The Beautiful Names Of Allaah
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Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah Shabbat. It was mine here once again from the inspiration podcast show, and welcome to episode 40 of the podcast and today Alhamdulillah The reason I have this big smile on my face is because we're joined by a wonderful guest all the way from Zimbabwe. Actually, Sheikh Ibrahim Mack, thank you so much for being here. Assalamu aleikum
wa rahmatullah wa barakato. It's my pleasure. And how are you finding Scotland so far? And hamdulillah it's beautiful. It's amazing to see the mountains, the rivers, it's just wonderful. Minus the rain and window we're having so far, we are sorry for the bad weather, but inshallah next time we'll receive off camera that we want to take, you maybe want to chip up towards the highlands where it's even more picturesque, Subhan Allah. So today we're talking about in sha Allah, Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, but who a lot is and understanding his names and his attributes, and the power of that for our spirituality in Sharla Huhtala. And this episode is in collaboration with the
Scottish annual conference, and also sponsored by the Dean over dunya Islamic store in Glasgow that's coming up don't go anywhere in Sharla.
This episode is in collaboration with the Scottish annual conference.
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Welcome back to Episode 40 of the inspiration pod cast show, Chef once again, thank you for being here. So today we're talking about Allah subhanaw taala. But in particular, we're talking about who Allah is, I know that when we're younger, we do learn about Allah and His attributes. But throughout life, I think something which all of us can be a bit guilty of right is we focus so much on the outward and the external aspects of worship, and praying into art. And although it seems very obvious, we sometimes forget to really pay attention to who ramekins are to who we're praying to, and who Allah subhana wa Tada is, and of course, this has effects on the strength of our image and
the strength of our worship, right. So today, I want to ask you is this emphasize for us, again, the importance of studying who Allah subhanho wa Taala is and also, if you can mention the tour that you're currently on, which is called the Lord of the Worlds right, and discuss kind of what that's about inshallah.
So basically, when we talk about
worship, we talk about salah, Zakka, Hajj Psalm, you know, and the manner in which you get to Allah subhanho wa taala. But most of the time, we ignore the destination who ultimately is Robles that you're jealous, we're going back to Allah subhanho wa taala. And yesterday in my talk, I mentioned how, you know, a traveler when he is going somewhere, most of the time what motivates him to go is what's at the destination. So if you don't know what lies at the destination, what's lying in a wait for you? Basically seeing Allah subhanaw taala? Then how are you going to be motivated to get to him in a manner that he's pleased with you? So this is the basically what inspires the Lord of the World
Series. You know, the idea that we don't talk about Allah subhanaw taala enough.
We need to talk more about him. Of course, a lot of you mentioned that the destination right, is that we have the objective, which is Allah, but the path we sometimes get so focused on the path and it is important, of course, and it's very important that we observe all the acts of worship, but keeping in the back of your head that there is Jana, and the ultimate goal is to see Allah subhanaw taala in sha Allah and Jana, may Allah grant is that I mean, so in this tour, I think what you're doing is you're covering a few names of Allah subhanaw taala. In particular, can you tell us what those names are, and why you chose them this time around? So last night, I had a talk in Aberdeen in
which we spoke about Al Hatfield and Al half. Now both of the names mean the similar thing which is the protector, so he protects all of knowledge, everything that we have done in our lives, Allah subhanho wa Taala knows, we sometimes tend to fall
Get what we've done just after breakfast, you know, this morning, we don't know what we've done, we've forgotten it. But Allah subhanho wa Taala says that when he brings you on the Day of BM, saw will love when a su, Allah enumerated it encompassed it, he knows it, and they forgot it. So there are certain good deeds you've done in your life that you've forgotten, but Allah knows, and he'll bring that up on the day of piano. So, this was the focus of my talk initially, and then how that ties in to the fact that because he knows everything, then he is the ultimate protector. Because he knows from which angle any evil is coming to, to you, you know, and this is why the draw of the
Prophet of asylum was that oh Allah protect me from above me from beneath me from my side from in front of me from behind me from all angles, because Allah Allah is that your general knows where evil is coming to you from and that is something very profound Subhan Allah. So in particular, tonight you have a talk coming up in Glasgow and you're going to discuss two names of Allah Subhana Allah two attributes, specifically, what are those, and why were they chosen?
Allah is Mujib and he is ultra deep, which means he responds and he is close. Now, naturally when we think of Allah subhanho wa Taala we think of him being above very far from us, very distant from us. But he is also very close to us. And how is that by simply saying Here Allah, you become extremely close to Allah subhanaw taala placing your head on the ground, which is the lowest point that you can put your forehead on, takes you right up to the highest. And there's a beauty in that. You know, Allah Subhana Allah rasool Allah Azza wa sallam actually says that You are the closest to Allah subhanho wa Taala when you are in Sajida, when you are frustrating, so Allah subhanho wa Taala
despite being so far from us, in his physical being, he is very close to us when it comes to responding to our to us and our requests. And Mooji means he responds, okay, so there will always be a response from ALLAH SubhanA wa taala, he should never think that he's not answering me. In fact, the Hadith says that Allah is in that dua so long as you say, so long as you do not say
thou to worthy out to fellow Musa touchably that I made dua and I made do, so he did not respond to me, don't say that, you should know and be sure that Allah subhanho wa Taala will respond to you, but it will come at a time where he knows it is best for you.
One thing that we often get in our inbox is around this issue, right? People lose hope and ALLAH SubhanA wa, let's answer. Yeah, everyone's going through their own problems. These days, there's so many struggles Subhanallah especially in today's society, whether you're a youth whether you're a parent, it doesn't matter who you are. We have people telling us that, you know, they went through a trial and tribulation and they've made to our to ALLAH SubhanA what's our law constantly,
but they're not seeing a result. Now, whether it's they are not seeing the result, or it hasn't come? Or you know, they haven't got the patience, I suppose to to
the walk when Allah subhanaw taala that will be answered. So I think in terms of people who happens to me as well, let's not let's not lie, what advice can you give them in terms of the I suppose, the etiquette of making dua to Allah Subhana Allah utilizing his names? Yeah. Because of course there are, as we know, 99 attributes and you've mentioned two beautiful ones Subhanallah do we use these and the DUA? Do we use them depending on context and their situation? What advice do you have regarding that? Sharla you know, sometimes we tend to treat Allah subhanaw taala in the manner that we treat our peers, human beings. So we think like you talk to a person and they will respond
immediately. And if there's no response, you begin to ask Hey, why are you not responding? Why are you not answering? But Allah subhanahu wa taala works on his own timeline. He does what he wants, when he wants, how he wants to do it. And ultimately, he knows when something is best for you, we don't know. So this is why you should have the real like play place real trust in Allah subhanho wa Taala knowing that he knows when it is best for you, and submitting and surrendering to this fact will actually bring you a lot of peace.
because when you call out to Allah subhanho, wa taala, and you don't receive a response, and you continue to call and call and call and you're not receiving a response, that dua that you making will become so beloved to you, that you will enjoy and want that dua more than you'd actually want what you asking for? And this is something that we tend to disregard. Yeah. A different angle, then on the same kind of issue is not just the waiting for the answer.
But the other other side of it is that many of us at times don't feel like we deserve to even raise our hands in the first place, right? People say we are sinners. One of my close friends actually has said to me, I've not prayed for a long, long time. He wants to change his life or he knows the answer. But I think this idea that why start now? If I haven't been praying to Allah, what are the chances of my dog has been answered? Is there even any point in me doing this and calling upon him? How would you respond to something like that? You know, there is no perfect time to call out to Allah subhanaw taala to turn back to Allah will is that you will, no matter what you've done, he
himself says that, Oh, my dear servants, who have transgressed the bounds. He's addressing you. You're the one who's drank alcohol. You're the one who's committed Zina, you're the one who's engaged in in all sorts of haram. He's addressing you. Do you know what he says? Does he say you're going to jahannam? Does he say you're going to hellfire? No. It says, Don't lose hope in the Mercy of Allah subhanho wa taala. So what does shaytaan want from you, she upon wants you to lose hope. He wants you to think that Allah will not forgive me. Allah will not have mercy upon me. So he wants you to reach your grave
at the end, and when you do, you shouldn't be under the rock man at the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala he should have never called out to Allah subhanho wa taala. So there is no perfect time. In fact, even if you are in a pub, and you're, you know, the bottle is at your lips, if your heart turns to Allah subhanho wa taala. That's the right time. It doesn't matter who you are what you've done. Allah wants you to turn back to him. We know the story of the man who's killed 99 people, kills the 100th person and he still has hope, in the name of Allah subhanho wa taala. And ultimately, Allah forgives him. So really, and truly, there is no perfect time to call to Allah
subhana wa Tada. And now's the time knows that Sam Hamdulillah. So if somebody wants to learn more about the attributes of Allah subhanaw taala and learn a ways in West to call him Do you have advice on kind of do you have certain books that you recommend? Or actually we should plug perhaps you're doing your own series called The Lord of the Worlds? What can you recommend as like its source to learn Inshallah, tada, there's many, many, many books out there that will explain to you the names of Allah subhanaw taala. But generally, we find them to be a very, you know, into translation, for example, like they translate to a fetish. That's right. So basically, they translating the name,
they're not giving you in depth meaning to that name.
And this is why I saw that there's a need for such a series, you know, we've got to explain the names of Allah subhanaw taala, and what they truly mean. So yeah, if you do want to watch my videos on YouTube, they are available, you can Google it basically and you'll find it inshallah.
They are books in Arabic that have gone very in depth into the names of Allah subhanho wa taala. And these are some of the books that I've been relying on. But seeing as most of you viewers should probably be listening in English and understanding in English, then I don't think it's ideal to go into the names etc, of those books.
She exactly love her so much for giving us insight, a very small Japan, this ocean that is discussing Allah subhanho wa Taala His Majesty and His names and attributes, and I want to say good luck inshallah for the rest of your tour, and we have got a bit of a surprise coming up a surprise, rapid fire round of questions which our audience usually knows about, and looks forward to. But before that we have in sha Allah a quick break to talk about today's sponsor, which is Dean over Tonia. Don't go anywhere.
This episode is sponsored by Dean Antonia, Scotland's Islamic lifestyle store, providing Scottish Muslims with unique products to help practice their faith.
away and welcome back to Episode 40 with Sheikh Ibrahim monk
Now it's time to put the pressure on. Okay, that rapid fire round of questions Sharla they're a bit random. Some are a bit more fun than others. Just answer as fast as you can. Okay, so starting off pretty easy. Let's see. Favorite Name of Allah subhanho wa Taala
I think the favorite name is Allah. Okay, is the second person this week to say that? Yes. Why? Why? The simple reason is because this name includes all of the names and when you say, you know, a ramen is you don't usually say ramen is Allah or Elohim is Allah. Allah? Is Allah he will say Allah is Allah for Allah and Allah He includes all of the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala Subhan Allah Okay, favorite surah in the Quran.
I don't have a favorite to be honest with you, but I think Surah use of sweat of use of it's got so much insight.
Or Medina, Medina, favorites, the hobby also have yet or more.
Or the law.
If you make an agenda in sha Allah, what's the first thing that you'd ask Allah for it and Jana, when you get there? Subhanallah a lot of people have different things. But when you said that the first thing that I thought of was I want to fly.
Because one of the questions is, if you could have a superpower, what would it be? To fly? Yeah, you know, you know, no, yeah, I've always been obsessed with flying. So I recently actually took a flight out just because I love like we took off from one airport and landed at the same airport just because I love flying.
Okay, no, they give you the controls and say it was pretty cool. Interesting. Interesting. Right? If somebody was to buy you the perfect eat gifts, what would it be?
I've never thought about this. To be honest with you. I have no idea. Good opportunity. I have no idea to be honest with you. Well, that's my answer. Okay. Fair enough.
Okay, that was a controversial one here. Okay.
What is your biggest pet peeve that you see people doing in the masjid?
Take notes, everyone.
I think yes, this this is important. You know, people walk into the masjid and you want to sit at the back right at the back. And if I were to tell you, like if you walked into a marketplace, and I told you, if you come up to the front, I'll give you a 70% discount, you walk up immediately, not realizing that ALLAH SubhanA hotel is offering you more, you walk into the masjid, you've got so much space in front of you. But you don't think of the fact that if only I take a few more steps and higher up in Jannah Why don't you want that Allah is giving that to you. In fact, the Hadith of the Prophet SAW Selim says that they would have come to the masjid crawling, if they knew what they were
solid, you know, and they would have fought each what there was in Salah, and they would have fought each other for the first stuff. You know, they would have literally fought each other to say I was in this position, and that that other guy would have been saying the same. Yet you have that and it's open and nobody wants to go there. You know this, there's something there's something to that. I love how your complaint is not really a complaint. It's more like frustration and you actually are looking out for people I was expecting to see people leave their shoes everywhere and people come smelling but I love the consideration for others. And it's so true. Just take a few more steps. I've
had to actually during Jomar tell people to come forward to wellness more for health and safety reasons. And you will see something. Yeah. Oh, I was gonna say that. I forgot what I was gonna say. Next question.
What's the most interesting place that you've had to pray?
I think the most interesting interesting place I've prayed in is
at Lake the Lake District here in in the UK. The reason being is I found a lot of peace. It was very quiet. I found a very very
you know, isolated spot. And I just felt connected being in nature at the same time as worshipping Allah subhanaw taala I love that hamdulillah coffee or tea, coffee summer or winter? Winter. If you can eat 1/3 For the rest of your life. What would it be?
I have no idea. Hung up favorite food? No, I just I'm good with anything okay? Not fussy? Mashallah.
Which word or phrase? Are you guilty of seeing the most?
I think that's the word. Yeah. Yeah. Well, a lot of times like if I'm, if I'm not comfortable in a situation with you. Oh, wow. Oh, wow. What do you say?
Okay, yeah, it's an amazement but also like shock, right? Not not really shocker or amazement. I think it's more just to fill the gap. You know, if someone says something and you're not really tuned into that, Oh, wow. I don't know why this comes up. What do you want me to say?
Maybe I should say, wow. Yeah. Okay. Early Bird or night owl?
Okay, that's interesting. Okay, let me let me let me add on to that. Bismillah. I enjoy being an early bird. But a lot of the times, like, there's, there's times in my life where I'm an early bird. And then there's times where I just completely like, there's this weeks on end will where I'll sleep at 123 Okay, I'm very jealous. I have to say.
Okay, this one came from our team member holder, actually, who it's interested in knowing that if you were stuck on an island, will who would you take with you? If you had to be there forever? One person only to see your wife 100. I'd love to see. I'd love to see. Okay.
Complete the sentence. The one thing that I can't live without is
Islam. I think your deen your faith. Yeah. Okay.
Choose between the following Okay, so which would you rather a, be caught in public with your foot in the sink during waddle or be? Have your phone go off in the middle of the masjid and Salah with a really embarrassing ringtone? Be really?
Yes, I wouldn't mind. I wouldn't mind actually putting my foot into a sink. Also, you might say did I say? Yeah, I was gonna say the uncles would come after you. Yeah, they would.
Okay, do you have advice for others? What's the best advice you can give?
Be yourself. I think that's very important in this world. Because a lot of people want like, you end up being superficial.
With people you want to, you want to put up a front. But in reality, you like being original. And being who you are. means there's a lot of diversity out there. You don't want to just aspire to be another human being or another person. Yes, it's fine to have a role model. But at the same time, you want to be yourself, you know, your flavor should come out. Basically, advice. I like that. What is the number one thing that you want to be remembered for your legacy?
I think I'd like I think I'd like for people to listen to that which will benefit me in migrate, you know, that which I have done in the Estonia that will benefit me in my grave after after I die. Sometimes,
maybe I shouldn't be saying this, but Subhanallah I make a dua that Allah makes that which I've done on earth of goodness, he makes it more prominent after I die, so I don't get to see and enjoy the benefit in this world from fame, etcetera, but enjoy the benefit in the era. Okay. And last one, who is your d inspiration? Who inspires you the most that could be someone who's alive currently or someone has passed away?
I think my uncle, I can't, I can't put it beyond that. It's my uncle is Mufti. So to be honest with you, we grew up, you know, seeing him as a role model and seeing him as a person that we'd aspire to. Although,
in reality, we've become very, very different. You know, in nature, I think. I think a lot of people see us to be similar, okay. But I see myself as being a different person in nature. Sure. But he inspired me to be who I am to follow the path that I have followed. I mean, you said that you looked similar as you must get it a lot. There's so much is there but I love your answer before all of you know before you are. Yes, and that's the most important thing, but it's so good to know that you had that strong connection there. Subhanallah and a very blessed family to have your uncle you learn with your grandfather as well. Right? And to have that, that the generations all studying together.
It's something very, very special shakes, thank you so much for being on the show today. We do have one more thing for you. And that is a gift actually a lot of gift box from today's sponsor, which has been overdone. Yes, thank you so much. And here we have a selection of actually, I'll let you open it and we'll explain what it is all right. So here we have I really like premium miswak which they have developed. The brand there I think he is has a bit of flavor in it as well. And the purpose behind it is to revive the Sunnah of the Prophet alayhi salam which is to of course, be clean and to use that as well and hopefully I smell that will make you smell nice for the rest of
your tour inshallah. But until then, inshallah until next time, we hope to see you again, good luck with the rest of the tour.
Then I hope that Scotland treats you better in terms of weather as well. But until then Salam aleykum rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh radical was salam ala lo vaca to Lahore.
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