Islamic Spirituality In Todays World

Moutasem al-Hameedy

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What Can Islamic Spirituality Offer To Today’s World explained by Sh. Moutasem at the Abu Huraira Center.

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And I don't want to start you know who want to stop now the builder in Shoreham? fusina C lt Imani naamyaa de la llamada de la mejor, hula, hula.

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What should you know? In the law? Why the hula?

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hula hula hoop.

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So inshallah, today is the last day in this series of talks. And

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I think a good variety of topics have been covered with relation to the hearts and or the treatment of the heart. So we talked about, we took an introduction into spirituality, Islamic spirituality, and then the issue of

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one of the diseases of the heart was presented, and how to deal with it, how to treat it. And this basically was a hazard gestures and talks about this shift abdomen and talking about statements describing the sound heart of Columbus selling a good heart. How does it look like What about it? He saw he mentioned statements from the scholars mainly from America, they talk about the importance of the heart and the what is the optimal state of the heart. And

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yesterday also talked about,

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I talked about

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the authentic versus inauthentic spirituality. So we looked at what are the criteria, or the parameters in Islam, through which we can load know that this is this form of spirituality is good? Or is bad? How can we tell and we said In brief, that spirituality has to abide by the Koran and the authentic son of the prophet SAW Selim. If it's outside of the circle, then it's dodgy. it's problematic, we don't know where it leads. So we are not supposed to engage in it. Any form of spirituality is religious. You can't say I'm having spirituality, but not in a religious manner. That doesn't make sense. That doesn't make sense any form of spirituality because the soul, or the

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spiritual side of who we are, is part of the unseen world. As part of the unseen world, the only the only way to read no other form of spirituality or spiritual practice, is good or bad, is only through the one who knows the unseen, and that's Allah subhanaw taala. So we need revelation there. So experimentation, personal experience,

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tradition, that doesn't give anything it just, it might tell you how,

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you know, people practiced or how people did things to make you feel good in the meantime, but what are the long term consequences? You're not on the aligners, so it's safer to stay or to stick with the authentic spirituality and that's basically what is what comes through authentic revelation.

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And today, inshallah, we'll be concluding my series of talks on looking at this Islamic spirituality. And how, what does it have to offer to the world? What does it have to offer to the world and Muslims today?

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Again, I will need to summarize our need to summarize again that

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spirituality we said and a spiritual experience, the essence of it, the essence of it, is, love.

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The essence of it, this blissful feeling that comes with a spirituality, the essence of it is love. And we said love is at the heart of who we are as human beings, our souls, at the heart of them is love of Allah subhana wa Tada. That's what we are created for. That's what we are designed for. We are designed, we created to worship Allah And we said, the essence of worship is love is loving a last final words and that's what the essence of worship means. So, what does spirituality have to offer?

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Today?

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One of the most important aspect of spirituality that it is inherently ethical.

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All the personal holyoake that we talk about in Islam, good character, a certain truthfulness, honesty, Amana, trustworthiness, courage shujaa.

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generosity column.

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decency left,

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patience sub

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goodwill, Nia to higher, or illogical, higher, our naseeha

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all of these where they do that, where do they come from? They come from our souls. The soul is essentially is essentially ethical. You don't need to teach your soul truthfully

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Because it knows it that's its nature.

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You don't need to teach your soul mercy because the nature of the soul is that it is merciful.

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You don't need to teach your soul giving and generosity because that's the essence of the soul. And this is why our fifth law is strongly linked to the soul. And in the footer, everything is good. So it, this has implications First, it has implications in raising our children. Oftentimes, we think we need to teach our kids Good luck.

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We imagine our kids as empty vessels and we need to put in them or pour in them. o'clock. So as if they are empty, okay, there are a blank slate, and we need to write on them or encrypt in them o'clock, so they have no clue about o'clock. They're essentially they don't know truthfulness, they don't know honesty, they don't know mercy, they don't know love. We need to bring things these things from outside and put them in our kids instill them in our kids. And that's essentially faulty.

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because it assumes that human beings are essentially flawed

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that humans are essentially unethical, and you need to transform this unethical nature and make it more ethical.

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And that goes against the verse what a lot of Montana says, Look at Holloman in Santa Fe as Senator, we have created man in the best formats. That means format, physical format as a shape and emotional format, spiritual format, ethical format, everything about us, we are born in the best state. But what we need to do is help the state to unfold and manifest itself and grow.

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So this is why children they have mercy. You know, you don't need to teach you the mercy. A child as a child, they don't they don't know what lying is they don't only truthfulness, they only pick it up from a young age when they see people lying, or when they are frightened. They are frightened. In order to escape they think of the lie as an escape as a defense mechanism. That's when they come face to face with lying. But a child if a child has never been exposed to lying, or has never been put in a in a place where they actually fear for their safety. They don't even know what lying is it doesn't even occur to them.

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So essentially, humans are truthful.

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So this is why spirituality has this great advantage. It assumes that we humans are ethical already, we have no luck. But what happens we grow out of it in early years because of the influence of the society influences the school influence of the parents influence of the family, atmosphere, and so on and so forth. So people lose this purity, and this ethical nature.

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That makes parenting so easy.

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So this is why when parents usually ask the question, How can I teach my kids to be truthful, they already know you don't have to teach them. That makes it easy for you. All you have to do is get out of the way don't teach them lying.

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Don't put them in a position where they need to lie in order to survive in order to protect themselves. That's all you need to do. And then you don't you don't have to teach them

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truthfulness.

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How can I teach my students to be all my students or my my kids to be respectful? Kids are respectful by nature.

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So where does misbehavior and disrespect come from? It comes as a defense mechanism

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comes as a defense mechanism. When the child is not comfortable. The child has not been treated at home. Well, the child has been treated disrespectfully by the parents for a good reason. I want him to learn Salah I want them to learn Quran. So what do I tell him off?

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I violate his dignity because he's done. He lied. He said something that wasn't true. And by the way, kids imagine. So they tell you their imagination and you think they're lying. So you take them seriously, from a young age to three years old. He's lying. How come you lied? you smack them right? You tell them off.

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The child sees his dignity has been violated. Now that's his first encounter with disrespect.

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In second encounter, and so on and so forth until the child lost their original nature where respect is the default setting is the default setting in human beings respect, but because he's been mistreated all these years, younger years. Now he learned how to be disrespectful, you gave him enough exposure.

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So this is the advantage of spirituality. True spirituality is ethical or in nature, we are ethical in nature and our spirit. So if we are able to

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reset the spirituality button, so to speak, the

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Rainbow children bring our younger generation and our older generations as well back to this spiritual nature back to their souls. Automatically people are going to be good,

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the soul and this is why in the Quran you will find Allah never talks bad about the soul. Allah never talks bad about the soul. Every time a row has mentioned is mentioned in a respectful manner in a very praiseworthy manner. Even the last one Donovan talks about ROI, he he refers it he ascribes it to himself. He talks about Adam wonderful coffee in a row here, and he blew in him from his soul. That doesn't mean the soul of Allah. But it means Allah created a soul from him. He created a soul and he gave it to Adam, he blew it into Adam, so it's the creation. But Allah refers the soul and this is what called the what's called an Arabic refer to the sheath. It's referred or

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attributed to Allah for, for honor and to dignify it and show its status with Allah as the last one that says, Baitullah the house of Allah. It's attributed to Allah to give it honor and respect and status. So when Allah says whenever huffy, Hema Roja, Allah didn't say whenever huffy arose, he didn't say, and he blew into him the soul. Now he said, he blew into him from his soul. Why did Allah refer to himself to show its dignity and its status.

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So every time a lot talks about a rule, and the professor talks about what is respected, the only time there is a condemnation or a negative sense, and neffs is mentioned the self the ego is mentioned.

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So Allah has always mentioned positive why because Iraq is essentially good, is essentially beautiful. And this is why when we are born in a state of football in a pure state, so when we are born, what are we given our our neffs is empty, there's nothing in it snow? Well,

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Tony,

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allows brought you from you the wombs of your mother's, you know, nothing, that means your self is empty, still, it's a system that is empty, you're gonna fill it up.

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What are you born with, then you're born with your soul. So because you're born with your soul, and it's pure, you're born in a state of fitrah, essentially, is everything good. And this is why humanity shares, all of humanity agrees that justice is better than oppression, right? Regardless of religion, even those who can commit oppression, they don't call it oppression, they call it justice. And from their perspective, it seems justice, all of humanity agrees that justice is good. All of them agree that courage is good. All of them agree that respect is good. These are universal principles. Why? Because they are part of the Fatah connect to the come from the soul, the essence

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that we all share all of humanity shares. So this is why all the you go to the Chinese they agree on these principles.

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You go to Russians, they agree in these principles. Gone the depths of the jungles of Africa, people agree on these principles. Go to Europe, same principles to the Americas, North America, South America, same principles. Australia, same principles. The Arab world, same principles, Persia, same principles. Everyone agrees on this, regardless of their time, regardless of their ethnicity, regardless of their language. Who Who Who did whoever says who there says that?

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Respect is not good.

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No one says, and if they say it, it's more of a bluff. They don't mean it. Someone is upset, because they've respected people, and they will take advantages. advantage of, they might say, you know, don't respect people, they don't deserve it. So respect is not a good thing. But that's out of anger. But in reality in our hearts, we know that respect is good. We know that justice is good. We know that courage is good. We know that generosity is good. We know that forgiveness is good.

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We know that Mercy is good. We know that empathy is good. Everyone knows that everyone agrees on this regardless. So this shows that

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spirituality, in essence is ethical. And to make it a bit more practical, you want to teach someone

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Good luck, good ethics.

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Okay, it can't tell them see, this is how you do these things. They're not going to teach you they're not going to learn it. Teach your kid they say this is how you, you know are truthful. You do this, you do that it doesn't work like this, it has to come from the heart, because this is this is where it resides. So essentially, we humans are ethical. We are ethical in our souls and our spirits.

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So if someone wants to become more ethical, all they need to do is awaken that spiritual side of who they are. And automatically you will find yourself more merciful more empathetic towards others. You will find yourself appreciating justice.

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equality or equity respects

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you find yourself appreciating others you find yourself tending to forgive others,

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you find yourself tending to help out others

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because that's essentially it. So, spirituality is essentially ethical. So, it plays a very vital role in our ethical development

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and our ethical repertoire. As human beings. You want to develop tap into your soul tap into your spiritual side, ethics, good Clark are not technical, you cannot learn them in the lab.

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You cannot learn them in a workshop, you cannot.

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But you can be reminded of them.

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You can be reminded of them intellectually, you can be reminded of them, but they are the essence of humanity. This is why no look at those some of some of those viral videos on social media, a lot of them what makes them go viral. Because they have this human element in them, right, someone helping another human being a weak person, someone helping a homeless guy, someone helping an animal, a dog, a cat, someone helping the bird that stuck, and so on and so forth. Or a moment of generosity, a moment of selflessness. Right, a lot of these videos that go viral, these are the elements of them, what makes them go viral, what makes them get so much attention and appreciation from people, they

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resonate with their soul, they resonate with their nature, everyone loves this. everyone appreciates these ethical principles and love to see them manifested in the world. Why? Because they awaken who we are as spiritual human beings, and would like some of those videos without What are they called, like some of the titles, restoring faith in humanity.

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Imagine, imagine how generally people in our common sense general culture today, how people look at ethical principles, they call them what humanity, humanity and that's what we what we call football in Islam.

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That's what we call Fatah.

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So this selflessness, this attitude of helping out this kind of generosity, this kind of respect, is kind of giving this kind of inner forgiveness, the sky and whatever is ethical within Islam. Okay, truthfulness, they are truthful, someone, everyone appreciates this. And when you see someone who's truthful against the odds, and they tell the truth, regardless, straightaway, the level of respect and admiration to this person is going to soar in your heart.

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Why? Because it resonates with your soul resonates with you.

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So spirituality, I would say is the main tool in restoring has no instilling within ourselves, you cannot teach a person has no colloquy cannot teach them, you can simply awaken it within them. Because humans are born essentially with personal haluk. But they lose it. They lose it with the conditioning, of parenting, of education, of cultural capitalization, and so on and so forth. That's how humans lose it. So you want to become more ethical, you want to find a hollow, look inside, tap into your soul, you're going to find it there. It's not about hard work. It's not about doing exercises. It's not about it said, you know, you can't develop it in the lab. It doesn't. It doesn't

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work like this ethical principles are within you. And this is why they are contagious. So when you see someone who is helpful, straight away, you are drawn into it, and you want to do the same.

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It's contagious.

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Why not because you're a copycat. But because that when you see this, you recognize yourself in it when you see this kindness, the selflessness or, or a person who acts in a courageous way in a difficult situation that reminds you of who you really are in your essence and your soul. So you want to be like this.

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So it's not an act of mimicking. It's an act of awakening who you are. So that's the first principle. Spirituality is ethical in essence and this is the only source of our personal HELOC is the only source. So if we truly want to develop personal HELOC,

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we have to tap into our spiritual side we have to develop spiritual and we said the essence of spirituality, the essence of spirituality, the truth of it this blissful feeling, this state this powerful state of serenity, and

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being centeredness and satisfaction and fulfillment. Where does it come from? It comes from embracing the essence of who we are Love, love for the person

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creator of the source of all being love our Creator, Allah subhanaw taala, then we need this love to unfold and manifest itself in all our daily affairs in everything we do.

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So that's the first thing. So that's an advantage for spirituality, this one thing that spirituality can offer us. Number two, I hinted on this

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just five minutes ago, spirituality is universal.

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It's universal.

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You look at all religions, they all seek spirituality, they seek spiritual experiences. And even a lot of the religions that are dying and losing popularity, like Christianity lost a lot of popularity, it was dominant in Europe, it was dominant in North America. But then in the last 150 years, last 200 years, it started going down, losing a lot of its followers in Europe, he lost 80% of its followers, right?

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What kept a minority among the Christians faithful to their religion. It's the spiritual side of it,

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the spiritual side of it.

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So you find spirituality in all traditions, in all cultures, humans cannot survive without this, because that's the color of their heart. Their souls require an expression, they require to be tended to.

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So they're vying for this kind of expression and attention. So people need to do this, even atheists today, I said, atheists, even atheists, they don't detached from spirituality,

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the waging war against religion, and against people who believe in God, and people who follow faiths, and they try to ridicule, try to use science and create arguments and so forth, so on and so forth. But at the end of the day, atheists themselves, they say spirituality is good.

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Spirituality is good. And I mentioned previously that amongst the,

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the, what they call militant atheists,

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or agnostics are the ones who are very aggressive against followers of religion are people who are acknowledging spirituality and the value of spirituality, and they're actually writing and creating programs for people to be more spiritual, but without religion,

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because you cannot go against spirituality, no human being would want to go against spirituality. So we mentioned for example, Sam Harris, the one who wrote the end of faith, which is one of the most influential books that are written in atheism. And he himself is a very vocal person against religion and people who follow religion.

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He we said he wrote a book and he said, spirituality without religion, how to be spiritual. Because even in science today, as they study well being and happiness and longevity,

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they realize that spiritual people live longer, they are healthier, they have high, higher levels of self esteem, higher levels of well being higher levels of happiness, they are more productive than others. This is this is all scientific experiments. These are all scientific experiments. Now, specifically, positive psychology has been doing a lot of focus there. So they find people that are more spiritual, they're actually they have have higher quality of life. They have more emotional balance, and they live longer. They have happy marriages and happy families.

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So spirituality, no one detaches from it. Everyone wants it. Everyone wants it. So spirituality is universal.

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Because it's universal, it gives us common grounds, gives us common grounds with people.

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Look at the media, how does it create? How does it portray Islam in a negative light?

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Does it show spirituality? It doesn't, what does it do?

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It shows the opposite of spirituality. It shows mercilessness, lack of mercy.

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It shows savagery in the name of Islam under all under the names of different organizations.

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They destroy Islamic history, they say it's all about killing. They said Muslims went out of the Arabian Peninsula, whacking other people with their swords.

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That wasn't the case. That wasn't the case. The whole environment was hostile at that time.

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All the nations were fighting against one another.

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That was the case. So for you to take something out of context, say, you know, Muslims in Islam spread by the sword, no, sorry, the language of that whole world at the time was the sword everyone is speaking that language. So to put Islam in the spotlight, and say that's what Islam does. It's all about the sword and spreading by force and neglect to the negligence or to the neglect of the rest of the context. This is absolutely This is proper manipulation.

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propaganda. So how do how does the media or those opponents of Islam, how do they try to push people away from Islam? by what? Creating a non spiritual image of Islam? That's it, creating a non spiritual image of what Islam is. That's it. So they say stem is all about killing, Islam is all about is a cult. Islam is all about, you know, being or self centeredness. Muslims are only worried about themselves, Muslims want to take over the world. Okay. Obviously, this is not true. None of this is spiritual. But they never show that Muslims are devout or they rarely show that Muslims are devout human beings,

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that Muslims enjoy their spirituality and their connection to the last panel to add, and that Muslims, they want goodness for people. As a lot of that said about the prophets I send them on my cell NACA Illa.

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Allah mean, we are the followers of the process and was supposed to be messy to the world. We don't want to, we don't want any harm to anyone in the world, as Muslims. That's what Islam tells us. We want mercy to the world. We want people to open up to the truth, we would wish to share with them the truth and we want good for them. That's what Islam offers. As simple as that. And the prophet SAW Selim says, I have been nasty in Allah and Pharaoh homeliness, the one the human being that is dearest to Allah that Allah loves the most is the one that is more beneficial to, to humanity, not even the Muslims to humanity, to human beings. Even the prophet SAW, Selim said not only humanity,

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even animals, any creative thing, even trees, even the environment, the prophet SAW, Selim says frequently that he capital and Rob ultimate in Agile, in every living creature, there is reward.

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And we know the hadith of a woman who was actually a prostitute.

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She had been a prostitute. But she saw a dog that was thirsty and couldn't drink water, and it helped that dog

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and quench his thirst. So he offered water, she offered water to the to the dog. And the professor said and said, Allah, forgive, forgive, forgive our sins, and allowed him to paradise because of helping that dog. And the man who helped and another woman entered the Hellfire because she kept a cat in a room without offering it any kind of nutrition or food or drink until it died.

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That's part of spirituality of Islam. That's part of spirituality. So spirituality is universal.

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When you speak to non Muslim, especially those who are anti muslim have this kind of anti muslim spirit, if you really speak with them, they think that Muslims are out there to destroy the world. They truly believe so. The other day there was

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there was something about Muslim refugees or Syrian refugees who are in the United States. And I think that was the what is it the page on Facebook, humans of New York, it's very popular. So the guy goes about, you know, meeting different people. She was talking about refugees in the US. And now he's been recently I believe he was going in, in states that are that fully or almost fully support Donald Trump. So he wants to see what these people think about these policies and about all of this. One of the aspects was anti muslim spirit or hate against Muslims. So he was talking to a principal, a lady, the principal of a school.

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And she was talking about Muslim refugees who just came to all Muslim students who came to her school. She says, I really feel bad when I see a Muslim kid is being bullied.

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I really feel bad.

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But I still think but I don't say anything because I think these people are a threat to our country.

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These people are brainwashed.

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They are brainwashed, brainwashed, how they've swallowed, hook, line and sinker, the impression that Muslims are out there to conquer the world to annihilate everyone else, wipe them out from the face of Earth.

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So they believe that's what Islam is about. They believe this is what Muslims want to do. This is why Muslims are there. They just want to kill everyone. Is this spiritual? Absolutely not spiritual. But

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if we Muslims,

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and the problem, and here I want to be critical of ourselves as well.

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critical of ourselves, a lot of what we say in our hope verse and our classes, is actually

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is outdated. As a discourse, not as a content.

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Muslims came to the west, in big waves in the 1960s 50s, maybe standard 50s 60s 1970s 1980s towards the second half

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of the 20th century,

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they came to Europe to North America to Australia. And they were offered refuge, they were offered citizenship. And they were treated like everyone else, at least formally, they were treated like everyone else. Okay, they were given the rights and everything. What did Muslims do, instead of Muslims addressing issues that were facing them, in the Muslim countries, Muslims brought the issues they had in their homelands, political issues, political, political problems, military struggles, and so on and so forth, and brought them and the hope was at that time, were exactly a copy of the hot buzz in the Arab world.

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That's, that's against wisdom.

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That's against wisdom.

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When you live in a country like this, you're supposed to address the concerns of the Muslims, the population there, help people live Islam, but because we're highly political. And this is why straight away that separated the Muslims from others, separated the Muslims from others, because others saw Muslims were only concerned about their problems in their homelands. They were not part and parcel of this, they don't care about here.

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They don't care about hear, that's the impression they got second of all, Muslims themselves were not given guidance as how to maintain the Muslim identity, their Muslim religion, their Muslim practices, while living in a Western environment, they will not get offered that in a practical fashion. Rather, Muslims will always run it around political issues. These political issues are legitimate. But the question is, was it wise to make these issues the dominant or make them dominate the scene and dominate the hot button, the speeches and the whole, you know, atmosphere of the Muslims in the West, when the Muslim is needed to, you know, live a Muslim life in a non Muslim

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country.

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So that sent a strong message to non Muslims. And that also got the Muslims to be completely completely consumed with political issues, struggles, that are justified, right. But they these issues are being stuck with these issues here made no service to the Muslim communities here. On the contrary, Muslims started to take a stance of animosity against everything that was non Muslim. And Muslims were taught as well that you cannot actually preserve your Islam if you mix with people.

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So Muslims try to live in their own areas, create some, you know, gatos pigeonholes, just for Muslims to live in. Okay, and separate from everyone else. Muslims wanted to live exactly the lifestyle that they had in Saudi Arabia, in Egypt, in Pakistan, and in India, and in Somalia, and in Algeria. And in Turkey, they wanted to bring exactly the same thing, even when these things were cultural, not necessarily Islamic, not necessarily Islamic.

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So all of this has, what did it do, it created a layer, a layer, an out outer layer, a shell outside, that separated the Muslims, from the other people, and it sent a strong message. We are different than you, we don't want to be with you. You live your life. We live our life we live, we have here pockets of Saudi Arabia, of Pakistan, of Egypt, of Iraq, and so on and so forth here and we're going to live in our bubble.

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And now, now that the Muslims at a very weak position, so when they are being attacked, when their reputation has been tarnished, when they have been misrepresented Muslims are trying to get out of this bubble. We're trying to undo the work that has been going on for about 5060 years.

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And we're paying for it now.

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We scream No, Islam is not like this. Sorry. Wakey wakey Sleeping Beauty 50 years sleeping in your bubble. Now you want to convince He wants us to believe in you. We haven't seen you. What have you been?

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Now people not saying this openly. But this is how groups think this is how nations and societies think that we think you've been around us for 5060 years. You've never helped out in anything unless it was about Muslims.

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Muslims care about humanity. I don't believe that. Someone is going to say I don't believe this. Because you only speak out when it's about your rights as a Muslim minority. Right.

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What about other people's minorities?

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No, we don't we don't care about this, but you want others to care about you. Then you say we care about humanity, we care about other humans rights, and we therefore the welfare of the overall society and so on and so forth.

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People are seeing through this and the problem maybe at some time was saved because no one was picking on this. But there are people who have learned

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From this history, recent history of the Muslims in the West, and they are picking on this points our kids were getting in. And this is one that that's also creating a problem. It's not creating a problem, but people are capitalizing on it. And Muslims are really stuck with it. They don't know how to deal with this, right? This issue of the Muslim prayer, the Friday prayer in the schools, right in Mississauga, and Peel District.

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This with the Education Board, all this issue on all of this anti muslim hate and anti muslim wave about Muslims, religion, we should not accommodate their religious practices in schools. If these are

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secular schools, we should not allow all of this stuff, why give them exemptions? Why give the Muslims a privilege and so on and so forth. And these Muslims, what is the main point that has been used against the Muslims as what is that these hot words have been used for hate speech? So why do we make our kids for the last 3040 years, they get as they speak in the school, and they talk about what they talk about their own colleagues, right? Other people's over the faith.

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People of other faith, talk about them in a very condescending fashion, right.

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Talking about people who follow other faiths in a very condescending fashion.

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Now these guys are picking on this, they say we have a long record of Muslims to speaking against. They say okay, what social cohesion? One, the overwhelming overall welfare of Muslims of the Canadian society of the American psyche of the British society, Australian society, right? Well, look at the speeches that your kids are sharing where they're getting this from. It's all about, you know, condemning other religions.

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speaking ill about them.

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Right.

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And this is why the ARB say liquidity macom and makhan.

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liquidity mccammon McCall. You know, for every situation, there is right speech,

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there's something to be said and something that cannot be said. And this is why in the Quran, Allah Subhana Allah says about his words. And this is why this kind of see there are two things that have to combine, in anything you say, in order for you to be rewarded by Allah subhanaw taala.

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To conditions in whatever you say. And they are found in a verse Allah Samantha says, we're telling Matt Kelly met Rob Baker, soupcon weigela, and the word of your Lord has been fulfilled, has been completed soupcon In truth, what Abdullah? I didn't what is justice, and it's also appropriateness. That's what I did in Arabic also means so this is why it's not only truth, the words of Allah truth,

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but a lot in say what I met Kenny Mottola, because it can and that's it. He didn't say only in truth, when allowed to say subcon weidler in truth and appropriateness. So it's not enough for you to say the truth.

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You have to say it at the right time, to the right people in the right manner. This is what it is. This is why the scholars say had a valid column. That's what I say. And for the words to be accepted. There would be a Cornell Cara will have unwired Allah, it has to be truthful, what you say has to be true. And it has to be appropriate to the situation has to be appropriate to the situation.

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An example of this is in marriage

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is in marriage. A husband is upset with his wife for something she said. He feels upset, but he tries to be nice, but she picks on it. She realizes, okay, you're upset about something, tell me? He says no, no, no, we don't need to talk about this. Now. She doesn't want to tell me you have to tell me right? So it says I have to be truthful to my wife. I'm going to tell her. If he does that. Sorry. He's an idiot.

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He's an idiot. Why? Because she says the Tell me we're gonna deal with it. She tells her that she's upset. She doesn't want to talk to him. And it escalates and it gets worse

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is how a lot of the misunderstanding and arguments happen. Sometimes it leads to divorce and marital relationships. Why? Because yes, you said the truth. But it's not either. It is. But it's not either. It's true. But this is not appropriate.

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someone does something wrong. They're very sensitive in that situation. You go until that's wrong. What you said is truth, but it's inappropriate. You should wait. When that person is ready. his emotions are stable. He's more centered, so when you tell them in a good manner, they're more likely to take it as what Allah Subhana Allah says to the believers. Well, that's a super lady and I don't I mean, don't Illa facial Bula had one behind the helm. Don't speak ill of what the false gods of the people of course who worship idols don't talk about the Islam. Don't curse them because the Prophet seldom he used to kiss the hustler

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By the way, at the beginning, the last one and I said to them don't do that. Lest

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what? They're gonna swear at Allah they're gonna speak bad about a lot.

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So yes, I mean, you're gonna say these are you know what they are stones don't benefit you. These are nothing right? If you say this is true, right? These are doomed, these are cursed, that you worship them. These are nothing along with put them in the hellfire. It's true. But when you say to someone, he's gonna reply back swearing at law using bad words about Allah subhanaw taala

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then you will not be rewarded. Rather you will be held accountable for what you caused.

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This way, the professor also said

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I can't remember the exact wording of the Hadith, but he says about

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how evil the person is, who curses his own mothers, his own mother or his own father.

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People said like they they thought that was strange, like who would kiss their own mother and their own father, because they were very loyal right to their parents. The prophet SAW Selim, you should watch Hulu, about Raja Faisal Buddha. You can someone's father, he replies to you, he kisses your father, so you have kissed you have kissed your father, you have kissed your own father when you kissed his own father.

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And this is why you disrespect yourself. When someone is

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like a person, an immature person he's misbehaving you go and tell them off, he's gonna come have a comeback at you. Right? You tell him an idiot is going to tell you you're stupid.

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So you put yourself in a bad position, right? So the same thing. So when you say something, it has to be true, and it has to be appropriate. So again, that I want to take this back to spirituality is that

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we will not will only take we took one part of Islam, which is mainly the political struggle that the Muslims and Muslim countries are going through. And we said that's what Islam is about that we are that only thing we told our kids. That's the only thing we told our kids, that was the only thing on their mind. They knew Islam is about what the struggles that are happening in the Middle East and in Kashmir, and in different parts of the world, right.

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And what happened, that's what our kids know about Islam. That's all what they talk about.

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And so on and so forth. But we by doing this, we have pushed aside a very important aspect of Islam, which is connection to Allah, the love of Allah,

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the spirituality, that is more likely to open the hearts of people because we said it's again, the point it's universal.

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I remember I was last year in Malaysia, and they have in, there's Nottingham University in the UK, it has a branch in Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur.

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So there was a Muslim Awareness Week and the brothers have been struggling a lot. Because the majority of the students there are Chinese. Some of those rich, wealthy, Malaysians are not so much into religion, and

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some Westerners and some Westerners. So they were, they were having a hard time communicating the message coming, talking about Islam, because people, you know, are affected so much by the media, there is an issue in Malaysia between Chinese and the Malay that for the Chinese they think Islam is an ethnic group. somehow they're they know it's a religion, but they're just in Malaysia, for them the way they understand it, politically, the way it's been put your either your other Muslim or Chinese, that's how it is for them. So for them to be Chinese and Muslim is a contradiction. It doesn't make sense. So it's difficult for them to even think or consider Islam.

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So and there is actually a good percentage of Indian students as well, Hindus and some Muslims. So there was a Hindu guy who was a practicing Hindu, but he converted to, to Buddhism.

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And some people have known him for a while for three years there, and he's been attending these Muslim awareness weeks, and he's not like, it doesn't interest him so much. He didn't find anything. So not one of the brothers. He said, You know, some of the things you talk about,

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actually might resonate with this person. So what we did, we had a conversation with that person. In the coffee shop, we sat, I sat with him. And we spoke about things and explained to him about Islam and spirituality in Islam. And he says, I never knew Islam was like this. It says, He says, that makes so much sense to me. And a lot of what you're saying, I already have it in my life. But I told him, the biggest difference is what you were experiencing spirituality. But with who?

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He says with God, I said, Who's God for you? He says,

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God is everywhere.

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God is in everything.

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And I said that's where Islam differs.

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That's where Islam differs. I said Islam recognizes that God is the Creator, and we are the creation.

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He says, but we say that God is in everyone. So God is in you, and you have to come back to God in you. I said, for us, what's in you is not God, what's in you is the creation of God, and that's your soul. And your soul recognizes God and loves him and connects to him and yearns to him. And when you come back to your soul and nourish it, and you nourish it with the words of God, that's when your soul is going to fly to Allah subhanaw taala. So you make it to Allah, before you leave this world, you think make it to God before you leave this world. And that's where the beauty comes.

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So he says, but that that's puzzled him a little bit. I said, You know why? Because when you say, God, isn't everyone, what about these people who are killing others? And I said, You're a Buddhist, right? He said, Yes. But it was one form of Buddhism. So I told him, what, what are Buddhists doing doing to Muslims in Burma?

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Is that spirituality, and it's one of the main leaders, right? The main spiritual leaders who are inciting all of this hatred. He said, Well, I don't believe in that form of Buddhism, my I have a different version of Buddhism. I said, Fine.

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But these people are spiritual, and they are doing these things. So who is doing these things? Is it God in them?

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said, No, it's the devil in them. I said, so God and devil are inside that person. So he said, I don't have answers. For these, I said, no problem. But we have a lot, you have seen that your spiritual quest, I appreciate that you have these tendencies, and you're looking forward to fulfill that I'm telling you, it's gonna be deficient, is going to be problematic, until you direct it to the true God, and that's your Creator. You need to recognize the separation between you and God. Because claiming to be God yourself, that gives you

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a merit, or a privilege that you have not earned, you are given a privilege being the creation of Allah, being the special creation of Allah having this soul blown into you, that brings you back to align yearns to unlock. But you have to do your part. You have to do your part, to connect to a Lost Planet and let your soul be connected to Allah for eternity. And that's your challenge in this life. So we left we parted at that. But he saw so much in common. So after this brother says he was asking a lot of questions more about Islam. So the thing is, Buddhism gained a lot of popularity in the Western world, in the last 2025 years,

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it gained a lot of popularity, a lot of people actually became a lot of Westerners, like either atheist, agnostic or Christian, they actually converted to Buddhism. Why? Because of the spiritual aspect of it, spiritual aspect of it. And the Buddhists have done quite a good job to sort of neutralize Buddha Buddhism. They've neutralized Buddhism, in the sense, Buddhism has, it has a lot of baggage within it. So what they did, they removed a lot of the cultural stuff. A lot of the things that don't make sense, okay, intellectually don't make sense, especially going into contradiction with science. They have stripped those down. And they kept the essence of spirituality

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that Westerners can relate to.

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It's actually, to a certain extent, purified Buddhism of a lot of nonsense, like the way it was a very good reform in Buddhism, and made it better, okay, more digestible. And that's why you have with the Dalai Lama, right? He's leading this movement now. And he's creating a lot of popularity for that kind of Buddhism. But the problem is, when people get in Buddhism, these days, they are shown a lot of the spiritual aspects and so on and so forth. But it's only later on until they get more into Buddhism, that some of the tenets of Buddhism start actually showing up.

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Okay, and so not all of those are actually pleasant to many people. So some people have left Buddhism again, the point is here, again, Islamic spirituality is authentic, is very powerful. It's very ethical and universal. So it is our bridge to other people. It is our bridge to other people. Most of the people have negative opinions about Islam. They have no clue about the spiritual side of Islam. So imagine if we connect to people based on these qualities of systemic spiritual ism, it's, it's universal. Everyone recognizes it. It resonates with everyone, everyone, when they see this form of spirituality.

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It resonates with them, they recognize it in themselves or they recognize themselves in it. They see the connection so they are drawn into it. Second thing is ethical. So when it's ethical as well, it helps us connect with people because we said everyone is is drawn into this ethical nature when they see

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bravery when they see love genuine love, unconditional love, when they see respect when they see justice when they see selflessness when they see altruism when they see noble, you know, character and hustle, hello, everyone is drawn into this and they recognize it. And they identify with it because it resonates with the Fatah. So that's a very powerful thing that Islam offers or semuc spirituality offers today to the Muslims. So I personally believe the future for our future for Dawa is more with spiritual, Islamic spiritualism. It's more with Islamic spirituality, why? And it has to be authentic. It has to be authentic, otherwise, we'd be taken away people from a

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misunderstanding into another misunderstanding. It has to be authentic spirituality that's based on the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, what does spirituality has to offer us as well? And here I'm specifically going to talk about Muslims, not necessarily non Muslims, how does it What does it have to offer to the world we spoke about ethical issues which are helpful to the Muslims, and also helpful in our dour. We spoke about the universality, which helps us in connecting to others and helping them understand Islam. But there is also something else that Muslims can benefit from when it comes to spirituality.

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Spirituality gives you peace of mind, is the sweetness.

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And in the midst of all these troubles that Muslims are going through,

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and in the midst of negative cultures, our cultures in the majority of the Muslim world are very negative, extremely negative, and they are not based on Islam.

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They are not based on Islam. A lot of the attitudes among Muslim communities, Muslim cultures are very negative, judgmental to others, starting with a little kids, a child, a little infant, three months old, if he cries excessively,

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mother and father, mother and father take offense,

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take offense,

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and they start judging the child. That's a troublemaker. From from that young age. We start making conclusions arrive at conclusions. When it comes to people. Someone you have one first interaction with one person, somehow this person wasn't feeling well that day, straightaway, you arrive at a conclusion conclusion, you judge that person, a person walks into the masjid, you're gonna look him from head to toe, you're going to judge him based on how he looks, his claws how he walks, okay, you're gonna look down upon him straight away. That's very common among Muslim generally among Muslim gatherings, and non Muslim gatherings, but now are being self critical among Muslims as well

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because we don't that comes against spirituality.

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You among Muslims, you don't feel safe.

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You don't feel safe, because you're gonna you will be picked on you will be criticized, you will be judged.

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You will get all of these weird looks.

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That's usually the case so you don't feel safe. Some people are not, by the way, not emotionally sensitive enough. They don't feel it, they don't care about it. But people who are sensitive, they know it. They feel intimidated. There's a lot of intimidation. There's a lot of judgment, you have to say things in a certain way and you have to say certain things, you have to behave in a certain way. And if you do not, you know match this kind of description. Okay, you will be just, you will be ostracized you will be criticized, you'll be looked down upon you will be told off

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this is part of our negative culture. We Muslims when something bad happens to me why is Allah punishing me allows not punishing you that's how the world functions. Welcome to the world. That's how the world goes. Oh, it's maybe because I didn't do pmla

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Allah is gonna punish you because you don't don't emulate criminals is not even an obligation. How often I hear this. How often I hear that someone is saying, you know, my studies are going bad by five families breaking up and losing my kids. I'm losing my job. Maybe because I haven't been doing family

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can raise his son.

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So maybe I was punishing me. Don't you realize this is a negative thought about a law that says that's baseless, untrue.

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The Bedouin came to the province of Solomon he said, What is upon me, the professor Sallam said you pray five times a shadow, let alone to bear witness that no one has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I'm the Messenger of Allah what else says five daily prayers? He said what else you foster Ramadan? He said What else? He said you pay is a cow from your surplus money is that what else?

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In some nourishes it says you make pilgrimage

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What else? Is that a killer on top of? There's nothing more except if you want to do extra volunteer and do more. The man said, well law he

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left I don't know, what does he do? What does he do?

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I should do this for law, but I'm not going to do anything extra. That's what I'm gonna do.

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The man walks away the prophet SAW Selim says a flat and solve. The problem says, if he sticks to what he said, he's gonna be successful.

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And now we come in. Allah is punishing me because I don't Okay, I'm Elaine.

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That's not a law that the prophet SAW Selim told us about, or that the Quran tells us about.

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See. So this negativity has colored our lives. Color lives. This is a child is 12 years old. He hasn't memorized maybe three four soldiers.

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And it happened in front of me Someone asked him, How old are you? I'm 12. How many children's? Have you memorized a memorize 10? What are these 10 soldiers salted feel Allah had shorter stories. He says, My child has memorized 10 Jews.

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Man, take it easy on the child. Take it easy on the child what why do we have to judge Why do we have to compare?

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You have an argument with not argument. We have like an interaction with someone. Right?

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And you say, you know

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you just said maybe you were late. Okay, just for argument's sake, you were late. You said? Sorry. You know, I I just you know, I had to deal with I was delayed by traffic. There was traffic something. Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no, you just don't care about our appointment.

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No, but I'm telling you the truth. No, no, no, you don't you just don't appreciate this kind of appointment. Okay, I know. I know it. You don't care about me.

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Brother Take it easy. I'm telling you with my own tongue that it was traffic, right? I'm telling you the truth. No, no, no, no, no.

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So this kind of argument. And this basically being focused on being right, I want to be right at all costs. It's like walking on a rope.

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With any mistake, you're going to lose it all. There are people who are like this. Like there are people ask questions, okay. And I see this on a daily basis. People ask questions. And they're going to say, by the way, I don't mean this. Don't get me wrong with that. The so paranoid of making one mistake of making one mistake.

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They're so keen on being right. They're so keen on being right. And if they catch you making a mistake, you're up for a really hard time. I'm telling you, they'll give you a hard time. Why? Because they'll be happy you made a mistake. They didn't make a mistake. And you have to do with it now.

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So people are paranoid. They don't want to make a mistake. They don't want to say anything wrong. And if they Some say something and it's wrong. No no, I don't mean this. They panic straightaway. Why is this so much focus on being right, feeling threatened, under so much threats, you don't feel secure?

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Well, last month, Allah Allah for Allah Haim and Allah is the origin

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of our new metal Hata. One mission was to create a community with the prophet SAW, Selim says, Allah has forgiven my nation, my people, you know, whatever, they make mistakes. And if it's a mistake, you didn't mean it. It was wrong, that's fine. Why panic have to be right. Or sometimes people in their choice of words, or I chose the wrong way. I don't mean this. I mean that. Take it easy. And there are people that like, and this happens a lot on social media. Someone says like, you write something on Facebook, Twitter, etc. And someone writes a comment. And what it is like you say, for example, this journey, or this life is a journey to Allah. He says, Yes, and the way you make this

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journey is by waking up in the diet. And by fasting they two days in the week, and by pushing against your desires, and by putting yourself down, and he writes a whole prescription, then you say,

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it could be much easier. He's gonna come back at you, right? And he says,

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Do you mean I'm wrong? What do you mean by it's easier?

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The prophet SAW Selim says Allah, Allah Hi, dlns law, the law of gender. You know, the commodity that Allah offers is so expensive is gender and you you motoring it down you making it easy? Why? He doesn't want to, you know, he doesn't want to be wrong. He doesn't want to any kind of criticism, other opinion if someone has another opinion, people panic. No, it's wrong. That's wrong, because that's it. That's the verse. Take it easy brother. You understand the Hadith in one way. But there's another way to understand this Hadith, right. And that's not from me, that's from great scholars that even from the companions of the Prophet SAW Selim, so take it easy.

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feeling threatened this kind of negativity, what does it do?

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It takes away spirituality.

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When you are focused on being right, so much on being right, you're very defensive. You're very under so much pressure intention.

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So you can't even focus on your soul or on your heart. And it's the heart that matters. It's the heart that matters. And there are because she yesterday she had done one and quoted one thing from event budget hanbali. In his book,

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he said, you know, what really matters with allies of the heart. All the acts of worship the prayer the fastest, the reality of them, they were all designed for the sake of your heart.

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But we are busy so much with the external part of it, which we are supposed to pay attention to, but it should be proportionate.

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The impact on the heart that's the most important that's why the prophets of Salaam says saya Muslim, in the La la la la Swati como si, mi comala, does look at your externals, and how you look like, and your bodies, and that excludes external actions, a lot of consider them but that's not exactly. That's not the focus. That's not the most important thing. Like a young boy in Abu Dhabi come he looks at your hearts. Other another wedding within say a Muslim as well, hello become American scholars say America, America loop, second emilija the actions of the heart first, and the actions of your body and limbs second.

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So again,

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we said spirituality, what can it do? It can benefit the Muslims in increasing the quality of their life, the quality of their life, a lot of Muslims are living under this kind of negative culture. Under this kind of negative influence, they want to be right all the time. Okay, they don't want to make any mistake. They feel, you know, under threats, they feel intimidated.

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There are high expectations, we think we have to meet the expectations of everyone around us. Otherwise, we disappoint them and there's no good, you're not a good Muslim if you disappoint people around. So send your life. Yeah, and sell all your plans, trade them off with pleasing people around.

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And there are parents who go to their sons who are married and they tell them you know, divorce your wife, I don't want her or the mother, the mother in law goes to the husband. I don't like your wife divorce her. She's a good woman. She's a righteous woman. She looks after her husband. She's She's, she's like an ideal wife. She hasn't done anything wrong. I don't like her divorce her.

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Allah says but already, then you have to obey me, right? These are negative causes doesn't necessarily take this kind of obvious blatant shape. But it happens. It happens often. So Muslims under these difficult circumstances in the Muslim countries, and now even Muslims in the West are under so much pressure. Muslims living in negative cultures, what can enhance the quality of their life?

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What kind of, it's this spiritual side, this spiritual side, you know, when you have to work call that spiritual, you cannot have to work on in your mind, by the way, because your mind depends on your senses.

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It can only see what is physically.

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To what good comes from the heart. It comes from the heart and that's from your soul. Why? Because it's part of the unseen and your soul has access to the unseen world. It knows that my provision is going to come to me it's on its way. I don't see it. And I don't know where it's gonna come. But I know it's gonna come because a lot as taking care of it. I know. So I see it in my heart, but I don't see it with my eyes.

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I don't have any record of it, but I'm sure of it. And this is why I believe

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and has handled the Allahu Allah. Allah No, he said, at tawakkol

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and takuna Xsara, Yucatan Viva de la de mafia de la minicabee. Murphy Eric. He says rhetorical is that you trust what's in the hands of Allah, the provision that Allah has installed for you more than you trust the money you have in your hand already.

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So you have more certainty in your soul, then you have certainty in your eyesight and what you physically possess.

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So spirituality has this powerful

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element of elevating or enhancing the quality of our life. So this is why probably one of the reasons why Allah Subhanallah made pm Alain obligatory upon the early Muslims, because they were facing extreme hardship. What was the best time for them when they prayed that night? Connect to Allah.

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Connect to Allah.

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The prophet SAW Salam would be weeping. He would be enjoying these verses and reciting the score on his heels would crack.

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Yet he the process of them would pray more and more ambulances Yana solo limited fine with Allie Coco de la la la cama de cada momento. Why do you do this

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messenger of Allah Allah has forgiven all your sins. The prophets of Salaam says fnr corner adventure caller Shall I not be grateful, a grateful servant to Allah? Because you find sweetness and peace in that. Then one day I shall obey the law. She checks the prophet SAW someone she extended a hand and she touched him. The prophet SAW Selim, what did he tell her? He says Aisha, very nice Abu Dhabi I shall let me worship my lord leave me to worship My Lord.

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Imagine a man after like, difficult day, a very busy day, like their heart and the sweetness and the peace is in spending time with the wife with their wife, especially Valence. I love the process of the shotgun I found so much peace with her. When a man asked him, man have onesie like who's the person that you love, the most honorable ask asked him. Who is the person that you love the most? He said Ayesha.

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So the Bravo Sonam loves her so much then.

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At night she wants to spend time with with him. He says to her Yeah, I Shalini Abu Dhabi, leave me, me, I should worship My Lord. Leave me alone with Allah, please. That's my that's my think me along with a lot.

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So that's the prophet SAW Allah when he was setting them himself above the law and who, like the people of Quraysh were really like, fed up with him because he would pray in his house, in the garden of his house, he would pray, and he would be weeping and crying and their women and the children would come and have a look at him. He would be a scene for people. But he had no clue about them, he would just pray because he was been weeping.

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And he was like, absorbed in the beauty of the Quran that enhances the quality of our lives. And you know what, when you have a moment of assurance allow you reciting Quran, you are absorbed in this verse, and it grabs your heart, you know how sweet that is. And you strive to get it back and you wish it can come back and come back. But you don't get it right.

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This sweetness takes away all your worries, all your pains.

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But we have a very poor spiritual repertoire, because we have not tapped into it. We're all concerned about being right. There are people who pray they want to pray, the sooner we should all pray as the insulin pray disease and right. It's an obligation, we have to praise the Lord and pray. So somebody and it happens. Sometimes the person prays next to me, and they're praying like a robot's, like we're gonna do like this.

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Brother, the President said yet is how he put your hands up, Allahu Akbar, around his shoulders, or his ear lobes, Allahu Akbar. But it's not like you have your fingers have to be 90 degrees at your palm has to be 90 degrees. And it has to be like a robotic matter, unlike this, particularly if you're a human being. You're a human being the person who stands up fine, but it's like hands have to be like this stretched.

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This is exaggeration. This is what's what sir. This is Hulu Zulu.

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And the thing is, when you see the scholars, if you see Sophia coming out, that means she can barely pray. They didn't do like this.

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Like it's normal for the hand to be like this, right? But But you have to say no, it has to be like this.

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The thing is, we are so keen, we're so careful to be right in everything. We don't want to be wrong with anything that we actually go we do almost everything wrong. Because we're leaning on the other side, you want to keep safe, you're driving in the middle lane on the highway, you want to keep away from this fast lane, right? Especially you know, when you if you go into the UK, you're used to this driving here you go to the UK, they drive on the opposite side of the road. So you don't know the dimensions of the car, right? Well, because the steering wheel is on the left side of the car. So you need to adjust right? So what do you do, you are used to being on the right side of the car. And

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you are used to not leaving enough distance to the car next to you on the next lane. Because you know you don't there's no the body of the car is not on the side. It's on this side. We've got the UK Okay, good buddies. They're trying to go against your instinct or against you second nature of driving. You tried to be on the lane on the other side. Because you are you used to be on this side. Why? To make it up for your natural tendency now, but you'll find yourself actually on the line on your left. That's the problem.

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That's the issue with it. So some people are so keen on being right right to the negligence of the other side where they do everything wrong from the other side.

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And that's killing our spirituality we don't have prayer is all about Did I do it right? Did I do it wrong? Where's the meanings of authority? Hmm.

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God the morning Amina Suppan will be will be hemmed EZ mobi handy. SubhanAllah. Bill, is it three has to be three or five, right?

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And you don't think about the words. You don't think about the words. And then a lot of people with their obsession or how do you put your hands out, they start watching everyone around them or this person does it right.

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He does it wrong, does he see how I do it and so on and so forth. So, okay, easy on yourself. So spirituality can take us out of this. And this is why you find the scholars who are actually tend more to spirituality, you will find them more accommodating when it comes to. That's a general phenomenon.

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And doesn't mean the water surely down on the contrary, on the contrary,

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but

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the school or tradition of a person reflects reflects their personal demeanor as well. So a rigid person will be rigid. In fact, an easygoing person is going to be easygoing. In fact, the prophet SAW Salem praised Abubakar de la and when he said, I'll hamamatsucho Mattie Ababa.

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Well, I should do nurse if he didn't allow her Omar.

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And the one that is more strict in the religion among my oma in matters of religion is Omar Why? Because that's his natural demeanor. That's who he is. That's who he is. So even the way you practice Islam is going to show your personality. So when a person has a scholar has spirituality is going to show into his style is going to show this flex time. So this way, when someone is so much focused on technicalities, especially younger students of knowledge or beginners, early students of knowledge in the early stages, when they start focusing on these technicalities, to the negligence completely of the spiritual aspect, what do they become very judgmental, very critical, very

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aggressive. straightaway they arrive a conclusion, you're wrong, that's wrong. Why? Because they haven't heard it. You're against the sooner you're out of the sooner you're this, you're under management out of them and why? Why? Because this is how they see some very technical one plus one equals two.

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Okay, so whereas so this guy, this is a third benefit of spirituality enhances the quality of our life. And the fourth one is what I concluded with, and that's basically, that,

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as I said, scholars that are known for their spirituality, like and their depth in spiritual issues and paying attention to spiritual issues, find them more accommodating of al Qaeda, Mr. South of differences that are warranted not only kind of difference, it has to be warranted. It cannot go against the Hadith against the Quran and the Sunnah. This Stila Israel muster sir, okay. So these are things that authentic Islamic spirituality, and matters of the heart, understanding other matters of the heart can offer our Alma in these days, and I see that these are actually valuable offerings. So hopefully this will be a motivation for us would prompt us inshallah, to pay more

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attention there, knowing that there is authentic spirituality that doesn't fall into beta, doesn't fall into innovation doesn't fall into mysticism doesn't fall into any kind of, you know, departure from the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu sallam, and the tradition of the early generations. So we asked Allah Spano, tala, to help us develop this authentic spirituality within ourselves and help us benefit from it and hopefully will benefit the Muslims. I'll take one question until she hugs him and gets his really

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I can't.

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Yesterday, we talked about this

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and shall in the future,

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I run out of time I have one minute I'm gonna give it to one question.

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How can you achieve this?

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And I think that's a very good question. How What do we have to offer to new Muslims when they come to Islam or even newly practicing Muslims, because there are Muslims who haven't been practicing now they decide to practice. But usually what they are taught is the technical aspects to the negligence of the spiritual aspects or the aspects of the heart.

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I think this requires Imams and teachers as well to pay attention first to this develop it within themselves. And I think and I believe in this and this is why I actually wrote a book in Arabic and hopefully soon inshallah the English version will be translated. So try to make it as accessible as possible to every human being in the language sense of the language is easy, is when we teach people prayer, for example, new Muslims are not new, practicing Muslims, when we teach them prayer, not only the physical aspect, we should teach them the meanings, the deeper meanings of Salah, and they can relate to these and they actually appreciate it. They appreciate this.

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So I think that's the responsibility of the Imams and scholars to build some kind of system, some kind of introduction around these things.

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And I think it's so it's the awareness. It's the awareness of these things, and I think this is why

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requires a teacher that a teacher in the sense you can see in their demeanor instead of just reading about it. You can see it as a living example, being humanized or personal personified in a person where they actually possess and show this kind of spirituality shows on them.

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Yeah, so I think it's the responsibility of the teachers, the Imams, that's what I believe. While colossal. Okay, Malik Luffy comes on the heels of last minute Mohammed Ali, wasabi awesome.

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I think now it's should have been my shoulder lecture.