Life Of The Prophet 28
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And while early, he was happy as your money in one value, so today's help is slightly different. It's gonna be
serial number we have behind the scenes.
So we're gonna see what happens behind the scenes. Since we've been going over the narration of the CRO of the prophets of salaam, the sequence of events.
But it's also worth doing some reflections to see where all this is coming from. So there's a pitfall with the people who study the CRO, sometimes, generally speaking, when he studies the CLR, or listen to the CLR, or read about the Sierra, some of the common pitfalls is that we do projection,
we projection, we project our state on the story,
we project our limitations on the story, we project our weaknesses on the story. So I'll give you a personal example.
I've studied this so many times, and I've taught it so many times. Every time I read it, I start to see something new.
Every time I teach it, I start to see something new. And this is not just because
I'm reading it for the fifth or this or the sixth or the 10th time now because the sequence of reading, because the more you learn about life, the more you're going to see in the spirit of the prophets of the Lord. Yes.
So as you read in the spirit of the Prophet, some you will miss out on a lot of details, a lot of things that are not described in wording, but they are the natural context. And you will miss out on that in proportion to your lack of maturity, lack of experience in life.
So the more you grow, the more you I mean grow personally, intellectually, emotionally, the more you learn about this life, the more you experience in this life, the more you're going to see in this era of the prophets of Salaam, and you could read about a situation. For example, you could read about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in Mecca when he was praying, and he was making sujood. And they one of the people of Malaysia approaches him with the intestine of the camel, he puts them back on on his neck on his back.
When people read this people project,
their own state of being on the prophets, Allah Allah. So they would put themselves in that position, and they would see how they would feel about themselves. So if someone tends to feel pity towards themselves feel themselves as a victim, they will actually as they read, they will automatically project this on the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And that's a problem, you're going to see the serum different way, you're gonna see the prophets of salaam probably as a weak person.
So these are things we need to pay attention to as we read through the Syrah or listen to the CLR. Or we're studying this era, we need to recognize our own bias, and how we project it on certain events that we're reading. Because what you're reading is just the mere report of things. And
in any human experience, there's always the what's outside the external side of the experience. And there is what we call the state of being with the state of being, you have two people go through the same experience, through the same confrontation.
One of them feels bad about themselves, one of one other feels good. One feels enthusiastic and energetic and uplifted, the other one feels down is the same experiences the same situation. But people respond to it differently based on the level of their maturity on their experience on the emotional state, and so on and so forth. So when you read an event in the sphere of the life of the prophet saw Salem, there's always the pitfall there's always the slippery tendency to project our state on the Prophet SAW Salem are the characters in that.
And I've seen this happen a lot because in the Meccan period, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi, wa salam would be going through, he would be experiencing an attack by someone else.
And if we are not mature enough, to see, to detach, because there are people have learned in this life that when they are under threat, they know how to detach emotionally. And then they develop a wise outlook on the situation and they can respond with wisdom.
This is a high level of maturity.
Whereas if someone is immature, when they are in that situation, they would feel defensive that feel under attack, they would feel a victim. Each one of those is going to project their state of mind. On the prophets of Solomon, he's going through that. So you'd be reading the same text, but you would be having a different accent.
perience of the life of the prophet Sallallahu sallam, and that's problematic. So how can we avoid so that? How can we avoid that? One of the ways is to recognize, first of all, recognize the bias. Recognize that we human beings have to make projections, that we have to put our interpretations and most of it is unconscious, you're not doing that consciously. You're not saying, Oh, let me see the prophets of Salaam in this spirit. No, it's happening without you automatically without you even being aware of it. And if someone challenges you, you're going to say that's what the text says. Now, that's what you understood from the text. That's not what the text says. That's your projection
on the text and you don't realize it. So first, awareness of this human tendency is extremely important as you read the history in general. And as you'll read the life of the prophet Sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. There was one observation a few years back.
And I was speaking to a group of students about the the stories of the prophets in the Quran. And I asked who feels the prophets were powerless, while weak, were meek.
Who really feels that 90% of the students put their hands up?
There was a moment of honesty.
And I said, Who do you guys see courage in these stories? 90 90% said, No.
We see people are victim.
Or realize this was a moment of projection. we project our state on the lives of the prophets and their experiences. Whereas usually mature people when you speak to them, they say, No,
I see a lot of wisdom in the lives of the prophecies, I'll see a lot of silent courage, I see a lot of resistance. I see, you know, a lot of bravery and patience, and maturity. So we are doing a lot of projection. So we need to be careful. So number one, be aware of this natural bias, and try to catch yourself doing it, which you're doing it most of them we have to do projection, by the way, there's no one who's going to read the seal of the prophets or send them without doing that. It's a human tendency. But what we want is that this kind of projection to be as minimal as possible, and when it's with the life of the prophets, I suddenly need to make it as positive as possible, because
the prophets I send them was the most complete of human beings.
so everything about him really was positive literally was positive. So recognize this. And by the way,
a lot of the attacks on the life of the prophet Sallallahu ala were sent by Orientalist by critics towards Islam and Islamic history. What they are doing is projection.
Literally what they do is projection, for example, the prophets of salaam we just discussed that a couple of weeks ago, the Prophet SAW Selim set out for Medina to attack the caravan of Abu Sufyan, right?
There's a context for this. There's a whole context for this. And the Prophet SAW Selim when he does something and this is an important one that we're going to come to inshallah again to discuss in more detail everything the you know, there is
there's no better explanation for the life of the prophet sighs Sanam than his instructions that we have in the Hadith. The prophets are selling for example, talks about injustice. There's the Divine Hadith where Allah Subhan Allah says, he could do see in the have a body in the Haram tolbutamide NFC which are held to Hubei in a coma, haram and Falletta. All my servants have made injustice haram, for myself, for myself and for you, so don't don't oppress one another don't fall into injustice regardless.
And Allah Subhana Allah says in the Quran, Allah attacked her do and do not, you know, initiate an act of aggression against someone don't initiate initiate that.
Then you find the Prophet SAW sun lamp, seemingly, he initiates an attack on the caravan of Quraysh. If there seems to be any contradiction between the seal of the prophets of salaam or the act of the Prophet SAW Selim and his instructions that we know in the Hadith, and the guidance that we know in the in the Quran, then definitely there is a misunderstanding and that is projection. We're doing projection.
So a lot of the so they said for example, some other interests they said the Prophet SAW Selim was actually acting like a highway robber attacking caravans.
This is an actual projection
and it's also lack of information and sometimes it's ill intentions as well. The problem and this is why when we talked about this, we had you remember we created a context around it. We we
He clarified what was the context within the whole of the Arabian Peninsula, that everyone else opened and waged an open declaration of war against the Muslims. So it was a state of war. It was literally a state of war. And in any state of war, there are quiet times. And this was just a quiet time. And an attack could be a could take place at any moment. So it was already there. Number two, the Muslims, property and wealth was already taken in Mecca, it was confiscated. And it was used by the most influential, influential people in Metka, to make to boost their business and trade and to make more money.
So it was the right of the Muslims actually to gain their money back and so on and so forth.
So first, be aware of this kind of bias. Number two, and that's what I just alluded to anything you see in the life of the Prophet sallahu. So let me you need to see it in the light of His instruction. So when you see the prophets I send them for example, in a state of being attacked When Akbar abeam right in Mecca, he came to the Prophet Solomon he was praying him as reconsidered. He grabbed him from behind from the color from behind, and he twisted it, and he was trying to talk the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the prophets of salaam said I almost died.
I was out of breath. I almost died until Abu Bakr came and he pushed him away from him.
You can't see the prophets are seldom in a state of helplessness because he wasn't.
He's the same person who said
if I will allow half of
you the same one who said preserve Allah preserve the rights of Allah and Allah will preserve you. If Allah that you talk to Jack, preserve Allah and the rights of Allah, you will find a lot in front of you wherever you go.
Either as a LTFS Adela or either standard or first time biller. That's the same person. See, man, you need to see him as well. As you see him in this situation. You should also reflect on his speech or his words, adjuvant the embryo mini in Amara Hula, hula hula how amazing is the federal estate of a believer all his affairs are actually good for him.
If a blessing comes to him, he is thankful or she is thankful and as good for him or her. But if they go through a hardship or a challenge they are patient and this is also good for him or her and is only only applies to a believer the only applies to believe it. You should see the Prophet Salam in that position that he's that remind yourself that he's the one who's saying this he's the one who's saying this and he's the one who says in the Hadith Allah Jakob Allah who the Abdi Hill macmini avant, Illa, Corona, Corona, Allah this panel data does not allow anything to happen to his servant, except that it is good for him.
You have to see him in that light. Otherwise, you will misinterpret this your your projects, your understanding your weakness, your bias, your and your projected on force it on the life of the prophet Salam, and you would be missing out
on the, you know, on the freshness, and the beauty of the character of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam. So this is number two, number one, be aware of the bias that sets you in a good position to really avoid it at least see it's happening. So you recognize this as a weakness. Number two, when you look at the the actions of the Prasanna more his lifestyle, or the events in his life, you should see that with in parallel, or at the same time as a parallel line to his direct instructions. He instructs us how to how to live this life, how to go through this life.
And based on this, you should see the Prophet salallahu Salam going through the torture in Mecca and going through the attacks on his person and going through the all the ups and downs but being in a state of trust and Allah subhanaw taala and that his heart is at peace. His life is under threat. But his heart is at peace. Why? Because he he taught us to what the prophets of salaam told us to do. When you read or you hear that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam before the Battle of better he was turning to Allah He didn't sleep the night the whole night he did not sleep and he was calling upon Allah to the point that his clock fell off his shoulders and he was turning to Allah and his armpits
his armpits were showing in the sense that his sleeves and by the way, at their time, their sleeves were much wider than these. So he put his hands up to the point that his sleeves, you know, fell down all the way down till his armpits were showing. It was turning up to Allah and he was saying Allahumma IntelliCAD hit ASABE a felon, but definitely ABA is your Allah if this group of Muslims if it's if it's destroyed, you will not be you will not be worshipped on this earth again. And then he says Allahumma Angeleno at the Kela de Wattana Oh ALLAH
fulfill the promise that you have given us. Somebody like us might say, well the provinces I sent them fuels you know and various looks in very bad shape looks in very bad shape so desperate, so desperate that probably maybe he doubts that Allah is going to give them victory.
But that's not Mohamed Salah Listen,
we have to recognize that the Prophet SAW Selim show loves him in many Hadith he explained that Allah loves to see his servant showing his need to him.
That's it. It's not that he was endowed to allow it fulfill his promise I will do Billa that's not the Prophet salallahu Sinhala and we know that the night before he said, I'm sure for in Allaha Eduardo any time, you know, you know, I'll give you the good news Allah subhanaw taala has promised me one of the two either the caravan or to win the battle. So why is he all night just turning to Allah He shows you this a different the person was at was functioning at a different level. But sometimes we project our insecurities or weaknesses, our lack of trust in Allah subhanaw taala we project it on the Prophet sallallahu and he will send them saying, Why does the Prophet what does
the person have to say Oh Allah, if you do not, you know, support this group, if you let if you let it be destroyed today you will not be worshipped as a professor was so desperate as to say something like this to Allah was showing his need Allah subhanaw taala he was enjoying besieging his Lord.
And the last one that loves to see his servant in need of Him.
It wasn't any doubt about Allah subhanaw taala fulfilling his promise. Number three, we need to see the guidelines of the life of the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And oftentimes we fall in the trap of a trap of being stuck in our times. Oftentimes, you hear oh, this is something that happened 1400 years ago, you know, we live in a different age, right? Life is life.
The lessons of life are the same.
The the the, you know, the details on the surface change, but the principles are universal. Lessons are universal.
You know, they transcend time and space, and humanity, the human experience will repeat itself. Don't Don't be completely don't be totally distracted by what's on the surface because that's not that's only a small layer of reality. But the human experience is the same any history any story, any real piece of advice or wisdom from any nation by the way, from any culture, there is much benefit in it. And you can actually learn from that. And as occurs in one narration in the other
and hokey metadata lateral movement, for either we did the half hour hola NAS via the wisdom is like the last property of a believer, it belongs to you, and you lost it. Wherever you find it, you have more rights to it than anyone else.
So we should look at the guidelines or the general patterns in the life of the prophets Allah. So first of all, the Prophet SAW Selim is someone who lived optimally.
He lived his life he lived a fulfilling life. Even when he saw Allah Islam was going through the pain was going through the torture when he lost the loved ones like Khadija will be Allah Anna, his uncle Abu Talib, and he lost the support. And he went to a five and he was treated really badly he was he faced a very bad reception, and he was turned back. And he was hesitant and not he wasn't feeling safe to go back to Makkah. And he had to seek the help of one of the leaders of Mecca, to give him some sort of protection, and then to enter Mecca, and then be ridiculed. And all of this yet, you can't see the Prophet SAW Selim in a distressing state internally.
You can't see someone who truly trust in Allah and believes in Allah, you can't see him in a distressed state impossible. It's just impossible. So as I said, sometimes we tend we tend to cruise with the events independently, independently of the principles, the profits or loss in them taught, and it's impossible that the problem would teach us principles and in join us to, to abide by them. And then he himselves in goes against that advice. That's not the Prophet sallallahu. And he was
so focusing on these general patterns that the person lived a fulfilling life. He was fulfilling his mission. He was fulfilling his mission. Even the Prophet salallahu salam after the Battle of or hurt somebody which we're going to come to some people might think, Oh, it was such a huge loss. The person was feeling desperate, straight away after the Battle of Ohio. Do you know what the Prophet SAW Selim says to the Companions straight away as Quraysh leaves.
The Prophet Salam says to the Companions, the stuff for Hector with Nia Hanabi
he says line up so I can praise Allah subhana wa Tada.
And he tends to Allah in such a beautiful sweet speech where he tends to Allah and he says, we thank you for everything. And we know whatever you have, you know, intended to come, it will come to pass, nothing will hold it back. And whatever you intend is going to be good for us. And that's what that wasn't lip service. Like, sometimes you fall and you heard yourself say, Oh, I'm feeling good. You're just saying get by you really feel bad, right? That's not what the Prophet SAW Selim does. If he says something, it comes from his heart. She was feeling grateful after the Battle of offered
again, after being, you know, kicked away from or kicked out of
Akbar if, after that really humiliating reception, but the person did not feel humiliated himself. He felt the pain of people rejecting the message of Islam.
You can't really see a heart that has a love of Allah in its light and faith in Allah like the heart of the prophets of Salaam. And this person feels humiliation.
No way. No way as the as they say, you know
when you feel insulted, it's not the insults. It's your acceptance of it, that makes you feel insulted. Because the insults at the end of the day, it's just me words, it's mean a vibration in in the air. It really holds nothing unless you give it meaning. And you let this meaning in then you feel offended. But there are people who are immune to you know, offense.
You try to offend them. No, I'm not going to compile like I'm not gonna take that. It's just not they will dismiss it completely. Their immune. A heart that has faith like the heart of the Prophet SAW Allah absolutely, absolutely will not feel him and Allah will not humiliate a heart
that has faith, true faith in Him. So when the prophets of salaam was kicked out of a dive, and he really like he felt it was such an intense situation. So when he came to rnfl,
he turns to Allah subhanaw taala. What did he say? What is on his mind? what's on his mind? The main point in that dua, he said, in the mocambique, Allah YeHoVaH, one fellow Valley, or Allah, if you have no anger, no anger towards me, nothing else matters.
Nothing else matters what really what all what matters is that you're pleased with me. That's that's really what's what concerns the prophets. I saw them at that moment.
But generally speaking for us, if someone were to be in, in a situation, that's far less than that,
would straightaway feel humiliated. And we would turn to Allah why does it why why do you allow this to happen to me. And then when we read the situation of the prophets of Salaam, read about the event, and read about his words, we try to project your understanding on that.
But we can't that we hijacking the profits experience, we projecting ours on him.
So we have to see this year of the life of the on the life of the prophets, I send them in the light of these guiding principles that he lived by, that he lived as a brave man. He lived as a man who, you know, had a law in his heart had the love of Allah and the faith in Allah of his heart. And this made him strong in the face of the most difficult and challenging calamities. So this helps us you know, understand how the Prophet SAW Selim acted and how he lived and this will basically enhance enhance our experience of the life of the Prophet salallahu Alaihe Salam as we read his seal, so these are things we need to just focus on. Now I would shift just to talk about
a few things since Ramadan is coming up. This is not going to be a preparation for Ramadan. So what is gonna happen in two weeks? And by the way, the Sierra will will put it on hold till after Ramadan inshallah next week we have Chef Muhammad Munir Sheikh Mohammed Mufti Munir Inshallah, he'll be here and the week after we are talking about Ramadan, it's almost Ramadan. So inshallah we'll try to get ready for Ramadan, but just certain things.
General guidelines about how to prepare for Ramadan or how to be ready for Ramadan this year.
What I would say first of all, we tend to focus on actions
external actions, which is good, which is good, but you need to remember the Prophet SAW Selim says in the mala Maru Bitney yet, deeds and actions are by their intentions by their intentions. I would say try to focus this year on your intentions. When you come to salata, tarawih
you might say, Okay, I'm gonna
Enjoy it. How are we tonight, right?
That's not bad. But why not upgrade your intention.
And the way you upgrade your intention, you know, this is an act of worship that Allah loves. So although I feel this love and this enjoyment and this excitement towards the allotted taraweeh, I'm not going to pray tonight, for that enjoyment, that's not going to be my intention. I'm going to pray to please my Lord, today, Allah is going to see me, as I'm standing in that line, Allah watches me, I'm going to be aware of that.
I'm going to be aware of that. And I'm telling you, your experience with telawi. You know, will get much better when you just fix the intention. So don't focus just on the actions. Focus on the inner side of the action, which is the action of the heart and use it's the intention is the intention number two, so
you know, what really magnifies the reward of any action.
Definitely the quality of the intention. And often most of us go through Ramadan with a very robotic intention and fasting tomorrow for the sake of Allah fasted tomorrow for the sake of Allah that said, we're just going through the motions, you know, what you need to do this year is create a conscious intention, create a conscious intention, all you need to do is write down the Hadith where the divine or Kotze Hadith, what Allah subhanaw taala says couldn't do him and even he and a mother who loves so I will assume for inner holy will enter Zb, and you need to contemplate this hadith before you make your intention. The hadith says Allah subhanaw taala says
all of the actions that are son of Adam for forms are for him,
except for fasting, it is for me, and I reward for it, or I reward it.
I rewarded, so Allah is setting fasting and Siyam. Apart from all of the other actions, Allah is saying, This is mine.
This is mine.
So before you have the intention to do fasting, which is the night before, when you have support before Fajr, okay, just keep in your mind, consciously read this hadith and just say to yourself, Allah loves this action so much. And I'm going to do it today. Because Allah loves it. And you can turn to Allah say, Allah, I've read in this hadith, that you love it and you, you claim this act of worship to be only for yourself. And I sense that you love it. So I'm just going to fast it because you'll love it. And I want you to know I'm doing that because you'd love it.
And see how you fasting is gonna push you forward with your email and your connection to Allah subhanaw taala. So this is a very simple thing easy, you know, it's not hard work, it doesn't require you to wake up early, doesn't require you to take less hours of sleep, right? It doesn't require you to, you know, go to another place or something like that. It just takes a little bit of awareness, maybe one or two minutes, that's all it takes before salata, taraweeh. And before you the intention for fasting, which is just before Fajr. Or when you're making your soul etc, just take that moment of reflection, don't just go through the motions. Don't just go through the motions,
because the quality of these intentions, really it you know, the amount of reward depends on that quality. Some of the the tambourine said to people praying the same to rock as right next to each other.
One of them hardly gets it accepted. And the second one is to work, I will be the reason for him to enter paradise.
Somebody said, How come? He said because of the difference in their intention,
the difference in their intention. And the process of misstatements they didn't get, stating it clearly he says enamel a man or bindi yet indeed, actions are merely by their intentions. So what really counts the most about an action is the intention, the level of intention.
So that's number one with regards to preparing for Ramadan. The second one, what I would say is,
you know, there's something interesting about the human mind that when you start preparing for something early, your brain starts making more connections. So when you make an intention from now that you're going to fast formula, you're going to sort of plan for it a basic plan, your mind is going to come up with a lot of ideas as to how to solve problems and how to how to get to do what you want. So there are people who struggle with their sleep, the amount of the hours of sleep that they get with the daily schedule, the other commitments, start thinking about that now.
I'm not saying stop worrying, by the way. You guys remember last year we explained the book by Sheikh Abdullah manis Sadie who remembers that
Aloha, my name is Sally, we explained the book, small book. Do you guys remember that?
On the one hand,
too, okay. anyone remembers the name of the book.
One of the lessons in that book was it was having more female hair to say the beneficial means to happy life. One of the distinctions he made in the book that were profound and powerful, and he said, there's a big difference between worrying and thinking.
Often times people confuse them.
Worrying is just going in a vicious cycle, it's not going to happen, how are going to deal with this and just worrying and worrying. But thinking is detached, thinking thought process, cognitive process, I'm just thinking about this. I want to figure out find out a way I'm not worried about it.
But let me try to find a solution this kind of emotional detachment gets your brain to work.
So just see your challenges try to you know, write them down on a paper, create some kind of put them animate them you know, create a mind map, put them in shapes and start to try to figure out solutions as to how to maximize your benefit. I'm telling you the most important thing live with Allah it's not about quantity. It's not about quantity. One of Italian also who witnessed the Companions lived with the Companions he says the rest of the competitors is Allah He masa Baba come Abu Bakr in because thrugh TCM in voila salah.
His name was Abu Bakr he said well Allah He must have been a boy but couldn't be cutthroat you see, I'm sorry Abu playlab he said Allah Hema Massa welcome Oba couldn't be careful and you see me when our Salah Abu Bakr did not excel above all of you. He's talking to the companions, and it's happening
because of so many prayers and so much fast. Now because of that, when I can Bishi in waka raffia Colby, he said, but something that was in his heart
something that was in his heart that set him ahead of everyone else.
So someone else makes a comment is from its backstabber when he said when I can, if you can, it will be he who was sipped on Allah, one nostril Muslimeen he said what was in his heart is truthfulness towards Allah. Honesty towards Allah, and loving goodness for the Muslims.
That was that's, that's the thing that set Abubaker apart from everyone else.
It's in there. So with Allah Santana, it's all about quality. It's really about quality. So don't worry so much about how many Iraqis are prayed, or how long the Salah was? Or how many sujood I made? No, no, it's all about your intentions and about how truthful you are in performing these things. Is your heart present in the Salah when you're reciting Quran? Is your heart present with every word of the Quran? are you consuming the meaning? Are you feeling these are the words of Allah? Are you feeling that you are doing something for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah, that's something that Allah loves. That's the question. It's not just going through the pages and say I've
finished 20 pages today Ma sha Allah hamdulillah I've done you know, people start racing about this.
That's not the point. The point is your experience with Allah subhanaw taala is you performing these acts of worship and if you look at the life of the prophet saw Selim, you will find really it wasn't about quantity. It's about quality and oftentimes its quality that pays off later on
it because that's anyway let's let's leave this I might just complicate matters a bit more. Let's keep it here.
quality, doing things for the sake of Allah is going to bring about a lot of Baraka, a lot of baraka and blessings. And Baraka diff sometimes defines basic logic, just like the Hadith mana Cassatt, so the Ottoman man, that when you pay for the car, it doesn't decrease your wealth. How can you calculate this mathematically, it doesn't work out.
It doesn't work out.
But when you give for the sake of Allah, that's a promise. That's a promise that promises and I'm saying I bear with like, I swear by Allah. If I were to swear by anything, I would swear by the by three things, this is one of them, right? Shows how true it is.
numbers might go down but Allah will bring about more balaka that this amount that seems to be less is going to actually suffice you more than the bigger number.
That's what Baraka is. It defies the basic logic of mathematics. That's the difference. So when you do more for the sake of Allah in the sense not of numbers, but in a sense of quality and that's why that was the example of the problem. You know, the little you do will go a long way.
It will go a long way just with sincerity I'm not a bla bla bla bla and we're talking about this. He said Well lahi
lo Allah, Allah azza wa jal cobalamin Neeraj Karitane NEMA wanted to hire limited tillbaka via the Internet
is Allah he finds that Allah has accepted from me to like, I
mean, accepted them, like the proper acceptance that they deserve to be accepted, I would have no hope I would have no desire to stay in this dunya anymore. That's it. I want to go there because that's gonna get me into paradise.
It's just shows you how much and they would be really disappointing to you know, return to Allah on the day of judgment. And with the records of your actions we might think records are how many records you prayed right? Now as the quality goes a long way, because what of these records you prayed like a million records, okay. But all of them are have a lot of big holes in them. This is like worn out pieces of clock of cloth that look really in bad shape.
And there are generations where the prayer actually, you know, prayer that is just performed is going through the motions. This is how it will look like on the Day of Judgment like a worn out piece of cloth.
Whereas you find someone who prayed maybe 100 Extra raka in their life, but it performed with so much beauty and presence of heart and connection to Allah. This will be like gold
which is more weighty with Allah Santa Ana, definitely the quality. So with Allah's Fantana offer him the best of the best. It's not about how many let me do this, let me do that. Let me come up with a new act of worship with this the older, really don't, don't don't frantically approach Allah subhanaw taala like that.
Just make sure you pray, especially the most important thing, pray your Salah as much as possible in the masjid,
especially the follow of the five daily prayers. That's what Allah loves the most. Then after that, you can start doing extra you can start doing a start and as you said, it's all about quality. So all about quality when you pray you feel that you are in the presence of Allah subhanaw taala so these are the just the two things I wanted to talk to you about today. So with the CLI as we said we will start again after Ramadan beginning Allah He to Hara. And just remember the three points that are important and we said, we always do projection. So be aware of that projection, it will help you sometimes just recognizing it, you know, helps you a lot number to match the life of the problem and
the set of the proximity, his verbal guidance
and see it coming from the same person. So he's definitely, you know, acting on and, you know, he's abiding by what he teaches. So this will help you, you know, withdraw that projection. Number three, look at the general guidelines of the life of the prophets of salaam about courage, and about sincerity and about living a fulfilling and high standard of inner life. This is how you can see, hopefully this will help us Inshallah, as I said, take away the projection and not hijack the experience of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and with Ramadan, just preparing for Ramadan. The most important thing is really, you know the quality of your intention make sure you do
conscious intention. And number two, focus on quality not quantity, especially in these in summer when you don't have much time at night anyway and people struggle with their sleep, you know, quality will take time so it's not about let me pray 20 hierarchize and finished Allah we at one o'clock or two o'clock, we drag yourself throughout the month, and you just being there and you're just nodding off in the Salah. And I'm just there I finished my 20th opera, but how do they look like? You like you were half asleep or you were sleeping? Most of it
was what's the point? What's the point if you pray to God, and you're present in your mind and in your heart and you feel the connection to Allah Subhanallah that's better than praying the 100 raka when you just you know nodding off sleeping and waking up and just being distracted that's not Salah that's not a lot of the prophets of salaam says clearly lay silica masala Tikka llama into
what you get from your Salah. What counts in your Salah is what you are aware of unconscious of that means you're there you present in it, that's what accounts but if you're counting the motions for Allah,
Allah doesn't come back for you home the day of judgment. Empty actions mean nothing. Empty actions mean nothing. That doesn't mean oh, I'm going to leave my salah not only leave your salah but the point is struggle for a better quality that's the point struggle for a better quality whilst the last one Salah to help us get ready for the month of Ramadan and to make this live to witness the month of Ramadan and benefit from it and to make us from the fat easy and the winners and Ramadan. Just like I'm looking at almost all
I was in a magazine. And while he was abusing them, I can take one or two questions if there is any specifically about the zero, because we're going to stop
let me ask you a question.
So we've been talking about the Sierra, have any of you guys picked up a book and Ciara decided to read?
Don't be a lazy learner. In the sense, okay, let the professor the teacher, the Imam, okay, you just say that I'd have come up for entertainment. Like, it's like a TV series will come every Friday, and we will just listen to it for 40 minutes for an hour. And it's good entertainment.
It really don't be a lazy learning. By the way. Now, you are primed, for the sake of the problem as you're listening to it, basically, your mind is actively working on it, and you already have an interest in it. So now, when you grab a book, you already have, you know, heard a lot of stuff about the life of the prophet saw Selim. So you have a lot of connections that so when you read a book, it might give you a different perspective might mention some different things and makes different connections. And this, by the way, gives you an optimal learning experience. So what I would say pick up a, you know, a short book, it doesn't have to be a long book. And if you don't like reading,
don't enjoy reading, at least go and check other series. There's a lot of other series on YouTube, some good speakers have made beautiful series on this year of the Prophet SAW center. And they might give you add another perspective, different analysis, sometimes it's more in depth, sometimes it's more, it's shorter, and in our brief, but it gives you some kind of a different feel to the car. All of this enhances your learning about the car of the professor, I'm telling you, there's so much to learn. This is probably number
number seven or eight, this is the probably seventh or the eighth time I'm teaching this year of the maybe even more the the son of the Prophet SAW Salem. And the more books I read, the more speakers I listen to everyone's panel at something different. Because it's so dynamic, and it's so full with wisdom. So what I would say guys, either pick up a book, read, or listen. And if you don't like watching, like videos, get some audio, you know, audio files, there's a lot of audio files, get some podcasts on the Sierra, you don't like people just speaking monotonously about the events of the seal of the prophets. I seldom find some interviews, some find some interviews where there's a
discussion about some event in this era of the Prophet Salah Salem, and so on and so forth. I find myself now sometimes things like pop up some articles about the seer of the prophets and and discusses a very interesting point, I never looked at it at that angle. Okay, so I was looking at it, and I found myself interested. And I find my mind is ready to absorb information and learn. So seize that moment, because if you just listen to the whole Sierra, and we're done with it, then two years down the line, you're going to forget probably 90 to 95% of everything you just forget, because you haven't created an active process of learning where you take from more than one source.
And you have different views and they sort of come together and you don't engage your mind. So engage your mind in it, it becomes a very powerful learning experience. And it really is extremely helpful. The life of the prophet saw. So it helps you on a personal level, there's a lot upon there's a lot that you can final thing
was reading some research in cognitive psychology. And that was interesting. It's about stories. And when they were scanning the brains of people as they were listening to stories or watching stories, it's interesting that you know, what they found out centers in the brain that have to do with our sense of self were activated.
That's, that doesn't happen when you reading solid information.
With stories, you know, what they figured out with, as they investigated further, they figured out that the human mind, and basically a lot of the like this brain scanning what it shows, as if the person is going through the same experience that's in the story.
So there is a moment of fear the person has gone through the fear as if he's in the real situation. When there is excitement, the centers in the brain that are responsible for examining us are firing. So they figured out that the human mind is designed that when it listens to story or deals with a story, it inserts itself in it. You actually live it, you actually live it and that's why there's a lot of lessons you learn from it. It's very profound. So stories are very profound. And we know the wisdom of Allah Subhan Allah here where the Quran is full of stories. People immerse themselves in it unconsciously. And thus you learn a lot from them. Okay, does anyone look at so lots of the
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