Guarding The Heritage Of The Prophets
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guarding the heritage of the Prophet, our beloved Chef jamala denzer bozo. He was born in France to Spanish Catholic parents. He grew up in California, in 1976, he converted to Islam. His education was a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master's in economics from the University of California at Davis. And he left his Ph. D studies to pursue Islamic Studies. And since then he became active in mostly in writing. His publications include and I'll give you these names for just two months publication. He has the famous commentary on the 40 hudy has been no III that's three volumes, and how to approach and understand the Quran. Likewise,
the authority and importance of the Sunnah. There is the Friday prayer and it's a three part book. Likewise, there's the book he came to teach you your religion, and the purification of the soul concepts process and means the books that are translated by the chef include religious extremism,
the sense of marriage in the light of the Quran and the Sunnah, sutra Made Easy, a basic textbook of fits the world of jinn and devils, the path to paradise, words of remembrance and words of reminder, marital discord, and he likewise gives lectures at different places in United States and in England, and with that, we'll have the shift begin inshallah.
hamdulillah Abdullah was that was our lecture tonight, as you know, it's about guarding the heritage of the prophets.
And in particular, when you hear that concept in itself, you are immediately brought back to it through the process.
And actually, even that Hades, the way it is usually recorded.
It is recorded with a little bit of a story behind it.
In which one person went from Medina
to see the companion is probably set them up with Georgia.
And of course, during those time going from Medina to Damascus is not just a simple journey, flight days flight and so forth.
So when you find when you found a Buddha
I would ask him, what is it that brought you here?
And the man answered, I came, or what brought me here was the Hadees
that has been conveyed to me that you heard it from
the Messenger of Allah so listen.
And so then we go to the ask him whether or not any other need any other kind of need is what brought them there. And he said, No.
He asked him Did you come for any kind of trade or business or purpose or like that? And he told him no. He said, I came I only came to get this headache.
told him that he heard the promises tell them say
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that whoever goes out along a path seeking buyer's knowledge, Allah subhanho wa Taala will send him on a path toward jinn.
And the angels lower their wings, out of pleasure for the seeker of knowledge.
And the scholar
is being sought forgiveness for by whatever exists in the heavens and the earth, even the fish in the sea.
And the virtuousness of the scholar over the rest over the servant, and in the worshiper who was not a scholar is like the virtuousness of the moon over the rest of the planet.
And the scholars are the heirs of the prophets
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Do not leave any dinar did have any kind of money, but they leave as their
legacy they leave and knowledge and whoever takes it takes advantage thing.
So in this one Hadith of the prophets I send them, we see some of the virtues of knowledge and we see the province of sillim, describing the element itself as the legacy of the prophets, this is the thing that the prophets are leaving behind, and they're not leaving behind wealth that people can consume when it's finished. They're leaving behind something which is much more than important than that.
They're leaving behind their own, that Allah subhana wa tada system with.
And this L is available for everyone to take and to learn.
And those people who take that, and then those people who get that knowledge and work to get that knowledge, they are, in fact, the heirs of the prophets, the heirs of the prophets, they are the ones who are really taking what is the main thing that the prophets have left behind for mankind
is obviously a great honor
for someone to be and to think of themselves, that he can get this kind of honor to be the heir of the Prophet Mohammed, socialism or the heir of all the process,
that he is getting that thing that they have left behind.
So this topic
And it is obviously, it is a very important topic that every Muslim should be concerned with, would not be referred to as the era of the Prophet, the legacy of the prophets, unless it was something very important, obviously, the prophets are going to leave behind something very important for all of mankind.
What you find,
in many of the heads of the prophets, I send them
concerning this knowledge,
before even the concept or the idea of guarding this knowledge and preserving this knowledge.
First of all, we have to consider some of the aspects about how this knowledge is obtained.
And what we see in different parts of the process
is that this knowledge does not come to people without sacrifice. And without effort.
As in this headache that I've read, just read
the process of processing them describing the one mentor la casa de Konya, levy Alma. And it's someone who's going out to follow a path with the intention of getting knowledge.
So he's doing some effort,
he's going out to get that knowledge and not sitting waiting at home and expecting the knowledge is to come to him.
He's not spending all of his time and energy on other things and if he has any time left over some spare time, some free time. He thinks in that spare time in that free time, he will get the knowledge of this gene, this legacy of the Prophet
nor the province that cinema is describing the one who's taking the efforts and is going out to get that knowledge
and he's putting the time and the energy into getting that knowledge.
And as I said, if you look at other heads will probably tell him you understand very clearly that the knowledge is something that is to be sought something to be worked for. And inshallah when you work for it Allah Subhana Allah Allah will bless you with that knowledge that legacy that the prophets have left behind.
For example, the prophets I send him said now you read you read the lobi hey it on your your doctor hope it
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the province I tell them said that what forever Allah has desired good for
he gives them understanding of the deen now in this same in the same Hadees
and when which the process of selling said whoever Allah subhanaw taala design is good for he gives him understanding of the deen
in the same exact same statements the process in a most of em are knowledge is obtained through learning.
So we can understand from this that those people whom Allah subhana wa tada does is good for He guides them through the way of obtaining knowledge of learning
Even these people, the provinces, lm alludes to the fact that they are getting and through learning through going through the stages of getting that knowledge.
And the other half as opposed to the well known Hadith followed me for a
in going out and getting knowledge, this is an obligation upon every Muslim.
So this helps you through the process. As I said, if we're talking, we're speaking about guarding the legacy or their heritage of the process.
The first key behind it
is to know even how to get and how to get that legacy.
And that legacy as I said, as clearly as Hades is something that you go out and you sacrifice, your time you sacrifice your energy for and inshallah you will get Allah subhanho wa Taala will bless you with that knowledge and will bless you with an understanding of the deen
even the companions of the Prophet Muhammad SAW Selim,
even those people who were very close to polycephalum
and he they did not
rest upon their laurels,
or even what they heard directly from the provinces dinner.
But they continue to sacrifice and spend their time and money and energy to get more of the wealth of the province and send them
to get more of this inheritance to get more of them.
And to preserve the ends that they had.
For example, over era
Well, the Allahu the promises in a man may draw for him, for him not to forget any of the headaches that he had learned from the promises tell him
even today that used to take the steps
to try to preserve that knowledge.
It is written about separada that used to divide is nice into three portion, one third for sleeping, and one third for praying. And one third for studying the heady food processing.
He became the most proficient.
And one of the most recognized
people knowledge because of the efforts that he put into it.
We find others to have also
like jab at him and Abdullah
who traveled for one month to Egypt.
Just to verify a Hadith of the prophets that sent him from someone who heard it directly from the process.
We also have a boy who did something similar. And again, those days traveling with meant lots of expenses, lots of time, lots of energy being used, just to check and verify one headache from the processor.
How many people today they'll come up with to someone and then ask them about a headache. And they'll be too lazy even to go to the books that are just sitting a shelf away to find the heads of processes.
And if they can't find it, it's okay. They'll leave it it's not worth the effort.
It's a hobby they traveled for one month
just to verify a heavy processing. As in the one case he told the other person he met he said the two of you are the only two the two of us are the only two alive words is it directly from the process them and I want to reconfirm the wording of the headings, the processes
and not even to get new knowledge even just to confirm and support what they have. They will do this kind of energy spend this type of energy
for the sake of getting knowledge.
Imagine how much that must cost to travel for example from Medina to Damascus, from Medina to
Egypt. I was to Europe.
That time they weren't they get traveling to Europe, from the Czech Hades from from from Egypt from Medina to Egypt.
How much time to check one How do you
what is the kind of attitude that we have towards them nowadays?
When we think about and compared to these examples that we have in front of us
if you have for example, a book or pamphlet about Islam, if you want to distribute it
you want to find it
There's only one way to do it.
Make it free.
It was free everyone. Oh, yes, yes, I'm interested.
As soon as you say even it's $1 $2 $3.
Over half the people are the majority, the vast majority of people are no longer interested.
That is the kind of attitude that we see it I've seen in front of myself many times.
And you see at a conference, for example, there'll be a table someone come by, are these books free? No, they're for sale. Okay, thanks.
This is how much we value our ends with us and how much we value the legacy that is left behind by the prophets.
And can you imagine any kind of any kind of knowledge that could be more important than that legacy that is left behind by the process.
And this is sometimes we have our priorities.
In this world, unfortunately, confused?
Yes, everybody has to make a living, everybody has to support themselves and so forth.
But even though that's the case,
we should not have the dramatic differences
that we see many times between our attitude towards different kinds of knowledge that is available today.
Like, for example, if someone has a textbook from school,
or he has a textbook from work that he's expected to learn,
you will find that he takes very seriously and only take the book out and have like three different color markers, and Mark, you know, something in yellow, that means caution, I guess, red means stop. And Green means go, I don't use that three color system. So
what you read intently, maybe he'll read it two or three times.
But when it comes to Islamic books,
he doesn't want anything that's too heavy, not too detailed.
And he's not going to give his best time to read it.
No, he's not gonna give, he's gonna read, for example, a textbook or his book for work, he's going to go into his office, close the door, you know, make sure the kids are outside. No one's bothering him.
Yet he will not take the same kind of care and the same kind of attitude towards the book related to the dean. And in fact, many times the books that are related to the dean, those are the books that are sitting next to the bed.
When the person is tired, he's just about to go to bed, he needs something to read to put them to sleep.
He takes these kind of books until he gets really tired and Kevin has anything and then he puts it back. Then the next night he tries to forget where he left off.
And remember that word.
And we have to concentrate.
It is shameful that we give
that everyone has to make ends meet everyone has to support themselves. But when you look at the vast difference, the way we treat the knowledge of computers or engineering or sciences and how we retreat our religious or religious knowledge. In many cases the difference is so so great.
While the benefits
of this legacy of the province I tell them of the province alliums dilemma
is so great that we should not be listening we should not be losing this legacy and this
beneficial aspects in our life.
And as the process elements reminded us, or as I should say, as Allah subhanaw taala shown us in the Quran,
then the having the real knowledge and being from the real Allah
those people who have knowledge and apply that knowledge, the real allama These are some of the true these are the true people who have the correct fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala
as Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the Quran in the miyachi, alarming Allah.
Verily, only those who truly allows us to fear wellness and handling data, our dilemma.
Some of the early scars when narrating when talking about this verse, they said they get the feeling from the source.
They get the meaning from this verse that only the man will enter gender.
Only the owner will enter gender What do you mean by that only the people who have the knowledge of the religion and apply that
Are the actual people who are having the real fear of Allah subhana wa tada because in Nima it means in all inclusiveness, these are the only people who really have the fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And who will be deserving of a list of Hannah with pleasure in the hereafter.
Obviously, there's many verses in the Quran, many Hadith and processing them about the virtues of knowledge. I just want to talk a little bit about some of the importance
and some of the benefits of
guarding this knowledge and keeping this legacy of the province.
And then shall I want to make a few comments on our current situation.
One of the important aspects of this, of getting added
having this knowledge and legacy of the Prophet
is that why this knowledge, inshallah the Muslim, the believer learns his faith correctly.
And he truly learns his faith. And when you say about the Muslim that he truly learns his faith.
What that means is he truly learns about a lesson and with that,
he truly learns about the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And the purpose in this life and what this life is about, and what the Hereafter is about.
And if anyone has that kind of knowledge,
if anyone has a real knowledge about Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And not just the theoretical knowledge, but the real knowledge that affects his heart as he increases in his knowledge
that he knows for example, all of the bounties come only from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And all of the provisions that he added can come only from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And all of the even all the trials that he faces, they can be a blessing for him as well as a man with Allah removes the sin and purifies him in this life. So that Allah subhanho wa Taala will reward him with Jim then he
as he learns all of these things, it's going to have an effect on his demand.
It's going to increase his demand is going to increase is it components of the man
his love for Allah subhanho wa Taala is going to increase
his fear of Allah subhana wa tada should increase his hope and Allah subhanho wa Taala should increase.
In other words, all of the aspects of Eman
all of the aspects of the mind should increase.
We are getting the proper knowledge of this Deen
and if you can imagine in this dunya in this worldly life,
there's nothing there's not going to be anything more beneficial. And even there's not going to be anything more pleasurable
for a human being in this life, except for that to really man.
And those people who have experienced that kind of feeling, they try to express it to the rest of us.
How they describe like even Taman describes it there's agenda there's an agenda there's a paradise in this life.
And others describe that if the if the rulers in other words, if the rich people and the powerful people know what we have, what real bounty that we have by this Eman and knowledge that they do not have they would fight us for it.
They would try to come with a sword and fight us
with this kind of blessing, this kind of feeling and the kind of the sweetness of Eman
it comes inshallah through the proper knowledge of the deen
the proper knowledge obviously also helps us to identify what are the correct deeds that we should perform.
And it is through nausea we shouldn't we should know what we're supposed to do. What is good for us to do? What will be pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala under different circumstances, what we should remain away from
and what we should absolutely abstain from
the one who has knowledge he sees the things in front of them
and he can understand what are the best deeds that he can perform. Given his situation that he pleases Alyson Hana with the island The best way
to use modern day economics term, he maximize
his nonprofits, but his capacity listed.
And he knows what are the deeds that are pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala under different circumstances. And he knows and he recognizes what are the deeds that he must remain away from. And closely related to that also,
as we spoke about last night,
especially in an environment like this environments were all around us.
There are things that are aspects, and there are people and there are shouting, trying to take us away from the path of Allah subhanho wa Taala. To deceive us to follow.
To tell us, for example, that Eman is in our hearts and as long as we have in a Mine and Ours, it's okay what we do doesn't matter.
The real pay, for example, is not the outward aspects. It's the inward aspects.
These kind of things that have shaped on comes to people, and is the only way you can protect yourself from being duped and fooled by shaitaan. And his followers is by having that knowledge.
Taking this legacy of the prophets and knowing what is the truth,
then you will be able to easily recognize these doubts and these false ideas that are coming from a *storm.
And you still have no room even to penetrate.
If your mind and your heart to soul filled with that correct knowledge. And these kinds of ideas even will have no room to penetrate your heart and your mind whatsoever. And Allah subhanho wa Taala will keep you completely pure from those kinds
of false ways, those kinds of deceptions from a ship on
if we look
and consider the current situation
of the Muslim Ummah today, and if we take, for example, our situation here in the United States
there's no question
that we as the Muslim Ummah, we as a people,
we cannot know what is correct.
We cannot know what is the right path to follow unless we have allama. Among
the provinces Selim has described to us that Allah subhanho wa Taala does not take them away from the people.
Anybody by snatching it from the heart, but instead Allah loves to die.
And then they are replaced with people without knowledge. They are misguided and they misguide others.
Especially in the last few years, we've seen many of our orlimar
This should make us think
about this fact
that we as Muslim Ummah, we need Allah.
Whether we're talking about ourselves as a community here in the United States or as a Muslim, home as a whole, we need Allah to be our guide, to take this knowledge, this legacy of the prophets
they are the heirs of the province into give it to us and to show us what is the way that is pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala and to teach us in our Deen
and especially in our situation here, where we're facing we're facing with facing many different kinds of trials
The only way to get a rescue, the only way to get out of those in a clear way where you feel come to learn that you are really doing the correct thing that is pleasing Allah subhana wa tada is to base your actions on, on on the knowledge
that comes from the poor or sooner.
So this is knowledge. And this is something that we greatly require.
But where are these people amongst the Muslim communities
if you traveled to many communities in the in the United States
and I know that this area of Virginia here in this area is an exception
because my brother mundorf once told me that
there's more chefs per square mile in Virginia than any other parts of the United States.
I know that this is the this area is an exception.
But if you go to many parts of the United States,
you can find unlisted.
We're in sort of Joomla, maybe there's 3000 4000 people.
Yet, among those three or 4000 people, the number of people who are actually qualified
to give the husband
or to give lessons and lectures on it, then maybe you'll find one, two, or three or four.
I've seen this myself, and many more.
Three and 3000 4000 people praying Jamaat, but actually, the number of people who can even get hooked up in that mosque is maybe three or four, you might have 1000 are willing to give.
But that's a different story.
But really qualified, just to handle.
And so all of the efforts of the month have to fall upon these people.
Because they're the only ones who are really qualified to give them.
This is obviously this is a very sad
And the ramifications of it.
First of all, if you only have those few number of people,
then what this is also going to imply what this is also going to mean
is that you're not going to have a good number of good examples among the people who really have the knowledge and are applying that knowledge in their lives.
And example, and people who are examples is very important for the community as a whole.
People who are out there setting the standards, rather than showing people how they should behave and sacrificing.
And making other people feel that they should behaving in the same way.
And this is one of the benefits of having the real, the real scholars.
Because they can they can set or they do set the example for us.
And again, especially in this kind of society, people are looking for any excuse.
People are looking for any excuse to say, Oh, you know, I would like to come to the mosque more often. But really, I can't.
I would like to, you know, dress islamically and have a beer and so forth. But I really I don't feel that this society is good, there's going to be too much pressure, or the sisters finding excuses not to wear hijab.
What if there were people, there were more people in this community, who had the proper knowledge and know how to implement Islam and set that example, they can set the example for other people, and they'll see them and saying, look, I have no excuse this person. And these people are doing it, I can also do it.
But also one of the ramifications
of this lack of qualified people
for participation in the mosque.
You know, sometimes in some months, people wonder about why is this such for participation?
In Oh, for example, to have a Friday night meeting in the mosque to give a class something and only like a handful people show up, nobody seems interested.
And actually, one of the reasons behind that
is that the the effect of a speaker
who has knowledge and can really express the Quran and Sunnah to the people, is going to be much different from the effects of someone who really doesn't have knowledge. And all it can do maybe is go to a book and copy some notes and try to give those notes to the people around.
The people feel that they feel it when they go to those kind of meetings. They know the difference between a meeting and was the person who himself has the knowledge and is really conveying it
and is giving us with with his heart and emotion. And those meetings in which they know the person who's giving it doesn't really have any knowledge, you really don't know if what he's saying is correct is not correct.
So even in many months, the lack of participation, why people are not interested in the doodles, and in learning more about Islam is because we don't have those people of knowledge, who can convey it in such a way that the people realize that this is real and they should be interested in getting it
and this situation
This situation to be frank, if we look, again, concentrating on our situation here,
the situation looks like it's going to be getting
worse before it gets better.
Because look at the masses of the Muslim parents
and how they are steering the children? And what do they consider to be the most important thing for their children?
What kind of knowledge do they want the children to get?
What are the priorities that they are setting for their children?
The first consideration for most parents is that they want to make sure
that their child is going to get the kind of knowledge
that will benefit him in this Junior.
He's going to be able to buy a nice car, have nice clothing,
have a nice house and so forth.
Unfortunately, this is the first priority
that most parents have with respect to their children.
And maybe they're doing it out of good intention, they feel like it's their obligation to make sure that their children will be on their feet when they get older. So they try to make sure that they get this kind of knowledge.
But they have to realize Of course, they have to remember that there is a provision and wealth
only come from Allah subhana wa Tada.
You can try to guarantee the best education for your child. And Allah subhanho wa Taala may make an old fail,
he may get a PhD and he may be unemployed
for the next three or four years.
So first of all, we have to realize that there is and this is donkeys and this wealth doesn't come by the PhD or provide a bachelor's degree, but it comes only from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
With this aspect that we see
as I said, we see it very often among the children
and where their parents are trying to encourage them and do their best to make sure that they are getting the knowledge of this dunya so that they can have wealth and support themselves in the future. And it's them acknowledged as secondary or even tertiary or something of that nature.
And as I said, this is something that exists throughout
most of the communities.
Most of the parents they are not trying to push the children