Lessons From the Life of Ibn Taymiyah #2

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Welcome everyone back to our Friday night discussions on the righteous Imams of our glorious Islamic history. And we ask Allah to fill our hearts with the love of the righteous and grant us in the hereafter the intercession the GFR of the righteous. And we ask Allah to make us of those who win his love ultimately because of our love of the righteous. Allah whom I mean, we began last week the discussion on political Islam. It's Aimia Rahim Allah may Allah was still mercy upon his soul.

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And we, we spoke a bit about the fact that I'm gonna say me or him Allah is a historic personality. And a large part of that is not just his impact, but the breadth of his impact, like he was so involved on so many different fronts.

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Intellectually speaking as a scholar, and

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civically or activism wise as a mover and a shaker and an influencer on the ground, that it also made him one of the most controversial speakers, or controversial scholars forgive me.

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So we began speaking about the fact that he was from the village of Hebron, President de Turkey, it was like the brink of the Muslim lands, a Sultanate of Rome they were neighbors with with the Romans. And this even had an impact on the formation and the formative years of even the team era himolla and people in that part of the world in general, sort of formed differently. But he showed uniquely promising signs hailing from a family of scholarship very early in his life. The Mongol hordes, attacking the Muslim lands, drove them out of their hometown and drove them to a better place ultimately, which was Damascus, they fled to Damascus, where his father became a

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no to notable teacher and scholar in the Great Mosque of Damascus steel made mosque. And he himself became a scholar at 17 years old due to just his incredible ability to crush books, his ability to study at a pace that nobody could match, not his brothers, who were, you know, scholars as well, not his father and grandfather, if you fast forward.

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And by 21, he was himself the person who inherited that chair from his dad teaching in the Grand Mosque of domains we discussed a bit of this and how he blossomed the way he did and people didn't expect that anyone could do what he does and write what he writes and answer the way he answers at his age even though it was a powerhouse of scholarship.

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Seventh Century Damascus, ultimately the Mongols come also

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scourging towards Damascus and we discuss the incident with a via Zen, the great grandson of Ganges Han and how he intimidated him very unexpectedly. And we spoke about his unique relationship with Allah azza wa jal how connected he was with Allah, how devoted he was in worship, and how this is a lesson for us all that Whoever fears Allah and whoever relies on Allah is feared by his creation and taken care of by Allah, even in the most unexpected circumstances in ways.

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And we spoke about his first imprisonment as well.

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But we ended at sort of the departure of the Mongols from Damascus, they aborted the mission they actually didn't invade the seeds they had laid to the city. This was about the year 1300. Now, the Mongols retreated. When the Mongols retreated in the same year didn't retreat.

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I told him, he was relentless. He actually got on his horse and hurried to Egypt,

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to essentially chastise even a fellow goon who is the leader of Egypt for pulling his armies and deserting the people of Damascus that were about to get massacred. And so he goes over to Egypt, and he tells him how dare you desert the people of Hashem the people of of greater Syria. And even the color wound, of course, didn't like to be spoken to like this or challenged in this way. And he initially thought that if the Tamia was was riling people up against them. This was like a

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what's the word? A developing politician, a growing politician trying to develop clout trying to act like those brave souls who speak truth to power with push come to shove, they can't back it up. And so he told them, I sense that you're after my kingdom. And so even the Tamia Rahim Allah, he bends down, he picks up the dirt from the ground the account says, and he says, Listen, your kingdom and the kingdom of your dad and his dad, don't worry aren't worth this much to me. And he sort of like just throws the dust on the ground and just

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the genuineness of the response

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seemed to be enough for me to collarbone.

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But it didn't mean he's going to mobilize his armies and move forward. So I've maintained me actually ignores him and proceeds to work through and network among the people and the influencers of Egypt to mobilize armies out of Egypt for jihad against the Mongols, because they're going city after city just because they backed off from Damascus doesn't mean they've aborted there. They're bent on global domination.

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One of the interesting accounts though, that was mentioned

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that happened to him while in Egypt before he left is that he met the great Abu Yan and now Howie, anyone Oh, hey, Ennis.

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I will Hi Yan is one of the greatest grammarians language experts in the Arabic language on

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you know, in Islamic history, he even has a book called Battle mohill. His most famous book is called Battle Muhammad. The oceans have linguistic nuances basically, that are found in the Quran, so just have sea of work verse by verse commentary on the Quran, but his specialty in particular, was grammar. And so he commented from the grammatical angles. And so when they met people, you know, they he used to think very highly of in the team, you hear about him from a distance. And then when they had sort of intellectual discussion, he said to me, hi, Yan, what do you think about

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Abuja and asked him, What do you think about CBD? CBD is like the grandfather of Arabic grammar, he is the pioneer and the founder, the founder, if you will, of Arabic grammar as we know it.

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And so, you know, some people even exaggerate about SIBO and say he was the prophet of grammar, because of like, how matchless he was and what his you know, his caliber was recognized eyes or like, as a matter of consensus, so when they asked when I will Hyannis, telling him what do you think of Siva Wait,

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like, you got something to say about everything? What's even wait. So he said, No, no, no, Steve always book is a great book. But at the end of the day, he's not a prophet. There are 80 grammatical mistakes in civil ways book that neither you nor C, bueno. And it is not fully clear, but some people say that was sort of the end of the relationship. How Yan could not tolerate even to take me as criticism, obviously, boy, but he basically said that to him, he shared his his criticisms with him. But he left Siva Wait, shocked like that was the last answer he was expecting to receive, you know, from even the Tamia. He's like the same thing. The scholars in Damascus when he sat at the

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chair at 21. He's just like, Who is this guy? Who is this guy to talk about SEMA way to actually point out right to one obviously, but while you're think he can, and he was

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mesmerized by this,

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even if he didn't like it, you know, that's his man. I mean, that's like the meme of my mouth and haven't seen my way.

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There's something to be pointed out here not particularly related, but important for people that may often come across grammatical criticisms of the Quran. Many critics of the Quran, what they do is they grab different grammatical books, whatever is most convenient, and take a rule of Arabic grammar. And then they say, look, the Quran doesn't live up to this rule. There are grammatical mistakes in the Quran.

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I just said to you that the founder of Arabic grammar was within Islamic history, grammar was second nature how to speak and not speak Arabic, was not a science that was sort of a theory and a model and had books on it and rules and all that stuff. till about one to 200 years into and even 300 years into Islam. All right, that means what these grammarians were looking at the Quran and also like the poetry that was at the time pre Islam and you know, contemporary of Islam, classical poetry, the Quran, first and foremost, and the patterns they would notice, they would say, okay, so this is the rule based on those patterns. So when someone says there's a grammatical mistake in the

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Quran, we say no, there's a grammatical mistake. If they don't match sometimes they don't even know what they're reading, by the way, but and they're like Miss applying stuff. But if there's a grammatical mistake in the Quran, then there's actually a grammatical mistake in the grammar book. They miss understood how the Arabs used to use the language in that respect. You cannot prove the Quran grammatically incorrect with a grammar book, when the source of the grammar books was an analysis of the Quran. You get it? It's impossible, right? It's actually laughable. It shows their ignorance of history. Anyway, he spent some time in Egypt meets Abraham and some of the great

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scholars of Egypt. He heads back to Damascus. Soon as he gets back to the mat

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It's never a dull moment.

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He finds that the court is inviting him for being a deviant, because he had written a book. Now it's a book, it's called anarchy. That was simply it. And it wasn't the is a message he wrote to for the people of Lesotho that sent him what is the correct way to believe or not believe about God and His perfection, his qualities and his attributes. So he wrote, and this is how the early Muslims did it. And then after that people sort of went all over the place some closer, some farther, people started drifting from that original method of and framework of understanding Allah azza wa jal, His names and attributes. But when he got back, you see, the dominant scholarship in his time was from a

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different school, different theological school, which was the Columbia School. They were into, like Rational theology or speculative theology.

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Or some people call it disputation of theology. The point is, Adam Qlm, were very strong, and among them, were the eyeshadows School Of course, the metal at the school. If you drift further out, there are people that are not from Arizona, but the point is the majority didn't like him speaking this way that we are sort of the second best way to speak about it that we are the incorrect way. We are not the pure and original way to speak about the belief system. And so they said he's opposing the majority of scholars and he's spreading heresy and all these deviant beliefs and corrupt beliefs it's a me as grabbed thrown in prison. This was not the first time as we said that he goes to

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prison. He spent some time in prison eventually the the scholars the reasonable objective, fair scholars come out and say listen, when you want to be honest, like

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what he's saying is very justifiable. You can say it's incorrect if you want but to call it deviant is completely baseless. So he was cleared is exonerated, he comes out to prison. So as he comes out of prison, they throw another charge at him. You remember before he left Damascus they were upset at him because of the way he spoke to Verizon and sort of stepped forward and said who are you and things like this and so even the chief justice was really upset at him so he's famous growing his haters are also growing soon as he comes out of prison from this Aki the issue he got imprisoned again for his position on a three fold divorce. So basically, in Islam, Allah says in the Quran,

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Allah Tala Kumar return divorce is twice meaning you get to divorce twice, and and then take it back after that. You lose the ability to reclaim your marriage to resume your marriage and otherwise.

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The position at the time, the majority position at the time of all four schools of Islamic law, the major schools, the Hanafi and the Maliki's and the Geoffrey's and the Hungary's. They all said what they said that if you divorce three times at once your divorce your divorce your divorce, this is what

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revocable or irrevocable

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Are we are we voting or voting is haram or what's happening here.

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So the position the authorized position in the form of that hip is that you can't take it back.

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Even the Tamia Rahimullah said no this is actually not the position of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam This is not If not the position of Abu Bakr This is not the position even have Omar because Omar was the one to say, if you start rushing divorces, I'm gonna hold you to it. He didn't mean it's actually Islamically revocable, he's saying procedurally wise, I'm not gonna let you get back with her. That's that was his argument to say that this sort of scholarly tradition does not override the Scripture itself. The scripture itself is that you when you divorce a woman you can't divorce her again until you take her back. That's technically she's not your wife wife. She's your

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in limbo wife. Right? And so you can't divorce someone who's not your wife. That's the idea. So he's saying it's not Quran it's not so now, it's not the Broncos or lamb or obok or even Ahmad, it's not even logical because how are you gonna divorce someone who's already divorced, you got to take her back first, then divorce her second time and take her back again and divorce her a third time for it actually to count.

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And so

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what is also important to point out here is that nowadays, this is the official position in many Muslim majority countries, judicially speaking court wise, they ultimately adopted the position of in the Tamia Rahim, Allah, Allah. And there's, there's a lesson here for especially for students of knowledge and those involved in Islamic sciences that Allah hates all forms of extremism, right? There are people that are so narrow, thought wise, in terms of the Scripture, their scripture lists, but in an extreme way, they can't see the difference between the fact that, you know, this is how I understand the idea, not necessarily the idea, right? And then there's another group of people that

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don't understand that this is what the scholars understood. We can call them the traditionalist they look at the scholarly tradition, right. This is what the scholars understood, not necessarily what Allah intended.

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All right. And so because of those, like extreme positions of extreme standoffs, you got people who disrespect all of the scholars and try to throw out our tradition, right? And you got the opposite as well, people that hold on to the scholarship, as if it is sacred scripture, and they disrespect the Scripture sometimes, right? And so it's a miracle Allah fought very hard in his life. This is just one example of that. And he went to prison for it. And he stood in the middle of it and actually got thrown in prison with him on that one, because he was standing by the position of his chef, and he felt like it was

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so justified, but even the Tamia supposition is often misunderstood. It's Amy has not anti metal heavy, it's a me it was a scholar of the Hanbali method. Even the Tamia just wanted people to understand that the tradition is not revelation. Right? The scholar tradition is not revelation. And then but that's not for anyone to decide right? Now. The interpretation of the tradition is not always it could be could not be, when can you explore when can you challenge and interpretation that tradition, only if you're qualified, and he even himself explicitly is to say, when all four schools agree on something, it becomes very unlikely that they're wrong. So this is like an exceptions. A

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very small exception, he said, and the truth is not found outside of all four of their views. Like when all four of them have a set of views or one view, the truth is not found outside of the format that hit in Luffy, Messiah and kalila, except in a sparse few issues, very few issues, right. And so tradition is not revelation. And only those who are qualified can challenge this tradition to begin with. And if the tradition we're talking about all for motherhood, it is very unlikely to challenge it. But it's not off limits. That's the whole idea that it's not off limits. And there are many examples of this for another time in sha Allah, but he goes in prison, and he spent some more months

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and years in prison. But Allah continues to cause people to love him and his books emerged from prison before he emerges from prison.

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And he continues to gain mainstream acceptance.

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And we have we actually have the byproduct of that now. Like much more fatality Tamia. The collection of photos of new Tamia is 37 volumes 38 volumes with the index. These are people that had all these great scholars accessible to them. And they insisted on sending a question a lot of it's not all of it into the prison systems because they didn't want an answer from anyone but cheerfully slammed it. Samia Rahim Allah Tala.

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So a lot of this happened in prison. And

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anyway, Fast forward seven years about going into prison twice and all this in 1307.

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The Mamluks will Vaughn Bay bars he tells him Listen, man, you're getting real beat up out there and stuff. Why don't you come to Egypt and we want to host you in Egypt and things like this. The scholars of Egypt want to meet you and benefit from you this sort of thing.

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So he gets to Egypt, him and his brothers in a DNA shutter for Dean they've all good they arrived at Egypt. The

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the all the the judge had been aloof.

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He has sort of like a,

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what's it can mean? What's the comedian English, a trap, because he has like a trap set up for him. As soon as he sits out sits down in the dinner, the Welcome Dinner, in my Hulu for the head judge has another scholar by the name we've not learned, get up and accused even the Tamia of the same exact stuff that was being accused he was accused of in Egypt in Damascus. This man actually says that God actually sits sits on the throne. This man says God speaks with like, you know, you know, heartfulness was all articulated in the way that we articulate with sounds and letters. And he speaks with our letters, he speaks with a voice the way we have voices and so on and so forth. And

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so the judge turns to him, this is all you know, premeditated. Is this true? Do you actually say this?

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And so if it's me, or does he realize that he smells it? Right? And so he's he just puts his head down. And he says in that home that he learned how to do when it's there, you know who and stuff he goes, he goes with the long winded response. And he does his own long called with it hygiene like It's Jo Ma. And then they interrupt him he was sort of reverse booby trapping them. It's a hey, hey, hey, hey, cut that stuff out answer the question. We didn't bring you here to give us multiple.

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And so he says someone so who are you? Are you the judge?

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He says yes, he goes, I will not accept the trial. When the judge has already. It's clear you've determined your verdict already. You see me as guilty already. I will not accept a trial when one of the two disputing parties is the arbiter is the judge in the trial. Do with me whatever you want.

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You're clearly my opponent. And so they don't just imprison him.

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they imprison him and his two brothers that were just you know, to make sure he didn't have a flat tire or anything. His gamble doesn't break down his brothers this time now get thrown into the prison

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with him or him at home Allahu gemmy on you know speaking of even my sleuth, this is like, of the amazing aspects of entertainments personalities ability to reconcile so many of his labs values at once. Even though I am the greatest student of him in the team, he says

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that one time one of the minutes Amiens greatest enemies passed away, and I ran to him to bring him the good news. He meant it in Makhlouf. By the way in other narrations, it's clear that he meant to be Makhlouf.

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And so even the team here scolded me like he never scolded me before and they'll call him says, and he says to him, are you congratulating me about the death of a fellow Muslim? How dare you? He says, Then he got up quickly and he rushed to Lewis house and he said to his family, and Aleko McKenna who I am in his place, 100% whatever he used to do for you tell me tell me where you guys should get the bread in the morning. Tell me where you guys you know, you were I'm here. I'm in his place. I am his brother in Islam.

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And to be to be honest, also, and this is of the praise fragments Aimia even though if if it were against him, we would still mention it as part of being impartial. Even mahalo despite being one of the lifelong or longtime enemies of entertainment opponents. He actually used to praise Him that there's really no one like this guy that can go toe to toe with this guy. In debate wise in debater otherwise, and others as well. Like tagit Dena sookie sookie is one of the great family of scholars and the chef and he has a book called TakaToshi Scheffer as he speaks about the levels basically of generations that Allah carried the deen with. And when he gets to his, the generation before him,

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this is such a Dina subkey

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he says an of those who Allah carried the DNA with words after you Dean, a subkey, which has to do with Dean's dad, my dad carried the Dean the world recognize this, he was of the premier scholars of his age, he says and ama did not did Halley and also even the Tamia. The irony here is what that his dad to do is so key. And even the Tamia were intellectual opponents for a very long time, there was hostility between them. And yet the sun would recognize also the virtue of Scheffel Islam.

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Rahimullah and so he spent 18 months in prison Egypt for that one.

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Right, that's at least for prison sentences so far.

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And then as soon as he goes out of prison in Egypt, he clashes with the Sophie's, he gets into this big hostilities with the Sophie's, of course which Sophia is he was a very harsh critic of the extreme Sufism, that was tolerant of grave worship and exaggerating in the praise of the saints. And, you know, inventing practices and also lots of superstition, lots of superstition, even one of the times when

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there was a group that was hustling on the masses, showing them that we are close to God. So we perform these great feats, you know how they do even nowadays, there are these groups like with snakes and firing games and things like this. And so he said, Go tell your leader that I will walk through the fire with him tomorrow in public, on the condition that

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we both take lucid, we both take a full bath before we walk through the fire. Because he was like, he had an investigative mind. And he understood that they used to coat their bodies with some sort of insolent, right, some sort of insulation greases or otherwise that would allow them to pass through the fire

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unharmed, and so he was actually willing to go through that fire because of his trust in Allah and also his confidence and knowing that these were just superstitions. These were these were games that they would sort of scam people with.

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And so he clashed with many of these sofas despite the fact that he there was not and this is another misunderstanding about him categorically against Sufism. So what was he gonna tell me in very brief terms, his position from from Sufism, he was very nuanced, and he had a lot of praise for people that are widely known as Sufi masters are sufi shapes or Zulu personalities.

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In fact, he's even written a commentary on the photo for children of aid of Abdullah Cardinal Gilani, one of the most famous Sufi orders, right like schools of Sophie practice, you know, spiritual refinement training was the school of agricultural Judah and it's known as the Gilani polyantha. Right. He actually has a commentary there that is accessible today on photo vibe, which is basically access accesses to

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unseen are gifts from the unseen,

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which is a book or a treatise written by Fidel Gilani. And some people even say that he inherited the mantle of that body of coal. But that's, that's much more debatable. And in any case,

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he even said they carried the religion in certain periods when people had no access to Islam, but these groups that were very dedicated to their facade with practices.

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He would say they carried the deen in certain parts of Islamic history, he says this, and he would even defend them in some of their unintended excesses. And so I'll give you an example, I believe is either the SWAMI Rahim Allah is a great Sufi personality. It is reported about him that he one time in like in a state of spiritual trends, he was in a trance, right? You know, when you focus on something like hypnosis, you can sort of lose yourself. Like when you focus on something for too long, the perspective is get smaller, you get smaller, and this gets bigger, and you just you, you get pulled into your hyper fixation, what you're so locked in on. And so he would find excuses for

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the sofas who were, you know, incapable of keeping touch with reality, sometimes due to trying to connect with Allah for hours at a time seeing Victor 100,000 times, for example. So it is reported that we as Ethan was thumbing in a moment of one of those like spiritual intoxications he was like drunk from trying so hard

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to be mindful of Allah that He said, sub Hani.

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Suhani, glorified, I am not glorified, You are Subhan, ALLAH SubhanA, Allah glorified I am. And he said the things that are like this, when they're coming from a God fearing scholar,

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and they happen in passing, he's not writing books, saying you're supposed to reach a state where you're glorifying yourself, right? And so on and so forth. He gave up, he said, and the person is otherwise respectful of the Revelation, the Sharia, and so on and so forth, then these things are not to be held the person elder because they're actually just intoxicated. And we have no reason this is what he says in much more detail. And we have no reason to differentiate between chemical intoxication and spiritual intoxication.

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You see, he says, if a person were to get intoxicated accidentally, then he's not liable for what he didn't even toxication, right. Like, if I thought this was water, and it turned out to be wine, I didn't intend it. I didn't seek unlawful means to the state, then I'm, I have a pass for what I may have accidentally done in that state. He's saying This fixation, the people of Vicodin sometimes fall into, things get blurred for them. They didn't intend that. So so long as you don't intend it and happens in passing and you don't justify it, and otherwise, then you're, you're fine. But still, all of this nuance gets lost in the fights. He still, you know, had scathing criticisms of major

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personalities that he believed went into major excesses like even the Adobe and that halogen, these historical personalities. And

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he was thrown back in prison.

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He hasn't left Egypt yet.

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A whole lot.

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Actually, when he came out of prison that time to sort of humiliate him, they put him

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they sent him to Alexandria, it's all your fault. The Alexandrians y'all exaggerate. Right? Okay, you're clear. I gotta find an Alexandria and the bully. No, but Alexandria at the time, was a major center and stronghold for these groups that he was so critical of. So they were sort of trying to like, pressure him and bully him and corner him. He would have no ability

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to have any sort of influence but Subhanallah he found the little like

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storefront masjid, little tiny masjid, and he just started a little class, and word is getting out and more and more of a following. starts building around this class and he's teaching people about the Quran and the Sunnah and glorifying the example of the Prophet SAW selling above all and not giving into sort of these mystical ways and all of this.

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And one of his greatest enemies at the time because of that was a man by the name well bakery

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and he even has a book called Alistair Arthur for Ruddle bakery, the concept of instead of calling upon other than Allah, Permissible or impermissible, are you still missing them, if you make dua to other than Allah or not, because they would call upon the saints in their graves and so on and so forth. And so he would say this is this is a form of your your, are they all hearing or is Allah all hearing right? Are they eternal? Or is Allah eternal? These These have passed and so on and so forth.

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And it got physical.

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One time when he was walking through the streets of Alexandria mobs gathers, yellows in the TV, the TV I'm imagining this sorry, in New York manifestation and sort of the people and they throw the Tamia Amin beating

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him

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He gets beat up in the streets of Alexandria.

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Two things happened here that are really cool about him getting jumped by the people of Alexandria. The first of them is that when his brothers and people and his followers now are hearing about this, they want to retaliate. And he adamantly refused said, Listen, you're gonna retaliate, why? For me, or for you, or for Allah?

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He said, If it's for me, I already forgave them. And if it's for you, then you're not my student. You'll never be allowed to ask me a question again. And if it's for Allah, let Allah take his punishment if he wishes when he wishes, because these people smokers and its right to these people may actually be rewarded for their intention because they believe that they are protecting the deen from the person that they presume, is undermining it. So how do you beat someone up for something that Allah will reward them for? It's actually had that

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they might get rewarded for it.

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And then the authorities when they saw sort of these tensions happening in the streets,

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there was essentially a search or a warrant, if you will, out for an vacuity himself. This opponent in the team Yeah. And where does he hide it to me it gives him hiding in his own house, despite the fact that he's calling him out and calling out his ways and warning the world against his deviancy and Becky used to hide or hid for a while. The last place the police would look for him which is in the house of an insane Mia Rahim Allah himself.

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In 1311, Fast forward four years, I gotta be done in seven minutes cello 1311, the Mongols return, and he, he riles people up for Jihad once again goes out and tells them I swear by Allah, you will be given victory I swear by Allah, you will be given victory. And he encouraged them though he never had military training or anything.

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He was proud to live just a tireless life. So no family at this point. Still not married, never got married. He's in prison maybe 678 times depending on how you classify whether it is detention or prison or otherwise. And these were dungeons like I explained last week. No savings no money just you know, he just used to make enough to just eat drink by his pens by his paper by his shield that he's gonna go out to jihad with and that's it and recycle that, that money

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in 1263.

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Back in Damascus,

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his haters indict him one more time. About another book he wrote.

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This one in particular about taking suppose it Sacred Journeys, religious journeys, ritual journeys, to the graves of righteous people. And so I'm gonna take me out of house and listen, I'm sorry, how you this clear, it's totally unacceptable. The Prophet SAW Selim said no devotional journeys to be had except to Mecca or Medina, or a masjid officer. And so we have to speak out against this. And this also detracts from the worth of the sacred sites, right? Like if we're gonna go now visit Sinai because Musa alayhis salam have spoken there, and go figure out where the sleepers in the cave work. And then we go from the profits or the you know, the the Alia, in the Quran to everyone we presumed

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to be righteous, right? Everywhere else throughout human history. This detracts from the sanctity of the sacred sites. And it also he said, blurs the lines of Tawheed. Because again, are you there because you're praying for them? Or are you asking them to pray for you? Are you praying to them or through them, and you see the light what exactly makes you muslim gets blurry? And we need to be honest about this. At that point, you know, I'm not saying I was the villa that people that fall into this among Muslims or Christians, but it becomes difficult to distinguish that this person goes to the priest and then sometimes to the mother Mary, and then he asks them to get forgiveness from

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the Father for them and it becomes very difficult to distinguish the greatest keystone of Islam which is single Allah out in our worship Subhana Allah Tala.

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And he said even if Allah may respond to people's prayers in these places, it doesn't mean it's right because some people would always say but I couldn't have a baby but now I was able to have a baby and I was you know, broke forever until I finally visited this place then I got rich and saying this this coinciding or this happening because of you know, you assuming Allah loves this doesn't mean Allah actually loves this.

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And so he was this is his final imprisonment he was placed.

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And again, when I said his haters pulled this out, the the scholars or the historians, the experts on his life, say because this was something he wrote about 20 years prior, so it's like every time he gets cleared on something, someone else throws something else on the table. What about this thing? What about that thing? And so he was imprisoned, finally, in the color of Damascus.

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That's called Colossus, Adele, right? It's a fortress of sorts.

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And and I always remember this account that they say when they were closing the prison cell on him in the final time. Rahimullah, he recited the I and saw that Hadid for Laurie Verbena whom be sued in LA who Bab Bellino, houfy, here Rama wobba Hero, whom in Kibera here either.

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This is actually a scene from the Day of Judgment. I'll translate that in a second. But it's powerful how he drew the parallel to what just happened here. Allah says on the Day of Judgment, about that moment when he separates on the path over the Hellfire or on the bridge, the believers from the hypocrites. He moves the believers forward and keeps buying the hypocrites. Then he drops the gate. So when he saw the gate dropped, he recited and then a gate was struck between them that has a door within this gate behind it on my side he means is mercy, the prison cell, and outside of it selling my D uncompromising outside of it is punishment, Allah says. So he's saying, hamdulillah

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I'm in prison, and I'm not in hypocrisy. That's what he's trying to say. And they're heavy Rahim Allah used to say, the great historian and biographer of the hubby. You see, nobody was ever known to pull out yet as quickly as admits me, like the way I am connected in his head, in real time, was unparalleled with any scholar we've ever seen.

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And some scholars would swear that he himself has never seen meaning in his era, anyone that could do what he did with the Quran. It's as if the Quran was all open in front of him at the exact same time. And he's to tell the people that visited him at the real prisoner is the one that is whose heart is locked away from Allah azza wa jal, the most high. And the real captive is the one who is held captive by his desires, the one that has no patience, he has no perseverance, can't control himself, his tempers his impulses, right can control his desires. And he used to say, what can my enemies do to me, when my garden is in my heart, if they exile me from my lands, and how many times

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that happened now in his life, right? They exile me from my lands, I'm on a devotional journey. It's like, the bumps and bruises of Hajin Ramana. Basically, their sweetness in it, he said, and if they imprison me, I have some hellos and privacy with Allah. And if they kill me, it's smarter than in other words, you have no leverage joke's on you. You can't do anything to me, because my agenda is here,

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Rahim Allah.

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And he kept writing and answering questions and putting together all that he did until they had to pull everything from him. They even pulled at the end of his life, the papers and depends they wouldn't even allow him to have that. So he started picking up charcoals and writing with the charcoals throughout the walls of his cell of his prison cell Rahima Hola. And then they'll play and Rahim Allah said that it was in those days that he would started saying even more than ever, in his sudo that night Allah Who marine Neolithic Erica was equally critical personally Well, that's it oh Allah help me. Help me remember you help me thank you helped me worship you properly.

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And then in so on Sunday 13th 28th. He's 65 years old. Now. They say in that final month of his Rahim Allah Allah He made Hutson of the Quran six times. And in those final months they said he expressed deep regret the man who we said last week we check 100 of seats per area, then ask Allah to unlock what still seems missing from the meaning of the ayah. He expressed his regret for not giving his entire life to the Quran. Not spending more time with the Quran.

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And even the kefir Rahim Allah He said

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that he died while reciting Surah Atul Kumar. And as he was closing it out, you know, the closing of Susan Komen is in Almaty Athena Fijian nuts in one Ahar FEMA ca the Cydia thing in the Malik in Mahkota. There certainly the pious are among Gardens and Rivers in excellent standing female goddesses of endeavor leakin beside next to my leakin Moqtada I don't mean next to the physical sense of course, next to

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an all an almighty King Subhana Allah and then Allah pulled his soul back at that moment that I had no low tide. And so that was even the Tamia che called Islam who produce so many mega scholars like giving a theater as we said that there has to be an adult I am the man whose his students used to say about him and only a handful in Islamic history wherever described this way that if a hadith was not known to even the Tamia, then it was not a hadith. It's an extremely tall claim to make, right?

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And Zan himself right, the brutal head of the Mongols. He said that no one has ever intimidated me. Never have I met anyone more firm than this man.

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and admit Samia for sure he was human, for sure he had temperament as we said, for sure he had phases he changed even in his mindset and in his in his thinking. And that's why the hubiera mo Allah said that despite his, you know, his fiery defensiveness of the deen in his final, you know, teachings, his final books, his final words, his final years, he was always very, very, very protective of the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam saying whether you have to follow a law Muslim, no one put safeguards that will do except the Muslim. In other words, he's saying that he was extremely cautious and would give any reason to sort of dismiss the discussion of someone leaving

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Islam so long as they simply made will do so long as they simply would make their prayers. Right. He was very protective of that, despite the fact that he was so protective of the deen itself. And that is a tall order as well for in sha Allah further discussions. Many times we're stuck with how do we preserve the deen and yet preserve the sanctity of a believer, right like it's

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but reconciling that also is a jihad and it is an act of worship that is pleasing to Allah Zoa Jen and he recognized that throughout his life, but he in particular at the end of it Rahim, mahalo to Allah may Allah is still we still mercy on him and all the great scholars of Islam and all those who love them. I love them me Salallahu salam ala kind of Vienna Muhammad Allah early he was so happy to join. It's like a love for him.