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inshallah, today we will be starting our third session on the series of the beginning of guidance written by Mama azadirachta lohani. And we'll be starting from page number 16. The introduction Bismillah.
Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, All Praise be to Allah as much as it is right to be praised, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger in sleep and upon his family and his companions after him. Okay, so here we see the author starts off the book with In the name of Allah, most Gracious, Most merciful and audibly. This reads as Bismillahirrahmanirrahim and this was done intentionally. And the reason for this is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that any action that starts without Bismillah is void of Baraka is void of blessings. So anything that we do, we started with Bismillah. And in particularly when it comes to something as beautiful as writing this book, because
it doesn't Delilah, he upholds it etiquette, and he starts off with Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim. The second thing he does here he says, Alhamdulillah haka Hamdi All praise is due to Allah as much as his right is to be praised. So he's praising Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is the second etiquette that whenever we do anything, after starting in the name of Allah, we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala. Whenever we make dua, the first thing we start with is praising Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then the third thing that he does here is he sends Peace and blessings on the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and his family and his companions until the day of judgment. So this is
the third etiquette here. So we should always keep these two things, a part of our speech, a part of our writings a part of anything we do. Bismillah R Rahman Rahim, praise Allah Salatin, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and then we move forward from there. Good to proceed. Okay, so he uses here to proceed. The army here is a My bad, my bad. And my bad refers to, it's usually used in Arabic, to if you wish to say to fast forward, because if you're supposed to start off by praising a lot and sending Salawat in the province, that alone while it was sort of, and you truly tried to fulfill the right of praising Allah and sending a lot and the purpose that a lot of them, that may
end up being 100 pages itself,
you guys understand that. So what they do is they just mentioned one or two lines, and then they say on my blog, which means we'll stop right here, if I keep praising, the day will pass by weeks will pass by. So now we'll proceed forward. And we find this within the letters.
You know, from from from earlier times from the time of this hobby and even before that, that this is a commonly used phrase, even the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used this, this phrase, a morbid, yes, to proceed, you who are desirous of acquiring certain knowledge, expressing yourself a sincere longing and a passionate thirst for it. Know that if your aim is seeking knowledge is to compete, show off outdo your peers, garner attention and a massive degree of this world, then you are on your wages, rendering your religion null and void, destroying yourself and selling your eternal life for this present one. So here you
are, you have to remember, we talked about it in the previous classes, that
he has this shade of rage in him. And the reason why this he's upset is because people were abusing the sciences of religion. And they were lacking in sincerity became a business, it became a occupation that you become a scholar, you have a good job, you get paid very well. And then you move on with life. And the man was old enough to lie, he did not want to see that. So the first thing he's doing is that he's helping us focus on our intentions. This is the first and the demand was Ali himself is doing. And I want you to think of your mom was standing on top of your head with the whip saying that if you're not cut for this, don't do it. If you're not cut to be a scholar, don't be a
scholar. And he gives a certain through this introduction right here. He walks us through what we as students need to keep in our mind to be true students, what we need to process in our mind what we need to be thinking of. And he says right here, that Oh, the one who's excited about seeking knowledge. And he's showing that he's so sincere in seeking knowledge. And he's willing to go above and beyond to seek knowledge, if that's who you are. He said, I have a few concerns for you. First thing, if you're seeking knowledge, just to compete with scholars so that you can hold the debate with someone or if you're seeking knowledge, knowledge, so so you can pass your friends so you can
be smarter than them or if you're speaking, seeking others so that other people can start coming and attending your lectures and attending your classes. Unfortunately, this is becoming a trend. This is a reality. You know, I know many young men and women who are in MSA is
You know, holding their Juma clubs in high school. And their desire is to be a big speaker. They're literally asking this, how do I become a big speaker, when that's not a goal of seeking knowledge, that the purpose of being seeking knowledge is not to give lectures. And to be some big speaker, the purpose is to please Allah subhanho, wa Taala. And then whatever your specialty is, whatever you find that, that's your, that's something you're good at, then you can follow that through. But the purpose shouldn't be to be a not to be a sculpt to be a speaker. And this is becoming I feel by the day that passes by, we're falling back into the phase that Emma was adding up the ladder was pulling
scholars out of the phase that he was pulling people out of everyone wants to be the next big speaker, everyone wants to be the next big kataeb everyone wants to be the next great scholar, the next big shift, when in reality, that should not be our intention, we should be doing it solely for the sake of Allah. So he's saying that if you want this, or if you're doing this to gather hatami, Linnea the debris of this road, then know that your efforts are destroying you, they're going to destroy you. And in reality, you're actually selling your asset off for this world. You could have earned alpha through this knowledge, this could have been your agenda, but because you lost on
insincerity, this knowledge of yours actually won't give you alpha. It won't even give you possibly the dunya. But definitely you've lost your alpha. So what he's saying here is that and you're selling your eternal life for this present one G. Now look him while he continues, and he's talking about, he's using some very harsh statements here. And he's trying to put fear into our heart that don't fall into the people who are seeking knowledge insincere. Go ahead. Your transaction is empty your business profit profit list, and the person who teaches you in this case is nothing less than an accomplished in your transgression, a partner in your law, not only are you doing wrong, and I'm
bizarrely saying even your teacher is a crook. If you're studying with insincerity, and there's someone who helps you study while he's aware of your insincerity, then that person in himself is a crook. So this comes to an issue where How does the teacher know of the students insincerity? So the reality is, there's no way to judge that. I mean, you can never know what's in a person's heart because that's between them and Allah subhana wa Tada. However, sometimes it becomes apparent, like, you know, one time a person came to me and said, I'd like to study a class on Islamic the Islamic laws of marriage and divorce with you. So I looked at this person, I said, Why do you want to study
wasn't a Muslim? So they said, I'm writing an article on it. So I said, Okay, so I said, we'll talk next week. So Meanwhile, I did a little research on the side about this, this particular writer, and what kind of pieces he had put out before, and it was all anti Islam.
Literally, this person was reading Islam, studying it, finding, you know, little snips in maybe language or anything that he misunderstood anything that can be taken out of context, and making articles out of them. So I said to this person, I'm sorry, I can't help you. Because if you know someone's going to do something wrong with with the dean, then you don't teach them because it's this Dean is this knowledge is not so for for sale for people to come pick up like some cheap object, that this knowledge that we have is sacred, it has a meaning to it. And the ultimate purpose of this is to again closest to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Not to turn people away from the team. Yes,
he can be compared to one who sells a sword to a highway robber. I hate him because it gives an analogy. He says, the example of this person is like the one who sells a sword to the hybrid robber. Now, if you're going to give a sword to the hybrid, Robert, what is he going to do with it?
He's going to hurt people with it. Likewise, you see a person who's a part of a gang, he's a part of some cartel, you sell him a gun. Now by you selling him a gun, you're setting up someone else's destruction. So in that case, you shouldn't do that. People come and ask all the time.
You know, as as some of my friends who work in the pharmacy, that you know, I work in the pharmacy, and people are taking medicine from me, and I'm almost sure they're using it for the wrong reasons, then you should look into it. Don't give them that medicine medication, if you know they're using it for the wrong reasons or they're doing wrong with it. Your job is to make sure you do whatever you do with this with the most sincere intention. So it benefits you and benefits the people around you doesn't harm yourself or doesn't harm anyone else. Whereas the Messenger of Allah so loudly was, indeed whoever helps with the same might even have a word is a partner in it. Whoever helps with the
sin, even if it's with half a half a word be shoved to the column. And even if it's with a half a word, that person is a partner in the sin. So if you know someone's going to sin, then you shouldn't be involved with it, you should tell the person that's between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala you make your Toba you know you deal with it however you want to, but don't get me involved. I can guide you I can try to help you get out of it. But don't pull me into it. You know, don't be a source of people, sinning or don't try to help people in sending your job is to show them guidance and leave it between them and Allah subhanaw taala. But if in seeking knowledge or intention to name between
Allah Most High and yourself is to gain guidance and not simply the transmission of information, then glad tidings be to you. The angels will spread their wings for you as you walk in the fish in the sea will ask for forgiveness for you. As you strive. You should know before all else that guidance which is the fruit of knowledge has a beginning and an end, an outward aspect and an
Okay, so here he was on, he says, if you are sincere in your intentions, and you really want to do this for align your heart, you're thinking that I need to get close to Allah. In order to get close to Allah, I need to learn. If that's what's really inside your heart, then it says you are from the best people, the angels are opening their wings for you, the fish in the ocean are making the offer you, the birds in the sky are making to offer you now Why are the birds and the fish making into offer the scholar? The reason is because the scholars guide people to what is the right what is right. And if there is no guidance on the earth and allows punishment will come. So the safety of
the birds and the fish from the from the punishment of a lot is in guidance. And the scholars are promoting that guidance are seeking it themselves. That's why they make to offer these scholars that make the pathway easy for them. And Allah knows how many, you know, species live within the ocean and how many species live within that lie within the air. You know, this is something that's maybe even beyond us. And all of these verbs and all the fish that are that are within the ocean are making law for the person who's seeking knowledge. Now, because it says that look, if you're going to study, you have to know one thing.
If you're going to seek guidance, there is a beginning to it. And there's an end to it. Guidance has a if you want to become something, you have to know that there is a beginning there's an end like a race, you want to race, there's a start line and there's a finish line. He thinks similarly, if you're going for hedaya, if you're going for guidance, if you want to get close to Allah, you have to know that there's a beginning line, and then there's an end line. That's the first thing Mmm, because it says the second thing, ma'am was it says then there is an inner aspect. And then there's an outer aspect. So this is where it gets a little confusing. I need you guys to pay attention,
okay? Because it gets very deep here. Some people can just read through it and pass by not understand what he's saying. And others if you pay attention a little bit and focus on the words, you'll understand how long was it is very deep in his in his verbiage and the way he speaks? He's saying that there's a beginning to guidance and there is an end to it. So what is the beginning of guidance? How does a person actually start walking on guidance? How does the person walk towards guidance? What's the first line? Where do you start? So two things. It's what we call Sharia and tariqah towards Sharia and 32 words. Sharia means acting upon the laws of Islam, which things are
which things are Mr. hub? which things are Sunnah? which things are MOBA which things are makuu? which things are Hara. So all of this put together, what is allowed what is not allowed? What is permissible, what's preferable, you know, these things will give you the shediac, the legal aspect of Islam. Now along with the legal aspect, the second word we used, which is also the beginning of guidance was studied. And tariqa refers to the spiritual dimensions of the Sharia. So for example, the Sharia tells us that we need to pray five times a day. Yes. Everyone agrees on that, right? No difference of opinion here. Okay. Now, let's say for Salah, you're praying further. So now the
Sharia tells us you need to pray to God, the Sharia tells you you need to be in the state of Moodle, you need to face this table, you need to keep your body covered. You need to make sure the place you're praying, the clothes you're wearing, they're all clean. When you're starting your salon, you must say Allahu Akbar. So these are things that regards to regard to Sharia. Where do you tie your hands, that's shady either. That's a part of the legal aspect of it, how to bow down what to read how to stand up, how to go into the how to finish your prayer. So the outline there of everything that I discussed and much more is what we call the legal framework. Now within that legal framework,
there's what we call the 35. And I want you to think of the 30 are kind of like the light within the candle,
the light within the candle, and this is the spirituality. So the Sharia kind of dictates to you what your body needs to do while you're praying. And the third card teaches you how your heart should pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So these are two different aspects. So you can't just have the Shetty do the legal things, but your heart is absent from Salah because we know that a lot isn't lacks and reward. But at the same time, you can't just be all about the heart and have no idea what to do legally you have to have both things put together. So he says the learning of these two things is actually the beginning of your journey. This is the beginning of your journey. And the end of
your journey. What he calls the Nehemiah is what we call the the the the new hire the scholars say is what we call an oddity, the heartache. The heartbreak means the reality of things. So the reality of things. What does that mean? That when you come to the end of your journey now, everything's a little different. So you start off the journey by figuring out what the legal framework is what the spiritual dimensions are. And as you walk on this pathway, as you walk on this pathway, you reach a state of hockey clan, how do you go means that now you begin to witness the Presence of Allah subhanho wa Taala around you in terms of his names and his attributes. And you begin to now
understand the the secrets of the Quran. And now you're beginning to understand a slit on Monday was Joe was why did Allah say
This is haram. Now your mind is beginning to understand that now. And why did Allah say this is allowed? your minds are beginning to understand that now because you're reaching the state of Africa, where you're seeing the reality of things. And that's why you see the scholars, the more they give to the deen, you know, our senior scholars in particular, the southern facade of him, some of the things he said about the religion were so profound and so beautiful. And it was because through their Avada, through their worship, through their sincerity, they had arrived at a stage of spirituality where Allah subhana wa, tada open to them the reality of many things. I'll give you an
example. Someone comes to hustle and bustle and says to him, I have a very tough question.
I'm going to ask you the question, think about the answer. I'll come back a few days later for the answer. Now, hospital adversity was a very smart man. For those of you who know him, he was named by honorable Barbara de la one Alma de la one saw the baby and said, name him huson. He was breastfed by the wife of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam. I mean, done. Right. But that's enough. You don't need anything more than that the man is, he was a G. Right? He was all timer. So here you have hustle and bustle, and this guy is like coming in. He's acting all like, you know, kind of rude a little. He's saying that I have a question. And think about it, then I'll come back. So he hasn't
lost. He says, okay, what's your question? He said, What is Islam? And who are Muslims?
The question, right, what is Islam? And who are Muslims? You know, you can give a lecture on that.
Hospital by citizens to this guy, look, I don't need to wait a few days, I have your answer ready for you. And this is what I'm talking about where they, they have the depth of knowledge, you know, some of us have the length of knowledge. But these people actually have the depth of knowledge where they see things on another level. And he says, You ask what is Islam and who are Muslims? He says Islam is in the books Muslims are in the grapes can do.
That's it simple. And who's speaking here, the man who was named by
honourable hapa who was suckled by the wife of the farmers, that a lot of stuff, he is living with a hobby, I mean, he has studied from the law one, you know, he is steady from the Sahaba. And when he saw the Sahaba, his grades were there, he said to them, that Islam is now in the books, Muslims are in the graves. You know, it's very hard to find a Muslim who acts upon Islam these days. And we see that today imagine hustle and bustle be saying that then we are read today. So and then we have the example of heaven, which is in the Quran. We all know Hitler was not a prophet of Allah subhana wa Tada. Right. And so of course, the story is there, majority of the scholars hold opinion that Hitler
was not a prophet. And musala Islam was a prophet of Allah. Yet Musa alayhis salam is gaining this opportunity to learn from Cleveland, because the scholars say how Moosa was learning from Cleveland was because he had reached the place of Hockey Club, where he was seeing the reality of things. There were things that weren't making sense to musallam because he was a man of Shetty, I and 30 o'clock, he was a matter of spirituality and legal framework, but he didn't because he has outlived Musashi, salaam, he was older than him, he had through his journey in life reached the level of Africa. So he was understanding things on a deeper level. And this is within the Quran itself. In my
monochromator, Allahu Allah, He says something very beautiful. He says that whoever acts upon the knowledge he has, Allah will give him knowledge of those things, which he does not have. act upon the knowledge that you have, be sincere, go to the depth of that knowledge, even if it's simple as reading Subhanallah 33 times Alhamdulillah 33 times Allahu Akbar 34 times something very simple. But be punctual. act upon it in its legal framework, meaning reads from haidilao 33 times and the spiritual dimensions where now you focus while you're reading supine, a lot, a lot, a lot. But what do these mean? What should my heartbeat thinking of what kind of spiritual transformation should be
occurring in me while I'm reading these, these must be hard. And then you'll see Allah will give you the means, then you'll see the reality of it. You'll see the benefits of it, the spiritual dimensions will open up in front of you. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran, I want to go to verses which the scholars use to establish this reality of this dimension, the inner dimension that a man was always talking about here, one verse is where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Yeah, you're letting me know, in third taco La Jolla corner, all those who believe if you are conscious of Allah, Allah will give you alpha con. And for con, literally translates as that which will help you
distinguish between right and wrong. And some scholars say this port on is referring to this floorplan is referring to the Quran in its detail. And some say it's just the detail of matters meaning that you'll be able to see deeper inside the issues. In one verse, Allah subhanaw taala says, what the law what your only mukalla that be conscious of Allah and Allah will teach. Allah will give you knowledge, act upon what you have in its legal framework and its spiritual dimensions. And ultimately Allah subhana wa tada will give you that level of detail
So hearing mancala is talking about the beginning of guidance, the end of guidance. And we explained how the beginning of guidance is the legal framework and the spiritual dimensions. And the end of guide guidance is where now you begin to see the reality of things. And if I'll just mention one thing, which which will let us move forward in the book, The purpose of the law, some talks about this talks about these the reality you know, the aspect of reaching a critical reality, he calls it an Hadeeth basan.
What does he call it, son, which means excellence. And the purpose of the lesson himself explains what Hassan is, he says, Son is where you worship Allah, as if you can see a lot, the inner dimensions, the reality, the thing that's opening up in front of you, everyone else is standing there. But when you're praying, when you reach that level of happycar you can see as if it's as if you're praying in front of a lot, you're there like you know, you're in front of Allah subhana wa tada while you're praying and that you can imagine what kind of spirituality must come out of that.
There is no way to reach the end without mastering the beginning. So that's obvious, right? You can't reach the end. Unless you've come to the beginning you can't you know, you can't dumbbell 100 pounds unless you do 15 First, you have to start somewhere. You can't read the Quran. If you haven't started with Hamza, you know, olive bata, you have to start at the beginning and then you go forward. And this idea where people think they're just gifted and they're born into it, it's in their genes. Save it for another day. Right now, everyone has to understand that there is a beginning to something if you want to reach the end, you have to start at the beginning. The
beginnings are always humble, they're tough. You know, when you start something and you're not a master in it, you become demotivated because you think, man, how far Am I how am I? But don't look at your weakness. Look at the power of Allah subhana wa Tada. There were people who came before us, who also had no knowledge, but they tried, they were sincere, they stuck to it. And Allah subhanho wa Taala gave them knowledge. So it's possible. That's not possible. It's a definite a law that we can give us knowledge to if we maintain our sincerity. Yes. Just as there's no way to discover the inner essence of it until you have arrived at an understanding of its outward. Okay, now, I want to
explain to you guys this whole thing of shediac that he thought and
you guys all understand these three words, right? Everyone here understand that? I need to explain it again.
Yes or no? You guys all understand it. Okay. So shehryar means
the legal framework, okay.
The tariqa was
the spiritual dimensions. And then we had the last one, which was the hockey Canada was that the reality of issues. So now the scholars give some very beautiful examples of this. Some of the comments, there's actually, for those of you who don't, who didn't know, there are actually Arabic commentaries written on beginning guidance. There are commentaries written on this book, okay. It's such a beautiful book that scholars actually took a small 50 page book and wrote commentaries on it. So in the commentary of this, the scholars, they explain that they give an example they say, imagine shehryar, like your ship,
imagine shehryar like a ship, and imagine tariqa the inner dimensions, kind of like the sea. And then at the bottom of the sea, you have the pearls there. And that's the haka. You cannot reach the sea without the ship, you need the ship, the ship is no use without the water, you need both of those, you know the ship, you need the water. And once you have the ship in the water, then you'll be able to reach those puddles at the bottom. You can't just jump in and get them yourself. So all three of these they have their place. And they give another analogy. They say imagine Shetty on kind of like the peel of your fruit or your vegetables and your fruit. And within the peel, now you have
the the pit or the seed of that. And within the seed you have the oil. So if you want the oil is the most expensive thing right? Now, if you want the oil, in order for you to get to the oil, the first thing you have to remove is the
the order that we called the chilka cover. This is the shediac it's the first step, you have to first face the Sharia, you have to deal with the shady offers. We can't have people saying that I'm above the shady because I'm spiritual. This happened once I'm here I was I was in Pakistan. And this isn't specific to Pakistan. I'm sure it happens in many countries. But this happened to me in Pakistan, where we were in Pakistan and we went to visit some family and we were all there and we were all having dinner together not too long ago. And we were having dinner together and there was one fewer stop sitting there and it was a lot of time so we all got up to go and pray. So the Bible
says he didn't come to pray. So after somebody asked us about that, why don't you go and pray with us we all went to pre select should have joined us. He said by him the McCune was poorly
I pray salon
so I said Mashallah. Mashallah if it's a lot harder, you know, one guy he asked to shift he said to the shift shift, can I pray Salah, and while following the amount of harm on TV,
listen, can I just turn the TV on and press Ah, behind that home in my living room? The shift said yes, of course. This take a black sheet, throw it over your fridge into Hydra there as well in Sharla
Why do you need to get out of your house, everything's convenient for you inshallah, no problem, you hide inside your house bracelet on your house, don't go anywhere to make any money at all. So they're saying they give, the example they're giving is that the point that I was making actually was that you can't pull one away from the other, you have to first face the shediac. That's the most important thing. You can claim all the spirituality you want. But the moment your spirituality violates the laws of Sharia, I'm sorry, you can claim all the miracles you want. But the moment we see this miracle man is violating the laws of shediac. It's done. There's nothing above that you
have no justification for that. Because shediac is the first layer, if you wish to say, like this, like the skin of that of that food or, or the vegetable that or whatever you're trying to pull the oil out of. And then within that fruit you have after you cut through, then you reach the pit. That's very important, you can't just throw them away. Because if you throw the pit away, then you've only benefited from half of what was there, you haven't benefited from the full thing. And then within the pit, now you have the oil. And the oil is where the real value is. That's where the real thing is. So and if you look at it, actually, it's interesting, because
the the pit is actually very small, and within the pit, what's even smaller as the oil. So you have to go through a lot just to experience a little of what we call article reality. It's not something that just happens. You have to really push yourself to be consistent. It's not a one day thing where you pick the hundreds that are one day and shed a few tears and you're expecting to open up to the doors of Africa. It's possible it may happen, but we shouldn't we should we should know that there is a need for a struggle. What happens in our communities, many times people they pray to God that 100 Salah they walk out of their house and waiting for juvenile Islam to come with revelation and
the next Nebula Mashallah and to tell everyone that they man today was tough man I woke up early and 200 salam Mashallah was tough, but I'm getting you know, it's a part of it, you got to be a little and the guys like Oh, really? Mashallah. You put the 100 Salah, so we shouldn't be too excited about our worship as well. We're, we're over, you know, over ambitious, require it's a journey. Yes. urine, which point I'll point you to the beginning of guidance for you to see where you stand and determine what your heart's content. So everyone wants to go to the end. Because it says before you even walk on this journey, what I'm going to do is I'm going to test you,
how am I going to test you, I'm going to give you the beginning of guidance, not even the beginning, I'm going to give you the beginning to the beginning to the beginning, the first things you need to do. If you can hack this one on one level 100, then we'll talk about level 200. But don't go to level 200. If you can't deal with level 100. So now what does that mean? Because it is saying this book right here is level 100. This is like, you know, I know, this is not a good example. But I'll just share with you anyway, you know how in order to get into gangs, they have that initiation test, you know, man up and prove that you're worthy of it, if you make it you're in otherwise, stay out of
a click. So your mom was always saying this is your test to see whether you're of the material to be a scholar or not. If you pass the test, we'll let you join our crew of scholars. But if you fail the test, you know, go take care of patients in the hospital, go fix a car, go do some painting somewhere, do something else. But don't be a scholar, because this isn't for you, you need to first pass this test. So this is what he meant was only saying here, read that line. Again, you're going to point you to the beginning of guidance for you to see where you stand and determine what your heart in times. If you find your heart inclining toward it, and you find yourself compliant and
receptive to look to the ends of it. And immerse yourself in the oceans of this knowledge. If you find yourself sincere, say Bismillah and go for it. If on the other hand, you find that in taking stock of it, your heart puts off starting it or ask for more time. Now what happens is you're reading the book,
mom was always calling everyone out, you know, open collar, no mercy. He said, if you're reading this book, and you read something about praying 100 Salah, anything on I'll do it tomorrow, you putting it off your heart hold stock of it, not now even I grew up a little more, I'll read it then keep reading, you aren't putting off starting or ask for more time and responding to its demands that know that part of the part of your lower self wanting knowledge is assumpta commands to evil, which has arisen out of obedience to the accreditation. So here he's saying that if you can't pray the hundreds, if you can act upon what I'm telling you to do in this book, and you keep putting it
off, I'll do it later. If I was only saying then this desire that you have to study is actually from shaytaan.
What is he saying? It's from this is shaytan telling you to study, keep going and he explains it why sitting strategy is to throw you to the throw you to the rope of deceit because he wants to deceive you. He wants you to think that you're big time because you have knowledge but you have no action. So you've just fooled yourself, she thought this fool you.
Then pull you in by into the abyss of destruction. His intention is to present evil in the form of good he's presenting evil in the form of good because everyone sees knowledge as good. But for you it's evil because you're not acting upon it. For you. It's evil because
not bringing guidance is taking you away from guidance.
His intention is to present evil in the form of good until he succeeds in making use of those who lose the most in respect of their deeds whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they reckon that they would do good work. So here he quotes I have a Quran. Allah says, Allah de Navarre, Lhasa Johann Phil hayati, dunia home, Yasser buena and whom you know, in a sauna, he says, and the people who lost all the efforts in the world, there are those people who will come to us on the Day of Judgment, and all the efforts that they did in the world. They won't find any reward for all. They won't find anywhere. They did a lot in the world, but they won't find any reward for other
unknown gifts. You know, in the sauna, while they were on the road, they thought they were doing the best things but because they lacked in sincerity, Allah says Allah saw you and said hi to dunya no reward for them around here after
this we will recite to you the excellence of knowledge. Now he's coming to you now. He's He's raising the bar now he's raising the heat even more how to ship on attack you he recites to you the virtues of scholars, all scholars have this scholars have that the virtue of scholar, one scholar is over 1000 worshipers and the devil finds it harder to deal with one scholar in comparison to 1000 worshippers. And the other narration where the prophecy of awesome says, comparing the scholar with the worshipers that comparing me Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with the lowest of you know all these narrations come in mind, oh man, there's so much virtue in seeking knowledge. But if
you're insincere, then this knowledge isn't for you that virtue isn't for you either. And then, you know there are other narrations or other statements. The scholars of the past have said regarding scholars. You know, some of the scholars used to say that another argument one musalman, that Scott that human beings are students and teachers, everyone other than that are like flies. This is what they used to say before they used to say that the real human beings are on him and mythology, the scholar and the teacher, the teacher and the student, and everyone Other than that, these people are nothing more than floods. And then there's another statement the scholars of the past used to say
they used to say Malema hasn't been motilal alum for Who am I, the one who does not grieve over the death of a scholar, he's a hypocrite. Because that means he didn't have love for the scholar. And if he didn't have love for a scholar, you know, the other day I think I shared this with you guys earlier on earlier this year, there was a some misinformation that monotonic jameela Mela preserver him and give him a long life had been shocked. You know, there was some misinformation. So I was on social media and I saw someone post something on Facebook. And he said, I pray that this news is true.
love Allah, you know, whether you agree with the matter or not, how could you even want a Muslim to die? How could you desire that the person was killed and think bad of that person? You know, for these people, a lost part of that give them a die and give them understanding? Otherwise it's not the chief of the Prophet said a lot of
people will recite to you the excellence of knowledge and the hiring of the scholars and all that has been related about it in hobbies and other narrations and he will and he so will divert you from the wording of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam quote, he who increases in knowledge but not in increases only distance from Allah Most High. So the one who increases the knowledge but not in guidance. He only distancing himself from Allah subhana wa Tada. He's not getting close to Allah subhana wa Tada. This is also a statement of the prophets that allow us to set them narrated by Muslim daily Yes, another both of those most severely punished on the Day of Judgment is a
knowledgeable person who did not benefit from his knowledge, the most punishment Lanzone of judgment is the person who did not benefit from his knowledge.
area, it says in the sharper image, yes, he's allowed to use property for protection does, quote, I seek refuge in You from knowledge that does not benefit a heart that does not fear, a deed that does not a sin and an invocation that is not heard. So the purpose of a lot of women regularly used to make this law Allahumma inni are also becoming their admin lionpaw woman Calvin law yaksha Amina hominin law women who are in law, US law he used to make the law Oh Allah do not give me knowledge that will not benefit me. We do not want others that will benefit us. ask Allah for this. Give me only that knowledge which will benefit me if the knowledge isn't going to benefit me. This move it
away from us, you know, keep it far away from me. keep me away from that knowledge, because not all knowledge is good for you. that knowledge is good, which benefits you and bring you closer to Allah subhana wa Tada. Another quote, on the night of my ascension to the heavens, I passed by people whose lives were being cooked by pincers from the Hellfire their lips were being cut in the Mirage the puffs of samsara and the era that the Mirage he saw that when he was passing by the fire of hell, that they were a group of people whose lips were being cut with slip with with scissors. And the process of them asked Him Who are you? What do they say? We used to order people to do good and
not to not do it ourselves and advise people against evil even as we were doing it ourselves. So we were the people that would tell people do good, do good but ourselves
We weren't doing anything. And we were telling people don't do this, don't do this. But privately we were doing all those things ourselves. For these people, the punishment we learn is that their lips are being cut Mr. Bhalla, Malayali Nami Ahmed Rahmatullah linearities. When we were all destitute one of following Satan's disingenuous advice and being roped in by him.
This next statement is very powerful in mumbles, Ali has read woe to the ignorant one, because he did not seek knowledge in 1000 times to the knowledgeable one, who did not act upon his knowledge. So here's what he says, whoa, oh, my last curse be upon the ignorant person one time. How many times? One why, because the poor man didn't learn. He was busy with other work, he was fixing his cars, he was a doctor, he was painting he was right, whatever he was doing, he was busy man, he didn't get a chance to learn, it will be on him once. But the scholar, you know, because all he says will be on him 1000 times. How many times 1000. He said you should have known better, because you
have the knowledge you don't act upon it. May destruction video, understand me a lot. Most I had mercy on you. There are three classes of people who seek knowledge. But this is very important, because remember, that is putting students of knowledge into three categories. And we need to ask ourselves at this point, in these next few paragraphs that we read, which category do we fall into? This is a very important thing, you know how sometimes when you when you apply for a position, or you go for a class, they make you fill out these forms, to kind of grade you where you are, you know, whatever, you know, your background education, your experience, you tick the boxes. And as you
keep ticking them, you then at the end of the day, evaluate you based on what you put, and they put you in the position that's most suitable for you. So remember, the Lord is giving you any any evaluation form. And he's saying, I'm going to give you three different groups of people. I want you to find out which group you're in. And then from there, we can decide how we're going to move forward. Go ahead. First is a man who seeks knowledge to make it His provision on the way to the next life and intensify is nothing other than the countenance of Allah Most High and the whole of the Hereafter, he is of the waiters. Second is a man who seeks knowledge to assist him in this in
his present life and attain by honor, good standing and walk. He is aware of what he is doing and feels in his heart that his state is not good. And his intention is not right. He is those who put themselves in jeopardy. If he dies before making repentance, it must be feared that he will come to a bed and and his fate is under the divine world. But if such a man is divinely guided to repentance before the arrival of his appointed time, and if he adds good work to his knowledge and redeems himself from his past shortcomings, he will become of the one of the winners. For truly one who repents of a seat is like one who has no sense. Okay, so here we have two categories, we're going to
go through the third one, but I want to clarify the two for you. In case you didn't understand, the first group of students are those who are seeking knowledge only for Allah, for the aka to be better people improve themselves or increase their action. Because it says you are having minify is in your successful. The second group of students are those who are seeking knowledge for fame for money to be known amongst people, they're not sincere. He said these people, two things can happen to them. Either this person can repent to Allah before he dies, which means you'll end up joining the first group, or this person can die without repentance. If he dies without repentance, he's in trouble. So
remember, as it says, This man right here is kind of like in the middle. The difference between the first group and second group, the first group only for Allah, second group, that guy's not sincere. But at the same time, he knows what he's doing is wrong. He knows that he's earning, he's learning knowledge to please other people. He knows that he's learning knowledge to earn some money, but in his heart, he knows that what I'm doing is wrong. I'm making a mistake. I shouldn't do it like this. That's why I'm glad he says either he may repent, either he may not repent. And the reason why there's a possibility he may repent is because in his heart, he realizes that what he's doing is
wrong. The third person is the one who does it out of insincerity. But he doesn't even realize it. He doesn't realize he's wrong. You guys understand the three categories sincere, not sincere, but realizes that he's wrong, absolutely insincere, and doesn't even realize that what he's doing is wrong. What happened to this third person go ahead. Third is a man who has fallen completely under Satan's suite. This man uses his knowledge only to increase as well, most of his reign and take pride in his large following. With his knowledge, he explores every avenue hoping to gratify all the desires he has for this world. In spite of all this, he's still secretly believes he has a high
place with the law. So he thinks even though he's doing all this wrong stuff, that he's close to a loss of knowledge that is calling him out. Like I said, not nothing holding him back today. He said, You still think you're close to him all this wrong stuff in your heart, you actually have the audacity to believe that after all, this insincerity that you're still doing good. Keep reading, because he adores himself with the outer characteristics of the learner because he's dressed like scholars because he's wearing a turban and nice big gown.
He thinks he's pious overnight Now, remember that he says because you're wearing the garment doesn't make you pious. Go ahead, following in their footsteps in dress and manner of speech. Now he's speaking like them to Masha Allah Subhana Allah vidaa you know the mahatmas are coming up very well he's using the right terminology and all of a sudden this person believes that Mashallah, he's, he's hidden. He's a big time right now. All the wild rushing with frenzy desire for the world inwardly and outwardly, this person is irretrievably lost. He is one of the foolish deluded ones. This is because there is no hope for his repentance, as he is convinced that he is one of those who do good.
Such a person is he lives on the words of a law most high quote, oh you who believe? Why say you that which you do not most loathsome is in the sight of a law that you say what you not what you do not a law does not like it, when you say something that you don't do yourself. If you say something, do it yourself. Otherwise, a lot isn't like that. Now, as a doctor, you're telling people smoking is bad, but yourself, you're knocking on, you know, a few more packs every day. So that's hypocrisy, you know, last one that isn't like that. Now someone's saying that you have to eat healthy, but themselves are eating very unhealthy. The scholars saying that you have to pray the 100 Sahaba
himself was in praying. He's telling people to pray the five but himself isn't doing it. So this type of hypocrisy is not like Allah subhanaw taala he is one of those about whom the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was speaking when he said, there are people that I fear more for you than I do the job people asked who are the Messenger of Allah, he's allowed to say, evil scholars.
This is because the aim of the Antichrist is to misguide people. And if the lights of the scholar urge people away from this world, by their speech and statements, they actively invite them to it through their actions and state. This is because actions speak louder than words and human nature is such that it is inclined to take part in what is done, they do only what is said. So you have to be careful. And as scholars and as students of knowledge, when people associate you, as a student of knowledge, you have to be more careful. Now, you have to be more careful than the people outside, you need to be very careful, because people are watching you. And what you do, they may take that as
religion, you guys understand that. So something that's you know, even in the gray area, or that may not be appropriate, scholars should stay away from that. Because if people see that, they may learn and then they'll act upon it. Similarly, now, that's one thing for scholars and students of knowledge to know that you are under the scope and people are always watching you. Be careful. But the other side of the story is that people need to relax and realize scholars are human beings. You guys understand this? At the end of the day, every scholar is a
they're human beings. And they have weaknesses. Like we all have weaknesses, right? I you know, I'm at my house, I tell my family that when someone comes to visit us, if you're going to offer them something don't offer in a packet, take the take the biscuits out of the packet, put it in a bowl and then give it the reason is because when people come they look at what kind of brand of cookies and move to sub eating Okay, now guys, everyone this brand is Mr. Hop. It's not Mr. Harmon either my marketing for them, you know, this is what I think is good. When for whatever reason, you know, it was probably cheap on sale, maybe. So I picked it up. And now you're gonna go run marketing this. So
people they become too harsh. You know, one of my teachers, I went to his house once.
And I saw he had a big TV. How does that sound? stuff for a lot. She hasn't got TV in his house. So one of the students he was there he was a joker. He said Scheffler this has it, what's his TV? So the chef he said, I have kids to my kids want to play video games, what am I going to send them on the street and they can't play video games deprive them, their children, they want to play video games, we have this for them. So when you're watching scholars don't go too hard on them. Because you may because even scholars are human beings, you have to remember that. And if you go too hard on them as a community, you may end up breaking their heart. Moms are strong pillars of the community.
But sometimes as a community becomes too harsh in the mom, the mom then becomes despondent with the people who walks away, who loses out.
The community loses the mom doesn't lose it, he'll go somewhere else we'll figure something else out. But you can't be too hard at them. I was telling the story earlier today we had breakfast together and I was telling him that um, I was training with him one morning and after that I had to go to drop my brother's kids off to school. So when I took them to drop him off to the school, I was doing, you know, like a hoodie and some pants because I was just in the gym. So they're young kids, I went inside the school to drop them off. And one brother saw me there. He said he saw you been pictured.
I said my brother I just came out of the gym. He goes you go to the gym.
And I'm not telling this guy anything more man. Next thing you know, he's gonna ask what kind of protein shake I drink, right? And I'm gonna get a fatwa on that too. I Samadhi come see rather. So I understand scholars should be held to they should be careful that's agreed upon. But as a community we shouldn't be too harsh on the scholars to you should understand that they if there's anything that you see wrong, give excuses. And the reality is they're excused.
Maybe valid. always learn to give excuses for other people. When you learn to give excuses for other people. That's a sign of your humility. No doubt what I said. This is important. When you learn to give excuses for other people, that's a sign of your humility. That's a sign of your image that you can give excuses for other people. But if you can't give excuses for the people, that's a sign of your pride, that you always want to put other people don't always try to give excuses for someone else. Someone can tell you that person is wrong in your heart thing that No, I'll share with you guys one incident. And this one incident gave me the reality wake up call. This happened this last
year, it was at one of the conventions I have weak memory. I'm not sure if it was it's now akin to one of the conventions and we were doing our commodity thobes sells. So we were we were doing sales there. And I was talking to this brother, he was standing in front of the counter. And he was talking to me it's not a commodity. We were just sharing some ideas and talking. And while I was doing this one customer came, he was also Muslim, Mashallah, he was buying a folk. So he gave me so he brought us over and he put it down. And he didn't say Salaam to us. And my friend who was talking to he actually looked at his brother in the face, he looked at him in the face and said,
Assalamualaikum, that guy looked at him back and didn't say a word. Now, how offensive is that? The guy looked at you in the face instead of Santa Monica, you look at him back and then reply. Like, how bad is that? Like, you know, there are limits to being bad. And then I was just watching and I was like, Yeah, I was angry. I didn't say anything, though. So I said to the guy, you know, whatever the price was $50 for exactly. $50.
And he didn't respond. So now I was really angry. First of all, he was being rude as my friend and he was being rude of me. So I looked at him and I said, $50 and that's when the reality hit me on the face. He went like this.
I can't hear
he made the gesture. He said my earring. I can't hear it. I can't hear anything. Then I realized Subhanallah I was angry with him because he didn't reply to Islam in reality he didn't hear this about and I was angry that he wasn't responding to me and reality he couldn't hear it. So learn to make excuses for other people. But what he meant was are you saying you're coming back to the text that if you're a scholar that hold yourself to a higher standard if you're a student, hold yourself to a higher set we're going to finish off this part right here then we'll end inshallah I was for corruption indeed, will the actions of this diluted main cause that any good brought about by his
words, since he ignorant man only throws himself into pursuit of worldly things FDC the scholars doing so? Does the diluted scholars knowledge becomes the very cause of the servant of servants of Allah is gearing to disobey Him. We have people like people that are getting these days. I'll tell you one thing you can get a fatwa for anything. Would you guys agree on that? You can get a fatwa for anything. I remember once I was sitting with one brother, and we were, we were going somewhere. And while we were going, this brother was driving me to a lecture, good friend of mine. I mean, good friend, meaning I knew him. We were driving to a lecture, and Mashallah his brother. He showed up
smoking some weed.
I was in the car. But I had never seen weed before in my life. I'm not gonna lie to him. That's probably my innocence. But I sat smelted before I had been in college and I knew what it smelled like, when I smelled it. What are you doing? He's like, you know, some weed and the Newman believe he actually said
that was the first time I left someone actually ever offered me. And I said to the brother, you're crazy gets out of my face right? away, get this out of here. And so what are you doing this is wrong? He said, No, I got a fatwa
for anything, doesn't make it permissible. You can get a fatwa for anything. You know, the other day, I spoke to someone and he said to me that, you know, there's a, someone is telling me Actually, someone was telling. One of my friends was telling me that someone give a fatwa that it's permissible to celebrate Christmas. And then someone give a fatwa that is permissible, you know, to take loans on interest. There's photos for everything, my friend, you know, there's no you know, one of my friends was telling me that he's going to open up a, a website, shop mufti.com one of my friends will come to me this year, he said, This to me is that I'm gonna Shiraz. He said, I'm going
to open up a shop mostly.com and I'm going to have fatwas there for sale, you can put you can bid and buy your fatwa.
Don't steal the idea. And if he opens it, beat him up for that. Okay, so there's no lack and fatwas, anyone can do that anyone can get fatwa. But the thing is that you have to remember that whether that's beneficial for the people or not first thing, and second thing is that even in line with the principles of shediac, which are giving a verdict towards so here, your mom was always saying sometimes, the statements of these corrupted scholars will end up misguiding people altogether, and will actually take them away from a law rather than bringing them closer to a lot. Despite this is ignorant Lower, lower soft casing assurance, filling him with hope and desire, calling him to expect
favors from Allah as a result of his knowledge, and his evil inciting soul makes him believe that he is superior to many of his servants. Therefore, oh seeker be among the first place Now remember, that is summarizing all three of these groups. Take the summary. They are not to be of the second class for how many a procrastinator dies before he repents and forfeits everything, above all wiiware to not allow yourself by any means to be the third class and your life wretchedly.
bereft of hope for success or salvation, if you now that's where that introduction kind of finishes. Remember Sally has a smaller paragraph here. And then after this paragraph he leads into the book itself but we just read a small little paragraph a few lines, and then we'll end inshallah, we'll end our class and next week we'll continue on, if you then ask what is the beginning of guidance, then I may test myself nearby. No, that is beginning is the outward form of consciousness and its end is the inward inward reality of God consciousness. Hence, there is no Ultimate Bliss except to God consciousness and guidance does not come to those who are conscious of a lot. But what means
carrying out the commands of Allah moatize a turning away from it which he is forbidden, there are so there are two things two aspects of taqwa The first thing was to do good, and the second was prevent evil, stay away from bad, the first was to do good. And the second was to stay away from that, go ahead, there are two parts to it. And in what follows, I will explain to you briefly the outward manifestation of consciousness in both these parts, because it is going to touch on both parts. The first chapter of his book that we finished introduction, now from the next chapter in Mama kasali he starts with which things need to be done. And then after that, the second section of
his book is on which things we should stay away from. So we pray that Allah subhanaw taala gives us all the trophies and ability to act what has been said and that allows which gives us a true understanding of the deen and that Allah subhanaw taala resurrects is amongst us sincere servants, and there are lots of other overlooks any of our insincerity and replaces with absolute sincerity. So de la sera Mohamad water Elio submarine