Inspirations From The Righteous – 14
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Biography of the Zaahid Abu Dharr Al-Ghifaari
Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
amigos salatu salam wa rahmatullah alayhi wa Who? Who will? Yes, sir, you'll begin.
Begin by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala and asking him to send his peace and blessings upon the final prophet Mohammed he will have beloved civil law while he was alum and all those who follow his re with righteousness after the law say
today inshallah we are going to be looking
at a very unique Sahabi
unique in the sense that he had a slightly different understanding of Islam from the other Sahaba
and in that we are going to see some important lessons inshallah, by today inshallah we are looking at the life of a Buddha, Allah corny radi Allahu anhu. And you cannot talk about the story of Abu Zahra without talking about the concept of jihad.
So before we begin the actual story, this just clarify what this concept is, and what does it mean.
Because it will help us to better understand who our Buddha was, and why he made the choices that he made.
The Arabic words
coming from the latest
means to abstain or to renounce something,
as far as Islamic terminology is concerned, if you had means to renounce this work, right, to abstain from loving this world, and amongst the Muslims, they are a variety of different understandings of what is required of us in order to renounce this world.
And we see this from the time of the Sahaba, because one of the stories we're going to look at today is how good we are. And another Sahabi had very different understandings about how a Muslim is supposed to live in this world. So that's one of the topics that we're going to look at suzuha means in of itself.
I've seen from this world, or rather
abstain from loving this world. And it is a very important part of our religion. And it's also a very important topic of our times, because you have is actually the opposite of a
of the contemporary lifestyle, right? The contemporary lifestyle that most of us are raised with the most of us are accustomed to, is a materialistic lifestyle, materialism where we are caught up in this world, and we want to enjoy everything of this world. And we love this world. I'd also leveled up while he was Allah, He called this a while, which means a weakness. He said, the weakness of the one day group, the oma is hope we are here to quote, The love of this world and the fear of death.
So this weakness is love of this world. It is the opposite of the attitude that he used to be supposed to have. A Muslim is supposed to have his heart attached to Allah and the afterlife. And he's supposed to live in this world, preparing for the afterlife.
In the advice of Rasulullah sallallahu, while he was Scylla, to be companion Abdullah even over rhodiola, one who he stated, couldn't be dunya Kanaka. for others of you live in this world, like a stranger or a traveler passing by. This Hadees sums up the Islamic concept of what is what is meant by absence.
And these two metaphors mentioned in this Heidi's one metaphor is the stranger, the other is the traveler, why the stranger, this term stranger pops up over and over again.
Because we have another girl who loves the likes of stated that whether Islam or even Paseo de la vida kotoba
Islam began as something strange, it will return one day to being something strange to give glad tidings to strangers. So what do you mean by living this world like a stranger? The temptation and desire to own large houses to own fancy cars, to pile up the things of this world? It should feel strange to miniver Why would you want that, you know, that should be it should be. It should be strange and foreign to us, that we're not really interested in piling up whenever we see this.
work, we have higher priorities in life, if you've got a higher goal in life, if your goal is to please Allah subhanho, wa Taala, to make this world a better place to get to paradise, then you're not going to be caught up in the rat race. And so when you meet people who are you seem strange to them, and they seem strange to you, you're a stranger to this world, and to the competition to get out of this world.
The other metaphor mentioned in the Hadees, is that off the traveler,
again, why do you travel?
Think about any time in your life if you've ever traveled,
generally, when we travel,
on our journeys, we take one of two things, we invest our time and money in things that we can either take back home, or enjoy why we are there.
Right, we don't buy things that you are going to have to leave behind in our hotel room, we don't pile up on things that we eventually going to have to just leave behind your keyboard, you have to get back home, we don't do this, because we know that we're going to be in that location for temporary a temporary period of time. Likewise, we don't allow ourselves to get too attached to the hotel and the place we are staying in, because we know that we are going to leave it. And so that is exactly how to believe is supposed to be with this world.
That we are travelers passing through this world, the homes that we have, the places that we live in, it's like a hotel for us, right, we buy things that we can either benefit from in this life, or that we can invest in the afra in the afterlife. But we don't waste our money on things that are not going to benefit us in this world. And then when we die,
you know, we have to leave it all behind.
And this is why all the different definitions of what is the one that I think is the best and makes the most sense, is the scholars will say is to detach your heart from this world. And to abstain from that which does not benefit you not just benefit you in the afterlife, but even benefit you in this world. Meaning taking whatever this will benefit you. There's nothing wrong with that. Right? It doesn't go against your head. But if something is not beneficial, then you've got more important things to do, we're not going to indulge in it. So this concept is very important. Because when we understand this concept, we understand who God was and why he made the choices that he made. So
we'll come back to the concept of Buddha nature when we look at some of the stories that happen later on in his life. But let's go to the very beginning, let's go to the conversion of a Buddha to Islam.
As is the case with the majority of the Sahaba, he was a convert. But his story is very unique.
Because it starts off at the very beginning and early days of Islam. And we don't hear anything about him again until about 13 or 14 years later. So it's quite a bit of a gap that we don't know about a lot of what happened during that time. So let's go to the very beginning.
Who was who
was a young a young man from the far
right. That's why he's called a far right, the one from Cuba. So I was working with a young man from different parts of the river tribe, what a tribe of Bedouin Arabs, who specialized in highway robbery. In other words, they were gangsters. They were criminals.
Our Buddha came from a community of criminals, ideally, no for reading the caravans of anyone who passed through the areas. And I was always known for being able to read an entire caravan by himself. This was a very strong and a very brave young man, but he was using that strength and bravery for the wrong things. I because it takes bravery. It takes courage, it takes strength to commit a crime, but that's the wrong place to use it. I will see leader uses the same strength for good troubles or has these qualities, but he's growing up in this community where
crime is a way of life, and so he grows up to be a criminal. However, as he's growing, he starts to reflect at the end disease. According to some of the Estonians his early 20s. He starts to reflect and he starts to stay away from idol worship and starts to worship god alone. But he doesn't know how to do it has know what to do until he has a rumor.
The rumor about a man in Makkah who is claiming
To be a prophet.
So he sends his brother to check out what this man is talking about.
His brother comes back to the farm and tells Google that this man, he's he's commanding people to do good things. And he's telling him to stay away from bad things. I was I was just not enough, I need to see this man for myself. And so he goes on a journey to Morocco. When it comes to Makkah, he's trying to find the purpose of a lot while he was alive. But he's unable to do so because this is the very early days of Islam. In fact, some of the historians call him ruble, Islam, or homage to Islam, the fourth, or the fifth person to accept Islam. So imagine how far back in how early into the history of Islam becoming, we're going back in time,
to a time when they were just a handful of Muslims in Islam to count the one hand. And of course, if you are a Muslim, then you might have been added to a secret Muslims. But if you are openly a Muslim, then you are going to be oppressed in a major way. And so the Muslims were under the duvet and underground movement at that time, working in secret, studying in secret teaching and secret because of the threat of fear and how we're going to come to them. And so it wasn't easy for a Buddha to find the Prophet sallahu wa salam. O Allah wishes to guide someone who opens the doors. And it happened that I got to meet a quandary. The Federation's once is a Lee wanted Abu Bakar are
they going to meet one of the ghost companions of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, he was introduced to Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, and he asked him to show him or to give him the basic message of Islam.
Upon receiving the basic message of Islam, I was earlier it was the truth and he took his Shahada straightaway he became a Muslim St. Louis. Why? Because really, when you think about Islam,
it's the most it's the most natural and common sense way of life in existence.
Compared to in other religions, Islam tells you to worship god alone, not to worship anything else, to be good to people to take care of the environment, to take care of yourself to be a good family member. It teaches you common sense, teaches you good things as to anyone who with a sincere heart studies Islam and thinks about it and reflects about it will come to the conclusion that this has to be from God. And so
he accepts Islam, and Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam gives him one instruction Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam tells him keep your Islamic secrets.
Why? Because they're living in difficult times. Right? So keep your Islam a secret.
fierce warrior, you know, this man is not afraid to take on an entire caravan by himself. He can't keep it to himself. He's not able to keep to himself. Just keep it Islam a secret. So he goes straight to the cover. And he stands in front of the enemies of Islam. And he declares the Shahada La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah he declares that there's no god except Allah, Mohammed the messenger. No sooner does he does he do this, then he is attacked.
And the people of Makkah beat him up. They beat him up so badly that he came close to them.
And then only they left him.
A few days later, he sees some people worshipping idols. And again, he called a correction that tells him to worship Allah alone. And again, he's beaten up.
Finally, to LA Sol Allahu alayhi wa sallam told to go back to his tribe, go back to Africa, right, because staying in Makkah, is a danger to his own life. And the Muslims in Makkah, at that point in time, were too small in number to provide him any protection, and two returns to the bar. And we don't do anything about him for over a decade. Right completely Don't even think about it for over the next 10 years.
Until the proper solution is in Medina.
When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was in Medina, one day, the people of Medina saw a large group of people marching towards Medina.
And in this large group of people were not praising Allah, they would have thought it was an enemy army coming to attack him, because he was that many people this huge army of people come marching towards Medina,
praising Allah and when they reach Medina and the meet the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he asked him who you are. You see we are the referral tribe. And this is our neighbors, the Islam tribe and all of us
have accepted Islam through the Dow of Abu Dhabi.
So I will go comes to Medina who to entire tribes who have accepted Islam.
Now, I want to stop here and go back and take a few lessons from what you mentioned. Because truly in the story of the conversion of Abu Dhabi, there are many important points that relate to all lives.
Noted Abu Dhabi I
grew up in a family of criminals. And
despite the way he grew up, and the upbringing he had any
and the environment around him, he still found Islam.
Because it doesn't matter where you are, no matter where you are brought up. At the end of the day, if Allah wants to guide you, he will open the doors for you. All you have to do is ask Allah. Right, many young Muslims today.
They ask the question that with all these different groups around all these different understandings of Islam around how am I able to know what's right and what's wrong? How am I supposed to know what's the correct understanding of Islam? And I have a very simple answer. ask Allah to guide you. If you ask Allah sincerely, to guide you to the correct understanding of Islam, he will open the door for you he will bring the right books into your life, he will bring the right teachers into your life, He will make you meet the right people, he will show you the right way. It starts with that you are with asking Allah for guidance. This is why in our solar in every raga recites to refer
to the dua for guidance and inner
guidance was required. Because this is the most important thing. And it's only Allah guides us to when we make this do our Allah will open the doors, you might you know, you may just do up and suddenly you found a YouTube video answering the questions that you had about Islam. Or maybe you came across an article, maybe someone posted something on Facebook, you know, our desert invisibly, we can't understand our opens the doors, right? This is our guidance. Our guide is a Buddha who wanted to worship Allah alone, despite the fact that he lived in an environment of criminals. I was to open the doors for him to find Islam and to become one of the first Muslims. So do not think
Allah guides people from anywhere, people who are imprisoned Allah guided into Islam, people who are in hospitals, Allah guided him to Islam, people who in the worst of situations, people who are in the best of situations, Allah guided him to Islam, from celebrities to criminals, if somebody had a sincere heart, and they wanted a lot of guidance, Allah opens the doors. So I will
look at the transformation of Islam cause in his life, he changed him from a criminal, from a highly robber, into a brave and courageous dive into someone who is not afraid to speak the truth. Somebody were not afraid to call people to Islam, regardless of what they did to him.
And this is the second lesson from from the story, how Buddha was not afraid of getting beaten up for the sake of Allah.
He was not afraid to get beaten up for the sake of Allah. Why? Because his heart was attached to Allah to this world. Today, for most of us, people won't beat us up for speaking the truth.
They might just say something nasty to us. They might just say something that hurts our feelings. They might just speak badly about us behind our backs, and just out of fear of what people are going to say. Many of us abandon the teachings of Islam. Many of us compromise with the religion, just so that we can fit in, right? Even at our level. How many of us when it comes to Dawa, we try to be PC, we try to be politically correct, right? So don't talk about the prohibition of homosexuality. And don't talk about polygamy. And don't talk about the G word. Right? Don't even say the word if you don't talk about the G word.
Because people are so afraid to speak about their religion. People are so afraid of being judged. People are so afraid of Islam, not suiting the desires of the modern community. And no matter how much you change Islam to suit the desires of the modern community, they will never be happy. Why? Because that mentality of materialism of secularism is based on following your desires. And Islam is based on submitting your desires to the will of Allah. So submission and materialism can never
you know they can never get along. You can never get along No matter how much we tried to change Islam to see people. We will never
You know, find a level where they're happy with what Islam has become. They'll always look for something else watered down. We see this over the years, right? The Muslim started taking it easy with the hijab, right? realizzazione job is not that big a deal. What was next? The issue of homosexuality? Now we have some Muslims English not such a big deal. What's next? So we have to be careful, right? Yes, when it comes to certain issues change from culture to culture and time to time. And please to please, when it comes to the Sharia and Arpita these things are, we can't change them. They are not flexible, they are set by a washable handle. We have to follow them through we
have to be very, very
careful about this. And you have to think about this reflected Abu Dhabi's personality. And compared to our own, we are afraid of what people are going to say about us, but he wasn't afraid of what people were going to do to him. Now we don't have details of what happened in this 13 years, or however many years it was that I was in Atlanta to go back to Africa. And when he came to Medina, with our entire tribes were accepted Islam, it was even a minimum of 13 years. Right, you may have been much more because I don't have the exact date. So
we all know, but when I will learn eventually came back came back to entire tribes with accepted Islam. This acceptance of Islam did not come about overnight.
Understand that I've
spent over a decade over 10 years doing Dawa to his people who don't know the details of how we did it. We just know that it took him over 10 years to have this amount of impact in his community. He was outspoken man, he was a courageous man. He wasn't afraid to speak the truth, too. There's no doubt about the fact that from the time he went back home he was trying to do our community and by the way, is not like doing Dawa to the people of Medina, the people of Africa because his community, we're not businessmen or farmers, right? He's community where criminals, right? We're talking about a man converting an entire community of criminals into righteous Muslims. How hard must the DAO have
been for him? How difficult it must have been for him to stand out and be different from the community to be a righteous Muslim in the midst of criminals to be patient to them to do Dawa with them to live with them for over 10 years, and to be a means of guiding a battery Islam guided towards religion.
Think about that. Think about the DAO,
these these will lead to our and we don't see any results after two or three years. Sometimes after two or three months, we want to give up.
Think about Russian law. So luckily USA, after 13 years in Makkah, 13 years food boycotts, and torture and murder and death and being stone and everything that you can imagine going wrong. After 30 years in Makkah, the Muslims was still an oppressed minority without any signs of victory. They had to flee MACRA they had to go into exile, they had to go to a strange land.
And only eight years later, they returned to Makkah as conquerors. It took Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi, wasallam 20 years to change his community.
So who are we to think it will be able to change the community one year two years.
And this is why when you read the Quran, you know, you read the Quran understanding and you read the Hadees you understanding, you'll notice something, almost every verse of the Quran, almost every Hadees talking about change talking about data. They always contain the word sober.
The oldest continuous, right what is for many of us know someone to be patience. sober is patience, but sober is also perseverance. It's also consistency. Right? It's also restrained, right? This is probably almost 100 houses to have covered and not just to have separate individuals, what the watch will be covered, to help each other to be consistent to help each other to persevere in the dour. Because it's difficult. It is very difficult.
Change has not come about overnight. It took over a decade to change this community. It took Rasulullah sallallahu, some two decades to change his community. So we really are committed to making a difference. If we really are committed to making this world a better place and being a means of guidance to others. We have to be patient and we have to continue with our efforts regardless of how dark
because at the end of
The day, Allah subhanho wa Taala victory comes to those who are Asian, when we least expect it.
As a foreigner,
a man who was the only believer, his community became the means of guidance for so many people
spend the rest of his life in Medina with Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and we have quite a few generations of living interacting with each other. It's interesting that
a Buddha was not regarded as someone to give a leadership position to right. He was good, too harsh to cause any we'll see later he had a few understanding of Islam, which is slightly different from the other Sahaba.
And he seems to love so luckily, we also notice. So one day Rasulullah sallallahu Lisa gave a very important advice, advice that helped stop it from happening many years later.
Rasulullah sallallahu What do you suppose?
What will you do? when the day comes, that you will see the Muslim rulers
keeping the booty for themselves, keeping the war gains for themselves, I will work very hard to love so luckily Islam By Allah, I will fight them with my sword.
Rasulullah saw some folding.
Let me give you a better option. Let me tell you something better that you can do. Be patient until you meet me in general.
And so this advice of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam
we can take it at introduction.
The time we're going to come up with your we're going to clash with the Muslim rulers over the issue of money.
And this time came during the reign of demand even our father
Oliver Rashidi. Now the story which we are about to the region extrapolations from is a bit controversial, because there are certain groups that try to create hatred towards the Sahaba. And he tried to use this story to create hatred towards specific Sahaba. Like, wow, we all have a smile. So we will read the story and discuss a few lessons from it. I give the correct version of the spiced up version that floating around.
after the death of Rasulullah, sallAllahu, alayhi wasallam, the Muslim community began to try and began to become very successful. Right. Many lands were conquered by the Muslims in a time of murder this man, places like Syria and Iraq became part of the Muslim world as an Egypt, the Muslims are now a successful community in a worldly sense. And they had a lot of wealth and to certain parts of the Muslim world, most predominantly cilia became a more extravagant place to live in. Right in general, the Muslims who lived in Syria, including the governor, the coup de Sahaba, he lived a more luxurious lifestyle compared to the early Muslims of Makkah and Medina.
And so in the time of postman radula, who
was a party, he went to Damascus, Damascus is the main city in Syria,
one of the most amazing cities at that time in the Muslim world. And I would love to host it. And he is upset and very angry at how rich the Muslims are, and how luxurious lifestyles are.
Now, the governor of Syria at that time, was the Sahabi Where are we are even happy to be on.
He's one of the Sahaba who certain groups try to attack and put down but he was so happy. He told us a lot of you so long, right. And he was chosen to be the governor of Cydia by tomorrow rhodiola, who and he named the governor of Cydia for 20 years until he became the halifa and he became leaving the honeypot for the next 20 years. And one of the reasons he stayed in power in Syria for so long, was because the people
really enjoyed his leadership. Right? They found him to be a very good and just ruler, and they were very loyal to him. Now, while he adopted the lifestyle of cilia, right, he lived a luxurious lifestyle. He lived like a king. That's what he's known as the first king in Islam, right? Even the seal calls him the first of kings and the rest of kings. He lived a very luxurious lifestyle in Syria as the people living under him and was not
happy with this at all. Because a Buddha came from the time when the Muslims had to go through a lot of hardship. And what happened was, I would go and while we had a very different understanding of the issue of saving money, and enjoying luxury, right, you had a very different understanding on this, as to the reverse in the Quran in Surah Tauba was the default. And if I were Allah Subhana, Allah says that those who bought gold and silver, right, those who keep the gold and silver to themselves, and they don't give it away in the path of Allah, give them the news of a painful punishment. Right? So this verse is saying, to those people who hoard the money, and they don't give
it away, give them the news of a painful punishment. Now, your understanding of this verse was that you are not allowed to keep money? Nope, I wasn't understanding was that you're not allowed to keep money. In his view, if you have savings. If you have savings, you have all the gold and silver, you're not allowed to live in luxury. Everyday you earn money, anything that's extra, you give it to a charity. This was his understanding, right? anything extra you give it to be like charity. While we had the opposite of the saving, while we understood that you give you a compulsory charity, Visa, etc, anything more than that it's hard to enjoy and to enjoy the luxuries of this world, Allah has
made a lot for you. So you have to Sahaba a complete opposite spectrums. In the understanding of this point in Islam. are Muslims allowed to enjoy the allowed wealth and to live a luxurious lifestyle or not? While we are the one side, I will go over the other side, and the majority of the Sahaba had found the way in between the middle part, right? And should we see how even amongst the Sahaba they were different understandings of Islam, they were different interpretations of certain verses of the Quran, they were different interpretations of how to apply certain principles, they all agreed upon the principle. They differ how to apply it. And so I was going to meet you while we
are. And he brought up this verse, right the dude who Pilobolus silver and don't spin in the part of Allah, He will have a painful punishment. So while we are told him, this verse is talking about the Jews and Christians, because if you read the full verse, that's not the full course I will go to the second half, you read the first part, it's talking about the priests and the rabbis, smallest things talking about the priests and rabbis talking about the Jews and Christians not about us, right? From Aryan volley and basically of the view that this verse was talking about the Jews and Christians, and for us, it's okay to enjoy luxury as long as it's allowed.
You know, this verse is for the Jews and the Christians and for us as well. It's where everybody, right, nobody is allowed to do this. And so he began to go around the community and to reach people to give up the wealth and to give up the luxuries and to live a simple life. And while we have complained to the sunniva, are smart about it, and this man called a Buddha, to Medina,
Medina, he discusses the issue of man, they also don't agree on it, postman also feels that I would have been approved being a bit too strict on this issue. Islam does allow you to save money does allow you to enjoy her outings or
goes around Medina, and he shocked to find that the people of Medina are also living, other junius lifestyle, because at that point in time, the Muslims as an oma, were rich, so even in Medina, people were enjoying it. And I couldn't stand this he couldn't stand people enjoying this worldly life. To him, it was against his understanding of jihad. And so,
I told him to go to a small town far away from Medina called Rwanda. I go to small town called Rwanda, and to look at
now Rwanda is like a very isolated area. He will many people around the house was very far from civilization. So he lived in his house far away from everybody else, his him and his and his wife. And he lived a very simple lifestyle. And he did this because he couldn't stand seeing Muslims who had money because he was afraid that his money were going to corrupt Yuma and cause material to sit in. And so he lived like this until the for the rest of his life.
Now she wants us to analyze this.
And while we are living on opposite sides here, now what happens is there many of us we have this very black and white view of history. We look at history in terms of heroes and bullets, good guys and bad guys. They will never do the dispute. Somebody is good, somebody evil many of us
Have this reality is history is not that clear cut. Very often, there are situations where people just have different understandings. one's not, it's not a one's good, that one's evil. It's just they have a different understanding. Right? And so even if you look at the story, knowing the story, doesn't know how we are ever speak badly about Google and call and sway him and call him by derogatory names or anything like that, no, neither.
A man comes to his house in Aruba and asked him what happened? Why are you living here? and Amazon says, while we have one
more, we I had an sp last, we had a difference of opinion, we had a difference of interpretation. Note, he didn't see anything valuable. While he simply said we had an F. Right, we had a difference of understanding. So
the first lesson to take from this is that you will find when you study the lives of the Sahaba time really Sahaba clashed with each other, even times related to civil war, right, this Sahaba were human beings. This is a habit we tested by Allah, the Sahaba had different understandings of Islam amongst him, right, he does not in any way, make one the good guy and the other, the banker, rather, they all will, the Sahaba who loves to do well and whom Allah is pleased with him. And David, those are leftist in ways that he does not tell us. So do not allow these stories to be misused and abused, to create hatred in one's heart for any of the Sahaba. This was simply the prince of
understanding. And that takes us to another lesson from the story.
The second lesson we can take from the story is that even amongst the Sahaba, they had different understandings of the Quran and Hadees. They had different interpretations of what did Allah mean by this verse? What do you
mean by this or this? Right, they will all have the same understanding on every single issue, differences existed. Let's look at this one issue.
If a Muslim has earned a lot of wealth, and he
is he allowed to live a luxurious life to that world or not?
On one hand of the spectrum, we had Sahaba, like Maui, an American who lived very luxurious lifestyles. On the other hand of the spectrum, we had Sahaba like, I will be no be no Joe, who lived the simplest of lifestyle, like nothing in the house at all, you know, you know the deal of so simply that
even if you have a small house to live in, considered luxury, because they had, they had literally who, in between, we had the average,
the average the how they lived in a way that they had money. The sprint didn't allow the way they spent it and others, but they tried to stay away from too much luxury, because, you know, it can lead to love in this world. And so we see on this issue of can you live a luxurious lifestyle or not, amongst us a whole body with different levels amongst the Sahaba doing different lifestyles, amongst the amount of restricted was the same. We find that amount of people and
they were more wealthy, they were better gloating. Right, he lived better lives. In terms of dunya.
Or the image of the Sharpie, I'm not even humble. He was simpler. The reporter, they had cheaper blues. He didn't make it, it didn't. This does not make a person a good Muslim or bad Muslim. Right? You can have a Muslim who is living a luxurious lifestyle and still be beloved to Allah, you can have a poor student on aging of this world and still be beloved to Allah, it is a difference in one's understanding. So do not allow differences in our understandings of big issues to cause this unity in the oma. We have become an Kumar that is too quick to judge. Anytime someone diverge without any issue, we want to call them a deviant. Right? If somebody calls a chicken Hassan, a new
colleague around suddenly you want to call them a copy, it doesn't work like that, right? These things are issues of paper is the issue of interpretation. A classical example of this today, for example, will be the issue of whether chickens slaughtered by machines
where a person had the machine to slaughter the chickens, and they say Bismillah the critical path in the machines flock to the 100 chickens, you know, is this halala not something Yes, something will be good. This is a difference in interpretation. This is not something mentioned clearly in Quran or this right? They are those who think that these more literally they are those who take it more contextually and they have these different understandings. It does not make one a good Muslim and the other bad Muslim. It's simply a difference in you know of opinion. And we need to understand this if this oma is ever to unite to get in his own way.
able to regain power again, it starts with us, putting aside these differences, not really putting them aside completely, but discussing them in a civilized way, and not judging each other on it and not making it the issue of this uniting government. Yes, talk about it. Express your view, explain why you think the other view is wrong. But don't divide the oma over differences. Right? In the time of man. We see mommy and obligor have this difference. But it's not causing people to fight with each other. We don't have slander campaigns, the increase. In fact, these generation that states that after our daughter moved to Maui, I sent him a gift of 300 dinars. Right. 300 silver coins or
gold coins? Right.
While we are saying the gift of 300 dinar for Google, this was after this whole dispute between them, showing that he didn't allow these disputes to make them hate that, Mr. Brothers. It's interesting that you send this to Abuja, I was offended.
Who said, can't you find anybody more deserving of this me? I would have done what the money, right? He preferred that the money go to somebody who else needed it. And so we have differences of opinion, even amongst the Sahaba.
I will spend the rest of his life living in a very simple life. One day your man came to visit him. And when this man enters the house,
he doesn't find anything there is like just like, a little bit of bedding, and maybe a job for making Voodoo and like almost nothing else. So this man boosted up his aura. And he's like, Who is your stuff will reposition? Will you belongings?
observances? We have a house up there, you know, we send all our belongings here. I mean, we have a house in general, what are we doing, we were preparing for that house.
And the man understood what he said, the man said, but yet you also need to have stuff for this world, right? You also need to have things in this world to, to live with. And I would say, Allah provides, Allah is the one who gives us whatever we need.
So he lived the simple life without anything of this world at all, completely cutting himself off from this world, even from society in general, living in this isolated area for the rest of his life, until he passed away.
When he passed away, I was ordered to not even have enough clothing to cover his body.
And so this is the story of a man who completely shattered his world. When he learned about a law he learned about paradise and hell, when he learned about the afterlife, he did not want anything to do with his work. He went from being a man who redid caravans to get haram wealth to being somebody who didn't even want anything to do with Halawa. didn't want anything to do with his work at all?
Now, we are not commanded to look like that. I don't think that I'm saying everybody has to look like that.
Because in my opinion, is his opinion of many of the early Muslim scholars
was incorrect in his understanding of this concept, right? In my view, a loser and why are we are we both incorrect? They both made a mistake in understanding. And the correct way was the movie followed by most of the Sahaba. What did most of the Sahaba do, most of the Sahaba worked on money bought possessions for property, but they stayed away from any luxuries, which they felt might attach the heart to this world. And they gave a lot of charity as well. And so the Sahaba in general, try to find a middle way where they will not caught up in this world in luxuries. At the same time, they did not deprive themselves of their families of beneficial things that they could
afford. It goes back to what I mentioned earlier as the definition of joy, the joy
is to stay away from death, which does not benefit you. And so amongst the Sahaba we have these different spectrums, right we have those who had luxury, those who didn't want anything at all, and those who love the middle way, in my view, the middle way, is what we must aim for. Right the middle way is the view of the majority of these are by default the correct way and that is do not allow this world to enter your heart. Do not allow your heart to be attached to this world, our hearts to be attached to the afterlife. But while we are living in this world,
there is nothing wrong with enjoying the allow things
which Allah has provided your family with.
Right? Find the movie, find that balance. Do it. No need
To live a complete life of poverty, nor is nor should we get by such luxuries that are going to distract us from worshipping Allah. Allah Allah in the Quran does not refer to money as something evil. You should all ideas Allah subhanaw taala has a very profound choice of words. He says, we're in love know, we hope, Bill Henry lushly and definitely he human beings, the hoeveelheid in his love for good things in his love for money. lesedi is really extreme. Allah subhanaw taala tells us 100 yards, that mankind is extreme in his love for money.
The beautiful part of this verse is our last choice of words, for money, instead of seeing all his failings, good things, the money is good, the love for it is the bad thing. Right? And so this is what we need to avoid. We need to avoid loving, we need to avoid loving wealth, to enjoy the wealth in a way which is beneficial. 100 Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, right, Allah has created this world for the for the believers and the afterlife only for the believers in terms of paradise. And so there is nothing wrong with enjoying the Hello, and good things of this world. So I want to end with some tips and advice on how exactly can we realize this concept of God in our lives.
Because the reality is we can give these stories as much as we want. We live in a very materialistic society, you can sit and listen to the lecture. And you when we go back home, we get back to our friends and get back to our family to get back to the television, within a few hours, we back in materialistic mode. So what are some of the things that we can do on a practical way to maintain in the modern world?
So the first practical step I will give for meetings
is to understand why
to understand the benefits of it. Why exactly should we stay away from loving this world? What do you
what do I get out of not chasing after this word, because most of us are brought up with this mentality that we need to be successful in. And our definition of success is having a fancy house, having a fancy car, having the best television having the best of everything we call the success. When in reality, by the time you finish paying for all of that you're really passing away and leaving it behind. So is that really success.
The main benefits that I can see that we are human beings get from detaching our hearts from this world is contentment and peace of mind, peace of heart, inner peace. Inner Peace is directly related to detaching your life from the love of your heart from this work, detaching your heart from this world.
This is the way to inner peace.
amongst the main causes of anxiety in the modern world,
is the rat race, right? This competition that we have when we look at other people, and this person has things that I don't have, and this person has things that I want, and this person was a better car than me and this person got a better house than me, this desire to have other people has it anxiety. It does decrease anxiety, depression, increased jealousy, greed, hatred, and all of these things. If you have any of this in you, you can't experience inner peace. But when you cut yourself off from all of that, when you don't worry about that, but that's not the priority of your life. You happy, whatever you have, whatever Allah has provided you with
money, you're happy with it. So I want to mention for example, the Hadees of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam.
Where he defines you heard in a very interesting way.
Zhao Raja Nila NaVi sala
de la ville to have vanilla bananas. A man came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and said O Messenger of Allah. Show me something that I can do that if I do it,
allow will love me and people will also love me.
I find this question fascinating. Because in general, if you think about it, when we do things that allows
people are not happy with you. And we do things to please the people, the awkwardness, things that Allah does not love. That this man is very wise. He wants to know is this something I can
Do that will get people to like me and at the same time, bla bla bla bla, what can I do to have the best of both worlds, right? The love of Allah and the love of his creation? This is the answer of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam.
Rasulullah saw the subset
he's had with dunya you'll be qumola
is head of Indonesia, he Buccola stay away from the dunya. And
Allah will love you. He's had femur in the nap up brokenness, stay away from what people have.
We from what people have at a level of appeal is hide is the command from abroad.
Have you heard of this world, Allah will have you have you heard of people's properties and what people have and allow and the people who love you. In other words, one of the benefits of Zoo has one of the benefits of not loving this world and not wanting what other people have is that you earn both the love of Allah and the love of people,
the love of Allah because your heart is attached to him and not attached to this dunya. And the love of people, because people in general trust and like to be around people who are not jealous of you, right? Because if you have a friend, who when it comes to your house, he is hiding your wife is looking at why you got this car, he's putting, you know the evil eye on your family, because he's jealous of you. Nobody wants to be friends with people like that, when you have a friend who's not just in this world is in the afterlife, and you can trust him more, a lot of people want to be friends with someone like that, right? This personality, where you don't have love for this world.
And when you don't feel jealous of what other people have, it gets people to love you. And just people loving you is a reward from Allah for doing what you beloved to Allah, which is renouncing this world. And so this at least gives us one of the key benefits of that you earn the love of Allah and the good people. And with that you also get in a piece, because it is the remembrance of Allah and obtained from this world, it leads to inner peace.
So we understand this, it helps us to maintain joy. But what else can we do?
A second thing that we can do to maintain the world on a daily basis, is to stay away from the sources of materialism.
Now, many of you might not have thought of this. But personally, one of the things I do is that I to the best of my ability, I stay away from looking at advertisements, right, I stay away from the advertising industry. Why? Because the people who design AdWords, whether it's for the television, or the radio, or the billboards, the people who design these adverts, they have studied the human mind. And they know how to psychologically could agree for certain products into your mind. And they design the adverts accordingly. And so when you are watching an advert or listening to an advert or looking at a billboard, or whatever the type of advertising it is displaying on your subconscious,
and it's getting you is putting some greed into your heart is putting some materialism into your heart. So maybe you have a nice cell phone, and you shoot you saw an advertisement for an even better cell phone. Suddenly, your cell phone seems you know less nice, you don't want it anymore, you suddenly no longer continue to Allah has given you a yo yo giving you a good cell phone, it works nicely done everything you need to do. But because we saw the advertisement for a better one, you know content anymore. You jealous of people who have it. Right? Same with a cup, you have a good time working fine. You see this advertisement for a really nice cup. And now suddenly you want to
buy because these things are designed like that really are designed to work on your mind. I mean, even the simplest of things you're experiencing on a daily basis, you may not have been thinking about KFC at all, and you see one of the billboards somewhere and suddenly you feeling for something or wings, right? Because these things are designed to play on the mind. So this is something I do personally and I advise everybody else to do is to the best of our ability. Don't Don't look at advertisements. Don't watch them do listen to them.
Only when you need to buy something, then go and see what's a good product that you can afford. But otherwise don't allow these things. To put this grid into your heart. Just stay away from that. Right. Another thing that we can do to to maintain to HUD is to be very careful who our close friends are.
If your close friends are materialistic and worldly, then that will probably continue
to be typical example of this right? You're hanging out with your friends, and they look at you and they're like, Oh, you got the same set of plates for the past 10 years. Why don't you buy a new set of plates. Now never thought of it now
Suddenly, you know, you're feeling embarrassed or something we lose dishes, your device something new.
When you're going to buy a new car, you know, you can afford it. You know, why don't you get a nice fancy car? Why don't you take a loan and buy a car? Now why don't you take a loan and buy a nice house, this is how we talk, right? And so what happens is, even if you didn't have the desire for these things, hanging out with people who have these type of conversations, and whose minds are only caught up in this world, and who want to put everybody in that direction, it will rub off onto you. Now, I'm not saying you cut off ties with people, though, maintain ties in a way that you influence them in a good way, and they don't influence you in a bad way. But don't allow materialistic people
to affect your way of thinking. Right? If they are materialistic, don't allow that to affect you. And Rasulullah saw so much told us that your company, you know even if you don't take from them, some of it will rub off on you give the example of Bad Company being like a blacksmith, a blacksmith in the ancient times, you know someone who used to build armors and make swords, very dirty job. So if you visiting a blacksmith, even if you don't touch anything, you still going to get duck and smoke on your right. So it's it's the same with that company, even if you don't take anything back from you some of that rubs off on you. So materials, the company's another thing that we need to
stay away from if you want to make insulin, we need to make sure that our close friends and those who influence us are people whose hearts are attached to Allah and not people who have a capitalist world, otherwise we will become like him. Right. So I mentioned three things on how we can maintain the world. Number one is that we understand the benefits of it. Number two is that we stay away from the sources of materialism. And number three, is that we make sure we have the competence. So without each other, we come to an end today. And we ask Allah to help us to maintain the love for Him and to keep the love for this world out of our hearts and to make us of those who live our lives
to be this world like strangers or travelers passing by. inshallah next week, we will look at the story of the first wife of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Khadija, with the Whaley rhodiola one. Osceola, Angela Phaedra Baka Dawa.
Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.