Channel: Hatem al-Haj
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we are talking about the circumstances that we're going through ways of
handling and managing
such circumstances. And
certainly, we didn't have enough time because lots of very deep detail
topic that deserves a lot more
lot more time to discuss, but what I what I mentioned was basically what comes to mind first,
we talked about strengthening our relationship with us and increasing our certainty.
And certainly, there are many other issues
that we can talk about
including reaching out to the neighbors
including making sure that we have an accommodating environment inclusive, all inclusive, enabling environment to nurture that amount of our youth
because our youth
are under a lot of pressure. And this pressure can result in very unexpected unpredictable outcomes vary I expected predictable outcomes, the pressure but they are under maybe they made to
basically excessiveness which is hollow in the beam, excessiveness, or low in the dean or may lead them into complete laxity and indifference to the D
would you like any of these oftentimes, cause from crimes we fear from excessive yes more than we fear from blasty because we're focused on the dunya and we fear for the safety Amazonian. And I'm not saying that excessiveness in any way is in any way a good thing we're always about.
However, we should also be afraid of laxity indifference.
Because if our use became indifferent or or to the beam, and they became natural, which sometimes they become, and we do encounter, and we do see often lead to become doubtful, or at least if they are not doubtful,
which which some of them are really doubtful, very skeptic.
But if they are not, sometimes they develop some sort of resentment
towards towards they're here to
do this because of all of the you know, package that is there in Muslim lands that we have to suffer here. And we have to be locked out. And we have to be sort of ready to
this or that. So it sometimes and as parents, if you're not
aware of this, if your children do not have this problem, then 111 is great Santa lover be grateful.
But a lot of children do have a problem. While children they sort of either become radicalized can be excessive, in order to become indifferent, or they become resentful or the rebellious allowed outcomes could result from pressure that is not being addressed by the community that is not addressed by the community as part of the effort that we have to invest as a community, the major effort, but we have to invest. For Rocky Mountain all of these things are made. They're important, but they're not the priority. It is to take care of your to take care of our children, it is our capital, you lose our capital. When you're a loser, no matter how much profit is really
what you lost. You lost the capital, and very soon, you're not going to be able to make profit. So
all inclusive, very accommodating. environment will prevent radicalization will prevent our children from developing resentment. So we have to counter all of those feelings that they have
With proper information, and proper conduct on our part as Muslims, sometimes the children become radicalized and inside of themselves when they went to the gentlemen become radicalized, because they feel that the adults are too soft.
They're they're just too indifferent to the D, they're too soft. They're too
you know, whatever words they use may be not very appropriate.
But if you do not show them the model of moderation, where you speak truth to power, where you acknowledge the grievances on our own, and not hide them, or, you know, just basically sweep them under the rug. If you do not feel that our own man has valid grievances, those grievances will never justify terrorism.
But don't also be carved into this dilemma. You know, that if I say that the oma has valid grievances. If I say to the, you know, the Palestinian cause, is a true cause is
there is injustice, but how befall in the Palestinian people? Or if I say that war is not the answer, the bombs and missiles and desperate above radicalizes people, or you speak against war, you speak against
apartheid, you speak against any form of
oppression that some of the Muslims may be subject to, if this would be translated into automatically translated into when you're trying to justify terrorism, and you want to stop, because that will result in radicalization. In fact, not talking about those issues is what results in radicalization. Because if you do not provide, provide them with the proper way of managing their grievances, they will have grievances, they will go online, and they will read about all of those issues. They'll go on social media and know about all of those issues and know about you know, it is in the news, you know, so when when the photographs of appleberry, filmed after concentration camp
in Iraq came out with those photographs came out, it may be it may be expected of a lot of mainstream
people in the west to be offended by them to be disgusted by them, but they cause more anguish to the Muslim youth living in the West. So, I have to address his grievances, I have to acknowledge some of them and I have to tell them, how should you then manage your grievances properly, so that you create a force for positive change, so that you do not cause more harm to your community to yourself to your psyche to your own.
So, how to manage the grievances first, I have to acknowledge the grievances first, I should not be too afraid to speak truth to power. And then the youth will will look up to me as a model aroma, you know, the man the fatigue the community out there, the activists will look up to me as a role model and then I tell them, all these grievances and these problems are gone through
to a great extent are caused by our own
to a great extent extend our backwardness our weakness, our
inability to come to terms with our differences within within our you know within the same country,
within the same country, within sacred unity and so on and to have some form of righteous governance and to be able to
make some progress to achieve some success like all nations around us, throughout the world. Part of this is our for the youth will need to understand that this is true part of it is our fault. That does not mean that you complete
In idiot, the conspiracy theory, and that is the always the dilemma of the extremist positions, someone is all drowned in the conspiracy theory. And another one when we're fine equals down an expressway theory, so he reacts, extremely buying the line that the lion can take are part of the history, there is no history without consumers. Because there is no history without conflict is, you know, an integral part of the history of humanity. But you tell the people that the conspiracy theory does not mean that you are not responsible, that as an owner, I am not responsible for my weakness for being a for making myself subject to all of those conspiracies, because had I been
strong enough, I've been capable enough, I wouldn't have been the subject of all of it.
You know, so that is an important part. And then
part of it also is to talk to them about our peculiar position. as Muslims of the West, we have covenants, where, you know, with the rest of our country, then
the Islam does not, does not prevent the lesions that arise from kinship, and national affiliation. And all of that those are natural allegiances that Islam does, not forbid, unless they make someone a client and justice, or someone transgress, or someone oppress others. But if our ultimate allegiance is to the truth, and justice for all, then we will not have a problem reconciling between our religious loyalty, our religious allegiance, and our national affiliation. And that does require sitting down with the youth and explaining, talking to them about these issues in detail. How do you reconcile
the figure out different scenarios, reconciliation, this is not peculiar to us Muslims, by the way, you know, someone
commented on an article they wrote or like, you know, from from the UK, like a Christian gentleman from the EU, they commented on the article, several years ago, only, he was pretty much saying that you're the only woman who has this problem of trying to reconcile if you're British or British. That's it. So I pointed out to him a very, very close by examples of the different the intricacies of this matter, which is Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland is a very obvious example. They're Protestant. They wanted to stay with the UK versus being part of Ireland, you know, which is their Irish, Northern Ireland is part of is obviously part of Ireland. But they wanted to stay with the
UK, UK because they're Protestant, and the fear from the Catholics, mistreating them, if they became part of Ireland, which is predominantly Catholic. So even in Europe, after many, many years of trivializing the importance of religions, they say that it was in the interest of Pacific good. But after many years of that, they're still having these issues. So it's not only us that are having these issues, but we have a blueprint. We have a manual one we are dealing with
supreme moral standard. We have a manual. And that manual tells us what can you do in this case, to not deny ourselves
basically, to express our religious allegiance
and to not abandon our son, our core religionists versus oma and at the same time, also be useful to our province. citizenship is a carbon residence is a cop visas account and
allows the use theory grew up here they don't know any of our homeland. So even if some of us are immigrants, and we have sort of like dual national affiliations, they don't have any national affiliation. And there are those who convert you know, African American, you're American or European
Besides natives, and so on, they don't have any dual national affiliation. They don't know of any homeland, except America.
But it will not be problematic if we can provide them appropriate knowledge. How do we reconcile between all of these things, this is important, also, if we do not allow them to come and express themselves in an environment that is accommodating and conducive to ease, you know, and comfort and freedom of speech was very domestic. And so, you know, sometimes what we do, when
I'm not talking about it,
sometimes what we do is that, when one of us comes and asks a question, we think is a little bit, you know, we're, sometimes we
get kicked out for the muscles, because they asked him a question, that's something that makes you a little uncomfortable.
So when you when you kick them off for the monster, did he disappear?
Like the problem and did your problem? No, absolutely not?
Absolutely not. So the massage needs to be more accommodating, to basically
nurture the longing
to nurture to face, the face that will result in positive attitude and positive conduct and positive action on the part of the youth.
So that is one part of a shame, dimension.
That is extremely important in managing this issue.
To be to have perseverance or steadfastness in the footsteps of the province of Ontario.
A story of three of them, have you seen, you know, this is a nice cover. So three of these scholars were sitting together one day, and actually two of them are visiting the third who was very sick
and he got sicker than me when he was about
three days on I know what happened and I was
having a lot of fun and I was
invited to visit the bizarre because he was sick.
And then they were sitting with Amazon Amazon's getting sicker and sicker and sicker very quickly. They're afraid that Amazon is actually going to pass away on a snap
so you know Edna Lara and what happens after each other? Well, let's remind them of
you know, there is a nice emotional preference on the last
whosoever is last speech is liable law would enter Paradise
so hidden why since that will happen let's remind them Azhar you remind them no you remind them How could I remind them later we'll look to shine This is observe the great Marcus
Should I remind him now to save the last bit of two shots. So they figured that let us mentioned that the chain narration
so that he would remember the hobbies are repeated. McGann as an academic I would love whosoever speeches statement is like I have a lot when they prepare that kind of academic level.
So if Nora says have does have the company, Ensenada, Airbnb, and when he stopped
after he told us
isn't happy and then he stopped he didn't finish his name and then I hadn't picked up and he said he doesn't have under feature now and after Hamid
Ansari isn't happy. And then he stopped. He did not want to stay finish the chain of narration because he wanted observer. So to pick up from from there and complete that piece so that you can say I like a lot.
So I was gonna open this eyes, wherever
They got stuck. So I was figured to help him out. So he opened his eyes, and he said,
Montana de la de la de la la, la la.
his last words,
what was the statement that you have to carry? Like?
Why am I saying this, this is just not like a like a beautiful story. But this has a great lesson,
because that is what is going on. That is how we live, that is how we die, you lie in the same static state, that you live the same condition that you live there, that is fear, right, as part of US Justice lost parents. So a proposer are left his entire life teaching in our homies of
So he deserved this Hi, teaching,
coding now he's
And that is a great reminder for us, that we really need to stay on the path of Allah subhanaw taala it takes someone power, we have to work on charging our energy, losses for stuff in
total. So these trade, as you have been commanded, and those who have repented with you were popular, and do not transgress status, be straight.
Told establish a patrimony of
Allah will give stability. A lot of you submit nice gifts gives stability to the believers in the dunya. And they are for me misguides whenever it pleases, and he does whatever he wills, that is to love and Athena among those who believe. So we need to have belief and we need to have the karma.
Believe me, you know being a part of a law firm,
very those who set up one of our board is a law firm in the States.
The angels will descend upon them, to give them strength, to give them stability, to give them comfort, at the times of hardship, at the bottlenecks during this life, and during the after that at every bottleneck, the Malaika will come and give you strength and tell you let us off, do not fear can do not breathe quality. What I'm sharing with generativity quantum to our do have our findings of paradise of the paradise that you were promised.
So those angels and this support that will come from Allah will come to people who have faith and they have the karma. And in order for us to develop this part of it is unlimited conviction and practically is an experience of the heart in order for us to have more faith which gives us more
stability in rd
helps us stay steadfast and rd we have quite a bit as a mental condition
basically, to have more certainty in your D and that part we will talk about tomorrow so how do we increase certainty looking at different signs of the profit from the problem how much
But there is another part which has to do with the heart and your relationship with Allah subhanaw taala your bilateral relationship with Allah pinata your very private relationship with Allah here solid conversation with a last product on your ability to converse with Allah at all times your ability to stay in remembrance of Allah at all times.
If you Why do people get addicted to sugar
and donuts and stuff like this?
That's one of the addictions. One of the non addictions, isn't the sweetness, the sweetness.
But there is the spiritual sweetness that will make you a good
dude. Isn't that what we want? Isn't that we want to be always attracted to Allah, what have you are always invited by a lot to be close to Allah. Because it is by invitation. It is by invitation. You want to always be invited to be close. And in order for you to stay close to Allah subhana wa Tada. Your relationship with Allah has to be moist in that has to be a sweet relationship where you big word becomes enjoyable, not burdensome.
here's a here's a question that we asked ourselves. When we come to the phrase, when we come to the prayer, longing for the prior or wanting to finish it off.
Do you do you do we come to the prayer wanting to exit from the prayer or longing for the conversation without loss of control?
We have to ask ourselves,
all of us have great deficiencies in this regard.
You know, sometimes we try to bring together all of our, you know,
basically, imagine and try to bring together all of our hearts together. So, but how often do we come to the prayer and now you're coming to stand before Allah who asked him to come to a prayer, because he just wanted to get done and move on to the next show the next duty or obligation or activity, for fun in whatever that is that you're about to do. So, if we do not taste the sweetness or the man, then the role is if there is a one way for us to go, before we can claim that we have some degree of stability.
Because the stability of the mentor conviction is very comparable. Without that recognition of the heart. monitor the current the loss of
hope the last time have general affection for love to look alike. To recognize a lot by your heart is unlike anything else. Because you can have a lot a lot of conviction, you can add a lot of certainty, intellectual level. But that's certainty that you have on an intellectual level teams to wake you up to try to run an experiment before a lot and converse with a lot of change versus from the air and feel the sweetness of this and feel
the coolness of
this experience and beauty of this experience it it it seems to energize you, it seems to empower you.
And if that is the case,
then we should not give up until we get to that point. All of us, we have to work hard, work with each other. ask each other for tips. You know this is not about a lecture to come to this. This is basically your
greatest objective for the rest of your life, to get most of our life experience the sweetness of faith before you die. Because if we will be endangered, we would be in peril if we were not able to experience the sweetness of faith. If we will not feel that good face to face. The Muslim reported from
the Prophet salallahu
alayhi wasalam media are being humbled and sobre la
palma de man he will face
you'll find the
time is the case.
You will find the case that
he was pleased with
who he was pleased to have a license Lord. What is Larry do with Islam as his religion?
Well, the Mohammed bin Salman live in southern Sudan was Muhammad as this prophet and messenger. Are you pleased?
Are you pleased with half an hour later on a
Are you pleased? Have you submitted to our last injunctions teaching demands prohibitions? Are you
With a lot less than ease and decrease, that you're pleased with it, we are pleased to Carmela
if you're pleased with color lab, then you're pleased all the time, then you are in a state of almost euphoria, because everything that happens to you is because it is covered a lot. So, the person that has, you know, difficulties in his life and mental anguish, you know, has is not really pleased completely was after loss
is not the tcps.
But to be pleased, means that you are pleased with every level of coverage, you're pleased with the last commands and prohibitions last requirements from you, and our last decrease our new laws required to show pleasure when the laws requirements is how
you conform to that.
You conform to that, before it is only expected of the believer, the Muslim who submitted to Allah, that he receives the commands of Allah was complete submission, complete surrender and conformity. The only thing that the believer may have is weakness, not resist
weakness, like I do some of that concern you I pray that my prayers like once or twice,
I may get busy or too weak, too sleepy to wake up, but to have resistance against umbrella that does not really sit in well with delete. There is a problem here. They don't
to have resistance which are allowed to have resistance to the teachings of your deen that that is contrary to belief they are mutually exclusive. A believer could have weakness. Yes, I believe it could have flaws and faults and defects and
fails and picks himself up and so on and so forth. But I believe it or not have existed, so incredible, to be pleased with the destinies of Allah peace with the calamity, that laws requirements have you had to be pleased with?
Islam indeed, and to be pleased with Islam as your religion,
the beauty of religion, you know what, what?
We'll talk about this to some extent tomorrow, many times, many times, when the science of the Prophet of the Prophet Muhammad Salah line seven, we're very focused on the miracles, the miracles that the prophet SAW a lot of settlements, particularly the physical marriage, that is what attracts people.
Yes. But if the greatest sign on the Prophet, Prophet Muhammad,
and the messenger ship, and the veracity of the message of Prophet Muhammad is worth
the messages in
Islam and said, that was the greatest sign. If you look at the creed of Islam, the sublime freedom is that simple as simplicity and gates, have perfect as protection.
One creator, who created all of humanity, purposeful creation, and communicated his purpose of creation to them through messengers that established the proofs on their messenger ship. And they started with Adam and England was Mohammed Ibrahim masahisa, and the final Embassy of Somalia. So let's say the simplicity or the perfection of this pre is in itself as a grid that raised the red side. And then he goes through the details of the fact why 13 itself is if you study
the law, the laws of this lab, if you study them with reflection, they are your gate into certainty. Because everything and we will show some of these things tomorrow. It is proven through studies. You know, everything you do and will do has some that every action that you do and salaat has a multitude of produce most of us
you know car that zakka better
Especially art or the laws of the teachings in the area of customs, interpersonal
transactions, and in the various areas adad allocates manners, facade, etc. Basically the you know, facilitator
basically hygiene, Islamic hygiene, you find every one of the 10
every one of them has proven health benefits. So the message says, reflect on the greatness of the message, this is your gateway to certainty. So do not just think the laws as you know a burden, reflect on them their wisdom and their beauty and they will they themselves, the burden itself will be your way to certainty and to further strengthen your belief in Allah subhana wa COVID is not only needed, he's pleased with Islam as a religion, how much are we pleased? How much? How much did we share with our aims to make them? Please do this lab as the religion of the beauties of Islam can creep, in laws, in customs in advocates in every regard.
And now what Mohammed Salam is going to be and he's pleased with Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam has his prophet and messenger, which requires you to learn much about who he was salam, he sacrifices, his endures, you know, the sacrifices for me and you that that builds the love that connection, the personal connection with the prophet SAW son was not just as another great man. If the prophets Allah wa sallam he appealed towards the prophet SAW, that he was just just another great man, that that is that is very effective, very efficient.
You know, very humbly fitting of a believer, but the personal connection, your feeling, your understanding and your comprehension, your recognition and sacrifices, for your sake, your own sake. And
his endurance is teaching you and conveying the message to you from a loss of power. This builds that personal connection with the Prophet, and then you're pleased with the Prophet
Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam as your Prophet and the messenger, and then you get the pace, faced email. And once you face that, you find that it is
very, very sweet.
Very important from us, that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says that he wanted the hell out of a man and you can have a mercy
him, North America,
center three days whoever has that whoever finds that with taste, the sweetness highlighted even the sweetness of things for a while this messenger messenger be more beloved to you than yourself, that everybody else including yourself, what are you
to love your fellow Muslim, for nothing, except for the sake of Allah for the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala at the heat to go back to this relief, after mercy defend as much as you need to be thrown into the fire.
So any sort of a family mess your home and we talked a little bit about this.
So once you have, once you have got to this point, it is the point of finding the sweetness of faith.
Stay there, build on it, because you're on the right spot.
Now you're you're going to be growing in increments, in small increments, you're going to be added.
But if we have not gotten there, if we don't have any sweetness, then we're still lost. And we should still be seeking pursuing a way defined to get to that spot that fertile ground for our face to grow. In order for your faith to grow. You have to have fertile ground. You did not find the fertile ground yet. If you don't have any sweetness, then you're still looking at now. You're anxious
Looking you can't afford to not find soon, you can't afford to waste fine. You don't have a fertile ground for your face to grow, that is disastrous, that is detrimental. So you will be anxiously looking until you find. And then when you find that you have this some sweetness in your heart, and you do have you converse with the last part of Allah, this Southern Mona gel with a lust
in prayer and you do feel, you know, empowered by, and so on, built in increments that
do not fit. Furthermore, a big woman hasten forgiveness for more, I'm not telling you in small increments, but they'll be consistent increments, the bigger the brother, but more consistent is better than big. So they have to be consistent, there has to be endures, you know, and consistency, and you build in increments. One of the things that will help you stay there is the remembrance of the frequent remembrance of also
when you're alone. And then if you're not alone, you find the people that will remind you of a loss of material members all the time.
So if you're alone, that you have to be in a state of remembrance, meeting in person with a love reflecting on the creation of a lot champion some verses from the upper air and reflecting on the meanings of those verses from the prayer reflected within our laws of destinies and decrees I've got around you, and what happened here, what happened there and how it
takes care of this universe, reflecting on someone who died
yesterday or the day before he was younger than you, but this is the viewer
you know, returning to
that is why the process of
on the movies set
out to see me refer to quality or
he sat with them, shouldn't it have something else greater than fasting and prayer and charity? spending on your gold and silver and confronting you in your enemy in countering your enemy and smiting get their maximum base maintenance your next? They said Oh, yes, absolutely all Muslims are of a lot tell us and he said to them likova remember remembrance of Allah and Victrola and the remembrance of Allah is always greater. Do you think this remembrance is a mere verbal phenomena without diluting the importance of the verbal.
So this is the heart. That is basically
the roots of it is the thick of the top. And the corroborate one
was like a symbiotic relationship. Even if your mind is a little bit distracted, you're going to remind your heart.
If your heart center your mind, you're funny. Make sure that your thumb is reminding your heart.
How do you do this? If you're driving down route one, and not doing anything and you're just stuck in traffic and you're being resentful, and you're probably scratching your head or doing anything and looking around trying to get your cell phone out of your pocket to get a ticket? Why can't you just remind yourself of all why did you see yourself now?
I was gonna say with reflection, again enjoy that.
There is no doubt about that.
One should be invaded
at the expense of displeasing 99. So nothing is greater than the pleasurable they should rush home and faster because it's killing me more than I shouldn't have to worry about you know, getting laid off next month or months after he's American use. You know, my company's equal because it means that a wise provider Why is in control, I will rest assured that my destiny is in the hands of a lost prototype. So
then you say I have a lot of the time to reflect and learn your part.
We'll pick up from there, and we'll be reminded volume. But
the higher station is one of the heart doesn't remember it's all the time and the heart is sending the signals to the fire. So the time is almost compelled to make because the heart is still remember us, and it should lead us on the phone. It is not on the contrary, it is the heart. It's one of the hearts and minds. But if your heart is failing to remind you, let your hungry mind your heart
until it becomes a second nature. And not there is nothing wrong about this but
acting in this way, is not a bad thing is the prophet SAW someone's selling
and we still learning at hand which is forbearance is true practice. So make tea you know, like, certainly make believe your executive was
great keeping to yourself that I will start to do this. So are your way to work or your way back for more. Even at work. If you have like a lightbulb moment at work and you're in the remember alliances kind of continent and Allah Allah Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, me need to have something to give to a lucky person, because that's part of remembrance. And that's why the Prophet said observables
is the core of worship is an event is because interact you are in a state that remembers and not only in a state of remembrance of a loved one, a state of recognition of a loss of greatness, lust and passion, because you don't ask someone who's not great and people omnipotent, you know, and you don't ask someone even if he's very capable. But if he's not compassionate and not wanting to help you out, why don't you ask? So what is a recognition of all this is a reminder of our hearts of all of us. So Me, me,
pastors and tourists make sure that you're not yerba is
basically cut off from your heart, because I've
had to record this effectively to dolomiten.
than ask the loss of our family certainty, that He will answer you, as the certainty that he will answer you, but make but know that alone not accepted or the suffocation of art that is distracting, and he is distracted. So radio hides the presence of a loss of product and then we got
beautiful generous response
resurrection will need to
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