University Religious Development in Young Adulthood
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smilla Rahmanir Rahim, the Name of Allah the Merciful, the Beneficent. Alhamdulillah. Allah Allah Minh operates due to Allah as a creator of all things the sender of all prophets and messengers, and the rebuilder of our truth. May the blessing and mercy of Allah Almighty be upon all of us, especially as to the knowledge to my respective chair lady, and brother Aaron, and all other team, all the brothers and sisters. Now, it is really a blessing for me today on Friday is a good day, a good day for everybody. The day that we believe, as a believer that the day Allah Almighty created Adam, the first man,
and also he will, he was commanded to enter Paradise in the same day. And then he committed a sin by eating the forbidden fruit and he was expelled again out from Paradise. And then he repent to God, and God accepted his repentance. Also, everything happened on Friday.
And our Prophet Mohammed Hassan said Friday is a very important day for the believers, because we believe that if there is a doomsday Doomsday will take place on Friday. So normally, Friday is very important for the believers. Now just to share with you our little experiment, because based on the code in Surah, two hoogenraad, the chapter of chambers, there's one chapter called the chapter chambers, where and mighty Allah, the true God says, You have not all people he's talking about all of us not only out of melee, but all mankind. Indeed, we created all of you for one male and one female, Adam and Eve. And from there, we made you into nations and tribes. That's why we are here.
And then the reason that Allah make us different is not for us to humidity shut down on each other, to fight and hate each other No, Lita arafa, so that you get to know each other, you complement each other, you share with each other. And the best among you is not because of your name, your color, your race, but those who are more piety to God. So I would say that used to the a great student, because you spend some time to learn the important about religion.
Even you have Muslim sisters, here, you may have some majority and not yet Muslim here with us. But God has opened your heart to take up this special knowledge that is very, very important for humanity. me as your brother in Islam, I was born as from a Chinese family, a Buddhist family, because from young, I like to go into spiritual things. I like the spiritual things people talk about goes about
the spirit, I love to go through all the spiritual experience. So from Buddhism, I was trying I served them the temple, most of the time when I'm free after school, I would like to be in the temple environment, the chance to be with the good people, I would say the people that temple majority are good people know, you're thinking about how to purify themselves, how to control the desire, because as a human, we all have desire, that desire to do so many things, especially when you're young. You like to do what you think is good for you. You don't care about whether it is you will benefit you or you will benefit others or not you don't care. Okay youngster nominee, they are
very, I would say that. They like to try everything. They're very energetic, very hyperactive. So they are very brave. Young people normally are very brave. They like to do what they think
i think is good for me. I will do it, whether it may hurt your parents feeling. It may hurt other people you just don't care about that you just feel for yourself in general.
And that's why you see a lot of youngsters today if you are not careful with your teenage life, then you will waste a lot of your energy doing something that do not benefit you. You get involved in drugs, smoking, drinking, a lot of things that at the end of the day, he will suffer more than anyone else. By being a young environment always says like that. No is good time. Let's have some happy day here. Everything Happy, happy, happy. No. But when you have problem you have to suffer by yourself. So but my experience as a Buddhist I because I'm inclined to other spiritual thing. So I use my my youth, my young
See my young age to explore more on this value
from Buddhism, to Christianity and I end up to Islam.
Now, why from Buddhist to Christianity, you know, as a Buddhist, in Buddhism also they remind us about the importance of believing in the karma is anybody who said, you know, karma means you must believe, thing that is really fitted to you anything that God have fitted upon your world take place.
So, why you have to believe in that, so that when something goes wrong, you are not going to blame anybody, you are ready to accept it.
When you had that belief, you have less problem.
Because you had that belief. You tried to be the bad, something bad happen,
And I will try to improve I will learn from what I experienced that mean, something that that happened to you in life is also a reminder for you.
A reminder for you to learn from your experience.
And that's why we believe spiritual value always remind us that when you believe in God,
when you have that belief, that attachment, you will never be alone.
There's always a way out for you to overcome your problem. And problem will not become problem anymore when you believe in God.
But when you don't believe in God problem will be a problem a minor thing become major.
Because we understand problem as problem problem. But from the religious point of view, problem is knowledge. Problem is wisdom. Problem is information. Do you understand that you
the golden boy?
Why? Because you learn to problem.
You have headache. Now you learn what kind of medication is good for the headache.
You get your experience dependable or now you go now My head is gone. Now give you another information in the future if you have a headache, no problem.
I have a medication for you. But if you're never gone through the experience, you do not know what to say.
I have a toothache now some they recommend you to a dentist Oh, this is a good one. No, I don't have pain. No issues are very good that this then there is the information for you. So next time your friend have the same problem. And I commend you to the clinic. Is this.
How you look at life.
So being a youngster, you know, we live a lot to do a lot of things. We live our freedom. Our freedom is borderless normally, by religion, to
religion, we're always there to remind you, anything you do, you must be careful.
Religion is there to let you that everything there is a limit everything that is bonded, there's a border. That's where the Islamic term they call Who do you remember this term? Who do
any one of you remember that term? Who did? Who did law? Do you understand what is who did not?
anyone understand waste? Who do
all of you a Malaysian of Gaza
says you're so far behind. What was happening in our community is good to know it's happening because religion actually give us put more value in life.
And in some youngsters, like all of you, maybe I do not know I don't have the experience. I love spirituality. So I believe in God in a very young age.
In a very young age, I do believe there is a supreme power. spiritual thing is something to do with God.
So I have no problem about that. But today's youngsters who just don't believe
but when they have problem they'll call God my God.
When they have no problem they forget God is like when you have no problem you do forget your father may have that
same problem and if you're hearing it and
everything is okay you forget your debt. And some problems you remember your debt.
And also, when you learn about a balanced development because religion always remind you to have a balanced development. They mean physically you must develop mentally, you must develop spiritually you must develop is a balanced development.
When you have this value to others to the knowledge, wherever you go, you'll find a lot of peace to yourself, the guy, the value will teach you not to do or say anything that costs
harm to yourself and not to do or say anything that cause harm to others.
AKA we all believe that religious is something that
And sometime people say we don't need religion to guide us. This is how we always feel, but we underestimate religion.
Do you understand the word religion?
as student of knowledge, do you know can you Alinea by psychology talking about how people think do you understand understand that term religion
are the boys here? Do you understand the term religion?
Do you think you have a religion?
What do you say
Chevy's mean? Do you think you have religion?
No, not yet. How about yoga? Do you think you have a religion?
Or brother then they have a religion? We are not sure something How would this is the thing have a religion?
Something we didn't even say anything. We are worried we may say the wrong thing.
Now this word a lot of human today are very confused because of words. They are confused because of them. They do not know what they are saying.
When you say the word Religion
The Islamic term say a Deen the Islamic term they say teen when you translate into English religion
the real understanding of religion I don't believe that anyone who lives in this planet will have no religion. I don't believe in that.
I talked to the son of Russia adopted a communist in China as a Do we ever all we are very free. We believe in ourselves
Okay good. By believing in yourself there is a religion there.
Do you have rules and regulation in this university?
Do you have rule on it? Can you just come in and join the program or you must apply
must apply for it. Okay. Now, when you want to drive a car, do you have to follow the roads rule and regulation?
When there is a traffic light say the color red is on what do you do? You go?
You go you stop? Stop. When there is green, you stop or you go?
Have to go? Why? Why do you do that?
Because there is the rule.
See, religion means to end the door.
There's nobody who lives in this world without doing doing whether you have your own do and don't or you have to follow the divine to endorse.
But I personally believe through my young life from the age of 13 I start to explore a lot of spiritual thing.
A people say there's ghosts here I tried to go there. I want to experiment that ghost is real or not. Or just a drama. mimic goes you know, sometimes we human are more
more worse than the ghosts. I think if the ghosts look at us, he ran away not here. No we run away because we have this problem the fear unnecessary fear, you know, but anyhow, there is my experience. Then I realized actually, the spiritual being is always there before we were created by God through the religious like there is gene, there is Angel they were created earlier than us. Whether you believe in or not. You can experience it by yourself if you want.
You want to know I show you one simple experience.
At nighttime and nighttime, you just stand in the dark area where there's a light
there's a light there and you're alone.
Now you start to walk and you'll start to just look at the shadow.
Look at the shadow.
You'll find many shadows.
is not only you are there
every one of us is not alone.
You have your career you have your friend,
either is a good one or a bad one. The vet we call the gene, the good one you call the angels every one of us have
and if you are good in communicating the spiritual world, you can talk to
if you are a beginner
if you are not ready then you don't try it by yourself.
History is not good for you.
But this thing is you want to explore you can.
This is not something that we make up but you can do it by yourself.
Just be ready for it. That's all.
I have tried this many, many times that I like to say to you, I love the spiritual thing.
I went into trance before because I want to experience the gene coming to you.
But you have some somebody who is there to help you out in case it comes in handy or to go out
then you may have problem.
So you must have somebody who are who know about this to be there to help you out.
Now why I feel that through my humble experience religion is so important because religion
make me a balanced person.
region taught me a lot of good values. Example, the value of you must respect the elders. how bad the elders are, you must respect and honor them.
And also you must love the young one.
You must value your life. Your life is a trust. You must take good care of yourself. So religious always is there to guide you do this Don't do this. When you believe in this value. And you follow the ruling is like a doctor nutrition value. You do this do this do this. Don't take this and if you follow How do you feel brilliant system. Do you feel healthier?
You feel healthier.
You protect yourself from a lot of other problem because you are careful with your intake. Your health depends on your intake. Whatever you eat, you are who you eat.
is you want to be a junkies you eat junk food then all you become junkies you don't care anymore.
But people who value life they don't go for that kind of food
Alhamdulillah I was well when I was young and they'll go for all junky food until today.
KFC maybe two three times a year. There's also when people invite me not I go by myself based on all this because I am I am not that kind of person. I value home cooked food.
Especially mothers who prepare food for you because they prepare out of love they give you the best even as a garden also best quality food at home
the one outside they smile at you this is commercial smile because they want your money they go for the kill but I'm not saying that you can eat and what is this man talking about? This one cannot delegate no you can buy everything it should be balanced because to all the young brother and sister You must remember they said hell is well
you can have all the knowledge you can have all the money but if you are not healthy Do you enjoy life will you enjoy life
so don't sacrifice your health for anything. Be kind to yourself
so I believe strongly that we need to understand religion. Because when you have religion in you you can see when you have problem whatever problem you encounter religion will show you a way out
you will not get
I will say that no you will you don't end up committing suicide you see nowadays there are young people committee support what we do not no pressure what kind of pressure people don't come and force you to kill yourself no
it just mental pressure
and then the environment also pressure you but because in where you are strong we've got when you are having a good relation with God because you always communicate with God as well as in Islam. We pray five times a day we don't only pray once in a week as a Muslim or need a co Friday Muslim do up on Friday. Either they they are too to their feet. But as a good person, you have communication, like how you eat every day. How many times do you eat per day? To the young sister here Amita minimum
breakfast okay. lunch, okay. You have a break again tea. No tea. You have dinner? Yes, at least three breakfast lunch dinner. But normally you still have some break here and then so far.
Why you need to eat so many times
is just to make sure that you give enough energy to your body to do what you have to do when you are young. Because you need a lot of energy you move a lot but at the same time, your mind also needs some food. What is the food of the mind
The foot of the mind,
in knowledge, knowledge is a fruit of the mind. If you are not careful, you allow every knowledge to corrupt you. knowledge can corrupt you, especially Mr. Google. And all these it, they can send everything you do not know who is behind this. They keep on giving you information that corrupt you something you don't know what's happening.
So you don't go, don't jump into conclusion you can I hardly go to all this area. Because I only get knowledge from people who I know.
Not just from anywhere, but no problem. You can go through all this just an experience. But I can just go through but I'm not going to believe until I have a strong evidence to believe.
And then what is the foot of the soul?
Do we have a soul inside the ability there is a soul inside your body?
You must believe if you don't believe your problem to yourself,
you must believe that so that's why you are alive here.
When the soul is taken out, then you know, the body can move.
Now the soul also needs some food. What is the foot of the soul
is prayer. You have to learn how to communicate with God. And there is the knowledge of the soul. So when you have this balance, you feed your body with the right foot.
You give your mind the right knowledge. And you connect your soul with God.
I believe that you will have a happy life.
People have problem. You know how to solve their problem.
I wouldn't say you have no problem. I've been traveling around the globe. I've seen people with so many problems.
After we talking to them for half an hour. Now they can see like, Oh, it's so easy. Yes. Next time you still have problem, you can try and communicate.
Then we'll show you how to overcome your problem. How to Look positive towards something that is negative.
So this is very important to my humble experience. And when you have the understanding of religion to all the brothers and sisters, you can travel anywhere and you can be with anybody and people will love you. People will respect you Why? Because religion emphasize the importance of discipline.
How you talk to people,
how you visit somebody? How do you communicate with people?
How do you respect a person? How to do business, anything you do in life? If you're guided by religion, in discipline.
When you have good discipline who hate you?
Have you been in Japan many Japan sisters you know,
have you been to Japan before and you want to be in Japan
it's good to go to Jessie how people respect the Japanese to the wine.
very disciplined, very clean.
You can sleep in the toilet
and they take pride in whatever they do.
They get prime even they are cleaner. They love to clean not like our cleaner
or cleaner you go in you ready to come in and they drive you go in your wagon again they go in they drive again after that they said
we don't have to do an auto pilot is Tyler Tyler's must be the lead.
But they are not going to clean anymore. But you see in Japan, Masha
every time you go in e commerce somebody will go in and they are not going to scream at somebody, they are not they take pride they keep on cleaning
is a discipline
is a discipline that we must have. But with the religious guideline, you will see the value
the supreme value in religion
tell you to respect everybody on everybody. human animals, environment, everything you must
be kind to the environment, then the environment will be kind to you is like what religion says. If you love yourself, you want to be respect. You want to be honored. So you must respect and honor other people.
That's why we say always use mirror. Don't use
Don't wear spectacles it's okay for you to wear suits.
Because when you race back you just look at other people.
But if you say mirror or mirror then you look at yourself.
So, when you look at yourself why mirror become the best friend Why do you know mirror is our best friend
Do you know the underwriting system? How many of us have been talking to yourself?
Hardly. You see in front of mirror the brother we just this two minute three minute call has nothing to do extra but for the system they have more things than look you know we have the team what color dress the way the dress the so they got to do some touching up here and there. The man is very simple. You know what the or just one cream bakery
or the woman you know so many criminal
the spot to enter the cream despite the creme de soie phase of so many clips. You waste a lot of time just looking at yourself is okay because you love yourself.
No one MSA why Mira is your best friend.
When you have problem and you cry in front of the mirror, do the mirror laugh at you.
You experienced that before? You can try? You cry the mirror look in the mirror. You cry the smile?
How do you feel when you're having problem you're playing in front of your face, man.
I mean, they don't have feelings towards you. So Mira don't betray you
is your own reflection.
So when look at mirror is good for you to remind yourself to I want people don't respect me, do I want people to smile at me, then if you want people to smile at you, you learn how to smile back,
then you see the reflection.
For the young brothers and sisters, I would encourage all of you to enhance yourself in this value is very important. And if you're trying to act upon the good value, you will see there you go people will love you and respect you. Because you know their value, you know their religion, you know how to respect them, you know their value, you know how to visit them? How to enter the house like the Muslim You know, when you enter the Muslim house, you don't go your shoes. Why? Because the Muslim will use their home to pray
with other people you can use a suit because they are not
involved in the prayer. So all these things is very, very important. If you want to invite a friend who are Muslim to have food, why should you invite them to the bar?
Make law you know it's not
you should invite them to a place that you know that is they feel good. And relax. If you invite a Buddhist, a good Buddhist Brother, do you invite them for Kentucky or pizza?
do you do that? Then you have no respect to him. If he's telling you, I'm a Buddhist, I'm a practicing Buddhist, a practicing Buddhist go for one vegetarian. So you want to invite him for lunch. Make sure go for vegetarians, organic shop, you make him very happy.
They know that you have value.
You cannot bring him to fish head curry and
you enjoy fish curry, he will just eat veggies. That means you don't understand people's value.
You understand that? insha Allah.
He says that region will teach you the discipline of if you want to be a successful student. You want to be a good student, what should you do sisters.
You just have to respect your teacher.
Whatever the teacher is talking to you, you must listen you don't know you ask him.
When the teacher is lecturing, you cannot just talk amongst yourself. Meaning you have showed this respect. The same go to your parent when the parent is talking to you. Listen, a successful student is a good listener.
You don't understand you ask but if you don't want to listen, nobody can force you.
Nobody can force you to come and go they come and go finish.
So May Allah guide us May Allah help us that what does he say? I just share with us the importance of my childhood when I was young why I put more time learning about religion because religion gave me a lot of
information. So now we open for the second section for the Q and A's any question from the brothers or sisters. You're welcome to post your question.
Young people should have a lot of pressure. Yes.
Yeah, in the beginning, of course, I may not know the difference differences so much. In the beginning, I just want to experience more
experienced Buddhism, where there's a lot of don'ts. If you talk about true Buddhism,
true Buddhism will teach you the value of number one, believe in karma.
Number two, you must remember the suka and the doctor. That mean, in life, there's a lot of suffering, you must prepare for them. So when you are prepared for the truth of suffering, you're not suffering.
So you must be humble. That's why the train yourself to control your desire, you don't eat just any food, you go vegetarian, you control your hairstyle, you go while you consider your cause you try to minimize your kind of dressing, don't let the dress the garment, change your attitude. So you dress very humbly
like the mistake that
why you do that actually teaching you how to control your desire.
You know, sometimes our dress can change our attitude. Do you believe in that?
We believe that rather.
You look at the policeman, when they wear the uniform, how do they feel?
they feel they have authority. After they change the uniform, the glam rock people
say that the attitude, the uniform can change you dress can change if you were smart nicely, so your behavior was a change.
But you were rugged and all all the yo yo behavioral switching.
So Buddhism train you to be humble. Control your desire,
be the master of desire. But there are so many don'ts of
these nodes, this node, this node, and they also want you to be so humble, that they want you to go back even when you can work. You are healthy, but they want you to take a bowl and go door to door and ask for
some help in the form of money in the form of food.
And you see most of the mother very healthy, maybe that salad mustard.
But they still got to go and back. Why'd they do that?
is just to train yourself to be humble. later on. I feel that I need to know more about other religion. So I migrate to Christianity. Christianity seems to be very
accommodating for young people because everything okay?
Everything goes, You believe in lots of savior colors. You can do anything drinking, no problem, everything free, everything free. Almost everything you can do at that point of time.
was why you believe in Jesus, your Savior, Lord, you're safe.
So it really made me feel this is very good. And I was a Buddhist. This one No, no, no, no, don't don't don't don't do
come to Krishna. Okay, okay.
And drink, no Buddhism, you can drink, you can gamble.
You can do anything. No woman.
You know that for? I mean, for those who really want to go into Buddhism, by increasing it almost everything go party here party, they're singing his singing.
Everything goes Valentine man, so many things later on. So I think I want to know more about this religion, Islam. After I became a Muslim, then I looked back to Buddhism and Christianity. I found that all these religions seems to be the same.
teaching people to have a good communication with God.
And also do what God wants you to do to follow the commandment.
For your own safety. I feel there is no difference
to my humble experience, so I feel good.
At first I just try muleta on my naked camera Muslim. I look in the story of Jesus story of Moses, story of Abraham story of Adam. All right.
Then you start to link you have a chapter of Virgin Mary, talking about Virgin Mary. I feel that Islam is here to cover almost everything that was not covered in the earliest religion.
So I don't feel
losing anything. is just like is complimenting
strengthening. That's how I feel
and is good. Now I can talk to my sibling who are Christian better.
To the extent they say,
we never heard about this now my, this is knowledge, we share some information, no problem, I can talk to my Buddhist friend better. You have been learning so much in a gym and learning from the crew. And now
a clan is telling us about what happened to the early generation, the early people before us
this last week,
and you had a question from just one brother and his sister would like to ask anything
I do I do. acknowledge that the value should be the same. Because all religion wanted to be good.
And all religion actually is the same religion, teaching people to communicate to the Creator. But what happened through history?
I give you some example. Did Gautama Buddha claim that his god he's a son of God, no. He do not allow any of his disciples to even worship him. But did he worship God looked at the history, he always pray, he meditate, he prostrate. If you look at the life history of Buddhism, he told them
they may he in communication with
Christianity. You look at the history of Christianity, Jesus. Jesus never claimed that I am the Son of God. He never claimed his Paul who put this word into the Bible and say that I am God. Jesus said, My Father and your Father is one.
Don't call me. Father become my Father and your Father is one.
And he said that I am just a messenger of God, a prophet, a human like all of you, I eat, I sleep I dream I, I fall sick.
I'm the son of Mary.
What happened to the Christian today after some time, not when Jesus was alive, not when the 12th disciple was there. But later on.
They start to say that Jesus is not just a human, that He is God,
the Holy Father, the Holy Son, and the Holy Ghost.
And the concept of Trinity comes in. But we are looking at it carefully.
If you say Jesus is God, we all know Jesus is from the family tree of Abraham.
Those who learn the Bible, you know, no Christian can ignore Abraham.
They know that Jesus is from this line
of Abraham. Abraham has two ways. The first one saara the second one Hagar, from Santa here, one offspring Isaac, and from hotjar, he had one called Israel. And from here, Isaac and two Prophet Jesus is my Allah and the Prophet Muhammad. They're no stranger they are twin brothers.
Now if you say that Jesus is God,
what happened to Abram? The Abraham called Jesus as his Lord.
God only exists in the time of Jesus.
What about early than the time of Moses? Do Moses called Jesus as is not because we know Jesus came after Moses. Jesus also came after Gautama Buddha. So to my humble experience, I found that the different now is because the teaching of all these great people is not being followed
properly and people do a lot of changes.
If you look at give you some simple example, in Buddhism, talk is forbidden. No eating of pork.
In Christianity in the Bible say the flesh of the swine is unclean for you. Everything every religion said no eating of pot
But to all of us follow today,
the only group of people that stay away from a day to day is a Muslim.
AV Hinduism you cannot eat in Islam, all of vegetarian.
I'm even talking about the origin
Hardly anybody follow
this is just an example
The region is to say
nobody said they are God they know who they are. But later on the followers is starting is like Buddhism now people are worshipping Him
is like no, he taught them to worship no you just follow his teaching. That's why you see the Muslim don't worship any profit. They believe in all the profit but they don't worship anyone else. They love all the profit that they cannot wish anyone else
you understand that says so there is that different today
it's not we're all the same. Because our Prophet came with the same mission to remind the people to have a connection with God Almighty.
But even any Christian they believe is got that there is our belief.
Nobody can change the belief is that what you believe?
is like the big and are asleep they believe in other spirit to be their God.
when you say
you know the the Chinese in China when they say a lot you do how they address Allah the Muslim God a lot the address can come
visit can come or in coconut pecan pecan they know how easy the biggest one
that you cannot escape from this Caleb ever you know, this guy is you have this got that got but Gen Con collars is cover everything.
That is good. I like the sister if you have more than this concept, what is good? Just for knowledge sake is nothing to say that no, we are blaming anybody, not just for knowledge is good.
But it's very important not to ignore history.
We don't know anything without going to effect to history.
So did Abraham anytime when he called to God? To he mentioned Jesus name.
Okay, so yeah, may God blesses. And so may god guide us. The important thing I'd like to share to all the good brothers and sisters here. Because you show interest in the spiritual thing. You don't lose anything. Anyhow, the more you learn actually is just information is good for you. Yeah. But what Lastly, the thing that I like all of you to do in human,
when you are free, anytime you are free. Just pray to God and ask God to guide you. You need guidance.
We cannot say I know I know how to guide myself. You need guidance. Just be humble. You don't lose anything.
Do that one day, God because you add that you asked guidance from him. So May Allah help us in sha Allah will be led to 50 bla bla bla mean, and to all the Muslim sisters family can
be the peace of God upon all of us.