Attaining the Love of Allah Part 1
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Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu wa salam O Allah shadowfell. mBiA will not sit in long toliara cd now Mohammed in Abdi cola Sudhi can they beat me? By early he assigned me he was seldom at the Sleeman kathira along my eliminare may Inferno and fan of Mr. Olympia no was he dinner
along in an era who became you know, enemy lion for a woman called me lakeisha I mean, I neglected my arm enough. Scylla Teshuvah llamada Salah India majority of Salah interdigital has neither she said hello, we begin by thinking and praising Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And we beseech him to shower Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his companions and his family and all those who follow his tradition, until the end of time with peace, mercy and blessings.
We beg a lot to teach us that which benefits us and to allow us to benefit from that which he has taught us and to increase us in beneficial knowledge. We seek refuge in Allah from information which does not benefit from a heart which does not jumble at his remembrance and from an eye that does not shed tears from a neffs that does not find satisfaction.
And we affirm that nothing is accomplished except with the help of Allah and he is the one who is capable of making the most difficult possible as to what follows. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
had a very interesting
which is told to us by the companion NSF dramatic in this authentic hadith that I will share with you all.
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And as the companion NSM numeric narrates, in a hadith which is recorded in the books of Bukhari and Muslim in his authentic in the highest of levels.
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Very early on his mother Elisa, she placed him in the service of a messenger Mohammed said a long way to sell him when he was a young boy. And she told him serve the messenger of a lot, so the longer it will sell them and stay in his company for as much as you can and benefit and learn as much as you can. So being in that presence from such a young age, afforded him these kinds of experiences and these observations, so ns says
Bina no asuma he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mahadi Jean amin al Masjid
Filipino origin an industry that he messed up he says myself in the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, we are exiting the masjid. And we bumped into this man at the door of the masjid.
And so the man asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa Salaam correo, rasulillah, metta Sangha,
he asked the Messenger of Allah, when is the day of judgment?
When's it going to take place?
Perhaps a question that has come to many of our minds. No, it's something that we hear about a lot. We hear about the day of judgment and we hear about heaven and hell and the grave and all
Of these events of the afterlife. And so the question begs itself well, When is that going to take place. And so here we have this companion, who is thinking the same thing. And he asks the Messenger of Allah.
Before we move on to the actual crux of the Hadith, this shows you the comfort level that the companions had with the Messenger of Allah.
It shows you their eagerness to learn, and ask questions and be inquisitive. It shows you what they cared about, that there is attention, and there's focus, and their thoughts are about the afterlife, and about the Day of Judgment. And it also shows you the accessibility that they had to the profits that allows them to learn and ask and have matters that they are wondering about clarified, just from this question, we can extrapolate these points of benefit, all of which are very important.
And this is something that we should emulate the companions in, you know, one of the scholars, he has a whole work on the questions of the companions. And he actually spoke about different topics of jurisprudence, just focusing, just based on the questions that the companions asked the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. So being inquisitive, is something that is praiseworthy,
best was asked, how did you amass all of this knowledge that you have, he said, Apple when he signs up, to have a composed, focused, you know, intellect and, and heart and an inquisitive tongue, always trying to learn more and clarify and understand better.
So this is what the competitors are doing. But then also look at the nature of their questions. You know, they say, there's no such thing as a dumb question.
Fine, but there are some that are more intelligent than others, you know, based on what a person prioritizes so you see that the companions are always asking about matters that are important.
So he asked the officer, I said, lamb when is the day of judgment? Because he's concerned about it. The prophets of Allah has responded to his question with a question.
So remember, we said, you know, ask about that, which is important. So he asked about a topic, which is important. But he's a little bit to the side, the process, I said, I wants to direct his focus, direct his attention. The person I sent him said, Mother, did tell her, what have you prepared for the day of judgment?
So here, we have another pause,
which is when we're responding to questions. Sometimes it is out of intelligence, that you
position the questioner and allow them to refocus on that, which is more important. One of our teachers said, If you always answer a question exactly as it is being asked, then actually, that can be sometimes foolish. Sometimes you can actually mislead a person. You know, because oftentimes, people ask loaded questions.
Or sometimes people ask a question, but really, it's a statement with a question mark at the end.
Or sometimes people ask a question, because they're shopping for an answer, or sometimes they just want to know what you're all about.
You know, and this is especially important when we are dealing with a lot of people in this day and age that have a lot of questions about Islam.
A lot of questions about our religion, our way of life. So you have to be able to differentiate
between what is a question that you need to answer head on, or you need to be in charge of the conversation and direct the topic to that which is important to that which matters. A lot of times people come up to us and they ask, ask us questions about Islam. And it's really about the most detailed of minutia. And it's like, hold on a minute, let's redirect and focus on something that is really important. Thank you for asking me about my religion. Let's talk about what really matters in Islam. Okay, so we learned from the Prophet sallallahu Sallam that we have to maintain that focus, be in the driver's seat. So the Prophet sallallahu Sallam says, mother did tell her, what have you
prepared for the day of judgment? You see, in another Hadith the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was approached by the angel Djibouti,
and he came in the form of a man. And he asked him, when is the day of judgment matassa and the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he was the only one that knew that it was Djibouti, the other companions. to them. It was a strange man. The prophet SAW Selim responded, everyone's listening. He said that the one who was asking doesn't know the one who is being asked does not know any better than the one who was asking.
Meaning I don't know when the Day of Judgment is going to be, and neither do you. And I know you don't know either
malama school and have the alarm inside
the Day of Judgment, when it will take place. This is something that is that Allah Subhana, Allah has reserved
to his knowledge exclusively, there is no creation, not even the angel gibreel none of it, there is no creation, there is no one other than Allah that knows when the day of judgment will take place. Okay, so the next time you come across one of these,
how should I say, estimates, or deductions that the end of the universe will take place on such and such day?
You know, you could just push that aside and say, you know, I'm not interested in that.
Because this is something that is knowledge that is reserved with the loss of habitat, even the Messenger of Allah didn't know about it, even the Messenger of Allah did not know about it. So he says, What have you prepared for the day of judgment? Meaning implying that I don't know when the Day of Judgment is, and neither do you. And you know, what we're not gonna know, well know when it happens. But what we do know is what we can prepare, how we can be ready for when that time comes, because we are not debating about whether it's coming or not. That is not up for debate. That is something that is concrete and conclusive. But what is what we should be focusing on is what we can
do to prepare the profits of the long run it he said, it is 11am federal focus your attention and your energy on that which is beneficial to you. It's of no benefit for us to sit down and spend so much time and energy making all of these calculations and deductions and estimations about when the Day of Judgment is that is of no benefit. What is of benefit is to make sure that when that time comes that I will be in the best possible position.
So the prophet SAW sent him said, What have you prepared for it?
So the man paused for a minute, he was kind of, you know, taken aback by that question, because he expected you know, an answer. When is the day of judgment, you ask a question like that you're expecting a specific answer. The Prophet says, What have you prepared for it? He's like, well, so the man paused for a second. And he was thinking, and he said,
Yellowstone a lot more added to the Huckleberry Salatin when LCM in Alaska. And as you hear this companion respond, I want you to think if you have anything in common if we have anything in common with his companion, he says, You know what, oh, messenger of Allah. You know, I gotta be honest with you. I haven't prepared a great deal of slight out of prayer, or fasting or charity. You know, there are some people Mashallah
getting up in the night so much devotion, I'm not one of those guys. There's some people so much fasting, combat one of those guys either, there are some people Mashallah just so much charity, such generosity, you know, I'm not really one of those either. I'm just the average Joe here, you know, that to the community. Salatin wanna see I mean, what else? Ah, well, I can me, he says, but, you know, there is one thing that I can say with full confidence. What I can eat or HIPAA law, what I sorta I can say with full confidence that I love Allah and His messenger.
That I can say, for sure.
And so the prophets that alojado sent him responded. And he said, For enter, man,
you will be with those that you love.
In the afterlife, you will be with those you will be in the company of those that you truly love.
So that's really special. Imagine how that companion felt. And we can get an idea how this habit felt, because the narrative the Hadeeth Ennis, what does he say?
In the narration of Sahih, Muslim SS.
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finding out about Islam, accepting Islam, that's the happiest thing that we have in our lives. After that. Nothing has made us more happy than this statement of the prophet SAW Selim. You will be with those whom you love. That really excited and a sub nomadic and the companions in another
Also a Muslim, and nomadic the narrator. He responds and he says,
He says, He says, then definitely I love Allah. And I love his messenger. And I love Abu Bakar. And mo these luminaries of the companions, his seniors, and he says, For an akuna amerihome, I am so hopeful, and I am seeking that I will be with them in their company in their presence, even though we're in the MLB MLB him, even though I have not accomplished the same deeds that they have accomplished, I know that they're better than me, but I love them. And so because of this sincere love, I am hopeful that Allah will unite me with them. And
that's really special.
And that's why I am the scholar AM. He
spent a great deal of his famous book, you know, he has authored dozens of books, one of them which is the most famous, he devoted an entire section to loving Allah.
But he took it a step further. And he mentioned
as babble, Ashleigh, he mentioned 10 means 10 ways by which technically boom I have Betty law, by which draw to the person to the lover, the love of Allah.
Because as the scholar said, It is one thing for a person to proclaim that they love Allah. But how can a person ensure that a law that their Creator loves them?
That's really taking that goal and that emotion to the next level.
So he says,
a separate one, a one
a two or an btw or in whatever homie demarini Mallory Debbie.
So he says the first reason the first means by which to attain the love of Allah subhana wa tada is reciting of the Quran with tetherball. With pondering and with reflection,
citation of one with pondering and with reflection, this word, the book, what is it mean? And what does it refer to? What are the implications of this term, because he did not simply say, reciting poems and just like that
citation of an in of itself is an act of worship,
and to a citation of an in and of itself is a means of joining nearer to Allah. And it's one of the best forms of Vicar of remembrance, and it's a form of cleansing and of purification.
But it is step one. Now, the problem is that the best of us in this oma are stuck on step one.
Step one is the recitation of the colon.
And step two is understanding the meanings. And step three is having a reaction or a response, or an interaction, rather,
pondering and being able to reflect and that's the level at which are able to extract meanings and benefits and reflections.
So the recitation of Quran alone is an act of worship. Did I ever tell you guys the story? I know I did. One of my favorite stories that I tell you guys, the story of the young boy and his grandfather,
who heard it before somebody here has got to hurt. You heard it? Yeah. So you know what I'm talking about. Okay. Pretend to be amazed, please.
So they said there was a young boy without I'll give you guys the abridged version. Okay. They say there was a young guy, young kid with his grandfather.
And grandpa gave the kid a bucket with holes at the bottom. And he told him go down to the stream and fetch some water. And the boy looked at his grandfather, like we need to take you to, you know, a psychiatrist. And he was like, go down and get me some water in this bucket.
Get so. So the boy is like, Okay, fine. So he goes down and tries to fill up the bucket. And what do you think happened? Well, gravity happened, and there was no water, it'll seep through the holes at the bottom of the bucket. So he comes back and he's like, yeah, it's not gonna work. He said, Go back. Do it again. He's like, seriously, go back. So he goes, tries to you know, fill it up again. It won't work. Oh, I left out a really important
See, when you tell the story too many times, sometimes you forget important details.
So I've told the story too many times, basically, this bucket was from the fireplace, you know, it was like a,
where they collect like the the coal or you know, wood or whatever they're burning. So it has holes at the bottom.
So basically, it was really, it was really dirty. So, you know, he got to a second time, go back, fill up the bucket, he's like, I can't do it. He's like, go back again. You know, Time after time. So then the boys like, Okay, I need to get some amount of water in here. So I can impress this guy, and get him to stop making me run up and down this hill. So he, you know, he tries to angle it do like this, like that, whatever you can do. You know, eventually, the best he can do is just a few drops. And then, you know, eventually he tells Grandpa, that's it. You know, he drops the bucket. He's like, I don't know what you're getting out here. But I can't do it. Please stop asking you to
run up and down this hill. I'm tired. And so grandpa's, like, I know you can't fill it up. He's like, really? He's like, Yeah, but I want you to look at that bucket. So he looks at it. And he says, okay, he says, What do you notice different about it, he says nothing is the same old bucket with the same old holes. The only difference is because you made me run up and down all this time with all the moving of water, it's actually clean now. He's like, Ah, there you go. So he told him, oh, my young son, this is the example of you reading Quran, you still have a lot to learn, you may have difficulty understanding everything that you are resolving, but that will come with time. But
even just a citation, just the passage and the movement of the words of the Quran is a means of cleansing your heart, just like the movement of the water has cleansed this bucket of the sit and the dirt that had piled up on it, you were not able to retain any of the water, but you were still able to clean and that is the effect. So the law told us in the Quran, that the Quran is she fat, but it's a cure. A lot told us no Quran that it is, it is a mercy that it is know that it is light. So all of these are manifestations of the Quran. So a lot of us, you know, when we talk about reading the Quran with reflection and pondering, we're like, Look, I don't know Arabic, you know,
what do you want me to do. And so we say, you know, that, just don't give up. Don't focus only on you know, what you can attain know, but continue reading, continue struggling, even just a citation with struggling is a means of a lot of reward. The Prophet sallallahu wasallam said the one who is reading what who Allah He Shockwave roofie is the one who the reading is difficult, it's still learning the letters, the sounds, is some struggle there. The Prophet said fella who agilon this person has double reward. So even just going through that struggle in that process is a means of attaining reward from Allah subhanaw taala. But that's step one,
then the next step is actually
understanding the meanings.
So for many of us, that would begin with something as simple as opening up a translation, and just getting a general overview of the translation of the of the meanings of the Quran, what are these words referring to, you know, the general context, that's at the most basic level, you know, when they talk about the subject of TIF seed, of, of, you know, the meanings of the Quran, that's like the most basic level, just cracking open a translation. And by the way, there's a lot of different translations out there, some of them a bit more
full fluid than others, because you have to understand a lot of people that translated the Quran, many, many decades ago, they were very eloquent not only in Arabic, but also in English as well. And so they translate it and the highest form of eloquence, but there's a lot of more recent translations that are a bit less archaic in nature, if you will, a little bit less Shakespearean. So maybe pull out some of those if you're having trouble.
So that's at the basic level. And then when we talk about TIFF seed of what we are aiming to answer the question that we are aiming to answer is what you know, the study of the subject of Tafseer tells us what, what is the lesson here, so we go over vocabulary terms. What do these words mean? What's the linguistic origin of this word? How is it used in the Arabic language? How did the ancient Arabs use these words? Because the Quran was revealed in the language of Arabic.
We also go over
other verses in the Quran that clarify those verses. So we want to understand when Allah insulted 30 houses, if you know Serato stuff teams are open levina and I'm telling him in certain fatty every single day we are repeating this supplication to god bless
mentors, you know, Guide us to the straight path The path of those upon whom You have bestowed your blessings. So we look at another passage in the Quran where Allah tells us who are those people and tells us the categories of those people. So sometimes the Quran expands upon itself in different places. We look at narrations of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, many times the prophets of Allah Hardison and will comment on a specific verse and say, this means x, y, and z, or this verse is referring to such and such, we look at the statements of the companions who are with the prophets alarmism at the time of Revelation. And we see those that witnessed revelation, and
they were there and they were present, when it took place, what exactly they learnt or what they exactly understood from those verses. Also very important is context. For many of the verses, we have context, we know exactly what event took place that led to the revelation of this verse. Now, every single verse has a more broad application. But for many of the verses, there is a specific event that that this verse was a response to, that this verse was revealed because of that event taking place.
And we have many examples of that. So we look at all of these things. And this helps us answer the question, what is Allah saying in this verse, but that's only step two. So once you have done step one and step two, then you can move on to Step three, which is actually responding and reflecting, now you have an arsenal of information, you have context, you have background, you know what the words are referring to exactly. Now you can start asking the question, why?
Now you can start asking the question, What about me?
And that really is the objective
of reading the Quran. So for those of us that are getting stuck at step one, and step two, we haven't yet fulfilled the objective of reading the Quran. We have only done the prerequisites, if you will. What is the proof for that? The proof for that is Allah Subhana. Allah to Allah said Kitab Winans Allahu la Kambou bellicon Lila de barro iottie. Allah says in the Quran that we have revealed a blessed book, so that they would do to the book so that they would ponder and reflect on a deeper level, upon its meanings.
So the recitation of Quran is mandatory, and it's necessary for our spiritual health and for our connection with Allah, understanding what Allah is saying is absolutely mandatory. But all of those are steps to get to the main objective, which is to be able to interact with the Koran and be able to have introspective thoughts and reflections and see how this affects me. How can we turn this experience of citation into a personal experience that is directly related to me in my life
and so that's why even LTM classified this as the first means of
of GDP the word he uses of magnetizing towards yourself guaranteeing for yourself the love of Allah subhanahu wa tada the law or Ernie biteable.
You know, me know he says something beautiful, he says, oh, when omega g were at a party and yes Wi Fi NFC and know who you magilla Tada.
Let's call him know, he says when a person sits down to a site plan, the first thing that they should realize, and the mindset that they should be in is that they are having an intimate conversation with Allah the Most High they are having an intimate conversation with their Creator. If a person is not in that mindset, that will inhibit their ability to interact on a deeper level.
And that is why we see another hadith
of one of the companions who was able to secure for himself the love of Allah subhana wa tada How? Let us look at this hadith
there was a companion who used to love to repeat sort of a class called hula hula had a lot of summit. Let me lead with me, let
me akula who cufon ahead, used to love to repeat it over and over and over again. And when he was asked why he said because this
chapter of the Quran describes
my Lord, and I love my Lord and creator. And so the prophets are excellent as a response to that. The man said the
Sleaford man when
he said this chapter contains a description of the Most Merciful, of my Lord, the Most Merciful and I love to read that description. The prophets of Allah it was seldom said, boo and Allahu Akbar is narrated in Bahati, the prophet said, inform him, if that is really in fact, his reasoning, and inform him that Allah loves him. So this is someone that by the affirmation of the prophets, I send them this is someone that Allah loves. And how did he attained that love, because he read this small chapter of the Quran, over and over again, but he read it with emotion, with presence of mind and heart with reflection. He understood that this is something describing a lot. And he loved to read
that description of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Without the companion
narrated and maybe a similarity to cinema, no commelina TV, if you're
into the boom for in the humeri badak interferogram for inika enterprises are hacking a booth ordinariates at the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stood in prayer the entire night, repeating one verse over and over again. And that was the verse from saltalamacchia. saltalamacchia is chapter number five, verse number 118. where this comes at the end of sorts in America, this is a conversation between Jesus and Allah, on the day of judgment, when he says, into the boom, in the back, if you choose to punish these people, then they are Your servants. But if you choose to forgive them, then you are the most mighty, the most wise,
you know, really powerful verse, excuse exclaiming,
and proclaiming the power of Allah subhana wa tada in his authority, and how much we are in need of Allah and how much we are at the mercy of our Creator. And so the prophets, Allah Islam stood the entire night, repeating this verse. So the scholars, they said, one of the ways of being able to interact with certain verses of the Quran is possibly repeating them over and over again. Sometimes you need repetition. Sometimes it's not just about reading an explanation, you may read the explanation, you may understand all of the words, but you have to keep repeating it over and over and over again, before it clicks. Or before you are able to have a reflection or reaction that
actually penetrates your heart. And I remember
one time in Medina, when I had to write this, this research paper, and so I asked one of my teachers,
and I said, you know, so can you give me some guidelines? Where can I get the best resources? You know, I thought he'd give me a list of a list of books or a list of all these things, which he did, he mentioned a few titles, but then the first thing he said is, he said, You need to go and sit somewhere alone, with no distraction, and read the section that you are supposed to write about the section of the Quran, read it 15 or 20 times. And if that's not enough, then do it some more, and maybe do it, you know, several days, no, with pauses in between. And he said, you know, with each new sitting in with each new reading, you will notice some things that you didn't notice before.
This is one of the miracles of the Quran. One of the miracles of the Quran is that the the more you repeat it, and the more you recite it, and the more you read it, you start noticing things, even if it's something you already memorized. But you will notice certain things that you didn't notice before. Because you're talking not about any average piece of literature here. You're not talking about, you know, the quotes or the words of a human being like you and me. Our words are limited in nature, and even the words of a human being, by the way, you know, a prolific author, for example, someone who's a very eloquent author, men, sometimes you can read their books multiple times. You
know, there were several storybooks. You know, if any of you have children that love to read, you know, enticing storybooks. Sometimes they read the same book over and over again, and you're like, man, aren't you tired with the story? It's good. It's getting boring now, but they're enjoying it. You know, there's sometimes you read something over and over again, you've already read it before but you enjoy reading it again. That's with just a prolific author, a human being whose intellect is limited and whose capabilities are
minimal, but Allah subhana wa tada is the creator of
intellect, and he is the one that taught Adam Smith, Aquila all the words and so he is not bound by those limitations. And so naturally, the words of Allah subhanaw taala will carry more meaning even in just a few words, but the meanings will be, you know, endless. And so multiple readings sometimes yield or allow you to observe multiple different
different things that you can extrapolate. So, if there is a section of Quran that you really want to recite, and you want to reflect upon, read it over and over again, this is a practical tip. This is a pro tip, read it over and over again, not I'm not a pro I'm saying what the pros say what the prophet I sent him did.
What permits me military or the long run will be it we're here. odo Tara impassibility. Natasha, see it and Nigella home can levina m n where M Ito sorry hat. So a young woman madam, sir ma comun tamiment Daddy, one of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he also had the same experience. He stood the entire night, repeating this verse from solitary Jaffa, a verse in which Allah subhanaw taala basically says, He asks a rhetorical question, do you consider people that are continuously falling into poor choices and sins and acts of disobedience of Allah? Do you really think that you can equate them with those that believe and do righteous deeds, you know, they
are not the same, they are not equal or equivalent or on the same level. So this is there's profound meanings in these verses and in these parables that are luggages. And in these rhetorical questions,
also the stories in the Quran.
This also Quran, Allah subhanaw taala gives so many stories in the Quran. And these are really a good training ground, and a good way for us to practice interacting, because there is not, there is not really any major, you know, difficult theological meanings, or jurisprudential or legal prerequisites that we need to be familiar with, before interacting. Some verses of the Quran are a bit, you know, they require a certain prerequisites to have a deeper understanding of them. But the majority of the plan is, as the scholar said, America is clear and explicit. And there are some other verses that have some ambiguity that require more explanation. But the majority of the plan is
very clear and explicit and can be understood and taken, you know, at face value, even though there can be more depth of meaning when you look at it in context, but the stories of the Koran are really a great place to begin, because we're not talking about any major theological issues or any major legal issues. You know, the origin has theology, creed, beliefs in a law, there is rulings do's and don'ts. There is mention of what happened in the past, there is mention of what is to come in the future. There's what and what need there's warnings and glad tidings, all of these different themes of the poem. The story is of honor one of the best places for someone who wants to develop the skill
of to double and the ability and strengthen the muscle of reflecting. And this is a good place to begin, because it's a story. Everybody loves hearing and listening and reading stories. So you have the stories of the NBA of the prophets and messengers Musashi said I'm his story is repeated the most in the Quran.
More than 60 times, you have the story of Ibrahim, you have the story of Adam, a story of a new story of ENISA or mentioned dozens of times throughout the Quran. And there's a lot of meaning that can be extrapolated. You also have mentioned of the tests and the difficulties
that these messengers endured. A you and Zakaria and Eunice, etc. Miriam, the mother of Lisa, the mother of Moosa, the sister of Moosa qarun you have individuals that are also blameworthy individuals, they did not heed reminders and remembrance and they were oppressive, and fit our own. All of these are individuals that are mentioned in the Quran. And their stories are mentioned in detail and at great length so that we can reflect and so that we can ponder and extract meanings that affect us personally in our lives. So a good place to begin is the stories of the Koran pistols have fallen.
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this is a hadith bootsy had you could see means that it is a statement
of Allah, but it is coming on the tongue of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. So, it is not a verse of the Quran. So the Prophet sallallahu wasallam says that Allah said, Men, that he when he entered into who will help, whoever, whoever
treats one of my allies with animosity that I have announced a declaration of war against this person. This is a law saying that, that whoever harms or oppresses or treats any Olia of Allah, the people that are allies have a lot of people that are obedient.
And pious, in their devotion to Allah, whoever shows animosity towards them, a lot says, I declare war against those people, just like, you know, in human relations or in government relations. If someone is an ally of someone, and somebody else comes and and shows animosity towards them, essentially, it's like you've declared war against their allies. Ally says the same thing. I have certain allies and people that are under my protection, and whoever shows animosity towards them, then they are essentially declaring war against me, then the loss of penalty will not either mdbc in a heartbeat. Hmm. I felt to her it, that my service does not seek to come close to me with anything
more beloved to me, than that which I have made obligatory upon them.
let's dissect that a bit. Allah is basically saying the most beloved deeds.
To him, some kind of way to add at the Most High most majestic, are those deeds that he has made obligatory.
So if a person wants to be loved by Allah, they should make sure that they fulfill those actions that are obligatory min McDonald tour le that which Allah has made Fariba or felt or obligatory. But then there is a step after that. When I as I do AB de Atacama lamb, nothing hotter, or Hubba. Then Allah says, but once my servant fulfills those mandatory and obligatory actions, and they still want more closeness, they still want more love, you know, something that is good, something that is valuable, you always want more of it. You know, if you value something, you won't get tired, you won't want to stop, you know, so people that love wealth, for example, nobody ever makes a million
dollars and says, Yeah, that's good. I'm okay there. You know, we'll just, you know, nobody does that. People that that love, or they want financial success that badly, and they work so hard, and they make a million dollars, they want the next million. That's how it works. That's I mean, so that can be both praiseworthy, and it can be blameworthy as well, it's praiseworthy, if it is within the parameters of what is pleasing to Allah. And it's blameworthy when a person prefers what they love over what is pleasing to Allah. Very simple equation. Anyways, so a person loves Allah, and they love doing these actions that are pleasing to Him. So they do those obligatory actions, but they
want more, they want more love. So they begin to do now often voluntary acts of worship. And just the nature of voluntary acts,
is that it's emanating from a place of devotion. And from a place of love, you know, you don't volunteer for something, unless it's something that you care about, because the nature of volunteering is you're going above and beyond, you're going above and beyond what you are required and what's being asked of you. And so, Allah subhanaw taala has made certain things obligatory. So here, you know, when we talk about obligatory actions, you know, there are people that love alandi fulfill obligatory actions, but then there are people that have a little bit of deficiency and love, but they're like, ah, I got to, so let me do it, you know. And, and somehow, I think a lot of us,
you know, maybe the best of us are at that level, where we're like, you know, why are you doing your five times, you know, why are you doing all of these obligatory actions because they're obligatory because I have to, you know, okay, fine. A better response would be because a person is doing it from a place of love. In any case, both of these individuals are fulfilling
their obligations, but the one
Who wants more love of Allah, the One who has more love of Allah, they will start to do voluntary acts of worship. So you'll find them fasting outside of Ramadan. And you're like, what are you fasting? Only Ramadan is obligatory. They're like, You know what? I know that this is an act of worship that is beloved to Allah. You find them being so generous and it's like, Did you pay yours a cap? Like Yeah, I did my obligatory is that guys like, but they want more, you know, you see them helping others. You see them being kind and generous above and beyond what is required.
So these are the no often the voluntary deeds. So Allah says that my servant continues wanting to seek closeness and wanting to be loved, that they start doing voluntary. They start doing voluntary acts of worship, and then there is a result to that what is the result?
So then Allah says, You know what, when they do that, they go above and beyond Allah says, Then I love that servant.
But there's a real result to that as well. So then what happens Allah says, to come to seminar Hola, dmrb. Allah says, When I love that servant, I will be the hearing that they hear with. Well bustled I will love you hoops Ruby, and division by which they see with where the hula typically should be her and the hand by which they strike with what digit a hula t m Sheba, and the fate by which they walk with, whether in certain any law or a piano, and when they ask of me something, I give it to them.
What at any step at any level, or even, and when they seek my protection, they seek my protection from something, I will protect them from it. So that is the result.
That Allah tells us of him, loving his servants, that Allah Subhana Allah protects a person's senses, their hearing, and their vision, and their touch their hands and their feet, where they are going, what they're able to accomplish with their limbs. Allah Subhana Allah blesses and protects these senses. And it is mentioned of the, our elders is something that was passed down, it is mentioned of the elders and of the seniors, that they were asked that you have reached such a high age, and yet your faculties are all intact, you know, your abilities, your senses are all functioning at a high level, how, you know, what's, what's the trick, you know, they you know, when
you scour the internet, all these things pop up and say, you know, do these five healthy habits you'll live longer, you're, you'll be able to have all of these, you know, you'll be running marathons at age 70 and all these things and we're like, wow, you know, let me do that. Alright. So it was asked of the elders that How were you able to preserve these faculties? They said Hatfield and I have is so they said we protected and we preserved these faculties at a young age so Allah protected and preserve them for us feel okay about an elderly age. So Allah subhanho wa Taala when a person
goes above and beyond and does these voluntary acts of worship, Allah subhana wa tada promises to protect and preserve and bless these senses and these faculties and these abilities.
so the scholars they said that people are on people that worship Allah or on different categories. Allah subhana wa tada outlined for us in solid file there.
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Allah in salt felted, Allah subhanaw taala outlines, categories of people and he places them on three levels. And so he says that there are those who are vulnerable enough, say,
oppressing themselves. I mean, when NACA tested and there are those teeter tottering, you know, just maintaining a kind of a balance of good and bad back and forth. What made him sad hierarchy if anila and then there are those there is that category where they are hastening, and they are racing to do good deeds. Scholars have a lot of commentary on this verse. Some of them said this refers to a citation of Quran specifically, that there are those who don't recycle and or don't recycle enough. And there are those who don't, their interaction with the Quran is you know, up and down. And then there are those who are constant
Li with the Koran and living with the Quran. And other scholars said this is, um, this is general, with any good deed with any better. But there are those who are deficient, there's some deficiency, you know, they're doing their follow as they're doing their obligatory acts, but there's
some gaps, some holes there, there's a lot of room for improvement. And then there are those who, you know, sometimes they're doing the good and then sometimes that, you know, they're kind of maintaining that back and forth balance and then there are those who are always hastening and always trying to do more and do better and always focused about what is pleasing to Allah Subhana Allah, may Allah make us amongst them. So they said, The those that are loving of Allah are also on different levels.
And what Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah bakasana in their duty, they said, you know, the first level is the one who does what Allah subhanaw taala commands and does not do what he forbids. They're like, underlying, you know, it says, you know, sign on the dotted line there on the dotted line. Exactly. Right. And there's another level and
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In Hermosillo, Isla de la gente de Bella muhabba. And then other level is those that not just they are doing what Allah commands and staying away from what he forbids. Yes, granted, but then they volunteer and they increase in doing more and trying to increase in their love of Allah Subhana Allah and this is the category that Elaine was referring to in this list. And this is what the lump sum panatela tells us in this Hadith, Pudsey going above and beyond.
We will stop at these two and we will continue inshallah in our next gathering. The next one The third one is the lamb with victory he adequately has been listening Well, I'll be while Emily while hell, fantasy woohoo minalima Hi Betty, Katarina CBE, Mina thicket. The third means of drawing and securing the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala is constant and consistent victory and remembrance of Allah subhana wa Tada. But Liam says, in every situation he clearly had, and he says, Bill, listen or bill, or Bill armel Vicar of Allah with the tongue, and with the heart and with the actions and with the state of being, we will go into detail about what he is referring to, what is the kid with
the dunk, which is probably what many of us think of when we hear the word wicked, but then what is remembrance of Allah with the heart and with actions and state of being we will expand upon that more inshallah Tada. The list is 1010 means of joining and securing guaranteeing the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So May Allah subhanaw taala make us of those who love Him And may Allah Subhana Allah make us of those whom he loves. Lama Nana said oka her back, I hope them in your head book by Obama in your caribana era who became a Kareem, we ask Allah for his love and for the love of those whom he loves. And for the love of actions which draws nearer to him along happen. What does it
mean? Well think about it and he never Mr. multibillionaire enough, no bill, Allah We beg you to show us truth clearly as truth and allow us to follow it. And we beg you to show us falsehood clearly as falsehood and allow us to stay away from it. And we beg you to protect us from confusion that would lead us astray. Well, Ben at info center taqwa was a key elements into whether you have a molar overlord and master and creator, we beg you to grant our hearts piety and consciousness and awareness of you and you are the one who is most capable of purifying our hearts. You are the master and protector of our hearts and our souls have been attina dunia has an affiliate it hasn't been
either, but now we beg your love for the best in this life and the best in the hereafter. And we beg you to protect us from the tournament of the hill hellfire. We beg you Allah as you as you have gathered us here together with the Prophet sallallahu it was sent him in the highest levels of genital for those that are sort of Lahore Salah Mubarak Eid and abena Muhammad Ali he was so happy he was lm but Allahu Allah masala Morocco
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what's the secret of that?
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Sounds nice, but I don't know what the narration for that is Zack will look into it.
Any other questions? Yes.
that is almost almost an impossible question to answer almost. And the reason why is because there are literally hundreds of books of Tafseer literally hundreds.
So every seat has a different flavor. And different scholars the Quran is so amazing, there is no scholar or there's no human being that can explain the Quran with such magnificence that it basically is sufficient, there are some books of Tafseer that will give you insight into the language the logo that others do not have, there are some that will give you narrations I thought anyway at the different narrations that others do not have, there are some that will delve into the into the law and the jurisprudence that other books do not have. So, to really get the full picture you have to study a variety, but a lot of scholars what they have done to try and help because this
is a very common question
kind of set a little bit of a
of a kind of steps to follow. And so the first thing is basically getting a limited knowledge or the general meaning of the verses and understanding the fact that the vocabulary words. And so to do this, there are really a lot of small books of Tafseer that have some very light commentary along the margins, and these are very beneficial. For example, there is one that is was recently published and published in the last few years is called democratizer with FC lm after fit tafsir this was published by a group of scholars a panel contemporary, and they placed at the beginning of every single surah they have na casa de sola the main objectives of this chapter. And then there is on the
margin, the general meanings of these verses and then at the bottom, there is Fela, there are general points of benefit from that page. And they do this for every single page is called a democritus or abridged Tafseer. It was published by a publishing organization called called motor cars at tipsy Marcus tafsir with the racetam Ania. You can find it you know if not in print form it is on PDF easily accessible. There's also the Qur'an painting complex in Medina, they published a similar project way before them many many years ago, they have the Quran and then there is light,
you know, footnotes if you will, or light commentary on the margins. So that's very good because that's something easily accessible. Any a person for example, if they read five pages of code on a day, they can, along with those five pages, they can get a general meaning of those five pages at the same time. It's something very good to have especially in Ramadan.
Then if you want to get into
some easier, some full on books of Tafseer some of our teachers used to recommend to sci fi. That is not a very difficult one to go through to see on a Saturday.
The scholar might have been setting him on law. There are other contemporary scholars that shift Hamiltonian logic for the law. He's still alive. He has a very light commentary shift hamadani slob when he her fellow law is still alive,
you know, Syrian scholars, may Allah bless them, they have some very
easier, you know, Tafseer books to read like soft water deficit and these are very nice. She has a desire to have a Lola he has a solid deficit, which is also relatively abridged and easy to read. So these are good for a beginner. And then after that level, or by one less a hater, that's an ocean that has no, no shores. Yeah, and he there is a plethora of sci fi data on is beautiful, I say it's gotta have an actual chef
hammered by him when I showed it to Halo 10, which is a masterpiece, and to see it. And then of course, you have Omaha terracotta, the old, you know, the the they call them, the mothers of the libraries like to see the poverty of Sierra curato, the state of Maine Kathy, I mean, these are some that you really cannot do without if you want to have a proper study of Tafseer. But again, it has to be, be tender watch, there has to be step by step, if a person is not familiar with the general meanings of the verses, and they go jump into the book of liberty, there'll be lost within before they reach the floor, they finished the first page, they'll be lost. They'd be like, Huh, what's
going on here? You know, a person, you know, doesn't even have a grasp on the vocabulary words and they try to jump into it. When they're going to be like, you know, is this Chinese or what's going on here? So So there has to be a step by step, step by step process.
would be like to have it may Allah grant to success. Either questions.
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