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The Recipe For Success 3
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One rubella fusina woman say, Melina mejor de la, la la la,
la la la la, la sharika. Washington Mohammedan have devorah
they respected brothers, sisters, elders, young ones, may Allah reward you for coming to an event organised by Nottingham Islam information point. And Margaret entitled The recipe for success. Now before we actually continue with the talk, I just want to introduce Nottingham Islam information point and I'll mark that up so that you have a clearer understanding of the people who have organized this and what we've got to come in Sharla in the future, so let's commence with the first video being played.
Now with me talk as I'm sure you guys have made too many we just want to recite some ideas from the Quran which will give a lot of references to who the ones that are successful. So I would like to ask the brother to come up as a pronoun for us inshallah.
So when they meet each other, it was not very often that will draw without asking to sign in.
And you're the son of Mr. Shafi. He said that his phone the whole Oran verse in the Quran, that it was only given that verse, it will be sufficient for us, because it encompasses everything that we need to find. Now, there's nothing you know, just leading up to the karate Lucas versus actually talk about most successful ones.
And I've got to go through the whole course will go on, you know, English translations, all sorts of your images, pick up the Koran, we the first few verses in all will be all is right in front of you. The first five is
going to be the English translation.
I mean, this is a book of which there is no doubt a guidance for those who are in the pious, brightest federal law not allow much
more leniency or steadfast in prayer and spending which we provide.
I spend well into things such as family etc. And we believe in what we will be able to do on Mohammed
and that which has been removed before you and off the air after they are certain.
They are the ones
On the true guidance on that road, and it is this was successful, it says right there in front of us, yet so many, including me, trying to find success in so many different ways and forms in this room. We aspire to be as a youth, especially me, I find to be maybe different things to where I am then, when I was from the age of 1216 hours wants to be a footballer.
And my parents, my parents have always aspired to have a big house sills is fine as well. And these are the things that I think the community and everyone nowadays sees a success.
I mean, the only reason he destroys the car, the first thing he was asking me is you know how to leave the car. Now fascicle wants to go, and how does it strengthen? Everything is always about what do you get?
And it was said that the only thing I know, wow. So all these things, there are ones that no one looks at taking over if I haven't got that almost
a lot of people don't have education, and I'll say education, education, about university degree, a doctorate, whatever it is, I know some brothers were very disappointed in themselves, because not they say something like that, that they dropped out of college. And they see themselves as someone who's unsuccessful out to be unsuccessful. And this is what we used to measure success for some reason. Today, john, we got a very special brother from the usrp who will discuss with us the recipe for success in shoreline, yo give us some information and make some practical steps. Now before he comes on. I want to give you some
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Smaller harder Haman hamdulillah hearable alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah. Meanwhile, it was a big pain in my butt. like to thank all of you for coming out. And a couple of things about the introduction. Yeah, I'm I am from the States but I I've moved to Sudan.
Anyone here not familiar with Sudan? Okay, for those who don't know, Sudan is the greatest country in the world
wasn't a joke.
That's where I'm from originally. So I've been living there for the last nine months. And it's fantastic. When the event is over, a lot of you will want to come up to me and ask me how it's done. For some reason, the minute I mentioned Sudan, people always come up and ask me how Sudan, I don't even know what that's supposed to mean. Like, I don't come and say housing Glinda don't come and ask you that house. And I will tell you now in advance to save you the time. It's great.
It's great. Okay, so great. We got that out of the way. Second thing in the introduction, I think I'm going to ask him to remove that were his whole black belt thing and black belt and Tao and I wish that I never described myself like that they they put that there someone made that up and they put it up there black belt and Tao and so on. Obviously, that wouldn't be humbled for me to refer to myself as a black belt. And our if I were to mention, you know, to describe myself, I would say like a five degree black belt and that was something like that.
Excellent. Very good. You guys look very serious today. You know, I understand what it is like. American humor is not good enough for you guys, you British intelligent British people, you know, you like you know, satire and witty. You like puns.
In America, just do something dumb that everyone's like.
But for you guys, you need something more. more intelligent. I see. Okay, very good. Very good.
Yes, success is not something success. It's interesting.
I remember one time I was reading about a neighborhood where there are a lot of successful people in affluent neighborhoods.
You know, they're wealthy and successful. And then they were talking about the problems in this neighborhood.
People had psychological problems, you know, just about every household had someone that was going to a shrink a psychologist, the children, were doing drugs, and you know, pregnancies, all kinds of problems in this household, the the man's gone to therapy, the marriage is falling apart. And the woman, you know, is going to the doctor as well, and all kinds of issues. But they describe that neighborhood where most successful people live. And you see a problem with that.
They don't sound very successful to me, do they? Sound like failures, other failures, children hear in their drugs, problems and crimes and, and marriage is falling apart. And everyone's you know, at the psychologists and different days of the week, they don't sound very successful. So if I have a big house and nice car, that means I'm successful?
Or is it a combination of things? And that's why we'd like to go with the combination, not just one or the other. Yeah. Because when you were mentioning the brother who didn't complete his a levels, yeah, I mean, that's part of the, the the combination, and we want him to be successful religiously. And we also want them to be really successful in their dunya. Right? And so a lot of times you get one or the other, you get the kinds of parents who insist on material success only. So if the child wants to dedicate some time to Islamic Studies, the mother comes in tell him son, what are you doing? Don't become extreme. Okay, first of all, who said the word extreme right now, nobody said
the word extreme. He's just going to the masjid a few days, you know, maybe a class here or there a holiday here or there. But his mother comes and says, Don't be extreme. Okay? And don't go overboard in your religion, please. Just five pray five times a day. And when Ramadan comes fast, and you know when you get old, go for Hajj. Well, this is now the bare minimum. Yeah, she she wants the bare minimum from the religion. It's interesting that you rarely find parents who want the bare minimum from the dunya. So you never find this conversation with from a mother. She'll come to her son and son. He's studying all night trying to get straight A's. She'll come to me, son. Why are you
studying all night? Go to sleep better? Huh? Better? Just go to sleep. You don't have to work so hard. You don't like
the speaker? What? Are you laughing at them?
Can I can show off my audio now? capture the heck? Or do my own resume below?
I'm just kidding. I don't speaker. So we're saying then imagine the mother comes in the boy studying really hard. These wants to get straight A's she comes in? It's like what are you doing? And he stops? Stop studying. Just don't be don't go overboard with studies. I just want you to get C's c pluses you know, barely get by, get your GED or where's the your a levels or levels. And, and just that's it. Don't don't pursue college or anything like that, get an entry level job at McDonald's, flip some hamburgers, and that's it. Don't go overboard. We never get that kind of advice, right? Because when it comes to the dunya, we want the maximum, we want the maximum. So the mother wants
him to get the best grades, and then to go University and then get his master's degree then get his PhD, didn't get a big house and get a good car. And with religion, a lot of times you find people that just want the bare minimum. That's one extreme. Then we have the other extreme, where people basically, they you know, look everything, all this stuff is going to go Yeah, even if you have a car, are you going to take your car with you to the car? No. Are you going to take your degree with you on the day of judgment? No, it's gonna ask you about your degree. What did you study in the dunya? No. So what is the importance of all this? Just a piece of paper, many times you meet the art
who belittle what you do, like, I used to go to university. And you know, some religious people would come in so all years and years of your life, you're wasting just for this piece of paper?
Just it's not just a piece of paper. It's not like someone tour a comic book strip from the newspapers or Hey, it's not just that. Yeah. So we're looking at keeping a good balance between the two. So we want the best of both worlds in Sharla. And is there anything that says and this is very important, especially for the young people in the audience? Pay attention, please? Is there anything that says if because you were super religious person, you can have a nice car, for example. Or you can Oh, you shouldn't have a nice home, you shouldn't have a degree. I just want to person who says yes to this question. I want to understand where did you get that from? Okay, where did you get that
from? And so many of this haba work by our standards today. And by that the standards back then they were millionaires by today's standards, millionaires, not very wealthy, but millionaires. Okay. I woke up during one period of his life he was a millionaire by our standards. I might have not found was a millionaire after millionaire. Okay, now with these millionaires, they just live in luxury and like like today's millionaires, they live in luxury. And that's it. Everyone else will
They had their money. No. Their millions helped Islam. The millions have Islam tremendously during the Battle of tabuk and maybe sallallahu Sallam needed people to donate, it was a fundraiser, like we have fundraisers where someone would get up say, who will give 1000 who will give 2000 like that it was a similar fundraiser and maybe I'll sell him was he would get up and he say, menu j his j Schlosser. What a whole agenda who prepared the army of distress You know, it was called the army of the stressor difficulty, because it was a very difficult time to go out extremely difficult. Who will prepare this army and he will have an to him will be agenda paradise. So it might not have fun
would get up and he would donate 100 camels understand how much money that is? You'll know how much a camel costs? Of course you do. Right? You know what the monthly payments are on a camel?
We don't know. But it's a lot of money. So he got up for the lawn. He donated 100 cameras. Now not just 100 cameras, he said
last year. Yeah, Annie with the saddles with the range of the ropes. everything needed there ready to go like giving you a car with the keys, tire pressures, good oil, gas is in the tank ready to go. So then he then he sat down. So now he got black tidings of Paradise, right? Because it was unsettling promise him that. I don't think your local fundraiser can say that. Can he? Who will get 5000 pounds and to Him will be paradise. Don't be like who's this guy Exactly.
But then the problem one more time asked who will prepare the army of distress and he will end to him as paradise on earth. My son got up. And he says and I pledge another 100 be
ready to go. Then he sat down. Then the person asked again. And then Earth metal guy got up again. And is narrated, he got up seven times in one narration 10 times 10 times imagine getting paradise glad tidings more than 10 times, or seven times will accept half right? It looks at half brothers. Half is good. One but to say Just let me just let me just put my foot in Paradise and the other can be out there. at the gate. We just see what's going on here. Hey, look at those guys. Good enough for me, he said. So what we're trying to say here is that there's nothing wrong with being financially successful. And a lot of times, at least the Dow in the United States many times. The
problem with it is that there's no money, especially in the old days. Now communities are growing and they understand responsibilities, things like that. But in the old days was problems. How many times there were some phenomenal projects we just needed a righteous and successful and dounia wise person like Arthur not allowed to come and say, Look, what do you need 50,000 to distribute this material and to advertise and Radio TV? Here it is. There we go. But no brothers, we need this. We need that. What would you say if I told you a lot of dogs are like beggars.
For the most part for the longest time, people involved in dour like beggars always needing money always asking always begging pleading, is this something that people should beg for? But suppose these people were had, you know, successful businesses or had good degrees? Is there any problem there? So I just want to make sure if any young people in the audience think that, well, this is not going to count in the next slide from So no, you can make it count in the next slide. You can take whatever you want with you to the next slide. Can you take your house with you to the next slide? Who says yes? Who says no? Who doesn't know? Okay? And who's just not here at all?
Can you take your house with you to the next life? Can you take your car with it to the next life? Okay, you can I'm going to show you how, okay, just like if you want to take you know, well, you guys have British pounds, it's a respected currency. But suppose you guys have some flimsy
currency, right? And you wanna take it to another country, you can't use it there, unless you convert it into a currency that will work there. So I can take my laptop with me to the next slide. If I want to, I just have to convert it into a currency that will work there. What currency works in the next life has enough reward. So I can convert my laptop in a number of ways to reward right, I can do good work with it. I can do double work with it. I can donate it to the machine, I can sell it and give the money here and there. You understand where we're going with this. So you can take things with you to the next life. Yeah. So you're for the righteous Muslim, okay, the righteous
young man, the righteous woman, when they are successful in this life, inshallah naturally will translate into good things for the next life as well. Because we're not talking about some, you know, some punk loser, you know, celebrity who is a millionaire and is just going to use his wealth to disobey Allah azza wa jal. We want the righteous people to be millionaires who will use their wealth properly for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. relief, bam, check comes out some project ready. So we do want both successes in case any
One was confused with a righteous person and be successful in this life as well. And many times, even because we have this thought is very predominant in our society. But because it's so predominant that we actually expect the Imam to have a broken up car, okay to live in a busted up apartment. Do you guys expect that? I hope is this not the case in the UK? But in the US, for example, people want the mom to drive a 1980s Camry. It's always an 87 Camry, and it has holes in it from the rust Okay, and it smells that car. That's the mom's car. I personally known a man who bought a luxury car, luxury SUV you call them SUVs here. four by fours are what you call them.
Fantastic. He had a four by four and in when he bought it, how he mom drives a nice car.
So you What's happening here? We accept for everyone else to be respected and respectable. Except for the guy who works for a law. Oh, you're a doctor. Oh, no wonder that explains the Mercedes. You're an engineer or that explains the Porsche. But you're an Imam. And you're driving a nice car. I'm sorry. I'm confused here. Why? Because the one who works for Allah. He should you treat him like dirt? Kick him. Who cares? He works for laws would you kick him? Open the door kick him out. Let him stand out in the cold he works for a law. The guy who works for law should be respected more than anybody else. That we want our Imam to have a busted up car. So some people start to accuse that man
of stealing from the masjid. Why? Because he has a nice car everyone else can have a nice car in the community. No one will accuse them of stealing but the Mom
Why does he have a nice car?
So what message are we sending sending our youth be a doctor drive a Mercedes being a mom 1987 Camry
good future for you.
Young man looks at both cars look
become a doctor inshallah I'll still be a good guy and pray but I don't want to be like this guy.
So another time when a man he bought a car it was a Mercedes right? He's an Imam is young Mary Barra Mercedes, one of the board members of msgid comes to his house and sits with him. He says How could you buy a nice car? He actually said this then he said you should be a role model and drive a busted up car. Wait a minute role model I should have busted up. Okay, when I had a busted up car did you sell your car and drove a busted up car? No. How am I role model that is very strange mentality. So when the guy who works for a law firm, kick him in the teeth, it doesn't matter. He works for a law. Look it works for a law you work at McDonald's, they respect you more. You get injured working in
McDonald's they pay for you they take care of you until you come back to you work. You work for a larger you fall from a ladder getting some double books from the top shelf if I can feasibly elaborate or carry his broken mangled body outside, you know what's wrong with you? Okay. All right. So I hope we're all in agreement here. Yes, you serious people will learn agreement that we want the best of both worlds. So if you're an up and coming religious brother, yes, get good, good. Good grades. get A's okay? Oh, no, no, because I have a beard over three inches long. I'll just get C's in Sharla because you know this dunya now Habibi, get good grades, work hard become successful in
both inshallah but if you're religious and successful Sharla that money will be Trent will be used to take you into paradise. All right.
another point in the Quran where Allah subhanaw taala mentions those who are successful
in salt minion, we just pause with that a little bit, right? And so Allah azza wa jal says out of lunchtime again, Bismillah AR Rahim.
Allah Dena homefree. Salatin Pasha, it's interesting. It's Allah subhanaw. taala says the believers have prospered right? And then Allah begins by describing the believers but there's something here let's not skip it. The first thing Allah subhanaw taala described the people who are successful. See,
a lot of times like when you start the Tafseer of these, these verses, you think Allah subhanaw taala described the believers and the first description of the believers is that they're humbled and focused in their prayers. And then we begin talking about being humble that folks in your prayers, but there's something before that first thing, Allah as we described, those who are successful, and the first description of people who are successful is that they are
and with the pause means you say it.
non believers. Yeah, excellent. So Allah subhanaw taala said that the F la alfalah just like in the in the event hydrophila come to success, but afla so successful are and who are they? The believers. So that means the first description of people who are successful is that they're believers. And I think everyone is
This room can agree to that because you're a believer, that's the first sign of success. Because the person who's not a believer, the one who does not believe in Allah subhanaw taala, he is a huge loss, huge loss. Because the in the end, the truth is, with all the success, whatever type that you might have in this dunya in the end, it's nothing. And he, all of life, even if you live to over 100 years, will seem like just a few days and to the people of the Hellfire, when they're asked how long were you on earth. And these are the people who love luxury, the most loved life the most right? These people it would seem to them like they live part of a day. So that means you can have whatever
you have of this dunya and you know, this hadith that describes really, really powerful. It describes that one of the most the people of this earth that lived in the most luxury on the Day of Judgment, they'll bring a person from the people of Earth, who was the most luxurious, who might that be? And always people will say Bill Gates, no. Bill Gates, you know, he grew up, you know, he didn't grow up a millionaire and he suffered and then became rich and things like that. We're talking about someone who just woke up with a silver spoon in his nostril basically. All right, who so someone that never had difficulty or anything like that. So one of the person people of Earth who
had the most luxurious and most easy and comfortable life, he'll be brought forth and dipped into the Hellfire one dip, one dip, understand, then he'll be asked Have you ever tasted luxury?
Have you ever tasted comfort? And he will say never. What does that mean? That means that Hellfire is so severe that he will forget every moment of luxury he ever experienced in his life. That's how severe the Hellfire is. That's totally forgot. He they asked Have you ever tasted luxury before ever? says no. Have you ever had comfort I cannot remember it because of one dip into the hellfire.
So that means truly then the ones who are really successful in the end there the believers It doesn't matter what you amass of the wealth and, and palaces and things and so forth of this life. But in the end, if you're not a believer, you have lost you will not benefit whatsoever. And if just the idea of eternity in the Hellfire will either Billa eternity in the health area the biller never ever coming out of it. And you know the descriptions, you know, of the people who be trying to climb out of the Hellfire for 17 years. They're climbing while they're in the fire and they're climbing over fire, black fire, not red like in the cartoons black fire. They're crawling for 70 years trying
to come out of the Hellfire when they get to the top what happens to them.
An angel just flips them back into the bottom again. And they start crawling again for 70 years. People in the Hellfire calling the the keeper of the Hellfire and his name is Malik right. So they keep calling him and he ignores them. How long does he ignore them? They keep calling him Yeah, Malik. Yeah, Malik. Yeah, Malik. Yeah, Malik. Yeah, Malik. And he just keeps ignoring them. How long will they keep calling him?
A few hours? Half a half an hour? for 70 years for 70 years. They are calling him. Can you imagine that? for 70 years is ignoring them. Yeah. Malik Jamar like and he's just ignoring them. Then after 70 years, he asked this is what do you want?
They said just let your Lord kill us. Just kill us. Look at the dialogue of the people in the Hellfire and look at their requests. Anyone have some time. Just go through the Quran. Just look at the requests of the people in the hellfire. They never ever once request to be taken to paradise True or false? never true or false. Why? Because they know they don't deserve it. They never say oh la tickets to paradise. They either asked to be extinguished. Okay, it killed totally non existent. Or they asked to be given another chance to go back to earth and get another try get another shot at this. That's but they never say I'll take us to parents, because they know they don't deserve it.
They know that they don't deserve it. They don't enjoy being in the hub, but they know they don't deserve it. And that's when the end
the end of sort of
Azuma the crowds. In the end of shortage, Zoomer Allah subhanaw taala says Joaquin al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen. And it was said Alhamdulillah herb and opera is due to Allah, the Lord of the words. Now joaquina here means both groups at Alhamdulillah Wait a minute, what both groups the group of people in paradise they said hello after they entered paradise, they said hamdulillah All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds but the people of the Hellfire also said the same thing. Isn't that scary?
Strange. Why would the people in the Hellfire say, All Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds? They're in the hellfire. They don't enjoy that. They don't want to be there. But they're still saying at hamdulillah. Why? Because they realize that justice has been served, Justice has been served, meaning it's kind of let's make the comparison someone in this life, and he's basically commits a murder or to some crime, and he pleads guilty. And the judge sentences him to whatever he sentences him. Now, he says that, when the judge sentences him, he realizes in his heart that justice has been served, I do deserve this. Now, is he happy to go to jail? No, but he knows that I
do deserve this, someone who did what I did, shouldn't be set free. So I deserve this. As much as I don't want to go to jail. I deserve it. So the people that Hellfire they say 100 liable. And I mean, because they know they deserve to go to the health fair. So one of the things about the Day of Judgment is that it's very clear that on that day, it's black and white, okay? In this life, people argue about things, and they commit a sin and they still argue maybe a guy chats with the with the sisters too much. And then you tell him brother, you're not supposed to do that, you know, there's a distance and a gap between men and women in Islam. It tells you, brother, what's wrong with you, the
hearts are pure. And as long as the hearts are pure, and there's nothing you're not sure of your heart because I'm sure if my heart and nothing has happened to see arguments like this on the Day of Judgment, that same guy when he stands, he knows what he did wrong. There are no arguments for what the heart was purer, he knows it was wrong. Everyone knows what it was right and what was wrong. So on the Day of Judgment, then people who disbelieve in law, they know that they're wrong, they everything is clear at that moment. This is a law. Those are His prophets. This was right, that was wrong, and they know that they're wrong. That's it. It's no argumentation or anything like that. So
if we're talking about eternity in the Hellfire
and and and then truly the success will be in being a believer and a loss of Hano Todd, and believing in laws origin, because it turned into alpha. That's really a loss. A believer, if you say Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, and I bear witness that there is no god worthy of worship Allah and that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger. This will prohibit your prevent you from spending all eternity in the Hellfire from spending all eternity in the Hellfire, which means then even if you have amassed a huge amount of sins, until it experience the punishment will expiate your sins, you can come out of the hellfire. So the believer, even if they've committed so many sins, at the end,
they come out of the Hellfire, but who remains in it forever.
The ones who remain in forever are the people who didn't believe in the laws of logic, so we truly see what it means to be successful. If you're a believer, Schuttler by some default, okay? Now, you don't want to bank on that one. Right? But unless you don't want that to be your plan, you know, well, in the end, we all come out of the hellfire. So I'll just spend my time there. pay my dues. No, that's not a good plan is a very bad plan. But the believer is the only one who's really successful in that sense. So a large again, begins with me known by saying successful indeed are the believers. They're the ones who never spend eternity in the hellfire. Right. And they're the ones
who don't necessarily have to go into it. Yeah, unless you really there's still a huge balance and expats there since so successful indeed are the believers. Then Allah subhanaw taala gave the first description of the believers, and that was that they are Lavina Humphrey, Salatu him. Harsha. Those who are humbled are focused really in their prayers. So the prayer now isn't just mechanical actions, you know, up and down, up and down. But it's actually it's supposed to be a time. This is the time when you're talking to a large region, you're speaking to Allah subhanaw taala.
And so the value of your prayer, you know, comes in into how much you focus in it, how much you focusing in your Salah, you know, what quality? Is this prayer? Is it just movements? Or is it a bit more than that you're standing in front of Allah subhanaw taala. And everything has been facilitated for you to be able to focus in prayer. One of the things about Sure, I mean, when you focus in the Salah, is that closure starts before the Salah itself. So when for the act of evolution, that the Voodoo of washing, it's an act of worship in and of itself. And we perform it as an act of worship. It's preparation, it's preparing you for that prayer. Because I know of people who they were
praying, the prayer had started and they're in a hurry to make will do. So the guy you know, washed his face, his arms and everything. Then look, the prayer is kind of like, progressing. Yeah, so there was a bucket of water. So it just stuck his right foot and it stuck. His left one just ran. So he's in a hurry. No, well, this is an act of worship, you know, don't just rush it like that. And it's about just getting wet, you know, put a bucket of water on your head run to the cellar or something. It's an act of worship. So
Now it's preparing you you're starting to get ready for what's going to happen for standing in front of a large audience Excuse me.
focusing the prayer starts way before the prayer it starts as early as you know when you hear the repeat after the adventure now you're getting into a different mode now and making the will do properly it's an act of worship using little water rubbing the body parts you know doing it nice and slow.
Some people leather will do is just I don't know how they do it. We should. We should videotape it probably with a high speed camera because I remember one time he was his brother and so now MC will do I'll be back he goes like this. He comes back he's What? What What, what did you do? He's like, what?
Like, slow down with odo here. How'd you get what so quickly? What happened?
Anyways, so it starts with that. Then before you start the prayer, you notice and Nabi sallallahu Sallam the prophet SAW Selim would remove anything that would have that would cause him to to be distracted in the prayer. So for example, there is a curtain with a pattern on it or something in front of them was suddenly the person who's about to pray, you'd remove it. Now, this is kind of the opposite sometimes. In our world, now we do the opposite. And especially young people, young brothers want to test their core sure and want to test how much I can focus. So they'll pray and the TV's on in the other room. It's loud, you know, let me see if I can do this thing. Allah hug but
suddenly he's singing, you know, Teletubbies songs and stuff. Why don't you do that? over the radio is on and people are having a conversation here. Let me see if I can do Allahu Akbar then you just listened to them all the time. Where was I again? Yeah.
You don't just something that's important. And you don't test anything that's dear to you know your Eman. Your belief. You're a man and you believe in Allah is something that's dear to you? Do you test it? But many times people want to test themselves especially young brothers. Right? always gonna pick on the young brothers tonight. young brothers. They want to test their image. They want to test things. Oh, yeah, I'll talk to this girl. Yes, she's attractive. But shot like with Stan, why do you do that? You don't test anything that's do to do. Now let's I think what's dear to people now? Their gadgets? Yeah. So you don't test your whatever it is your iPad, iPod laptop, you don't
test that you don't put it in the park bench. So I'll come back tomorrow morning and see if it's still here. Because it's dear to you. Yeah. Or maybe for some people, if that didn't resonate, your Xbox, your PS three or two or whatever it is you don't leave it somewhere, come back the next day. You also don't test your life because it's dear to you. You say well, let me run across the highway. See if I can make it to the other side. See if my life will be that you don't do that. Because it's something dear to you. So you don't test yourself. You don't test your Eman. You don't test your for sure. Let me pray with the TV on. So you start to now remove obstacles, remove things that would
disturb you during the prayer. And then you enter the Salah. And you understand that you're standing in front of a large budget. One of the early Muslims when he would make his will do his face would turn red. They'd say What's wrong with you? He would say Do you know who I'm going to stand in front of them to stand in front of Allah? But the difference is that he he actually saw that he's going to stand in front of Allah. While most people's like let me get let me let me knock this out of the way. Yeah, but he knows he's gonna stand in front of a lot of xojo and Nabi sallallahu Sallam tells us in the Hadith, that when you stand in prayer, okay to pray to Allah zoja Allah azza wa jal in his
greatness, he turns to look at you. That's incredible. If you could just remember that how would your prayer be different? Just remember that a line is great and is gonna turn to look at you when you pray. Now, if you pray like that, would you be like focused on something else the market and when I get out of here when I'm going to do or when I call brother so and so you can focus a larger you starting to look at you now. But then he says, and he doesn't turn away until you turn away meaning you turn away with your heart or with your head. So allowed, but for the first few seconds, I'm really focused on Allah. And then in a minute, I'm like, Oh, don't I need to go somewhere at one
o'clock? Yes. I think the minute I get out of here, I'm going to call that brother immediately. But I need to get a cab ride and oh, fellas, you lost it. One time someone said if you refocus will allow relook at you. I don't know that. Who says Yes. Who says no, we don't have an evidence. I don't know. We better do it right the first time right?
So now you entered the Salah, and you understand who you're standing in front of you understand that Allah is gonna turn towards you. And one of the one of the ways to really feel the Salah, for example, to pray like it's your last prayer. Now we all hear that sometimes the mom says prayers if it's your last prayer, and you're like, sure, love but you figured out the brother has a one o'clock or 130 unless you forget immediately right? But really what if you really prayed as if it were your last prayer and this is I know this is a violent example, but I don't
care. So you're you know someone breaks into your house and it just crazy guy says I'm just gonna shoot you in the head. Well this is an American you can see it's American right shooting in the head and
you guys don't have that right the guy I will I will hit you with a stick. Okay? no guns in the UK. So the guy says, Look, I'm gonna shoot you in the head, the I'll give you a moment to do whatever you want to do. You know, you could smoke your last cigarette or eat a steak. You're like, No, no, no like to pray to God. Like, what's that? prayer? Okay, I'll let you pray. But when the minister says Salam Alaikum there's going to be a gun. The last thing you see the flesh in a barrel. I know that's very violent, but I purposely intended to be violent. So you remember it? How will you pray that last prayer to God? What do you think they will look like just like regular our home?
Voice is gonna be
eautiful and semi.
It's gonna be superb, superb prayer.
And in the in the Roku, there's gonna be some crying there is going to be mentioning of certain scenes, and you will ask a lot to forgive you for them. And you're going to mention your grave and death thing or the soul departing your body being easy, and so on and so forth. I doubt it's going to be one of the regular and we just rushed me through prayers. Right. So that's, that's what it means is more dramatic prayers. If it's your last prayer, the next time you're in getting ready for the salon, the mom says praises who loves her. Just remember that guy with a gun, I'm gonna shoot you in the head, man. Just imagine that it's the one of those things What do you think, think that
might improve the soil a little bit? Absolutely, inshallah.
And of course, no, we're not making this a lecture on, you know, horseshoe and Sala but we're mentioning those who are successful. The description they were believers, we'd now we describe why the believers and we understand why the believers are successful, and why it's the ultimate success because in the next life, Euro cage Allah, then we just we went said that Allah, the first description of the believers is that they were humbled in their prayers, not that just perform the prayers up and down, up and down. But they were focused, and it was a prayer of substance of value, not just any movements. And that's why we got into like some of just a few of the things scholars
have listed 30 some points that help you focus in your Salah, but we're just mentioning this a few five or six points. And of course, one of the greatest things is to know what you're saying, in prayer to know what you're saying. So instead of it just being sentences in another language that I repeat every day, and I don't know what it's saying, but find out what you're saying in the salon, find out the everyone has, you know, sewer that they constantly reciting the prayer, find out what they're saying what they mean. Okay, so now as you say it, now you can understand you can focus on the meaning. Likewise, what what do we what is Allahu Akbar mean, you know, send me out, Lodi,
Subhana, Allah Subhana, Allah, Allah subhanho, wa Taala, all these things mean, and when you understand them, then it helps you. And focus on what you're saying. Not only that, you know, there are different variations of what to say, you know, in suju, there are a number of other you can say, coming up from you know, in prostrate, every any different movement there is more than $1, you can say, or replicate. So, learn the different ones, why, when you learn the different ones, it doesn't become a routine thing that you just go over, like, for example, the different prayers after the different prayers that you can say. So learn all of them and learn different ones. And then
alternate. The scholars say when you alternate, no different variations of the idea during Salah it prevents your prayer from being something routine that you just do without thinking. It's like when you drive to work, drive back drive to work drove. But if you one day you driving to work and you change take a different route, you know, between homes and neighborhoods, you really have to focus now because you don't want to get lost. And in your mind, you're imagining the main roads to go over there. So I kinda have to keep going in this direction. It's very different. I don't think anyone takes a new shortcut to work. And he's just like, you know, regular hours not paying attention. They
pay attention. So the same thing happens, same phenomenon. So allows you to give describes the two people who are truly successful. They are the believers. The first description of the believers, excuse me,
is that they are that they are humbled and they are focused in their prayers. And then there's another description a large region says we're live in home and in love we more adult and those who avoid vain talk, those who avoid vain talk. Now.
There's like there's the general vein talk. And then within that generalization, there's some severe and specific things that you always make sure you want to stay away from. And we said that the tongue The thing about the tongue, okay, the source of all the vain talk on all the problems. It's
A small instrument. That's very dangerous. Okay, why is it a dangerous instrument the tongue, because one few people know how to control it, or few people can control it. And the second thing is that it never tires. That's what I call a recipe for disaster.
It's a small it's a muscle that never tires. Never ties. Okay? You know, every muscle gets tired, right? I know strongest muscle in the upper body, the lats, right? The lats get the strongest muscle, the upper body, but they get tired, strongest muscle in the lower body, your thighs, thigh muscles, or combination of muscles. But they're the strong is very, very powerful, you know, lower back muscles also extremely, extremely powerful, but they tired. Then you've got your tongue. And you can keep talking for hours and hours and hours, right sisters.
I'm just asking the sisters just to see if they're paying attention, not for any other beat, okay, for there was another reason. But you can keep talking for hours and hours and hours and just not get tired. I mean, sometimes your jaw gets tired, right? You know, you're chewing a lot big steak and you just chewing and chewing and chewing, you get tired of your jaws hurting you like I need a break. But I'm still not hungry, though. I'm still hungry, I need but I need a break. My jaws are tired, right? But you talk talk talk, and you never feel fatigue in your tongue. Everyone ever experienced fatigue in their tongue, your tongue never gets tired. So this is the problem. It's a
small little dangerous instrument that never tires, it can keep going for hours and hours and hours.
Okay, you will get tired, your throat will get dry your mouth to get dry, and you just take some water and you can keep going. Your tongue never gets tired. So it's a recipe for disaster, it doesn't get tired, and few people can control it. This is a problem. And then on top of that, we have angels that will record what you say. In this life. What you say is recorded good things recorded bad things are recorded. And people are just letting this tongue loose. And you just lash out at everybody with it. And then there are certain things like there's regular vein talking, talking about useless things. And
yes, regular things that have no specific benefit, but it's still permissible to talk about them. Yeah. Like for example, like soccer or football. It's permissible to talk about football, isn't it?
Okay. Yeah, it is right. You can talk about whatever, Chelsea in Real Madrid and fake Madrid and, and whatever. It's the one Manchester United right. Now, just the other day, I finally understood who this messy guy is. And like, I will see a T shirt that says messy. Now to make a digital says neat, you know, clean. Now I discovered this was messy guys, some player and stuff. Okay. So it's permissible to talk about all that, isn't it? So but you know, okay, but gets more dangerous than when we get into areas of backbiting, spreading rumors and tales and causing problems amongst people. And using profanity and lying. Then we start to see because here, Abu huraira rodilla. On
the companion he asked the Prophet sallallahu Sallam This is really a brilliant question. One of the greatest things about the companions is they really asked phenomenal questions that would help us benefit. And they ask these great questions because they were great people. So he came in he asked the Prophet sallallahu sallam, what of the things most lead people into the Hellfire, okay, or actually asked about paradise first, what are the things will most take people into paradise. And the prophecies of them said taqwa Allah, Allah have been God conscious meaning you have piety, your pious you God conscious, which is very important. And mostly now in this world that we live in now.
There has never ever been a time when sinning was so available to people true or false. It's so available sins are so available. And you don't have to suffer to find alcohol and you can walk out of here and in five minutes, I'm sure it can be in a store and you can consume alcohol true or false. They just any sin you mentioned it and you don't even have to leave your home for some sins. Within seconds. You can be looking at something that's Haram. It's not permissible.
There's never ever been a point in history where you had to police yourself No one can police you. There's no one that's around you unless you have a Siamese twin.
Otherwise, who's gonna police you all the time. So that's why piety is such a fantastic thing you're aware that loves watching you all the time.
You don't mess up you're aware that loves watching you. Most people as we said they're my main concern. Now, are there enough other cameras that are watching me there are police officers or security guards? Is there a human being that can see me so you lock doors, you close windows, turn off some lights? And you think that's it? I'm good, but Allah can see you. So piety is fantastic. Number one piety. The second thing
and we saw Selim said personal Hello, good manners. Good manners.
Now there's good manners involve the tongue.
Absolutely, absolutely no good speech good words kind words, not saying bad words, all this part of good manners. So we start to see down the tongue. It's one of the top two things that can help you go into paradise then and this is what's so great about the companions. They asked he asked Abu huraira Golan asked, What are the two things that most take people into the Hellfire? What are the two things that most take people into the Hellfire and maybe some of us haven't responded and faremo Well, that the mouth meaning the tongue speaking and the sexual organs These are two things What's going on here? Two things that
most lead people into the helpfile the mouth and the sexual organs What do you think the mouthfeel Rabobank with your mouth
excellent. With your mouth what happens? That words bad manners, backbiting, spreading rumors, tales causing problems between people all these caused by the mouth. So we start to see how dangerous this is one of the top two things that leads people into the Hellfire some the stamp.
Wow. Okay. So this one might be too much even. Yeah.
So, okay, so we're saying that that's really annoying. So it shows again, how serious this is. So can we control our tongues? The good news? Of course, yes, you can. Allah never ever commands you to do something or asked you to do something that you can't do in the Quran. Never, ever. Everything that he asked you to do, and everything that's praised. It's something that's attainable, something that you can do. If you need remove obstacles, when you put your mind to it, you can do it. So controlling the tongue. Is it possible to do that? Absolutely. It's possible to do that lying. Is it possible to not lie? Yeah, it's possible to not lie. The problem is people just so used to lying
now, adults, it has said this is these statistics are American. And I'm sure you know, yours will probably be less whatever, that people lie, the adults lie, on average, two to three times a day, two to three times a day. And children lie from five to six times a day. Here's the problem. We actually teach our children and fathers looking at his son.
Excellent. We teach our children to lie. Absolutely. We encourage them to lie How so? When they speak the truth. we punish them. Who broke this? I did.
I punished him for speaking the truth. And if he lies, who broke this, the cat are really well, we should put some poison out for that thing. And you walk away. So the child learns that if you lie, you get away with it. If you speak the truth, you get five fingers across the face.
So then they start to lie, they start to learn to lie. So how about this for parents in the room? If your child tells the truth, don't punish them. And if they lie, then you punish them. Yeah. So I always do that I tell my son, you know, did you do it? If you lie, you're not you're never gonna get in trouble as much as I want to strangle the life out of Europe right now. But if you if you tell the truth, nothing will happen to you. Because you spoke the truth. It will just say the truth will say, you can go, then my wife will hold me back because I want to kill him as he's walking away. But it's okay.
So, the tongue? Do we have to lie?
Let me ask you this.
How many times in your life? Have you had to lie to save your life?
And don't put your hand up?
Once you're in a gang, on a daily basis, three times a week I have to lie to save my life. Now, but realistically, I think for the most part, most people in the audience, they probably never had to lie to save their life. Right? And if you really had to lie to save your life, then in Islam, that would be acceptable. I don't think anyone will blame you. I don't think your mom will be like, You should have told the truth. He would have killed you. But no one will ever tell you that right? But So the truth is, then if if we don't really need to lie to live any? Why do we have to lie?
So is it difficult to say, I am never ever going to lie until I go to my grave? Is that hard to say?
No, it's not law. It's not law. It's not to say I'm never ever going to tell I don't care who it is. I'm not afraid of anybody. And what's the worst that they could do to me? And what is okay? Look, you live here in the UK. It's a civilized society for the most part or what appears to be right. It's a civilized society. Like what will they do to you? If you speak the truth? What's the worst that could happen to you? In the UK? If you speak the truth? What's the most trouble you could get into?
What do you guys do? Do
Ya know, I mean, like, you're just a normal guy who goes to work, comes home and prays instead of let's not like you've got cocaine in the bag and the officer says, What's in the bag? You're like, all purpose white flour.
So like, I mean, in the normal course of your normal life, what's the worst that can happen to you? Like?
What? get fired from work? Okay, I'll go work somewhere else. Yes, it's not fun looking forward. But is it that bad? Is it the end of the world? And is it is what I'm saying is is impossible to say? That I'm never ever going to lie again until I go to my grave is impossible to say that. I don't think it's that hard. How many people now don't put your hand up and just answer yourself to yourself, because that's what it's about. How many people can do that right now? Say yourself, you know what? I'm never ever gonna lie again. What's the worst anyone can do to me? And I'm not involved in anything, any drugs or conspiracy. So what's the worst that could happen in my normal
day to day routine? I'm never ever going to tell a lie. Because the Hadith says an episode wa sallam says that a man will continue to lie, until he'd be written with a lot as a liar.
A man will continue to tell lies until he is written with Allah as a liar. Some of us in here are in our 20s somewhere in our 30s 40s 50s Okay, how many lies have we told? And what if because of all these lies that we continued to tell? We are actually sitting right now. And relabeled with a lot as a liar. Imagine that. Imagine that. If you've lied a lot. That is as you continue to learn you're labeled with a lie as a liar. So when a lot looks at you, he doesn't see it as an Mr. Muhammad Ali he just sees buyer. So liar than truthful person truth a liar to liar. Liar, liar over there sisters, liar. Liar, liar, liar. That's how Allah labeled you. Who in here accepts that for
themselves? Who wouldn't? He absolutely would hate that to be labeled a liar. To walk into the store. Liar. They're buying apples. Liar. They get some water liar, walking to the masjid liar coming out of the masjid. Liar labels just on top of you.
Now, don't you hate that? But we just described wouldn't you absolutely hate that to be labeled a liar with a lot. So now one more time. Who wouldn't here without putting your hands up? can just right now in your chair, say to yourself, I never ever, ever can tell a lie until I go to my grave? What are they going to do to me? And who is this? That's going to do something to me? What are they going to get out? an Iron Maiden stretch me out and tie me up between two trucks and boom, age can drive in a different direction? What's going to happen? I know you've got you had some, you know, some severe torture methods in the good old days in New England, but I don't think any of those
exists anymore, do they?
Well, they can do to you. Alright, I want to talk I want to conclude by talking about a last group. And there's our young brother resided in the beginning. Another group of people that are successful, or are doing something great. And that's one of the reasons why I'm in
jolly old England at the moment, right?
You guys are so serious. Mashallah. How about I tell you a joke. What's the greatest thing that ever happened between the UK and North America?
The Atlantic ocean?
Boy, there was there was more on the Yeah. This is what we're going to discuss in our course. You know, this weekend, we can talk about ethno centricity because you know what, I'll tell you the truth standing here. As an American, I believe that American culture is superior to British culture. And then you guys are sitting here these these bloody Yanks, you know, you're, you're sitting here and you're certain that your culture is superior to my culture, true or false? That's the honest truth. Right? But the truth is, it's a tie, we both lose. Okay? So who or what's another group of great people and what brought me here we're teaching a course with a mothership. The course that I'm
teaching is called Shahada for called our and it's about how to give our people to Muslims and to non Muslims, the Christians, the Jews, to Zoroastrians, two major ones to Buddhist to whoever it is, and, and the verse that was recited in the beginning of this event was woman Aspinall, polen, Minh manda Illa, who I'm in a silent animal called a minimum slimming. So who is better in speech? It's It looks like a question, but it's a rhetorical question Allah is telling you, nobody is better in speech than the one who calls to Allah. But notice again while I'm in a sauna, so the believers successful and they pray then I just believe I believe in a lie. I don't pray but I have faith
brother, I have a no no, no, you have if you believe there has to be your body, your your limbs have to act accordingly. You cannot say none has a right to be worshipped except a
And then you don't worship Allah, that doesn't make any sense. You actually have to go in line with your beliefs. If I tell someone, hey, this is poison, don't drink it. If I drink it, that means it's probably not poison your actions have to go in line with your beliefs. So the believers in this verse know we're looking at they believed, and they pray, they did something here who is better in speech than the one who calls to Allah and he also does the righteous deeds. So there's always the action involved always.
So Allah saying no one is better in speech than the one who calls other people to Allah, meaning called non Muslims to Allah call Muslims back to Allah azza wa jal, no one is better in speech and these this is also a great description of people who will be successful inshallah. So who is it not heard of a mother of Institute? Put your hands up?
Wow, three people. So everyone else has heard of a mother of two.
Okay, that's good. That's good.
Well, a modem is coming. Fourth guy, and modem is coming to, to your city. And the way it works is they offer degrees in Islamic Studies, you don't have to travel, the speaker, the chef, the instructor will come to your city. And it's an intensive course it will be two full days, Saturday, Sunday, then there's a gap obviously the week in the middle then next weekend, we reconvene again, Saturday, Sunday, all day, or like from 10 to around Mother of time, and you cut a variety of different subjects in full detail made relevant to you with PowerPoints with explanations with a speaker that speaks your language is just and there has never been a time in our history when it was
so easy, especially for the non Arabic speaking Muslim, to learn their religion properly, what like what a blessing it is, really, there's never been a time like this before. So a chef will come to your city and give you tafsir and think there's a card on every Chair of the first course this will be the first course ever, right. And you will see how amazing these courses there'll be, you know, sometimes 100, sometimes two 300, sometimes 500 people sitting all of them learning to see puranic X or Jesus or the meaning of the Quran, or learning some intricate, you know, science of Hadith or something like that, or learning to have data or learning something about the seed or the profits
are settled in such detail in your language in terms with analogies that are simple and then good and make it nice and easy to understand. It's just such an opportunity. You get notes, you get everything, then you can take the exam Three weeks later, and then it moves to the grade goes towards your Islamic degree. It's never been like this. Who is He who has attended another? Of course, put your hands up.
Okay, so those of you who have not attended, look around, see who's got their hands up talk to these people. So how are these courses? Alright, but here's the problem, though. This is great work. All right. And I'll tell you how great this work is. You know, you guys know who is the founder of another Institute?
Is that Michelle? Mohammed is Sharif right? And one of the brothers and I was in Canada. He was the editor of one of the Cabal, the tribes, right? He said one day he the sheriff came to visit us and he said something that at the moment when I heard it, I said to myself that's that's a little arrogant. He says Shahbaz Sharif came up to you speaking to all the volunteers of a mother. He says, I know. You want me to stand here and say, Zuckerman law her and thank you guys for all the great work that you do and working for a law. He said, but it's the like that he said, You guys should be thanking me. So I thought, well, that's arrogant or why should we thank you with this? We should all
say yes. thank the people for their hard work, said then when we started and we had a couple of courses, I understood what he meant. So I looked at the room, there were 250 300 people, all of them sitting and taking notes, and learning something about the religion of a large religion. And I was a part of that group being there. He said he was right. He said I wanted to go and thank him say, thank you for allowing me to be part of this to have the reward in this 300 people learning their religion.
Well, well. 1000s and millions are just wasting their life and going to watching football matches. I'm just joking. Right? So but this is the sad part though. How many volunteers does Nottingham and McGrath have currently?
Three brothers and a million sisters a million? Is that what you said? So you don't need any more sister volunteers?
Say 100 100 100
Okay, so that's about 97 people.
Well, not 100 is 97 people 100 is 100 which is 100. So that's 97. So
now let me take a wild guess here. Do you need more volunteers?
Come on. What's wrong with you guys? You lazy three men you can handle like a huge event with a couple of 100 people? Probably not right. So so we need volunteers to this is work for this.
what it's about someone's rolling up their sleeves getting up saying, you know, I'm going to be part of this, I'm going to make it happen. This is, this is what it is. And we all expect the religion to move forward. But in order for you to move forward, we got to get up. And we have to roll our sleeves. So I'm not gonna embarrass and say put your hand up. You want to volunteer? Or unless you want me to do that to you.
fantastic to see his British gentlemen, could you stand up please?
Thank you very much that handsome man right there. If you want to volunteer.
Okay, are you single?
Okay, cuz I was gonna promote you and put your phone number. But
if you're married, you're gonna get beaten tonight for sure. I hope you're not. So that's the man you go to if you want to volunteer. Yeah, you want to help out do something fantastic and Sharla on some people will lie. Some of the Muslim students have taken a lot of courses, they are very knowledgeable, Mashallah, I've met some of those guys. They're heavy hitters, you know, so maybe you will volunteer and you will become a heavy hitter. Or maybe you volunteer and you won't become a heavy hitter, but other people will become and you look back and look at you and say, you know, look at this man Mashallah giving lectures and things, and he was part of a mothership, and I was part of
bringing him in free reward for you for the reward. Anyways, I think I'll conclude here.
And for your attentive listening, and I think we might do some q&a in a little bit. So sola, Mubarak Allah Mohammed Manos salam, Ra cuando, la vaca.
Okay, we would like to now give you guys an opportunity to ask the shift any question you have.
It could be related to the talk. It could also be related to dow, because obviously, that's what you mean specializes in. So if you have any questions in Sharla, please just raise your hand
and just ask the questions, please just stick to question instead of long Collins is
are you sure this one is 100? quiz?
Okay, go for it.
Were you serious? We're waiting for the question.
Where's your question?
Okay, I'm just going to encourage your mommy to smack you tonight. Okay.
me, personally, I mean, somewhat you mean new as in hypothetical you?
I have actually, Nam.
Okay, and what are you looking for? Exactly. Let me just help you that way.
Oh, you can talk to a Jew soon. Okay. Okay. Very good. Basically,
you know, we have the toe heat, or let me just give you instructions is better than telling you my story, because mine were a little weird. But basically, you've got the top heat thing down, right? They worship one God for the most part. And you your main focal point will be on the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, because for for the Jews. They're kind of in a strange predicament because two great men came and they refuse to follow them. I mean, a solid Salam Jesus came, he was a great man and a great prophet. And he told me to refuse to follow him in his time. Then another great man came and he had all he had all the descriptions that they were looking for, and they also
refuse to follow him. So your your point with them would be that you need to follow Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and everything about his life, his sayings, his teachings.
His conduct indicates that he was a genuine profit.
So So explore it through that like there are always two possibilities I think it was a genuine profit or he wasn't. If he wasn't a genuine profit. It will be clear from his teachings, his life his sayings, his actions and if he's a genuine Prophet, it would also be clear so try to explore that and if you need more
there's a video on YouTube called our techniques that specifically analyzes hammertoes alum to prove if he's a genuine prophet or not, okay, Allah tala Allah.
the constant here only difference in America, where you may talk about politics or religion.
People are shy. In that sense, yes, due to their house too bad some religions.
And I personally feel the same, I feel too shy to approach them. They're great neighbors on either side, right?
They see us as Muslims, right? They see my family as
So I'd like some advice on how to go to my neighbor, john.
How the strength of the current okay.
Phenomenal. Excellent. I love your question. And I love the the the introverted ness and the good manners of the British people. That's, that's great. And, and it's true that, like even even in America, you might you feel that what if I speak to my neighbor, and now a relationship becomes awkward, right? Because, oh, he tried to convert me. And now it's very awkward, like in the morning, good morning, morning, strange relationship. And so and then sometimes beyond that, just I'm shy. I'm a shy individual. And I don't know how to just knock it knock on someone's door and say, hey, I want to talk to you about my religion, and hopefully convince you to follow it too. Right. But
here's the here's the thing. You said you had great neighbors, we had good neighbors, right. And, and, and I always use the same analogy, but if you're going to work one morning, and you see your neighbor, he just runs out of his house, and he's on fire. Okay, he's on fire, and he runs out of his house screaming, and you're bucking your car, you're about to go to work, you know, what will you do, you just offer some some, you know, candid, stoic piece of advice, like, Hey, stop dropping roller, and then you drive off here in a hurry, or you throw your bottle of water like hates the last, but use it wisely. When you drove off, you would actually, you know, your face would change,
there would be a look of worrying, your eyes would open wide and you would run when you take off your jacket and you try to put the fire out. And in the process, you might get burnt yourself, you get some second degree burns, or you get injured trying to put the fire out because you care for this individual. Even if you didn't not like him, you would try to put the fire out I doubt that you're You don't look like the type of man that would drive off. I don't think anyone can do that.
What if I can use that and make that the driving force and that will be the driving force that will even push aside my my shyness and guilt and all that stuff. Look, I really care for them. They're really good people, but they really don't know about Islam. Many people in this is what's happening people around you they don't know what Islam is. Or they just heard some website or read on some website what Islam isn't or heard on the news, what Islam isn't. So if they only knew what it was, and if you really care for them, you want them to know. And I'll conclude by saying the process seldom that's the reason when he was offered to crush the people of Mecca between the two mountains.
He refused because he cared all the superb that they cared so much.
So that's it just use your how much you care for them and what good people they are and what they don't know what Islam to say, look, even if it then inshallah won't become awkward. And that's the last thing I'll close with is that a lot of times, we assume that the relationship will become awkward, we assume they won't accept it, but you just walk in and say, Look, we've been neighbors for seven years, I think you know that I've that I'm Muslim, from how I dress, my wife dresses and so on and so forth. And I just want to let you know what I believe. And you want to share it with you. That's it. That's simple. I see some hands up until the disease. Sisters UK will give them a
chance to come to you chances This is our This is
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If you have elderly parents who are Christians, and they say they're too old to change, how do you give them our circle effect?
Basically, I mean, it's not a valid argument. Yeah. I mean, basically, you just have to keep convincing them. There's no such thing as too old to change. You can give them examples of the father of Obamacare. And when he came to the posse lemon, he changed his religion. He was entirely white. His beard was all white. His hair was all white. He was such an old man that the process lm felt bad that he came to me, I should have gone to him. So and given examples of people that I know of a man. We did our training in New Jersey, and Sunday, we went out for St. dour and the brothers they saw this man he was 81 years old. Coming out of church. It was Sunday on the footsteps of the
church. And this was like, you know, these Baptist churches, so you know, he was twirling and dancing just a few minutes ago, they had this huge rush. And they were just all yelling and excited on the steps of the church. They gave him Shahada, he became Muslim. And it turns out that he lives across the street from the masala Two years later, I get an update from him. He's still praying at the Muslim
81 years old
There is no such thing to say, you know, this age or that age. So just convince them that this is not a valid argument. Well, Aha. And the second question says, How would you give power to someone who says he has no need to have faith or anything, let alone Allah plus Islam? Look, anytime someone says I don't need religion, I don't need Islam, whether they're Muslim or non Muslim. They're they're saying this based on ignorance. So you explain to them yes, you do need, maybe this person doesn't know about the about paradise in the hellfire. Maybe this person doesn't know that the Hellfire is black, that people stay in it for all eternity. If he understands that he will see the
need immediately. Maybe you could sometimes and we've done this before you can guilt someone, okay? Who gives you everything that you have a lot gives you everything that you have in your health, your intelligence, things, you can't put a price on you telling me I'm don't have time. And I'm not I don't need to worship, I don't need to thank him, and so on and so forth. So there are many different ways through which you can tackle this individual.
Okay, fairisle. There are many different ways you can tackle this individual but the for the most part, they say they don't need because they don't have knowledge, and they don't know what they're up against. So show them the importance and the seriousness of the situation. And I was told that this is the final question.
I take it up with him here. It says, How should women give down? Or should women give down? And
now I will assume now, I'll be biased here. Now assume that there is a lot of cultural stuff involved in this question. Because I mean, what's in you? Is there anything about women that?
I mean, there are many, many ways you can get down to what's the problem. I mean, you can talk to women about Islam, you can talk to your neighbors about some co workers, you can talk, if you're in university, talk to people at university about Islam, if there happens to be $1 table at your university, you can stand at your dollar table. If there's $1 organization where you know, groups go out in the street, you can go with the group you can be you can have a partner who's a female and go out and speak to people. And what if you're in the middle of nowhere and not the middle of nowhere. Let's say you're in the middle of a mall, and a man comes up to you and says Why do women wear that?
That's not our opportunity? Can you talk to him?
I don't know why you're hesitating. Yes. scholars say as long as the conversation doesn't leave outside the realm of doubt, once we get into Hey, Google, Google, I like the color of your hijab, then it's over. But as long as it didn't get into that fine, what's the problem? Yeah, so there's so many different opportunities for you you can just deal with you can just you know, pen pals women in prison for example. You can even go overseas. I mean, talk to women, many women in America they just want someone to talk to him. I'm talking to a woman now. Okay, not two brothers and getting excited it's sweet stuff. So sisters the pen pals you know women here in jails there's so much you can do so
why the question I know why the question because probably someone told you don't talk your voices our and we can respect that opinion but we need evidence to say that you know, you can't speak and and you have to you know basically gag yourself and don't speak anything. So there's there are opportunities for you. You start there are for men just don't make the run and don't give anything I hope I think you'll be alright. That's it. And the opportunities are available for both. There are some guidelines stay within the guidelines, you'll be okay in chalazia rollout on Ireland, Ireland for your attentive listening, and for slightly chuckling at my jokes was Salam aleikum wa
rahmatullah wa barakato.