Lessons from the Anbiya #16
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Mohammed Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa he was abused seldom just leave on Kaziranga sera from abajo
mighty brothers and sisters, we are looking at the life of Ibrahim alayhis salam. And
we are looking at the way
of whatever Emilie Salam did. And what he
what he tried to teach the people.
And that was to worship none other than Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And this was the reason why he came into conflict, first with his father Raza, and then with all the people of his town,
who are all polytheists, and they used to worship idols.
Now, we know the whole story is I won't mention the story here. The Quran is quite explicit about what happened and what he revelation Ambridge, and so on so forth. The long and short of it was that the message that Emily Salaam was trying to convey to the people, and he converted in a very powerful and rather graphic manner, which was that these things, these are snom, these idols that your worship, cannot do anything for you. They are powerless, they can't hear, they can't see they can't move, they can't do anything. They are actually your creation, you are not their creation. And Islam says worship the one who created you don't worship what you create yourself.
And obviously, it makes sense to anyone
you know, who has sense? Why would you want to worship something that you yourself created. And that's what Islam says, Don't do that. Worship, what?
worship Allah Subhana Allah, Allah subhanaw taala is your Creator sustainer He made you, he feeds you, he grows you he gives you the air to breathe, he gives you health, when you are sick, he cures your sickness. And it gives you knowledge, it gives you the ability to make your own life easy. He does so many things. Now why would you want to give that up? Why would you want to
leave that and leave the one who does all this for you, and go and worship, some concept that you have created in your mind or a piece of stone on a piece of wood or whatever you have carved. Many people sometimes you know today, when you talk to a Jew, so called educated people who are not Muslim, but who are who still worship idols.
And you ask them, What is the use of all this education if you are still going to worship idols? And it is no secret we are not worshiping the idols we are worshiping actually, the God which is represented by the idol. So the question next question is Where is God? Does this God even exist? Or is it mythology? Because you have created this God also is a concept in your in your head. And this concept you have made into a figure? And you say, Well, I'm not worshiping the figure. I'm worshiping the concept. We're both are creatures, the the concept is a creature of your imagination. And the figure is a creature of your hand which you have created. So what's the difference? Right.
Similarly, people believe in you know, good luck and bad luck. My Indian friends will remember when Amitabh Bachchan son got married, he has this great batch and family so, so called very sophisticated and educated and what have you. But the his daughter in law to be at that time I showed her I she was born on a Tuesday and in the Hindu you know, an astrology being born on a Tuesday is considered with bad luck.
They have all these you know, good times and bad times row, column K to column. This time is a good time and so to start anything you must start at that time.
Don't start anything at a bad time. I know people who actually concern this calendar of Rao column which is the bad time on a daily basis and they will they even follow when they will go to work based on that thing. So if the time for them to get into the car and drive to work falls into that time, then they will not go they will either go later or they will go earlier that period they will not sit in the car they will not take the car and drive because it is in that so called
Bad luck time. I know people who sit in the car and the car is in the garage
and they have to reverse it. This is one reverse if they go forward a little bit then they will reverse it was it This was bad luck to reverse directly. And of course, we all know that a black cat casting crossing the road. Why did the black cat cross the road? No simply Why not? Because there is a road right? So somebody has to cross the road. I mean, it really is if you think about this, all of this superstition is idol worship of one kind or the other all kinds of superstition we have people in in India for example, there's this whole thing of
Vastu where these astrologers come in and tell you that if you move your kitchen, they say that in the house the the heat should be in one place and the coal should be in another place. And so therefore the core represented by your toilet in the bathroom, and the heat represented by your kitchen. So they say that you know if you remove your kitchen and move it to where the toilet was and you take the toilet and put it in the kitchen, then you will get a lot of good luck and I'm still waiting to see how many billionaires are created that way by shifting your toilet I mean if somebody can guarantee me that I will get you know $20 billion
by shifting my toilet I'm happy to do that. I mean think about it here is a situation where you have a bunch of within quartz highly intelligent people who insist on believing such utter tripe and if you ask them this no no no but you know this is all ancient wisdom and blah blah What is it was just because somebody's been thinking about thinking like in this way for you know 10 centuries it makes it it makes it good I mean, how does how long it just because something if something wrong is practiced
over a long time does it make it right this is the this is what Islam comes in Islam says you know act logically the Allah gave you this brain for something it's not a it's not his head is not a pot full of menu or to grow hair, right? The head as the brain has a function other than being it's not there to to grow your hair. So the if there is a brain and there is a function, then use it. Ask yourself this question is it what is this rubbish Am I mean, somebody So what they did was I should arrive invited into here, this bunch of people. So it is bad luck. So now what you do is as bad luck is that if if a person marries this woman who was born on a Tuesday, then the husband will die?
Right? So what do you do? So what you do is you first get her married to somebody who don't mind if they died now Who is that? Obviously there It can't be any any human being. So what they did was that they got married to a tree and then they got her married to a pot
or pot. So she was married literally the whole wedding ceremony to married to a part. So now this bad luck gets transferred to this part is part can break no problem. Then she marries Amitabh Bachchan son. I mean, imagine how it how utterly ridiculous and stupid is that? But the people doing it, they don't feel stupid. The where is this whole, you know, issue of women's dignity and so on. And so women's lib, and so on? How come this woman is so called so educated and whatnot? How come she didn't say, look, you know, you want to marry me? You marry me? Right? If you don't want to marry me, don't marry me. But I am not going to marry a pot or a tree in order to marry What kind of
nonsense? She should have said that. I mean, if she has dignity, she should have said that. Right? But no, because the belief comes in a belief is always ancient believe ancient wisdom. What wisdom? This is wisdom, to Mario trees wisdom to bury apart his wisdom. I mean, seriously, we have to ask ourselves these questions and I think to be offended, or seriously ask yourself this question and say that when I am when I'm believing something, what is the evidence of that? Islam is a religion, which comes with evidence Islam is a religion with Canada's proof. See, whatever it is that I'm saying the same thing to his people. And he's saying you believe this and that and you believe
that this idol is powerful. And this other idol is, you know, with this, what this one will give me children and that one will give me wealth and what not? I mean, they can't even do anything for themselves. So what what i what i was saying, if they cannot even do anything for themselves, what can they do for you?
You know, I just asked this question, seriously ask this question and see, if the thing cannot even do anything for itself. What can it do for me, whereas I worship and you worship Alhamdulillah we worship the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
We pray to the Father of our covenant. See, this truth is behind me there's this coniferous tree
Here, and that is that the maple over there both are trees both have leaves. What how completely different are those leaves? They're different in structure they're different in shape, they are different in size they're different in color,
creates and he creates the way he wants to create.
these are these are idols, so idols of superstition.
Then we have also idols, which which are in our heart. Now, some of them I just have I mean these superstition idols are, the superstitions are all idols of the heart. And similarly in the idol of the heart also are the idols for example of fear.
Today for, for example, the biggest idol that is sitting in the hearts of people and May Allah protect us, including Muslims, is an idol called COVID.
I will call COVID because we are afraid I'm afraid of dying, or I'm afraid I've got COVID I'm afraid of getting COVID What is this afraid?
How can a Muslim be afraid of
you know, the Islamic Chancellor, where he said that a time will come when you will be numerous you will be huge in numbers, but you will have no weight you will have no value
and you will be like the form on a flood.
So I asked him, Why is that?
He said because Allah subhanaw taala will put your hand in your hearts Allah will take away your fear and take away your respect and your all from the hearts of your enemies. And Allah will put one in your heart This is Dr. Salah what is what he said homeboy dunia or Cara here to
think about this hadith.
and how it relates to what I'm saying here about the Brahma Salaam and the idols, hobo dunya and Karina Toma, these are partners.
Love of the dunya and fear of death. These are partners.
Right? How are they partners because only somebody who loves the world doesn't want to leave the world. So what is fear of death? Another way of looking at fear of death is the desire to remain in this world. That is fear of death. What is death? Death is the doorway through which we will go to meet a life.
You don't want to meet
as a Muslim asking you do you want to meet alone not because if you really want to meet Allah subhana wa tada Jeremiah 1010 me what other ways there other than dying. I'm not suggesting to you that you should go and die because suicide is haram in Islam. I'm not even telling you that you pray for death, because that also said don't do that. He said make this law or law keep me alive. As long as remaining alive is good for me and give me death and getting death is good for me.
So we don't say we don't pray and say I like take me No, no.
But just the desire to meet Allah subhanho wa Taala This is that
what else is it?
So if you not only do not have that desire, but you want to remain in this world, that is a fear of death. So if you have fear of death, what is it say about this world you love this world? Why else would you want to remain in this world? If you did not love this world?
Why would you want to remain in the world.
So hobo dunya and Corrado motor partners,
they are both in the heart at the same time.
love of Allah subhanho wa Taala and humble dunya are opposites. Because the one who loves a law wants to meet a law.
Love of death, the Sahaba had love of death. Again, we are not being morbid.
We're not being suicidal.
And as we never know in the back of our head, I mentioned the story before as well.
in the thick of the fighting is tired.
With the fighting is exhausted, he goes and takes shelter behind a rock. He gets off his horse.
He pulls out a few dates. And he is eating he eats one date. And then he reminds himself he says you want to delay
meeting Allah by eating these dates.
He says I smell the fragrance of Jenna from behind his mountain is talking about
and he said himself he said do you want to delay the meeting with Allah by eating these dates? He throws the Dead Sea mount his horse. He goes and he's fighting
In the birth of Allah subhanaw taala and he is killed, his Hades is murdered.
So what I'm seeing here, you're seeing as Avi of resources Allah, Allah
in the most positive way.
Today the the idle in the heart is fear of death.
Fear of death, constantly living in this fear, oh, I might die, I might die, you might not die You will die.
Please change the language, you will die, I will die.
There is no doubt about this.
Every single person who is living will die. We are born in order to die.
So stop worrying about that.
Instead of that, ask yourself how do I want to die?
I want to die in a state where Allah subhanaw taala is pleased with me.
I want to live in a state where Allah is pleased with me and I want to die in a state where less peaceful.
So let me prepare for that.
Fear of death
fear of this COVID the hora Hotel in Adelaide.
How shameful is that for a Muslim, to have this fear of COVID in his or her heart? Please understand, I'm not saying be you know, brave and therefore because you're not afraid of COVID go around without a mask or go around without taking precautions. No.
You must wear a mask you must take precautions because it is your responsibility to take care of your life. It's your responsibility to take care of the lives of others and not become a source of danger for others. This is your duty. By all means please do that.
But to do that, you don't have to live in fear and terror of death. If I am free, if I am wearing a seatbelt, I should wear a seatbelt because that is the law. Because that is what is good for me it was good for others.
But that does not mean that I am terrified of dying in a road accident.
Yes, there are accidents. Yes, people die.
But will I drive my car of course out America.
I'm not afraid in that sense.
My brothers and sisters please understand this. These are the idols in the heart. They must be cleaned
humbug dunia or Goliath or both? These are partners.
So if you have fear of dying in your art, remember you are one of those who love this dunya and the one who loves this dunya what innovation awesome say
another Idol is the fear of people or situations
that some you know harm will come to me. today one of the other big discussion all the time is on politics.
So my god is wants to get elected what will happen to us is zones or does not get elected, what will happen to us stuff or
what will happen to you is what your Rob Jalla Jalla, who wrote for you.
It doesn't matter who gets elected, it doesn't matter who does not get it?
Should you go and vote yes, you should go and vote because this is your duty, because this is something that Allah subhanaw taala has permitted you to do to participate in the political process.
So that you play your part and try to elect the best representatives that you can elect,
stand for election. Go and vote by always do that. But in the heart, don't have this belief that good or bad will happen because of this or that candidate No.
Now for those of you will think that this is kind of contradiction. Let me give you a beautiful example for the Syrah
in the Battle of butter when the Sol Sol Sol was
when he reached the the battleground. What was the first thing you did?
The first thing he did was he did every material thing that was required in
order to fight that battle.
he chose the camping ground and another one of the Saba he
advised him to change the camping ground or agree with him. And he changed the camping ground.
delineated, he divided his army into different battalions. He chose the commanders of each of these battalions.
They distributed the weapons and whatever, you know, mounts they had
he arranged his forces, this battalion will will fight the anzar will fight from here the Mahajan will bite from here and so on. He did all of that.
And then he stood in salah and he made the law and his famous law where he said Oh Allah, if these
are killed, if they lose, then they will not be anyone to worship you on the face of the earth. Or Allah you promised me victory. Or Allah give me victory or lawgiver, give my people which
one What are we talking about? We are talking about taking precautions, making arrangements doing whatever we need to do, but in the heart.
The connection is what
what is Russell realized Russell I'm relying upon
his material arrangements, or Allah subhanaw taala
that is what I mean. By all means, take precautions against COVID by all means wear seatbelts when you're driving. By all means, do whatever you need to do in order to follow the law and in order to be safe. But don't have that in your heart. Don't lose sleep over it.
Don't lose sleep over it. What tawakkol is is Allah subhanaw taala that you cannot even a virus kicks you off and throws you off track.
What is the Oracle
don't have it in your heart.
Even without getting infected by COVID the COVID virus is already sitting in your heart
just please have mercy on yourself.
Don't do this yourself.
Fear nobody except Allah Lana Viva La la la la la, there is no one and nothing which can harm or which can give benefit except Allah subhanaw taala This is our even this is our Akita.
So, as I said one is this fear of death that's an idol in the heart.
And along with that hurdle is the companion idol which is humble
love for this world.
Love for material things love or possessions. And the second one is
fear of harm coming from creatures
an example I gave you was that of politics, maybe maybe other examples.
For example, one example is economic collapse.
economy will go down due I will stop as if there was a hotel hotel Martin has gone away somewhere as Ebola is not Razak anymore
economies feeding you or is Allah feeding.
Third thing is the idle which
looks towards the muck look
looks towards the MacBook with hope expecting benefit from the MacBook.
So and so will help me
if this person is there by by job will be done.
If this particular thing happens, you know I will benefit
idol in the heart.
So these are these are not?
Wouldn't idols. These are
the idols of the heart.
Then another idol is who you obey. Now in many cases who obey
His society, it's peer pressure.
So here we have a situation where Allah subhanaw taala is problem is before us but
We will not follow that Hong Kong because we are afraid of offending somebody
for example wrestlers are upset do not even be in a room in which alcohol is being served not only are you not supposed to drink alcohol not only are you not supposed to serve alcohol
not only are you not supposed to be on the same table where alcohol is being served now he's gonna be not do not even be in the same room
but what do we do about you know I have this company party all the board of directors going to be there
and how can I say I will not come there because alcohol is being served
try it and see what happens seriously try it and see what happens Angela, I know people
one of my dear brothers and students, he did this
he was working for Dell in Bangalore and when they wanted to have this
affiliation party dessert will go to this usual Bangalore thing is they go to some pub. He said well I can come with you. So why not? Because this is a pub. I don't go into a place where I'll call it being sub
location for this one guy that changed location they're very happy to say you know what, because of thanks, thanks we also didn't get drunk.
Party also didn't cost us a buck because we didn't have to build it up to get drunk. He didn't stop them. Think about this. He didn't say you don't go he said no you do whatever you like. I will not be able to join you. That's it.
They would have said goodbye. They did not.
They did not
my brothers sisters racked is what Allah has ran with Allah has told us to do and Allah will open doors for you.
I love it opened doors for me.
I was invited to a Passover Seder dinner by some Jewish friends of mine
so I accept it.
And then I looked it up I said, you know, what is this puzzle was it and then I looked it up I realized that part of its it's a it's a dinner where it's a ritualized, very formal dinner which goes according to a certain pattern and certain kinds of foods are eaten and so on. And these are Orthodox Jewish people. So food wise, I have no problem because I know we you know, they don't eat pork and so on and so forth. So all of that was fine.
But one of the things was that they had to drink red wine
three or four times in that whole dinner.
So now, I had already accepted
and these are some very high society people. So I called them up and I said Look, I accepted this but I realized now that red wine is going to be served so I cannot be in the same room. I can't participate I can't be in the same room if this happens and and interestingly before before that they knew I don't drink so they said
for you, we will have pomegranate juice.
So this was already told to me so if they were not they were not going to serve me red wine. They were not expecting me to drink it and they were proud they had provided for me pomegranate juice.
But then I called him back and I said, Look, I can't even be in the same room.
So I said, I apologize. I'm very sorry to you know, for any inconvenience and so on. I said, I'm very thankful to you. I'm honored that you invited me I'm very happy that you invited me but inshallah we'll meet on some other occasion. You know, and some of the for dinner. But this one I won't come because this is part of your ritual.
So initially, they said okay, then the next day they call me back they said you know what we have spoken to our Rabbi and we have decided that we will not serve wine at all. That whole evening and everyone will have pomegranate juice.
I imagine here are people who are willing to change their whole custom in order to accommodate me because I said I cannot be in the same room where alcohol is being served. Allah subhanaw taala opens doors allow us the hearts of people
is the mercy of Allah subhanaw taala and of course are very grateful to them for taking the trouble to
you know to do to do this.
Just as seriously.
Follow practice Islam and you will find how Allah opens doors for you will see how Allah subhanho wa Taala create creates the opportunities and makes it easy to obey him jealous.
So break those aisles.
Who you obey who seek to please. Now, these examples I gave you are trying to please try to please powerful people trying to please friends trying to please you know, peer pressure, so trying to please them. Think about all the, you know, the profit, and all the
wrong practices that we have in our debt ceremonies. And in our weddings. This is a big issue.
Islam, please understand, Islam is a complete faith. Islam, Allah did not send his religion with bits and pieces missing.
For us to plug in. Right Islam has there is a if a person dies, what must be done? Is there anything that is left there? For guesswork? Is there any missing piece that you know what, in this case, we don't know what to do? So
let me try to
invent something to do here because we don't know what to do Is it is it is it like this?
Everything is given Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam showed us what to do. So when a person dies, then you give them the coffin, you
do the salado janazah, which is the drop,
and then you bury the person and you go home. That's it.
You can of course make dua for them, you should do that. Make dua for their forgiveness, give charity
with the intention that Allah subhanaw taala should give the reward of the charity, of course, obviously, to you, but also to the person who passed away and so on. But other than that, what other custom is there? What other ritual is there in Islam? Which
What do we do? On the third day, we call everybody and we say, this is Yara, you know, what is your zero is visiting is meeting somebody. I'd like to see that person who will bury two days before, if he turns up that day in your CRM meeting and says Alex, came to meet me here I am,
then we'll have to do some more
work to do, where did you invent this from? Where did this come from? custom and practice.
This came from our culture, which is the local Hindu culture where we have all these days. So you have the Third Day ceremony and the 10th Day ceremony and the 20th Day ceremony and the 14th Day ceremony and the annual ceremony so we have a Hello man on 40 days and we have you know a mercy every year.
Who do we worship? We worship Allah subhanaw taala so if you're worshiping Allah subhanaw taala Why are we following somebody else.
So also we do with our weddings, what is the wedding
the way the wedding ceremony, so called in Islam, the wedding ceremony is that after the negotiation and whatnot is over meaning after the person has the the the groom has given a proposal and the bride's bride has accepted and the bride's family has accepted.
Then what do you do? you settle them, I had to give them a hand, you make the nikka which requires two witnesses.
And the person is married. And then this same day or the next day the groom gives the volume I called a few people over for to feed them over a meal.
Just to announce that he is married to this lady.
What do we do?
I want to make a long litany of stuff you know what you know what you do? I know what? Why.
Remember, I'm not saying that all of this is idol worship in the sense of actual committing ship, but I'm saying that all of these show that we link our
willing harm and willing benefit. We link our obedience to others than Allah subhanho wa Taala and the solar solution. We have a complete religion but we are not satisfied with that.
We want to create something of our own.
So we invent and we plug in and we add and we subtract and we do all of this Why?
So breaking the idols of the heart consists of all of these things.
So who do you
you know who do you fear? Who do you seek benefit or reward from
All of these things right these are all signs of,
of shape of one form or the other. Then the big issue of schilke is that of
is that a what?
It is that off?
Rhea of showing off
and Susana mentioned is very clearly said I do not fear for you that you will worship idols which is stone idols or whatever. But I fear for you shirk, which is huffy hidden shark. So they asked him what his initial he said, You don't see
it showing up. Today Think about this. How many times when I, I am sick and tired of repeating these things? How many times do we see this thing we have we give all kinds of excuses Believe me, I'm not even talking about excuse. But how many times I've seen this that the first thing you do is what am I good, you do a little bit, you give $10 to somebody, then you take a photograph, and you put it on Instagram or you put it on Facebook? Oh, I'm doing this I'm doing that I am doing this, or I'm doing this work. I'm doing that work show the whole world for what Tell me for
I'm not saying that if somebody for example is some donors have given you money to do a particular job, and then you do the job then you have some you know, take some photos and so on. Get the evidence for this job and show that okay, this is the one you gave for a while to be dug and here is the well here this is money you gave to a school to be built. Here is a school that's okay.
Because you're supposed to report back on whatever you're doing. I am talking about just this trying to show that oh we are doing this great thing for what
my brothers sisters, learn to do things quietly for the pleasure of Allah subhanaw taala knowing that Allah knows
Allah subhanaw taala does not need you or me to tell him what is going on Allah knows.
These are all ships. These are all different forms of ship. And of course the biggest of them are money. Takada. ILA, who
LS Roger, have you seen the one who has taken his design?
As the law as God as an object of worship?
And are you own a Wii Salallahu alaihe salam? Are you going to intercede for that person? Are you going to speak in favor of that person?
That is being
is being, you know, want to say do not, don't even think of asking for forgiveness for a person like this, who has taken his own desire as his God. Now what is the meaning of taken desire as the God is this person putting a you know, Johnnie Walker bottle on the ground and making a statue to him know
taking desire means that when
an order of Allah subhanho wa Taala is before a person
and on the other hand,
whatever it is, there is is
you know, there is a desire to do the opposite of that. The person follows the desire instead of following the hook of Allah.
For example, the hook of of Allah subhanaw taala is do not deal in interest.
And Allah said, the one who deals in interest, Allah said, if you want to do that, if you do not want to give up, then accept a declaration of war from Allah Subhana Allah and His Messenger Salalah Harrison.
Now what can be a bigger threat than that? What can be a stronger prohibition? And
when I'm not saying that allies threatening threatening to become the enemy of the person who's dealing in interest, I will say how is it an enemy? Tell me what do you call someone who are at war with
your friend? Do you have war with friends?
So you are accepting becoming an enemy of Allah. You are name was written in the earlier format because Allah, Allah said that people who are a belief are the people who are the Olia of Allah, Allah, Allah. Allah said, I am the Valley of the one who was the man
your name was there.
For no fault of yours,
you rub it out and you took it and you put it in the list of Allah. The list of the enemies of Allah doesn't make sense. This is what NASA does. This is what your desire does your knifes and minuses worse the Jetta
because some years ago a banker or some financial analyst will come and tell you you know what you got all this buddy sitting here doing nothing, why don't you leverage it
and keep it as seed capital in the bank will lend you more you, you set up this business and you set up this a buy that you buy this.
So now you follow all of the chatons and you leave Mohammed Salah, you follow the shape and relieve Allah subhanaw taala
This is the meaning of making your desire you're either making your desire, your object of worship,
sisters, the lesson we learn from Ibrahim Alayhi Salam is to break every single one of these idols in our heart.
to smash these idols, clean the art, take a broom, sweep everything out, throw it away.
Clean the heart. Let the heart be illuminated with the knower and the glory of our nostrils Allah alone.
ask Allah to open your and my hearts to is to ask Allah subhanaw taala to clean our hearts of everything. Which is not to ask Allah to clean our hearts of Shere Khan the fact of hypocrisy and of polytheism of, of schilke ask Allah to clean our hearts of fear and greed and jealousy and hate.
ask Allah to clean our hearts of all of these negativity and to fill it with his hub with his mohabbat with love for him with love for his messenger Muhammad Rasul Allah, Allah ask Allah to fill our hearts with discussion,
fearing only Atlanta, Woody's masala Nana Ville Karim Allah Allah He was savage made
me know hamdulillah salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.