My Son – Uphold the Salah
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Oh Praise and Glory be to Allah Who thank him and we seek His help and his guidance and his pleasure and it's forgiveness. And it's protection from evil whispers within us and from the consequences of our evil deeds, for whomever Allah azza wa jal guides when can ever lead astray and remember, Allah leaves a strain and can never guide and we testify that none is worthy of our worship and our devotion with Allah and Allah alone without any partners, the true supreme King, the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa alayhi wasallam was inserted in truth, His Prophet and his servants and his messenger from Allah azza wa jal has sent at the mercy to the world.
After reminding myself and my brothers and sisters with the Taqwa of Allah azza wa jal, which is his do, right?
And our lifelong mission to observe him in a way befitting of him subhanho wa taala, in loving, willing, consistent surrender to Him.
We returned to where we left Lokman Radi Allahu Taala and who the wise saying to his son, oh, my son,
even if it be the tiny speck in the far this darkest corner of the universe, Allah will bring it for nothing hides from Allah, every speck will resurface after reminding his son about the inevitable imminent Day of Judgment. Then he went on to speak to his son about the biggest thing
that will remind him about the Day of Judgment, which is his relationship with Okada. And the greatest thing that Allah who will ask him about what Allah brings him forth on that day of judgment, and he said, Yeah, bona, yeah, academics salata what motivated model v1 Honeymoon Carrie was with Allah ma acaba. Oh my dear son established the salah, established the prayer the prescribed prayer, what motivated my robe and instruct good went hand in Munkar and forbid or denounce evil was where Allah Akbar back and persevere in the face of whatever will afflict you, whatever will touch you in the past on route to this.
And so he began with the Salah, because it is what will remind you of the Day of Judgment, always. It's the reset button for you. And it is the greatest thing and the first thing Allah will ask you about on the Day of Judgment, as if to say to his son, oh, my son, don't think all deeds are created equal. You will come on the day of judgment and the first thing Allah will ask you about is your Salah, if you tell him I was taking care of the the needy, he'll tell you what about your Salah if he'll tell you tell him my built masajid he'll, he'll tell you what about the koala. You tell him that I was very kind and had a good heart towards people and considerate of them. He will tell you
what about before Allah, for Allah first before anything else, as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam told us if that question goes well, then everything after it will be even easier. And if this question is not satisfied, everything after that will become even more difficult, it will become irrelevant, it will become more scrutinized. And so he said to his son from his wisdom, don't ever confuse the value of anything with the value of Salah. You begin with that. And that was from the great wisdom of look, man. He said that he understood his job very well that you're not just going to leave it out there like mine. It's not just about being a good person. What is the primary facet
of being a good person of my children coming out? Right? He understood his primary job was to emphasize the fallout to his family. Allah azza wa jal said this is the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam even what Mora halacha was for that he was Father Alia and instruct your family to pray because Allah
and be stubborn. You know we said before, it's very means Be patient. When you throw that heavy letter thought in there, it adds heaviness to the meaning. So be heavily patient upon instructing your family to make follow up, then the ISS, instruct your family to make Falon be heavily patient on that Lana's allocated, we're not going to ask you for your money.
We ask ourselves all the time, where are we going to get our money? And how much money are we going to secure for our family and secure for our children? Allah is saying that is irrelevant. Your primary job is not to make money. Your primary job is not to even make money and donate it to good causes. Your primary job is you instructing your family to be upright servants of Allah. And that doesn't exist without salah.
And so, think of it this way, if you were to tell your child, I'm sending you to college, this is why I'm paying for your dorm and paying for your tuition or whatever expenses may arise. And you arrive to visit your child this college students and you find them playing video games the whole day and all night.
Tell you what are you here for?
Am I only supposed to go to college? I don't have a life. No, you have a life. It's no problem. These things can exist, but not at the expense of the primary reason why you're why you're here.
Likewise, with the adult and his job, are you allowed to make money? Are you allowed to enjoy your share of the dunya even not just good causes even just enjoy the halal of this dunya and moderation? Absolutely, but not at the expense of your job, you're here for a very specific reason.
Or that reason is for you to command your family to pray.
Because that is the only way they're going to start on their journey to being servants of Allah. Do we think we fulfilled our job do we think we will be saved? On the day we are questioned about our job if we don't focus on the fallout of our family members. You know, Allah azza wa jal said, what who am forsaken Well, Alikum Nowra protect yourself and your family, everyone that you have control over or influence on or a leadership position towards.
Protect yourself and your family, he began with yourself, because you need to save yourself before anybody, you have more control technically over yourself and anybody else. But he also began with you first, some scholars said, because you will not have saved yourself without saving your family. And so it's really all comes back to you, do you think you will be saved if you're the perfect Muslim that performs the perfect Salah and phase, the perfect gap and does all those things on your own, but you didn't impart this on those that Allah made you responsible for? Can you even consider by the way, that of all the things that the prophets of Allah do for this planet, they offer a good
example they encourage people to pay and alleviate the suffering of the downtrodden and all of that, of all the things to mention Allah azza wa jal makes it a point to mention that the prophets would instruct their families with Salah Don't be confused about the value of this task of this project. What could have been Kitab Ismail and mentioned to them in the Scripture is married in the who can afford the Colorado cannot afford an Obeah he was a man that was always keeping his promises and a messenger prophet. What can I Morrow Allah who was salah, he was the Cathy work and I ended up being him or Leah, and he was someone that would constantly yet Morrow,
right continuous 10 would constantly commanded family with prayer and with charity and thus he was pleasing to his Lord, he was so pleasing to Allah because of that, because of that function.
So how often do you speak to your family about salah and emphasize it?
The Prophet alayhi salatu salam said to us in the hadith of Ramadan, the Sharia law the Allah Tala Anhu from his father from his grandfather, Maru Allah the Combi Salah Deleasa brain Audrey boo whom Ali Hayashi command your family, your children to pray at seven years old.
And strike them for it at 10.
What does that say to you? What do you understand when you hear that hadith?
It's as if the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is saying use all of your tools instruction promoting the Falah positive reinforcement. And if it gets to it three years 5000 prayers later, they'll not working use some of the negative reinforcement as well use everything you have to make sure your kids are praying.
Put all your energy in this directed channeling towards this. And of course the hitting here is when it is beneficial. It's not in our fit of rage. It is not before 10 years old, it is not before you showed them and encourage them and check up on them and rewarded them and all of
that, but use everything, use all that you can use to make sure your family is framed.
Because this Salah is and it must be seen not just valuable in terms of the reward you're going to get in the hereafter or how much it's going to contribute towards saving you. This is the way to protect your family. Like this is the cornerstone of the spiritual development of your family members, which is the most important aspect of their development more than their physical development more than their financial planning and financial security more than their MO their spiritual development is the most important part.
And if they are going to become something something worthwhile, you need to establish this correctly. You know, when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, a follow up to a mood in Salah is the mood and mood is the central column of this religion. You know what that means? That means two things. central column you imagine you have a tent, and you have a column in the middle. If it falls, the tents fall the Dean fall and the higher you erect this tent, the further the tent can spread and encompass and the longer this pole is the more deeply rooted the higher it rises. The better and more stable your tent is your dean is.
That is why I'm one of them. Kappa Radi Allahu Anhu. He used to write letters in a message to all of his governors all the people he would appoint over a different region. He would tell them while Mo and hammer Murakami recovering the Uppsala
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He will tell all his governors you need to know that the most important affair of yours to me is your prayer. Because whomever safeguards it will be able to safeguard the rest of their religion and whomever is careless with it. Whoever neglects it will be even more neglectful over everything else. It's proportionate.
Like any Imam Muhammad Rahim Allah did he become a Lima magma out of thin air did he become overnight? A great scholar, a great Imam, a perseverance man and when speaking truth to power and establishing the truth about our deen without compromise. Where did that come? Imam Ahmed mother Rahim Allah may Allah was still mercy on her. She used to take him wake up before veg and make will do for her. His father had passed, he was an orphan, she would make wudu for this child of hers, and walk him through the dark streets of Baghdad in Iraq. And she would bring him to the masjid every single day, every single day so that he could get a good seat in the front rows of the prayer. So
that he would there was no microphones. So he would be of those who could hear the Hadith scholars best when they are transmitting the traditions of our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam every single morning she would do that.
And women do not pray every single morning. They are not obligated to pray every time we go morning. And so there would be times when she would walk him all the way to the masjid and she wouldn't be praying in those periods of her of her month. And so she would stand there until she was he was finished with the prayer and the class and comes out there and walk him home. It is no surprise that he became an Imam Muhammad Rahim Allah. Do you have a plan for your child? Do you have a plan for your family members? Do you see it? Do you see the correlations or not?
Do you have a plan when my child needs to be praying even if it's not seven, even if you're starting late, but okay, by this point, they're gonna I'm gonna need to hold them to the prayer and encourage them to pray and are always reminded that at this point, they're going to be praying, they're five, and then after that, I'm going to get them at the masjid and then after that, I'm going to start creating a buffer they'll pray there sooner or the right prayers so that if they ever slip the slip from the voluntary they never dip beneath was the five prayers that their religion will collapse without.
And the very first step to do this regardless of at what point you are in this project. Or if you're just going to start after today's hold what the best point is for you to reset recalibrate how you look at solar
the solar serve you or not
does it benefit you or not? Because it will not benefit your children much if it doesn't benefit you? How do you see for that?
Do you see Salah as an interruption because many of us do. Like Salah is this I gotta get this function out of the way so we can get to dinner we just got home. Next function is what it's dinner. So let me get so out of the way so I can get to dinner. And so it is this lifeless
function that is soulless it is just a body it just an exterior motion
is Salah and interruption to you. I want you to go home asking yourself that question today. Because salah is supposed to be the very very opposite.
For that is not supposed to be something that interrupts your work. interrupts your day interrupts your life. Salah is supposed to be the time you look forward to that
I look forward to that that's a break from the madness of life.
You know, there's so many things in life that we think cannot be delayed for another second, cannot be interrupted. Right and you stress over it, and you get so worried about it, whether it's like deadlines or people's expectations or they can't be delayed. And so that puts you under so much pressure and so much stress and you get all worried and anxious and, and worked out until you just keep going. You just keep going. You keep going until you're going to destroy yourself.
And so Salah then comes steps in to rescue you from that madness. That grind that does not have any mercy on you. For a lot comes Allah subhanaw taala meaning he legislated for law for us to tell you hey, stop, stop right now you matter. You know the whole idea of like self care, you need to stop and think about yourself a little bit. You need to stop and take care of yourself a little bit and your emotional health and your mental stability and your Salah is self care there is no greater self care than you disconnecting from yourself and the show the weight that you chose to put on your shoulders. Imagine things were dependent on you. How do you take care of yourself by disconnecting
from yourself and the pressure you put on yourself and connecting with Allah. And fala comes from the same root as Lila which means connection is by connecting with Allah. The way to remember yourself or take care of yourself is to forget yourself. But not forget yourself with some alcohol because that's usually what happens when you go down the grind. Not to forget yourself with some haram formal, you know release catharsis. The way to forget yourself in a beneficial way is to remember Allah and that will come back to benefit you and you will have then taken care of yourself. That's the real correct way to remember yourself, to remember your size to remember your place to
remember that you have a great God in front of you and behind you.
For Allah is Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala Ness Allah has to answer him and push her home when they forgot about Allah, when they disconnected from the memory of Allah from the mindfulness of Allah, that's when they really forgot about themselves, meaning that's when they really lost themselves. That is when they really stopped taking care of started neglecting themselves. So when you disconnect from it, like hard stop for a lot of time now, it's supposed to help you say wait a minute, like oh man, the world didn't stop when I when I interrupted this function. I'm not that necessary.
I'm not that permanent. Neither is the whole world that necessary and that permanent.
Everything you know that we are the world around us reminds us of us.
And so Salah reminds you of Allah, like you look at the highways and you look at construction or architecture things when you look at what people's hands have created in your mind become centered around people. But Allah tells you look at salah, or look at the natural world that I that my hands have created.
That I have created myself to start realizing that how amazing Allah is because the assumption that things are dependent on you and that you can do it all and that you're so amazing if you just try hard enough, this is going to set you up for frustration for failure. It will devastate you so if Allah and interruption for you, or do you see there's a break that Allah gave you, a point to climb a point of attention a point to climb out of all of this, you know this Allah, Allah azza wa jal chose to give it to the Prophet SAW Salem in the ascension time when he climbed through the sky.
Why nothing else was given to him in the skies, but that because that is your way to climb to the sky. He was teaching us through the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, among many other potential wisdoms that the only way really up is to go down. The only way up for the Muslim, the Muslim is supposed to understand and believe that the only way up is to place his face on the ground. And he understands there's something so liberating and so special about that. Think of your face.
You know, your face is the way that people identify you. And so do you hide it?
It's like your water represents you.
Also, your face is the seat of your beauty. You know how amazing and beautiful people are when people have done? You hide it. And place is a seed of expression like how do you know someone's happy or upset or it's your face, right sound by your hand. It's about your needs, that people know that you're upset or you're happy. Hide it, it's not important.
And so you disconnect from all of that, and you connect with something so much bigger. And this is a human need, by the way we all have this needs to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
So you connect with Allah himself. subhanho wa Taala you connect with the world of the angels, can you put your head down, try to penetrate, try to penetrate with with your thinking not to daydream and fall, but to penetrate beyond this world. You're part of something huge, something that stretches across time and place.
through your Salah. Like the angels on top of you the mountain in the in the skies that are greater than the size of mountains are praying. And so you're being like them now. And their lifespans are much larger than yours you're doing what they're doing now. This is not just like an imaginative exercise. Our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said and Hasan al Bukhari, Allah taso funa Kemet are so full Mullah he catering dog behind it Munna fulfill our life in a world. What are all sunnah for stuff? Won't you guys imitate the angel? That's basically what he's saying. Won't you guys make straight ranks? He said, he's connecting between our prayer and theirs. Won't you make straight
ranks the same way the angels make perfectly straight ranks in front of their Lord. They fill the first line first before going to the one behind it until they're perfectly settled in their ranks.
And not just the angels, the world of the righteous, even on Earth.
You're doing what the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam did you're doing what no Alehissalaam did. You're doing what past present and future Muslims have done? Whether human even Origen that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to us and another Hadith also on soil body when you're in the childhood, and you're saying As salam o Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah has fallen in peace be upon us, and the righteous leaves of God he has the most at the moment you're saying that Bella Coola, Aberdeen lillahi folly ha for summer it will all this actually is delivered, Allah delivers it for you, and it reaches every slave of God that is in fact righteous, whether on the earth or in
And so that's like a huge thing. That you you go upwards, you ascend by going down into sujood. And you connect with Allah azza wa jal, and then you connect with the righteous by disconnecting from yourself and your tiny little world. Think of people what do they try to like accomplish? What is their Where do they find value anymore? Like compare what is the picture I just drew with some person who spends three, four weeks, not five times a day he gets a copy of it. He spends three, four weeks struggling to say I have lost nine pounds now.
Congratulations, but there's a world of a difference between this as a life goal as finding a purpose and a meaning or someone that comes in please some human beings that don't even know him that are online on social media somewhere and are probably gonna get mad at him very soon. Anyway, compare this with that. It's a world of difference.
And if we understood that we would enjoy and benefit our salah, from our Salah so much. It begins there. A hula COLA that was talking about all the money wherever.
And hungry Lillahi wa salatu salam ala Milena we have our shadow Allah ilaha illallah or the hola Cherie kala shadow anna Muhammad Abdul who whenever you hold a solo
and so we can see now that even the practicing Muslim who does perform salah, but does not do so meaningfully. Even his mind his mentality herd mentality can be warped to become so reduced so simplistic, so insignificant. And so Salah has the potential is not for sure. Depends on how well your Salah is I'm saying it has the potential for you to push back against all of this. To say no, I'm not going to spend my whole life just in a blur just firefighting trying to put out this fire than the next fire then this fires and the next fire until I myself catch on fire. Basically, this whole app is a fixed focus, non negotiable institution to ensure you're constantly creating or
preserving pathways for like the water to get in. Right. You're creating sources of water within yourself so that the fire never gets to you and so that you're able to have enough in you to serve others. This this is your source. This is your reservoir of water. Cultivate that pathway cultivate that stream of water by connecting with Allah azza wa jal, your ultimate source of nourishment. He doesn't just give us risk to nourish our bodies. He gave us greater than that.
But what happens if I can? Then you're not paying attention to what Luqman Radi Allahu Anhu said he didn't tell his son make salah.
He said to him up in his Salah
established the prayer. You know pm in Arabic means to stand up. Something that is taught me something that is independently able to stand standing on its own and not leaning. It's not crutch. It stands up. It's upheld on its own. That's what he's saying and upright. Follow
Even elsewhere in the Quran, Allah used this term with what was the previous nations that had the books but didn't really have them. Well Allah whom are Camuto rotta well in Jean, if they would have just upheld the Torah and the Evangel the Books of Moses and Jesus that make him a sedum. Likewise many of us have salah, but we don't really have it. Why? Because we did not do if I'm at the Salah, we overlook the iqama part. What does it mean in a coma to Salah to offer it the way Allah wants and expects of you to offer it? That means all five on time.
And that means when you're offering those five on time, you're trying your best you're attempting your best to make it a full of quality.
Because if you're shortchanging your Salah, you're shortchanging yourself. Abu Qatada Allahu Anhu said, the prophet Sall Allahu Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, in so unnecessary aka Allah the sad human sala de la ut Morrow, Chua ly, UT mu. Rocco, Hawala, sudo. The Hawala for sure that the person the worst kind of thief is the one that steals from his prayers. By not
perfecting, completing, it's bowing and it's frustration, and it's state of humbleness.
You're going to have to do this so that you can be able to tell someone that this Salah is actually worthwhile.
This is the greatest thing to encourage people to pray.
There's a brother in this community
who attended our Joomla for a very long time before becoming Muslim.
And a few years ago in the spring conference after the spring conference, myself and another one of the speakers we took him out for a cup of coffee and we spoke to him like become Muslim already.
You seem very compelled and so don't hold back don't shake on discourage you. He said it's just this whole philosophy thing. Like I can't how am i How are you going to convince me to change my whole life and like come to a full stop five times a day? The world doesn't work like this. How do you guys pray five times a day?
And you know how the brother with me the other speaker, the other she had convinced them. He said to him, we don't pray five times a day. Most you will find out that Muslims who pray they pray way more than five times a day
because of what they found in the prayer when they offered it.
Transplant that into your family members, your children, what do they see you getting from the salah
if you offer a karma to Salah you establish it right you learn the meanings of what you're saying and you schedule for yourself a regimen so that you actually wind down before you pray and you're not focusing by the time you know we rushed into prayer and I will end with this. By the time we we wind down we're already thinking Santa Monica Santa Monica, because we're just in a rush. Observe the Sunnah of washing trying to calm yourself putting your phone away a few minutes before the prayer not a few steps before the prayer the all of these things will build up to a quality salah. And then you need to know the potential of this is what our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
would say, oh Bilal call to Salah to give us rest. Give us some comfort with it. Oberland Arabia and the province often said well God that curato I need to Salah the women he was married to in the perfume that he enjoyed. I love these Halal things from the dunya but the joy joy of my life was made to be in Salah he enjoyed Paula more than the people that are exhilarated by aspects of this dunya enjoy their dunya he would enjoy a lot more than they enjoyed them that
and then it will be your salvation on the Day of Judgment. May Allah save us and you and our families and help us protect ourselves in them. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said and we said I close man half of Allah whomever safeguard the salah doesn't just pray it safeguards your armor to Salah Canada who know Ron LeBron went to jail to normal pm it will be a source of light and approve meaningful of his faith and a source of survival and salvation on the day of judgment and whomever it is not safeguard his Salah will not have no I will not have Berghain will have this light or proof or survival on the Day of Judgment. He's and he will be on that day. maffra Iona
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We ask Allah azza wa jal to grant us a standing in front of him that will allow us to stand in front of him safely on the day of judgment and make the Salah the dearest of our experiences in this world and make it a comfort and an escape from for us from the grind of this world. Allahumma Amin May Allah help us find ourselves through remembering him and may Allah protect us from ever thinking that we
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