Why We Pray 8
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Hello Amanda Rahim Al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil aalameen 100% Athena je Le Chateau la isla de la medical HuffPo Levine she's one number Hamid rasool Allah hilum rose Raha Senegal me, announced the Hadith in detail about its Allah, Mohammed in sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Charlemagne to her or Coolangatta timbira or Coulomb interaction Laura will collaborate and for now, we begin the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Bestower of mercy, all praise and glory belongs to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Indeed Allah is deserving of the best effects and the most beautiful phrases. And we testify that no one is worthy of worship with Allah alone with tiny partners, the true supreme King
and the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was a servant that his messenger he sent is immersed into the worlds and the truths the words the words of Allah and the VISTA guidance the student and the example of a prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And the most dangerous matters, the newly added medicine to the dean for every one of those leading astray, that only leads to the fire.
We continue in sha Allah with what will be our last session on the virtues of Salah.
And we concluded last month, that Salah saves a person from the flames of the hellfire and the flames of agenda.
Today we'll begin with the next unique characteristic of Salah and that is the Salas role in raising your levels in Jana. So it doesn't just admit a person into Jana but raises their levels inside of gender right Allah azza wa jal for example, says to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for the head Jenvey Hina phillotson laka Amina lady for the edge between FeS and like us, Africa rock bootcamp calm and Maha Mudra and from the night on Mohammed take a portion will you stand in prayer for your own good so that your Lord may resurrect you may raise you on the Day of Judgment, my arm and my muda to a very high station, a station that everybody will be praising. So that you get to
that station what is the one of the most important factors to bring you there on Ahmed stand that night and pray similarly inside Muslim
is the Hadith a very beautiful Hadith Ravera in Cambodia Lavon. He says, going to Avatar and the Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam I used to spend the night
with the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam remain by his side at night, perhaps in travel or elsewhere. I would bring him his will do water or the water so you can wash up with and I would, you know, take care of his needs. So he said to me one day, send me a request of me
make a request as if he wanted to reward and repay him for all the help he's offering. So we are going to get rid of the other one. He said. I said okay, more Alpha ProTech if you Jenna, I ask of you that I have your companionship in paradise.
So he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam darling, is there anything else that's out there? Who is that? That's it? That's what I want. So he said to himself, bla bla bla to Salem for air in the Isla Seca. Be careful of this sujood
helped me in that regard with many students,
helped me make that request for you with Allah Subhana Allah has helped me to see it on your behalf. You may be with Me in Paradise on those high levels by making many suits, and obviously this means many Salas because sujood in and of itself is not an act of worship, right, you know, just makes the Jews after so Judah, Judah Thursday June. It means make many Salah so your sujood count adds up. Right.
there's a hateable man or the law of Thailand or in the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he said, or Salah two V three Salah la love ouabain Houma. Kitab on fear Ileen and one prayer, following another prayer with no level between them left was useless talk. Right? No level will between them is a record in real Lean In the Heights. Once again, raising your levels in the heights of paradise means a person answers the masjid, if possible, right? We're not saying beyond employee, what center they offer otherwise, any praise but what it means is I'm going to stay here and I'm going to do beneficial things on salary shot, right.
I'm going to read the Quran I'm going to make Vicki I'm going to make her I'm going to learn some knowledge right you
Nothing No useless talk
chatting, right? Someone saw an equal, it's useful. They are like themselves even obligatory theoretical salon right? But he fills the time between the two prayers with nothing useless, that becomes a record, you know, the record is Kitab in order to go to a fancy restaurant and there's like reservations, right sorry on the on the list that you can go to that side of the restaurant. This is the intent, these are record in the heights. There are certain stations in Jannah and certain offerings in Jannah for people that do this.
Also on the hadith of Abdullah Muhammad Ali Lavon, Houma.
He said that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in Nephi Jannetty Murasa indeed in Jannah, there are certain chambers that does another narration called a Muslim that says these narrations a person will see them like the far the star you see in the horizon. Very far chambers very high.
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welcome, Brian Wilson leveleleven Nursery em, there are certain chambers in paradise, that the outside of them can be seen from the inside. And the inside of them could be seen from the outside.
What does it mean?
You know, it's amazing because
perhaps the people that heard this hadith first, the Sahaba of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam, of course, they believe that it accepted at face value, but they couldn't imagine it, do we and we imagined it now right? Now we see how okay, there's glass wall, right? And there's crystal and, oh, it's closer to home? Yes. And thus even you if you don't understand the Hadith, exactly to its details, what does that even mean? Right? You still accept it the way those that understood it less than you the Sahaba accepted, right? Because I remember the reason I'm saying that I was when I was
I was very young. I am blue in the midst of the first time I heard this hadith.
And there was so a man elderly man but honestly, it's very poorly managed. And I say that without hesitation because he's being poorly managed with the Prophet saw Satan himself. Using the chef said this hadith, the guy just blurts out, just so what's the point of a room like that, you know?
There's the guy inside sees outside and outside sees inside of it as if you're not in a room. He says what's the point of a room like that? They swings his arm. It's obviously very disrespectful. And we accept and we understand the message even if we don't grasp it, right? We don't accomplish the full meaning with our minds. With consider I mean,
nowadays if you ever seen if you ever been to I haven't with if you've ever been to see world is one of these big aquariums or otherwise, you know, you sit the bake, you sit down in a in the actual tank, they have the restaurant inside the Have you seen it in my scene? Right? So you're sitting there at dinner, and all the walls are glass. Yes. And like you see the sharks swimming by and the stingrays and the dog or whatever else is there, right? It's a treat, right? You're sitting there with the people in paradise now are in the heights, and they have these crystal domes or they have these you know, transparent houses. And they can see the people outside and the people can see them
on the inside. So it's as if they have some sort of special status, people could recognize them, and they could see the people looking up to them. Right? This for who He said rooms that can be seen the outside from the inside and the inside from the outside. For those that choose their words. Well, those that speak goodly words, and those that feed the food mean they feed others and they pray at night when people sleep those three qualities.
Allah subhanho wa Taala
said well, I've got the Kitab enough is abou remember the Vickery Anil Owlboy Arethusa, rebellious slaley hoon. And We have certainly written
that the earth the land, will be inherited by my righteous leaves.
Even our best Mahanama said about this idea
out of Dune, Jana urethral Halina, you saw lunar solar cell Hamsa
fie Gemma that this land that is inherited by the righteous this verse means the people that will inherit paradise the lands of paradise are those that pray the five prayers in the masjid. All right. That's all for the meetings, not necessarily the only mean it could mean on the earth as well that those that are righteous are those that are granted victory on the earth.
And lastly, hating Muslim about this subject. Everyone says the Prophet salallahu it
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Shall I not inform you be mindful love will be hit haha well far be hit or Jet Charter inform you about that which Allah erases sins because of it and raises levels that's the point the raises levels because of it they said of course a messenger of Allah he said is well who do your island McHattie for someone to perfect me to be very thorough to perfect his will do despite the cold Island macarius despite the difficulty difficulties usually the cold or domestic obviously right. That's the that's the most commonly thought of difficulty regarding Moodle. That height is very relevant in Allentown, Pennsylvania and then
he says well, Catherine huzzah el masajid, one to one sala de la sala vertical rebar, vertical rebar that equal revolt, he says.
So the people that make wudu despite the cold and those that make many steps, take many steps to the masjid and those that await one Salah after the next Salah when they're early for the Salah, or they're even there from the previous salah. Then he says this is endurance, this is endurance. This is in Maine, this is a person that could put up with this. This is a true champion and that's why they have their levels are raising their sins are forgiven. This is a form of jihad in and of itself.
The second of the three points we want to mention today is that the salah of its unique qualities is that it prepares you
for the best role. It prepares the person to see the face of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada.
The greatest aim a person can ever have
is to see the face of his Lord Subhanallah Todd
This is so enjoyable that when the people of paradise get to finally see the face of Allah, they will forget all the enjoyment they will experience. Despite the enjoyment they were experiencing, being unimaginable the Prophet SAW Selim said that Allah Baraka, Allah has said, I have prepared for my righteous leaves meaning in paradise with no eye has ever seen or don't hear has ever heard, would never dawned upon the imagination of a human being. But still, even that, compared to seeing the face of Allah, hearing the voice of Allah having a private conversation with Allah.
It causes the person to forget these lesser joys that are unimaginable in and of themselves. It is greater than gender itself.
And likewise a person being deprived of seeing a boss seeing their Creator seeing their maker, that which caused their face to be a person being deprived of than the hereafter is worse than them being admitted into the Hellfire
as I'm going to tell you about how it was said because Allah Tabata Kota Island and Susan toffee and he told us
so many Nahum and Rob beat him yo man he didn't lemma actual goon Phil made nothing loss ology him two separate punishments, the first of them the primary punishment, the biggest punishment, then they will be on that day veiled from their Lord. And then secondarily,
they will be admitted into the fire they will enter to burn into the fire.
And that's what hassle vasila used to see if the worshippers learned that they would not see their Lord on the Day of Judgment. They would have melted in died. That's what they work for that experience. And one of the great worshipers of Mecca jazz knafeh Rahim Allah He said, Oh, I wish that my Lord would make the reward of my actions. Just one look at him, followed by him saying, oh, never come to Rama beat us. Meaning I fast every day and I pray every night and I do what I do. If Allah gives me for all that, just one look at his face, that would be enough.
Allah Subhana Allah permit us to see his pleasant face.
Even the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who was given with no one else was given. They told him Did you see your Lord? Allah? No, don't and now or is it there was light? How could I see him? Right the veil of Allah is light. But on the day of judgment in paradise, Allah azza wa jal will gather the people and tell them oh, people have gender.
Are you pleased? And imagine that then Allah azza wa jal if the whole world is not pleased with him, it doesn't harm him. Well, that's how much he cares for his sleeves. Are you pleased? How do I lead to him? They'll say how can we not be pleased when you gave us what you never gave anybody?
And so he will tell them I will give you something greater than that. They would say what is possibly greater than that than jitna eternal bliss forever. No sleep, no sickness, no hunger, no argument, complete and total peace. What can be greater? He said, Oh, hell no. Are they gonna do it for the US how to combat that whoever the I will make permanent for you My pleasure, I'll be pleased with you permanently and never become angry with you again. So my you shuffle IJA and then the veil will be removed that veil of white and other hottie, the veil will be removed. And there'll be nothing dear to them than looking at the face of their Lord Subhana Allah dot Allah who is who is
perfect in his beauty and perfect in his mind, the creator, the Almighty Subhana Allah to Allah. Imagine you being severed from your parents for a very long time, I think because they died or you were traveling. Think of how a face beams when they see their parents again. Allah Azza insists, would you yell no, you didn't. Now lira ILA up behind a little face on that day will be beaming because they will be looking at their Lord their master. Imagine looking at your creator and the creator of those parents of yours.
And so nothing purifies the heart and causes it to shine like Salah
and that is what prepares that heart and the body that carries that heart to see Allah subhanho wa Taala
How do we know that? How do you know there's a connection between Salah and seeing the face of Allah azza wa jal
mainly mainly is to a hadith
the first Hadith in Bukhari and Muslim hatred God and or the Allah pay attention to the Hadith I'm gonna ask you about it.
He said Salah ha. He said we were once with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he looked at the moon on a night when it was full. Then he said,
inequity around our back home.
Indeed, you will see your Lord.
Just as you see this moon he said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
led to love Munna Allah to Allah Buddha to different variations Pharaoh exe without having to crown without having to struggle to see him, meaning known as a full moon. When everyone's look at the full moon known as the crowd to hey, I have to wait, let me look right, everybody can see it clearly. Right. There's no struggling, there's no crowding to see it. He said you will surely see your Lord on the Day of Judgment, the same way you see the moon is full.
Wait a minute.
Are we allowed to compare our models creation?
And to the question, no, we're not a situation.
So why is the comparison being made to the moon here?
Compared to be compared to the way that you're seeing?
Are you asking me or telling me because it's not really like saying anything? It's not comparing it to the moon is comparing it how you see it?
I believe, where do you get that from? My mind. Good man. I like your mind. Keep polishing that mind. I like it's going to be a service for as long as
they come as many of us understand this hadith area and he was used this hadith. The comparison here is not just going to learn the moon can compare a lot with his creation. It's comparing the way you see Allah and the way you see the moon, meaning your clarity of vision will be the same. And here and there. So this is comparing your eyesight in dunya. With your eyesight in general.
Not almost Pano Todd, not the object that you're seeing.
He said just as you see the moon without little Dawn molecularity without having to crowd over to see that moon, he says for any stir bar to lead to level.
So if you're able to not be overcome, regarding praying before the sunrises and praying before the sunsets then do so.
So what's the connection here? You're going to see a lot and make sure
you don't miss the prayer before the sun rises, and you don't miss the prayer before the sunsets so that you see Allah. That's the connection. That's why the Rama said that seeing Allah is directly related to how well you performed your Salah. Is that clear? Now I have a question. Why does it save before the sunrise and before the sunsets?
When we know we have to pray all five crepes Is it enough to prefer just before sunrise and sunset?
So as I hate saying these two prayers
it's to emphasize these because these, for the most part, are usually the two most difficult prayers for many people at veggie trying to squeeze out another hour to sleep, right at the Aussie trying to wrap up your day, finish up your work, sell your last items, right? Check out and catch the train, whatever it is right to get home.
You sleep is being wrapped up with veggies, you want to squeeze some out and your work days being wrapped up but us you want to get something good before nightfall. So if you're keen on these two, you'll surely be keen with the rest. So to emphasize them, though, they are not everything. So the point is, be sure to put up the fight and make all your Salawat on time, so that you see Allah with such clarity on the day of judgment. And then he Salalah was and after saying that he recited the I was epic, the 100 on bigger formula glory shows you a couple of who will be here and exalted with the phrasing of your Lord before the sun rising for the sunsets.
The other headings either innocence like a Muslim, and I'm going to explain the height of LS and then I'm going to tell you what's the difference in the height the height injuries, okay, you already everybody's awake.
He said sallallahu alayhi wa sallam enough agenda de la Sukkot. Yeah, two and a half Coolidge Umar.
Indeed, there is in paradise, a marketplace that they go to every Friday, and then to Hebrew chemin, then the northern winds blow north in general,
that northern winds blow in their faces and in their garments, their clothing,
causing them to increase in perfection and in beauty.
Then they go back to their families, they go back home, they see their family again, after having been increased in perfection beauty, and their family says to them, you're more perfect and more beautiful than you left. And they requested from the YouTube you're more perfect and beautiful than you left.
So you're my Joomla is called The Day of increase.
Because they get increased in perfection and beauty on that day by the northern winds. Okay, well, that's not the only increase they get. When Allah subhana wa Levina accidentally husana was the for those that do excellent works will have an excellent reward and that increase the prophets of salaam said in that area that increasing the face of Allah. Today they the northern winds blow and beautify them and they get to see Allah every Friday, which causes their faces to be in like the if we recited says their faces being from seeing their load.
On Friday, they all come to that marketplace and they all are gathered, and they see
Allah subhanho wa Taala and other narrations mentioned Allah speaks to every single one of them privately. He gives them see how you had a you had to attend the sermon on Friday in dunya. In the F era, Allah azza wa jal has a personal conversation with every single person you remember such and such a date, you remember that I have that was the day that you got guaranteed paradise, that was the day that I saved you you're gonna go here and there right? That was the day that you committed this and I forgave you That was the day that this happened
so what's the connection between Hadith enters the marketplace and being increased in beauty and Salah Friday, is when they go to the market and Fridays and they have Salah and Fridays and etc Allah that's the connection between Salah and seeing Allah subhana wa clear
so who can guess the difference between the hadith of Eros you go to the market every Friday and you see Allah subhanaw taala and the Hadith of God or the Lavon if you're able to make sure you pray veteran asked do so for you will see Allah the way you see a full moon not having to crowd to see him.
Go for it was the first one.
Hadith at us, you will see Allah every Friday.
Hadith, Jerry if it's not, it's implied, it's not outright clear. But I want you to use your brains, especially because we only have people with good brains in the crowd. How did Jarier says make sure you pray before sunrise and before sunset because there is an opportunity to see Allah in general. So I guess the connection is the opposite on Friday.
Which is the specific prayer times and the connection. The other man said Hadith, Jerry
is more specific, the Hadith Ennis Hadith Ennis is saying that enough in Jannetty, Asuka there is a market in Jannah that everybody goes through and everybody in Genesis Allah subhanaw taala on Friday.
But there are a special class of people that don't miss fish don't miss us very serious about their prayers. They see Allah twice a day.
It's as if he says all Salam, you will see him with the utmost clarity the way you see the sun. So hold on to fetch and ask him because those are the two appointments in general, depending on how well you do on these.
So is referring to the five prayers but it mentioned those to distress them to do the tough prayers and there's an extra reward because of their toughness, Allah who is
a full moon
measure the sun
I say the sun
I lent them the Hadith of the moon play a little bit.
So we said Salah does not just admit you into Janet raise your levels in general and Salah prepares you to the degree of how well you safeguard your Salah for the best reward the Ginetta seeing the face of Allah soprano was the last one which is a bit lengthy with very very
enjoyable not just entertaining enjoyable.
And this is the last virtual salon we're going to discuss in this whole series of talks. Salah is a guiding light what does that mean? The site of people offering Salah
was the turning point for many, many people to accept Islam.
Because you may not realize it
that power of that solder, but the one that is deprived of it notice that he doesn't have
and so the shift that comes right over to have the whole line is in the series that I transcribe for you guys for Friday nights. He mentioned so many testimonials of people that were impressed with the salah of the Muslim, many of which actually became Muslim themselves because of seeing a Muslim make Salah.
So the person should always take the opportunity to pray in public when that's feasible. When that's feasible.
Thomas Arnold that's exhibit a Okay, first piece of evidence Thomas Arnold say he's not adding a hadith to Scotland's testimonials. They're very beautiful. And then on Thomas Arnold, this
like a little plan. Anybody know Thomas Arnold, this.
he died in 1930.
He says the Muslims religion is always in the shadows never detached from him. And in his days, he prays five times in a focused ritualistic fashion that has such an effect on the worshiper and the onlooker, guy looking. He says this organized form of worshiping Allah is of the greatest distinguishing factors by which by which a Muslim stands out from others, and so many times have the tourists traveling in the east. Notice the extent of its effects on the hearts. As for the congregational prayer, the Masjid GEMA no one ever sees, even if once in their lives close to 15,000 praying in the courtyard of the large mosque in Delhi, Delhi, India. And the last Friday Prayer
just kind of said, right. That's the Friday everyone has to go pray. This isn't some unspoken law in many cultures, that the most important July of the year is the last July in Ramadan as if you don't have to come to any other gym or if you go to that Juma anyhow, but he says in Delhi in the last Friday of Ramadan, all of which are absorbed in their prayers, and the signs of fear and intimidation are upon them in every motion. He says no one can see the scene without it reaching the depths of his heart.
And realizing the precedents it has over others. So those that are embarrassed the praying in public, they're actually depriving others from discovering Salah right the beauty of Salah for those that have seen it.
One Bishop, Bishop of walk from France, he says, No one can mix with the Muslims for the first time, except that they are amazed and affected by the display of their beliefs. Because wherever you are, whether an acquired street or a railroad platform or a field so frequently will your eyes fall on a man void of any signs of showing off nor any desire to be seen. He leaves whatever work was busying, regardless of what it may be, and he goes off in calmness and humility to offer his prayer. Its appointed time.
Earnest renowned the French philos
History says, I never entered a masjid without being overwhelmed with emotion. regret that I wasn't the Muslim.
The hundreds varied he mentioned the story of a man who was formerly Jewish from his city in His own town, Alexandria region. He says this man has his own story. He says that he became very sick one day.
He says, and yet he kept hearing a voice, urging him to announce that he that I have a Muslim that he's Muslim, even though he's Jewish. He says, but when I finally entered the masjid one day, and I saw the people rank in the prayer, as if they were angels, His words, ranked in the prayer as if they were angels.
He said when I saw that I heard myself I heard within me that this is the description of the people that is foretold in their books, the prophets told in their books, he said, I became convinced that I wasn't created for any reason except to be a Muslim.
By the way, this is true, right? And the Quran tells us what tarragon Braganza agenda you see them prostrating and bowing the ISS then he can methadone Vitola that is their description in the Torah.
So you recognize those in his book? And as for them being like the angel that's also true, because the height I'm not sure I've never covered it in Bukhari and Muslim the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, I left her cell phone camera so food Mullah Catherine Grob behind
to Tim Mustafa, our wonderful outward hot turtle our sooner for soft, you tell them Won't you make your rank straight the same way the angels make straight ranks in front of their Lord. They feel the first line first and then the one after it until they become perfectly straight in their ranks.
And, you know, this is you know, that just shows you there's nothing nobler really than a Muslim making Salah that scene that you may not detect its virtue. You know, I personally infer the stories are one thing. I personally No No.
A sister that I spoke to myself, and it was actually
I leave on her last name obviously, even I think I mentioned by accident somewhere somehow and something like she would she says when she had become Muslim, she wanted a copy of the Quran from us. And I told her like why did you become Muslim? Like what did what did it for you? She said Honestly, I was watching a show on
Showtime channels Showtime and HBO channel. This shows called what this show is called sleeper cell. Anyone ever heard of it? What sleeper cell sleeper cells obviously terrorists, right? Someone who's in hiding was about to get the signal from, you know, some of Aladdin's iPhone and he's gonna blow up something in America.
That sort of sleeper cell is in a national security terminology. So she says the show there's a show when she told me I went up I looked it up what in the world is this? She said to me in that show, when the the actor that was acting the role of the Muslim terrorist got you know, like caught and the star cop you know, blew his his plan he thwarted the you know, the the evildoer plan and he arrested me throw in the prison cell. This actor not a Muslim, this actor who's acting Muslim
was acting the prayer of the Muslim in the presence of she said when I saw him put his face on the ground and say God is great. Basically, I knew that this was religion. This religion was for me.
And she researched and she became Muslim that she reached out to me for a copy of the Quran. There's another girl also her name was Heather. She also reached out to us for a Quran. She said that I asked her like why are you considering Islam? She I don't think she was Muslim yet.
She said to me, because I took a class in college on
the history of terrorism. Right? So we covered all the terrorists from like they want until today. Right? She said when we got the 20th century terrorism, of course, you know, of course, you know, right, who else? So as a background information to the mentality of the Muslim terrorist, she says my professor began telling us the beliefs of the Muslims. She said when my professor was speaking,
I kept telling myself this is exactly what I believe, not the terrorism part, the background information, the tenants of our faith, she says, and so I realized that I was a Muslim, I didn't even know it. And there was nothing left for me to do but to you know, pronounce my Islam today publicly declare that I was a Muslim.
And so I don't say not not to go too far. There is nothing noble in the image of the Muslim making Salah even if you don't realize it in the comments right even says I'm in the middle of this, he says even look at those big panoramic images of the Muslims at the camera there's no place on earth when people worship Allah like them all together in the same way doing the same actions at the same time with the same calmness. He says even you'll notice that you will almost never ever see these news channels that bring pictures of Muslims praying at the black box in Mecca right that's what they call it right? They kissing the ground and Mecca, he says you pay attention you will notice
that they never show you more than a quick snapshot or a transitional movement like the movement of the salah they won't give you a long clip for 5678 seconds where you were actually shows you the how calm and how tranquil and how peaceful the people are in their dialogue with their god is that that in and of itself, he says is proved to the power of Salah they don't dare show you a wholesome clip
then of course, just like any other blessing in your life when you haven't blessing for too long, you don't really know its value with lingers and then you become desensitized to it.
And then he mentioned also a man by the name of Chef Musa, who ultimately biggie. Eventually he became the manager of the Solsona printing house in Cairo. His this man was originally from Syria, and he was exiled by his family Upon entering Islam, and of the greatest things of Islam that he held so dear the chef Musa he said that is that it was the salah It was obvious that of the things that attached into solid Islam so much was the Salah, and explained that he would stand there even though he was a very old man with a large white beard. He would never leave the masjid every night, until he prayed to Dakar soon after Isha. And then he would follow them with 11 emoticon. After a
shot after that Isha prayer. You know, he was very attached to the bread that was obvious. Then he mentioned this was crazy for me. I never heard this before.
He says the man by the name of Zack era, anybody Egyptians, you know, know who that is?
Zachary, I don't know. Maybe it's fine. I didn't either. He said, just like you are missing something. 5060 years ago, he was the representative of the Jews in Egypt. Right?
He says Zechariah himself would say his heart would skip a beat whenever you would see a masjid, or a masala. And he would rejoice whenever the event would reach his ears. And he would always ask himself whenever seeing a simple farmer in the fields bowing or making sudo to Allah and his little prayer quarters near the streams, why aren't I a Muslim, until finally he declared his Islam at the age of 65. And there was a big outburst obviously, because he was a lawyer, and he was the representative of the right, the Jews, the Zionist next door. So he actually embraced Islam at the age of 65. And this caused a very big outcry, because obviously, you know, called the conspiracy and
otherwise kind of like a non gun, the son became Muslim as well.
Then he mentioned the story of a troubled German,
who saw a Muslim praying and he stopped and he waited and he asked about those postures particularly sujood as the Muslim men for the what he was doing, and the meaning of those motions, his face, the face of the German men, was overtaken with an expression of shock and, and being ecstatic, as if he found something he was in search for search for years. He went on to explain that he was suffering from anxiety and constant depression, and could only relax when he placed his forehead on the ground. Upon realizing that Miss Muslims do the same act, you accept it too, to be taken to the Islamic center in Munich, Germany, where he took his Shahada.
I have a good friend now for two months in Brooklyn, whose name is Jason who has the exact same story. I've saved the emails because I couldn't believe it the emails before I met him, he tells me that I would only find comfort when I put my face on the ground.
And then I find out that you mustn't do that stuff.
And he mentioned a whole bunch of other things that were very, very weird
that they all you know, matched our, the details of the study I without him learning of them.
And so it's very interesting, you know, I need to study, what are the keys of people that Allah Subhana Allah says, fly to the moon and Quran and Allah peruvianus Furneaux? Don't they ponder over the Quran? Or are there locks on their hearts Dr. Hamid sprayed he says that locks have different keys, right? So there are different keys for people's heart.
so what are the keys that bring people to Islam? Obviously the greatest key is what
was the greatest key.
So he the one is ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada we underestimate that Allah we think that all man, no one in the world has our sinful, clear cut, you know, natural logical, till he one God created it all, manages everything, did it all by himself therefore he deserves to direct us by himself and deserves to be trusted in that no one has that by the way
that's the greatest key obviously have the greatest keys you see now will the salah itself have the keys of course the science in the Quran otherwise, some people Yanni Some people become Muslim, the chef mentioned some people become Muslim without a key at all.
And he's had mentioned that when I think you went to London was it in the 70s or the 80s for some data to the people told us you have to want to show you a a
our cemetery and they brought him into the cemetery and the grave. There was a grave moment
that I believe his name was it was Lisa. They said this man has a very interesting story. He came to our masjid and said I want to become Muslim.
And they told him why isn't this I just want to become Muslim. They said okay, fine, say the following. Please repeat after me. They gave me shahada, the man took his shahada becomes a Muslim, learns how to pray, change his name, Teresa. And three days later, I believe that he was hit by a car and he died for no reason. Right? understandable to us. Right? And sometimes the reasons are
not very orthodox. And he mentioned that the when he went to Britain as well, some of the brothers had that an English man who invited us over the Miss to the masjid. And the Muslims gave him some food they gave him biryani, right. So he said, There is no way the people these people could be guided to make food like this and their religion is wrong.
So it's okay. Whatever it is come and we'll talk about it later. I will clarify the real reason why we're right later.
And there are some people like there there are people like this all the time. And he mentioned the story of a man who became Muslim. Because Allah azza wa jal said in the Quran was a little insulting. In Angola, Swati la Sol to help me. Lower your voice. Don't be obnoxious. Indeed, the most offensive the most bothersome, the most disagreeable sound is the breaking of a dunk. This man was a musician.
So he said to the people when he heard this verse, was Muhammad a musician? They said, No, not at all. He said, Because there is no way someone can understand what that verse means. Or that statement means except someone that understands sound and the pitches of sound and the waves of sound and the likes. That the most disagreeable sound is that pitch sound that the donkey makes when he when he panics, the break of the dunk into the shadow because of that, you know, Gary Miller, I'm sorry, I'm going off on so many different stories, but I hope you're enjoying this unintended, at least partially, in his book, a
very small book, small book collection for that I think is believable. It's called the amazing Quran. He mentioned that a man became Muslim, because of the description of the oceans in the Quran. You know, the many that I asked about the narrow mouth of Allah, how he carries you through the oceans and how when the waves get high, you call upon Allah subhanho wa taala. Sincerely in your you know, in your begging and he said to them was Mohammed the sailor. They said no to it. How can you describe the oceans like this without being a sailor? He said, Actually, he never saw the ocean in his life.
So this chatter because of that.
So it's worth studying Of course. I'm going to skip a few of the stories Jeff mentioned just to keep on time.
Jamila Jones and Margaret, Phillip and Norman will all these names can talk about that later.
I'll give you one story of an American missionary here. His name after he became Muslims on the Soho Bella Bella was original original family name. You saved from a nearly fatal car accident by Allah's mercy and spent one year in the hospital. He purchased the TV and placed it in his room with the guidance started upon seeing the Muslims praying in Mecca, and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia praying he said to himself, this is the way I don't know anything about these Muslims. But I knew they weren't arrogant because of the way they place their faces on the ground. I knew this was the most perfect way of worship.
I know by the way, I'm sorry, a story of the exact opposite. One good brother of ours in Brooklyn, is called are told by the cops.com right so many tickets that count.
So he gets into the car service then I
His day and he tells them listen, I'm gonna pay you relax, but just like turn off your radio we're gonna be here for a while I gotta go you know, get the money order and it goes to the police station and go this and they got to the pound and I got a lot of trips to make just, you know, free yourself up from you. You're cool with it. Yeah, I'm fine. And then, obviously, you know, he spent so many hours in the person you have to, you know, start talking. So the man was
US Jewish was a Russian man.
And he said to
our brother he had he said to him,
man, what are you so calm? Is it good immune, why am I so calm, is your car got pounded? You paid hundreds of dollars, and you can pay me a lot for all this and why you're so cool with it. He said, though, most of the point for me to get mad, it's not gonna change anything. Right? Plus, God wants it this way. So God wants it this way. You know, I know that he plans for wisdom, mysterious to us. But I know he plans for wisdom. He said, you're Muslim, you're Muslim. He said, You guys pray five times a day. Right? Cydia said you guys put your face on the ground. You guys really do that? Yeah.
He said, I would never do that. Then I said, Well, hold on. We don't do that for anybody, just for Allah. Just for our Creator. We don't put our we don't bow to anybody nevertheless, like prostrate. The guy said to him.
I don't not even God, I wouldn't do that for anybody. And then he tells them, what are us? Yeah, I'm Jewish, but I don't put my face on the floor for anybody, not even God.
So the point is, if a person is not plagued with such arrogance, right, he will notice that there is no illustration of humility like sujood. There's nothing like it.
And thus, when it's seen, it's so effective. There is another testimony here from China. And there's, this is a long one, but I'll read it to you and I'll close.
And this is the story of Leopold Weiss. Anyone know who Leopold Weiss is very famous?
I guess not famous enough.
exist. Does anybody know who Leopold Weiss is?
In Arizona his name and any book?
He has His own translation of the Quran
actually does in English. When he became Muslim, he became he was Muhammad Asif change his name to Muhammad Asad. Right hamadeh said, you know,
okay, that was Leopold Weiss. He was a Jew from Austria, who died in 1992. What I know Allah, originally he was a German, he was a journalist.
And he's the first step. The first break, you know, towards embracing Islam was the salah.
And he tells it in his book, The Road to Mecca, here's a few books and he has a translation of the Quran.
I'll read to you just an excerpt from his book. It's about a page and a half and I'll close to lecture. He says, No luck on the roads of Mecca. In that Autumn of 1922, I was living in a house in the Old Jerusalem and would frequently sit at a window upon a wide field owned by an Arab man known as hygiene.
He would rent donkeys and riding animals to caravans. And that night you would see those large camels scrolled around sleeping without their riders around them. Haji would gather them for Salaf many times every day he grabbed his customers to make them makes a lot.
stand them in one straight line and he was there Imam battling together towards Mecca. Then again to prostrate their foreheads touching the ground, would follow their leaders low voice barefoot on his carpet, arms above his chest. Notice how detailed he noticed things from the beginning.
lips moving without a sound, you can tell he was praying with his entire soul.
It bothered me to see this deep prayer with its only physical movements. He had you spoke English. So I said to him, do you really believe that Allah waits for you to show your respect
to him by bowing and prostrating? Doesn't it make sense to simply pray in your heart?
While all these bodily motion without all these bodily motions and these postures are and all this movement you're doing?
He says as soon as I uttered these words, I felt regretful that I had an experience that heavy conscience for I didn't want to insult this elderly religious man. Luckily, hygiene didn't appear to show any signs of being upset. Rather, he smiled widely, and he asked, then what other ways should we worship all the law? Didn't he create both the body and the soul?
Shouldn't we then worship Him with them both, didn't he? Listen, I'll explain to you why we
By the way we do, we turn our faces towards the camera, Allah Sacred House in Mecca, realizing that all the Muslims regardless of where they are facing this direction, and we are like one body and Allah is the focus of our thoughts. First, we stand straight and recite some parts from the noble Qur'an, remembering that it is Allah's word, revealed upon the human being, so that we may be straightforward and pleased in our lives. Then we remind ourselves, saying none deserves to worship but he and we bow because we consider Him above all things, and we glorify His mighty majesty. After that, we prostrate on our faces, because we feel that we came from nothing listen during it, and he
is the most high then we raise our heads and sits
asking Him to forgive us, envelop us in His mercy, guide us to the straight path and grant us health and provisions notice
how Melissa didn't become Muslim on the spot and that's why when you find that opportunity to give the hour just plant the seeds maybe they grow 10 years later maybe on the Day of Judgment your deeds don't add up and you find something sprouted you didn't just plant the seeds just throw things right.
If guidance sprouts and when it's that's only for Allah subhana love to you anyway. Right. It may sprout may not sprout, it may sprout now may not sprout now.
Even harmless Onselen could not control them. So don't beat yourself too much with that just plant your seeds. He says he continues then we prostrate a second time placing our forehead on the ground touching the dirt with our faces grasping realizing the power of the one and only in his straightness. After that we sit upright and supplicate to Allah to bless the prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who carried to us His message as he had blessed the previous prophets. You're noticing what part of the Salah is talking about? Yes, everybody.
Give us a light Dalai Brahim. Allah employ him as he had blessed the previous prophets, as well as to bless us and all of his righteous leave the follow the path and grant us goodness in this world and goodness in the hereafter. Finally, we turn our heads to the right and left saying Salam alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh greeting with that every pious person wherever they may be, and the angels as well. You're also greeting angels for
many years now. hajis Amin Hamid Assad is saying many years later, I realized that this Haji had opened for me the first door towards my entering Islam. Until then, though, the thought of me choosing Islam as my religion would overtake me every time I saw and many times I saw a Muslim with his feet erected on the straw mats in prayer head lowered, oblivious of all that occurs around him. It was kind of Allah have mercy on should come with us.
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