Channel: Hussain Kamani
Mufti Hussain Kamani gives advice to students of knowledge – the future Imams and scholars.
Delivered at Ebrahim College’s Halaqah, The Seekers Station.
I wanted to first of all, thank the brothers in college for inviting me for this beautiful gathering.
We were blessed to somehow fit this in the schedule. But to be honest with you, the best of gatherings are those with the students. Because everyone else that we're speaking to, we hope that one day they become students. And those that our students are the people that we enjoy sitting with, in the last panel keeps all the students as long as we live.
When I was studying in Mother Teresa,
towards the end of our studies,
in the if that if that part of the course in particular, we studied a book by Edna Najim, very great Hanafi scholar. And the book that he's written is actually a very beautiful book on the collider principles of physics.
And many of you may have also heard of it by its name, and it's about when the light
at the end of the book, there are a few pages there. When you read those pages, I felt that they were very important pages. And I won't be able to cover it all today, neither do I have an intention to read it or translate it. But I just wanted to point out for those of you who have the ability to read out of me, or those of you who are more advanced in their studies, you should go to the end of algebra one divided by even in a gene. And there is
a section there, the advice given to Mr. hanifa de la era to students will use of antibiotics.
When we use the law era, more or less, you know, in your words, was graduating from the Institute, after spending years and years and years with this great teacher, when he was leaving,
he gave him some very valuable advice. And to be honest with you, I couldn't even put that advice in bullet point form. Because every sentence had a unique piece to it. The way he said the way he was preparing his student, because there is an aspect of First of all, being motivated to study knowledge for me to talk about that now probably isn't as important considering you're already sitting here. And there is an aspect of the virtue of seeking knowledge which Mashallah you guys already attaining. So we'll leave that for another day as well.
And then we know that we have to act upon our knowledge. But one of the biggest parts of seeking knowledge is knowing how to deliver it to the community.
Because a part of a seeking knowledge. You know, they say that if you were to summarize the chain of seeking knowledge from beginning to end,
it starts off with sincerity,
then it goes to learning. And then it ends with acting. And then finally property. So these are the four steps, the four keys, the four chains, the links here, for your process, your chain and learning slump. First of all, you want to make sure you're sincere to class. The second is that you seek the knowledge. And the third thing is that you then act upon the knowledge. And the last thing, which is one of the most important things, and this is where I wanted to focus today is how to then take that knowledge that you've acted upon the knowledge that you've learned with sincerity and teach it to other people. Because this is where a lot of people lose it. They're not sure how to do
it. And many of our people, many of our scholars and community leaders, may Allah have mercy on all of them, increase their crew, increase them in knowledge in the efforts, but we find sometimes they find it hard to integrate into the community. And sometimes they find it hard to protect that in that they have. So I wanted to take a few things, and a few points that I thought would be beneficial for this gathering and discuss them.
The first thing
is that when you have an intention to teach someone something, and each and every one of you, if you've been here for some degree for some part of your life, even for a year or two, you have the ability to teach the knowledge that you have after being here for a semester or two at an Islamic Institute is greater than majority of the people outside the Islamic Institute. Is that right or wrong? Yes, sir. That's right. You already have so much to offer. When I was in Marisa, after studying there for one or two years, I you know, the teachers that used to teach us in the academic part of our studies of schooling, we have the ability to teach them stuff. I remember there were
teachers who taught me math and science, I would sit with them and I would talk to them about Islamic things. And I was still maybe 1112 years old because what I was learning here, I was passing it on over there. And what I was learning here, I was trying to make sure I can teach it over here. So you always have the ability to teach
But when you're going out to teach someone for anyone, anything, whether it's your spouse, whether it's your friend, whether it's your child, whether it's your parent, the first thing you need to make sure is that you're doing it for the right intention, for all intentions, will dissolve the reward of the greatest action. The very famous Hadith, you can find it's a Muslim, the first three people to go to the fire. The first person is the charity man, the charitable man, the second person is the knowledgeable person. And the third person is the martyr. And all these three, if you look at them, their their efforts are great. And man spends all of his life man spends all this time a man
spends his entire wealth for the sake of Allah. But at the end of it, he walks up with nothing. Rather, he's being the first person to be sent to the fire. The purpose isn't knowledge. This is the point that I'm making the mcsa in our lien, the actual goal isn't knowledge. What's the actual goal?
What is it?
Thank you guys pleasing Allah subhana wa Tada. When I went to study in Northern Virginia.
I remember one time one senior student, he sat me down, he invited me to his room for a cup of tea. That's a British thing. So he invited me to his room for a cup of tea, and we sat down and we're having tea. And then while we were having tea, he said to me, where are you from? I said, I'm from Chicago, America. He said, Oh, very good. Why are you here? So I said, I'm here because my parents sent me here. He said, that's a bad intention. So I said, Okay, well, I'm here because I want to learn knowledge. He said, that's a bad intention. And literally, I told him, maybe 50 to 60 things, I made up random, small things to somehow get him to say that's good. And finally, when I got fed
up, I said, Okay, what is the right intention? He said, there's only one right intention in this matter, which is to please Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is actually exactly what Monique was audio, but the lady has written in here along with Dean, in the first chapter of his book, The first chapter of the epic has ever written down on the dean. And if you guys have a chance to open it or read it, what's the first chapter Does anyone know?
What's the first chapter Kitab, and the virtue and the book on knowledge. And this is exactly what the Moms Demand is writing in there. The only reason why you seek knowledge, before he gives you knowledge, he says, let's talk about knowledge. Let's first define what knowledge is. Because when you really sit down, and he realized that his definition to knowledge, that knowledge was put on hold it gives virtue for is very different. Now, some people say, you study mathematics and you the fish in the ocean and the birds in the sky or making law for you, because that's considered knowledge. Not according to law. This definition is a very specific definition for knowledge. I'm
not going to go through it though. Regardless, the point that we're making here is that when you're seeking knowledge, we as Muslims when we come to a mother, so we aren't here to gather information. We're here to seek knowledge. And there's a very big difference between information and knowledge. What we're after is something practical. We're here to please Allah subhana wa Tada. And this is the most important thing you can ever remember your entire life. The most important thing
you know, the last 10 Sutras, the last 10 to us.
Where do they start from?
And I'm told, okay, if if our Buddha was having feed until the end, okay, these 10 sutras?
Why are they in the order? They are? Do you find any sequence between the 10
Can someone share a sequence that comes to your mind regarding the last 10 suitors of the Quran? Because we realize that the verses of the Quran and their sequence and the chapters of the Quran of their sequence, they have a meaning to them, according to some scholars that they'll be fee according to others. They're not regardless, these still have a detailed meaning right? to them. There's a message that allows that it's convenient. Anyone have any ideas? What the what the last 10 students are actually talking about in terms of their sequence? What kind of message are they giving
anyone take this
be mindful of to be mindful of the fire this vague it's good Mashallah. Good guess. Anything else? Okay. The last 10 sutras of the Quran, from Twitter feed all the way to the end. If you're going to take notes, this is a good time for you to put pen to paper out because I'm going to lay it lay a lot on you guys right now, from sort of feed until the end. These last 10 suitors in reality are the summary of the life of the Prophet some level audio so the Prophet Muhammad said a lot of it was that it was entirely entire life is summarized from Surah field until the end of shooting us. I'll explain to you how I didn't have intention to do this. But since this is something that's, you know,
some enemy discussion, so we'll go through it inshallah. There's a verse in the Quran Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions
with called Abraham rock which Allah had abandoned me was
when I'm in the middle of relying
on the woman cover for me to clean from
first use of Reddit the biggest loss of power and you guys reached out to me right? Does everyone everyone sitting here to somebody who reached out to me? Yes, no? Yes, no. Yes. Okay. That's
the transition of this verse is that Allah subhanaw taala says and remember the time when Ibrahim Ali Salaam he said, Oh my Lord, make this a peaceful and prosperous city, which I'll have another minute What is up and grant its people from sustenance, meaning making a prosperous city, men and women who rely on your will often However, my love for these two things are only for those who believe in Allah. Not for those who don't believe Allah azzawajal said, Amen.
I won't stop at the believers, I will also give these things prosperity and peace to us as well. Those who disbelieve as well through a thorough law, but if they don't appreciate it, then they will be forced to the fire of help. this very same verse is actually repeated in solidity, Brahim, very same verse, more or less similar words, in that verse in this verse, the first verse is sort of a last in the first verse, which is a sort of bucket of Allah subhanaw taala says, way the god Abraham would have been had had
by now, but then, what is the word but then in terms of Arabic grammar?
Nikita, thank you so much. It's nothing but you guys would recognize, right? It's a general word. It's not specified, as opposed to what's the opposite of Nikita, Monica? this very same. This INR is repeated in suit Ibrahim. And there are lots of hands on assist with God even though he may not have had
alborada. Now this place, what is that word?
It's modified. It's no longer nothing. Right? specified correct. What's the difference? Why is it a one place is modified? Why is it in other places document? The reason for this is because the first first Ibrahim on his son, I was making these sort of Bukhara when he arrived in mucca, mucca, mucca, mucca, DOMA was nothing. You guys understand? No one was living there. There was nothing there. Therefore, he called it by then
Nothing was there. The second verse he's making after people have not populated the city people are living there. Therefore he calls it by law, does it referring to a city that had not been established? Now? Anybody Saddam's law was very unique with Allah subhanho wa Taala accepted it. And this is beautiful that we know as human beings who studied civilizations in history, that the only way you can actually live in a community is if you have two things, peace and prosperity. If your city is a peaceful, what happens? You have to finish a refugee and go to another city. If you can't find a house. If you can't find foster prosperity, what happens you have to migrate and prosperity
is not only a feeding yourself physically, but also feeding yourself spiritually. That's why you find scholars they travel for the sake of spirituality. They travel for the sake of learning the hobbies, the strap the travel for the sake of learning. Are you guys following me? The Prophet said aloud while he was sitting in his companions, they performed the hatred up and it's not that migration they performed what was the base of
prosperity for the sake of spirituality? Are you guys following me here? Okay. Allah subhanho wa Taala accepted this law of Ibrahim Ali Salaam to grab the city Mocambo karma these things that it will be peaceful, it will be secure, it will be a prosperous city. Now Allah subhana wa tada reminds us of how he accepted this though. First of all in sort of feet we secure this city with safety and I'm not okay if either of us have been feet and then we educate them and feet are the deal de wattle Santa Ana him playing a hobby for me him without him in jail for Halloween costume. You try to attack the city that era he made peace for? We're going to send birds after you. prosperity Allah
promised the ILA feverish, Isla for him. This Cheetah, he was safe. A loss of handle that I gave the people in Arabia, the ability to not make only one business trip a year but how many to this Cheetah and the winter they went down in Yemen and will save in the winter and the summer they went up for Syria turns shop, they had double the prosperity that other people they were making double the money. Okay, but Allah subhanho wa Taala gives you prosperity and peace when he gives you money of the world and he gives you physical prosperity. Now it's time for you to nurture yourself spiritually as well yes or no spiritual prosperity fell Yabu
from the heart and bait.
Now worship your Lord and spiritually nourish yourself. Allah subhana wa tada says, however, there will be a group of people who will still reject even after Allah gives it even in our community for Allah gives us so much. How often does it happen that we don't think a lot? Allah just says our aten lady, you can reboot with Dean. Do you not see the one who was rejected? Can you see that person after we gave him peace after we gave him prosperity still rejecting that Allah subhana wa tada in this
Era he describes a person who rejects with four characteristics have any
number one, Leia humblot, amin, miskeen,
and Latina whom Ancelotti himself and levena. whom your own. You have now,
four things. The first thing that I hope a lot of ominous keen, does not encourage on feeding the poor and Latina woman Salatu himself who is forgetful of prayer, not praying saw, and let me know who you are on when they are praying, they're showing off, you have not ruined on my own, they aren't giving themselves a lot of power that I mentioned for things that that the one who rejects does not in return to that Allah subhana wa tada in the next slot and Sudha Cofer, he tells us of how to deal with these four illnesses. They don't encourage, to give. They don't encourage to give like a whole lot of time in the scheme. Your solution to that is in our culture we have given you in
abundance, encourage people to give in abundance. They don't pray for suddenly, you should pray. They show off or they're praying for Sol li li Arabic, you pray only for your Lord. They weren't giving your own 100 you sacrifice in giving for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Once you've identified your enemy, remember one thing that there will be battles, and every physical battle starts with a verbal battle. Yeah. If you don't, there's going to be a verbal battle first. But after the verbal battle when you beat them the computer kumala Dean is going to be a physical battle either Jeff I'd also love he would fight and every battle that comes before you fight the big battle
there's going to be an individual that's going to come and he's going to be the leader of that battle, but the other
one you victorious and you win everything. Never forget the reason why you did all this was for the sake of Columbo Allahu Ahad and remember, along with your external enemy, there are enemies that you have to deal with internally, two types of enemies, there are physical enemies and there are spiritual enemies who are a little bit up in follow Misha Rima, Allah, the physical and then there is a spiritual enemy. What are all the bit I've been medic in law in Maine, Chevron was was, was lost and cannot unless he was unless he was with the fee salute. And last minute Jim nuttiness. The last 10
are actually a summary of the life of the Prophet said a lot of things. And what we learned from this has helped us upon what Allah teaches the prophets that allow them to remain sincere and focus. And tomorrow when you guys step out of this institute, the one thing that we need
is we need a group of people to step out of here who are sincere for the sake of lust.
Other things will come trust me, if you are sincere. You know, there's a proverb anatomy Some people claim to be a narration, but then there's a discussion amongst them on the theme on its authenticity. So it's better off to take it as a proverb because it's been used frequently as well.
They say Mankato de la casa de la Hello. Then whoever dedicates themselves to Allah, Allah will take care of them.
And this is actually very clear in the Quran, Allah which it says, omega token Allah for Allah has whoever realized that Allah Allah will take care of everything. You'll be amazed to see once you become a scholar inshallah very soon how people will raise you on a pedestal and you'll see how the world will fall to your feet. And no longer will you be called Hamza or Abdullah Mohammed or Amina, Xena or Fatima. Now you will be called Shiva and move to an Anima and annamma to the man and the brothers are gonna call you shift alarm I got some super hot
you know, and they're gonna go on and on and on, and you're gonna have so many great titles very soon inshallah. But remember one thing, that these titles are not the goal, the knowledge is not the goal. What is the goal?
pleasing the lesson? This is exactly what Rumi said in his method. He said Gemma is two steps away. What did he say? JOHN is two steps away, one on your knifes the second foot of yours is going to be agenda.
Simply what please one start ups, stomp your nuts down, stop your inner desire down and the second foot of yours is going to land directly inside gender. Right? This is where we need our scholars to be sincere for the sake of us.
As students today, every single day make the law a lot before you go to sleep that He grants you sincerity because insincere scholars were the greatest, you know, greatest across
the greatest damage that was caused to the oma was not externally it was actually internal scholars who weren't well grounded in their tradition. Scholars weren't sincere for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada. People who sold themselves out. And I'm sure in England you guys have your own stories in America. We have our stories too.
I can name people, but it's not appropriate. But the reality is that there are people in Islamic history and even in current day scholars, who because they lacked insincerity, rather than benefiting people in the long run, they actually ended up harming people. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us from that.
And it's gonna make it clear, I'm not referring to any group in particular, I'm just making a statement about insincere individuals. I'm not referring to any particular group and calling people out, that's not what I'm doing. I'm referring to individuals, you know, particularly individuals within communities sometimes, you know, you can see there's a lot of damage that comes out of it. So remain focused and sincere for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada. And like I mentioned, there'll be a lot of byproduct of being sincere. When you're sincere. A lot of good comes with it. There's a very famous scholar from the Indian subcontinent by the name of Jeff
Schakowsky nanotubes. A lot of you guys have heard of the name, check us and he was the founder of Domino Dilbert. And, you know, obviously, as any Islamic Institute, there's always a need for funds. So when he gave a lecture, and he was talking about the importance of donating to the Islamic institutes, he went to the masjid and one rich man from the community, he came with a bag of money and he said, shift, take this money and the shift when he saw him, he knew this individual and he had a strong feeling that this guy by giving money thinks he's favoring the mothers. So he didn't want to take the money. Because he thought that if I take the money from him, he's gonna feel the
mother that says indebted to him. So he didn't want to take the money. He said to that Brother, you know, thank you so much for this but I appreciate you just take us back home we'll find money from somewhere else bought a lottery ticket home. This man he insisted and insisted insisted the shifts that I'm not going to take. And he wouldn't say the budget to pray Salah that man is a wealthy man. He felt shy as well that how can I take money back home one sent me an intention to give it so he left it by the shoes of shift. last known
shift was a military coup de la jolla when he came out. He saw the money line way issues and he said to students, that this is how Allah subhanaw taala delivers money to us. This is how Allah subhanaw taala delivers the will to us, not in our hands, not even at our feet. But right next to our shoes. What will come to you, you know, there are very few scholars in Islamic history who actually died of hunger. There were some scholars that are overeating, though. Right, who's the big who's a very famous scholar who died? Who died of overeating.
In my Muslim Rahmatullah era, right, Muslim Hajaj, he was giving a lecture, you know, someone asked him a question. And he said that, oh, I don't know the reference for this author. I'll let you know the next day. He came alongside of his library. His wife said, it's dinnertime. He said, I'm not gonna eat dinner until I find the honey. His wife said, okay, while you're finding the honey and she put it, she took, you know, snack back, not chips, but she put a basket of dish. She said, munch on these while you're searching, and she closed the door, he must until he passed away. He had an overdose, it updates. My Muslim, he just knew there are people who are over eight and passed away.
But the art scholars who died out of hunger, money should never ever be your golden life. But at the same time, your goal should be nothing other than to please Allah subhana wa Tada. And there are 10s and 10s and 10s of stories of scholars who literally had nothing in the world other than the pleasure of a lot. They were happy with that. For my teachers, teachers. I don't even know if we're gonna get to the other ones, by the way. Okay, my teachers teacher,
she had a slum, how have you guys ever heard of that name? He was actually the chef and how do you know Marie before she is without it? And all of my teachers, more or less, they all studied it, but
I was honored by studying by his sons, she included health and I believe he also said, you guys.
So you know, Shannon will have one day he said to us, just the one day he said to us that I'd like to tell you guys about my father. So I said, Of course these are the reasons why I came to study and darlin very most people don't know this. But the reason why I came to study in England was because my teacher, the teacher who taught me memorization of the phone in America, he studied Mohali from shift Islam and how can India many, many, many years ago, and my teacher said to me that I have one desire for me. I said, What's that? He said, I want you to study Hadith from the same shift. I said it.
And I was like, that sounds awesome. I mean, imagine that you get a study from the same teacher who your teacher studied from you get to skip out a whole link in the middle. But the problem was, by the time I finished off him, then by the time I got to England, I passed away. I missed it. But I had the chance to study my son and his sons, just they would have said to us, sent to us one day in class that I like to tell you the story of my father. So I said, Please tell us your father's story. He said my father all he did his entire life from nine to four, you know that, you know, nine to four job. All he did, you know, five days a week, even on Saturday, part time is he would come to
the mothers and he would sit here unsafe part of a sort of law, sort of
imagine that being your nine to four job. That's baller status guys. That's like, amazingly Amazing, right? He's in Panama City law sort of law to some economists.
And he said, in return my father used to get a brown envelope with a few pounds inside there. Maybe 120 pounds a week. I don't know what to give them a minimum wage if even that much in a month you maybe get 800,000 pounds.
He had a big family decent amount of kids, wife, children to look after. Now, if someone in our community would only get a few 100 pounds, you know, wage, and they have multiple kids that have a house look after and all this other good stuff, what kind of life would they be living a
life of depression? Yes, you'd be sad worried about the financial crisis. But his state was such that
amazing. He says that my father, you would go to homra every few every so often. And he wouldn't go along. He take people with him. You know, the rich people that our communities still dream to go to Holland. And these poor people financially, are going for him. He says one day What happened was my father became very old, he went, and this is when he passed away. Last year. He went, took us down the tube on in the month of Ramadan. And he says that we were
in the city of Medina, Manila. It was the last 10 days.
He said it was the 27th night. My father after he said, Ah, he went for salons without all the profits. That alone he was sort of the cream of the crop system. And he told the rest of us today is going to be a long time you guys should go. They said, Oh, Father, it's not the salon because he used to prolong the farewell center. He said, Well, not for you, but maybe for me. And he sent them all home. And he stood in front of the roll out of office that allowed him instead of any convenient long, so hour plus. Then he came back to the hotel and everyone was sleeping. He said he woke us all up at 1am in the morning, and said to us, let's have soda right now. And the kids said dad who has
my name in the morning, he said,
I want to have a meal with you guys. And he sat down had heard of everyone he put all the kids to sleep. His one son who was your teacher, he said no to how to stand with me and the 100 salah and he says when my father went into the such that he never got up again.
And it shows you how wealthy These men are. How much if if if a debt like that was tangible, and it was auction on eBay, what do you think the price would be? Be honest. How much would people pay? You know, those of you guys who are you know, eBay buyers, online buyers, how much would you auction a ticket of passing away in the month of Ramadan? Last 10 days, Madina munawwara 27th night after converting beautiful lawns and onto the pockets of them, it was them, having some fun with your family, going into Saturday while praying the 100 next year, son, and that's the end of your life. Right. And this is where you learn the power of sincere, never let wealth fool you. Never let fame
fool you. Because sometimes the people that are unknown in this world are the ones that are known to us.
And the people that are known in this world are actually unknown to Allah subhanho wa Taala. He has nothing to do with. And I'll tell you guys what it is, which may scare the Wits out of you because this is what reminds me to repent every day. The purpose of a lot more today was that I'm said
in the law. Hello, you are the dean, the president.
Just because you're serving the dean doesn't make your pious doesn't mean you're pious. Just because you're giving lectures doesn't mean you're pious. The Prophet said a lot of them says sometimes Allah supports this Deen through a transgressor as well.
Allah uses him for the deen as well. So even if you're serving the deen, tomorrow, even if you become a new mom, even if you become a deep, you know till today I fear my own self, I don't know where I am in the sight of
constantly asked for forgiveness. And pray that Allah subhanaw taala grants you sincerely. Anyway, we have some other good things to go through. So let's cover some of them.
So good intention is obviously one of the most important things. So we like spending a lot of time talking about that. The second thing that's very important is that you protect the honor of your knowledge. When you step out of here, you have to remember your knowledge as an honor. You don't have
to differentiate between the two of you as an individual. Do you have any honor?
We're no one's we're nobody. Who are you guys ever going to shift us? shifting is john Cooney, this famous scholar from India. He comes to England every so often for people crowding around London and London very, some of you guys may have heard of him. It's a very good scholar, his entire life. He didn't get married, because of his love for his entire life. But it's actually the prominent predominant opinion in the shop at a school of thought, right? That if a person can dedicate their life for the sake of honey, it's preferable for them to do that, rather than getting married and being distracted from teaching it. Therefore, many slavery scholars actually did this, who was the
most famous one who didn't get married for the sake of honey,
even though we're very good, even though we don't have to lie on it was a scholar who was known for not getting married his entire life, for his dedication. How do you shift he is one of them and I had the chance to meet him on many different occasions. very knowledgeable man, I'm telling you, pious individual. Regardless, one day What happened was that I was I was appointed to push his wheelchair during the days of Hutch ama Comicon. So one day What happened was I took them for another live slot. I took them inside the home in the residence in Mocambo karma. And we saw him down on place. There was a we took the wheelchair put it against the pillar on the side, and I was
sitting next to him. There were a few other scholars that were also sitting there.
We stayed there until mother them until they shot after shot. So that was over. One random brother, he came to the shift and he said, somebody call me kiss the shift senator.
And he walked off.
In other things like I was like, random brother just came, say the law. Good luck. Mashallah. Good, bro. Good job, right? A few minutes later, an African brother comes and he kisses and she has blah, blah, blah. And you know what happened in Saudi Arabia right when one person does what does everyone else do? The copyright. So before you know what everyone's got their brothers in shift blah, blah blah but kissing his head and shaking his head. And you guys know for those of you who've been to mK omokoroa they say, No, no, no, the homeowner, what does that mean?
You can't gather around no congregation you can't have unofficial gatherings. So before we know it, all the cameras and the machines are turning towards us. I felt like I was being arrested by the FBI or something. And all these guys, can you guys walk in the skinny officers they walked up with their sticks saying get out here and get out of here. And they're pushing us or they're shoving and pushing us pushing all the crowd away. And finally when they pushed everyone away, one of the officers they came to the ship and he lifted a stick. What are you doing get out of the machine like that. So then we told the guy this chillax a little, we'll take him out of here. So we put them on
the wheelchair, we're pushing him out. And when I was walking out of King Abdulaziz gate, which was near that job area where he was staying, the ship was in tears. I asked him I said, Why are you crying?
You know, we apologize if anything with the officer said was harsh or mean to you? He didn't mean it. He said no, no, that's not what I'm crying. He said. The reason I'm crying is because
those people weren't kissing me. They were actually kissing the knowledge of a sort of loss of allowance. And
then these were his words. He says who is john, who is Eunice is Eunice corny. Who's Eunice Yunus was a young kid who used to walk around in the sleeveless shirt and shorts in a small city of India called john paul, who no one was ever to ever know of. How do you not fall in love with Huggies?
And that's the reality that you have a responsibility towards.
And that had ease in that knowledge of Islam. Your responsibility really isn't to do with you. It's more to do with your knowledge. So tomorrow when you step out anything but it's a very fine line because after you study you and your knowledge almost become the same. In the eyes of other people. You guys are the
butt but the eyes of yourself you are two completely different things. Are you guys following what I'm saying? From the eye of the average person when they look at you can they differentiate between you and knowledge? It's unfortunate but they kept the scholars in the past it encourages one person keeps the hustle and bustle and he said the hustle and bustle the dear husband.
Tell me the difference between Islam and Eamonn? No, sir, tell me the difference between Islam and Muslims. What's the difference between Islam and Muslims? Think about it. I'll come back and ask you later on for the answers. Yes, well,
Salah that's a prophetic answer. I mean, Mashallah. It's from a health perspective. How celibacy getting more philosophical? And so you get very detailed answer, no spiritual point to focus on. He said, there's no need to give me a few days. I'll give you the answer right now. He said Islam is in the books, Muslims are in the graves. Powerful statements. And this is who who's saying this? You know, my name, hustle and bustle. Who named him who named him Has anyone No.
One named him hustle. When the baby was born. Wow. This kid has great looks. Call him hustle. You know who suckled him you know who he is suckle from who cycles of hustling was.
The wife of the Prophet said a lot of money. He will suffer by the wives that are upset about money. This man was wise he was hustle and bustle isn't a joke. He's one of the people who everyone knows. That's why he was so close to the family. The Prophet soleimani was only about one he narrated from the loved one. That's the hustle and bustle. He says, Allah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. We know that hustle goes to the catenary directly for the purpose of the lesson because you never saw him. But the reason why he skipped his teacher's name was because his teacher was the individual by mentioning his teacher's name, his life could be online, and who was his teacher usually when he
a loved one. He skipped out on the loved ones name when he narrated but everyone knew that when he was skipping a narrator, his students knew that if I said listen, he said, Carla rasulillah, the Prophet sallallahu said directly you knew that who's you're referring to in the middle. I know the loved one, he was very close to the family of the purpose of Islam. You guys have to know this, that there is a difference between you and your knowledge. Never, ever do anything as an individual, even when you're studying that will affect the image of your knowledge. If you dressing in a particular way, at a dinner or wedding of your friend is going to give someone an image that scholars aren't
dressing properly and they're dressing in an escapist manner, then should you go ahead and dress that way, even though it's hot? I never thought I'm not talking about drama. That's not my discussion. Whether it's hot or not, that's irrelevant right now. But if it's going to if it's going to take your image as a student, or the Institute, which harbors and teaches this project,
acknowledge this beautiful muqarnas
What should you do at that time? should do it? Or should you leave?
Tonight, guys, you leave it, because now it's not about following holidays around now you help by a higher standard. And the highest standard is about preserving the honor of your knowledge. You guys understand that. And there are 10s of examples of this.
One was informed that one's hobby during the fight during the battles, you know, they have conquered many lands. And he found that once the hobby had married a Christian lady,
and he called it that leave the bad news. That's how he said to him that divorce, he said, but it's permissible under the law. One said, well, that's nothing you might know it's permissible. But the reason I'm telling you that is because you as a leader, if you do this, then all the Muslims are going to believe this is the trend, and no one will marry a Muslim girls. The leaders are held by a different standard. Because people follow them anatomy, we call this makuta. What do we call this, the one who is follow the system of Buddha. Right, the one who has followed, you know, they are held by a higher standard, you guys have to remember this, that you have to preserve your knowledge and
preserve yourself. Honor your knowledge. But at the same time, one thing I have to mention, this whole idea of preserving your knowledge and holding that higher standard shouldn't get to your head either. You guys understand that. So don't go home, don't come home, and expect your family members to now start respecting you. And start demanding respect from your wife and your styles and you know, and your children and start telling them. I have an alum now so you haven't Dad, you can't raise your voice against anymore. None of that stuff either. You know, I showed you love on how she mentioned when the pockets of allamani was set up an entry into the door, he would be so down to
earth that we would even forget he was a prophet of Allah.
We've forgotten we thought we forgot. He's to hug us and run around with us and pick up and walk around the house and play with the kids and toss them around and clean the house and go to sleep wherever he found place and eat whatever he found. We never even thought it was unprofitable. But she says as soon as he started his Salah, I would forget that he was even a human being.
You know, that's what I'm talking about. Okay, knowing the difference between your knowledge and yourself. You know, when I got married, when a very close friend of mine, actually my teacher, he's also a friend as well. Shama Patel, from California, Southern California, LA County, la near LA. I invited him to leave my nigga, I asked him if I would be honored if you live by God, because he was the one that taught me. He wasn't the one who taught me so he party, you're the higher sentences, but he was the one who taught me the ultimate of the
And I always felt it was most indebted to him. So I suggest you know, since you were the one who taught me the alphabet of RV, I would like you to teach me the alphabets of marriage to come and teach me my marriage and come into my new coffee. So he came into the new garden because I was a student of his he assured me, am I now I was serving in Chicago for some time and had like a large student base and everyone there, and they had never seen their teacher get butchered the way he butchered me that day. And he said, I'm saying, and I'm gonna share this advice with you guys. He said, Hussein, tomorrow when you get married, don't teach your wife like your student. She will be
the only lady on the face of this earth who will never ever even teach you as a scholar. And he said, Let me tell you a story. He said a story. And it's interesting because this story was it was the exact same story that she told one of his students
from Jordan. She has not told us very sensitive to his to his students say recent story. He said to me that there was a shift once everyone used to respect him. Everyone took him as the biggest shift of the community other than his, his wife, his wife is to say that guy's a crook. Stay away from it. And as soon as you say,
martial law she EXILIM to hold your slippers. Let me do this for you. Let me do that for you. Let me iron your clothes for you. And they're all doing
this. There's actually a culture in our community called has autism, which I'm not going to talk about anyway.
And we're pleased over him. And his wife said, this guy's a scam. Leave him alone. So some of his leads when they the followers they came, and they kind of fudge around. Would you say what are you seeing tonight that will mess you up, give her a tough time. She came and told her husband she came to the husband that you know you're with us next time they come in the house, I will let you out of the house again. They come to me again, I'm not gonna get you out of the house, then you can close all this business because I'm not gonna let you even see these guys again. So he went to his students and said guys,
sensitive, leave her alone. It's between me and her. Allah subhanaw taala rewarded rewarded for each other right? For for whatever we do. Regardless, one day What happened was a shift took his wife for a picnic. They were sitting outside and eating. And the chef said to his wife, give me a few moments I have to step up. She said go. So he stepped off for a few moments. While the wife was sitting there. She saw a man flying in the air
that was flying in the air. The shift came back and the wife sitting you know, you act like you're a big ship. I saw that flying in the air. He's the wheelchair.
He says Well, that was me.
She says Oh No wonder you're flying crooked.
You are real.
He would have been flying straight.
Shift seven moral learned is that don't impose your knowledge and other people don't impose your piety and other people. If you have to stand up in front of people, and call yourself Schiff, then in reality, there is an issue. You respect the honor, you preserve the honor of that knowledge. How so? through your actions, you don't have to actually ever see the purpose of the law does that ever need to stand up and say, guys start respecting me? Yes or No, the companions knew what to do was very interesting, because just last night, I was sitting with Chef anila. He's, he's a father of one of my, one of my very close friends he won't buy from from zaytuna in California, he lives here in
London. So I went to meet him. And I was talking to my sous chef. You know, before we give lectures, there's this bad disease in our community, that's completely unprofessional.
That people read BIOS before the lecture, to present people in their face. When the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is that Far
Cry, but the thing that takes soil and throw it on the face of anyone who praises you in front of you, is that right or wrong? So I said to him, what's the ruling on this? Should we allow it or should we not allowed? So then shift went on a whole lecture whole tangent of praise and Bibles being read aloud and stuff. In summary, what he said is that in a Bible, only those things should be mentioned, which are academic, and allow the community to feel that the speaker speaking to them is relevant to them. anything more than that shouldn't be mentioned at all. Don't allow people to praise because praise will overtake you very quickly. The point that I mentioned in here is preserve
your knowledge. But find that fine line, and don't allow you preserving your knowledge to ultimately turn into being a source of given and prideful. Are you guys following me here? How often doesn't happen that scholars who are so busy about preserving their knowledge actually end up becoming beyond the reach of people. If you want to speak to that shift, you have to go through five different people, you have to go five different people. And then finally, they tell you, how's it doing arama. Now, please come back half an hour later, and then come back here and come back then. And it becomes so hard. That's what the purpose of the law while he was.
He was such a great nanny, such a great Navy. But for the purpose of the Lord is anyone that wanted to talk to him, open door policy, you'd walk in, sit down to the conference that allowed Islam and have a beautiful chat and hadn't mentioned, he would never be the first person to leave the conversation. You guys heard that you guys heard of that before. It's an Shema, that if anyone, either deaf or that is definitely Jimmy, when he spoke to someone, he turned to them completely. And he would speak to them completely, he would have turned his head like this and talk to them in arrogance, he would turn his entire body. And when he was shake hands this habit say he would never
withdraw his hand first from the shake, we would have to pull that first, he would always come in 100%, allowing people to feel that he really cared for them. That was the hobby. And I saw this with my teachers. I had seen this with my teachers. And I hope that tomorrow your students see this for you guys as well. That I said, This is my shift. Once I say to him shift, you know, when I sit with you, I feel like I'm the closest person to you. Do you guys ever feel like that with your teachers, they give you so much attention, so much love so much care, that you feel you're very, very close to them that if you asked your ship to do anything he did for you. I feel like that was my teachers.
And my chefs that to me that this is actually perfect. One companions, one sitting with the purpose of a loud incident. And he feels so close to the park because of after somebody looked at me smiled. He was very jolly. He was asking about how things were going. And there was he felt such a good vibe that he says that what happened was that when I was I was enjoying my time with the province of Milan. And then finally I thought you know what, for the sake of history, I might as well just toss the curveball and see if I make it in the Hall of Fame. He says the lessons of a lot. Who do you love the most?
I might as well try it right. They said Who do you love the most?
Professor? And he said Who do you love the most of your companions of?
The prophet SAW Some said
he got a little sad. Because they were Walker's big time or two men. This was after that.
He was our
father again. Okay, because after that said off, man.
Who's that after that? It
was after that.
Then way then so after that after a comma, and then sorry, and then our and Assamese and finally I stopped asking because I thought of when my name wasn't gonna be on the list. This is an irritation. So it ends. He said, I finally stopped asking because I thought my name is not gonna get on that list. But in reality before he asked that question, the prophet SAW someone just being honest, he was being honest, because he asked him honesty. So there's nothing wrong with that the answer you get. There's no point lying to people, you praise them. But at the same time when such an absolute question is asked, and people are going to record this narration history, it's very clean. It's very
good to keep things clear. But at the same time, what we learn is the prophetic model that when you're with him, you felt that there was no one in the world who related to you more than he did. You felt like everything.
He said it was for you. His jokes made us smile. You know, his knowledge amazed you his character, and encourage you to move forward with your character. His speech inspired you, there was something about the process that allowed your setup. And this is what we want out of you guys sitting here tomorrow we don't want scholar stepping out of here who stand up and are criticizing other people who use the member of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam as a source to create fitna who use their knowledge to put other people down, who are constantly arguing insincerely with other scholars, and creating fitna within facade within the community, this is something that we don't want, preserve
your knowledge, and know that this is a responsibility that has been passed on to you from the select from the scholars of our, you know, past. The next thing, I don't think too much of you guys, I'm gonna run through some of these things, you know, along with another responsibility of the scholar is to ensure that you maintain Zoho
as an individual that was about preserving your knowledge. Now, this is more personal, maintaining your resort and your buckler. What does that mean? That means maintain your piety? What does this include? Obviously, fulfilling your obligations, you know, if you're studying the knowledge of the internet now, and you are still not functional with your five times Sala, we have a problem.
You guys understand that? If you guys sitting here, the sisters in particular, and also the brothers and I'm sorry, if I come off a little harsher, that's okay. But I'm gonna say it, because I feel that this is the gathering that I have to say, if I can't see in this gathering, I can't see it anywhere else. If the systems in this crowd cannot work a job, we have a problem. That's a mandated issue with an RD. You guys follow that? If the brothers in our community can't dress modestly, that's an issue. We need to make sure as scholars, we can maintain Zod and taqwa, what does it mean? So it means abstinence. So what abstinence actually means is that when you become a scholar, when
you leave this community, when you leave this building of yours, and you step out into the real world, outside, people are going to throw themselves at you. You guys understand that? What are people going to do?
They're going to throw themselves at you. If someone comes and offers you a big sum of money, should you push me to take it and show green houses? Should you start over the praising their houses or overly praising their cars? Yes or no. You shouldn't show interest in their things should praise marshmallow good house must have the nice car on my electric car near Well, that's it. There's no need for a scholar, the simplest, amazing car, and I've always dreamed to have this car. And this car is so good. You may have an extra one. Just let me borrow this one for a few days. And then after that you don't show interest. The purpose of the Madison said
is had Finn Buccola was had FEMA in the nest.
He said that it's hard to fit in Yeah. abstain from the world, along with love you and abstain from what people have and the people will love you. The second you show interest in what people have and you become greedy for what they have. People aren't going to love you anymore. You're going to be left to the side because there are many scholars who came before and sold themselves to the community. I can give you guys examples. From my own experience. A man came up to me Thursday morning in Chicago, he knocks on my door. Elder said 74 what's happening, Brother, you know, do you need something because he came to my house? Usually people don't come to the house. So he said, I
wanted to take you for a drive. I said I'm still in a PJs, you can just take me for a drive and you have to let me know I gotta get ready. So I said give me a few moments, I'll wash up and I'll come with you. I had an open morning anyway. So I joined him then we drove down Peterson Avenue in Chicago. And when we drove straight down across Clark, and a little down close to Lake Shore, he pulled into a garage.
So what's this place? He said shift, I want you to choose whichever car you want from here. It's a gift for me to you. Right. And we're in a showroom right now in a garage. And I looked around and I said, Brother, you know, I really appreciate your generosity. I'm sorry, I can't take anything from you. He said no one from I said, Brother, even if it's from you, why don't you do this? by this card? We'll give it to your wife. Right? She'll give you a kiss on the cheek. That's better than me giving the logical you guys have mercy on you guys, right? husband, wife initial love to each other allows mercy on is that right or wrong? Yes. Not going to show love to them. There's no need to
overdo this with scholars. He went back home. And then later on, he came to him and he said shift. I just wanted you to know at that time I was infatuated. That happens. When you come to someone, you give them some advice at a time in their life where they really need help. What happens to people, they become infatuated? And he said had I given you that gift it would have been sincere. But the repercussion of that what I probably destroyed my life because that was actually the saving for his house that he was using to give to me to buy a car.
Right? Never abuse people don't show interest in what they have shows. Show on it. And when you have never lower yourself if you're sitting with 10 people, and this isn't about arrogance, I want you guys to draw a fine line between you as an individual and your knowledge. If you're sitting with 10 people who are who are learned, you know when they're mathematicians and their physicists and their their medical doctors and their
Engineers and whatever else they do out there you're sitting with 10 of them should you for a single second show any regret and you being a scholar of the dean yes or no note you can respect their on their science praise it Mashallah very good job, good thing, but never overpraise anyone because you have a responsibility to maintain honor for who you are, this will be called abstinence. Okay, the next thing to
stay away from things that are disliked in this area. Okay, not only Haram, but also that are disliked, and in particular, anything that someone can make an accusation, Prophet sallallahu wasallam says it Taku
stay away from places where people can even accuse you. The next thing after that is ensure that you always have good character. The best scholars in the communities are not those who are smart, because the road has no lack of smart people. What the world lacks in his people with good character, instead of money, he's just in a very great he was a Grand Mufti of Buxton,
the father of the famous
He said that he was the one place that if there were, if I had to marry my daughter, and there are only two people on the face of this earth left, one was a scholar without good character, the other was a jarhead. With good character, you guys understand that? A scholar with no good character, and a john hill with very good character, he says, I wouldn't think twice and I would give my daughter to the giant any day
because there is no lack of knowledge in this road. What lacks in this road are people with good character? And it's interesting because I've been using this poem. I've mentioned this poem 123 times in this trip already, and I think it's relevant to what we're talking about here. You guys have been? Yes. The very famous quote from the subcontinent. Yes, not some of you guys understand what to do here. Can I get a raise of hands real quick? See, okay, some of you guys understand it. For those of you guys who don't understand I'll translate in English for you anyway. But for those who don't really appreciate this
it was set in a very beautiful, very beautiful piece of mine he said
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was Nikita notice a new level just someone who's naked artists and nude images somewhat? Yeah, it was it was pretty good. Post Nikita goddess and nude images somewhat. Key release me to JT kitten Osama.
He said purify yourself with good character host Nikita dynasty nude images.
Take that line of good character and embodied? It leads me to do
that even if she thought I was does He say Bravo and enter into Islam to know. Right? That's how good your character should be. We need scholars who have good character. The last thing we need is a foul mouth person to step out of any Islamic institution. The parties that allowed us and tells us the photo Satan phonies on young have been the most weighty thing in the scale on the day of judgment will be your character. So when you deal with people, if tomorrow you have a business have the best character. If you're interacting with people on any degree at all, outside, you're learning to even inside show good character. There's good character that you show will go very long in your
life. Sometimes you're talking with people to smile at them. You know, when you smile at someone, you know one time when brother he does give me advice when sister She came to me she asked me a question. And I said to her sister, just be patient, we'll help you.
I randomly said it. No reason at all. And trust me, there was no no harm or inspiration or customer that stuff. It was just me. I've had a sister, my sister, keep up the good work, be patient, I was gonna help you. And I smell better when I said that. she emailed me back three years later saying she's I didn't tell you but that time I was. I was in the process of memorizing the Quran. And I was wondering drop out the next day. And after you told me that the humbler had completed my memorization of the Quran last week. I just wanted to tell you that right now. To share that advice smile that people go pat them on the back and tell them what's happening. You know, these days
movies, ask for doubts and ever give doubts. You guys understand? Sometimes you as a scholar, you won't realize if you invite someone to your house for dinner, what will it mean to that person? What will it mean for them?
Last night on sister she messaged me on Facebook, she asked some question.
She forwarded me some weird articles on The Daily Mail Daily Mail English. Right. You guys have the weirdest articles in the newspaper? It's a tablet. Right. It can't be a broadsheet. Because that that's a broadsheet. I feel sorry for the future of English. Okay. She said she's probably some random email some article of some young kid in Africa, five or seven year old kid who married an 18 year old lady. Yes, an article 68 year old lady. You guys see that? And he did it because he was instructed by his forefathers to do something crazy. Regardless, so she was asking me about this. So, you know, I messaged her back and then we were going back and forth and you know, was very
respectful composition. And I was helping her through the situation and understand what a question was.
And at the end of the conversation, she said shift, I never realized I can have such a
casual conversation with a scholar on Facebook. At two o'clock at night, I was jet lagged, so I couldn't sleep, okay, at two o'clock at night. So I said to her, this is nothing, this is nothing big as normal, but every person should be able to have access to scholars, you know who's the scholars are so elite that you can, if they're on Facebook should be able to reach out to them. If they're on WhatsApp, you should be able to text them. If they're walking past. They shouldn't be formality where you can go to your scholars, I understand the aspect of honor respect, giving them their space. But what's this whole thing where the sister is telling me that? I've never experienced
this before in my life? Do you guys follow what I'm saying? Don't be like that. Have good character. Mix with everyone. Sit down and eat with everyone. When you eat tomorrow, if you become a scholar, tell the people next to you to eat from the same plate as you're eating. You guys understand? Sometimes rather than making them drive the car, tell them you sit in the passenger seat. Today, I'll drive the car for you. Go into the people of your community bring food for them. These things? They're so small, but for the people that you do them for they'll remember all their lives. Is that right or wrong? Yes or no? Yes. If you want something to be done for you do it for the people. I
don't like times over unlimited over just two more points.
Yeah, okay. It's two more points. Very good points. After you become scholars always desire to learn more. Yeah, no, ever less than one woman.
after you graduate from here, always desire to learn more. Never stop learning knowledge. Okay, finds you find scholars, whether it's in person, whether it's distance learning, continue to learn 100 I graduated some years back. And even till today, myself and a group of scholars every single week in Chicago, we gather together and we study together every single week. And we're all human shields and we all leaders in our communities will be gathered together. We have a scholar in Chicago by the name of shift, I mean, Claudia, most of you guys have never heard of him. He's the head instructor of double classroom. And very, very, very, very knowledgeable brother, Mashallah. He
studied with clarity observant. He's an intellectual martial, really intellectual shuffle shuffle thoughts on the mind when he heard the lecture? I mean, he said that I didn't realize that, okay, I'm not going to see it because it's being recorded. Okay, in nicer words. He said, I didn't realize that they were such intellectual people from the deal, but the tradition, right. And he was very impressed. And chef means a very knowledgeable person. And we go to him on a weekly basis. And we sit down and we study with him, if not every week, every other week, studying with him. Because the second you stop studying is a second you think, you know, at all. And if you think you know it all,
you're in trouble. You know, Stephen Hopkins, you know what he said? He said, the enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It's the illusion of knowledge. So don't think you know everything, okay? You don't know anything. And if no one's told you this yet, I'm telling you right now. And if you don't believe it, me, me after this is over. And then we'll have a good session of making you humble and shallow. And as well, hopefully, you guys down. I taught a class where there were some professors from university that came to study with him. And I asked him, I mean, he's a teacher. So I went to him. That's a shift. I have a half electric some university professors, what do you think I should
talk about? He said shift. He said to me, he was what he said, I was talking about my classes on the principles of film. So he said to me go These are his words so much in a lecture but he said all you need to do is go there and humbled him.
He was dropped so much information on them that they can't even handle. So I said shift done.
And I'm telling you that day I dropped it on those guys man dropped it on like a ton of brick. So if you think you know it all, go to your shift one day and time shift, you know, it's humbled me out a little bit, you know, one time I'm so done with them, I can't tell you guys stories anymore. Okay, the last thing, I'm continuing to serve knowledge always serve the, you know, with writing, you know, as a part of the scholars responsibility is to write your knowledge, to speak to people, you know, to share knowledge in every possible manner. Don't just have knowledge and sit on it. Make sure you teach it to other people, have a weekly commitment, have a daily commitment, make sure you
have a monthly commitment, you should have local commitments, and you should have up far commitments, okay, there's a whole structure of how you need to develop yourself when you give up when you step into the community. When I was graduating from Donna Marie, my dear chef and teacher, when I say chef I'm not referring to in England people when they say shift What does that mean?
That doesn't mean like someone who you're about to write is okay, that's great. Because I keep saying shift another guy said to me shift Does that mean you have kalapa? Can I get bail from yours? Like what are you talking about?
There's nobody out here is not against me. I'm gonna make this really clear. Okay. It's just that he was getting the wrong perception because some people take that word shift as shift in the soul for shift and Sulukule Hassan and that's not what I'm referring to.
he is actually no we're not continuing the story.
Yeah, just keep studying do good job. You know, keep teaching people keep up the good work, right stuff teach people have have a good strategic plan. When I graduated, I went to my teacher shift without and I said to him shift, I'm going back to America.
He said to me, that lead our last meeting meeting via kumbakonam. So then we met we did a lot we performed on house together. And then after that, I said to him, I have a bus leaving in three hours and three hours for genda. He held my hand and he said, Let's do one full off together. And during that the love, he gave me advice for seven rounds, and how to be an AMA. How he gave me basically his entire life experience in seven rounds. He said, I'm going to share my entire life with you. And after you finished off the after we finished the blog for Patreon account and after he made the law, you know, we read the logic of the humans many laws. And then finally he said that saying I am
sending you back at the age of 20. I was 20 years old. He said, I'm sending you back to America at the age of 20. But you have the experience and the 4045 year old men, plan yourself properly. Structured yourself, plan yourself properly. And you'll be amazed how quick you can get things done. The prophetic model,
the prayer that Allah Subhana Allah accept from us all