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Heart Soul – Episode 05
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Welcome to heart and soul with me, Lauren booth, your place to reflect. When we want something really badly that job good health, urgent help. This is the moment we turn in prayer to the divine. Why do we do this? And who are we asking my guests today to continue to explore the Islamic viewpoint on prayer is Chef Sajid Ouma is now pursuing his PhD, and enjoys continued participation as a lecturer and senior advisor, and is one of the Muslim world's most prolific speakers. Welcome, Chef. Thank you very much. May God Almighty bless you and bless all the listeners mean, number one, an act of worship. So whether you get what you're asking for or not, you worship God, all right, you
worship God Almighty, you rewarded rewarded you paradise becomes bigger. That's what we're here to do. We're here to build the real estate of the perpetual, right, of perpetual bliss, which is pirating. Number one, it's worship. Number two, it is a conversation, that you picking up the phone, and calling your friend and, you know, just removing the burden of your heart. And so to your friends, this is a bad day I had it this is what happens. Sometimes people just need to speak to get it out of the system. Right? And and do our gives us an opportunity just to speak, have a conversation with God Almighty, use a funnel Eva, that's number two. And number three, certification
is a chance for us to ask our ask our needs. And, you know, the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him also to test another generation, that's for me,
allows me to understand what a happy life entails. And that teaching is in the form of him saying peace and blessings be upon him, that God Almighty always on our page, if it's in the house, the question is, how does he answer? But in terms of answering them, he absolutely does. And for me very happy that it happened for me to know that, you know, he always answers my certification, then I'm happy, I'm happy. Because he knows what I don't know. You know, I might have strikes, but I don't know if deception because God Almighty has left me with a pixel. But the complete pictures of God Almighty, right. And, you know, if I, if anyone showed us a picture and told us to guess the picture
10 times out of 10 we make a mistake. Right? So we only have a pixel How do we know really what's good for us? And, and what isn't good for us. And that's what when we started this particular program, we spoke about, you know,
the, you know, the EQ the heart, and the st the soul, and how, how can the EQ and the Sq derive the speed, and even the IQ, which is the mind and the pq, which is the body all together, you derive this piece by knowing that look, at the end of the day, my ability to know what's good for me or bad for me is limited. I only have a picture. I can only guess in scope of this pixel and make decisions in within the sea of the pixel that I have,
which is today,
which is tiny. You're right. Of course you're right. And I remember I've given a critical hook example. When I go to a little break. I have had a kitten. kittens are everywhere here in Qatar, and often, the expats especially we'd like to rescue them into our houses. This little ginger kitten, it was half blind, and I put it on a counter and I had three other rescue cats. And these cats were wanting to attack it. But this kitten who I'd put food on the on the high counter, I just was saying to the kitten just stay here and have this food, and I'm going to turn away Do not go on the floor. It kept trying to throw itself onto the floor. But I knew that on the floor was a disaster with
these cats that were going to grab it but the kitten just knew it wanted to get down. It didn't know what was down. It didn't even know why it wanted to go down. It didn't know it was better if it stayed in that place. Because I had the bigger view of that kitchen. And really our situation is that we are a pixel in a grand, a grand panoramic photograph, only one pixel and we do not have the full jigsaw to look at. So we're gonna take a little break on that thought. And we'll be back after this Nasheed by Omar, Isa
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You're listening to heart and soul on Qatar foundation radio with me Lauren booth. Sharing gems of knowledge with us today is Chef Sajid, Omar, the learned chef and keen golfer and Liverpool supporter. Welcome back. Thank you very much. Just
really honored to be here. And
I pray the listeners are well and excited listening to the podcast as well. God willing, we will all take a lot away from this. I really want to
ask you chef if someone has never prayed before. And maybe they're listening to this and they're right at that moment of, I don't know what I'm doing. I don't know what I'm doing right now. They're saying to themselves, and I don't know how to actually ask, do I say oh my god, hi, how you doing? Can you perhaps recite something for us, and then explain its meaning and some of the etiquette some of the and when I say etiquettes God is not distance from us in any way. Anybody who makes a heartfelt plea will be heard, this is a guarantee in the Holy Quran. God is open to us He is closer than our juggler vain. But I think some of the similes that are given are if you have
a good workman and bad materials, something's not going to be as good as it could be. Or if you have you know that we have to get the two things right. So if the etiquettes are followed, it's like an arrow going to the bullseye rather than slightly to the left. All right. So perhaps you have either an IRA or a beautiful daughter share with a chef, please. That's excellent, excellent question. And by the way, just before the break your analogy with the cat in the kitchen, that was amazing. I think it was very telling.
God Almighty mentioned many applications in the Quran, in the final testament, as applications of praise wealthy people, the applications of these prophets, applications of these messages, they are beautiful, they're beautiful. And in terms of, you know, asking God Almighty is and ask God Almighty as you would respect to the Ask any person of a higher authority that you know, right, you wouldn't be rude. You know, when you need something from somebody, you know, you sort of exercise certain etiquettes you don't just jump in there and say, Hey, boy, you know, just give me something you don't do that.
You know, if you need something so amazing, you'll actually try and wean your way in, you know, try and find out what the person likes. If he likes ice cream, what type of ice cream maybe I can take him out for the ice cream. You know, use advocacy usual Trump. So once you got it, you know when you when you have a conversation with God Almighty, that's basically what's required to to, you know, firstly give it a chance and like you said, for those who haven't really done it, why should they give it a chance? What do you have to lose? What do you have to lose?
You know, turning to the divine, and even in your doubt thing, you know that I'm giving this a chance and give me a sign? What do you have to lose? Right, have that conversation. And, you know, perhaps God Almighty will bless you with what signs that will be a means of guidance and a greater journey in engaging God Almighty. Before we go into the episodes, you shed that analogy, you know, earlier I said, that God Almighty, it occurred to us asking him because he always asked the issue is how, right, and the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him photos that God Almighty, and that was applications in one of three ways. The either gives us what we're asking for, right? So you want
that vehicle, you know, you know, what's putting me at ease with all the features. And you ask God Almighty for it, and he gives you that you want your dream job, you get it, right, you want to pass your exam, it happened. That's, that's one way. The other way is that God Almighty answers your prayers and supplications, but not by giving you what you asked.
But by removing a greater calamity that we're set to have.
So there was a calamity destiny, we have a major illness. And God Almighty use this application to lessen the impact of the illness or remove the culture. And you wouldn't even know that this is the case, you wouldn't even know that you know what it is that the application will help them. That's why we should always have good hope. And God Almighty Allah am asking, and he's not giving because he has given you but you don't even know that he's given an idea, we said that God Almighty is over all the affairs of his creation. So this is the second way that harm is reduced, maybe you are set to fail an exam. And because you paid God Almighty to, for example, you know,
you know, grant your entrance into the university, you might have got an entrance into the university, but you pass two exams.
Right. So that's the second way. The third way is that God Almighty packages your prayer into a nice, you know, gift bag wrapped up very nicely. And he preserves it for you, till the day you meet him on the Day of Judgment.
Because then on the Day of Judgment, there's no way for us to do the work we want. We might want it now. We want something now. But we want something now. But God Almighty wants to give us what is better for us, we might not, we might think this is better for me now. But God Almighty knows it's better for us later. You know, you might want the vehicle now and get the vehicle.
And you might stand in front of God Almighty on the Day of Judgment, and D, one, D, two D, three d shorter five a day. Imagine you've got Almighty then presented to you your prayer. And did you know you wanted that car when you used to live? I didn't give it to them. But I saved that prayer for you now to give you priority, what would you have wanted a kind of Paradise, which will last forever, you can have as many cars as you want in it. It's a no brainer. You know, and that is why in some variations is stated that when the believer when this person kind of follow my feet,
he has that God Almighty has saved all these applications that he or she made, and is presenting this application. Now in the hereafter This person will say, you know, oh god, I wish he never gave me anything as far as those are like,
this is a level of elation that this person will reach and this is natural. This is natural. And we can use, you know, we can, you know, it happens that sometimes, even in our job, we asked for something, we don't get it. But because we didn't get it we acquire certain skills. And because of that we receive, you know, two or three levels of emotion. And then if you sat with that person and said, Look, look, in hindsight, it's always good times. And that's what we do. I mean, hindsight, we say, okay, in hindsight, would you have accepted? You know, would you have taken the opportunity, then? Or would you have remained upon your old job that, that allows you to get the skills for you
to get the three levels of promotion. Now, while in hindsight, I would have thought, This is what I would have done, you know, I would have remained in the job and not taken the new job. Right. So, you know, human beings, they act we act in haste is just who we are, you know, and then, and it's based, that keeps us in check. It's basically it keeps us in check. Now, coming to the etiquettes, in many accidents, cited by the messenger peace and blessings be upon him in terms of how to, you know, put up put up a respectful request. And in fact, when you're going for a job interview, you trying to make sure your presentation is the best, because the HR department is going to look at
accept best presentation. And that's the presentation that's going to go in the front of the queue. Right. So the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him in the same way. He taught us elements to assist the hours of education, you know, being answered, and to exacerbate the process of being answered, unable to write the answer in the good way. So he taught us you know, to,
to raise our hand. He told us he taught us to pray for other people, when we pray for the things we want.
So if you if you ask me for a car, I've got a lady to give other people a car as well. Wow, that is beautiful. That's something we miss out on. Don't just ask for yourself. Is that what you're saying, chef?
Yes. Because if Lance is all about being selfless, not selfish, and the Prophet peace, invest in peace of peace and blessings be upon him, he taught us that if you pray for something for somebody else, God Almighty will assign you an angel, a pure of being that will make that interpretation for you.
So, you only know we ration asking God Almighty to give other people goodness as well. And that is why you can't be jealous of what other people have.
Because other people have what God Almighty gave them. And it is your love for God Almighty, that should prevent you from being jealous for other people have instead it should, it should push you towards raising your hands and asking God arises that Oh God, as you visit with me, and effectively better, and you always know what's best for me, you give me what's best.
And this is his pitch to you. This is what things pitch to you. And we find that you asked for example, from the Quran, you know of supplication. These are from these applications in the Quran. You know, we always send it to God Almighty God Almighty says, you know, the best of human beings intend to go right into the O our Lord, O our Lord, O our Lord, O our Lord. And
you know, from the etiquettes of asking, is to pray twice as much for your hereafter when you pray for your life in this one. And this is a very important point. Because, you know, we're talking about blind suffocation and asking for God Almighty. And we spoke about three elements that reputation do for us, it helps us with conversation. It helps us worship it helps us in terms of putting through our requests. But it also helps us that perspective. It helps it stops us from you know, thinking that
all our life is just about living on earth is till the grave. If we engage God Almighty suffocation in the right way, it will be a training exercise for us to always remember that you know what, there's more to life than just the life of this world. There's the life of the soul. There's there's the life that we lived in the homes of our brothers, there's the life that we will live on top of the Earth is the life that we will live in the grave which is mdbs. And then there's a life of the hereafter which will be when they have resurrection and recompense happens. supplication. I've used as a training mechanism for us to be made upon, quote, unquote, perspective. When you fabricate the
bottom line. It will always teach you where you are, where you came from, where you are, why you're here, where you're going, and how to get this access. Thank you, Chef. You're listening to heart and soul on Qf radio with me Lauren booth, sharing gems of knowledge today about how to ask for divine assistance. is Chef Sajid, Ouma, Chef. Finally, I've been hinting at it for a while, I would really love our listeners to have a small draw from you to hear how it sounds, and then talk about how we do this in English, we can't all access a beautiful language like Arabic And Allah subhanaw taala, God created all the languages of the earth. So let's just have a practical if we can a practical
lesson in in the format, how we are how we begin by praising how we ask and how we wrap we wrap up our asking, Can you do that for us, please? Yes, yes, yes. So
Oh, Lord, indeed, you are the one upon are able
to stay eligible, and you are totally independent, and we are totally dependent on you. And we love your messengers, and we ask you to send patients agitations upon the final messenger, 100 different vessels be upon him, and our Lord.
Our Lord, I asked you, I asked you from from the depths of my heart with such love
and belief in you, asked you to bless me, bless the Lord, and bless everyone at the radio station, and bless all our listeners. And I asked you to grant us better than we dream, both in this world and the next indeed you are evil, and peace and sanitation. And the final message Mashallah that is beautiful and asking for others. It has been said that if you finish a prayer, and you don't pray for your family, and you don't pray for those you love and your best friend is having struggles and you don't ask the divine presence to help that person. How can you actually acknowledge that you love them? You know, if you knew somebody, if your friend is running a company and you know your
friend, or your best friend has skills, you put the CV on the desk, don't you?
If you've got a place in a university and you think that would be great to you, you make those connections. We do that in everyday life. We'll let
Let's not forget to make those connections for those we love and care about with the divine and ask on their behalf. Is that correct? Absolutely correct. on the spot I love Allah bless you. You've been listening to heart and soul made peace and understanding descend upon the soul. May Allah bless the chef and keep us radiant in Allah's in mortal light until tomorrow. The producer for this series is a have a chef you've been listening to heart and soul until tomorrow Assalamu alaikum