Channel: Ismail Kamdar
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Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
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in the back. Okay. Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was salam wa rahmatullah alameen wa Montevideo who will send either you mean, we begin by praising Allah subhanho wa Taala and sending His peace and blessings of one upon the final prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all those who follow his way with the righteousness until the last day.
Before we begin, I'd just like to give you all a taster of what we are going to discuss today. We have a three part program in Sharla. The first act at one of tonight's lecture will focus on the virtues of salah and two stories, which will show us that two people before us, Salah has a very different meaning than he does to us. Act Two, we will look on what went wrong. Why is it that today we don't approach the Salah the way the people before us did
with Actually, we will focus on four major ways in which we can improve the quality and the enjoyment which we feel and which we experience in our solar.
Because solar is not meant to be a ritual. In fact, none of the acts of Avada in Islam are meant to be rituals.
If you look at the haddish of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, where he talks about Salah, in a very interesting Hadees Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam said and this is sometimes awkward to quote, he said that of the things of this world that I love most a woman and horses, right that's awkward for some people quote of the things of this world which are most a woman referring to his wives and horses, but the coolness of my eyes is in Sala
Now let's look at this Heidi's in a context. Horses equals transportation, which in modern terms would say refers to cars, right? So for average man nowadays, the things of this world which he loves the most would be his wife and his car. Right? These are things which men love. And when you make do our spouses and children, the Diwan mentioned in the Quran is that we make dua that they are that they become the coolness of our eyes.
But Rasulullah saw me saying that despite the fact that he's a man and that he's a human, he's he finds his coolness of his eyes not to be in the wife or the car or in the children. But in Sala, meaning that he loves Sala, he enjoys Sala even more than adding a new car even more in spending time with your spouse. That's the level of enjoyment which he gets from playing solo.
So we need to ask ourselves the question, why don't we get that enjoyment from Salah In fact, let's face it, especially for young people nowadays Salah is a burden, right? To get someone out of bed to pray their soul aperture time. For many of them. It's a burden. They don't know why. And many of us can't explain to them why. How is it that people before us it was enjoyment. And for us it's something which we just want to get over with.
And if we look in the Quran about the importance of Salah when Allah Subhana Allah tells us in Surah noon, the qualities of the successful believer
he begins with salah and he injured Salah got after me no believers will be successful when Allah Xena Hoon v Salatin, Hoshi own when they have Khushboo in their Salah. Can anybody tell me what is kosher?
Anyone knows what kosher.
horseshoe is a sense of peace, to feel at peace? Meaning that when you are in your Salah, that's the time when you feel at peace. Right? That's the quality of a successful believer. How do we get that? And we almost 100 continues there with the qualities of the successful believer. What is the last quality? Well, Xena whom Allah so Allah wa to him, you have a rule, those who preserve their Salah they pray all of this Allah on time. Right so he begins mentioning salah and he is mentioning Salam showing us the Salah is their most important quality of a successful believer.
And when it comes to seeking help, most of us when we have a problem, we call our friends, we get in touch with our contacts, we, you know we do whatever we can. And lastly is what we make to our, how many of us when we have a problem, we praise Allah. Allah alegebra talks about problems in the Quran twice in Surah Baqarah, he says, Is steinel be Sabri. wa salam
assistance with patience and would follow how many of us use Salah as a methodology of seeking assistance from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that brings me to the first story I want to mention. And that story is the story of the Prophet Ibrahim Ali salam, as mentioned in Sahih, Muslim in Sahih, Muslim days a story of the Prophet Ibrahim alayhi salam, when his wife Sarah, was captured by a king. I'm not too sure how familiar everybody is with the story. This is a quick background. Ibrahim Alayhi Salam was the only believer in his city. His father was an idol maker. The majority of people in his city worship idols, he had to flee the city to make hedra. So he and his wife
Sarah, were traveling from place to place looking for somewhere where they could stay and be at peace. And they came to a country which had an oppressive King. And this king wanted to kidnap his wife, Sarah, and keep her as his personal slave. Right. He wanted to use her because she was beautiful.
So when the gods came and took Sara away, as mentioned Sahih Muslim very interesting Rasulullah Some said, When Sora was taken away, Ibrahim Ali Salaam started playing solo. That's it, he started playing solo. And according to some of the narrations, when she came back, after the whole issue, she went to the king and the king tried to grab her and his hand got paralyzed. Then he told her to make dua for him. She made the why his hand came right. This happened a few times. She said he said that she must be possessed by a gene or must be something wrong with her and he chased away. So when she came back according to some of the narrations he was still praying sola. So what does Ibrahim al
He Stein will be followed up. He was seeking assistance through Salah you see the difference between us and him? If it was asked, What would we have done? The average person would have went to the king to speak to him right? Or went in the city looking for somebody to help us. Or last resort we might make to our how many of us would make sola
and if you're an action hero, then you might have just come into the window with a machine gun to the king, right? But Ibrahim Ali salam, Salam. So the reason for mentioning this story is very simple. To the prophets, they literally would seek assistance through Salah when things go wrong, they will praise Allah, when things were right, it's to praise Allah.
And they Sala was not like our solar, when Rasulullah saw the light and we should create 100 Yama lane, when he was in sajida. Sometimes his wife, Aisha radiallahu anha, she would have to reach out and touch his legs to see if he's still alive. Because he spent such a long time in such them. Now I want everybody to think about this. What could he have possibly be doing in such there for so long? What do we do in such
asking for forgiveness? Or do we not need essentially the average person? Super Hannah, Robbie, Allah Allah three times, right? How many times can you keep saying so behind Allah? Will Allah? What What was he doing in this episode? We will come to that later in the lecture, right? We're going to discuss such tiny details later in the lecture. But these stories just give us an understanding. There's a lot to deal with something different. It's not what it is to us. So that was something very different. The other story I wanted to mention,
was about Baccarat jello on home with our Baccarat radiallahu. During the early years of Islam, he was one of the first converts to Islam. Right. He was, according to many of the scholars, the first man to accept Islam, not the first person Khadija Raja was the first person but the first man. And he was under a lot of pressure and oppression from the people that Makkah so he said he's going to make India he going to move to another city. He decided to move to another city. On his way out he met a man in India, who convinced him to go back to Makkah and his protection. Now this is where the story gets interesting. When Abu Bakar came back to America, the people made the condition that
people of Makkah made the condition. They said we will only accept Abu Bakar to live in Makkah would one condition.
The condition is that he does not pray Salah in public.
Think about that. He didn't say he mustn't do Dawa. He mustn't teach the Quran. He mustn't call the people towards Islam. Just don't pray your Salah in public you can play solo in your house, but not in public. Why?
Why would he say that? Well, the story continues. aboubaker has a new point of contact. He prayed Salah in his garden with people good to see him. And when he prayed his solar, whenever he would pray the solar, he would cry
Why would he cry? Because he understood the Quran
and when you understand the Quran, the Salah is very different from someone who does not understand Quran. So Abu Bakar would stand there praying and crying, and the non Muslim men and women and children will gather around and watch him and they have to be affected by his salah and his Salah was a bigger Dawa to the people that are preaching. His Salah was a better Dawa, then our lectures and our debates, people were converting to Islam because of what they saw in the Salah of abubaker until the courage to make a condition that you must bring yourself inside your house, not in your garden.
Now we look at these stories, what do we realize, we realized that for Abu Bakr radiallahu, for Rasulullah, sallAllahu wasallam for Ibrahim Ali Salaam for all of the early generations, Salah was something different. You can definitely see this is something different. I mean, how many of us can see when we prayed Salah it affected us even affecting somebody watching us. You see, you see what I'm talking about? This is something different is something that they did that we don't do is something which they understood, which we haven't understood. And that's what we're going to get at today. We're going to get at how do we get that experience in our Salah? How do we find enjoyment in
the Salah? How does the Salah move from being a ritual, which we do, because we told to do it to something that we do because we love Allah, and we find joy in Salah. And that brings us to act two to part two of this lecture, which is what went wrong?
What went wrong? If we don't understand this, what went wrong that our generations we don't know about this. We don't get this in our Salah. Many of us don't even know we supposed to get this in a solo. Many of us don't even know that our Salah is supposed to have this effect on us What went wrong?
I'll give you a moment moment to think about that. And if anyone's got any theories as to what went wrong, feel free to raise your hand and submit it. But from my side, I can think of two main issues which cause things to go wrong. And the first is ritual blind following of the religion.
That for our generations, we have turned Islam into a bunch of rituals, which we are taught by our parents who were taught by their parents who were taught by their parents
without any explanation, right? I mean, how many of us who have taught our children, why the priests Allah.
You know, we pray without knowing why we pray. We fast without knowing what's the purpose of fasting. And that's why our fasting does not have the effect on us it's supposed to have a Word tells us in the Quran, that fasting is supposed to increase us in taqwa. But when we fast, we have a five course meal for care, right? And then we sleep half the morning. And then if you're a guy, you play video games for the next three hours. And you look on the watch to three hours left to the star, this was Lord of the Rings that will kill three hours. Right then we have a five course meal for a star. And then we are burping throughout the taraweeh. Unable to pay any attention.
And then second dinner after that, are we any wonder is fasting in have any spiritual effect on me because we not fasting? That is not fasting. That's not what also Muslim said. Rasulullah told us that the Baraka is in a lightsworn. The Baraka is having a lightsaber, he will just have deeds in water.
We will have our omelet and you know, we eat more in Ramadan for one meal we do outside of Ramadan. Think about it. Normally outside of Ramadan, you wake up in the morning, maybe we'll have one egg and a cup of tea in Ramadan is for them. You want to eat eggs, right? Why?
So why do we do this? Because we don't know why we fast. If you don't know why you fast, you won't fast the proper way. It's the same with the solar. We don't know why we pray solar. So we just get up there. We fold our hands we go up and down, do the motions and record and it has zero effect on us. So we find people who pray five times a day, but they get back home and they beat up their wives.
Why? Because they're not playing properly. They're not praying Salah the way they supposed to pray the Salah, because we haven't understood this. So our first issue as a community is that we have turned this religion into a bunch of rituals that we blindly follow. I mean, think about this. Think about the syllabus which we teach our children. We teach them how to pray. We teach them to recite the words we teach them to recite this to us. We beat them up to learn Hibbs and you become athletes of the Quran. This happens in our community. We beat them up to become office. Unfortunately, I completely disagree with that, but that's what happens.
But whoever taught him
To understand the Quran, even understand the Quran to understand the message of the Quran.
You know, I had the program for young boys about a month ago, almost two months ago. Yes. And we did a lecture called, what does Islam into you? And for most of the boys, he said, they told me that he was for the first time in their life. They actually learned what Islam is. And these are all Muslim homes, all from Muslim homes. But it was the first time in their life that someone is explained to them. What does the word Islam mean? And how should it impact my life? And what role should he play in my life? Instead of just saying we Muslims, because we weren't Muslim? I always tell people who say that, if you were born into a Christian family, would you still be a Christian? Wanting to Hindu
family, which it could be a Hindu? Are we Muslim because we born Muslims? Are we Muslim, because we convinced about Islam. As long as we are doing a ritual blind following, we will remain in the first category, and we will not benefit from Islam.
So this is a problem that we have this ritual blind following. And this is why the children and the youth are not interested in practicing Islam. Because they are growing up in a community and in an environment, which teaches them to ask questions, which teaches them not to follow something which you don't understand.
Right? This is what the universities teach them. And so when they come home, and they ask you, why do we need to praise Allah? Once you answer, a slap in the face, right? That doesn't work. Let me tell you a story which will wake us up for the issue is a youngster whose friend came to me and told me that my friend is a half Israel Quran. And he is the leader of the MSA of the university. But he confessed to me that he is an atheist.
And his parents don't know. He confessed that he is an atheist. And his parents don't know, why is he an atheist? Because his parents sent him to the madressa, where they beat him up to memorize the Quran. And nobody taught him what the Quran means. He says what kind of a religion beats up children to memorize a book, which they don't understand. So because of that, he believed that Islam is not a true religion. And he said, whenever he asked these questions, nobody answered his questions, and make another system from Gerber, who is no longer a Muslim. And she told me it's because when she was a child, and whenever she asked the mother question about Islam, a mother said, Don't ask
questions like that. Otherwise, you become a coffee.
There was a mother's answer. She's not a Muslim anymore.
So this is a serious issue. If you want to keep our youth, we have to understand our religion, we have to understand why we do what we do. Because everything in Islam has hikma. It has wisdom, Allah did not just reveal a bunch of rituals, because he wants to watch us go up and down. know everything in our shalya has a purpose. The Sharia itself has a purpose
is an entire science taught about Islam called maqasid, Sharia the purpose and the goals of the Sharia.
In our country, many people don't even know that the science exists. Let's say we don't even know this field exists. And the studying this field, and teaching it to the youth is crucial for helping them maintain the man.
But we don't know that. So we need to move away from a ritual blind following to a group of people who understand Islam, and who follow Islam because we understand it. And let's face it, when you understand something you're following or be on a higher level. So that's the first issue is with blind following. The second issue, which stems from the first one is our education system. And I mentioned this, our education system, think about it. At what age do we teach our children? What is the meaning of Islam?
At what age do we teach our children? What are the benefits of Salah?
No age, right? At what age do we teach our children how to answer the atheist professors at university
not just at university anymore.
I know a Muslim high school where the Hindu science teacher told the boys that there's no such thing as good
Muslim High School.
Right? You're dealing with these things every day. We don't have the answers. Our education system is not preparing the youth on how to deal with modern issues. And so a youngster comes to the mother and father and says Why must I wake up at 4am to pray to Allah and the mother says because you have to that will work with a five year old woman with a 14 year old.
You have to explain to him the benefits of the Salah how the Salah will make a difference to his life, the positive impact it will have on his life that he realized
The Saga is not for anyone else's benefit except his own benefit. But if we don't know it ourselves, how are we going to teach it to our children?
So our education system needs to be revamped. We need to focus on the whys. Right? We don't need to shun these questions. We need to bring these questions in and answer them because the answers are there. The answers are they even in the Quran, Allah tells us in a Salatin Han Yu Xiao Mancha. So that stops you from seeing and doing evil things. He's giving us a reason to praise Allah.
He says past Allah, that takuji that you can grow in your taqwa. He's giving us a reason for the first thing of wisdom behind the first thing, but if we don't know this, we can't teach this. And it's why many of us find our Salah is empty. We pray Sarah, but our mind is in the kitchen. Our mind is on. The TV's mind is on our movies, or wine is in our business, our minds and everything else, because we don't have the tools, the necessary knowledge to understand the Sala. So our education system needs to be revamped. Yes, we need to teach our children how to us and we need to teach them the solar and the solar and all the rituals, but what that teach them the understanding, teach them
the meaning he stemmed wisdoms, so they grew up following a really religion, which they understand. And you will see a big difference in the lives of those youth to understand Islam from those who do not. So these are the two main reasons why I believe that we don't understand sonar the way it should be understood and we don't create the way it should be played. Does anybody have anything else to contribute to that?
Don't be afraid. I don't bite. Right.
So Africa, we got another issue. Now education system. We don't ask questions.
Why? Allah commanded us in the Quran. First, musica.
First Allah zeker asked the people of knowledge in Kaduna alone if you don't know it's a command. If you don't know something, it's compulsory to ask. Right Rasulullah in asking his cure for ignorance, right. So questions, comments, contributions, this is part of our game is not a one sided show. If someone's comes and speaks everybody else sits quietly Feel free to comment. Right and if you disagree with anything, feel free to say so I don't mind.
So these are some of the issues affecting our community. And
if there's nothing else to contribute to that, then we can move on to the main event for things which completely in my life change Sala for me and transform Salah for me and which are who will be able to transform the Salah for you before I see that I need to mention that these are not the only four things which affect the salah and can make it better. Right? There are many ways to improve the quality of your Salah. I'm just focusing on four. So it's something practical which you can take home and give it a try insha Allah right. So point number one, if you want to improve the quality of your Salah and the enjoyment of your Salah. Then take time every day to clarify your intention and
to pray for that slowly time yourself. Do this time yourself
to record of Salah should take you four minutes. Not one minute. Right time yourself. Let's discipline ourselves. Because really, Islam is about self discipline. Islam is about self purification we have to do this to ourselves.
Tell yourself there when I go and pre Isha tonight I'm not going to suit acoustal first rockin school Lavazza. caraka right? Nothing anything wrong with that. But let's break away from being a ritual when you recite the same surah every single so that it becomes a ritual right it becomes just a ritual. One of the best ways to increase concentration well, three the variety fvd different tours, so go home and for Isha. Recite something else. And immediately you will find your concentration will increase because you reciting a sutra which you afraid you might have forgotten one or two of the verses. Right? It might be a simple list of students, but you didn't eat yourself
up Never forget it open never forget you can be so embarrassing by our bodies. Right? So immediately your concentration is there. So discipline ourselves time ourselves by two Raka four minutes, try to do it. Maybe you'll get three minutes inshallah time yourself again next time. Because what you are doing now is you are disciplining yourself that I'm not going to rush my Salah, create an environment, create an environment for Salah where there's no distractions, right one of the Hadees of Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, he was praying salah and there was a curtain with some pictures on it. And he told I showed you how to move it because it was distracting him from his solar. So from
day we'll take a lesson to remove any distractions from our solar
Sometimes distractions are impossible to move, you are working you taking a five minute break to preserve Salah. It's very difficult to remove the distractions. So then you have to do a psychological blockout. Right? You just have to use your mind and say I'm concentrating on my salah and nothing else. You got children at home running around jumping in your back, right? It's difficult to concentrate. Islam gives us leeway. You're allowed to carry a child and pray. You're allowed to process a mechanical child and pray homeopaths notice that you can carry your child by playing solo. I just came back from O'Meara and took a two year old and a one year old me and to
pray every Salah with a child in my hands and my wife with the previous law with the other child in our heads, right. And if you did in South Africa, other people will see
your Salah in Brooklyn Rasulullah saw some himself did that. And then his wives used to do that and this is how I used to do that. Islam is not a religion that's that aggressive restrict these levy when these children Rasulullah sallallahu sallam, when he was in such that if a child got in his back, he will not get up from the subjunctive a child is enjoying writing his back. Right when he gave the Juma goodbye he was stopped the Juma could get down and pick up a child and carry the child. Right. Very different from our machines nowadays. You know I brought my kids back home and my two year old son wants to come with me to the masjid because in Makkah Medina we go for Salah
together for five salah and in South Africa Masjid, it's haram for a child to go to the masjid into the seven years old. Every massacre a big sign. Children under the age of seven are banned.
right you got the sign in the masjid Rasulullah slums time he would short in the Salah, because he could hear a baby crying once in the masjid, but chances are the crime in Nigeria. What do you think happened? It was he stood up and said, Whoever brought that child to the machine I'm going to slap the father
is what he said in front of the entire machine.
What is different is the student are gone. Seriously, where's the student have gone in our lives? What has happened to our machines? complete opposite of the time of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam in the How do I explain to my two year old that in Makkah Medina he could come with me to the masjid and the men are kissing him and giving him sweets and shaking his hands. If I take him to the mosque in South Africa, he will make up his pants. Right? How do you explain this to a two year old the difference between the two because he can understand it? Why the mustard so different.
So this is something we need to focus on. So let's take the time to clarify our intentions and to focus and discipline our Salah. Step number two and this is a major step. If you want to improve the quality of your Salah, then you need to understand what you are saying.
Let's go to the Quran. The verse about drinking. The verse about intoxication. Allah subhanaw taala tells us in the Quran, oh you will believe to not come to Salah while you are drunk until you understand what you are reciting
how many of us understand what we are reciting.
So what's the difference between us and those who come to Silla when they are drunk?
They say to me know what you reciting is until you understand what you're reciting. Understanding what we recite will completely transform your setup. I mean, it's obvious if someone knows the Top Secret Circle
and someone else is resigning shortly as well because the shorter surah in the Quran.
The quality of the two Salah is going to be completely different, right? So what happens is many of us
pray number one you pray the shortest for us. Number two we didn't ever think in our life No. What is super hanabi Lala, what does it mean? Or maybe maybe we learned the translation in school. But we even learn the translation in a parrot fashion we never thought about it. Right? We know what hamdulillahi Rabbil aalameen are pleased to have that the universe? What does that even mean?
If you ask the child what does that mean? Most of the children who are memorizing that even you don't even understand English, the English that you're telling them they don't understand. You know I have a book about suricata by Evo came on Julia rahula which is 1000 teachers 1000 page tafsir of Surah Fatiha we don't even know the translation
those of you who follow my radio program know that we spent eight hours and 42 months the entire october november waiting Slovakia that's how deep surah goes. We don't understand it. And if you do understand your site, it's going to fit I mean this thing about something simple as simple part of the Salah.
Why do we start the Salah with Allahu Akbar.
Why not to Al Hamdulillah or Subhana Allah? Allah Allah Allah Why?
What did Allahu Akbar mean? Anyone
who work with me?
Come on, we learned this in school.
Allah is the Greatest. You know, we talk about profit
Again that videos I was watching a anti Islamic video, they showed the Muslim going to be and had subtitles, duck theory get to the infidels
is the how they walk things around.
So be careful with these things. Right? This is the tricks of the media and Muslim for the two missing looking emotional making the film, making the film I think that will
mean we don't even we see that sometimes when you listen carefully what they actually say. So what's allowable, Allah is the Greatest why start Salah by saying Allah is the Greatest because you are psychologically preparing yourself to talk to Allah. You are telling yourself Allah is the Greatest. So I will concentrate on Allah, I will speak to Allah, our worship Allah for the next five to 10 minutes. But when we say Allah Akbar, and they were thinking about our business, and we thinking about the television, and we thinking about the kitchen, and we think about everything else, is lovely, really the greatest priority in our lives?
You see, we do understand what a lot of work but how will it have this effect on us? How will we really say Allahu Akbar, from the heart when we start our Salah? And this is two words, that's just the impact of understanding these two words, and how it can change your Salah.
What about Sudoku? So most of us like reciting Surah casalino Salah because these two lines, even a sharpie said that, if only surah to Assad was revealed, it would have been sufficient for the guidance of mankind.
Do we even know what circle means?
we really mankind is headed for destruction, except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and help each other help each other towards the truth and help each other to remain patient. Help each other to remain patient. This surah gives us the recipe for surviving this dunya you want to survive this dunya do four things believe do good deeds, do the Dawa work together towards spreading the truth and be patient.
Think about it. You can sit and think about circle after four hours. Entire books have been written on circle. So someone who understand the zero circle answer Won't they Sala be different from the person who just recited it because it's short, seamless working class. So a class many of us know this is supposed to be equal to one third of the Quran. Bible we take it the wrong way. What do we do kulula? Well, have you seen three times is recited the entire Quran. ABC people do this.
They recite Surah ikhlas three times, and they say I got the reward of reciting the entire Quran. You didn't you didn't get the reward of reciting the Quran. Because you missed the point of suraiya class and you missed the meaning of a class and you don't understand that class. So how can that get you the reward of the entire Quran? When Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam told us the surah if last is equal to one third of the Quran, he's telling us that the message of surah Islam is the message of towhead and one third of the Quran speaks about towhid so if you understand through a class, you will understand one third of the Quran you'll understand the oneness of Allah qu Allahu Ahad. see
God is one and only there's only one god there's only one creator, who is unique.
This is the message of one third of the Quran focuses on this message, right? This is where Muslim is telling us Allahu Subhan Allah is above everything else, everything else rises towards him. Ram Nicola Mueller, he doesn't have children, and nor is he the child of anyone wollombi akula Hakuna and is nothing like it.
If you read the Quran, you realize that this same message is repeated around one third of the Quran. So you have the one third of the Quran message in your hands. Now what do we do every time we do Salah Hullo has
received so far out that we don't even know sometimes if the Salah is accepted. Now if you had a standard surah
it will transform your life. It will transform your relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala because you are talking about Allah, you're talking about his names and attributes. And that's how we increase our love of Allah by understanding these things. So these are three examples of how understanding the Quran, understanding the vehicles, the words of remembrance, which we see in our Salah will transform our Salah, and there's two ways to do this. The best way is to learn Arabic. Right? That's why the early generations whenever they conquer the country, they never translated the Quran. He never heard of the Sahaba translating the Quran into the language of the people of Egypt,
or the people of Syria are the people of Iraq, though, right today, Egypt, Syria and Iraq war language the people speaking Arabic They didn't speak Arabic at the time of the Sahaba
He didn't speak Arabic, the Sahaba when did instead of translating the Quran, they taught the people Arabic. And the scholars of the past like Imam Shafi Rahim Allah in the Tamia and many others, they regarded Arabic as compulsory for every Muslim.
Imam Shafi Rahim Allah says, How can Arabic not be compulsory? When your Salah is in Arabic? Your Quran is in Arabic, the hidesign Arabic you die is in Arabic, the Arabic Alhamdulillah behind Allah inshallah all of this is Arabic. So how can you not be compulsory to understand Arabic? So learning Arabic is vital to understanding the Quran if you learn Arabic, complete transformation in your Salah?
Well, of course not all of us can learn Arabic in a short period of time. So how then do we get this while we still studying Arabic language translation, I'd learned translations, again translations is not on the same level. It won't give you the same deep understanding of the Quran. But learning a translation will at least give you the message of the surah and if you got the message of the surah it will be easier to understand the surah and to benefit from the surah so let's begin by learning translations inshallah, and would that
you know, working towards learning Arabic inshallah. So point number one was to clarify our intentions point number two was anyone can tell me what's point number two
understand what you are reciting understand it. And that takes us to point number three, which is a branch of point number two. That is, understand Surah partea
why Surah partea specifically,
you recite it in every Raka I want you to think about something for a while. Think about this. There are 114 rulers in the Quran. Right? There are 114 swords in the Quran. Why did Allah choose Surah Fatiha to be the only surah which we recite in every single rock after Salah.
Why? It's no coincidence and I say Allah, whatever he does it hikma bind it. So to choose this surah to be the only surah which will recite every day. 17 times minimum. Really we recite it minimum 17 times to integer for his or her four in other three margaree for a shot to the max 17 you bring your winter and your sooner it's more why many of us I mean, it makes me sad, because when you learn about your party, how Rasulullah sallallahu some refer to it as the greatest surah in the Quran.
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said about it, that a door from gender has opened
which has never been opened before. For Surah Fatiha and the last verse of Sorrento Baccarat.
Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam said that nothing like it has been revealed in the Torah or the gospel or the Quran
that our for me nothing likes to refer to was a bill to any of the prophets
to any of the prophets.
And what do we do with the surah which Rasulullah saw attached the highest level of greatness. We recite it so fast that we don't even know what we are saying. We just go to the library alameen Rahmani Raheem Ali to begin with disrespect the surah
and we lose the entire purpose of reciting Surah Fatiha.
Our Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam told us that last so that
he is no Salah would also refer to the is no Salah.
So Slovakia is crucial in another Hadees he called surah party had the Salah, one of the names of our party ha is the solar. So this is why I'm focusing on Serato. Because when you understand for a party or personally, when I learned the tafsir of a party, it changed my life forever. It literally changed my life forever. What is referred to
so a party is divided into two parts. The first part, the first four verses, teaches us again about towhead he teaches us who Allah is. He is the rub of the universe, the laws of the universe, he is most merciful. He is the king of the Day of Judgment. And he is the one who we worship alone. We asked help from alone, each of these four verses on regional and sub. I spoke about each of these verses for one hour each.
right because that's how deep these verses are. What is Rob? What is the meaning of Rob? Rob, would Allah mean? How should you impact our life? What are the qualities of a robe?
If you think about that, what's meant by Allah's mercy? How is his mercy managed manifest in our lives? How do we show mercy to others?
What should they impact in our life?
Be knowing that Allah is the king of the Day of Judgment. When you recite that verse, shouldn't you feel the fear of the day of judgment when you stand before Him? When there's no other kings, there's no presidents, there's no nothing besides Allah. He's the one who should be answerable to. When we say we are no Allah alone, we see to Allah, you alone, we worship, and You alone, we ask for help. This is the ultimate message of towhead. And if we go out and we ask other people for help, we think which only Allah can help us. And we worship our money. And we worship our desires and other things. Really ponder over these four verses. Study the Tafseer of these four verses, they will transform
These verses focused on last most important names, attributes, and then through the vasila of those names and attributes we make into our what is the dua the single most important duar in your life? And we make this do our everyday we don't even know we make it to our how many of us even know this to a party or is it?
It's a duel that we supposed to make every day. Why do we say amin after Slovakia?
Why do we say army? Because it's a duel. It's a duel, the nasty rotten mustafi guide as to the straight path. A question a lot of Muslims ask is that we already Muslims? Why are we asking for guidance?
And you want to try answering that?
Why would a Muslim need to ask for guidance? 17 times a day.
Anyone got answers?
Any of us say that we are 100% right? on every issue of the deen
every issue of difference of opinion we know what's the right opinion the following the right opinion. on every issue of Akita we have the right akiza when people are debating whether something's a bidder or not following the right opinion.
are we preparing Muslims where we don't make any sense?
No, we all need Allah's guidance and every second of the day, we ask Allah to guide us. In those issues of pick, we might be following the wrong opinion. We ask Allah to guide us in issues of Akita where we might have the wrong belief. And we don't even know we have the wrong belief. How many Muslims follow the wrong beliefs, thinking it's the beliefs of Islam. Meanwhile, they are following beliefs which have been imported from Hinduism and Christianity and everywhere else.
We ask Allah to guide us in areas where we are weak and we are committing sins, to guide us to step away from those sins and become better Muslims. This dua is the difference between Jana and Jana.
If the difference as to whether we will be successful in this life or not.
This to what
really, we shouldn't just make this dua because when you're citing to a party, you shouldn't be saying this. You should be making this as a doula. We should be crying and making this talk.
And you remember when I first studied it at Xerox PARC, your personal story, but I'll mention it anyway. I was a teenager, right? I was a teenager. And I was very confused. Because a lot of different Muslim sexting groups were telling me that we right everybody else is wrong. We the same sex everybody else is deviant. As a teenager, I had no clue who's right who's wrong. You know what I used to do? I used to go by the car but I was immaculate everything wrong. I should go sit in the Hatim by the cover and just make one door in a circle. As you make sure of it, resize it as a door over and over again. Why this one? Because you're asking for guidance. And I truly believe any human
being who asked Allah for guidance and CLE will be guided to the straight part of law tells us in the Quran, he guides those who seek guidance. That's why we find that there are Christians and atheists and Jews and Hindus who have become better Muslims that we are because they ask Allah for guidance. While many of us, we take Islam for granted, we never once asked Allah for guidance, we sit on our high horse and say I'm right. Everybody else is wrong. without even thinking, that is a possibility. I might be wrong as well. Right? So those who ask Allah for guidance, they're the ones who will guide. So through a party It is so important. I want to mention one last idea.
And it'll go into the final point of this lecture, and it will bring for q&a at the end of the inshallah, this final point of surah. pottier is personally my favorite hobbies. And there are a lot of beautiful hobbies but this is my favorite hobbies because it transformed my soul. And this Hades is a Heidi's Pudsey which means what's Huggies could see, anyone knows it's from Allah we talking about the words of Allah Rasulullah saw like some said they lost it. Allah said it
have divided the Salah between me and my servant.
I have divided the Sala and sola in this Heidi's refers to Surah Fatiha divided to refer to which reciting the surah. Allah says I've divided between me My servant.
When you say Alhamdulillah he Robin Allah mean, Allah replies hamadani Abdi, when you see all praises to Allah, the Lord of the Universe, Allah replies to you, and he says, my slave has praised me.
When you see our Rahmani Raheem, Allah replies to you, and he says that my slave is declaring my glory.
When you say molecule meeting, Allah replies to you, when you say er kana Buddha, er canasta in you alone, we worship and You will only ask for help when you say that sincerely when understanding Allah replies by sleave will have whatever he asked for. He said, this is between me and my slave. He'll have a she'll have whatever she asked for. And what do you ask for straightaway after that verse.
Nina Siracusa Kim Chi does this report. When do you ask that immediately after Allah says that you're going to have whatever you ask for.
And then you ask Allah for guidance. Tell me that do I won't be accepted. Now tell me this hadith. Transform your Salah. When you single hamdulillahi Rabbil aalameen in the Salah. Think about the fact that Allah is listening to you and responding to you. And he is saying how many of you think about that in the Salah. When you are talking about?
Yakubu you're gonna stay in think about the fact that Allah is now telling you he is now telling you that whatever you ask for, and then make the dua for guidance from the heart. This will change Salah completely, it becomes another level altogether. Because now you are sincerely talking to Allah and Allah is replying to you while we are talking.
Surah Fatiha. And that brings us to the final point. The final point regarding Salah, the most important part of the Salah, can you tell me what is the most important part of the Salah.
The century data is such that that's why we have one key one rule but two such as
Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam told us a caribou Maja Kunal Abdul me Robbie wawasan, it seems that he Muslim, the closest that a servant will be to the Lord is why they are in such awe to closest you are to allow you to enter in such that Why? Because this is the ultimate act of humanity. That Yeah, Allah I will put my face on the dirt on the ground for you, but not for anybody else. In such that is where the sweetness of Salah is tasted. That's where Salah can become the coolness of your eyes. That's when you are closest to Allah and you need to stay in such there long enough to see post Allah. If we just picking the ground,
you know, going to feel it. You're not going to feel close to Allah, you need to stay there. And think about the fact that this is when I'm closer to Allah and feel Allah's love into your heart. Feel Allah into your heart feeling in your life. This is done in such time.
And what is
the most important thing to do in such that this is something many of us don't even know for many of us, all we know is we go down super high neurobiol Allah Subhana Allah Allah subhanho wa Taala are doing I don't even know he said three times at that speed. Right? And he back up again. That's the beginning. That's the introduction to the such that there's praising Allah, what would rasulillah slicer do any such that
that's the time when you are closest to your Lord. So that's the time when you do as I accepted, how many of us even being divided.
The Time went was accepted only of us do it. That's why he was in such depth for so long that people have to touch his feet to see VISTA life is making dua upon dwa knowing that he's closest to his Lord. And this is when the deal was accepted. It will came on jusy Rahim Allah in his book Zakouma ad says there are seven places in the Sala where Rasulullah Salallahu alaihe salam used to make to our but most of these do are was in the search now.
Many times is the saying which goes that beat up killed sooner. When we introduce a beta to the religion. It kills us. Right. And in our communities. We have this innovative practice that after the Salah, we have a congregational to our we made it a must we made it many machines regarded as compulsory, even though Rasulullah saw something evident in his in his life as far as I know. And we made it a master
So, we will do that without emotional people in the master biting your nails or looking at their watches or looking for gap buying them to have to do it over someone walking like that and cooking it. We don't need doing it in the proper way anyway. But the sooner duar or sajida, we don't even know it exists. thing about many of us don't even know it exists that you need to make the wind in the sunshine.
That's it. That's the most important part.
If you make dua in your such stuff,
you have fulfilled the purpose of the Salah.
Because when you are reciting the Quran and you are understanding it, that Allah talking to you, and when you put your head on the ground for the sake of Allah and you are making dua that is you talking to Allah
and so when you make a such a properly, you have truly conversed with Allah, you have truly prayed a Salah. Now if you pray your Salah like this, with understanding, slowly, understanding Surah Fatiha understanding the surah making dua in the sutra, tell me is not gonna change your life. Tell me it's not going to be enjoyable.
Tell me it will make you closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
This is solid. This is how it's supposed to be pray. This is how the Sahaba pray. This is how the prophets prayed. This is how the righteous people of the past played. This is how the righteous people today pray.
But for many of us, we have never heard of this. Again, I say it's not our fault. It's the education system which needs to explain why we need to read them this we need to teach this to our children. We need to add this to the syllabus which we teach wherever we teach. And we need to make this something which we practice upon.
So let us revive the sooner of making dua in the search term. And with that, we come to the conclusion. Does anybody have any questions?
I personally prepared some questions. In case nobody asked questions.
Okay, good question. Do I in this era, is it limited to Nuffield scholar? And I think with that comes the question, does it have to be in Arabic? Right? That's a good question. I okay, there's three opinions regarding this amongst the scholars. The first opinion, this is the view of the majority of Hanafi scholars locally is that it has to be in Arabic. Right? So there has to be Arabic and you can make it any solo.
The view of some of the scholars who I've studied under is that in the fertile Salah, it has to be in Arabic, right in the Nuffield Salah it can be in any language. The view of the majority of my teachers and my personal opinion is that the duar in the solar, whether in the form of solar or adopting solar or snotlout, it doesn't matter, the duar can be in any language. The reason is not one of the Earth can have the solar is not one of the pillars of solar, the pillars of the Salah, has to be in Arabic, the Surah Fatiha, the the girls, the Allahu Akbar, all of it has to be in Arabic. But dua is something universal a lot except to Allah in any language any any other time with
what is accepted you can make dua in English in order to any language right. So the time where you are closest to Allah, why would Allah reserved only for people who understand Arabic right. So based on that, most of my teachers have said that in the Salah, everything else must be Arabic. But when you are in such the making the dwarf Allah it can be in any language it will not accept it will not affect the validity of the Salah in any way. And the devout can be accepted because Allah subhanaw taala knows all languages, right? Not only Arabic, and even link to that as well is to ask from the Quran because it's haram to recite Quran in the sutra. So what about the dwarves from the Quran?
Like robina artina feeding your Hasina or obesity as part of the Quran? That's permissible in such depth because you're not reciting it as Quran you are seeing it as righteous also permissible. Allah knows best. Any other questions?
The good. Okay, talking about the dual commute which is recited in the winter, and in some of the most hubs in the country as well. Right, the keynote. Again, there's no limitation to what you can recite in the keynote. Again, it's a time to make to our it can be any device and again, it doesn't have to be in Arabic. It doesn't. The canoe does not have to be in Arabic. What's mentioned there is the devout which Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam used to make from his heart. And if you're not making the dua from the heart, you're not making what you're just eating a ritual. How many of us here have been following Ramadan is your hands in the canoes do they make just the ritual
What do they make a lot of?
Yeah, they make a lot of what they make every day or they make dua for everybody. Right? Why? Because that's the sooner that's the sooner canoes again is a time when the water is accepted. So you make any divided time which you want to make right? So this is the purpose of Salah is to make dua unless you have the will not limit it and Allah knows best any more questions the brother side Any questions?
Rasulullah slaw Islam would make dua according to witness came in several different places in the Salah, you will make dua in the Roku, after standing up on Roku in the subsidize. And in that place that you're mentioning at the end, after the shuffle, you need to add all of these points. But he says a Hollywood majority of his dog was in such a right so that's the center and that is what you will go with Allah knows best at
closing your eyes for confrontation is not Haram, there's nothing haram about it. Again, the sooner is to play with your eyes open. Right? But if someone closes their eyes, you will not affect the validity of their Salah in any way. Right? But again, sooner consistent with your eyes open, because that then makes you more disciplined. You know, kids are running around and making noise and you're still able to concentrate when your eyes open. That takes you to a very high level of concentration and focus inshallah.
Yes, you see, there's nothing in the Quran or Hadith about this. So it's all subject to opinion. So there's three opinions amongst the scholars and I mentioned all three.
No, no, again, it's an issue of opinion amongst the scholars, you follow the scholar who you believe has the strongest evidence Allah knows best, right?
But also an idea to bring them on board.
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In talking about a woman, okay. Again, the local 100 view is that a woman's elbow should be on the ground. But if you read the books of ideas, there's no evidence for this.
Yes, yes, no, if you read the books of ideas, procedures, some series not should not have your elbows on the ground and evaded general agency for me, very general, you will not find in my in my research, I have not found a single authentic ID study woman to put the elbows in.
And I challenge people to go and do the research. If you find the Hardys and each authentic will fall within Sharma right. But I don't know if anybody's on that topic. Allah knows best. Anything else? Yes.
Again, it depends what you mean by difference. For example, minimum, a company side by side, in a woman there has to be a full job, while the man doesn't have to. But we talking about the actual movements, the actual movements of the solar, then again, the canopy view is a difference and the view of the other mother the majority view is that there's no difference because Rasulullah sallallahu Leeson commanded us son Luke tomorrow morning or Sunday pray as you've seen me pray he never said men pray as you see me trade room trade differently. He just said pray as you've seen the trade and you read the books of these these any Heidi's about Salah you will not find any Heidi's
where he told any of his wife to do any of the positions differently. Right. So from a Heidi's perspective, there is there shouldn't be any difference. Right? When the differences began our history and why does the difference came about? I don't know someone has to chase it back historically and find out when when it came in and why came in. But when you study the Sierra and the books of ideas, there shouldn't be a difference.
Allah knows best. Anything else.
Surprised nobody asked about the congregational dewatering
did a lot of differences of opinion. Yeah, because Rasulullah sallallahu. himself had done that in different ways. Right? There wasn't just one way he made the Tushar who's raising the fingers. Sometimes he raised it, somehow DC raise your mood all the time. So you'll find different people practicing it differently. Right. The stronger position is that it needs to be raised the entire Tushar could not just add a shadow apply law. If you need a thesis, raise the title, then there is a difference of opinion. Do you keep it pointed forward? Or do you move it up and down the district's ability because Rasulullah sallallahu some did both. Right. You'll find these for both points of
view. So there is flexibility in how you do it. Allah knows best. Okay,
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