahu Allah Olivia Cody Walker that Acadiana liquidity NaVi Navi and I do one sheltering at NC will Ginny you are he bought the HOMO
Aurora, and like that we have made every have have made for every profit enemies from the shayateen in swill gin. So the human Shayateen are the worst ones. They're the worse like, I mean, now the shell thing the Masada are locked up with the human shelter in our you know, they're in full force always. So so so then he says,
Well, how Totara 10 Fishy out and melodica and some
times he manifests in those things that are emblematic to the angels. So you have to go oh Dean, where I'll see it how he follows the way of the Dean piety and disobeys his inordinate passions. We're in the Mayo Clinic in San and either what a cooler, wider 10 Min high the era, a female that has ever myocardial Arklow there must be Oh animal Sub Zero be Nora Shara. So base all of these emblematic aspects of these things in their proper place
that is governed by a illuminated and
piercing intellect that is,
is illuminated by the light of the Sharia, Allah, and Allah knows best. So then he goes into mafia, Turin, San Juan mafia is a really interesting word because it's one of these, it's a portmanteau word that comes from my here. And the medieval scholastics clearly got this word from us, because they talked about the Quiddity, which is quid est, was exact same thing, mat here. So that was their translation from the Arabic texts, when they talked about the mat here. So the mat here is what gives you the essence of something, it tells you what it is because you, you you perceive you abstract the form. So so in the causes, you see the formal cause of the thing, and seeing the formal
cause, right, is what enables you to penetrate the mafia. Or you say, what is it like, what is this? What's its mafia, this is a book, and then you can define the book of what it is. So So now he's going to get into what is a human being? What's the mafia? What is it a human being man here to the insane, man here to cliche into sort of a Sorachi. Let's see, it's me used to be a reality he Kasota to 16 will save you one min gel, when we ha. So that the essence of the Quiddity of everything is acquired through its form that distinguishes it from all other things, like the form of a knife, or a sword, or a ninja. So So these, those three things are are can be used, all of them can be used, I
mean, for different things, but generally they're they're they're weapons really. Right. They're blades of some sort. So the main job, you use it to harvest wheat or harvest corn, the scythe, I think scythe or scythe?
So so the Ninja is is that, that that's what you use to harvest the sore used to, you know, fight usually. And then the 16 can be used for fighting, or for many, many, it's one of the most beneficial tools that humans have. There's tools that the Arabs called and let
the Moorhead lads are the tools that if you have them, you don't need anybody. That's what they say, you can go wherever you want. I like to share if you have the mullet, hello, hi Sasha. Like, and it said that the atom i They sent him came down with the anvil and the hammer when he came to the earth, that that was, that was the thing he needed to because we're toolmakers this is we're unique. There are many, many creatures build houses, but no creatures use tools.
Right? Not not like humans, we make tools. So these are the lat so so so you know us the different you can tell the difference between a sword and a knife.
By its form, I mean, obviously you get to a point where it gets fuzzy. So is it a hill or is it a mountain? I mean, these are this is where fuzzy logic comes in. But generally, you know, headache and Matan have their own. You know, generally you can see something clearly for what it is and that's the form of a thing.
What am I counted in Santa Cruz Ain? Better no muscles, we're on a call kimono. bahala Jota. An antibiotic od in your heart, champagne, VEDA. So way to one of two female Rojava Corona who said she didn't. So the human being is is a is is is both a sentient being but also an immaterial being. So we have we're sentient and immaterial, same time we're both spiritual and material. And he said this is what Allah meant when he said I'm creating a human being from clay. So there's our materiality
fee that's a way to win a trophy him and Rohit, there's our spirituality. So when we fashion the clay and then breathed into it,
the soul from the amount of Allah. So that's *a Allah who says he didn't that's what makes us worthy of the the the honor that the angels were commanded to show us is that we're unique, the mansha and our Hulk and Aha, we made the human being a different creation. We're a completely unique creation, Allah has made us completely unique. And this is where modern people, they have a spiritual dementia, because they've forgotten who they are. And this is one of the great tragedies of modern people we, we have forgotten that we are that we were created. The Asante took gleam in the best of saturates, the human being was created in the best of statutes. And so that's what he's
saying here is that we're both we have both Well, candelabra has an equally well hidden managers and Sora. So for this reason, he has from both perspectives a a form for Sora to unmask Susan Betania into sobre comity, where are the dopher with Arielle, bye, Bashara annarbor, what the heck. So the the palpable form, the sentient form of that we can see through the sensory of the body is that we're upright in stature, that we have these broad fingernails that we have a denuded skin. So we have we have, you know, the skin is without fur, right? There's no Wabo
like other animals, and then lack visibility, right? That's the Rossum, you guys studied logic so the head
is one not up that's had the time jammy on Mannion, but then you have had the Rossum write the description. So the description is
insane on black. We're reasonable creatures. So those are all from the sentience of the human being will sort of tell Makoto Rouhani an uncle would figure we're we're we're not those are in our the intelligible, immaterial spiritual form is in is in the intellect is in the understanding is in the deliberation is in the speech, those are what makes the human being a spiritual being. And that's why speaking in Hola, Hacohen, this is the truth how, with a mountain contenta con, just like your speaking, because speech is
it has the materiality of sound waves and vocals and an L FOV. But the meanings that are carried in it are immaterial.
Those can only be understood by the intellect. So you can hear if you hear, you know, a crow Ka Ka, I don't know what the crow saying, right? You can hear that. But it's not intelligible to you other than that you can perceive that's a crow, or the owl, who you What's it saying.
But when we speak, and one of the things that that
Wolfgang Smith said, which I found fascinating, he said, If you really deliberate on speech, you will understand that,
that as speech is coming, because where it where it's coming from, we don't know, we this flow that comes out of human beings as we speak, this intelligible flow, and then it comes to you, and then you have to decode it.
Just to understand what I'm saying just these sentences, the sophistication of human syntax of sentences of all the meanings that are embedded in these words, of all the possibilities of the fact that your mind can hear these things and put them all together. This is a complete miracle. And it's immaterial. It's immaterial.
And, and people were doing it every day.
And it's amazing. It's just it's so stunning and so powerful. So that's what he's saying like this is our form that that proves that we are an immaterial being
are no fun in Santa Who will I want to note that so he sent Godwin Menaka you know, the logician said the human being is a rational animal. What um, yeah, I know, but not be a lover than more of Barbie *up but an obedient man and matassa but in San, they didn't mean this vocable that we're articulating? No, they meant the meanings that are being expressed.
That's what they meant by it. *a do Abdullah and Umrah to che via hussy mafia
He, we can we can summarize something by just saying something very particular about it. OB Ashrafi OB already he, we can we we have autonomy we can we can say oh, the White House announced today. I mean Whoa.
Like, if you thought about that, like how we use these, these these metaphors,
you know, the pen is mightier than the sword? I mean, how did you how did you understand that? Think about that, really? How did you understand that? How do you understand what the symbol of a pen means? In relation to the symbol of a sword? Because that's not literal. That's just saying that intelligence is mightier in reality than force.
Right, but how do we get how are we able to derive these meanings from these things? It's this is the secret of the human being.
Codec Surah Tirana. So I can say Surah Rahman. And look what that means to you.
I mean, there's some this is amazing, that a human because now you can think Febi Ayala, Arabic chromatica divine, you can think all these things that are that that that I evoked by simply saying Surah Rahman, or arrows or Quran, the bride of the Quran, all these things that come from that or Surah Yusuf Oh, the 12th chapter, right, the chapter that was revealed, that tells the story, the only chapter in the Quran, there is a contained story. There are many things just from Surah to use of saying that it evokes all of these meanings. Surah Lee laugh Quraysh
The Padres are named after the shark. You know that they have San Jose Sharks, because they use teams like sharks is a name because they're fearsome. So the Arabs called the Padres. They named that. I mean, it was one man was named porridge, but the tribe became bento Quraysh. Right? Because the shark is the most awesome beast in the ocean. More more, the great white shark is That's it? No. And he knows it, too.
He knows it like these, you know, you see these Falcons around here, if you've seen some of the red tailed
hawks, I mean, I've seen them perched up on these trees and they know they're at the top of the food chain. I mean, you could just see it in them. Whereas the poor little squirrels like petrified, terrified that a hawks gonna get him. Right, but that Hawk is just up there. He's not afraid of anybody just looking around. I mean, they they go I think it's like they're well over 100 Miles probably there go like 200 miles per hour when they dive on their prey. You know, and they're, you know, the how that knows that beak is like that. So because so the air doesn't go in, because it would blow out their lungs. So the so the beak is designed so they can dive like that. So, you know.
So that's from chorus, elite, alpha, correct all those meanings that came out of the 11 Chorus just thinking about coloration animals and that in Sanyo Caruana, Thorburn Amazon warehouse, the human being can be looked at from two perspectives general and specific for the arm and your candy coating Montes, Obama must be a coated figure was diverted to MC you can look at it like he's upright. He has the ability, the potentiality for thought he benefits from knowledge. And then I'll Haas and you call him an arahant hack for a TATA do those who actually know the truth. So the arm the general,
humanity has potentialities. They have the form of the human, they have the potential, but then you have those, those special people, the elite, who actually know the truth and believe the truth, and they do virtuous action but higher or higher, are they no good that I made a hole and they act accordingly? There has to be what started here, what am Kenny based on his ability and his
capabilities? Well, how the man you're the father of Venus, this is a meaning that people are there, they they vary in this.
So so some are better than others. We had to file a tuna fee to have our timber either. And they distinguish themselves with with great, great
distances from each other in these things. Well, there has to be tacit, he has to put in sanea in achieving this. The human being warrants humanity, they they deserve to be called a human being. Well, he had to out the alhfam office but in San it's those that engage in those actions that are peculiar to the human being the Auto Finance Act, thorough insanity, it's admin finance, and this is why we say he's more human than he is. He has more humanity than he does. Well, come on, you're on
In Santa Ana Laura Vainio Kadota her Haiwan are not on our chain and, and just as the human being can be looked at from these two perspectives
in when we say that the human being is a rational animal, we can look at that from two perspectives, we can look at it from a general perspective, you would rather be human. At naughty he is defatted happy with Haley Cody could insana who had cats have donated photos with him off. And that is in terms of the potentialities that are distinct, like benefiting from the truth and goodness. For instance, we say the human being is a writer, unlike the horse or the donkey, who will lead the vehicle Once he is defeated to kitab. In other words, he has the potentiality to be a writer whether he writes or not, well, hoss you Rodopi man Hassan Al Hapa Takata, who will hire for me to Whoa,
come on your car was Aidan who had captured during the Amazon a who and matassa B and Medicare tab and then you have the the specific of it. So when we say that he has actually achieved the truth and believed it or he has achieved virtue and acted accordingly, or we say Zaid is is a writer whereas Ahmed is not. In other words, he has he he is he has the knowledge of writing. Well, Kenya automata who Abdullah how to attain and like that we say the servant of God from two, the first one you ought to be here Haiwan and we're already fit Sam our Marilla in the first one, we mean the animal that is exposed to the obligations or the decrees of the commands of God
or Tessa Olam. yourtesting Whether they obeyed the dictates or not. When was shouto Arabia already to add in could no man for some hour, two hours in Agile Rahmani Abda everything in the heavens of the earth will come to the rock man the merciful as a slave a servant. So that's what he's saying everybody whether they like it or not, they're Abdullah.
But then there's the hos whoo hoo and more testimony. AlAmiri later, Anabelle thoroughly. This is the one who adheres to the commandments of Allah in in actuality, come on, out of subhanho in Geneva, the laser like anahim sopin. Allah says to ship on might you have no authority over My servants? What Kedah yoke? I don't know how Yun was semicolon. Well, I'll see you on what multicolumn we're actually don't have a clue that a kind of a chain. And like that we say he's living he's hearing he's seeing he's speaking He's intelligent. We say that in two different ways. The first one you're caught in a general way. And that means that he Lima la HYAH at Haiwan er, he
has animal life. Let's see B had his so he's sentient with the high yield he can imagine he's got perception, when Newzoo inclinations was Shaohua appetites when even yes ma Swati can hear things when when you use their color one he can see things See he can perceive colors. He can hear sounds when he when you've heard Kapha may already do he can speak and and say to you know help others to understand what he wants when he might not hold over ality as well had technique. So, he has all of the these potentialities that the the obligation hinges upon what Thani but the second is what is said for the elect. You know, these are not the general population but these are the people that
Allah has chosen. Well who will the mullah will hire there? There? They're alive allottee in rock subarea Colita Anna Leon Theremin Kana HYAH This is to warn the one who is alive.
So it's talking about the movement whose heart is alive woman can make you attend? Yeah, now who would that Anala who Nora and Yoshi be Vaness the one who is dead and we brought him to life. In other words, he was dead to spirituality. And then he was brought to life by faith what I was similar the way he has Mohawk icon Marcola he can hear the realities of the intelligible so he can contemplate the afterlife infinity he can contemplate the divine attributes. What about Sierra and he has intersite had his severe severely through it Allah Anibus era I'm calling to Allah with this intersite with which is also these proofs. Let's see how you did recollective alright. So he can
understand the the attivo rods right. So they are more or less at Bahria these are the the things that can be understood through through intelligence.
They have the existence in the in the intelligible realm. Will the Santa dBu read the tabby cat and the tongue that can can can articulate that
The realized realities were here Latina Falah who had kufra tell Johanna these are the things that Allah has negated for disbeliever ignoramuses disbelieving ignoramuses if you're out here to Ana SumoMe Bookman on uniform lie up you don't they are blind their death done dumb and blind and they do not. They do not perceive they have no they don't perceive they they don't realize they don't have they're not using their intellects.
so I wanted to ask about, you mentioned that the apple, it sort of this light that we have within us, right. But you also gave the definition, that blue sort of taking the modern world today where it's understood as this cognitive faculty that helps us maybe toward like more pragmatic ends.
And I wanted to ask, in the traditional sense, when we speak of the apple, or the intellect,
words like for ad lib, calm, they come to mind. And it just seems like there's this inherent like spirituality within the occult, where it's today, we've sort of removed it, and it doesn't really exist anymore. So how does that sort of impact the the way in which maybe people who are using their intellect today, they come to an understanding of reality? Well,
Allah gave us the apple in order to know the truth.
So it has its practical
purposes, which, which obviously, and this gets in we were talking earlier with the class in the moral philosophy about the
the moral virtue of Hikmah, which is
in my metaphysics, he calls it Hikmah Emelia, what we call in English prudence, so that that's very useful. And people who aren't believers can have a certain level of, you know, obviously, do things intelligently
in the practical realm, but the what what he's talking about is the alcohol which is designed, was was created by Allah subhana wa Tada to actually perceive the map pullets to perceive reality is these haka. And that is, there's the, you know, there's, there's, there's, there's a Imam out of Azadi talks about this, because he went through the, the Archon. Like, he took the aka to its extreme, you know, he mastered the, what they call the ultimate Achillea of his day. So he, he was, he was a master debater, he could do all these things. But then he realized that he was sick. Like he was spiritually sick. And he wanted to get not he wanted to transcend the Octagon and get to, to
the rule, right to to perceive reality, which is, which is the name of the awkward when it's directed towards little hands yet, right? So it has these different names. And he set out on that path, and he's heard yet the design because he proved it. He proved that if you do the work, in our tradition, you will get the results if you do the work. And that's why in that way, one of the hallmarks of modern science is what Karl Popper called falsifiability. Like in modern, what they say science is falsifiable. In other words, you know, if you say that water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, or zero Celsius at sea level, so that's a scientific fact. How is it a fact? Well,
empirically, we can go down to sea level, and we can freeze something if we have the right instruments to do this. We take water and then bring bring that water down to zero Celsius, and it will freeze and it will do it every single time. It won't do it at negative one Celsius, or positive one Celsius won't, it will always be at zero Celsius, if we could get it at three our machines broken right? But that that is falsifiable. So in
unless you can test it, it's not science. And that's why for us, the spiritual path is scientific, because it's been tested many times. And the same things happen to the people that set out on this path, the same experiences the same, and also the same pitfalls. Because just like science can go wrong, spiritual experiences can go bad, which is traditionally why people needed guides to help them in these things. So, so that's, that's, that's the reality is that,
you know, the intellect is designed to know God, and to know God. And there's obviously there's to knowledges of God. There's, there's salvific knowledge, which is just to know that God exists, and to believe in God and then to believe that that ALLAH SubhanA wa, Donna has sent messengers and those messengers have consistently come with the same essential messages there Shetty as differ because of different times and places. But the essential message is the same. They told us that there that there's one God, they told us that that there's a day of judgment that we're going to be resurrected. And then they told us that there's a hell of a paradise. And then they, they gave the
guidelines of their Sharia. But then there were those things that were universal, in terms of, you know, the, the two fundamental laws of all religious traditions are two fundamental laws. The first law is, do whatever you promised to do. And that's all of Civil Code is under that law. And the second law is, do not harm anybody in their person or property. And that's tort law and criminal law. So those are the two fundamental laws. And all the prophets taught those same things. They taught those same things. So so our prophets is Sam is the last prophet, he's the final prophet, he's, he's the prophets, Elijah said, if that came
Kapha you know, the nasty Kapha he came for all of humanity. And he's unique in that.
Even Christ said that I've only come for the lost sheep of the tribe of Israel. I mean, his his tradition was universalized and I mean, there's a you know, a verse in John But John's a late gospel
of going preaching the gospel to all the nations but I mean Christ was he was a he was the Messiah of the Jews and they rejected him
our our privatize them is for everybody. So accepting that is that's the salvific path to God. If you if you just know that and believe that and and do your best, you're gonna be saved. The way of sanctification is a more arduous path. It's the way of the saints it's the way of the the you know, the Cydia clone and the Shuhada. And, you know, those people that Walmart that are coming up about those are the people of the steep ascent. You know, they want to know God here
in a real way, and and
and that's and the intellect has that capacity, that that's what Allah has given us. That's why it's so important. And knowledge is important because without knowledge, it's very dangerous. The prophesy Sam said, Fuck it, why don't I shut down under Showtime and LV avid 140 is more dangerous. He's more harsh on shaytaan. More difficult for shaitan than 1000 devotees devotees are very easy to lead astray. They're very easy to lead astray if they don't have knowledge. They're very easy. The Sufis are the easiest group to lead astray, or the Sufis
without knowledge, and a suevey without knowledge is that's why the rock said just avoid Sofia and Jahad, the ignorant Sufi,
to solve has to be coupled with knowledge. If there's no knowledge, then it's a disaster, but they're very easy. And that's why they, they're the people that fall victim to a lot of innovations, but it's very easy. Because they don't, they're devotees. They love devotion, but they end up like I mean there's Sufis that you know they sing all night and then they don't pray Fajr
I've seen that so I know it's real.
Like that we'll just sing all night have mo lives and in shot and then they sleep through Fajr
is better to sleep the whole night and pray Fajr guarantee 100%
So and then they there's a lot of these charlatans you know that do these things that are very
I was in Wales and they told me oh, there's this Sufi Sheikh here, who doesn't come to Juma because he says he prays with the Prophet in his, in his apartment.
So I just told him, I said,
he's, he's, he's not telling the truth.
First of all
of what Hanifa says, You have to have at least three.
Yeah, but the prophesy ism is not going to pray Juma in Wales.
Anyway, you know, it's just sad people, you know, they and either they're deluded, I don't know, or they're just liars. You know, there are liars out there. The worst type of people are the people that tell these lies, you know, religious, they're like that I'd rather have a mafia don any day of the week, then then a religious charlatan any day of the week. Because it religion charlatan the mafia, you can get over if they, you know, if they like shook you down, you know, like racketeering, you could get over that little trauma, but the religious charlatans, they can really create great trauma in people. And people lose their faith because of bad experiences with false teachers.
So it's funny, he talks about how the sensible body gives rise to a certain form, right, which is, you know, upward and saturated blood, fingernails. But he also includes the property of visibility, right? I've often heard this explained as a property of the intellect better than the sensible body. Do you know why he includes it under this sensible body? Because it's one of the, it's related to the laughing is something that you can't really control. I mean, you can fake a laugh, but a real laugh of the heck is something that you can't really control. So it's, it's, it's something that's in the body.
You're gonna, you're gonna see, I mean, you could be laughing inside. But that would be a metaphor.
Like somebody who says something tongue in cheek. That's more that's, you know, but laughing as we understand it to take the literal definition of laughing. It's if I if I tell a joke, you know, why did the chicken cross the street? You know, to get to the Starbucks.
So now you laughed, right? Because that's what comedians do. They always when they don't get a laugh, they say, Hey, nobody laughed, and then people laugh. Right? So what what is that thing that you that you laugh? You know, it's just, it's an uncontrollable thing that manifests in the body. Yeah, so in that way, I mean, it takes the intellect to get the joke. Right?
Or to reject the joke, if it's a bad joke, like that one that I just told. Right? So but but if you if you tell a good joke, you know, like, like the, the blonde lady that was pulled over by the police officer, and the police officer was blind to blonde too. And then she she says, I need your driver's license. And she says, What's that? She said, It's in your purse. It's small. It has your picture on it. So she goes in her purse and she finds her little mirror you know, for makeup. And she gives it to her and she looks at it. She says Why didn't you say you are a police officer
so there I guess you laugh. Yeah, there's a little better than the other one.
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donate any forum online. You have a couple of questions from online. The first one says, you mentioned that the self is the greatest enemy. Can I didn't I didn't set the prophesies. I'm said that. Yeah. The prophets Allah Allahu alayhi wa sallam said that the self is the greatest enemy. Yeah. Can you please speak to the modern idea of the importance of self love? And the ways that it is nurtured? I mean, that's a really interesting question. Because on the one hand,
it's very important to have a kind of,
you don't want to fall into self loathing, which is not healthy. But you also don't want to fall into narcissism, which is very unhealthy. So they're both problems, like, hating the self, feeling bad about the self, and also
being in love with the self. So
Rob said that it's natural to love yourself. And I think you have to I mean, we, we shouldn't want
for others what we want for ourselves, but primarily, it's, we have to want for ourselves, good, pull, unphysical Save yourselves, what have you come and then your families, but the, the most important thing is yourself, if you haven't saved yourself, then you're wasting your time trying to save anybody else. So from that point of view, it's good. But on the other hand, we have a very unhealthy self esteem movement, which is making everybody feel good about being completely less than mediocre, achieving nothing. And
in reality, people know something's wrong. So they do all this self esteem. You know, I mean, I saw this when because when I was young, you had first place second place, third place. So but when my sons were doing martial arts, I went to the first tournament, I went with them, and they gave everybody a trophy. And I just, I couldn't even believe it. It's like, what is going on? Everybody got a trophy, and it was all for self esteem, because kids feel bad that they didn't win.
That's the whole problem of the equity movement.
Because the prophesy, Sam said that as our Almighty behavior, Marta Falah to my OMA will remain in a good condition as long as they they have differences amongst them, you know, there's there's savvy upon an overblown, minimal hygiene, what Ansara, they have a MACOM that will never achieve, we will never get there.
But even amongst them Abubaker had a MACOM, none of them could get they couldn't touch him.
All my hotmail com, they couldn't touch him.
So even amongst the Sahaba, the Ramadan, and as he said, he asked the Prophet once, you know, he said that he thought that, that he was the one that that the Prophet loved the most. Because when the Prophet spoke to people, they always thought that they were the most like, the one he loved the most. That's and it was genuine, obviously, the prophesies. Because he gave people his full attention.
And so when he asked him, you know, he said, I Bobak on and then Oh, my God, and then, and then he realized, like, I'm way down the list. Right? So So that's important to know, there. And there's nothing wrong with that, you know, one of
a really wonderful Catholic saint, her name is St. Teresa. She was a French saint. But she was a
she died very young and in a monastery. But she said that, she realized that she could never be like the great saints. So she said it because she couldn't do great works. So she decided to do little works with great love. So she's called the Saint of little works with great love. And that's the beauty of our deen is that whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever conditions you're in, you can get close to Allah.
You can get close to Allah, but don't envy people. I'm not there scholars. I wish I had the knowledge that Chef Abdullah bin Beja has, I wish I had the memory that Chef Mohammed doesn't want to do has, I wish I had but I don't envy them. I'm happy for them.
Why should I envy them? Allah gave them but he gave me things And Alhamdulillah I should be content with what he gave me and ask him for increase. And but but um, you know, scholars, there's a lot of envy amongst scholars. And it's really sad because what you're saying is like, Why did God give that person that and he didn't give it to me. And Allah knows where he puts his message. So so it's just it's
It's important just to be humble. And but know that you can get close to God you don't have to be a scholar. You don't have to be. I mean, somebody was telling me the other day that you know that
they weren't praying totally Yeah, you know, and and I said well
just you know do two rakaats with a lot of gratitude and love
you know, just to
and and and I quoted what Chef Ibn Al Habib said, a sort of BNF Sikka severe RFP, the K Akona Serova. Be shoki go easy on yourself so that your journey is with a lot of passion. Like you have a lot of yearning and desire for God, for in Naraka, titanium and more hibi of bottlemen elfin men have at home, because to rakaats done with love is better than 1000 without love.
So, you know, people,
people just should find that, you know, that balance in themselves, don't fall into self loathing. There's a wonderful story of Malia Larrabee where a man came to him and he said, he said, I'm nothing I'm nothing. And he said, Don't say you're nothing Don't say you're something say Allah.
You know, don't because saying I'm not saying it's like the more than and the Imam you know, that story. The the
Imam was praying. And then he, like, had an epiphany fell down. He was just saying, Allah Allah. And then the wedding came and he said, spawn the Imam. If, because he was saying, I'm nothing, I'm nothing. And they said, if the Imams thinks he's nothing, what am I, I'm just I'm wide open. So then he falls down. He say, I'm nothing, I'm nothing. So then the guy who sweeps the mosque comes in. And then he sees the Imam saying, I'm nothing. I'm nothing more than saying I'm not that so he falls down. I'm nothing. I'm nothing. So the mom looks at the weather and said looks, look who thinks he's nothing.
Sorry to get a laugh out of this crowd. Anybody from Cleveland?
Anyway, any other questions? We have one more question. How did our society go from governing ourselves based on our intellect to where we are now?
Well, it depends on how
I think that's the only answer. Just following passions.
The Prophet SAW I sent him said that Michael Mann at NAFSA the fool is the one who just lets his knifes his ego, his passion, follow his passions. So you know, the opposite is the one who, even Arabic Alcala means to restrain the verb. That's why the Bedouin, what that the hobbling chord of the camel is called a pod. So yeah, keto is to hobble the camel. So if you if you think of your animal soul is a beast of burden, you know, you're you're, you're the animal, the body and the animal soul, the what wants to eat and drink and
that is your vehicle for the soul to get to the destination. And but you need to humble it so that it doesn't go astray. So that's the meaning of often
you know, it's, it's, it should constrain the lower self and in constraining the lower self, the openings come from Allah subhanaw taala.
That's, that's how you get openings. The voodoo hat, Allah can open up for people, give them insights, you know, just speaking of insights, wahama I wanted to mention this. So
I was looking at this line from the Hamza what a muds is that I'm feeling a lot of mud lady
what your Allah hopeful and hovawart Raja so he says that his two feet became
swollen from staying up in the night praying the pros, the ladies and to God was his hope and his his fear and his hope.
And in the commentary, they've been hijacked and hated me said something amazing. He said that the prophesy some you know when he was older because you can get what they call venous stasis
in when you stand for a long time, the fluid will
will cause you can