Prophetic Parables #33 – The Prophet (ﷺ) and the Dunya

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After that, we move on to the next parable

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and the next Hadith and this one is concerning

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the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and

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and how he looked at the dounia

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how he would consider the dunya to be

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and so this hadith is narrated by Abdullah even Mr. Rude or the logline.

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He says, If toyana bu sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah has rewritten

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as sort of the GLD for coal to be AB O'Meara su de la. Lo couldn't then Tana for Russia like IE an amine

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for quarter Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, man in our dunya in an hour dunya kuraki bin is to walnut shadow rot in Morocco, or taraka.

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In this Hades,

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Abdullah ibn Mr. Ravi Allahu Allah.

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He says that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam laid down on a read mat,

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a straw mat

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that basically left marks on his skin. So when he got up, you could see the marks of the straw that on his skin.

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So Abdullah had been Miss rude he says, When I saw that I said to him, me, my father and my mother be ransom for you.

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All messenger of Allah.

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If you had told us, we would have spread something over it for you,

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that would protect you from it.

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And so the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in response. He said, What have I got to do with the dounia?

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Me and the dounia. The example of me and the dounia is nothing but like a writer who is traveling.

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And who comes and sits under a tree for its shade.

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And then he gets up, and he leaves.

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And so this hadith

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is narrated by Timothy. And it'd be magic.

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it is an authentic Heidi.

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And this heavy is one of many Ahadi, in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam

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discouraged us from becoming attached to the dunya.

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and enjoying its luxuries, while explaining the reason behind that.

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And so it's not just that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would, you know, warn us from the dunya. And say, Don't indulge in the dunya don't chase after the luxuries of the dunya. And that's it. No, he would give his reasoning behind that.

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He would mention why he is discouraging us from indulging in the luxuries of the dunya.

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And so

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the reasoning behind it in this hadith

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is that the nature of the dunya is that it is temporary.

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The nature of the dunya is that it is something temporary,

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and it will soon come to an end.

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And so here I'm delighted that Massoud narrates to us in this Hadith, the simplicity of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his lifestyle

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and how he used to sleep on the ground

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on a simple straw that we don't even spreading anything on it

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to make himself comfortable.

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And so when Abdullah did Mr. Rude he saw the effect that this net had made on his body.

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He showed his concern for the comfort of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

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And he made this very simple offer

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that look Yasuda law,

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you just had to ask us and we would have put something there for you.

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And so what we notice here is

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What the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was, what he was offered was nothing big.

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It was something very small.

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It's not like he was offered the Yasuda law. Why don't we build for you? A nice palace? Why don't we bring for you a nice, luxurious bed. So you can sleep on it that has cushions and, you know,

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something very expensive. No,

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he didn't even prevent him. He didn't even say, say to him, yeah, Rasulullah, don't sleep on this mat.

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But rather, it was a very, very simple

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and small offer that just put something on on top of it. So that so that it won't leave those marks on you.

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And so

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what was the response of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

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Although there was nothing wrong in the offer that was made.

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There was nothing wrong with you know, the offer that he made

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the offer that I'm delighted in this room to meet to him.

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It's not like it's home to

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sleep on

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a bed

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that is cozy and comfortable.

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Or to spread a sheet over, you know, a hard surface and sleep on it.

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But here the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he answered

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with something else on his mind.

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He wasn't giving a ruling here that you know what?

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I don't want. You know, I don't want it. I don't want you to do this for me, because it's wrong.

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Or, you know, it's something

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that I don't want.

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No, here the Prophet sallallahu it was lm wanted

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to focus on something else.

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So he said what he said, he said, What have I got to do that with the dunya.

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Me and the dunya are nothing but like a writer who comes he's traveling and he, he stops to rest under the shade of a tree.

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And then what does he do after getting his rest, he gets up.

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And he leaves that place.

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The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam here wanted to bring our attention

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to the fact that the dunya that we are enjoying today, it is worthless. And it's not worth

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it's not worth enjoying.

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And so he wanted to bring our attention to the fact that no matter how small, our comfort, and our enjoyment of the luxuries of the dunya are, no matter how small they are even something as small as this. In the end, they are temporary.

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And we will very, very soon we will leave them

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and so he gives us example, a traveler who gets tired from his long journey

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and it's a very hot day and he wants to rest

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so if he sees something as simple as a tree

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with shade, shade under it, what's he gonna do? He's gonna go

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you know, he's tired and

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he's gonna take it up. He doesn't care

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about the fact that

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you know, he's not sleeping on something comfortable, something luxurious. He's not looking for a five star hotel.

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Because his purpose behind resting there at that particular time was not for the purpose of comfort and luxury.

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But rather for a need a human need and that is rest.

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And likewise with everything else in the

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fulfill our needs, you have to eat, you have to drink. You have to have a roof over your head. You have to make a living. You have to have an income

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to fulfill your essential needs to fulfill your essential needs.

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Another way of looking at this parable

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is that this traveler does not take this place that he is resting in under the tree as his permanent place of residence.

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So he does not go about

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building a house

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and furnishing it.

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Why? Because he's only there temporarily.

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He's only stopping for a break. And then he's continuing on his journey.

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And this is like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, in the Hadith, couldn't even dunya can occur, or even arrived at Seville, he said to

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be in the dunya as if you are a stranger, or a traveler,

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a passer by someone who, you know, he's traveling, and he takes a stop somewhere,

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for rests,

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or whatever it be, and then he continues his journey.

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This is how we should be in the dunya. Even though he says, commenting on

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this hadith that we have, and this parable,

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he says, ponder over the beauty of this parable, and how it applies perfectly to reality.

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The dounia in its lush greenery is like the tree

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and how quickly it passes by and it finishes is like the shadow

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and the servant is travelling to his Lord.

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And when a traveler sees a tree on a hot date, it is not befitting for him to build a house beneath him, nor to take it as a place to settle Rather, he uses its shade according to his need. And whenever he goes beyond his need,

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and starts to enjoy, you know, enjoy this place where he is resting whenever he does that, then he will miss his caravan. So as if

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it were Nakayama saying that

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this was a group of people who were traveling, and one of them went and he saw this tree

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to rest under he went and he rested under it. If he

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starts to prolong his stay there and enjoy himself indulge in

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making himself comfortable there.

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Then his caravan leave him because they didn't come there to settle, but rather only

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to rest.

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This Hadith is similar to another Hadees

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showing the simplicity of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam in how he's dressed.

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And in basically

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it's a very similar Hadith in terms of what the companion said to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam when they saw his simple state, and so ns idiomatic for the Allahu Allah He says, that I came to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam while he was on a seat with a a bed woven on it.

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And so he had a pillow under his head, made of skin stuffed with fiber. There was a cloth with been between his skin and the seat.

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So Mr. rhodiola, who and he came and he visited him and he wept. When the room or the Allahu Han came and he saw the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam sitting

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a very

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simple and humble on a very simple and humble

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modal dialog on how to start to cry. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asked him

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why are you crying?

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So what are the Allahu and he said, By Allah on messenger of Allah.

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I am only crying, because I know that you

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are more noble

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in the sight of Allah, then

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kisoro will play such

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is the Persian Emperor. And Peiser is Caesar. The Roman Emperor

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almost says they both live in what they live have the luxury

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of the dounia while you are messenger of Allah are in the state that you are in, that I can see.

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And so, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when he heard almost say this, he said, Oh, are you not content? That they have the dounia while we have the Acura?

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Are you not content that they have the dounia

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but for us is the asset. And so, Omar He replied, Yes, or messenger of Allah.

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And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, then that is how it is. And that is how we will be meeting, they will have the dounia, but they won't have anything of Ashura. We don't have the dunya. But we will have that.

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And that's why, even afterwards or neurobiological, and when he became the halifa,

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the Muslim Empire stretched very far. And they invaded

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the Persian Empire, having gained all the luxuries and the treasures of the Persian Empire, and also the Roman Empire, when the Muslims defeated the Romans to take over beta Noctis, Jerusalem, and Emerald, the Allahu Akbar was the halifa. And the keys of the city were given to him.

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He decided to enter into the city, in a very humble state. And so he did not enter the city

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in posh and style and lavishly,

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but rather, he got off of his ride, and his ride was a donkey. He got off of it. And he, he entered into the city barefoot walking.

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And so,

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you know,

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he learned his lesson from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, who taught him that even if we have the dunya in our hands, it's not worth it. Because this is for them, not for us.

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For us, is what is waiting with Allah subhana wa Tada.

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And so among the lessons that we can learn from this hadith is, first of all, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. What we learned from this hadith is that he lived a very, very simple life,

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putting into practice what he preached.

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And so in so many different Hadith, he discouraged us from indulging in the dunya.

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Did he go against what he was preaching? No. But rather, he was the best example of that. He was our role model when it comes to abandoning the luxuries of the dunya.

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And this hadith is only one example of many of the very simple lifestyle that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam lived. And so it was not only with regards to how he's asleep, and rest, but in everything else. And there are so many examples of that. The second lesson that we learned from this hadith is that our primary concern should be how we will live a comfortable life in the asset.

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And not how should we live a comfortable life in this dunya.

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for most of us, it's the opposite.

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Our primary concern is how we can maximize our comfort in this dunya.

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And we don't care about

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any comfort in the euro. This is the majority of

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of Muslims and non Muslims unfortunately.

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And so all we care about is the dunya. All we care about is how can we maximize our pleasure, and our comfort and our enjoyment in dystonia? And so we strive day in day out,

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we go through hardship

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all for that sake, not

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for the asset. And so,

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our primary concern should be,

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you know,

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what is our level of comfort going to be an asset or

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are we even going to make it to gender.

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The third lesson that we learned from this hadith is the nature of the dunya.

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And that it is

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Temporary and quickly passing.

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So it does not make sense for us to invest so much into it.

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It doesn't make sense for us to invest so much into the dunya. Considering how temporary it is, as a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said here

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you know, me compared to the dunya, or the example of me, and the dunya is like this man who's traveling, and

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he takes a rest under the shade of this tree,

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the shade of the tree,

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the shade, eventually, eventually,

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it goes away, and very quickly, for that matter.

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Likewise, this is Kenya. And that's why in another Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned how the dunya compared to the Asada is like, a drop is like your finger, and you take it and put it into the sea.

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Whatever comes out of water, that is the demeanor compared to the water of the sea.

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It's small,

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it's temporary.

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We are here for a very short period of time, as a lot tells us about the people what they will say, on the day of judgment,

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they will be wondering, How long were we in the dounia.

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Some of them will say just a few hours.

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Others will say just one hour, others will say even less than an hour.

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And that is relative to how long they spent in their graves.

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And if we were to ponder over and really think about it, that's that's a reality.

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How long do we live our lives?

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On average, let's say 6070 years, how long are you going to be in your grave? That's if the Day of Judgment is not near.

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Otherwise, you know,

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the way things are going in this world, many of the signs of the Day of Judgment have already passed the minor signs. And we are very quickly approaching the major signs of the Day of Judgment. But even then,

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you may end up being in your grief for centuries. And then on the Day of Judgment, you will rise from your grave. And you will think that really,

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you know, my life, that amount of time I lived in the dunya was very, very short.

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And so the nature of the dunya is that it is temporary, and it is quickly going by

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every single day that goes by we are getting closer and closer to our grades.

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And so it doesn't make sense for us to invest so much

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into attaining the comfort and the luxuries of the dunya. It doesn't make sense.

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Logically, it just does not make sense.

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However, this does not mean that we completely abandon the dunya.

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And we don't enjoy it at all.

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Because that is an extreme that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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warned against

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in the Hadith of the three individuals who

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each one made an oath

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because they saw the Prophet sallallahu Sallam and his dad. And, you know, they said we can't come even near the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So one of them, he said,

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I'm going to pray every single night

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without sleeping and resting at all.

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And others said, I'm going to fast continuously

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for the rest of my life, meaning every single day I'm going to fast.

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A third he said,

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I'm going to stay away from women. I'm not going to get married to women.

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All these three individuals they wanted to abandon

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the comfort of the dunya.

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And whatever Hillel Allah has made for us in the dunya sleeping is halal food and drink. It's halaal

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marrying women it's Helen and these are all enjoyments we enjoy these things. So when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam heard what the

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He heard the news of these three individuals, he came out very upset. And he said,

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mineralia I'm sure natif Elisa mean, whoever he actually said,

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As for me, as for me,

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I pray at night and I also take rest, I fast, I also break my fast there are days that I don't fast, and I also marry women. And then he said something really bad as soon as he flakes me, whoever stays away from my sooner than he is not, he is not from me.

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So what we have mentioned, concerning this Hadith, and you know, how there's no point in investing in the dunya and enjoying the dunya, what we meant is

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over indulging,

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and, and chasing after dunya, and making the dunya our primary concern, and investing

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our entire life into

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into attaining the luxuries of the dunya. This is what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam forbade, and this is what he discouraged us from not complete abandonment of the dunya. Finally, the last point I wanted to mention is that the dunya is something that

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either it will leave you or you will leave it

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either it will abandon you or you will have to abandon it.

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And either of these can happen at any time.

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So either

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the dounia

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will leave you. So one day you're rich.

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And the next day you're poor.

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One day you enjoy,

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you know, good health, the next day, you don't have that good health.

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And so this dunya

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is something that can easily be taken away from us.

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While we're still here in the dunya

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the blessings of the dunya the luxuries of the dunya

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you can't guarantee that you will have it for the rest of your life. So either it will leave you or you will be made to leave.

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No matter how much you indulge in the dunya, eventually you're going to have to part from it.

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And that is at the time of death. And either of these things can happen at any time.

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So the intelligent person, he never relies on the dunya that he has.

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The intelligent one does not ever rely on the dunya that he has in his hands today. Because eventually, you're going to be made to depart from it. Either it will leave you or you will leave it so why rely on it.

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Why attach your heart so much to it?

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And so I asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us from among those who their primary concern is what is with Allah Subhana who with data and the answer as the Prophet sallallahu it was selling to meet his primary concern and asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to not make the dunya our greatest concern without would come to the end of tonight's session. Subhana Allah,

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Allah Illa Allah and so if you look over to blue lake, WA salatu salam ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi and remain, Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh