Channel: Moutasem al-Hameedy
Treatment of the Heart. This lecture was delivered at the Abu Huraira Center on April 14, 2017.
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handler let me know salatu salam ala Sayyidina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi oedema in
spirituality in Islam, such a difficult topic even to address. It's not easy. It's quite tricky and sometimes slippery, but inshallah we'll try our best to handle the subject.
The first question is what is spirituality? Because when people talk about spirituality,
oftentimes they're talking about different things using the same word. We're talking about different things. So what is spirituality? Let's take some opinions.
What do you think spirituality is?
It is the inner dimension, the inner dimension. This needs a definition doesn't
like spirituality is probably a bit easier than saying the inner dimension, right? Because that can be interpreted in so many ways. Yeah, the inner dimension was good still is good.
believing in you don't what you don't see. So in the unseen world, believing in the unseen world. So spirituality has to do with the unseen world has to do more with the unseen world. unseen means you can't access that world with your five senses.
That's what it means you can't access that world with the five senses. So you can't touch it. You can't see it. You can't hear it. You can't smell it. You can't feel it.
opposite of materialism, opposite of materialism. Okay, still. Still still not there. What is the word for spirituality in Arabic? That's gonna give us an axis.
Eman is faith and belief.
And lohani taqwa Abu hanifa who said rowhani?
Okay, about Haniya
means if you translate spirituality into Arabic, literally.
Okay, you're going to arrive at the word that all Haniya but if you look at the the books of the scholars, Muslim scholars, the word rowhani it doesn't pop up. You don't find it don't come across. So Haniya spirituality per se.
Why? Why the scholars, the Arab scholars did not use rowhani although, in English when you say spirituality. Okay, if you translate it there's gonna be Oh, honey has to do with the spirit. The soul?
That's because the word rowhani Yeah. Okay, it was abused. There were sorceress people who dealt with gin. So what they used to do, as they say to Ottawa
are like dishonorable Ottawa. These are people who dealt with gin and gin was called spirits.
So, so these people instead of saying we deal with gin, they said, No, that's not why we deal with spirits.
We deal with the world of spirits. So Haniya was more used with sorceress. So if a person was Hani, it was more of a sorcerer kind of implication to the word. So this is why the word Rouhani has not used in Arabic within the right context or Haniya. Don't use ABS don't use the word spirituality because oh Haniya has been contaminated with people who deal with gin. They said we are. We deal with spirits, so we are spiritual. But that's false. Because these people, when you deal with gin in Islam, you know, in order to deal with gin, and in order to get Jin to cooperate with you, you need to commit Kufa. You need to commit Cofer. So that's why the word hannya is not been used in Arabic.
So what is the word
Spirituality in Arabic. Someone said taqwa. But taqwa is not exactly identical to what we mean by spirituality.
Magnolia? No man is more of a
no man who is different. It's more of a, you might say moral, the moral side of things, the moral side of things, or the Yeah, the moral side of things, or the intangible side of things, but not necessarily a spiritual.
What's the word?
Tedeschi? Yes. Test key. Test key has used the so called onic word. This key is used in the Koran
so many times, so many times, and test key in Arabic word this is, you know, linguistically speaking with this test key. I mean,
purification that's inaccurate.
Cleansing is inaccurate. That doesn't mean it's wrong. Okay. But we said linguistically, we need to trace the original meaning of peschiera what this Ischia if you go to the Santa Arab Arabic dictionary or Arabic Arabic dictionary, what are you going to find the word teskey Origin The origin of the word What does it mean? Like the color of the word What does it mean?
Increase Yes, Xia that one number.
One number increase and growth. That's the core of the word zakka autism Ischia.
Okay is a Countess Kia means Xia that one number increase and growth. That's what this key mean. But words in Arabic have compound meanings so that you have the core meaning then you have associated meanings just like in other languages as well. So from the associations that are connected to Ischia is purification, cleansing, purification and cleansing because you cannot achieve growth and this while the logic behind it, so if you check with some of the Arabic dictionaries, they actually find the logic behind the meanings of the words, and how the words connect to the letters. So the letters in Arabic are meaningful. So you will find for example, car musella, even Ferris omaka, Isa, even
Ferris, he's going to tell you the combination of these three letters
gives this meaning, this is a profound aspect of the Arabic language. So if you combine three letters together,
they convey a meaning. And you will find this meaning in all the revisions and all word shapes that come from this route from these three lenses. So you find for example, that instead of saying imagine Makai Silva he would be saying
zakka for example, of Sonia dulo Elena, this is a core that means increase and addition or growth, but in Arabic or in any even in in logically speaking, if you want to grow something you want to grow some kind of plants
before you grow it, what do you need to do with the land?
cultivated right, you need to remove the weeds, right? Move the weeds, the grass, everything else. Clear the land prepare it then you plant the seed for it to grow. So this way they are upset attack Leah. bubbler, attack Leah, Leah, Leah, cleric, cleansing, clearing, removal removing comes before
sweetening something like let's say you have seawater, it's salty, you want to make tea. Now you're not going to take the seawater, boil it and make the tea and add sugar to sweeten it. Because even if you add so much sugar, still the salt will be there and you're going to taste it you'll find the taste it will spoil the taste of tea right. So they would say before you are able to use the water and drink it and do anything good with it like tea or cook with it, you need to remove the salt Talia. So take out the impurities cleanse. And then if you want to sweeten it, you want to do something with it. That's step number two. So the same thing for for a teskey and within an Islamic
context. This is why the scholars usually say you need to make Talia remove the bad stuff, clear it and then bring about the good stuff. And this is why I'm not saying For example, He says Ebola
in LA or El Bulli in Harlem in a battle. The heart will not accept the truth until the falsehood in it has been removed.
So because if the heart is
occupied with something, it's like a full cup, a full cup, you try to add something, it's full already, it's not going to take anything more. So you need to remove what's in it in order to add or remove the barbell or the falsehood in order to add what's actually good. Okay, so teskey is a word that's used to mean spirituality. What else?
So who said Zohan? Okay, so it has also been used. But zuid is more of living a life of austerity, living at only, like consuming the basics, so abstaining from luxuries, abstaining, sometimes even from normal, you know, the normal things that people consume. So staying away from from that, so it has taken that physical manifestation more, but it refers the word refers to a state of the heart. Yes, that's true. But not yet. Still, it's not identical, but it adds some light there. What else?
Son? Yes, I was, I was hoping no one would say this now. Okay. And yes. And yes. Well, we're going to come I'm going to revisit this later on in Sharla. Again, what do what the scholars when they talk about these things, spirituality, what do they use in Arabic language, and they translated it into English. And the title of the series of talks is that thing called the heartstone. These scholars talk about
a meralco loop. They talk about Columbus selling, they talk about the heart, they talk about the heart, because the spirituality has to do with the inner dimension. So it has to do with our hearts, has to do with our hearts has to do with our souls. So because the word are all, and they're all Haniya has been confiscated, has been taken by those who sorcerers who deal with spirits and live with gin. So this word has been contaminated. The scholars would they have been using, they've been using the heart that is more associated with the soul, the heart. So they would say, treating the heart,
fixing the heart, ailments of the heart, diseases of the heart, growing your heart, paying attention to your heart, and so on and so forth. So, the scholars have been saying, I've been talking about lube, lube, medicine for the hearts, spiritual medicine,
how to deal with the hearts, the states of the heart. So they focused on this. And they say, for example, as well, therapy, lube is where our app comes from.
And the books of Hadith, we find Babel Raka, or the talk of Babel.
That means heart softness, heart softness, these are spiritual stuff. And they have to do with the unseen world. They talk about matters of the unseen meaning things about the Hereafter, things about the names and attributes of Allah, things about what's going to happen after death, things that happened prior to our birth into this world. What happened previously, the covenant that Allah has upon us, the history of Adam and Eve, Solomon, he was in general description of Paradise description of the Hellfire, these are all in Bab America, you will find them in the heart softness in the heart, softness. Okay. So
this is a glimpse, generally speaking linguistically. And in general, when we talk about spirituality in Islam, that's where, how it's been expressed, using hearts, using azote.
Using heart softeners, again, things like that. But it's has to do more with the unseen world with the unseen world. This is not enough, but it's just an introduction. Now we want to see what spirituality in Islam actually is. Because we have a lot of forms of spirituality. Today, you're going to have Christians, Catholics, orthodox, Protestant, Baptist, and they have spirituality, and they enjoy it. And they feel it and they like it. You're going to have some Jews who have some spirituality, and they enjoy it, and they feel it and they like it. They tell you, I feel high. When I'm in when I'm practicing my spirituality, you're going to have Buddhists who have moments of
spirituality. And they tell you there's nothing like this in the world, and they enjoy it. And they love it. And they get high, really high without drugs.
And you're going to get Hindus whose will have the form of spirituality. So some forms of yoga, not all yoga, a lot of Yoga has been taken and made more than two sport so a lot of the richest stuff has been removed. But still, there's a lot of yoga traditions that still maintain their religious origins. So you can have a lot of you're gonna get a yogi, okay, who actually feels high, most of the time, he's spiritual. He's living in a bubble of spirituality. You speak with these people, you can see that they have a high level of spirituality. You're going to have a lot of these new age spirituality moves.
Okay, you like Deepak Chopra? Like Wayne Dyer.
In a lot of these people, especially those who believe in the law of attraction, a lot of these people are actually experiencing spirituality. This is why meditation is everyday is everywhere today, even in the workplace, they teach people to do meditation. Meditation is a Buddhist, Hindu practice, is an Eastern practice and spiritual practice.
So, what is different about spirituality in Islam?
What is different about spirituality in Islam, by the way, we're going to talk about all these forms of spirituality.
Either tomorrow or day after tomorrow, we'll talk about authentic spirituality, and inauthentic spirituality, good spirituality, and dysfunctional spirituality, from an Islamic perspective. So we're going to talk about these things and what's wrong with with these traditions, or these spiritual practices from an Islamic perspective. So spirituality in Islam is balanced. Spirituality in Islam is balanced. So Islam looks at the human being, as a combination of things, as a combination of things. So we have the bodily aspect of who we are, we are made of a body physical body,
we also have the mind, intellectual mind, the thinking mind, you think you analyze you calculate, you study, you go to university, you study information, you can store, retrieve information, you can analyze it, you can deal with it with your with your logical mind. This is the mind and apple. And then third, there is a row.
A row is the invisible part of who you are, that's part of the unseen, wears aluna annual role as in sort of this law, called the Roman Empire or be, they asked you about the rule about the soul, about the spirit. Tell them a rule is from the matters that belonged to Allah, knowledge of this belongs to Allah. So you don't know. You your reality is your soul. Your reality is your soul because once the soul leaves the body is just, it's a body, it's this lifeless, what really gives life to you is your soul. So once the soul leaves, the body is meaningful, it decays as meaningless, so it decays. So your reality is in your soul, but yet you have never seen your soul You have never smelled it,
you have never touched it, you have you have never heard its sound. You haven't tasted it, you don't know how it looks like. That's your soul. So Islam, looks at the human being as a combination of these body, mind, intellect, intellect and soul, body, mind or intellect, and the soul. So in, in Islamic spirituality, it says that most human beings are trapped more into their bodies and into their minds. And they neglect that hidden or invisible aspect of themselves. And that's the soul. So you have the atheists today, atheists today. And by the way, I forgot to mention, do you know that there are atheists who are spiritual?
guess one of the
most radical staunch atheists today is Sam Harris, the one who wrote the end of faith. He wrote a book and he called it spirituality without religion. And he actually advocates spiritual practices to feel high to feel spiritual. So it shows you there, I mean, you can mess around with your soul.
You can mess around with your soul. And that's why we need to
really to understand what Islam offers us in terms of spirituality. And that's something we're going to talk about inshallah next couple of days, is what does Islam have to offer when it comes to spirituality? Why Islamic spirituality is important for the world in which we live today. Why?
So you will find a lot of people who are spiritual claim to be spiritual, and with spirituality comes a lot of morality, by the way, but yet because these people not following an authentic spirituality was gonna happen. They have their own biases, and they have their own issues and their own prejudice. So you have in, for example, and Boerma, you have the Buddhists who claim to be the most peaceful, and they don't hurt animals that don't even hurt insects. Even some of them refuse to take antibiotics because these attack creatures that they believe are God, by the way, so they they don't want bacteria to be killed. So the way they don't some of them don't take antibiotics is how
peaceful they are supposed to be. Yet when it comes to Muslims. You see what's happening to the Muslims in Burma. So when people follow a false form of spirituality
That makes them a dangerous machine, a dangerous machine. And the same thing happened, what fueled the crusade was
what fueled it in Europe, spirituality, it was spirituality, it was utilized to get the people in a very emotional state, and a very biased state against the Muslims against the infidels. And then they brought all of these people into the Middle East, to fight against the Muslims, and for them to, you know, get back the Holy Land from these savages, savage infidels. As they claimed, spirituality, we want to we're going to see inshallah, what Islam offers in terms of spirituality today, and how important it is for the world, in these days in these circumstances.
So as for spirituality in Islam, the way it is balanced, Islam makes the balance between these three aspects of who we are the body, the mind and the soul. So if you lean completely on the side of spirituality, you're not a balanced human being. You're not a balanced room, and you find even in the Muslim tradition, there were spiritual people who stopped praying, stopped praying, they stopped worshiping Allah, you have spiritual people who started to say, out of mind, you're a Muslim, a Jew, a Christian,
a fire worshipper, as long as you connect to alive and end up in paradise.
And that's what actually are Rumi, the famous Persian poet. That's why he says, among his most famous lines of poetry, he says, I don't mind what you die upon, as long as you connect to God. That's it. That's what life is about. So when you get into so much excessive spirituality, to the negligence of your body, to the negligence of your intellectual mind,
you will lose it, you will lose it, okay? So Islam finds or puts spaces spirituality within a balanced state. So this is why the only way to practice spirituality right is to balance it out with complete obedience to the book of Allah. And the Sunnah, authentic Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, any form of spirituality that does not abide by the Quran. And the Sunnah, is a defunct spirit spirituality.
It's not acceptable. So our criteria, that's the border line, these are the guiding lines, that's the frame within which spirituality can be helpful and beneficial, and can lead you to paradise. If you cross that line,
that's it, you're going off, you're losing the plot, and you're gonna go off track, and this is why a lot of the spiritual traditions within the Islamic history have actually gone wrong, they have gone wrong, why? Because they started challenging instructions in the Quran instructions, and the sooner they started going against them. And they started to claim something usually the claim behind this was any more VA Hurry, while Mr. Barton
knowledge of the apparent things you guys know that pork is hot on alcohol is held on five daily prayers, our worship and obligation,
and so on and so forth. For them, they say that either Elmo bah hell, he says, This is the knowledge, the apparent knowledge, everyone can see this in a text and can abide by it. But he said, What's more important is alien moral
knowledge of the inner things of the deeper part of things. And he said, they say, by the way, in principle, there's nothing wrong with this, there is no var. And there is no more button. People are the most people are at a very basic level of knowledge where they take things extremely literally, to the negligence of the meanings.
Yet the scholars, when people get more grounded in knowledge, and they grasp knowledge and they understand it, then they start to see more deeper patterns and hidden patterns, but not to the negligence of the apparent one. So both of these levels of knowledge var head and Barton apparent, shallow and deep, are in compatibility, they're not against each other. They're not against each other.
That's correct. But the problem with these people is that they said when you find the animal above and when you find knowledge of the deeper things, you no longer have to abide by the by the stipulations that you find in the Quran and the Sunnah, so you don't have to pray. You don't have to fast you can a lot of the these people like you're gonna For example,
one of the books
of religion, biographies is Takata shirani baccata. Sharon, he wrote about many scholars, he talked about many worshipers and so on and so forth. So he talked about some worshipers and when you look into some of those
Some of those people who went who embraced this Enable button to the negligence of animal bar. So they said, Forget about the instructions. Forget about praying five times a day, forget about all of this. This is for Alabama. This is for the general masses. But when you embrace the reality of faith, you don't need to pray. And then they quote, The verse where Buddha Rebecca had to actually attain they say, worship your Lord until certainty or truth comes to you. Yet in here the scholars are agreed upon unanimously that cell mode, its death, or messenger of Allah worship Allah until death comes to you because it's so certain. That is the thing. They said no, he attained his bubble
bath and when you have the certainty about these inner sciences, hidden sciences, when you reach to that stage, you don't need to worship Allah apparently, with your buddy.
And some of them go even worse, they say, you don't have to worship Allah because in that point, you become Allah, Allah, Allah. Okay.
Now in Takata sharoni for example, you're gonna find some some biographies of people who went off track that these people used to commit Zina
used to commit Zina, these are known respected supposedly worshipers sometimes considered to be scholars, these to commit Zina.
And guess what? In that moment, as they're committing Zina, they say, this acts, because it's done from my heart, with my knowledge of the of the deepest stuff is going to take me to paradise. This is what the Muslim scholars called Zonda. This is zendikar. This is blasphemy. This is blasphemy. So that's wrong that's when you when it goes away. So with this, why we need the balance with spirituality is beautiful, powerful. It's part and parcel of Islam, it's part and parcel of the prophets of Salaam is example and life, you can find it among the companions, you can find it among the tabibian and the scholars have always had it, have always had it, but it was in a balanced
manner. So we need this balance between being spiritual but it has to be within the frame and within the guidelines of the Quran and the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. That's how stem looks at spirituality when spirituality breaks out of these boundaries of the Quran and the Sunnah. It's no longer authentic spirituality, it's false, it's wrong, it's gonna it probably will take you to the hellfire.
Also, spirituality in Islam needs to be balanced with rationality, with rationality, because spirituality as we will explain comes with a lot of morality, a lot of kindness, a lot of altruism, a lot of selflessness. And this could get to a point where it becomes excessive and too much. This is why in the biographies again and in my region and the biographies, when you study the lives of some people, they would say, for example, that Hadeeth the scholars of Hadith do we take it from this person from this scholar? They would say,
can a llama panda fee do it he will amend it there is no criticism against his religiosity and against his righteousness righteous person top righteous can who can Asahi bellefleur Latina who can have aphelion, but he was a person or cannot be here off Latin. But he's a person who had this kind of heedlessness. Why he was too nice, too naive, too naive, too naive. What does this mean? That leads because sometimes when you know spirituality,
when it's balanced with rationality, you get a point of balance, you find the sweetness, it's a spiritual state. You read literally feel high. In a spiritual state, you literally feel high. You feel this sweetness. That's why we're going to come to this approximate silent Call, call it Hello, What will a man you find the sweetness, it's beautiful, and it's so serene. And somehow sometimes it could take you away from at or from tending to the immediate reality.
To the lucky, let's take an example. An example is kosher. kosher is a spiritual state. When you have for sure, you don't pay so much attention around, right? You're absorbed, you're engaged fully in that exercise, that spirituality. That's part of spirituality. Spirituality gives you this. So it absorbs you it takes you so you stop paying so much attention to the details around you that spirituality. Now that's okay. When you are praying. That's okay when you're reciting Koran
It's okay when you're making liquor. But to live your whole life in that state, that means you will miss out on your living, you will miss out on your relationships with people. So you're going to find sometimes it was so nice that always in this serene state, even though they give you some Santa Monica, how are you? Right?
someone does something when they say no, that's fine. He doesn't mean anything bad. He must, he must have an excuse, right? And so on and so forth. Like there is a story that's mentioned by
when she from Jeddah, and he said, like I used to, he was part of this kind of spirituality. So he says, we, we were some we were going out as a group of people together. And we were trying to advise people. So he says, we saw someone who was like, Who threw threw up, vomited, and you can smell this was alcohol was, had just been drinking, right? Because he was, he was drunk. He was intoxicated. He wasn't feeling well. Then he vomited, and it smelled alcohol. So he said, Oh, this guy's been drinking. So he said, The guy with me said, No, no, we can't accuse him. We don't know Allahu Allah allow item. So maybe there's something else that smells I'm sure it's something else. No, no, no,
this brother is alright. There's nothing with him at something like this. Okay. So this kind of this kind of excessive spirituality is going to take you away from reality. It will take you away from reality. So you develop What's this call, it's called the half lap. So you become a little bit naive, heedless, you have no clue about what's going on around you. People will pay play games on you. People will set you up and you don't even feel it. Why? Because you are intoxicated, you're on your own world. So there needs to be a balance as well between spirituality and rationality, rationality, because when you are, for example, in an extreme state of spirituality, you're going to
be forgiving, you're going to be very kind. So when someone comes to you, and like to say a judge, is in a state of spirituality, some someone comes to him and he says, This guy took my money, and the other guy starts crying. He says, No, I haven't taken his money, and he's just lying against me. And I'm such a person, such as, if you are spiritual, you can't judge in that you're going to feel emotional towards that person. So this is why you need rationality. This is why look at the life of the Prophet Allah, certain times, he was extremely spiritual, or certain times he was decisive. He was logical, he was rational, right? That's another balance. So we have these two aspects of balance
in spirituality, spirituality versus obedience to the Quran and the Sunnah. These are the guidelines, and spirituality. Second one, spirituality versus rationality, versus rationality. So spirituality, if you keep it balanced, is going to enhance your rationality, it will give you a more insight. Because from spirituality comes basilar, insight,
Inside you're going to see through things, you're going to understand people's feelings, you're going to see through what they say and what they what they do.
You're going to see through this spirituality enhances
the sight that's in your heart, you're going to see through things, you're going to develop wisdom, when it's balanced, but when it's excessive, is going to block your mind again.
So you need that balance between both of them. So where does spirituality come from? That's a big question. Where does spirituality come from? spirituality?
Where does spirituality come from? In our experience, when you experience spirituality, where does it come from?
From the heart, what's in the heart to give you spirituality?
It's the soul. It's the soul. In your body, you experience you can experience pain.
You can experience pain. When something hurts, you can experience pain, pain.
You can experience pleasure when you eat, you're hungry, you have the pangs of hunger, you eat, you're going to experience the taste is going to give you pleasure. These are bodily physical sensations.
With with sexual intimacy, you're going to feel pleasure, that's a bodily feeling as well. That's a bodily feeling. With your mind, what do you get? You get intellectual ism, she can rationalize. And this brings you a lot of pleasure, by the way or gives you trouble. depends if you
if you master
if you master an intellectual process, if you understand it, analyze it, and deal with it efficiently. You're going to feel some kind of fulfillment. When you understand something and master it in your mind that gives you a lot of pleasure. That's an intellectual sensation comes from that and when you
When you try to analyze the matter or try a problem, and you can't figure it out, it gives you pain. That's an intellectual experience, right? So we have these experiences coming from the body coming from the mind. But we have experiences that you can never, that you can never classify as bodily or intellectual.
You can never, where do you get these from? That's from your soul.
That's your from your soul. And this is why these cannot be explained. Because the soul is part of the unseen world. You can't explain it. You can't explain these feelings. And that's exactly what the prophet SAW Selim said.
Or what he called, hello, What will a man the sweetness of faith, the sweetness of faith? Where does it come from doesn't come from a bodily sensation doesn't come from an intellectual understanding. It doesn't come from that. Where does it come from? It's a moment unit. Sometimes you're praying or reciting Quran, it just dawns on you, and you don't know where it came from.
A moment of course, you are you listening to Quran, you find tears rolling down your cheeks, such a beautiful sensation, you have no words to describe what does this come from? That's a rule. As your soul is connected to your heart. It's connected to your heart. So spirituality comes from our roots from our soul, has nothing to do with our body has nothing to do with our mind and intellect. It has to do with the soul. And that's hello to Eman and ashore is an example of it.
Now the biggest question for me.
What is? Or this feeling of spirituality, this sweetness of a man?
It comes from the soul.
That the soul is the the the source of it.
When does it when does when does the soul experience this spirituality and express it to us so we feel it when
there is one secret to it. One secret to it.
remembrance of Allah is a tool to get that
closeness is a word to describe it, but it's not the exact word.
And I have been loving a loss of experiencing the love of Allah.
Who says this is not me?
It's the profit loss on
the processor. What does he say this, listen to what the processes says. fella from men couldn't identify as a Muslim woman couldn't if he he wanted to be hidden the hell out and he learned three things. Whoever has them
will definitely experience Hello, What will a man the sweetness of faith the sweetness of a man? That's what spirituality is? Hello to Lima. What are these three things? First one, and the akuna law what I saw, oh, I have led him
to Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to this than anyone else who has love. His love is for Allah and His Messenger like no one else,
even for oneself, because I'm all
about the process. I love that I love you more than but I love myself more. The President said Not yet. Not yet. So he thought to himself and figured out and he said well lion now you are beloved more beloved to me than myself that said and anagama now, now you know you got it.
So really spirituality comes the reality of spirituality is experiencing love with love of the divine love of Allah.
That's why spiritually, it's love. And even Tamia explains that the essence of a man the essence of a man and the reality of a man, and the reality of a bad worship is love.
Is love. Don't make it technical. These technicalities are manifestations of that
of that state spiritual state love
so at the core of who we are as human beings is love. Em says in my data set it can have teeth but will a man he
he says the reality of a man you want to know what a man is. A lot of people think it's intellectual. That's where
a lot went wrong. They missed out on this side of spirituality they thought a man is in the head is in the mind is intellectual. So they said as long as you're not allow your Eman doesn't go up and down.
No, a man is spiritual in essence, it has to do with the mind has to do with our bodies.
But the heart of a man the essence of a man is love. It's a spiritual state.
So spirituality you access it you experience it when you feel the love of Allah when you access the love of Allah and His Prophet so awesome. So the first one, and you're calling Allahu Allah I saw him in suwama Not only this, and you hit Belmar.
Not only that you love Allah, His Messenger the most. But even when you love human beings, you're going to love them for Allah.
So you derive your relationships and your emotion of love. You don't offer it to anyone it's based completely on Allah.
That's again, just shows how much you love Allah. That's it. This second one branches out from the first one. And the third one is the same. One Yeah. And yeah, oh, they LL Cool free Can I aka Who am I a new coffee now that he hates to go back to this belief in Allah, to being negligent to Allah being ungrateful to Allah, just as he hates to be thrown in the hellfire. So that means this person hates that he turns away from Allah because he loves Allah so much.
It is so painful to him, just as throwing him in the fire.
So for him, he cannot this person or she he or she cannot stand, even the notion of disconnecting from Allah subhanaw taala or being ungrateful to Allah obeying orders, believing in Allah, this is more painful to him than actually throwing him in the fire.
Because that's where his heart is, is with Allah subhanaw taala so where does hello to a man which is spirituality and sweetness come from?
love of Allah. And the love of the film is a branch from the love of Allah. So ultimately, what is the heart? What is the core of our souls? What is the bread and the water of our souls, love of Allah. Everything in Islam is an expression of love of Allah subhanaw taala everything. Everything in Islam is an expression of love. And you can trace back everything in Islam, whether it's a artega whether it's worship, whether anything to the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
And I quoted previously, even taymiyah where he says, so many times in my fatawa, when he talks about and muhabba He even has a book he wrote a book, called Risa is named the Salah to film I have
a treatise on love. that's a that's a multimedia.
even remember, ghazali he spoke so much about hope and being the heart of Islam.
So, even taymiyah he says
kulu halachot in fill me, he was Sufi for aslo helma habba. He says everything that happens in the upper world, that means they have ends and in the lower world, that means the earth, the origin of it. The guiding force of it is Alma, hubba, Islam.
Everything, everything in this life moves out of love for Allah. only humans or jinn are given the choice, either to do things out of love of Allah or for love of other things.
So that's where Islamic spirituality comes from. It comes from love, from loving God. That's why to heed when you worship Allah alone, that's when you're going to get that's when you're going to get spirituality.
When you stand up in prayer, you should do your prayer and love your love for Allah. And that's going to give you the horseshoe. So people usually ask the question,
you know, how can I find out how can I develop kosha
forget about all these technicalities, they might help you a little bit. You can feel the level of ally you're going to have. So what's crucial, what's for sure. When you are praying you feel the love of Allah, in your soul in your heart. That's it. And you're gonna you don't have to ask about Russia. You're just gonna access it, you're going to experience it and you have no words to express it. I want to show you that love, love although it's probably the most common word that we use in all languages.
Love is part of animals I
love is part of the unseen world.
Love is part of the unseen world. Define love for me.
Anyone can come up with a definition for love. What is love?
What is love? Give a definition for love.
When when you have feelings for someone or something I
A person that's a feeling for someone or something is a love. It's hate. Right?
But good, good attempt.
devotion now we need to define what devotion is. Because devotion is more about investing yourself in something sacrificing yourself into something. So that's a bit far from love. It is connected to love but it's not love.
is a sign of love. But it's not love itself. It's a sign of
emotional closeness. Even emotional closeness. Okay. That's an that's a manifestation of real love. As a manifestation, that's sometimes how we experience love. It is it is true. As probably the best definition we got so far is that what is love?
You make what
makes someone happy. Like sometimes if you love someone, you don't have to make them happy. But if you love your child, you might not give them everything and sometimes make them upset because you love them right? So it's not the reality of love. It could be a manifestation of love a sign of love that you want to keep this person pleased. It's a sign of love probably but it's not love what is love.
But you use love to define love now. For sarala right?
When you feel when you feel attraction to someone, but that's a sign of love. It's just a sign and a manifestation of love. It's a consequence of love a result of love. Let me save you the effort. People have been trying to define love No one has ever found the right definition. It will pay him says in my daddy Sally Kane, he says
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So he says love cannot be defined or captured in a word.
And if you try to capture it in a word or find a definition for it, your definition will need a definition and it will make it more ambiguous, more unclear. So he says listen to how he defines love. He says, for healthy kotula marry fatty.
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You can never find out what love is. You can only find out what love is when you love. That's it. So he says the experience of love is the only definition of love. Okay? The experience of love is the only difference. Any other definition you give, will just take you away from love.
That's it will just take you away from love. Why? Because love is a spiritual experience. There's no way you can capture it in your head in your mind, or anywhere else or with words. It's part of the unseen world and this is why hello to a man is not something you can try to describe it to someone.
You're going to say to someone I felt yesterday I was praying and I felt so greatnesses Yeah, yeah, so what like there's nothing special. You read about all these experiences, there's nothing. That's why this call is by the way.
Students used to go to study scholars, not only to learn how to deconflict from them, but to learn what and adapt and ascent. They used to learn and adapt which is the the general demeanor of that scholar the way he carried himself the way he behaved and assembled what's a sense
When you are and people have met scholars, sometimes you feel this when you are in the presence of a scholar you feel there's some kind of serenity surrounding this person. Where does it come from their love for Allah,
their love for Allah subhanaw taala so for example, Eman Malik his mother used to send him to learn.
She said you go and learn
from your teacher before before you learn how do you go on that? So when the scholars mentioned at the end, that's what they mean by the way, it means how to carry yourself how to behave, and also that state of presence. You learn it from this collars is way magmatic he everyone described to me said Cana la Alhaji and muhabba to Al Jalil. He always had this serenity around him. This is all
Okay, so the heart of,
of spirituality comes from experiencing love. It comes from experiencing love for Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is why when people love other than Allah, they still experience spirituality. But it's a limping in a form of spirituality. It's a corrupt sense of spirituality. This is why it leads to a lot of problems, and leads to a lot of problems and disappointment and heartbreak. But with a loss of data, there's no heartbreak. There's no heartbreak with a lot. But with human beings, when you put that the essence of who you are the essence of your soul, you put it without where it doesn't belong, your heart will be broken. That's why men will pay him said man, habashi, Allah, Allah,
hero, db, anyone who loves anything other than a law, that it doesn't mean Oh, I don't love my parents. I don't love you know, my studies. I don't love my work. I don't love my wife. I don't know that doesn't mean but that means when you do not give the love to Allah, Allah to Allah and other forms of love branch out from your love for Allah.
Okay, if you don't get in that state, and instead you start loving people, or loving things, when you put your loving things in that way,
you will be tortured by that thing.
Because and you can see this among lovers, a man loves a woman. You know, they can't wait to meet her there all the time. They're obsessed with how they talk about her, they can't think of anything else. And then they are scared, they are afraid they might lose him.
And that makes them more vulnerable, and so on and so forth. But ultimately, something doesn't work out with a relationship. What happens? The heart is broken.
And even before the how broken is broken, she gets upset or he can't you know, he's he's having a very bad day now. He doesn't know how to please Him, right? Oh, she doesn't behave the way he wants. Now he's upset with her but he loves her at the same time. He's troubled with that. Anything you love like this other than Allah, Allah, Allah is going to torture you through it. Why? Because love is for Allah is created for Allah. He cannot turn it to other than Allah subhana wa Tada.
Let's look at the spirituality quickly at the spirituality of the prophets of the Lord Himself. Look at the prophet SAW Selim, how he spiritual, you know what, I'm going to leave the spirituality
of the prophets of Salaam for the because I want to talk, I want to dwell on it, I want to give it more time. So I'm going to leave it for probably tomorrow.
There's something about spirituality that we need to understand. Spirituality first in Islam is highly individual. It's an individual experience. We all share something similar, but it's different from one person to the other. It's different from one person to the other, even though pm talks about the stations and his book modality, Sally Keane is mainly about describing these spiritual states, spiritual states and how they manifest into acts of worship, or into emotional states, and so on, and so on. And so on and so forth. So when he talks about these things,
he mentioned something how, because he's explaining in Medallia silicon, he's explaining a book by bootsma in Halloween, okay, man, as it is Saturday, and he's explaining a book by someone, a scholar before Him who lived 300 years before him. She's explaining his book. And he basically says,
and I'm gonna read in Arabic,
on this, let me go through it quickly. He basically says, Some scholars wrote about these spiritual states, and they put a certain order. So you go through this state, then you go through that state and through that state, and through that state, and so on and so forth. So it's more of a sequence, or it's a program that you go through. Mm hm says this is completely wrong and it doesn't work. He says, because people are different. So what you might arrive at five years from now in your spiritual journey, allama give it to a person now, at the beginning of his journey, and what Allah
has given you as the beginning of your journey might not yield itself to that person, except after a long time in his spiritual journey. So he says, This is why there is no fixed this when he was talking about these stations. He said this is there is no sequence that is carved in stone. Each one is different. Each one is different. Each one is going to experience things differently. This is why he says one of the Corolla t banheira must have been better than moustache and he says the sequence I followed in this book, he said it's not carved in stone. It's not a must. But he says it is for me, it is favored. It is favored.
He says, under 30 Baladi yoshiro era he's talking about the author under 30, below zero in a more
remarkable Morocco Manasa bloom into hot weather woman higher mo Baba.
That's it. So basically what he says that this sequence that is mentioned by the original book or the author of the original book, he says, it is
personally chosen and forced. So this person chose it to be the pathway, but it's not a must. And he says what that word means. And he says, this is a claim that has no reality behind it. They have to go through this exact sequence.
Then he says, and that's what my point he says, Okay.
Well, could you do that? Who mahkamah? Well, while the A wallaby diet is a URI for in fatica, Lee human Khalid, Mohammed,
Omar Nina, Madam, yeah, so back to the Sadek, if you need her yet he. So he's saying about some people who take the spiritual journey to Allah subhana wa, Tada. He's saying, and sometimes the highest levels, offer themselves and heal themselves to some people at the beginning of their journey. So all of these open up to him at the beginning of the journey, love, happiness or satisfaction with a law, connection to Allah, and serenity, and peace of hearts with Allah subhanaw taala, which doesn't usually happen to a person who has taken this spiritual journey, except in the end stages or at the later stages. Okay, so basically saying it's highly individual. So the
spiritual journey is hard individually, I'm going to take a few minutes before we go on Sharla for a shot, because I need to close this topic. So when it comes to spirituality, no one should give you a specific prescription.
Any kind of sequence is actually suggested and preferred by that person, as long as it's within the Koran and the authentic sooner. That's what really matters. So what happened, your experience in spirituality might be different to someone else, and I'm going to recite something from or reads, quote, something from him that actually shows this that is highly individual, and we'll find him talks about some
something about jabril. And he says,
He says, jabril when he came to the Prophet sallallahu sallam, in his in the book of the soul, talks about a soul in a specific book. So he says, when he breathed came to the prophets of Salaam and gave him revelation. So he appealed to the prophets of Solomon the horizon. He said, Where do you think jabril was, was at that time?
He says, jabril was with the prophets of Salaam at the same time he was on the seventh heaven, at the same time,
prostrating before Allah. Then he says, For embark upon Cabeza de kapha, that Whoa, so he says, so if your mind cannot figure this out and refuses it or finds a feeling, a tendency to refuse it, Okay, leave it for in the embryo, Hulu and Hulu account.
For this kind of belief, there are heart specific hearts that are created for this kind of belief.
Then he says, What are our nakayoshi alake? An Allah azza wa jal had a new zoodle ilahi through thin air Theremin and Langley.
mustonen when Allah Allah, Allah, Allah Allah,
He says, and I don't think you're going to question that when last minute Allah descends in the last third of the nights.
A lot of sense in the last third of night, I don't think you're going to find it difficult to realize Allah is above his throne. above his creation is not connected to his creation in that physical sense.
So he says these things, hat need hearts, proper hearts to believe in them. Then I'm going to quote something that's
what's his name?
Even hustlers Kalani Rahim Allah quotes from eminent mentions this actually in modality Salah keen, he talks about the prophets of Salaam wa he used to fast a few days in a row without breaking his fast without breaking his fast
fast a few days. So
so he says
because the provenance of them said to the companions
in nakum tawassul on a song that you connect days without breaking the fast they said yes, he said Don't do this. But they asked the person and they said lacking nicotine alcohol but you do it. The processes it says for in nearly apply a manual to me anyway assini I have someone to feed me and nourish me and give me water
That's not physical water. Okay, that's not physical water. So what is what is this? Now he's saying and we'll call him says kodjia kuno, the leader of amin Rida in this nutrition is more most likely of higher quality than the physical nutrition. What ILA had okay. woman who had dinner on wattpad. Reba? Yeah, Allah mastana. And just maybe there will be one row and Catherine Minnelli there and just manage what are CML for Rahul Massoud will be my very famous role will be my movie, and levy or what will be my movie. So he's saying, Okay, this guy is nutrition is of higher quality than physical nutrition.
And he says anyone who has a spiritual the slightest spiritual experience, okay, he knows that
the nourishment of the hearts sometimes
substitutes, and remove the need for physical nutrition.
without all that said, and he says, Yeah, he says, especially something that brings happiness to your heart. He says, This is why even if he says, contemplate the states of normal people, when they love, sometimes they forget, they forget hunger. When you engage in something you love, you forget about hunger, you forget about physical, you know, fatigue, and so on and so forth. That's what he's talking about. and reclaim talks about this so often. So spiritual experience is highly individual quite different from one person to the other.
Not everyone gets it.
And that's why I think Robbie Palin probably allow and who he said, had different nurse RBI reform, to redo it and you can who also speak to people about what they can comprehend and understand. Do you want people to disbelieve in Allah and His Messenger, the right people? Will you tell them about things of the world of the unseen things that are in the Koran in the Sunnah, they tell you, you know, you know, get out of here.
I don't believe in this. Tell them it's in the Hadith. They say I don't believe in this hadith. These people you should not talk to them about these issues.
Is what you've been telling me says, most of the believers are laymen that if they are left without a trial, they would stay on Islam.
But if they are exposed to fitna
and hardship, these people will lose faith. So he says that was the best thing for these people is leave them without a fitna, leave them without a trial, keep them under faith, don't expose them to fitna, that's similar. This is why not all issues of spirituality should be shared with everyone.
That's not for everyone.
It's not because some people might misunderstand it, some, some people might miss implemented, and so on and so forth. So it's not for everyone, some people might not be able to understand it. So they reject it. And they accuse the one who has it, okay, of committing some kind of innovation or bidder, there was stuff that if you're going to read from some of the tambourine, you're going to say, This is unbelievable. I can't believe in this, I'm telling you this from a tablet and some from the companions of the Prophet SAW Selim, there was some if you read the biography, even Tamia. There are some issues actually, even if the human modality sarakin mentioned certain incidents from the
life of liberty, me, if you read it, you're going to say no way this man even as a man of sadhana, I'm telling you, these are things that are there, but should not be exposed to everyone. Why? Because not everyone can handle it. Not everyone can handle it. So this is why if you look at the scholars, usually spiritual issues, they taught it individually.
Like it has an anniversary, he would teach these teach these things at home only for select a select group of students, not for everyone openly. And usually people learn these from the scholars by mixing with them. Not by offering these things to everyone because when you offer these things to everyone, they can be Miss implemented, misunderstood, they can be a fit enough for so many people. And my final point here is that spirituality which is I want to close with where do we find spirituality other than the sweetness of faith in the Hadith of the prophets of Salaam, spirituality is what we call this an
Islam, Eman s, and these are the three levels. So with Islam, you focus on doing the obligations, keeping away from the harem and prohibitions. So it's quite a
it's heavily in the body. It's heavily in the body. Okay, it's about things you do physically fast, pray and do the things that's not that's what gets you into paradise. That's the entrance point into paradise. You cannot get to paradise without this. But when you dwell there for good
Time and you invest your heart in it, you're going to grow a little bit more intellectually and spiritually Well, you will start to have a higher level of a man a higher level of a man, a higher level of a man is when you, Allah is most of the time in your heart on your mind.
And you have a sense of tawakkol and reliance on Allah very powerful sense of what could you have this kind of awareness of Allah Most of the time, and then when you grow even more, you get to what you get to stand with your son, you worship Allah as if you see him. So Allah is always on your mind. You don't forget about about Allah even for a single moment. So you're in constant state, you're experiencing the love of Allah. But because you have built enough Islam and enough a man, you're going to get the balance between spirituality and the body. And between spirituality and intellectual ism, that's how it goes. So in general, In brief, that spirituality in Islam, it's
balanced. It's part and parcel of Islam. You can do it excessively and go astray. Or you can forget about it neglected completely at your own risk. Okay, we're going to have a lot of problems and you're going to experience at a manual loop. The actions of the heart, the actions of the heart, are all spiritual.
And the scholars of Islam have all agreed that what gets you into the highest ranks in Paradise is that Maluku Salah you might say Salah is physical no Salah, one strand of it is physical. The biggest strand or portion of Salah is actually your inner experience. The love you experience for Allah, the horseshoe you have the connection with Allah. So Salah, although visibly, you see it as a physical act, but the biggest part of it is spiritual, the biggest experience of it is spiritual. So we ask Allah subhanaw taala to help us be spiritual and have this kind of spirituality, upon the way of the prophets of Salaam and his companions well, and shall on the next couple of days, we're going
to see how this side of Islam has been
taken care of by the scholars have been nurtured, and given special attention by the scholars. But when you cannot tune into it, okay, you're going to neglect it and you can read a lot of books and completely miss it, completely miss it if you do not open your mind and your heart to it. I would just conclude among the scholars throughout the Muslim history among the scholars that who displayed that's in my own personal research, the scholars that have displayed the highest levels of spirituality, highest levels of spirituality that is balanced.
I've never seen anyone I've never seen there might be there might be there might be those who are not known or some of them are documented in other books and so on and so forth. I haven't come across, but I've never seen a person who has balanced spirituality like shekel Islam entertain me.
unbelievable how this man was obviously nothing matches the prophet SAW Selim and his companions. We're just talking about now scholars who came later on, so we asked a lot once again a llama furlanetto novena why Salafi Emery now with a bit of
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