Living Islam – Session 7
Channel: Mirza Yawar Baig
Series: Mirza Yawar Baig - Living Islam
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this is Eva.
Sisters, we are
the session is on
living Islam living by Islam.
The as I have mentioned many times before
Islam is the name of a practice Islam is not the name of a theory. Islam is not the name of philosophy. Islam is not the name of
something which is just intellectual
Islam is the name of a practice.
And when I say practice I mean
So it's like the example I always given I think that's a good example is Allah is like,
like martial arts. So you know, Judo, karate, Taekwondo whatever.
If we want.
If we want to benefit from this martial art, then we have to practice it, we have to learn how to use it. Any martial law, reading a book on Judo will not help you, you have to learn how to fight. So also in Islam, if we want to benefit from Islam, we have to practice.
So in Islam, there is no concept of a non practicing Muslim, if you are not practicing, then you are not Muslim, you will know about Islam, this is possible. You may be a a great scholar of Islam by learning about Islam, but you need not be a Muslim. There are may in especially in American universities, there are many non Muslims who are teaching Islam as heads or heads of Islamic Studies.
But they're not Muslim. So this is possible. But if you want to benefit from Islam, then there's only one way which is to
And that's the reason why we have this session on leaving Islam so that I can defend myself and inshallah with the light Allah I can also remind you and all those who listen to this, the key thing and the most important thing is for us to actually practice our religion.
There is great beauty in that is great power in that.
Because people listen with their eyes, people do not visit with their ears. People do not care what you say until they see what you do. And that's why I say people listen with their eyes.
You can talk to the cows come home, nobody's paying any attention to see what you're doing.
So if I say for example, that we should always be punctual.
Everybody says that nobody says we should always be late. But people I'm saying we should be punctual than the first thing that people are watching to see is my session. Does it start on time? Am I here before the time for the session? Or am I coming late? And then I'm making some excuse. This happened that happened there was raised there was no yeah, there is? No Everybody knows that. This is winter. In winter, you're supposed to have rain and snow. So what?
You had a session you had a particular time and you don't turn up. People are not interested in excuses. People want results they want delivery to see. And that's why it's very important for us to look at the practice of Islam. This is what distinguish the Sahaba. There's one element my companions also license Allah. What distinguish them was that they actually practiced Islam.
They didn't talk about Islam that are the Amida it's not to say that the Sahaba never made speeches, they made speeches, but there is no great Sahabi who is remembered as a great orator. I'm sure he would never heard of any savvy, was referred to as a great speaker. As a great orator today. It's a standard thing, you know, international speaker, he will introduce me also like an event that I would have some fun, some functions or some conferences. This is also is an international speaker. And I always say that is the problem, that I'm a speaker, what you need is somebody to act.
And you must be an international actor, not an actor or as a state as of the state but actor as in practicing what we speak. Being a speaker as doesn't cut any ice, you have to actually practice what we are doing and that is the reason why we are doing these sessions are leaving Islam it's my hope that Allah subhanaw taala will be pleased with this and ask Allah, Allah for his pleasure, we ask Allah to make us among those who practice Islam and we ask Allah to make that practice of Islam, a means of presenting Islam in its right perspective in its clear light to the rest of the world.
It is for the world to accept it or not to accept it, but at least our minimum requirement from our side is wrong.
Presented clearly as it is
the means of spreading goodness all around us to whoever there may be, irrespective of that person's
ethnicity or religion, or creed or whatever, right? The goodness of Islam is for everyone. Now, as soon as
I mentioned in the Koran about this many times
for example, I was around that I said, yo ma la mala omalu Voila. Let's run the zoo This is a day where a person's wealth
and the person's children will not benefit them, no matter no matter who they are and what they are.
This is something that will not benefit people.
Yama Lyon format yet vo Marlo whatever no Illa Allah ha be Calvin's le there is a series of lectures of mine on the on the issue of Calvin Calvin Salim I will ask where to put it up with this reminder.
said in general assura the day when there will not benefits
wealth or chill,
but only the uncomfortable data with that, I will say now again, this carbon xlm is one of those words Arabic word which is difficult to translate to translate that is in one word. So usually we see a sound heart, but sound heart does not refer to your cardiac health. Right. It's talking about something more than that sound heart or a couple Saleem salamati has salam wa salam has many meanings. One of them is safety, it is complete this it is something which is
tranquil, it is not full of hysteria, but not full of change and not full of confusion, and it is not full of stress. Right. It's two, there's a lot of it's very world which is full of meaning album, sorry, only somebody who follows America with a Caboose and he will be benefited, not his duty as well, and so on. So, you know, the thing is that these things, even when I'm talking about it, they seem so obvious. I don't think there's anybody in the world Muslim or non Muslim. Irrespective, there's no one in the world who believes that they can actually take what they have with them.
Right, if you look at archaeological,
you know, the exact logical thing
there are many kings, the people of the past there are many kings, who used to have whose to take things with them.
And they said this will help us in the, in the afterlife, one of the most famous thing we're seeing anybody who goes to China
is called the first emperor, he has a in his in his burial chambers, huge massive, he had an entire Terracotta Army, he made a complete army of terracotta figures, you got everything that is got soldiers got chariots got horses got the works, and they are made to size made to scale. And in that army, you can even the the the dress, the the flooring, the head, not the headgear, it shows who the general who is a you know, who is a lower rank person who is a foot soldier and so on. Now imagine the amount of time and energy and money and resources that would have gone into creating this massive Terracotta Army. And this whole robot army is in the burial chamber of this king
of what uses that
what good is there right so also the federal reserve for example, is in the middle right? We had all kinds of ways to be buried with gold and silver swans, what including And may Allah May Allah protect us from from such disguise. They used to kill people along with the king to serve them in the hereafter so they were slaves and so on. They were slaughter them and they would put them into the into the burial chamber they people did all of this because they thought it will happen. But you know and I know today we this is a nothing but nothing will
help us and nobody can take anything with them. And even if they do take something somebody sent me a thing of the I would love this Cadillac so much that he will in Dallas Cadillac should be buried with him so they get the big graver they put the car into the into the
into the grave. You can very easily
Cadillac what Cadillac is, what's what is the category The fourth thing was you know doing a good job of on top of that, oh my god what was that thing? So the point is that no matter what we think Allah is telling us this is the beauty of Islam you know the the thing which struck me
the most when I first started studying Islam I mean I like everybody else.
I mean, I had basic my my
foundational knowledge I went to others as well I qualified from there as well so I had that but uh, between that and going back to Islam was a big gap of you know, of questioning and so on and so forth. I mean, having lived in the West having a Western education and having gone to business school and so on and so forth, your mind gets changed by various thing, but what struck me was this beauty of the for Anil curry, which is actually the water was random. So in Islam, there is no doubt the article Gita, volare, Murphy Allah, Allah, if you take any other philosophy, whichever, and I read, I want to have read most or all, but I read a lot of different philosophies I read about
Buddhism, I read a lot about Hinduism, because we are we live in in India, we live in a country which is predominantly Hindu. I have read philosophers like Rama Krishnan, and below different philosophers. J. Krishnamurti, Gita, Krishna Murthy, for example. I read about Sikhism, Redwater, Garver, Christianity, and so on and so forth. So I know quite a lot about other religions more than most people, in many cases more than most people who belong to those religions themselves. People don't study their own religion.
But what the bottom line which which always struck me was here is somebody saying something about the afterlife, everybody's got a concert after I believe everyone has got a concept of afterlife. There is no one who says there is no afterlife.
Except the audience deities are the only people who say, once you're dead, you're dead. Other than that any religion has a concept of afterlife, whether it is heaven and heaven and hell or whether it is something else like reincarnation to come back into this life.
But the fundamental bottom line is simple question is how do you know?
So no matter who has written it, no matter who postulated that theory, the fundamental question is, how do you know?
did you die? And come back? No. So how do
I say nobody See, and this is such a great scholar with no, no, we are not we're not disputing that. Yes, he was a great scholar. Yes, this man was very Ascetic. Yes, the, the person was very pious, and they can be good people. I will not if the Muslims don't have a, you know, copyright on being on piety or be good. You have good people in in all religions. So all of that is fine. But if you are speaking about what happens after death,
simple question is, how do you know?
And the answer is, I don't know. I think this will happen.
I imagine this will happen. I assume this will happen. Well,
on the other hand, in Islam,
how do you know? Because the one who's saying it does not die?
How do I know what will happen after death? Because I was told by the one who does not die.
How you live reliable.
Allah Subhana Allah.
Allah knows what will happen after only Allah.
That is the reason why we need to stop because you see, if you think about this, I did a UI quiz. And the topic was advise you do not need Islam to live in this world.
When I first give the topic, they're my friends. They're the budget. They said,
God showed you this topic you want to
don't need this love to live in the world of topic, giving you the quit.
You want to show you what this topic is.
And then I said to them that
not don't lie, don't cheat. Don't murder somebody. Right? Don't take away somebody's rights. I mean, you don't need religion for this.
Any normal decent human being does not lie, does not cheat. I have I have friends who are atheists who are among the most moral, most ethical people that I know.
I mean, I would trust that guy with my life without a problem.
I would hand him over my bank account number without a problem wire it for my for my for passkey without a problem, I know 100% he will not touch anything.
You don't need religion for that to be a moral decent human being.
So why do you think
need religion because this life
and then another life begins and we need to know what happens then. And we need to know how to succeed there. That is where you need
that is why you need Islam because only Islam tells us for sure. Without a doubt, not a theory not a philosophy not somebody is imagination. Not this is what I think No, no.
This is what will happen that legal yo
for Masha, Allah up
this day will have his day is true, it is the day of the truth.
And will it is interesting that you make a weight watchers.
This is what struck me right as well. This is the right thing
you want to know are good.
So let's run into reserves on that day, all your wealth that this that today you are in this position of that position and authority and power and all of this will be worth
the only thing that will help you with
it. The question is, how much are we focused on our boo?
If I asked you, for example.
Yes, it can be watched in your pocket?
Maybe you can tell me even that we don't? We don't know.
But maybe you can tell me what if I asked you what's in your heart?
What do you do? Most people will tell you their thoughts,
but not to the heart?
So we have to be aware of that? Are we? Are we in touch with ourselves? Are we in touch with ourselves to know what is HIPAA?
So when I'm saying elbow zalim do we understand what do we get? How do I make my art my art
that is the only thing which will help you. Everything else is not going to help you.
So if I, if allies telling me what will help me and I am not preparing that then what to do?
Then Allah said, one or the other Sakina who we mean it as a man or marry many, it is he who sent down Sakina tranquility into the hearts of the believers, that they would increase in faith along with us. So the issue of
Sakina and issue of tranquility of peace coming from Allah Subhana Allah, Allah with the lie that we
think about that today. What is the single thing that the whole world is chasing?
Why do people want money? Why do people want entertainment? Why do people want hollywood, bollywood, bollywood whatnot for
peace of mind, they want to be free from the stress of the world.
And then think that that is where it is to be found. So people say shopping I think they call it retail therapy. So it tells somebody if you are say therapy, it means you are sick. No, I mean, why Why? Why do you want to
as a healthy person doesn't need therapy is Are you sick? So if you are sick and you say that the retail therapy is the cure for sickness is in the
I was buying Starbucks is going to change your life or do anything for you. But this is the real this is the whole
the dominant religion of the world today's consumers. It's not Islam or Christianity or Hindus or its consumer. That's the dominant religion of the world is consumerism and the temples of consumerism are the malls.
As you go buy stuff, you know, you're not happy, go buy stuff. How would that make me happy?
How would that make me okay? So don't buy stuff. Go watch a movie. They were MGM. It was one step, step by step by step each one was that the other
was borderline Las Vegas.
Go and lose yourself. The whole point be that if I want to be happy, I must lose myself in some occupation that takes my mind away from my
But simple logic will tell you that if there is a problem with my current reality that until I solve that problem, no matter how much I want to, you know, for myself, I still have to come back to the reality this is not going to go away My life is my life. Just because I want to spend, you know, six hours in a in a gambling den or at the roulette tables or something in the casino, my life is still there.
Just because I spend you know, four hours watching Netflix
is so much in my life.
Okay, so in four hours, I lost myself in the Netflix, and then what?
And then I wake up, my life is still there. So the problem in my life, which I tried to forget, you can't forget if the problem is there, you have to solve the problem.
not try to ignore it by getting lost in this occupation or that occupation. doesn't doesn't doesn't work.
But of course most of the world doesn't answer that's why Netflix arrives they've
got a whole bunch of people.
The whole bunch of people who think that the solution to the problem with Netflix.
Now what is Amazon? Alexa, if you have got a problem with that you've got you're worried. You are stressed out? You are afraid?
What does LSE music realize that?
You don't mean Netflix. They got a homeless
lady tried and
tried to tell him he told us a beautiful story has to tell.
by example, when I moved to LA he was money. That was his, he mentioned his story is after his wife's grandfather in the night.
From his room you would hear this Allah Allah, Allah, Allah Allah
he would, he would go on what God is for a long time every night.
Because this thing was that I spent the whole day I hamdulillah give me a good day, I did not tag life. So before going to bed, this is what allows
each person has their own way of approaching.
But my point is, what is your what's my way? You must have a way No.
You must have a way in which we approach you know, think about this.
person is not like we don't give up. But think about this. Our close friends, closest friends, we have nicknames for them, we call them by your little India once.
You don't call them by the full name.
We have ways of of connecting with them.
So what is our way of connecting with Allah Subhana
Allah say what shall I do to believe that
lesser than the believers are those who love and more than anyone else?
So if I love Allah subhanho wa Taala more than anyone or anything else, what is my way of connecting?
What is my way of, you know talking to
you must have something
that is the key.
The key is to develop this relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala that that is the meaning of Allah with the green light of how will the it will help How will it come? By not just by James Wallace
there Suhana law must produce an effect
that somehow levels produce an effect
that must produce enough that I have the lovers be connected to hungry and hungry Elijah gave me this
when in what our life would have been if we had not been
like if it was with a rascal
we didn't print relevant ask Allah give me standoff Allah gave it
I think Obama was in will give this love Allah give.
What if there was no forum? What if there was no recitation of the Quran? What if those are the
and we can list
the Namah panatela the blessings of Allah Subhana Allah there's no end to that.
When in doubt, Joe Namath de la de la. So let's say you want to count the Namath and the blessings of Allah.
And the chief of them the blessing which he called a blessing is humbled
So how much must be Tango?
This is what produces peace of mind, what we call peace of mind, basically,
Islam and this beautiful concept. In Western psychology. When we think about the mind, we talk about the head of the heart as two different distinct places. The head is a place for thoughts and heart is the place for feeling. This is how we divide these two. But Islam recognizes the actual reality of it view that these are not these two are there, but they are not two separate, distinct, discrete organs.
The color is a combination of the intellect and the emotion.
So it is the head of the art together which is our main function, we don't function from two separate places.
thoughts and feelings are intrinsically interlinked, one gives rise to the other.
So when we say to another local, and we translate that into a peace of mind, imagine a country's heart mind mind his brain, so know him. In Arabic and in our Islamic understanding, means a combination of intellect and emotion. So it is the mind and it is the heart together, which is the actual reality of that would be and Allah said this is what gives us the knowledge rather than as a la dee da Mata shabbiha Masaya de la rue Minho know to live in
some room Babu Mila de la see the
beautiful description, and Alyssa Delica La Jolla de Viva mama de la vida hovingham
Allah says Allah set down the best statement, a consistent book, where in his reiteration where there is a repetition where there is emphasis, the skins and this is the beauty of the Elijah talking about the you know what, when we do get goose bumps, we'll get goose bumps, either from certain cold or something like this, or you get goose bumps from emotions.
Listen to some poetry, use a word of worth a visit to a memory of somebody, you see something your skin zombie, you know, all your hair raised on the skin, it raises up literally actually get bumps on the skin.
Your heart starts beating faster, you get tears in your eyes, I like to describe it as a Lessing that this is what happens from the recitation of the and the listening of the
letters the skin shiver there from of those who have, who have the worship of Allah subhanaw taala there are the the the the react and respond to the majesty of the era. And then their skins and their hearts relax at the remembrance of Allah.
That is the guidance of Allah by which he guides who he wills and one whom Allah subhanaw taala leaves allow us to go astray for that person there is no guide. Now before I
come to the point there, please understand that when unless is currently says come in to replace
the one or the one who Allah does not guide the one that allows was three and so on the list.
Please understand Allah. Allah does not guide anybody.
Let me say Allah allows you to go straight. It doesn't mean that randomly pick somebody lets you go straight. Even though the person wants Hidayat Allah does not give you that. Even though the person wants guidance, Allah does not guide him. No, this is wrong. If anybody believed that, that's, that's a mistaken understanding, unless you narrow down and when we say Allah allowed this person was straight. What we mean is that this person was presented with all the evidence this person was presented with multiple opportunities to strain himself or herself. This person was presented with multiple reminders, but the person continued to insist on disobeying.
So at some point in that process, Allah subhanaw taala leaves
Okay, so you have now proved multiple times that you are not interested in guidance. The Prophet was sent you some of our news is kita Allah, Allah to waters Allah smartasset you friend, the parents this one, but you kept on rejecting, rejecting, rejecting rejecting.
Unless there is also you know, Allah is honorable and Allah has huge dignity. Obviously, you reject a project and reject the point
So, whatever you want, let that be so. So if you are interested in this
then, for example, in one of these,
where we are standing in Serbia give us concentration of
the region as an example, you are standing in Salah, and the mind wanders, Allah subhanho wa Taala announces who is live, what is it
that you are thinking about is that more attractive Is it better, more beautiful, more desirable that be
even more important than that.
And this announcement is made once and it's made twice and made twice, and then after that
leaves the person to go and hit Salah as if the person is a Cavalier, who's broken his rope, so that he can wander wherever he likes. Unless Barton is not interested in that person's ally anymore.
Beach thoughts will wander in Viola protect us we know this is the nature of us. But it is very important to keep on bringing it back. Keep on bringing it back and keep on focusing and reminding yourself that you're standing in the presence of others panatela, you're facing the Qibla you are deciding
that you're in Salah. Therefore, I must focus my attention and not have it wondering here that it's important for us to think about that.
So much rather than as it is seeing here, that a person if allows to go go sleeping that this person has decided he doesn't want guidance. The thing I want to mention here is respect to the last record I mentioned two things. First, dementia and both are physical or physiological reaction. The first one that sparkler said is that this the skin shivers you get goosebumps, your hair is standing on end with the associate with the honor and glory and majesty and then a loss rather than a seven then the next.
What does that mean?
What does it
what it means is
the hazard comes from the author and manager
and therefore the person is afraid in that sense. You're not afraid like running away, but he's afraid meaning I am in the presence of Myra my creative geladeira
Why does relax because then he realizes his connection with
this is my era.
This is by
therefore the person so the the the awareness of Allah subhanaw taala does two things. One, it creates for us the all and majesty of Allah in our hearts, which protects us from disobedience of Allah. Because if I'm aware of how can I disobey Him? Good. I know he's watching me real time. He's listening to me, he sees me He knows what is in my heart, how can I deliberately do something which he dislikes, something happened by mistake is a different issue by forgetfulness is different issue, but deliberately, knowingly I am doing something which I know Allah subhanho wa Taala does not like how can I do that. So this fear aspect of it is a shield from sin.
If you did not fear Allah, you would come and sit, but because we fear his anger, we do not commit sin, we are protected. So this fear is a protection, this fear is a shield. And then what happens? And then because of this protection, I feel comfort because by Rob is with me.
So how can anything in the world harm me? How can anything be of any evil consequences?
Because Allah subhanaw taala is by his coffee.
Allah is Allah will be caffeined up that Allah has this question and as a result of not enough,
it's not enough for you, you want something else, something more than that, what is what is important?
is not sufficient for Israel, but of course is sufficient for us. So these two things and this is the beauty of the of the forearm, the way that I describe this in terms of the physiological physical reaction of the person, when the person is reading the forum, the listening to the Quran with vigor of Allah subhanaw taala when they are reflecting on Allah subhanaw taala it is doing two things. One is it is producing this all and majesty and fear of displeasing Allah. And secondly it is producing this great comfort and this great confidence that our 100 Allah, Allah Subhana Allah is with me.
in terms of incidents in the era, where this is so good Phillies illustrated is the
Instead of the bar of our thought, where as soon as
both are there, the reaction on Delano is the first part of the eye, where
they are standing here I can see their feet if they look down they will see us.
And no reaction is the other side is the answer to Elisa love caffeine after
you should have no fear. Verily Allah subhanaw taala is with us.
If Allah is with us, what do
you say they if they look down, but they will not do,
because they are robbed will not allow them.
If they look down, they will not see because Allah Subhana Allah we would have gotten before their eyes, there is nothing that I cannot do.
One is, there are the laws of physics and there are the rules of the world, we do not deny that we understand science, we accept science, we appreciate science, we must study science
or whatever. But at the same time was also understand that these rules were created by somebody,
there is a creator of the rules, there is a role and there is a creator and the creator of the rule is not subject to the who is the creator. So when he wants he can do something which goes against the rule.
So otherwise, what is the rule the rule is that a man and a woman must meet in order for a child to be born.
But other one is
neither a man nor woman has no father normal.
Hawaiian, a solemn his wife, who is the within words Mother of our
who did she come out of animilitia so our mother is a man
in a matter of speaking Allah from his promise live, so what did he cover?
He said inserra
mother is then murrayville inshallah, Father,
why? Allah subhanaw taala wants to show there is a rule.
We don't deny the rules and somebody says now I want to I want to know if some young man comes to you. He says, Jeff, please make law for me and I want son.
So what do we change when
you married? not married?
planning to get married? Not graduated, then I will have
to go to
Macy's or something.
What do you see? What about this Alisha? No, there is a rule. And that rule is challenged by Allah subhanaw taala. When he wills as He wills for the lease in English, we have no controls.
This is the understanding our understanding of the issue of miracles.
I always say what is a miracle miracle is it's You don't understand.
In simpler data, what's a miracle? miracle is a miracle is a is physics You don't understand.
So Allah subhanaw taala creates miracles in order to prove a point. For him in the person doing the miracle is incidental that person miracle is done through that person's hand. In some cases, there is no person in the cloud by itself.
So Allah makes the rules. And because he makes the rules, he can also play the role he can do that. We can't do that. We didn't make the rules. So we will follow.
So with this I inshallah we will end today. It's very beautiful at hamdulillah
when I was mentioning,
this quality of his camera, and the quality of connecting with him, which produces these two beautiful things in the heart of the believer, one is the fear of all and a fear of the majesty of Allah. And second one is complete confidence, and tranquility and peace and harmony because of the of our connection with a Muslim,
as well as Montana to fill your hearts with his role and to fill your heart with the love for his
lives with tranquility and peace and harmony and to save you from all evil, all forms of threats of any kind, material, spiritual, moral, whatever that you know
ask Allah Subhana Allah to help you as well as Mandela to to reward you with the best of the best, especially because you come to the session now this weather which is not particularly good, but you come to stay here and does not take you back home safety attorney Allah reward you with in giving with majesty and grace for coming and for being here May Allah make these sessions the source of guidance for us and so sacajawea chan was Rhonda became