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in America, salatu salam, Elijah Colombia, Rolla, he was happy
looking at the tools of critical thinking. And as I told you, it's
the first step of that process is, what was it yesterday?
awareness, awareness, being in the here and now being fully aware of what is happening in that moment in that instance in that moment.
And why is that important, because without that you don't have good data. So you can, you can't analyze and if you're analyzing bad data, you get bad results. So the data has to be good. And for the data to be good, we have to be fully in the moment fully in the presence.
As I gave you the example of Salah, the benefit of being fully in the moment is that for one thing is of course, your Salah will improve because you are fully in the moment, you are conscious of the fact that we are standing before Allah subhanaw taala and therefore the quality of service. second benefit is that we make sure court orders manager and you are fully in that moment to make sure. And third thing is that we make Toba for anything that we do wrong. So three benefits come from just being there in it. And as I told you, the Hadees of Omnia in our our vignette is a heavy switch points also towards this because the value of the deed depends on the intention. So the moment
you're consciously making an intention to do something, it means you're fully in the moment. You're not just doing it randomly. You're not just existing, you are consciously thinking about something and you are in that moment.
Today, we look at the second step, which is the step of reflection and introspection,
reflection and introspection about ourselves about what happened.
So if we take the same Salah, we pray to rocket nozzle advisor. Now we reflect and think about this, how was the quality of our outfit? I
didn't know my thoughts in the Salah was there somewhere else? The recitation of the Imam was able to understand some of it all of it, none of it
and so on and so on. So, therefore, for example, so the visit decided in the first docket and the famous I had most of us know that the last three items sort of budget Yeah, well not so much.
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question is not just during the restoration questions to ask yourself and say Will I be in this, the description of this at the moment of death by molecule mode will be sitting there at the head of the person
and he will call to the soul
in this way.
The Bashara of Jana the Bashara of the forgiveness of Allah subhanaw taala is being given right then and there at the moment of death
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at that moment itself
and in another surah in Surah Surah
Allah subhanaw taala mentioned this in another way, where he spoke about the angels coming and so on, how vissuto will generate the logic?
There again the same thing that the Bashar Arjuna is being given right there at the time of death Alhamdulillah. So, there is no hope.
There is no fear about what will happen in the future. But the key thing is not that it will happen this will happen. Allah has told is a will it happened to me.
That is the operative question. The operative question is will it happened to me It can happen to the whole world if it doesn't happen to me is no benefits.
Right? And that is why the people who understood
Allah subhanaw taala the people who learn the deen at the feet of Muhammad Rasulullah sallallahu sallam.
The level of their own personal hashes are such that the famous saying of Satan our Catalano, he would say that if I were to be told,
and this is the position of the Muslim binary,
between the fear of Allah and hope for the forgiveness of Allah,
between fear and hope, the Muslim is is not so fearful that he despairs and he is not so hopeful that he that he commits
Sin, saying that Allah is offering no both are not the position of the Muslim. So, our data is to say, that if I were to be told that every single human being in the world went into jhana except one, then I will believe that that one is me.
He said, If I was to be told that everyone in the world the whole world was given Jannah The only person there was only one person who was thrown into the Hellfire, then I would believe that that person is myself.
And at the same time, he said that if I was told that the whole world was thrown to the Hellfire, only one person was saved and went to Gen I will be with me.
So both of these fear of Allah subhanaw taala and hope from Allah subhanaw taala inshallah, but to bring that about, we need to reflect and introspect, say I heard this ayah in the Quran, he may Allah make them a part of this beginning at least then work in such a way that is why inshallah will become true for us.
So reflection and introspection is a second step of critical thinking. And reflection introspection has two steps, or two qualities that are required. The first quality is complete and total honesty and integrity with yourself.
I always say it's, it's it's only possible to fool yourself.
It's not possible to hold people. Nobody's what everyone is seeing what you are and how you are and everything else. We can fool ourselves. You know, I can believe many things about my own self. The world knows it is not true, but I can believe this. I am this and that I am Swan Swan swan. Right. today. We live in a world for example. If since we are in Nevada, and we are hearing Dharavi every day.
In Dharavi if the curry is reciting some surah. Right.
If you can say which su right is because you recognize one or two as in it. You are an island in the eyes of the rest of the people.
they will if someone is you usually you say no. Now we're going to read surah like yesterday after we finished sort of ISIS or Colombia, right?
So we say he's going to now recite this surah
you are an alien because no one else knows this.
But is that really if you know why by hearing the Quran if you are able to recognize because of one or two, if this is Surah Taha that is robbery and this is what it is this is is it worthy of even being called.
The problem is that we do even basic kindergarten level knowledge of Islam we don't have. Right, totally we are like complete illiterates. So if somebody can say ABC was Oh, Mashallah, Mashallah Oh barroom so Allah knows ABC or de nos cat or Mashallah, now he's a sea of knowledge. Why because I am so ignorant. But is that actually knowledge?
So that's the reason why it's also very good idea to periodically go and spend time in the company of scholars.
Not so much because of what you can learn from them. Boga because it's bad because it gives you a sense of how little you know
i see i do this I regularly go and I sit with people not because I you know, maybe I learned something from the law but more than anything else, it makes me very conscious of what level of Jalla diamond. So I'm delighted that October I tried to do something very important for us otherwise it is very easy. If you have a little bit of knowledge.
In today's world, as far as Islam is concerned, most people are zero.
even looking at the Quran nazara
people cannot read it correctly.
So if you can recite the Quran properly, why shallows Macario Mashallah, Mashallah, when should you make Toba?
So, it is very important for us to be completely and totally honest with ourselves as to where am I.
So, when we are reflecting on whichever incident and so on, be very clear about yourself and said this is where I am. Let the world say anything, it doesn't matter.
Let the world say anything, whether they say good or they say bad, both are equally useless. Because the only thing which matters is whether Allah subhanaw taala accepted or not. The whole world can say that this is the best action you did but maybe this actually May Allah protect us. Maybe the action was done with Ria to please people and only we know this. What is in the heart only we know and Allah subhanaw taala knows nobody knows. Right? So the whole world is a much Allah subhana wa, Allah O Allah is while while reading Quran, you know, he's weeping and Galaga
Why is he trying to show the world
right maybe he's crying out aku no doubt about this, but
again, he was leading silica further
and in your use of fuel he was reading sort of the use of and the eye or where
the father of Yusuf alayhi salam, jacobellis salam says as Kumasi, Mahoney Illallah.
He said I keep my tears I swallow my own tears and I
tell my sadness and my grief, only tomorrow.
Hosni my grief is Allah towards Allah Allah tala now says Rama Catalano on this ayah he went on repeating this idea and weeping and they said we could hear him in the back of the module he was weeping so copiously and he was he was so much in love with this I is weeping and weeping and weeping
and he kept on repeating and kept on repeating desire and they said then there was a voice in the back
and as possessor of a woman in read move on three of us have died already
three of us have died already.
The Virgin who are bringing the budget
and the who shall receive the level of care who
can imagine he's reading the ayah and somebody lost their life It literally because of the Osho of the Quran.
So somebody leaving can be like this there is no Ria in this this is a lot but at the same time, it might be somebody who's crying because you want to show the world barcellos one like
Oh, he's crying so much.
Who knows this except Allah no one
no one knows. Right? So the people might think oh, Mashallah such a fantastic guru.
Whereas that person is committing shark in Salah
he's committing shinza
Mela protect us from this job. That's what mammoth is, is it?
According to me, a mammoth is a moose eba
it is not an honor walleye. Avoid me Mama is Elizabeth May Allah protect you if somebody makes you any ma'am first make Toba as the forgiveness of Allah subhanaw taala because your whole For me it is for me my whole Salah goes out of the window when I'm doing.
As I always like to pray and somebody that I can pray I'm with my rub back and pray peacefully, I would no problem. But if I'm doing it, then I have to think of 20 different things. Am I deciding correctly? Is it right or wrong? I forget I don't forget if I were residing seriously when I reside and there's some caveats on me, I have to put it down as I will not get myself out of this. Destroy mount Cujo
to prevent myself from Rio de la Plata, who wants
so, seriously, we have to examine ourselves and say complete honesty with myself. And then the second very important thing is in terms of introspection and reflection,
is then to learn the lessons from that
two parts to deflection, deflection is not simply to sit down and just think and think and think and go into depression No.
One is complete honesty, because what actually happened, why it happens on so on. And second one is, therefore what did I learn,
which is conceptualization.
reflection, plus conceptualization, this is second step two, you can you can use them, you can make it step two, and step three, if you want no problem, but both have to be there. So while you are reflecting, and the reason I like to combine these two is because effectively that's what happens. When you are reflecting, you're also conceptualizing and also learning a lesson if you're not doing that, if you just, you know, like sometimes it happens, you are so and gross and so embroiled in the emotion of the time, that you will not not learning any lesson, you just, you know, calling or something is just his idea cooking. There's no point in that cooking right. So be true to yourself
honest with what was happening and interest then which is introspect and then conceptualize, therefore, what did I learn? Therefore, what must I do?
Right, therefore, what must I do?
which is different from whatever I did before because the whole point of this is what to improve our effectiveness, even if I do
Did something well, how can I do it even better? Remember this reflection and so on is not only when something goes wrong, you're not talking about 100. And maybe you did something very nicely. You say now, what is the next step? How can I take this further?
How can I do it even better? That was not only for mistakes, it's also for good times. The reason I'm saying this is because it's very important. If you make a mistake, usually we reflect because of the pain of the mistake, right? You make a mistake, or you get embarrassed, or you suffered some loss or something happened, whatever. So you think about why did it happen? But if something goes well,
then most of the time we are so busy feeling good that we never think about it.
So a very good lesson is lost opportunity to learn lesson is lost because i'm not i'm not saying don't feel good. Of course, you should feel good if you did something well and will feel happy. But if it's only that happiness, you know, you have a party know,
feel happy, but also say, Why did this happen? How come I did this so well.
And what I'm saying is the grace of Allah subhanaw taala Of course, but in terms of actual steps, what did you do? Maybe you prepared well, maybe there wasn't you were, you know, doing something maybe you read some car and so therefore you you know you reviewed whatever it was that you were supposed to read. If you were going to make a speech somewhere then you make you project some proper research and you made some proper notes, whatever it was, right I'm giving you some examples, but anything whatever it was,
reflect on this and say why did I do well?
So you reflect and say what happened? And then from what happened you say What lesson do I learn? What is my takeaway from this?
Therefore what lesson did I learn?
So these two steps are the steps for
reflection and introspection. So being in the here and now and being in and reflecting and that's when the Quran Allah subhanaw taala in many places affiliate of a guru
for Allah Tada, Barone
the balloon for an AMA poo been a follower don't they reflect on the Quran? Do they do they not do more on the Quran? Or is it that they pollute their hearts are locked up?
Don't you don't have any sense.
The Quran invites again and again and again for us to reflect think think think think, reflect pulsera will are the funds okay for Kanaka to lesbian amicable. gorons
look in the world not as tourists you know, go around and jaw drop No. Go around and see and reflect and think here I'm seeing this great hero read for you. We're really lucky Latin America, we
now call it an alkali. But when Joshua was going on, what did he say? I always give this example You know, when Georgia if he went out somewhere? And if you are if he turned around and said okay, let us go. What did you say? Did you say go to Valhalla. Or if you asked him? Your Majesty, where are you going? What did you say? I'm going home?
some of you I don't know how many Some people say it is 1200 years old, whatever how many 100 years old. The point is the the long and short of it is we have really the city the city of Paris so many palaces right.
So when we look at this, what was we think?
The question of what is a breath a breath is to take a lesson from what we are seeing.
And what is the number one is
the man who built the red for the man who built Golconda or the man who built this palace or that palace, the person who built Alhambra in Spain, the person who built Topkapi in Turkey
they all went into the same hole in the ground
and that hole in the ground is the same size for everybody.
The hole in the ground is the same size for everybody there is no difference. If I ever if I have a home like the Red Fort I will not get an excavator you know and dig up one one acre of hole a one acre and put myself in you know I lived in a house that big so my cover also must be so wide.
Even if you do that, you still have to fill up the hole right? So end of the day are still in the same place.
we look at we look at you know jewels, jewels and this is the Mongol jewels
And the Kohinoor which came from this
city, the boiler game from, from Hyderabad.
It was mind in the mind in the minds of Hyderabad and it was Miriam la who was the visit of Abdullah
he stole it and took it and gave it to Sharjah.
And from Georgia, the Queen of England stole it. And now it is Cartier broke it into three pieces. And now it is sitting in the crown of the you know, shamelessly displayed shameless display of stolen wealth in the in the British crown jewels.
But that stone did not help me Joomla it did not help Georgia, and it will not have the Queen of England.
So if you're wearing a crown, with three pieces of shining stone in it, what difference does it make?
What difference does it make?
And that is the lesson. And the lesson is we reflect and then they ask, what do I learn? And we bring it back into our own lives and say that if the Kohinoor mountain of lights rather than that's the name of the of the stone, right? mountain of light, they say when Joshua held it, it was so big at that time, in its original state, that it didn't fit the hand of Georgia.
And Georgia was not a watered down version of
a mobile manhood. He was the original genetic makeup. She was a big man. He said his hand couldn't go It was so big.
When William la went to Georgia and asking him for help, because you stole the jewels of Abdullah hotaka Chakra matzah get out I'm not interested in the Buddha kings are our allies.
And we will not
we will not you know, invade the kingdom and we will not do anything.
kept the family of museum lie they arrested the family. So Missoula escaped.
And he went to Georgia and asked him well, Georgia said,
so Missoula said I will give you something which you will,
which you will appreciate.
So typical, you know, Imperial arrogance. Shadow I laughed in his face, he said, What can you give me?
He said, What can you give me
and made me realize to carry that stone? close to his body.
So maybe you will have pulled that stone out and get it
and held it in his hand.
And he's only attached.
go and rescue visualise Valley.
Does that the light of that stone was such that as I gave it the name the name coin? Or shall I give the stone the name?
He looked at it as a coin or is a business's mountain of lights.
That's why the I always say read history because history opens your eyes. History gives you perspective, history helps you to understand where you are and how you are. It's not for the story. The stories are interesting, but therefore what?
And that's the point. I want to end today and say, let us reflect in our own lives.
Think about our own lives. compare them with the lives of whatever we know read some history, reflect and then conceptualize and say what lesson do I learn? Because the reality is that what you do not conceptualize you do not learn. And that's why when people make the same stupid mistakes again and again and again. same mistake you want people to know over and over and over and over and over. We will never learn anything.
You have a marriage. Marriage goes bad then you have another marriage that also goes bad. Yeah, that marriage goes bad. Now what did you learn? Nothing zero. Because how come one mistake one can understand is a mistake you make three times four times five times. That means you're not you're not learning anything. And the reason most people don't learn anything is because of the first problem. What was the first first thing I said which is required for good reflection? Complete honesty and integrity with yourself. Most people do not have dishonesty. So they blame it on the other person.
Management bad Why? Because she was bad or he was bad. Alright, so fine. That's good. Now what about the next one?
That also is bad.
How can people continuously be bad all the time? And you're the only one who's good
and he was just one example. Same thing happen with jobs for example, people continuously they they are like a Rolling Stone. never stay in one company for any length of time. No God.
revision, you know why in in three years you change jobs.
And always the problem is externalized. And this is true for individuals, it's true for nations,
you want entire nations like this, which completely export the blame onto other people.
And May Allah forgive us today, the Muslim nation is like this.
There are other nations also, which are like this.
But the Muslim nation is like this, constantly exporting blame onto somebody else, why are you in this mess? Because of so and so because of this pay these people because of that country, because of the media is against us and so on. Always, the fault lies with someone else.
But you know,
Tea, when you clap, you need to answer. So there is a sound is always on the head. But we need to
own up to that. We need to be honest with ourselves. I'm not saying take blame which does not belong to you. No, I'm not saying that everything is always your fault. No, it is not always your fault.
many times and more times than less. It is also we are some in some way we have contributed
that maybe your marriage went bad because, in fact, the spouse, the husband or the wife, the fault was with them.
But the basic question to ask yourself was, how come you chose that person to marry nobody first, you know?
So minimum, your way of choosing is wrong.
Maybe you didn't do anything wrong in the marriage itself. But you pick the wrong person.
So at least that is one lesson to learn the How come you married this person who turned out to be so bad?
So that one you can't run away from because nobody held a gun to your head? Right?
And so also for other things, in terms of work in terms of anything else? What is my responsibility in that situation? And unless we are honest with ourselves, we never learn a lesson. That's why History repeats. Why does history repeat itself because we don't learn the lesson of history. Nations and people who do not learn from history, are condemned to repeat it.
over and over and over, you only pass on the class when you pass if you don't pass on the class will come back to the same class and read the same lesson over again and 10 times the same class.
Everybody else is passing and moving on to the higher classes, you're still stuck in the same class Why you didn't pass the exam? What is the exam, the exam is the lesson that we're supposed to learn from that incident. If you don't learn the lesson, the same thing will happen to you again and again and again until you learn this is like a lottery ticket. I made it like this. And that's the reason why we have to be completely and totally honest with ourselves. And then we say conceptualize, what did I learn
taala to make this easy for us and to benefit us from this experience, or some other holiday Villa Karim Allah Allah. He was made