Advice to Graduating Students
Channel: Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
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from the lower Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah houbara long aluminum I Inferno in front of you I lived in I was in anima Subhanak Allahumma the argument and I learned them tonight and you can devalue a cable by restriction brothers and sisters are Salam o Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh
How long have you been sitting here for everybody?
The only two hours still awake.
Salam Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Tada
we need some energy under Allah. May Allah Subhana Allah reward all of you for coming here today.
I would like to first of all, thank Sophia Institute
for inviting me and all the other speakers.
I would like to congratulate all the students who are graduating today
as greatest students
and I will explain that in my talk in sha Allah Allah. I would like to congratulate all the students today who are graduating us greatest students
and their parents and their families.
And Shaheed Muhammad and everybody the whole team does so far May Allah reward all of them and all of you as well for coming. May Allah subhanaw taala make this
a means of great baraka and blessings in Birmingham and beyond inshallah God Jaime.
I'm not going to talk too much, maybe 1520 minutes.
This is a
buhari completion and graduation ceremony.
What does that mean?
We have Buhari
completion of Sahil Buhari ceremonies and graduation ceremonies
across the world,
different countries and in the UK as well, just everywhere.
Actually, I'm just coming from one from in Leicester. I actually gave a talk for an hour and a half, just after the her
telephone about 215 to 333 45.
And he wasn't concluded yet today they were having the final verse and then I had to leave to come here.
And we have them across the country different different places.
Why do we have this?
Cotton Buhari, it's not just a ceremony.
There's a greater purpose give behind this. And one of the main things
what well one thing that is obvious for everyone that it's a formal way of students graduating, it's a way that you can celebrate together, parents family, they come together hamdulillah our son our daughter is graduating so it's it gives that opportunity of graduation
and occasion of happiness, no problem inshallah. And also, this great book.
So he of Imam Al Bukhari Rahim Allah to Allah the man who
is the is it is the greatest book after the book of Allah subhanaw taala. So I will get away by the Kitab Allah.
Why don't we have quantum Quran instead? Not Kadambari.
Somebody asked this question once. And the answer was
that hatom of Buhari includes within it, the bottom of the book of Allah.
Because Sahil Bukhari and all other books of Hadith, they are a common chi of the book of Allah. Really for Islam, if for Muslims first and foremost, what do we give importance to
the Quran? But the Quran without the explanation given by Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa aalihi wa sahbihi wa Salam
is a Quran that's just a book we can understand. And this is actually really important because we live in a time right now today, there are people who just want to restrict themselves to the book of Allah, only Quran Hadith don't they're not authentic or maybe they're not that he always you know, there are people who are rejecting sahih al Bukhari itself, like generally all Hadith. If you were to if a Muslim
says I only believe this you know sort of comes to mind because Christians they look at what Bible that's it if you've got the Bible was do you need they say this look the Jews have their own sacred text the Christians have their text The Hindus have their text. Why don't you as Muslims just keep the Quran Why do you need the Hadith?
You know why? Because if we take out Hadith there will be nothing left from Islam. You can prove anything you want you know five time prayers to pray. If you take Hadith out there's no five prayers five time prayers
How do we understand what the book of Allah is telling us? You know, Salah yes Surah everyone else was surah is yeah, no mas surah
Allah says obey mo Salah establish Salah. If you don't look at the Hadith, you could translate that as established nightclubs.
That's one translation. stablished nightclubs. Salah means to shake or move and dance. to hurry Kosala wait.
If you just look at the Quran, you can't prove anything. five time prayers are not proven homosexuality. People say oh we look in the Quran homosexuality. Where does he say in the Quran? Well, when we not just restricted to Quran hadith is very important for us. Where does it say in the Quran that this a woman has to cover a hijab? Where does it say in the Quran? Why is this the question in itself is wrong? Not Not everything's going to be proven in the Quran and mentioned in the Quran. Otherwise, we'd have 4000 pages of the Quran and 10,000 pages of the Quran. Quran is limited. All the explanation is left to the Hadith. And Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam Allah told him Wonsan Yreka vichara li to be an alumnus, or messenger, we've sent the Quran to you. Why to you? Why not directly to the Muslims? Why didn't the Quran just come from the sky in Birmingham Sharif?
Imagine Allah could have just said, walk out in Austin, look in the sky, drop what I'm here, read it, understand it.
And you know, translate it. Wherever you understand, use your brain and understand it.
Every person could have woke up in the morning under the pillow Korans, they're almost lamb, here's your Quran, read it yourself.
Allah could have done that. There is no example in our history of Allah sending a book, whether it's the Quran or the Dorado, the Cebu or the NGO, any scripture without sending a prophet to teach it.
There are many examples of prophets coming with no book, how many prophets so many prophets, so many prophets came Allah didn't send with every prophet, a book or a scripture, they just carried on with explanation of the previous prophet. But there is no example of a book coming without a prophet. Because a book on its own cannot be understood. And not just the Quran even in the world if someone's done medicine here, why do you have to go to the university and study medicine? Just go to the library medical science department okay, I don't need to go to university I don't need to get any degrees nothing. I just go I go to the library. What are the books which language Chinese No, no
no in Chinese one language English I know English cannot just be adopted just study it just read I know English, the books in English. If it was just knowing the language, knowing Arabic is 1% of Islamic knowledge.
So people think you know, they know few words hamdulillah higher color, hair color. Like that becomes shared already.
That's a language. But it's much more than that religious knowledge which has come down generation from generate one word, you use the term y jeep. In fact, it means something else. You use it in Zulu, and it means something else use it in RP, then everyone can watch it mean something else. The word outcome means something else in different sciences. It's very intricate. And that's why we have to study. It's not just knowing the Arabic language. That's just a tool you start with is your basic tools that you're beginning with.
And this is why Allah's Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah sent him with the Quran so he explained to the people so the explanation that of zero of the Quran, Tafseer of the Quran, the tertiary and the explanation is through the Hadith.
That's why brothers and sisters keep this in mind. Don't let anyone tell you we want to separate the Quran and Sunnah Hadith and Quran no. Quran without Hadith cannot be understood.
Our religion is based on Quran and Hadith.
Quran you know, there were people about 5060 years ago this whole thing started. Some people in Egypt, some people in Pakistan, some people in different parts of the world, they started calling themselves 100 Quran we are the people of the Quran and I think there are some in Burma and Sharif as a
region rejecters of Hadith.
I will advise you it is a really good book on this topic. You can read lots of books on this if you know if you know Arabic students. There's a really good book as soon
dormakaba to hit the Shri al Islam in Dubai. There's a famous Arab scholar, Dr. Mustafa sebagai. I don't know if anyone's heard of his name, amazing book
in Arabic, and for the general public, one of my teachers, probably my one of my greatest teacher of dW with money half ago Allah he's got a really amazing book called which he wrote like 40 years ago authority of Sunda, it's online available as well simple explanation of why sunnah is a source of proof. You can't be deniers of Hadith.
So we had these people, there was some somebody in Egypt, somebody in southern Sudan with Han in Pakistan and a few places here and there. What they did was they brought up this idea of rejecting Hadith. And you know why they did that? Because once you remove sunnah and Hadith, then everything becomes justified. Everything's Hala because they were living in a time where now they need to sort of they think we want to move with the times the West is moving. Well, why are we behind? The greatest barrier obstacle for them was a sunnah sunnah says this is haram This is not allowed homosexuality is not allowed. Gender stuff this this this and you know, the people of the world are
moving and someone's saying you know this genders and transgender and transsexual and you know, homosexuality and non binary and feminism and this issue and that issue and
hijab and where does it say like women need to they don't need to cover the head and all these different different issues.
Easy way just remove Hadith from the equation. Tell people proof from the Quran.
Nobody will able to prove anything from the Quran. There was this woman clear shot man Jihad and if you've heard of her lesbian Muslim, she calls herself a lesbian among Muslim and among which the head she's all over YouTube she calls her alma mater stage she wrote a book called The trouble with Islam. She says I don't say the trouble with Muslims the trouble with Islam
but she thinks she says I'm I'm a practicing Muslim why why is this religion who told you you you have a right to say what's right and wrong I'm in which state? This religion is, you know, just made by men. I'm in which state every person should I read the book, I understand the book. I understand the Quran myself.
And in my understanding my age, the heart being homosexual or lesbian is perfectly fine in Islam, and that's what she says.
Because she is devoid of the Sunnah. This is why Katama Bukhari sahih al Bukhari sahih. Muslim sunnah terribIe the NSA even a merger of Buddhahood sunnah is the explanation of the book of Allah subhanho wa taala.
And also what the Sahaba understood,
you know, certain verses of the Quran some people say, Well, this verse of the Quran, where does it say in the Quran, and this has to be done?
We say, how did the companions and the Sahaba understand this verse? How do you understand it from the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when the Quran was being revealed? You pick up the Quran 1400 years later and use a dictionary to understand the Quran. That doesn't make sense. You ask the people where Quran when Quran was being revealed, what did you understand? So this is the URL from the Quran, from the Sunnah. And then the explanation by the Sahaba, through generation from generation to generation to generation. And this is why this traditional knowledge that we have today in the form of books and teachers and scholars and institutes, it's based on an unbroken chain
that's coming down.
So that was just one point I wanted to mention. I know I'm nearly finished with my time, but I actually wasn't even planning to talk about that. I just came around right now on the spot. This had no idea what I was thinking about talking about something else completely. But anyway, Allah made me say whatever I'm doing, but this, there's one other point I want to just talk to the students about.
Was that you know, when when they graduate,
we hear the term what do we say? I don't know if you use it, but in your madrasa, but a lot of people use it. What do we say? Farik? Yes, it's the most derogatory term that you can ever think of.
It's a ridiculous term. My teacher will disagree with money. Half of the law absolutely despises his term. Foreign means like, was salam finished, I'm done. I'm going to sleep now. See you later.
It's actually machine rule.
It's the opposite. Falling asleep means I have finished studying. What is this studying this six years and I will tell the students look, this study is not the end. This is the big day today is your beginning. That's what I said. I congratulate you for graduating as
students integrated students now the journey starts for six years. What did you do? For six years you were taking driving lessons?
How to drive a car. Inshallah you've learned how to drive a car. Now the journey starts here's the keys, here's the car, you have to get to America to the sea
or you've taken swimming lessons.
You've been taking swimming lessons for six years, you've learned how to swim now the ocean is there. Now the teacher will put you on the edge of the ocean. You're by yourself now. Now the journey starts now. strim let's see some go one miles and go tomorrow. The actual studying of knowledge starts after you graduate.
And I will tell you from my own personal experience, and I'm sure the other teachers will say the same thing. The amount we learned and we learn after we graduate it's far more than what we learned in this six years. I myself after I graduated nine I haven't learned too much anyway but 90% of what I know is afterwards those those 567 years
that's just basics. That's why I never ever consider yourself to be fired number one never consider yourself to be an alum
that's nobody's in Harlem we are all students this term alliums what is a massive problem I'm sorry, I mean, but it's a big problem.
On him is ism CIFA
limb I am knowledgeable. It's like like a claim in there. You can say it Hamdulillah I have learned knowledge style them to you know I graduated, but you know how they make some file it's like you know, someone who does a bother. And you say I am an avid
you know, so does the Rebbe worship. Would you call someone who worships a mashallah to this is an avid, avid avid it's like you're claiming that I'm a great worshiper, and a great knowledgeable person is I am Saudi Saudi means pious. These are all some fine
that's why I personally like to call this a media course rather than adhamiya course. Lm course we're seeking knowledge, our great seller. In the earlier times they learned knowledge until they died all their lives they considered themselves to be Bolivarian all of them. All other no massive titles you know, Mr. Ma, Mr.
Mr. Tillman, that's it nothing else Emma? And some even if you read if you read his head Biharis Mohammed bin is married Carla Muhammad Ismail had written a full on beautiful animals that had been Musa headcollar. Chaka Khan, there is no Hazara Tula Lama, Turin Fatih, who removed you will burqa to German zoo doo doo doo doo doo doo millions of things before and after Sahaba aboard era
about the Allah, you know.
That's it. There's no massive, massive titles before and after. Keep it simple. And you know, consider yourselves and ourselves to be students. Another thing that really told us remain humble.
One of the things that I've seen in some of my teachers and again according to the money which I've seen that
he gives, along with his humility gives respect to people who read the Canon walima
This is not we're not elite hamdulillah I'm Salama
moolah, Google and Amazon and Google and all these type of things it's a problem in the mind
no one knows according to Allah, who's going to be going Jana or you know who Allah will accept
and therefore humility respecting everyone no superiority complex no you know boasting anything, I'm still a student inshallah I will do Enema of the whatever Allah has blessed me with knowledge, I will try my best. First and foremost intention of seeking knowledge is to act upon the knowledge ourselves. Seek more knowledge, I will carry on seeking until I pass away until deathbed you know, you must have heard of stories like Imam Abu Yusuf Rahim Allah when somebody he was on his deathbed somebody mentioned it I think maybe in a talk where you until just before he passed away, he's talking about a matter of fact, Cody, and Great Scott, there's so many of these kinds of stories. So
seeking knowledge all the way till the end,
continuously considering ourselves to be part of burial. And I will just end with this that this is what the main MCSA you know, the you're reading the final Hadith today. Completion.
What's the first Hadith Sahih Bukhari in nama that might have been yet
actions or by the intentions?
Imam Al Bukhari Rahim Allah right in the beginning and not just Imam Bukhari many scholars they started the book with this hadith Hadith near
Imam know we started 40 Hadith with that as well and many scholars have said this is 1/3 of the this particular Hadith.
Actually actions are according to their intentions.
This is really important and you know, we can talk about this in detail but just here for the students
Seeking of knowledge even those who want to study later on and even those in the fifth to the fourth year
making the intention sincere and pure this will be called a class have you heard of the word class? A class is from the word Hollis heart is pure. In we have a milk bottle which is not mixed with water not contaminated it's pure. A class means purity of intention class or near purity of intention.
The first heading the mobile body is telling us all students you are just about to study. Why are you studying? Ask yourself the question in your mind in your heart.
Why are you teaching Why are you study? Why are you seeking knowledge? Why are you lecturing? Why did I come to Birmingham and give a lecture Why did you attend this every aspect of our deen everything is based on intention in normal ama Lavinia or a nama imminent Minoa
from an exam the hadith is from Gunditjmara Allahu rosulip version of the hula hula solely. So actions are based on intentions.
The students intention first and foremost should be I want to seek knowledge
so that I act upon it. A lot of the times the students will say what why why are you studying so that I can spread the deep problem? First of all study on yourself?
We forget Are they coming full circle with the Quran says yeah, you're Latina? Or are they coming full circle? Well, why don't you tell it what to tell everybody else that secondary? We forget we want to preach to the world but what about myself?
First is I want to practice upon the deal myself. I want to become a good Muslim. All the different chapters I've read of Sahil OHare from Salah Sonia God Hajj boo you are a business selling you know you're going to get that will do your now when I go in the market, when I buy and sell will I will I buy and sell in a way Islam has taught
me must have read the Hadith anyone who sells an item and it's got a defect in it and doesn't disclose it remains in the Wrath of Allah I'm selling a car, it's got a problem in London, and I'm selling it. The hadith says you in the Wrath of Allah anger of Allah, you don't tell the person that the defect in the item kita will kill you. It is not just for the holiday. It is not just just for fun. And some Baraka is to act upon it.
All the blue or business transactions Hadith, we need to bring them into our lives. How am I buying? How am I selling,
renting, hiring, traveling, all these Hadith that we read is to act upon them.
And then secondly, preach, propagate, teach for the sake of Allah and for the pleasure of Allah, to my family members, to my locality, to my community, as many people I can reach. But the point is that for the sake of Allah, that's the intention. You know, the famous Hadith he must have read, mandala will element you Maria basil for her.
Whoever seeks knowledge so that he argues with the foolish people.
Oh, you bow here be here Allah ma so that he wants debates.
You know, I can go on YouTube and I can go on Facebook and I can go into a turn I can do this. And this is not a fitna. This is a big return on our sincerity of intention. We're not studying just because we want to become popular if we are studying because we want to get fame and name and popularity and I want to be a good orator. You know, see this share. So much of spread I want to be
everything is down the drain. There's no benefit our great people, Imam Buhari and people like that they became great because there was sincere, they only did what they did for the sake for the pleasure of Allah only to please Allah has nothing to do with the creation
whoever seeks knowledge to debate to argue with the scholars and to you know fire to the foolish people and look at the Hadith. Only a sliver be he was Yohannes if someone's seeking knowledge to get the face to get public attention. Popularity likes
the Hola Hola Hola. Hola. We'll cast this person hellfire. There's a hadith in Sahih Muslim who must have heard and times nearly three people firstly people will come on yo pm Allah will put them into hellfire. One of them will say oh Allah I became Shahida was Martin. Allah said liar. Because after you lied, you only fought in my path because other people call you God. That you're very brave. What pillar you will said Go Hellfire does nothing for you here. Then a person will come down them and Alamo Allah who someone who taught knowledge and studied will or Al Quran he recited the Quran. Allah will say you didn't want of this. You all be in the garden so that you could call on him.
That's why you studied because you wanted the name or Lama move to
Adam Schiff and Gary Walker the tea in the dunya it was said here there's nothing for you phenolic Johanna Molokhia pinata Janam hellfire and third guy is the one who gives a lot of money to charity.
You gave so much to charity why? So that people call you generous, mashallah people call you generous,
and he will send in the dunya.
Nothing for you in the dunya in the ocra. So, therefore, sincerity with intention is really important, why we study knowledge, why we preach why we teach, for a Muslim, there's only one objective is to please Allah, Allah subhanaw taala that's the main intention to please Allah subhanaw taala. And once we have that intention in mind, of pleasing Allah subhanaw taala then Inshallah, whatever we do, everything's an act of reward, an act of rebirth. Also, just lastly, with this, he said, five minutes, just four minutes left now
sincerity of intention means this is the intention we should have. What did I say the intention is, so that I act upon the knowledge, and I preach it and propagate it and teach it to other people to the best of my ability.
Money is not an objective.
And God generally you don't get too much money in this field anyway. So don't worry.
You know, Mr. Mohammed, Abu Hassan oshibori, I think used to say to the students on the day one, whoever's coming to study here because they want a lot of money, those open levers today, this is a place of suffer heart when sobre la rama, Allah Shuddha. Tell me what I see there's a book written by Sheikh Khalifa over the pages of the summer of the scholars on the difficulties of remaining hungry and thirsty and poverty in seeking knowledge. This is this is the path. This is not a money making industry can make impossible if somebody wants to be rich, then you just take another career, not a problem. It's not haram to do another career, you can do that. But this is not for money.
Do you know this is the only field where if you ask anyone in any science or any university, why do people nowadays forget study? Why do anyone does anything today for this? Someone smiles for money.
Everything is motivated by money. You go to Birmingham University, Aston University, any university Cambridge anywhere why you study? Why are you doing this? This wasn't the case before in the olden times, people even in who used to study medicine and law and other things. They never used to study for money they used to study how can I help serve the world community? The intention was, I want to be a medical doctor, I want to go into this so that I can help improve something I have a passion for it I want now why are you studying for people going into that field, which is going to give them the best career.
Even if it means nothing being done? Doesn't matter. Even if it's just telling a footballer as tall or do an MA or PhD on a football or how his toe is designed? What's that benefited in the world there's no benefit because a lot of money.
And that's why nowadays people will do anything that gives them money.
And you can think of different different things people do nowadays, especially online just to make money because love of dunya many comes then you will use cell your body and you'll do everything.
This is why
only students of knowledge are the ones who don't have done in touch. Allah gives us not a problem. And if somebody wants to, if you think that we need money, everyone needs money then alongside you know do another like you know something you can do a work or a job or something and somebody's not a problem. But this seeking of knowledge is not the means of making money. If Allah gives Hamdulillah He doesn't give it was never meant to come anyway. And the dunya is very short, a bit of struggle in this dunya and then inshallah all the money will be in Jelena Sharma Hasakah Hey, Michelle, may Allah bless all of you and all the teachers and all the students who recorded our stuff for about