Manāzil as-Sa’irīn #70 – Chapter on Thirst

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From the last little cinema

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today inshallah we will have the chapter on a lot of thirst and the chapter on Allah, Allah agency.

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Firstly first remember the heart of

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the station which is Station Number 65.

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We are in the section of it when or the interstates

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which started by the station of an mahabhava for the station of love.

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He is para la jolla hockey and on holiday de la Salaam Ramadan, de lado Rocco cabin Kala has to be

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a lot of mighty said relating from his hurried or intimate friend Ibrahim alayhi salam. So in the night covered him with darkness, he saw star he said, This is my Lord, he saw a star and he said, This is my Lord, and this is inserted.

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So, in shirahama, lies using some symbolism here, because the meaning of this is

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not necessarily what he is alluding to.

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The meaning of this could be that Ebrahim said,

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to his people, basically to,

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to refute their worship of

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stars and other than Allah subhanaw taala and to basically point out

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fading out disappearance of those Gods

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at least in you know, in their perception.

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Or it could be that Ibraheem alehissalaam himself went from, you know, through his, basically journey, faith.

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His investigation led him to going from one deity to the next until he basically concluded that there is no God but Allah, the creator of all things, and who is not of this created the universe.

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The first is the forest is supported by many scholars who talk about the infallibility of the prophets being immune to share even before they were commissioned, even before they were commissioned by Allah subhanaw taala to deliver the message that they were prior to that immune to shirk, like our Prophet sallallahu Sallam was never involved in the circle of his people prior to his path.

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They say that other prophets were also immune,

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even before they were commissioned about last pinata to deliver his message. So if you are inclined to believe in that position,

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then the way you will interpret this is that Brahim was actually using them as like a rhetorical tool or instrument, to guide his people to the worship of Allah.

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Use taking them through an intellectual journey to point out that there is no god but or to prove to them that there is no God but Allah subhanaw taala.

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The other tafsir is also acceptable that it was his own intellectual journey.

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And there, you know, some other tip series that are

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basically weaker. What the chief

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wanted to say here is that Abraham was so thirsty for his Lord, or you know, I guess,

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hungry. So, Brian was like so eager

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to see his Lord, that when he saw the star, it is like the Mirage, you know, people who are very thirsty when they see the Mirage in the middle of the desert, they run to it,

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thinking that it is water. So, but this is certainly not what the eye means.

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It is what the chip wanted to extract from the eye but it is not an interpretation that

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Is that according to the commentators,

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for them for Siri,

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then she said an auto scan I

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bet he was in the mood.

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thirst is a metaphor for the overwhelming craving for a goal.

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vulnerability. The overwhelming craving is what is the verbal noun.

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That means craving.

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It's a verb a noun, it means craving. So you when you crave a particular goal or particular objective,

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and then you're overwhelmed by your craving, you're overwhelmed by your craving. We see this all the time people have cravings that overwhelm them, and basically, can can put them in harm's way because of,

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you know, the intensity of the craving. But this craving certainly is not going to harm you, this is a

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praiseworthy craving for your Lord.

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But it will overwhelm you he says here quite a bit, because the he's talking here about the station of an artist, which is an advanced station in your, like I said before, these stations are temporarily encountered by by each other. So eventually, but we're just talking about them one at a time. And voila is in intense anxiety, the anxiety that will make you like very thirsty man in the middle of the desert.

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You know, and on a hot day in the middle of the desert, very thirsty man, that very, very thirsty man in the middle of the desert on a hot day, when he think of anything other than water.

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He will not think of anything other than water, will he be able to do anything other than to look for water.

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That is the that is what he wants to convey to us. That's very, very thirsty man on a hot day in the middle of the desert, cannot get himself to think of anything other than water, cannot get himself it himself to do anything other than to look for water. And whenever he sees anything that looks like water, he runs through it. That's what this nation is about.

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He said well who are the Salafi and it is three levels of Narada to the ATO. So Maria de la haydon. Here we already are we depends on what you what you understand from

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the first level is the thirst of the seeker for acquainting witness. If you say shadier we then it means a witness story to relate to him to relate to him.

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But but here we would be a witness the quench his thirst, for her thirst, quenching witness, the witness here

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basically could be

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could be anything that any sign the law puts in a way that will corroborate your faith, that will strengthen your faith, that will

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confirm your convictions that will basically give you comfort, concerning where you are, and your journey and your particular station or your particular state. Sometimes

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you are on this journey, and you get into certain like, you get to a certain point, you take a certain turn, you stopped by a certain place you get into a certain station and you don't know where like you're you're uncomfortable. you're uncomfortable with the choices, you're uncomfortable with where you are. And you need some witness to come and tell you this is the direction of the parabola or this is this or you need some witness to come and give you comfort to corroborate your faith to corroborate your

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your your choices.

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And that's very common. This

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or this witness will quench that thirst for

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affirmation will quench that thirst for comfort and stability.

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Our HR team

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He said this I had in your week, quenching thirst, our HR industry or a curing illusion,

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urine illusion,

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this HR

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could be

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the illusion you know and simply terminology is our means hint means illusion,

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it means a certain indicate a certain indication, Southern indication versus the lead versus forehand versus what

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they thrive on subtle indications.

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You know, that they look for subtle indications, and they thrive on subtle indications this Southern indication could be air worthy hear statements we hear, sometimes also, and you know, how

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those subtle indications can also be somewhat

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too subtle.

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And depending also on

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the persons ranking and the perks, depending also on the transparency of the heart and depending on many factors.

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Like when when you see the public for instance, when you see more of the public, they develop this

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they develop this inclination towards mythology or towards

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sometimes the the the open the most most heartfelt and the fairest if, for instance, they find,

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they, they say that this, this is a this is where we go and or this has to tell me now, this must be speaking to me. And that's not always true. He always you want to base your judgment on solid grounds on proves, you first want to consult the Quran and

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scholars of knowledge concerning the right path or the right choice or the right judgment or the right direction,

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then you want to appraise the car and you want to consult people who have experience or expertise in the particular pursuit or venture endeavor you're embarking on. And, and so many things you have to do first, and then you may be looking for subtle indications afterwards, after you have played that it's the kata, basically to corroborate your findings, or to strengthen your heart or something of that nature. But to start from the beginning, looking for Saturday indications, or to say that you're going to open the most half. And you expect that Allah subhanaw taala will be talking to you through the first time that you encounter or the first day that you will read and the most half,

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that is also

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a little bit arrogant on your part. Because you expect that you are getting some sort of inspiration that whoever said that you are worthy of that inspiration or a direct connection with a lower direct communication with Allah, where you basically just open the most haven't done a lot of talks to you. And a lot of

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it's a little bit arrogant on your part. But aside from the arrogance and these things.

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That is if you're army and you're looking for Southern indications, you probably want to look for, like solid proofs.

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But what the chief is talking about here is someone who is advanced, a little bit more advanced than in the journey and he is trying to look for subtle indications to strengthen his heart, the Shara from a companion from a guy and on the journey from a companion on the journey that will strengthen his heart. This chart also could be a subtle indication in a verse that he read and hobbies that he learned or some other indication in the report that he heard about the vanguard the righteous predecessors setup has

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so may be that he has been confounded by so many things and he's looking for direction and then he reads this.

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And Allah subhanaw taala basically opens treasures of understanding for him. That may look to

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Subtle or may sound too subtle for others at the end of the day, they must not be in conflict with the clear meanings of the idea right. Because Shara which is interpretation by illusions or hints

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one of the conditions of this type of car to be valid than to not be a form of misguidance Is that what it is not in conflict with the apparent meaning of the idea, it is also not in conflict with other economic hobbies,

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the end it is also not in conflict with other established principles of the deed, these are all important and it is also somehow somewhat harmonious with language, it cannot be you know, in just clearly divorced from the language, otherwise, everybody will interpret the plan in whichever way they want and doesn't have to make any sense doesn't have to be

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conforming to the language in any way. And Allah subhanaw taala called it for an RV and a law called it clear Arabic Quran it does have to be in agreement with the language. So all of the above. These are all conditions for

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HRT, or for basically extracting gleaning those subtle inferences from the art or the hobbies, all of these conditions must apply. After fulfilling all those conditions. Yes, someone who has transparency, you know, has basically dissipated his her job, dissipated his veils, the coverings on his heart or his mind by Emmanuel Ahmed Assad, by faith and good deeds, may be able to discover meetings that are too subtle for us to understand or to discover. So that's that is fine. And then when they when they come across those subtleties, whether that is a subtlety and an A A subtlety, and a heavy subtlety in a report, someone relate to them from a piano salary or someone relate to

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them from one of the largest predecessors or they come across, like a particular incident, you know, something happens to them, they hear some news or something happens in front of them, and we learn from it sometimes could be even the behavior of a an animal, that gives them an in Sharla gives them the hint, they were sort of ambush and go over a particular issue. And then they see, you know, like some animal behaving in a certain way, that they that they would learn a lesson from their behavior, the behavior of that animal or that bird or, or that thing. So, they're looking for illusions, they're looking for hints, and the, you know, because

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because sometimes they,

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they get washed, or they feel a little bit lonely, because it's like, you know, these people are traveling by the heart. So Allah subhanaw taala, in the midst of people who are mostly oblivious to the cause, you know, purification or to the, to the, to that journey, you know, most of the people our people have had our people of the exterior only, and those people that are trying to seek like a deeper meaning and travel to Allah subhanaw taala not only by their experience, but their hearts as well. So sometimes it gets to be a little bit lonely and they are looking for these issues

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to strengthen their heart and to guide them to their destination. And then the SEC said, so he said quenching witness is looking for acquainting witness you know, the signs that corroborate their face and curing illusions the hrr

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that have to be the the hrr have to be Sharia compliant that have to be also conforming to the deed to the Shara.

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And then he said artifacting, to Li and empathic gesture to bring them closer and empathic gesture to bring them closer. Art mean, meaning it means what? It comes from artful which is you know, compassion, compassion, kindness and so on. But art far means and

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act of kindness or a gesture of kindness, that we that will give you shelter, or bring you closer or bring you nearer.

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As they're looking for our artifacts, we like an empathic gesture from whom, from Allah subhanaw taala, you know, an empathic gesture from a law that will bring them closer to him as

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and that is certainly the ultimate thing that they are looking for.

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Which is the the compassion, compassion and justice gesture from Allah subhanaw taala, to bring them closer because they know that the best the best thing and the best reward even in the Hereafter is

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to be removed, you know, everyone.

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The pursuit of online self, the pursuit of the Creator, the pursuit of the origin, is that sort of

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ultimate pursuit. And that is not even only for religious people or that is not only within a theistic paradigm that's also for all people.

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You know, all people want to know they want to know where we came from and want to be able to discover our origin

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that's, you know, thoughtful people need to be concerned about them. And one of the greatest punishments for the people of the Hellfire is that they will be veiled they will be screamed even thereafter.

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Yes, they may be in a you know, in the Hellfire, but the end of the day as the last one Allah says in Surah 15

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gala Nakamura bieniemy the llama jubu Kela in Amara Binyam, a llama June a they will be screened partition curtains

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obstructed veiled from their Lord on that day, they will be on that day screen. So even then, they will not be able to, you know, even then they will not be able to discover where where we come from and to see the Lord the Creator has. And the best thing that people have genuinely enjoyed living in Oxnard has nausea as our last panel Carlos editora. us levina senator Hasina was he added? For those who did good and has now is the best three word was he added and surplus extra increase more and has the best reward and more. So it helps now is the best reward How could they have more than the best reward? Because it is a reward that you cannot imagine standing away that's not that cannot be

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described. So it hasn't been the best few words that you know, could still describe it.

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But the Ziad has no idea the and the extra, the extra is beyond the description the extra is to behold the Lord and that is beyond any description. So Oxfam we that is a gesture of kindness from their Lord that will bring them closer or that will give them shelter near their Lord shelter near they can never find shelter refuge rescue you know except near their their Lord anyway. So that's what what we means.

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And then he said without further ado, Sania Otto Salli ala jelenia three the second level is the thirst of the traveler for a term to be finished as at any aqui for a term to be finished this added

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a term to finish could be basically station to rise to it could be a pursuit an endeavor a spiritual endeavor.

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He had a problem in your heart and you were working on it and you are you feel that you're almost done with it although you're never done with any pursuit into the lie because it's an ongoing process but you have been struggling with a particular weakness and your heart a particular temptation that's too hard for you a particular weakness in your heart

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have or a particular weakness not necessarily in your heart and and your Ahmed and your deeds you have been

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finding yourself envious for instance, or you have been gossiping too much, or you like to talk too much or you'd like to show off or you backed by something you know whether it is an act of the heart or act of the exterior, the tongue etc. Have you been working hard

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Then, to

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overcome this, or you have been working hard to reach a certain station, you have been wanting to have to work good and you have been working hard. Every time you encounter a difficulty in your life, you get anxious, and you just can't say, he just can't figure out how to get to that station of terracotta and you're working harder, and all of a sudden you get to it. And you do truly feel some Sakina

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when you encounter difficulty, and so on, and that is, that's actually a really, it's a term that you've finished, it could be a pursuit, but it could also mean that she could have also meant Algeria to be the end of his life. Basically,

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you know, the term here is the term of their life, because they are serious the for the meeting with their Lord. So there they are just waiting to get it over with get done with this life.

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But like I said before, and as I said last time, as Muslims, we appreciate the opportunity to be here, because it is Masato, you sowed the seeds, the good seeds for the hereafter here in this toniann we are not nihilists and we are making the best of that opportunity to serve a loss upon Allah tala worship Allah, and to be good stewards of this earth, this planet that he entrusted us with. That's, you know, the creation mandate in each item filati. Khalifa, we're going to talk about agency in the next session, it's you know, and that is agency, I would make an agent, upgrade an agent,

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you know,

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on the planet Earth.

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So, as a result, we here does not have to be this does not have to be the term of their life does not have to be being an anxious for the end of their lives. It could be also any pursuit, that you have embarked on any adventure, any pursuit that you have embarked on and that you have gotten to the end of it.

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So you're thirsty for that. We're eager for them. And then the shift said, While many re marioni and a day that brings about fulfillment and a day that brings about fulfillment you have Nirvana is fulfillment. There is no means wealth means abundance. But

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here in this context, it means Fulfillment by our men, ie marioni. And a day that will show him you really mean show him which means here brings about a day that will bring about their fulfillment, and those people's fulfillment can only be found with Allah subhanaw taala can be only found in together this with a loss of planet. That's the highest form of fulfillment.

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Even smart people will recognize this without being without even working within the theistic paradigm, that transcendence wanting to connect to the immortal to the eternal. Maslow's hierarchy of needs ended by self actualization. And then beyond that he had to it, although he didn't add it to the pyramid, but he discovered that transcendence is the ultimate pursuit. transcendence is the ultimate form. That is when you want to connect to the eternal to the immortal. So fulfillment, the ultimate fulfillment cannot be fine except in connecting with the origin, the eternal the one without beginning anger and a loss of pinata so Elm in your email every day that brings about

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fulfillment that's the highest fulfillment woman Zinnia steady huffy station where they find comfort station where they find comfort.

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One of the higher stations, the higher end stations with you know, so the anxiety and the ambivalence and the hesitation that the traveler encounters and sometimes they feel that they're given a little bit

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he feels lonely.

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You know, these things will, you know, aren't necessary phases of the journey but when they get to the higher stations, these feelings will start to vanish to go away.

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And then they enjoy the ions of Hydra or the enjoy the ions of the Divine Presence the comforting intimacy of the Divine Presence and they're just that that's it they're just comfortable

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has Tamia Rahim Allah said, you know, if it's already my paradise is in my chest,

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no one can take it away from me. So after you reach that point where your connection with Allah subhanaw taala is sufficient for you and your agenda isn't deep inside your, your heart or your chest. Then there is

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lack of Allah Hamada homea has no

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agenda of the dunya that people enter before they enter the agenda of Allah.

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Then he said what data what data to satisfy Otto shouldn't be in a gelatin donor has. The third level is the thirst of the lover for clarity that is not screened by the clouds of defects

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have been a genuine medulla has a habit.

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The third level is the thirst of the lover otters.

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For Jaguar clarity

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jela means to clear you know, genuine clarity that is not Medina has a habit that is not screened by the clouds of defects. So have is the clouds means defect singular means what it means the jeans, the jeans, you know, all defects. So, Madonna has a Jaguar, you know, clarity, and this is the third level here. This is the level of shoe This is the level of the holding the Lord. So genuine here is clarity to behold the Lord be clarity to behold the Lord with the eyes of your heart with the eyes of your heart. Madonna has a habit

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that is not screened

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by the clouds of defects. What are the defects of the darkness of the snaps the darkness of the neffs your naps your defective naps in this linear

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shrouds you with darknesses one after the other. You know your pride is a layer of darkness.

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Your heedlessness indifference is a layer of darkness. Your greed is a layer of darkness. Your lust is a layer of darkness. Your envious self is a layer of darkness. Hear Your ear, your hips, you know

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sort of your melody Latina. So your your eagerness for fame, status, reputation

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and wealth for

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is a layer of darkness, layers, layers, layers, layers, and then you expect to be healthier Lord, and then you expect to actually have

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those people who aspire to that level of shoot which is certainly not beholding the Lord that like in the hereafter. And that is something that we have to be clear about, that beholding the Lord in the hereafter. There are different types of headjam. Between you veins between you and the Lord. Seven of them are the lights of the Lord, the hubbub of the Lord Himself that are from him not from you.

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That you don't have the power you will move from metodologia devotee data who will harm society. So when his Lord manifested Himself to the to the mountain, and that is manifested just part of the job of the lights of the Lord, just see, you know, otherwise if the Lord manifests himself that the universe is

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just implodes or explodes. So the so when the Lord manifested Himself to the Jabba to the mountain, the Java fell apart, you know, and moose you know, passed out.

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So, these are the hundreds of the Lord that are from the Lord has not from yourself, otherwise no one can reach the status of muslin and know where they can reach the status Moosa. You know, sort of Ebrahim Muhammad Ali Salam and Rahim Allah He said, I'm no one reached, you know, and this is not a certain knowledge, you know, so short of the five messengers or laws motorists would not want to reach the status museum.

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won't be able to whether it's a profit or

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like a wedding or anything.

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But despite that, you know,

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was unable to behold the Lord. These are the job of the Lord, not the herder of his next, the heart of the Lord, not. Otherwise, if someone was able to reach the highest degree of food, it would be those messengers and prophets who have the highest degree of showed, that she heard, that is not obstructed by the hubbub of enough's, by these darknesses that we talked about, you know, they were able to manage to remove those darknesses but then we have the job of the Lord Himself,

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that we were not given the power, basically to,

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to deal with in this life in this life. So genuine Madonna has a hardware Ella, it is a recognition here that the shoe that we're talking about, is that shoe that is short of the shoe than the craft that is short of the truth and they offer, it is not the complete truth, whether it or not, but it is not the complete hood, because the complete truth is not basically, you know, our lot in this journey.

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But it is the truth that we can afford, after we have removed the darknesses of our foods or of our defective naps or ego.

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And then what I want to hedge about Africa and not covered by the veil of dispersion,

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however, over to Africa and not covered by the veil of dispersion, you know, so the harddrive enough See here, how do you have enough so, because the interferences that can happen that interferences are on the way to showed the interferences, we said that there are hotjar from the from the Lord and Anwar the lights hijabi nor the light, you know, so and and, and the support that has above the support and,

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but then there is Hadoop from your side here, which are the Hadoop of your nap, so the darkness of your nerves, but then there is also the dispersion that

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the distractions here, what I want to do with Africa, not covered by the veil of dispersion, the multiplicity of phenomena, events, things, you know, creations in this universe, this multiplicity, you know, colors, the shapes and events, and I'm watching the camera, and I'm watching you.

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And I'm trying to make sure that the first thing that does not, you know, the sound does not go out on us. So that is that multiplicity of things could be a hijab, you know, it could take away from your focus your focus on the Lord, or focus on lots of other

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things that are happening around you, you're thinking you know, about what you will do after you come out of this lecture, you're thinking about, you know, the argument that you had with your spouse yesterday, or hopefully not, your thinking is like so many things in so many things and events and that is held your

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dispersion, and the How can you really have focus, when you have all of these things that are trying to snatch you in different, pull you in different directions and snap some of your attention and some of your focus.

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So that is why those people try they talk about the jamiyah, which is the togetherness with the Lord, its demand, the wholeness of the heart, the togetherness of the hearts with the Lord. And so that's why they they prefer

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or they favor as the

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not always but the Lakers the so that they can keep them around, they can keep their togetherness with the Lord, that they can keep their

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that feeling of union with the Lord in the sunny sense of the word.

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Not in the merger neoplatonic merging sense of the word.

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Then the shift said what are you already doing?

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Or what are you already doing?

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Are and before and beyond which there is no quest and before and beyond which there is no quest.

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The chef may mean here that this the chef may mean here that this shoe

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This completely hood and that is whatever claim and that is what other commentators also understood from his, from his expression, that he may he may mean here that this shoot is complete, this beholding of the Lord is complete beholding therefore, there is no there is nothing Yes, you know beyond that

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there is no other question that says you have arrived.

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And then

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Allah tala talks about this. And he says that there is no end for the beauty of the Lord, there is no end for hero. So, marveling at the beauty or like enjoying the beauty of the Lord then having greater and greater, greater, greater awareness. If he is infinite, then there is no end for your exploration of his infinite beauty of his infinite majesty.

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Then it is an IT you never arrive, you're always walking, you're always moving, you're always exploring, you're always enjoying, you're always giving greater awareness that

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you will get to enjoy. Also, the shoe hood, it is important that we understand that the shoe hood, no matter what level of shoe you reach, in this turn,

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certainly will not reach the level of shareholder of the NBA and the mursaleen, who received direct communication from the Lord.

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But even if you are next to me, you know, the MBR more sorry, and if you're a robustness of the, and you're not going to be able to work with the with a even if you basically reach to the ranking of

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the ranking of the vanguard, man get the idea and and so on and so forth, he or she who will still be limited in this dunya and the prize and the Hereafter is

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to be to behold the Lord without any harm to them when a pharaoh yet he without being harmed by beholding them. And that is for that is the price that is after you get to the destination, and that is the ultimate prize that you will be awarded. inshallah I'm in Las Vegas

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of them, but the ultimate prize that we may, that we hopefully inshallah we'll

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get awarded in the Hereafter is to behold the Lord without any harm and beholding him. So is it an unending quest? It's certainly not an ending quest. Do you ever reach complete yahood in this nanny, I know you don't. And you continue to journey to Allah subhanaw taala in this linear and

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you know, the third year until our third man's and totally returned to him. Good stuff, nobody outcomes chronic lung function other than stuff.