Quranic Themes – Episode 12 – Showing off
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alaminos salatu salam ala nabina Muhammad Ali early he was happy with mine. Firstly salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Welcome to another session of Quranic themes. And last time, we discussed about arrogance discussed about cable discussed about people's
people feeling that they're on top of each other
way high above others. And this is a, a model of the disease of the heart that runs through a lot of problems that we have on the earth. Another one that we're going to discuss today, which is very rife in today's time, is Aria, which is showing off, okay, or doing things for oneself, and one's own image, and one's own promotion, and one's own attraction of attracting people to oneself, rather than doing it to for for Allah sake. So the Quran has got many verses, where Allah azzawajal has talked about mata bartylla, which means to do something for the for, to please Allah to get the pleasure of Allah. So the movement of the believer, according to the Quran, will go through his life
or will go through her life, trying to make sure that whatever he is doing, she's doing it is to try and get a lot of pleasure. And a lot of pleasure comes above others. And what happens to people who want to attract others to themselves, is that they're more concerned about how other people are going to judge them. And this runs through not only doing good actions, but even when they are trying to
even when it comes to bad actions, some people will actually do bad actions because what will other say? So this phrase, what will others say? That becomes so deep in their minds, that they will do anything to please people
and people pleasers, you know, that they're in, they're in great loss. Okay. So, let me just give you certain ions, okay. And this will make it clear. Because what happens to people and this is, in most of our communities, people do this. So you know, they say that while others are doing it, so I'm going to do it. What are you doing, you just you just pleasing people, and the laws of jail has said in the Quran, a phrase that he that is really
goes to the heart of all of this allows, he praises the believers. And he says, in an eye of the Quran, this is Surah number five, iron number 54. Allah says that one of the things about the believers he says, while ah ha funa lo Mata Allah, Allah says that they do not fear, the blame of people or the blame of the one who's going to criticize them, they don't they don't fear this criticism that's gonna come towards you. Now, one of the things of people pleasers is that they want to please everyone, or they want to please as many people as they can. And the more they think that the more people they please, the further they're going to get in life. Whereas it's actually the
opposite is true. You cannot please everyone, you can't please everyone. Um, there's a famous, you know, story. It is not a true story, but it's a story that actually makes you think I heard this when I was young. And I thought so Hannah, you know, it is, you know, I kept this in my mind for life that you know what, you know what, whatever you do, you can't please everyone doesn't matter who you are on this earth. You cannot please everyone. And you've got to start off life with that, that that I'm going to displease a lot of people in life, if I'm going to be who I want to be. And I'll please, a good portion of people in life, but then I'm going to displease other people
eventually, if I carry on being a people pleaser. So the story is, there's the man and the donkey. What happens is he goes with his donkey, and the man is donkey and he's got his son. So the man is actually old. He's an old man, his son is a young boy. And what happens is, in the beginning, the the old man is riding the donkey and he has like his young young son, he's walking along with him. Okay, because it's gonna be too much for for the donkey to take too. So when they pass the first village, the villagers look and they say, Ah, look at that. Look at that, old man. He has no mercy for his young son. He's riding the donkey but his young son is is walking. So when they hear that
the old man says, Hey, son, you know, let me get off, you get on. Okay. So so his son gets on he gets off the bus, by the
Next village The village is looking at huh look at this young man is young he can walk here he could walk Why does he have mercy on the on his own father put him on the donkey so the father thought you know oh my god okay son you know what let's do something yet you come down and I'll come down and let's basically just just just walk both of us side by side of the donkey so they don't make that comment so the past by the third village and third we said what stupid people they are they could at least one of them could get on the donkey right what stupid people they are so then you know they passed the father said this is not working okay let's let's do one thing here. Let's let's get
myself and use of both we both get him on the donkey so both of them get on the donkey. Fourth village they pass by that and
people they have no mercy on the donkey right the poor donkey carrying two of them.
So then they the father gets off and he says to some kind of locked door he said we tried it. We tried you. Okay. They talk we tried me they talk we tried both of us off the top we tried both of us on they told us he said there's only one thing to do right? So he got some rope out he tied the donkeys legs and he tried the other legs at the front. And he picked two of the legs of the donkey and his his son picked the two legs of the donkey. And now the donkey
you can imagine what happened by the time they got to the fifth village rather say oh my god, what stupid people these are right. They're supposed to use the donkey to carry them they're kinda donkey. Right? So So the thing is, if you run into trying to please people, doesn't matter how hard you try, they're gonna say something or another. Okay, so you can't please everyone. This Now once you've understood this, you've got to understand that Allah azza wa jal he praises the believers by saying you don't fear the criticism of those who are gonna blame you because people will always say something about you. This is life. People will always say something even if they even if you do
something right they will say something about you you're doing something wrong Of course they're gonna say something about you. So you've got to lead your life according to who you think you know what your principles are now as believers according to our principles, our morality law, which means that anything that we do, we want to find the pleasure of Allah azza wa jal now let me give you an idea of the Quran reference, so that you can find find this inshallah later on so so number two item number 265. Allows origin says that we're methadone levina una Amala home and the example of those people who spend their wealth who give give their wealth amaravati law so that they can seek the
pleasure of Allah azza wa jal What have we done unfussy him so that they can solidify their own self Now what happens is when you do it for a loss sake, you actually make yourself solid on the earth. Why? Because when people follow let's say, Look, when people follow others, and every time they follow others, what happens is that eventually you're going to feel that if I've got this person's pleasure, I'm fine. Now what happens after a while is people's mood changes, okay? People moods change people's you know, people's ways change people's cultures change okay? Let's just look at look at styles of hair. Okay, let's look at stars and how many stars have we had in the last 40
years? Okay, in the 70s you had hair that was you know, over the is okay. That was the hair in the 80s it got a bit shorter in the 90s got really short by got to the naughties and people are having all sorts of you know, trimmed haircuts having hair on top, you know, above and so on. Then the beard comes into fashion. Okay, now Now recently is like that beard has come into fashion. Now you say you look at all these young stages you see them you say Mashallah, he's got a beard. But then you got so many styles of dead. And a lot of these youngsters and I question melas we'll give them sincerity. Say I mean, but a question why the keeping the beard.
Because if you keep the beard for fashion sake, then you're doing it for people say, and you got to always follow the fashion. The moment you're out of fashion, people are gonna start looking, looking, looking. But if you follow allows pleasure and you don't care about anyone, first people will criticize you. First people will say to you, how are you Sufi, your moolah, your molvi these people say all these things just to just to put you down. But after a while when you stick to your principles, then people give you a lot of credit. Because this is what this is what the private sector is when you follow Allah zwei then you actually solidify yourself amongst people that I'm not
here for you, you you you are so and so or this culture or that that nation or that people I'm not here for that. I'm here for Allah sake. And what that does is that it gives you a lot of respect and
And people respect you for who you are. Now, these beard styles that they've got, you know, you find some of them, you know what beard style will be that they'll keep a thin beard, okay, all the way down all the way around. Okay? Another one will be, they'll keep a goatee beard, okay, just just around here. Another one will be that they'll keep a beard. When it comes down here, then it goes across the cheek. And a little bit down here. There's all different styles and fashions of God, but what they're doing is they're trying to please people. Another one is you just keep a little bit here. Another one is that you keep size two or size one or size three years size one here, whatever
you do, you do it because you're trying to get as particular style. Now if you follow the sooner if you follow the Sunnah of the beard, and then follow the sun all the way and you will get respect in the end, because people will look at you as a person who's who's who's following, you know, following the best of what we've got, which is we've only got one God, that is a large region, and you've got the best of human creation, that is awesome. And you're following that. So you following the best celebrity you can ever have. Okay? People Subhanallah they look at these football stars, they look at these, you know, other stars on on social media, and whatever the highest style is,
they want to copy that hairstyle because they've got the, they've got that now, it's not cheap to get these hairstyles, people are spending a lot of money, these young boys will spend a lot of money just to get that hairstyle. And then they'll have to change it again to the new hairstyle. So that you know, and what happens when they've got the new hairstyle. Or when they've got the new thing. Then everyone's talking about them. Everyone's looking at them. Everyone's given them an attraction so on but you know what is for a moment. Because as soon as you get left behind, you've lost that respect from from those people. And people will leave you behind now what kind of life is that, that
every week, every month? I have to change something just to keep in your books. Why? I remember years ago, you know, I always wear these clothes, you know, wherever I'm going. And I remember walking out there somewhere. I think he was in North London somewhere. And a black guy saw me he's not a Muslim, black. So and I think he was a bit of a like a Rastafarian type of black person looked at me. And he said, so I want to wear this clothes. So I'm like, yeah, with respect, respect for I'm thinking, why do you say respectful said, as far as as for people other than lose the respect, they change the cloth, they change everything. As for you, you keep your respect. That is true. You know,
society has changed, time has changed. But if you were something which you identify yourself with a certain time, then you have got respect, because you've got values, the whole thing is you've got seven values. And if you've got those values, then people will give you respect for that. And what's happened today is that, you know, with the social media, it's gone to another level, this is real, this showing off to people has gone to another level, like no other time. People have to people have to, you know, take photos of everything, or photos of everything, every moment, there's got to be some kind of photo. And they've got to you got to really ask yourself, why Why are you doing this,
because if you're doing this, okay, fine, you know, a photo here and a photo there just to show someone, that's fine. But if you're doing it constantly, because you want people to look at you, you want people to admire you, you want people to sort of, you know, look at you as the person that everybody should talk about that everybody should should should look at that, then you're running into a problem. So this thing about having selfies, selfies, selfies all the time, and I don't know if you've noticed or something, okay, most of these people who take selfies, they're always smiling, which is fine. But you know what, they don't smile that much in their lives. The only reason they're
smiling is because when they when others will see them, they want to see, see them happy. And then they run into trouble. Because when you look at the Facebook, you know, post on the Instagram posts and so on, you kind of see that, you know, they've got a lot of likes, and a lot of people looking at them, and they've always put those, not the brilliant clothes, the latest clothes at smartest thing that they've got the faces looking beautiful. And they've taken so many different pictures of these all the time that it gives you an image that this person is like this.
And the truth is they're not like that. They can smile like that. No, no, no person smiles that much. Okay, I wish you do, okay, but they don't. And they give a fake image, then they have to live up to that image. Now you're in a competition, because you've put yourself up there people expect you to be up there. Now you have to live a life to be up there. And it and it's hard. It's hard and then they go into depression mode. Are they going to you're feeling bad about themselves because they think I'm not getting as many likes to get my next few likes. I have to next few you know, whatever it is I have to make sure that I do something new then usually
Start doing something silly. There are a lot of these young people now who've got into a life where they'll do silly things just to get their attention.
And and they're ruining their reputation. They ruin the future and others laugh at them. Others give them likes, but what do they get? In the end, they don't get respect. In the end, you don't get true respect for over a few years, once you do something silly, and you put it onto social media. And people have seen that people, they will post
Look what I've cooked. And I'm thinking, yeah, that's once a week you've cooked a once a month of code. I don't know what what you're cooking. But why do you have to send photos to everyone of all the things that you're eating? I mean, one thing is there's the evil eye.
Do you guys understand? The answer the evil eye? Yeah, there's evil I if I'm ever gonna send a photo of my food, I'll tell the people who've taken the photo, I'll say that send it after 48 hours. I want to make sure that that food has been digested. Dennison Yeah, because you send the picture right now people see that the mouth is watery.
They've given you the evil eye and you're they're eating it. La La La quwata illa de la, you're gonna get food poisoning my friend. Oh, you're gonna, something's gonna happen to your stomach.
People send these pictures. They don't realize they send pictures of their houses, their cars, their families, their you know, the, what are you doing?
Well, one thing is you're not doing all of this for LASIK. That's for sure. You know, shopping my whole life to people. Look what I've got, I've got this car, I've got this holiday, I've got this house, I'm doing this and you're sending all of that constantly to people. You're increasing the level of, of
jealous people you have in your life and straight up, the more gifts people know that you have on this earth. And the more you advertise that, the more you have attracted the jealous people on this earth, and the more jealous people you have, okay, so you can start counting how many jealous people you've got. And once people get jealous of you, then you've got now enemies that are that are wanting to have these things to go away from your life, or they will give you the evil eye. So you run into further trouble. If you've if you've got whatever you got, look, show a little if you want to show it, there's nothing wrong in showing a few things that you've got fine. But don't don't go
overboard with everything that you will you're going to show to others why you're going to get a lot of people who will become your enemies for no reason. You know, be be considerate of your life. Just because you've got this social media device doesn't mean that you use it to show your entire life. I mean, let's look at it before the social media came before you could take photos and send it to people so easily within a seconds and show them across the whole of the world. Did we did we ever have that kind of life that everybody knows what's what's what you've got? Did you have that guys on Yes or no? No one knew only a few people that are close to you, who came to your house? Who you
allowed them to enter your house? Who knew of you? They were the only few people and even then if you allow them to see what you've got, and you talked about it, they knew what you had. Right now the world is suffering series and I don't know what what problem we're gonna get into next. But a lot of people are feeling down if you know that they don't have enough Why? Because a you're watching others with all the things that they've got. And you think, oh, wow, he's got that. Wow, she's got that. Wow. And people are flicking through Instagram video after video, YouTube video after video video. From the channel, they're looking at the vlogs they're looking at the you know,
the Facebook videos they put there, and they
look my friend. One thing is you don't need to see what's going on in everyone's life. You don't need to see what others have got. Because then you're going to feel that you don't have enough.
And then you're going to feel that you know you're not you're not showing respect to Allah azzawajal showing appreciation for what you've got. So you run into another problem yourself, or you get into a competition with them. And you start to show what you have and all of this is showing off. Tell me how much of this is for Allah sake. How many people do how do people send all of this for a second look, there's nothing wrong in you, you know you having good clothes and so on. Like I said to you the Hadith in the last time that the Sahaba said, and I like to have good clothes and I like to have good shoes. And the prophets of Allah said that Allah loves to see the extent of his gifts on his
service. Allah likes that. That is not what arrogance is. Now showing off is not having good clothes. Look, if you wear good clothes because you like to appear nice in front of others. You know, you don't want to appear scruffy. You don't want to appear. You know someone who's disheveled in front of others, but you want to appear nice in front of others. That's a good thing. There's nothing wrong with that. You want to have a car that is comfortable for you. That is something that you can
You don't have comfort on your journey. It's a little bit expensive of a car. But Allah has given you the money. You bought that there's nothing wrong with that. You buy your car, but if you buy a car, or you bought you have some clothes, where you're trying to score numbers with people, or you're trying to like say, Hey, you know, you're probably saying it. Look there's two. There's two tongues we have you remember this? might have said this, there's two tongues you have you have a listen, we'll call Wallace and we'll have, okay, now you have a tongue which is in your mouth, which you speak with. And there's another tongue you have, which is your body language.
You guys understand? You don't say it with your tongue. But you kind of leave the impression there. So one is to say to someone, hey, what have you got her? Look what I've got. That's like abrupt straight up with your tongue. But another one is not exactly say that. But to mean that so you kind of come out with your clothes or with your style, or with what have you got. And you don't mention anything but it's like
who's bigger now? Who's got more now? You know, that kind of impression that you want to leave your ad? That is same similar to saying it because your intention counts. And what you did there is you're trying to show again, you've tried to show off now the worst happens is what what far worse than this is when that comes into the dean
when it comes to the religion so now law, how law can you go to the internet? Or you go to your when people have gotten done? So Nevada? Let's say for example, the condo Hodge, have you seen them?
Have you seen a Hodge selfie selfie selfie in front of the Kaaba selfie in front of you know, inside, you know, video call, you know, yeah, you know, I mean, toe off right now I'm doing my fourth toe off. I'm going around here. Here's the Kaaba, you know, yeah, I'm just kind of, you know, I know you're in I know, you're all the way in England. You're living in Canada, wherever. But but but since I'm here and you can see the karma I've kind of given you a view of the karma that you see in the Kaaba blah blah blah Ji, I'm giving you full view of this live wherever I am in the harem in Madina, munawwara Look, you know, here's the province and some people go to another extent they they
kind of I don't know, man, they
they, according to this thing is kind of crazy now, hey, I'm not going to talk to you about the permissibility and non permissibility of this but I want to say this that it's going to be crazy people taking all the phones out in front of the processing grave and the following people and say, say this alarm right now
and they're all saying Salaam through the phone now there's loads of these phones going off we tell them hey quickly say the Salah a big favor
Listen, if I want to say Salaam to the province that allows them I can say from anywhere in the world I don't need you a human being to take your phone okay your Samsung or whatever your iPhone all the way to you know the prophets Masjid in front of his grave and then to you know make me say Salaam to that I've got a better way and a quicker way much quicker way much better way and a much cleaner way of sending Salaam to him direct which is what the Muslim said that when I'm gone from this world
of Sahaba asked us asking they said when you when you're alive we're sending Salam on you and we salute you know sending salutations on you What do we do when when you've gone from the earth? So the process a lot some of that's been said when I've gone from the earth and you send Salaam wherever you are, the angels will bring it and present it to me Allah will return my soul to my body. I will I will say the salam to you and then after that finished you got to surrender. So right now I'm here I say Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa it will save you valuable sadly I've said that a lot please send salutations and bless and send you know your Salaam Alaikum Salaam and
his family and on his on his you know sort of why wives or his family or his or his companions and so on. I've said that right now the angels have taken this constraint to Madina munawwara and presented to him
Do I need you with your phone Hey say Salaam right now
and it's concrete some crazy with the era they know they they're doing anything you know during the stoning and so on. Hey, look at this I'm doing this right now. Well if you come to that extent, you know I think the next thing is people are which they've already decided if that time
if thought of Ramadan loads of selfies, pictures, photos, oh look what we having as food for thought.
Why don't you do that man? I mean the person who prepared the data for whose sake or who for who say
Allah sake this was a please Allah right. So why are you advertising what you have
It's a it's a holy time to have a holy moment we know to break your fast and do that. Right did you do for those people outside there that you do not then the next thing is that okay you know when it comes to Salah as well
to show people I mean it's entered already is gone to the stage where people want to show that they are praying so what they do is they'll go to for example, mosquito Aqsa or they'll go to Masjid al Haram. Another we all go to Mecca karma and they'll give the phone to someone and they'll say when I start my Salah, take a picture and pray in front of here. Now I don't mind if this was your private picture. It is your private picture as a way of you reminding yourself I was in this place that's fine. But when you send that picture to others, what are you trying to do?
Because that is that is pure Yeah. That is pure ostentation or is showing off and that to recap you did whatever you did is now in front of others people other people's eyes
and you can't say you done it for the sake of Allah azza wa jal when you when you just showing people you know your your actions and in every other part of the religion people are entering these things okay, now has gone to Lhasa hijab styles
have you have you noticed that? I've talked about beard so some sisters by now go you know crazy on me because of this. This moment? I'm saying yeah, we have talked about beards and people do Rhea would be it's nice time for he jobs.
His job during during a job for what his job is to show is a couple of things that you're showing. One is that you're fulfilling the command of Allah azza wa jal, which is the main thing that Allah told me to cover my head covering my head, that said, I'm being a servant of Allah showing him that I that I that I, you know, obey him finish. That's, that's one of the main things. The next thing is that you're showing people look, this is the reason why hijab is worn. You're showing people that I am going to be a person like Maria, Ra Hassan, that she used, she covered herself, she remained away from people. Now I'm not going to be like purely like because Maria, Allah Hassan, the mother of
hlsl. I've never touched a man in her life. But I am going to at least not allow a man to touch me until it comes to my kneecap time. And I will only touch that man who I do nikka with. And I want to show through this hijab to all the other men that you do not look, you should not look at me with the wrong eyes, you should respect me. Okay, I am covering myself because I am entering a protected fortress, the fortress of all the Muslim brothers and sisters that respect one another, especially the woman who's in hijab, I am now a person who's more Sunnah, okay. And personally, this is the term of the Quran, I am I am coming into a life where I expect all my Muslim brothers to respect me
to not touch me not look at me the wrong way to protect me if I'm in trouble, okay? to not allow any other brothers to also flirt with me, or to look at me in the wrong way and so on. Okay, so this is why I'm wearing the hijab. That's the mark of the hijab.
Now they've taken that job. And what they do is now with the hijab, you have many styles, that's one thing, you know, you have many different styles, but then they put things on it. Okay, they'll get they'll get designer, designer, he jobs with designer, sort of, you know, naming on it. I mean, if you've got designer he job, will the brothers sort of look more away from you? Or probably look more towards you? Can you ask a question? And then they'll put this silver little dangling thing here. That's shining, as they're walking on the job. The kindy on the job? What are you doing again? Are you trying to tell the brothers Don't look at me? Or are you trying to try and tell the brothers do
look at me?
Do you do have to say they've got the jobs where it's like, the the style is one, the color, the then with the hijab of the color will go all the different makeup that they have with the hijab, and it's it's like you've just come off one of those capsules. You know, the fashion designer shows whether the catwalk on the show, but anyway, it's called a fashion designer show. Yeah, where they walking on the red carpet in front of others. They're taking pictures of them. You've just almost come in front of them. And are you seriously trying is the image you're trying to give to all the Muslim brothers? Look, I don't want you to look at me.
I don't want you to look at me. I don't want you to, you know, disrespect me. I don't want you to sort of, you know, you know, flirt with me or, you know, look at me the wrong way with all
Like, you know, I mean, your your makeup is color is matching your job color matching your thing, or whatever. And then you've got your designer thing, and then you've got your, your your glittering stuff, and then you've got all the things that are making the men want to look at you more and more. And the message you're trying to give is Don't look at me. I mean, is that is that is that the message? You're giving me be honest with itself? I mean, this is for the sisters at the mill, what's the message that you're sending out? What is the message that you're actually sending out? So Ria goes into can go into any you know, thing and Rasulullah sallallahu has warned us that it is the
minus schilke of this of this oma some minor shift. People do all sorts of for example, you know, when when you're getting married, oh my god, the man of rehab that goes on a simple marriage. There's so much rehab so much showing off. Marriage is for who said guys, for whose sake, Allah say, the whole nicaya is supposed to be done for Allah sake. And they've now entered so many things that every step of the way there is react from the moment they bring them ittai Alright, Misty, let me tie in the beginning. You've seen these people they bring in especially with the bamboo leaves, okay.
With the with the Rama bamboo, I can say this the amount of Muay Thai they bring?
is I mean, it's probably worth about 100 pounds or over 100 pounds. Okay, the amount they bring that if that family were to eat it, they probably die of diabetes.
Is that right? The property die of diabetes. They can't even they not even if they distributed amongst all the relatives and others, they still have an issue they have to throw half of your way. Why did you bring that much Ria showing off? Hey, the moment you're doing your mother, okay, the mother will know, okay, my mother, the woman has to have him or her.
But what people do again, is they have a battle with one another of how high they can put them out. Why are you really doing this because of the security of your daughter, daughter? Because of Allah sake? Or are you doing this because you're trying to make sure that people don't criticize you and don't blame you.
People can say Oh, he gave his daughter away for 10,000 pounds only, he only gave for 10,000 pounds, he could have asked for 20,000 or 50,000, he could have thrown in there a piece of land and a piece of this. And how's that? Look, if it's your thing that you want to throw all of that, because you want to get a security for your daughter that's different. But most people out there are doing this purely because they want to match what others are telling them to do. And and it gets you into a lot of trouble. Because then either the marriage breaks, the marriage never happens. These people wanted to marry each other. It never happens because of your because of your silliness, because you wanted
to show off. And a lot of the fathers don't understand this. You know, one thing people can do a lot of damage to themselves is to listen to too many people.
You know, when you listen to too many people, you're in deep trouble. You only listen to a few. And out of the few that you listen to make sure that you go to someone who's who's clued on, and who has the right heart and who's balanced minded. Go to such a person, take your advice, and then go with it go with one advice of one person who has two doctors in their lifetime.
Who says you know when you're ill you say you know what, I'm going to go to five doctors, you got to five doctors, my friend, you're going to mess up, mess yourself up totally. So you're finished. One doctor will say that you should take this prescribed medicine another one's a different one. Another one will say that you can take the rest and get access to another one say something else. If you combine all of them together, you're dead. True. No. You can't combine two doctors about us follow one doctor and you go with his advice. If it works Alhamdulillah if it doesn't, then you stop what you listen from that doctor, you stop his advice. And then you take a different doctor but one
doctor at a time and his full method and prescription at a time. That's what you do. I've seen people they mess themselves up because they take too much advice to to maybe take all their advice or once you are safest they messed up. You might be in a crisis, maybe a marriage crisis might be something else. Okay? So listen to like 10 or 15 people, and all of them of course all of them going to give their own advice. But they're going to give their own different advice. Your job is to know well which one is going to be appropriate for me at this time and whatever works for me.
what happened is they say you know, Harun Rashid, okay, there's one of the kings had ownership. He was you know, he once he became he became ill, and he started to take advice of people.
And after taking advice of people advisor, people took it and then he became even more sick.
And one of the one of the reasons why he became sick is because one of the advisors that gave him advice said that you may not live long
so now he's worried that he might die.
His was his minister, a clever man walked in next day with a bandage around his his arm.
Okay, he walked in with a bandage on his arm. So everyone was telling him all what happened. He said, Well, you know, I hurt myself forever. And then once giving him this advice, when given that advice, or check team, it's all you you should do this and take this advice. You drink this, you take these you do bla bla bla bla bla, gave me loads of advice. Then he came up to heroin, Rashid, he said, Did you hear all advice? He said, Yes. Then the was he the minister took off the bandage and his hand was completely fine. He was faking it.
Because in Zan, he was fake. He totally faking it. He said, Do you see what the problem is? There's too many doctors here.
You guys understand? There's too many doctors or there's too many people giving you advice when they know nothing.
There's only a couple of people that you take advice of in a situation and go with it.
What happens here is he told him he said, Your biggest problem is that you've taken too much advice. And one of them told you that you're gonna die is that you do a favor.
And he said he was the king. He said, he said, What is it bring the man over here Who said that? You know, you're gonna die. a mouthful, you're gonna die from this. So he brought him over
and administered and asked him a question to the person who gave that advice. He said, You told me, he said, When are you going to die?
You said, I don't know when I'm gonna die.
As well, if you don't know when you're gonna die, then why have you put a time on the king and told him he's gonna die.
The fact that you put that thought in his mind, what it does is he actually makes you stop eating. That's what he did. He stopped eating he stopped, he stopped, you know, he stopped taking foods even stopped, stop sleeping, probably because he's thinking that this illness, whatever I've got is gonna make me die. But now you're definitely going to die. Because you put that thought in your head. If the thought was in your head, you'd be fine. Like, I'm telling you a lot of these patients that have got cancer and I've got other things there. An easy way to keep them nice and healthy. Don't tell him that you've got you're gonna die soon. As soon as you tell him, you're gonna die soon, then
they're gonna kill themselves. By not eating by not sleeping by not drinking by worrying, but the stress, the depression, they're gonna kill themselves, and they're gonna die sooner. best thing to do is keep their hopes up. The more you keep their hopes up, the more than three will confide it anyway. What I'm trying to say to you is that people go for advice.
And they go for advice first, say for example is Nick and so on. And they take so much advice of so many people that they mess everything up because somebody will tell him Oh, are you going to make sure that you booked this big hole right?
so that you could Okay, yeah, yeah, I'm gonna do the big hole. And then next minute the God is somebody says, hey, you're gonna book for how many people? So for maybe 200 people is that a ton of people? No, no, you need to make it for 300 people another guy tells in 500 people now he's under pressure. What are you going to do? He's going to keep the old pleased. Okay, this is a problem when you get into this you keep on please. Another one says what are you going to order for food? Oh my God, this man could have just ordered some simple food and fed everybody like maybe three times ahead. He could have fed everyone he's gonna now go into something 10 pounds 12 pounds ahead. Now
you start calculating how much money that becomes is a lot of money. Now he goes out and borrows money for this nikka Why? Because he wanted to please people. You please people. That's why you end up you're going to end up with in real problem. Then the next thing is people tell him, you know, are you going to have another walima? Are you going to do this? Are you going to call someone so are you going to have a good stage? Are you going to decorate like this? Are you going to you know and each person is listening to Oh yeah, let's get this. Oh, let's get that what's the formality Oh, you're gonna have a red carpet that's that you know for the bride and the groom to walk. Okay, let's
get that another 500 panetti or whatever you know, you're gonna get a limousine you got to get that you got to make make sure that this cameraman so now he's gonna spend another 1000 pounds getting all the cameraman to take proper filming and photography. Oh you got to make sure that everybody wears blue on the men's side and pink on the women's side.
Blue on the men's side and pink on the women's side. I feel like bringing up bringing you to me and giving you two black eyes.
If you want to say yeah, you can apply on both sides. No problem. The match. Both sides will match. Blue on the men's side and pink and then the blue has to be a blue. Oh my god. You got to go on the ladies go out there fetch a certain type of blue and they give it to everybody. Okay, this is the one you got to go to the shop and buy this dress or this cloth. You got to cut it and then you got to take it to this tailor and get a specially made
you know how much money is being spent just to keep people happy. Just to keep people happy. And these clouds they're made per person. 100 and something pounds per person. The whole family several 1000s of pounds.
The youngsters the middle ones, the old ones and they only going to worry once in their life.
Once in a while What do you do to please allow you did all of this seriously to please Allah you did this La La La quwata illa Allah, Allah Azza wa Jalla has said You know, one of the things okay let's let's move on to a different type of Ria, Allah Azza wa Jalla has said that there's a big area that happens a big showing off that happens when it comes to even giving sadaqa giving Zakat giving sadaqa Okay, it's in the Quran surah number three, number two, and number 262 you look around that you find it that there are many is talking about that what happens is people give and then people want to show that I gave.
So people want to show this to others, either in a Masjid, they want to they want their name to be mentioned, they want them to be known now allows will have said now the Quran. This is in Surah number two Ayah number
271. He has said into the saga hottie phenomena, he, if you're going to show others that you've given sadaqa, it's a good thing because you can encourage others to give. So when you show others what you've given, or what you're giving, to encourage others, that's fine.
But then Alice is wanting to fool her. But if you hide it, or 200 fukada, you hide it and you give it to the poor people for who is better for you better for you to hide it. Well, you can filter arguments at one level, you know, remove your sins, or longer term aluna hobby and analyze well aware of what you're doing. Now, imagine these people give
and people want to people want the poor people to give them respect. I've seen this. So imagine this. One person goes from here, let's say they go to back to India, Bangladesh, Africa, that's a Ghana or somewhere in Nigeria wherever it is, and they want to give the money. But imagine he said they give the money and they want they looking forward for the poor person to say to them so many kind words are masters Arcola, Hi, thank you. And I really love the fact that you look after me and you're such a generous person and this person Don't
you know, his own ego is being pumped up with his with his words. And he looked forward to this poor person saying these words to him. Next time he sees him, the poor person is going to give respect to him and show them a few more kind words and other poor people will come and then he gives them to and then they look at him with nice eyes and they respect him. And he's kind of feeling inside that you know, such such a wonderful moment, my friend. You're in rehab. This is short enough, straight up. People don't realize people don't realize how subtle it can be. And Professor Lawson said he said a half he said is going to be smaller than the the leftovers of an ant. He said Rhea he warned
us. He said Rhea is his ship, huffy. He said it's the hidden ship. It's a hidden association with making up with making partners with a lot. And they said they said what is that and he said about Ria and one Hadith he told us, he said it is going to be smaller than the leftovers of a an addict. Sometimes you don't even realize it how you've just been react. If you you know, swallow the Roman say, when you've given someone sadaqa when they Thank you, you should say to them now, you say to them, the thanks is on me.
You shouldn't thank me, I should thank you, that you've given me the opportunity to give my zacchara masataka out to you.
I should be thankful to Allah that Allah has given me this wealth, and my fantasies to Allah, I don't want you to praise me. I don't want you to give me all these kind words. Thank you for whatever, but the fact is on me, the fact that I've been able to do this action because there are so many people with money, who don't give sadaqa who don't have the opportunity to give this avocado just holding the wealth. true or not? Yes. So the thanks is you know me I mean, don't don't think that I've done a favor to you know, you've done a favor of me. And I should humble myself in front of you. And I'm and I'm really feeling it at this moment. And feeling that I'm so thankful to Allah
that I'm not you know, I'm not going to say you're not going to say this to the to the poor person but you should feel inside you that I'm so thankful to Allah that I'm in the position of the of the upper hand, not in the position of the lower hand. Professor Lawson has said the upper hand is better than the lower hand meaning that the giver of saga is better than the one who takes it. Although the one who takes it is in need of it fine. But the one who's giving the saga has his he's got the upper hand. Allah has given him a big
gift. And for that you need to thank Allah azza wa jal. So Rhea goes into that these people so Allah they will only give the only only give monies and so on to a place when their name is mentioned when the name is kind of, you know, written down, they want to be known for who they are, they'll only give sadaqa when other people around to show that they've given something, or they will go around later on. And they'll talk about the service they gave. That's real. So that's how I also gave 1000 pounds to this project.
Just a 1,000th
of what you mentioned evil Are you trying to encourage others if you're trying to encourage others and fine say I gave 1000 pounds because I gave 1000 pounds? I want all of you to give 1000 pounds? If you can, that's encouraging others that's fine. But if you're doing it to show you know that that you've done it, that How about aquatalia that's Rhea, Rhea also has taken place in a static knowledge, showing off any static knowledge how people get into gatherings they have if they have, they have certain verses that they that they
know or certain How did they know? They won't tell people on a normal occasion let's say for example is me and you want to one thing I don't want to drop this hadith right now. I want to drop the Hadith at a moment when there's when there's more people because then the people will say wow, how does he know that?
You knew that. And there's people who drop into ostentation for that there's people who drop into rehab because of the way that
these are the other they're all dying to get to the front of the van. The van is the same for every single seller yes or no terminal. ism Yes, yes. So is there a difference in like if you're doing it for Allah sake? Allah had you give the event for us sir. And Allah heard you when you gave the event for Muslim Yes or no? Yes. So why is why? Why did Why are there no fights for the acid Azhar in a Masjid?
You have an apostle in the masjid. People are not competing people not come Hey, let me do that. I saw that in the masjid. Why not tell me
hardly anyone there 15 minutes before you find two or three people in the masjid. The guys have gone to the toilet area will do area hardly any people have come right? So there's no fights for their advantage. And and if you given the Advent for Allah sake, then for you to give an answer is exactly the same as giving a van for Mowgli Do you agree with me? Yes or no? Because the same Allah had you? But why is this so many people trying to compete for Let me tell you what the advantage of maharrey because why? Because everyone sitting there waiting for the Salah.
So they compete for the US for the Muslim one and the Juma one Oh a big fights.
Because why would you man Why?
Because the whole must have is full.
Now the Juma ban is no different from the Father than no different from the Zohar Azhar. no different from the Asada. But people compete for certain events. Why? If you're competing for certain events, let's say for example, you're competing for the Juma one always, but you're not competing for the other one, or for the ones who had people are not there didn't question yourself.
That's showing off.
That's doing it for people because you won't be able to hear the voice and be able to say to you, oh, what a beautiful man and so on. Sometimes it's not because of your voice. Sometimes his mouth is the computer. I don't know why they're competing for me, they don't even have a nice voice.
He's not His voice is for the position
is for the position that I want to be seen by others in this position. And Laila heilala, there's people fighting for the members for this. There's people fighting for their valid place for this, there's people wouldn't even janazah happens. I've seen certain people, they become the the knowledgeable person. Hey, how many lines have you got? Hey, are you standing? Are you supposed to put the money this way? You're supposed to take the disease this way, you're supposed to carry the sword because I'm the one who knows, I'm going to tell everyone what happens. Okay. And if two people like that come together, that day, there's going to be a fight over the grave, who buries
this one this way and that way and so on. The thing is, if there's a knowledgeable person who's more knowledgeable than you, then you just allow them to speak and you stay quiet. Then it's because there are people who've been blessed with more knowledge Alhamdulillah let them come forward and let them do it. People for the competing people to to you know, do certain action, whatever, then you've got this whole thing you know, the person has passed away, then then the cola gathering, and they'll have people reading the Quran. And have you noticed Have you noticed half these gatherings where they all get together to read the Quran? No, no, hardly anyone is reading loudly.
They got it in the garden.
You know why? They're not reading
Because they don't know how to read
some of them, I'm telling you, from my heart, I know, they don't know how to even read Arabic, but because they ended up in the gathering, and the juice of the Quran was given to them. And now it's like, oh, everyone's gonna Jews. And I've also got a Jews is gonna be so embarrassing for me to tell everyone that I don't know how to read the Quran, how can I say to them, or I don't know how to read the Quran. So I mean, it's good. Tell them you don't know how to read the Quran. So you supposed to do say, Look, I'm sorry, but you know, let somebody else read it, or try to make some other other excuses if you can. But don't try and keep putting in your hand, right? is showing everyone that you
know, I'm following everything.
You haven't even said a single word. You don't even know whether the right around upside down even don't even know that much. Right? And you're trying to basically just impress people, you don't impress them.
And that is, that is what Ria is. You look at these TV stations, the static TV station, I know what's going on. There are people who are competing with one another, to get behind the camera.
The people who are competing with one another to get behind the camera.
There whether they know the religion properly or not religion, probably it's a position of power. People competing for musty places, you know, the committee places people competing for that because this position of power, they're not doing it for Allah sake, they're doing it because they're gonna, they're gonna have a lot of people looking up to them. Oh, I'm a secretary of the mosquito. I'm a I'm a general secretary of mosquito. I'm a, you know, treasurer of the muscle, Amazon. So when you speak to them, they say,
to me, just the little citizen
trying to go humble about it. I'm thinking, well, if you're so humble about it, then they'll give you a position to somebody else, on the level do that.
That at the same time, they want everyone to know that they did these things. And if somebody forgot their names, have you ever been to a gathering where someone's name wasn't mentioned? And they got really angry? Oh, you prepared the whole? You did voluntary work. You You must have done something I don't know you probably got the people together, you whatever function it was you you made the effort behind it, or you cooked or you you know, prepared the food or you donated the money for the for the food, whatever, and they forgot to mention your name. And then you feel inside yourself. Oh, oh, you feel that the whole function finished? And nobody mentioned my name? Or a? Who did you do?
whose sake? Did you donate the money? For?
who say saucy for who? For Allah? Who for whose sake? Did you do the voluntary work of cleaned up or prepared it or cooked or whatever you did? For Allah sake? So if you mention the name isn't mentioned with people, is your name mentioned in the heavens? Yes or no?
Yes or no? Yes. Is he recorded in your book of actions? Yes or no? Is it going to be read out on the day of judgment and shown to you or what you did Yes or no? Yes, yes, yes, yes. But why you then disturbed that people never took your name.
Because you did it for ya to show off. And that's how you find out if you want to find out because Allah Allah has a wonderful way of of knowing whether you're in a position of showing off or not.
So in one of his one of his parts, he writes this he says that you know, sometimes you're in let's say, for example, as an Imam, Imam, of the of the of Salah, he gets emotional, as a matter of Salah he gets emotional. And you know, sometimes emotion comes over him and he feels like crying.
Even because Allah Allah said at that moment, it could be you that your baby, maybe you're you're reading Quran and you're getting emotional, but there's other people in front of you that are watching you, it could be you're in the DA and and people are watching you and you become emotional at this time. Because Allah says, At that moment, ask yourself
if I was
on my own, would I really be like this? Or is it because there are people around me?
Would I have become so emotional on my own? Yes or no?
Do I ever do this on my own? Am I able to shed tears and become emotional? You know, when I'm on my own and shed tears for the sake of Allah? because no one's watching me at that time. Yes or no? That's the first thing you ask yourself. If it's a no, then you should stop yourself because you're not doing your privately. So why should you do publicly? Okay, if it's a yes. If it's a yes that yes, sometimes privately, I also get emotional like that.
Then remember, Sally says, Ask yourself, can I control myself? Can I at this moment stop myself from shedding my tears becoming emotional? Because people are watching me? The eyes are on me.
You know, right now they're gonna look and say, oh, Mashallah. Mashallah.
screen is crying our brother, our brother, we saw you so much Rob brother, give you a nice hug,
lift you to the seventh heaven. That's real my friends via now the spoiled this that made them put you in a big trouble. Because first you're doing for Allah sake and now they come and hug you and they praise you and so on. And now your mind goes towards people then then you've you've lost it. So even because Allah says, Can you stop yourself? Can you stop yourself? If it's a yes, then stop yourself. If it's a no, you're so emotional, that you just can't stop yourself and you just have he said hide it as best as you can.
And if you can't then let it come, because you're already doing it privately. Now you're in a public place, you're not doing it for people. It's an emotion that is coming, you know, over you just let it out. But try and control it as much as you can. So that it's not something which you know, tomorrow you might look back and think wow, I did that and people looked at me and so I did another one. People sometimes do a good action
and others praise you for your action.
Do you love it when people are praising you for your action of the dean that you've done? Or do inside you kind of you'd rather say it I'd rather you not talk about this? What happens to you in your heart? If at the moment people say are Mashallah well I saw you praying Salah such long rock as you did Mashallah. May Allah bless you ruku was was done with longer than my ruku if they're doing that and your heart is like, tell me more. Tell me more. If that's what's going on in your head, then then you're in react. You just showed off but if you're in your head is like you know, I don't want you to speak about this look, okay, okay, brother, thank you cut the conversation off. You
don't want him to praise you, then you've done it for Allah sake. So test yourself in different positions and different places. If you really don't if you really want to do for Allah sake, then do it as secretly as possible that nobody even knows Do you know that I'm living let me share this with you.
Do you know that
Imam Bukhari Rahim Allah, okay, remember Hydra Mala. He had a new style.
He had a teacher. Okay, a great teacher.
Nobody knew who did this action until imams Buhari, remember had his teacher passed away.
So what used to happen is,
this was the olden days, okay, these are the days when, when people
did not have the same system as what we've got today. So poor people would wake up in the morning. And when they open their door, they'd be a bag of gold coins in front of the door.
Imagine this awakening as somebody left for them a bag of gold and dropped it in front of the house.
And then he was for them. Because you know, he was in a place where any person who's dropping any posts or letters or whatever would drop it. So they they know is for them, and they spend it.
And different poor people on different occasions would receive a bag of gold. Nobody in the entire life
knew who it was, until the janazah of that scholar was prayed. And after that, there was no more bags of gold.
You guys, you guys get it.
That's that's true in class because the opposite of Riyad opposite showing off is a class that last last time, we covered about the kaboom cover about you know, people being you know,
sort of feeling that they're arrogant or above others the opposite of that, it's harder to feel that you're humble. The opposite of what we've just discovered today is to do for love's sake.
The metadata, which Allah has mentioned in many parts of the Quran, and the one thing we want is, look, I'll mention this and then we'll finish the session here. Imagine, you know, on your social media, you get the likes of a lot of people. Like Like, like, like, like, like, like, like one thing I do mention is that Do you know if it's a like from a like from, you know, a good person or like from the shaytan who's liking it, you don't even know who's liking a banner, like, like, like, like, like, like, like, you can gather all the likes of the whole of the world. But if you don't get one, like all those likes, are meaningless. If you don't get a lot like
then all those likes that you've got on your social media mean nothing mean nothing at all. You know, people think that they've got a certain status in this world, because I've got this many likes. On back here. I've got 12,000 followers. You've only got
makes me a monster compared to you what kind of rubbish and nonsense is that? Because if that person has only got six followers has got a last like
and you haven't got a last like
then they have got more than you because once as well finishes all these likes mean nothing and if you've got the like of Allah and you've got the like of Allah's Messenger sallallaahu second and you've got everything who needs other likes so people you know they they're on a social media always looking Have I got a few more likes have got a few more numbers I've got a few more views. They said put some put some post them in a few more views. Have I reached the first 1000 have I reached the first 10,000 that are always you know, looking for this Why? Because they're doing it for other reasons and Allah because if you do follow us sake then Allah saw it. I don't need to look at how
many views I got. Because I lost in it. biostat said he said they can a while Anna declare the one who's supposed to have seen it has seen it finished. Allah is the one who's supposed to have seen it and see me finished. So anyway, today's session is over. Have you got any questions that you want to ask? Yes.
Religion, religion is ahead of other religions such as
Christianity or Sunday, especially
in terms of the beer talking about Jews got a second beer. So what type of beer and Muslim should
have a beard should we have in comparison to all the different beards that are out there? We have our own beard, which is look at the definition of our beard is that anything that grows on the jawbone, whole jawbone, you keep and the part that goes all the way down to the jawbone, that part and anything growing on the jawbone at least that mochizuki and Russell's lasagna had his own fistful, he had a fistful of a beard, okay. And he said, also that we trim our mustaches, he asked us trimmer mustaches. Now, that's our identity. If you look at other religions, they either won't trim the mustaches or they'll grow their beard in a certain way or the length and certain sides and,
you know, other parts so so we have we have our own unique identity. And other questions.
Correct me if I'm wrong, in regards to one time
where it was encouraged to cry if you can't cry.
Okay, so so that is about about a dryer that you make, okay. So the professor lessman says said that when you are making dua to Allah, He said, If you can't cry, then pretend in front of Allah that you're crying, but that's a one to one with Allah only. So so you're trying to show a lot that look, I couldn't cry, but I'm trying to make the face of, you know, a person crying to just to get your mercy just to get your attention, right, just for you to have mercy on me. So that's a one to one with a lot. That should not happen in front of the public where others are watching.
Okay, exactly. All right. I'll see you next week.
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