The Recipe For Success
Channel: Kamal El-Mekki
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to him and hamdulillah hearable alameen wa salatu salam ala rasulillah. Meanwhile I
am about 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.
I 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, how's England, 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. 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 lives in affluent neighborhood, you know, they're wealthy, and they're 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 psychologist, the children were doing drugs, and you know, pregnancies, all kinds of problems in this household, 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 described 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 or failures, children here and their drugs problems and crimes and, and the marriage is falling apart? And everyone's you know, at the psychiatrists 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 I would 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 successful in the 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 and tell him son, what are you doing? Don't become extreme. Okay? Now, 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 at the fifth 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 fine. 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. 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, what are
you studying all night? Go to sleep better, huh? Better just go to sleep. You don't have to work so hard. You know like
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I'm just kidding. No speaker. So we're saying then imagine the mother comes in the boy studying really hard. This wants to get straight A's he comes in, it's like, what do you what are you doing? And you stop, stop studying. Just don't be don't go overboard with studies. I just want you to get CS c pluses, you know, barely get by, get your GED or was a 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. You'll 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'll 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 or you're going to take your car with you to the know, or you can take your degree with you on the Day of Judgment. No, there's a login to 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 dad who belittle what you do, like yeah, 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.
It's just it's not just a piece of paper. It's not like someone took a comic book strip from the newspapers. 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't 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 this haba work by our standards today and by that the students back then they were millionaires by today's standards, millionaires, not very wealthy, but millionaires. Okay. Woke up during one period of his life he was a millionaire by our standards, but might have not fun 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 who wishes they had their money. No. Their millions helped Islam. The millions helped Islam tremendously. During the Battle of the book and Nabi sallallahu Sallam needed people to donate, it was a fundraiser, like we have
fundraisers with someone get up say who will give 1000 who will give 2000 like that. It was a similar fundraiser and 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 stressed with difficulty, because it was a very difficult time to go out extremely difficult. Who will prepare this army and he will have into him will be agenda paradise. So as a fan would get up, and he would donate 100 camels understand how much money that is? Y'all 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 we have
any with the saddles with the range, 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 glad tidings of paradise. Right? Because it was a settlement promised him that. I don't think your local fundraiser can say that he can he 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 enter to him as paradise on earth. My son got up. And he says and I pledge another 100 be after we have our last year ready to go. Then he sat down. Then the problem asked again. And then earth model 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. We'll accept half right? It looks at half brothers. Half is good. One brother say Just let me just let me just put my foot in Paradise and the other can be out there at the gate. We'll 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 in 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 the 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 automatically 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 our 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 life. And 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? Okay. Can you
take your house with you to the next slide? Can you take your car with it to the next slide? 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 want to 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 slide, has enough reward. So I can convert my laptop in a number of ways to four into 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, in Sharla, 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's a millionaire and he's just, he's gonna 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 bow check comes out some project ready. So we do want both successes in case anyone was confused, the 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 mom to have a broken up car, okay to live in a busted up apartment. And do you guys expect that? I hope is that's 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. Yeah, the 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 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 know, 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 lot. The guy who works for Russia to be respected more than anybody else. That we want our amount 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 him of stealing but the Imam
Why does he have a nice car?
So what message are we sending sending our youth be a doctor drive a Mercedes beanie man 1987 Camry.
Good future for you.
Young man looks at both cars like
I'll become a doctor inshallah I'll still be a good guy and pray but I don't want to be like this guy.
So and at the time when a man he bought a car it was a Mercedes right? He's an A mommy's younger, he bought a Mercedes. One of the board members of the msgid comes to his house and sits with him in system. How could you buy a nice car? He actually said this thing. He said you should be a role model and drag the 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 then?
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. Like it works for 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 your work. You work for a large and you fall from a ladder getting some Dell books from the top shelf if I can get a love letter from Gary 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 are in 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 will be used to take you into paradise. All right.
another point in the Quran where Allah subhanaw taala mentions those who are successful.
And so on. We'll just pause with that a little bit, right. And so Allah azzawajal says, James Miller, hello him, but
I live in a home he 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 humbled with folks in your prayers. But there's something before that first thing, Allah as you 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,
I will fella just like in the in the event, hire a fella come to success. But if Allah 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 in 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 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 and 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? I know, people will say Bill Gates know, 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 health bar, 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 the 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 it totally forgot. He they asked Have you ever tasted luxury before ever? says no. Have you ever had comfort before you cannot remember it because of one dip into the hellfire.
So that means truly then the ones who are really successful in the end they're 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 air the villa eternity in the Hellfire layer that will 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 70 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 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, Malik. And he just keeps ignoring them. How long? Will they keep calling him?
A few hours? Half a half an hour? for 17 years for 17 years. They're calling him Can you imagine that? for 70 years is ignoring them. Yeah, Malik Malik. And he's just ignoring them. Then after 70 years he asked is what do you want?
He 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 lord take us to paradise. They are asked to be extinguished. Okay killed totally non existent. Are 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 his two 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 sorta Zuma Allah subhanaw taala, says Joaquin al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen. And it was said Alhamdulillah Habana operates due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds now joaquina here means both groups that Alhamdulillah Wait a minute, what both groups the group of people in Paradise, they said, How long after they entered paradise? They said hamdulillah All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. But the people that Helfer also said the same thing. Isn't that strange? Why would the people in the Hellfire say, oh, Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds there 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 the Hellfire, they said hum de la bella. And I mean, because
they know they deserve to go to the hellfire. See, 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 told 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 you're you're not sure of your heart because I'm sure of my heart, and nothing has happened. 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 pure. He knows it was wrong. Everyone knows what they did 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, that this is Allah, 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 Allah subhanaw taala in believing in laws of origin, because it turned into hellfire. That's really a loss. A believer. If you say la ilaha illa Allah, 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 experienced the punishment will expect your sin
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 shuttler by some default, okay? Now, you don't want to bank on that one, right? But at least 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 allows, 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 experience their sins. So successful indeed, are the believers. Then Allah subhanaw taala gave the first description of the believers, and that was that they are a levina Humphrey Salatu him harshly on those who are humbled or 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 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're focusing in your Salah, you know, what quality is, is 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 her 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 like 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 foot and just ran. So he's in a hurry, no will lose an act of worship, you know, don't just rush it like that. 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 ad and repeat after the audience 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 who live there will do is just I don't know how they do it. We should we should videotape it and probably with a high speed camera because I remember one time he was his brother and said I'll make we'll do I'll be back and it 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 to get what so quickly what happened.
Anyways, so it starts with that. Then before you start the prayer, you notice a Nabi sallallahu Sallam the prophet SAW Selim would remove anything that would have that would cause him to be distracted in the prayer. So for example, there is a curtain with a pattern on it or something in front of them and suddenly, the person who's about to pray you would 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 culture 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. Yeah, let me see if I can do this thing. Allah hug but
suddenly he's singing you know, Teletubbies songs and stuff.
But why did you do that? over the radios on people having conversation here? Let me see if I can do a lot of work but then you just listen 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. 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 yeah, she's attractive but shot like it would stand. Why do you do that? You don't test anything that's dear to you. Do you? 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 it and put it in a park bench. So we'll come back tomorrow morning and see if it's still here. Because it's dear to you. Yeah. All right.
Maybe some people 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. Do 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 you're a man. 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 audience. One of the early
Muslims when he would make his will do his face would turn red. They'll say What's wrong with you? He would say Do you know who I'm gonna stand in front of them stand in front of Allah. But the difference is that he he actually saw that he's gonna stand in front of Allah. While most people's like Oh, let me get door. Let me let me knock this out of the way. Yeah, but he knows he's going to stand in front of a large audience and not be so long wa sallam tells 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 lion is great and is gonna turn to look at you. When you pray. You know, if you pray like that, would you be like focused on something else the market and when I get out of here, what I'm going to do, we're going to call brother so and so you can focus a lot. We're starting to look at you now. But then the Hadith says, and he doesn't turn away until you turn away meaning you turn away with your heart or with your head. So a lot but for the first few seconds, I'm really focused on Allah, and then in a minute and like, Oh, don't I need to go somewhere? That 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, has he lost it? One time someone said, If you refocus will allow a 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 going to 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 let your love you forget that brother is one o'clock 130 year olds you forget immediately All 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 gun. I will I will hit you with a stick. Okay? no guns in the US.
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 ministry cinetic salam aleikum, there's going to be a gun. The last thing you see is a flash in a barrel. I know that's very violent, but I purposely intend it 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
Your voice is gonna be
beautiful and semi
Can I be some superb superb prayer
and in the in the Roku there's gonna be some crying there's going to be mentioning of certain scenes and you will ask the Lord to forgive you for them and you're going to mention your grave and death you know, the soul departing your body being easy, and so on and so forth. I doubt it's going to be one of the regular 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 a mom says praise is realized.
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? I 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, for sure and Salah, but we're mentioning those who were successful. The description they were believers, we 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 said that Allah the first description of the believers is that they were humbled in their prayers not that just performed the prayers up and down, up and down. But they were focused in it. 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 just mentioned in 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 everyday and I don't know what it's saying, like find out what you're saying in the solid 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. Subhan,
Allah Subhana, Allah, Allah subhanaw, taala the way 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 sujood, there are a number of other you can say, coming up from you know, in prostrate, every any different movement there is more than one, two, or 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, do I list if that, 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 drive. But if you one day you're 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 routes not paying attention. They pay attention. So the same thing happens, same phenomenon. So allows you to have 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're focused in their prayers. And then there's another description a large region says we're live in harmony, love we Maradona, and those who avoid yvaine 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 vein 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 tires. 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 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 a 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, 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, you just chewing and chewing and chewing, you get tired of your jaws hurting me like I need a break. But I'm still not hungry, though. I'm still hungry. 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 tired, it can keep going for hours and hours and hours.
Okay, you will get tired, your throat will get dry, your mouth will get dry, and you just take some water and you can keep going. The tongue never gets tired. So it's a recipe for disaster 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. You just lash out at everybody with it. And then there are certain things like there is regular vein talk, you know, 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 money.
And, and whatever what'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 messy guys some player and stuff. Okay. So it's permissive. We'll 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 de la 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 asked these great questions because they were great people. So he came in he asked the Prophet sallallahu wasallam what of the things most lead people into the Hellfire, okay, are actually asked about paradise first, what are the things will most take you into paradise. And the prophecies of them said taqwa Allah, for husband hollow, have been God conscious meaning you have piety, your pious, you got conscious, which is very important. And mostly now in this world that we live in now. There has never ever been a time when singing was so available to people true or false.
It's so available sins are so available. And you will have to suffer to find alcohol and you can walk out of here and in five minutes, I'm sure it can be in the store. And you can consume alcohol, true or false. Just any sin you mentioned. And you don't even have to leave your home for some since within seconds you can be looking at something that's hot up, that'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 you know
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. And 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 these are police officers or security guards? Is there a human being that can see me so you lock doors, you closed windows, turn off some lights? And you think that's it? I'm good, but a look and see you. So pilot is fantastic. number one priority. The second thing?
And we saw Selim said personnel Hello, good manners. Good manners. Now there's good manners involved 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 now 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 FOMO when 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 Hellfire the mouth and the sexual organs What do you think the mouthfeel Rabobank with your mouth?
Excellent. With the mouth what happens? That words bad manners, backbiting, spreading rumors, tales causing problems between people all these cars 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 to stop.
Wow. Okay. So this 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 is 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. There is the problem. We actually teach our children and fathers looking at his son
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? Or really, 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 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'll just say the truth. I'll 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?
Don't put your hand up.
But 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 you're a man 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, 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 lie. It's not gonna lie. He can say I'm never ever gonna 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 jail? Why? No. I mean, like, you're just a normal guy who goes to work comes home and prays and stuff. 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 I mean, in the normal course of your normal life, what's the worst that could happen to you? Like?
What? get fired from work? Okay, go work somewhere else? Yes, it's not fun looking for work. But is it that bad? Is it the end of the world? And is it is what I'm saying is is it impossible to say? That I'm never ever going to lie again until I go to my grave? Is it impossible to say that? A lie? I don't think is 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 now 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 of La Selim 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 a lot 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 we labeled with a lot as a liar. Imagine that. Imagine that. If you've lied a lot. Heidi says you continue to learn you're labeled with a lie is a liar. So when Allah looks at you, he doesn't see it as an Mr. Muhammad Ali he just sees liar. So liar then truthful person truthful liar. Liar, liar, liar over there, sisters, liar. Liar, liar, liar. That's how Allah labeled you. Who in here accepts that for themselves. Who
in here 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? What 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 and never, ever, ever
Can I 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 and stretch me out and tie me up between two trucks and put each one 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 recited 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 gonna discuss in our course. You know, in this weekend, we're gonna 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? As be honest, true, right. But the truth is, it's a tie, we both lose. Okay, so who what's the 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 Tao and it's about how to give dour 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 after Napoleon min manda Allahu Akbar, in any room 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 sign, so the believers successful, and they pray they're not just believe it, or I believe in a lie. I don't pray, but I have faith,
brother, I have faith. 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 Allah 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 poisoned, 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 they were 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 is 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 another Institute? Put your hands up?
Wow, three people. So everyone else has heard of a Muslim Institute.
Okay, that's good. That's good.
Well, among them is coming and so forth guy and mother 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 weekend 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. Well, I what a blessing it is, really, there's never been a time like this before. So chef will come to your city and give you that seat 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 they'll be, you know, sometimes 100, sometimes two 300, sometimes 500 people sitting all of them learning to see it for an exegesis or the meaning of the Quran, or learning some intricate, you know, science of Hadith or something like that, or learning of Dawa or learning something about the seed of the prophet SAW
said in such detail in your language in terms with analogies that are simple and good and make it nice and easy to understand. 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 that.
Who is He who has attended? And, 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 live Institute?
Mohammed Sharif, right. And one of the brothers. When I was in Canada, he was the Emir of one of the kabyle. The tribes, right? He said, One day, 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 said, Sheikh Mohammed, the sheriff came up to me speaking to all the volunteers of mongering. He says, I know, you want me to stand here and say, Aloha, and thank you guys for all the great work that you do and working for Allah. He said, but it's not like that. He said, You guys should be thanking me. So I thought, well, that's arrogant, or why should we thank you with us? We should all say, yes. thank
the people for their hard work. So then when we started, then 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 that this is the sad part, though. How many volunteers does Nottingham and mother have 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
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 because this is work for a lot. This is 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 the religion 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 if you want to volunteer or unless you want me to do that to you.
fantastic to see his in 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, because I was gonna promote you and put your phone number up. 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 and 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'll become a heavy hitter or maybe you volunteer and you won't become a heavy hitter, but other people will become an you look back and look at you and say you not 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
for your attentive listening, and I think we might do some q&a in a little bit. So sola, Mubarak Gollum, Hamad
calamari cuando la vaca.
Okay, we would like to now give you guys an opportunity to ask the chef, any question you have.
It could be related to the talk could also be related to dow, because obviously, that's what you mean specializes in. So if you have any questions, please just raise your hand
and just ask the questions. Please just stick the question instead of long Commons is unlawful.
Sure, it's 100 questions.
Okay, go for it.
Were you serious? We're waiting for the question.
Where's the question?
Okay, I'm just going to encourage your mommy to smack you tonight. Okay.
me, personally, I mean someone new as in hypothetically you
have actually done.
Okay, what are you looking for? Exactly? Let me just help you that way.
Oh, I can talk to you soon. Okay. Okay, very good. Basically,
you know, we have the towhead. 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 eight thing down right? There worship one God for the most part. And you your main focal point will be on the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, because 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 they 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 they need to follow Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam and everything about his life, his sayings, his teachings,
his conduct indicates that he was a genuine prophet.
So So explore it through that, like, there are always two possibilities. I think it was a genuine Prophet, or he wasn't. If he wasn't a genuine Prophet, it'll 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, love to Allah Allah.
our neighbors are no longer see
the culture here in America.
talk to you about politics or religion.
You know, people are shocked in that sense, due to
And I personally feel the same. I feel too shy to approach the
great neighbors on either side, right?
They see us as Muslims, right.
So I'd like some advice. How to go to
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 our relationship becomes awkward, right? Because, oh, he tried to convert me. And now it's very awkwardly 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 to knock 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 or 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, you're in a hurry, or he throwing your bottle of water like hey, Celeste, but use it wisely. You drove off, you would actually you know, your face would change,
there would be a look of worry, your eyes would open wide and you would run when you take off your jacket and you will 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 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 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 of setting them 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 about 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 wanted to let you know what I believe. Just wanted to share it with you. That's it. That's simple. I see some hands up and I'm told the disease. Sisters UK will give
them a chance to we'll come to you. JOHN says this is our This is
okay. Oh, these are okay. These are the last two as well.
If you have elderly parents who are Christians, and they say they're too old to change, how do you give them our circle of fifths?
Basically? I mean, it's not a valid argument. Yeah. I mean, basically, you just have to keep convincing them. There is no such thing as too old to change. We can give them examples of the father of Obamacare. And when he came to the pasta, lemon, he changed his religion and he was entirely white. His beard was all white, His hair was all white. He was such an old man, the LM felt bad that he came to me, I should have gone to him. So and give them examples of people I know of a man. We did our training in New Jersey. And Sunday, we went out for St. Dawa. 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. So there is no such thing to say at this age or that age. So just convinced him that this is not a valid argument. Willa Han The second question says how would you give Dawa 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 can sometimes and we've done this before you can guilt someone, okay? Who gives you everything that you have a law gives you everything that you have in your health, your intelligence, things you can't put a price on, you're 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, fairness, all the 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 a woman about Islam, you can talk to your neighbors about some co workers, you can talk, if you're in the university, talk to people at the university about Islam, if there happens to be at the 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 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 and 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 in pen pals you know women here in jail see 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 out 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 to start there are for men just don't make the Atlanta don't give energy mahoto but 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 insha Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah, and for your attentive listening, and for slightly chuckling at my jokes was Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.