Understanding Tasawwuf-Sufism With Balance

Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari


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so on and a privilege to be here with you in Coventry today.

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It's actually my first time

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deliver I think no, I have delivered the talk must in the country. But first time, this Masjid

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ALLAH SubhanA, WA, tada, reward the organizers of today's program, the committee,

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but the unison, the coordinating

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the topic today is a very important topic that I've been told to discuss.

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Talk about,

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which you might have seen on the poster on the flyer.

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The title is understanding the issue of the soul and Sufism with balance.

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The heading itself probably

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gives us some idea

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that this issue is sometimes understood without balance. That's the reason the heading is understanding torso wolf with balance, if we had the title understanding to solve, then that's it understanding to solve.

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But when we say understanding the song wolf with balance, this gives an idea that there is an imbalanced understanding of this topic as well. When something is imbalanced, what does it mean something imbalance when normally when something is imbalanced, you have two sides to that imbalance, this way or that way? This is, you know, children go outside on their prey on what what do they play on that ceases physical.

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So, yes, so there's an imbalance, you have

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an extreme to the right, you have an extreme to the left. And this is generally with many issues of D. Sometimes within Muslims, we have an imbalanced understanding of a particular issue. And normally the best of ways or the is the Middle Way clearly Memorial sort of understand something with moderation, with with, with balance. And this is what our Dean itself Islam as a whole as a religion is considered to be a balanced religion between Christianity and Judaism. That's why Allah Subhana Allah subhana wa Salatu was stopping in the Quran when when we recite Surah Fatiha

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we make the daily in our salah is in a Serato Mustafi. This is the straight path but straight path as in the balance. It's the middle path. The real translation of Mustafa name is straight path. But why we say it's straight because it's straight, it doesn't turn right or it doesn't turn left. You don't fall right or you don't fall left. It's in between in the nasolabial Mustafi in Serato Lavina and untidy this is all if you didn't study and then Allah says the two imbalanced ways or the path two paths you don't want to go into the realm of do vrna that's one on the right.

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And one of the only real Madhubani him and it's one about him in Bali, not the path of those apart from Allah's Anger descended and neither the path of those people who deviate So Islam as a whole as a religion as a as a dean as a Sharia is something which is in the middle as a religion it's in between between the two paths and the little motto galleywood of barley and wheat barley, both of these two, as the commentator of the of the Quran, explain if you're looking at deceit, etc. These two paths are referring to the paths of the Jews. Earlier this is not a swear word to the Jews of the Christians. You have to be very careful what we say today. But this Allah subhanaw taala is

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talking about historically the past of the Jews the certain people in Jerusalem, they went down the route of now do the anti him radial Moldoveanu him so Allah's Anger descended on them

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And then certain Christians in that time will have Bollin they went onto the path of deviation.

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And Allah is telling the Muslims that this is not just for the Christians and the Jews, it then also other Muslim, that we should also not get those tendencies of those people upon whom the wrath and anger of Allah descended. And now there shouldn't be going to those acts that will do it. So anyway, Islam as a whole is a balanced religion. So within Islam within Deen everything, there's there's a balanced understanding with all issues. And I seriously find this within the Muslim community with lots of issues not just to solve and Sufism but with many issues. Some people are too extreme on this side with a very extreme understanding. Some people are too liberal and relaxed on another side

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with a different understanding. And the truth is always sometimes in the middle.

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I can count like numerous examples right now that that are coming to my mind, in terms of how people deal with issues of Islam. Either you go right to either you go left. People don't want to stay in the middle. There's so many examples. Just one example that's come to mind. And I it's not my topic, but

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it's just come to mind. I normally when whenever I talk with fellow students in the class, and we discuss issues, a

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lot of times issues come up that today, we find

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that there's a attack on many rules and regulations relating to Islam and the like, for example, inheritance. Like for example, the rights of women or the role of women, the rights and rule regulations related to marriage, the status of a woman, just so many issues,

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or dude punishments in Islam, I saw some hurdles and capital punishment and all these issues we have in Islam. Sometimes we have people

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on the right, who we say have gone very extreme to the right, who teach these issues. These are issues that have come down from generation from generation from the messenger salAllahu alayhi. Salam, the understanding of D which has come from the Sahaba of the Allahu Anhu.

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Like I give you an example the Quran says what the Rebbe Hoonah were allotted the halfmoon and Franco Hoonah was your Roman level Maharaja was removed and Allah is talking about men, women, husband wife relationship with this difficulty. What are the three stages of Islamic rectification and you mentioned the first and then you mentioned the second and then he says what the reboot window.

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Now on one hand, you will get some people who've not who don't really live in the world, they've just lived in a masjid or a madrasa or somewhere or have a very harsh classical way of understanding being that will say, beat up your wife hit them. Allah is saying, well, the removing hit them, beat them up. If your wife says anything, smack them but I grow

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you know, beat them up as much as you want.

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This is one extreme way of dealing with this issue.

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Like I was in America once in New York, and one student was telling me that I was once eating with

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a fork or a knife. So you said one, one other sub came to me said have you become a coffee?

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Have you become your coffee or eating like the kuffar you become a coffee. So that's one extreme. On the other hand, it's all fine no problem like this world that you will want. And there are people who actually translate the word what do they do when they say that word removing in the Quran also means traveling. Don't fill out the means traveling. So they say that Allah is saying that when you have problems with your wife go for a honeymoon, go for a nice vacation. So two things, whether it will wouldn't mean to travel with them.

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That's a liberal extreme.

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There is a extreme on the right, there is an extreme on the left. Some people say all these produce besides the only abolish these are medieval times this is there's no place in Islam for this inheritance to for one brothers received double than a female male two times to vote. This is wrong. It doesn't apply in our times. It's completely changed knew each they had a complete liberal understanding of D. On another hand, there are people who explain this issue but in a very, very harsh type of way which doesn't really fit in with people in today's climate. So when I speak to the students, I say to them always that one of the greatest, if not the greatest challenge for a

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parliamentarian for a student today is to present to the world to the Muslim ummah, the correct traditional teachings of Islam with the correct interpretations, the interpretation that's come from the messenger sallallahu alayhi salam, the Sahaba the term your own generation of the generation traditional teaching of Islam without changing the rules, by

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Learn how to explain them in the modern context, how to explain them to the wider community, speak in a language talk in a language in a way that people are able to digest these rules today. And this is the greatest challenge for students of knowledge and young scholars, that they learn about these issues and then explain them in a very balanced way. So anyway, this is a topic on its own that we have a lot of imbalances. Even with the law issues, you know, issues of difference of opinion, there's one community on one hand, that they just cannot tolerate difference of opinion. You have Terraformer Tirana, which is the same of the great scholars of the past, we have differences of

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opinion in many issues, blood comes out from your body. According to Imam Shafi, Salah widow is not broken. You have blood coming out all over your hands and you can pray Salah no problem. According to the Hanafi school blood comes out, the window is broken. Now there's someone who follow the Shafi Ahmed have all his life he's offered Salah doing not performing voodoo after blood came out. Are you going to say you're going to hellfire because Allah will not accept you sir.

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Moon sighting issues and many issues is one on one side, we have people who just cannot tolerate. There's just this is the only way how can this is our communities? How can you respect another opinion? Like how untrue there's only one? It's not possible to say, Okay, this is my way, but I respect your way is just not possible for some communities.

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On the other hand, there are people who are enlightened at the universities and secularity, you know, education they've received and they're very, very respectful and very critical and very open to dialogue and very open to respecting differences of opinion. So what they say is that look, Dean, you know, this difference of opinion, you respect difference of opinion? So they also correct and they also correct him, you know, difference of opinion. So if everyone's corrected today, you do that today, you do this today, I do this today, you follow this mother today, you take, everything's fine. That's another extreme.

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On this hand, correct ruling is only one. Everyone else is wrong. Here everyone else is right. Therefore, you can do everything. Both are extremes. The correct way is yes, there's other people we can respect the opinion but you can only do one

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and there's a reason why you can only do one that requires another hour lecture.

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So this is a topic that we need to really balance and let me get to the topic for so Wolf. Sufism is a word that people hear a lot.

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What is not so Wolf, what is Sufism? Again, with related, we find like I said, extremism on both sides. To understand this topic, we have to first understand this issue that when we look at Islam, when we look at the Quran and Sunnah

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and when we look at our deen the whole deal and Sharia all all of the if you look at the sacred texts, the whole of Quran and all that hadith, all the rules and regulations and injunctions and the guidance and the guidelines and the calm that have been given to us in the Quran and Sunnah, we can divide them into three categories. The Quran is filled with guidelines. Much of the Quran is actually not to do with do's and don'ts much of the Quran is actually to do with just general Naseeha a lot of the Hadith and Sunnah is to do with common laws but when we look at the whole sacred, the entirety of the sacred texts, the Quran and Sunnah, we find that rules and regulations

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and commands and prohibitions and guidelines and injunctions and you know, guidances can be divided into how many categories three categories. Category number one, there are many verses of the Quran and many Hadees that deal with what a person should believe in.

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That's the first category category or guidelines that deal with what a person should believe.

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That is the topic of or the category of Akita. So you have many verses in the Quran talking about greed and about the Oneness of Allah subhanaw taala and about believing in the existence of Allah subhanaw taala about worshiping only one only Allah subhana wa Tada and attributes of Allah, his alcoholic, his Eros, economia, Kulu and Hades own one and only Allah Samad that he is independent everyone is in need of Allah and he's in need of no one, etc, etc. And also laser commitment he there's no one like Allah subhanaw taala the peace of Allah and zeal of Allah, all the rules relating to what a Muslim man or woman should believe in, and also the opposite what a person should

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avoid in terms of belief. So schicke associating partners with Allah initiative, global lunardini, it's a massive sin. It's haram. It's not just haram

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and ship your ship is in, in layer Pharaoh and you should be

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reclaiming your shirt. So basically there are rules to do in the first category, which is what we believe in this category can be called the category of the lead can be called the category of Amida the science of Islamic creed the science of Abida the science of also the deen different names have been given

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that then we have a second category, the rules and regulations we that we find in the Quran and Sunnah that deal with the external, the body, the external loads, like for example, like what again in this category you have do's and don'ts, commands and prohibitions. So commands such as of temporaries, fast in Ramadan performs the cut and paste the god perform hygiene and all other external laws, rules and regulations to do with the external body. Just as there are commands relating to the external body, there are prohibitions relating to the external body, like what the prohibition of stealing, theft, robbery, fornication Zina, hitting someone murdering someone killing

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someone disobeying your parents, etc, etc. Riba usury, interest deceiving cheating, fraud and business harming someone inconvenience someone swearing slandering, these are all the prohibitions relating to the external, external, whether it's the mouth, whether it's the ear, listening to music, haram music, whether it's punching someone with the hand, whether or writing something on online and swearing at someone, virtually all of this is to do with the external.

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This category, the laws relating to the external when it's to do with social nodes or business knows or a guided worshipping or fasting has occurred. This category is known as the category of Feck. Again, various names that are given the first category was called upgraded the science of Abida or the category of rapido, or

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Su, de Otto, auto, lead, etc. This category is all emaan first category, the second category is called fic. Or it can be called Islam, or it can be called

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as they're called Aslam different types of names have been given.

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Then we have the third category when we look again at the Quran and Sunnah, all the rules and regulations of the Quran and Sunnah introduction to what I really want to say. When we look at the laws of the Quran and Sunnah, the guidelines and the prohibitions and the commands

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those that deal with the internal the soul the heart internals, just as there are laws relating to the external there are no laws relating to the internal just as with the second category, they will commands like offer Salah and paisa card and observe fast and prohibitions like Xena and stealing on theft or robbery and murder. internally with the soul there are also commands and prohibitions, commands such as have sincerity the class,

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be sincere in everything you do. Do it only for the sake of Allah this is internal has to do with the heart and soul. Have sincerity crucial in Salah devotion. Now Salah does external I lift my hand raise my hand list here, I pray here Here I recite Surah Fatiha this surah says there's a whole if I make a mistake recall this is all to do with the second category. This is the external the outer shell of the summer.

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I shouldn't talk in salah I shouldn't turn right while some offerings. I shouldn't eat in Salah

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it invalidates my salah. This is all to do with the second category. But in Salah in prayer. I should have heard sure I should have Hulu I should have devotion concentration. I should be thinking that Allah subhanaw taala I dabbled Allah Gan Nikita worship Allah as though you are seeing Allah if you can't get to the level that at least know that Allah is watching over you. And concentration try to understand the meanings why am I standing before Allah? Why am I reading Surah Fatiha What's the meaning of Surah Fatiha when I go into goo? Why am I saying Subhanallah Viet Aleem why Subhanallah Ballymena ruku and why Subhana Allah in sujood what's the difference between I'll leave and what's

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the difference between Arella and why Roku and why

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Subhanallah Aleem in Roku and why Subhan Allah, Allah in sujood all the concentration this is either part of the prayer. This is to do with a third category that are commands like sincerity like who should Tawakkol reliance on Allah.

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After taking the means reliance of Allah after taking the means very important taco doesn't mean you don't take the means

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Torquil means the messenger Salallahu Alaihe Salam said tie your camel and then rely on Allah take medication then rely on Allah.

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You know if there's a virus take the means to protect yourself then rely on Allah. So Tawakkol reliance on Allah, love of Allah love of the messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Sama, patient patients, all these giving preference to others thinking good about other people touto humility, looking down on yourself, not thinking yourself too big. These are all the commands to do with the soul. And likewise, there are prohibitions, just like externally the operations like Xena and stealing and theft, prohibitions like pride, arrogance, jealousy, major sins, hatred, thinking big of yourself being insincere, being ungrateful to Allah and being materialistic and having love of

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dunya This is the third category.

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Now this third category, look in the time that the messenger sallallahu alayhi salam, there was no classification like this because there was no need, when the Companions would come to the messenger Salallahu salam to ask any question whether it's due in the first category, second category, third category, they will just come to the messenger so Allah when incidents era Allah, my blood came out, do I have to do will do oh, I've got something relating to is this pride, arrogance, or what oh, this issue of anarchy nowadays to just ask one person and Muslims were less and there was no need to sort of classify these into three different branches as time passed, because there were new problems

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and Muslims spread. Why?

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The great scholars of this ummah, they dedicated their lives to these three branches. So the first category became a branch of Islam book started being written in that branch, there are really among scholars who dedicated their days and nights, mornings and evenings, weekends, and weekdays dedicated to this one branch of al Qaeda, you can find two 3000 books on the science of upheaval. There are people who teach a paid and there are people who teach Islamic creed upgraded to how we have a moment to how we earn books and books and different ways of understanding Arpita. It's a course on its own a topic on its own. It was quoted in Wikipedia, I want to hear to sort of do like

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I said, all the different names, it became a science on its own. Likewise, the minute the second category, external laws, that's probably the most comprehensive, this became the science of fact, many scholars dedicated their whole lives to the second category. What's the second category? The category of this is where we had the Hanafi school, and the Shafi school, and the Maliki school and the hamburger school and all the different schools, all the rules, and you can literally have 60 7080 100,000 200,000 books in Arabic more more than that, if you gather all the schools of thought we could have 800,000 books on Fifth, it's a massive subject.

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And then likewise, the third category of laws also required attention. So there was scholars who dedicated their lives to this third category. This third category, known as does gear, purification of the heart, or in light of the Hadith, because we see this this classification is based on a hadith, the famous hadith of jewelry, a lot of people know about this.

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Once the Jabra is running salatu salam came to the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam the Companions didn't know in the beginning it was him. But he came and asked a few questions long Hadith in Sahih, Muslim and elsewhere. It's a very famous Hadith

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that he asked three questions he said mal Iman, what is the man on Messenger of Allah? He said, Oh, Mohammed, Mohammed, me and an EVA. Tell me what is Iman?

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So the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said and told me he will murder he will kill Toby Salah he will yo Mila well funnily Hi Rehua Cherie Iman is you believe in Allah you believe in the angels you believe in the life hereafter. You believe in the books you believe in fate, good or bad. Then he said mal Islam. What is Islam? Islam is an anti shahada, Allah, Allah Allah. Eman was untuk Mina, you believe in your heart. In your mind you believe that Mr. Islam he said you say the shahada externally, remember, being a Muslim is not saying the shahada externally, that's just the external side. A lot of people don't know this.

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You know, a lot of people I've conducted a few people who have become Muslims. You know, I remember once I was in Norway, and they brought somebody that they wanted to embrace Islam. So I said okay, in Shaba, we will

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go ahead with the embracing of Islam. But I said, Look, Islam is not when you say a shadow Allah. Allah will say, just say after me as I shall do, they don't really understand what's going on. That doesn't make you a Muslim.

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That's not what makes you a Muslim. Imagine a Chinese person doesn't know something you just read is which is reasonable. I shall do

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Does anyone really know what it means? It never heard of Islam? Does that mean no Muslim? No? Saying that doesn't make you a Muslim?

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You become a Muslim by what's inside, then, of course, we need a sign externally. How will you know someone's a Muslim? Should we bury him in a poor her in a Muslim burial place? cemetery or not? So shahada is the external sign of what's inside, which also means which we have to be very careful that if we have the external sign, but not inside them, and not really Muslims, that's the dangerous part.

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If we say Shahada all the time, externally, we've said it but internally, the demands not there. We're not really Muslims here will be treated as Muslims, by people in the community, but Allah will not treat us Muslim.

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And the opposite is true. Someone has Iman in the heart, but never said shahada in the world. Nobody will treat them as a Muslim, they will not bury he can be buried in a non Muslim cemetery, but a normal pm and the resurrection as a Muslim.

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Because Iman,

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is Immanuel Kant, it's in the heart, the Acropolis ah, is actually a sign. So, therefore, we are having this

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ceremony were so the person came and explained that to look for you to become a Muslim, you need to know these things. That's why when someone becomes a Muslim, explain the basic Akai to them first there and then if they haven't already been exported. So look, first thing is you need to renounce while you're Christian before do whatever you say I completely renounce all the things that I believed in completely clean slate. Now you need to know there's only one Allah you believe in. Who is this Allah this is your God your creator, you have to believe one and only absolute monotheism, absolute. I'm Joe Hayden Oneness of Allah, you have to believe completely in the Oneness of Allah

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subhanaw taala he's the only creator is only one and you only worship one and only Allah there is no one like Allah, Allah has summoned explain all of that in that gallery. And then I said, after that you believe in the messenger, all the prophets and Muhammad Sallallahu lism he's the last prophet, you have to believe he is the final prophet. There's no other Prophet after him. Anyway, you think there's another prophet than this is not Islam? What are the attributes of a prophet A prophet is somebody who's Barsoom is infallible prophet is somebody who is shocked and has intelligence given about Allah and the person who can approximate someone who has done to believe ALLAH has given him a

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responsibility of conveying that our attributes of the Prophet is for you standing up, and then you need to believe in life hereafter. You have to believe resurrection bar for the other mode. And all the angels don't think angels are just supernatural spirits. No, you believe you have to believe in physical angels. That's another extreme. Some people think angels don't really exist. There's no such thing as shaytaan and no such thing as angels and just positive or negative vibes. Somebody said Coronavirus, shaytan

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and some positive vibes, the angels have to believe that there are angels and the hereafter, and Quran every word of the Quran explain all of this. So I listed all of these things. And the persons I said explain back to me, all of them in English. So they explained them back to me. I said, Give me the summary of what I've just explained to you that I believe in this this this I made them repeat all of that. And then I said to the audience that we now see that we don't wait for the Shahada. I can you can say then as well but now that become a Muslim. I said now you're a Muslim hamdulillah you're a Muslim. Now let's for everyone you know, to everyone to know if America

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purposes and for everyone as a sign now repeat is good to repeat a shadow and

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sort of bisexual she became Oh, he became a Muslim before

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we said the Shah. This is something a lot of people don't know but anyway, this is a side topic. So I was saying that

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in the time of the messenger so Allah are you saying Don't ask questions relating to all three topics. But later on, these three became Yeah, so the Hadith that was mentioned the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam when he was asked malema, he said What's EMA? Beside Ema is you believe in the heart in the mind and to me the biller he ometer he gives you to me when you're when you're shopping, then he then Jabra earpiece be upon him asked him Mel Islam What is Islam? So he said you say the shahada would do well to be masala Watoto is what Asuma Ramadan What are Hogen bites in STATA Elise Avila, offering salah, fasting, Ramadan, Payne's a god and performing Hajj if you have

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the means to do so. These are all external knows. There is a mon sun or messenger of Allah telling me what is sun? That's the word yes.

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So the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Son is untangled Allah, and no Katara you worship Allah

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as though you are seeing him basically talking about the sincerity of loss of the heart Koshu of the heart that you need to get to a level that when you offer Salah you are seeing Allah, seeing Allah with what with your heart

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because he Allah, in this world, with these eyes,

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you can see Allah with the heart. And seeing Allah with the heart daily in our life is more important than single energy.

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Seeing Allah with the heart 24 hours, every day right now meaning we envisage Allah, we this is what I call the thinking of Allah knowing that Allah is listening to watching over everything that I say do or think about

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seeing Allah with the heart, especially when we offer salah.

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This is called a Hassan and Darigold Allah Gan mega Tara worship Allah as though you are seeing him for inlanta Contura over in Europe. And if you can't get to that level that you are observing and watching and seeing Allah then at least know that Allah is watching over you. This is what the mysterious recording said. This is called someone

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you know this is Imam who will humbly Rahim Allah He mentioned in in his commentary of this hadith.

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He said that Allah says in the Quran little arena, Lucena was

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those people who have the quality of exon accent move, they have the quality of axon they reward in the ark era will be a first now this is I have the Quran and close now which means reward from Allah Jana paradise was here the tune and you will get extra the people of sound will get extra. Most of the commentators and MUFA saloon of the Quran say this extra is to see Allah with your eyes. So he says that the reason why this is a special special

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like a reward for the people of Exxon because the people of Exxon spent all their life seeing Allah with their heart. So in alcohol that is your MO dice fillerina X axon of the people of their son who see Allah with their heart in this life. We'll see Allah with the eyes in the next life. Now Allah grant is

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so this is a rewarding Jenna. So anyway, this third category, son.

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This the third category has been given many names. Now the issue is that names and terms are not important. We get obsessed with titles. Now we'll shuffle to Phyllis Diller and say there's no

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terminologies and words are not really important.

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You can someone can do Zina uncoded Nica, will it become Nikka? No, they're still busy now.

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Somebody can give interest and you know, engage in an interest based transaction uncoded say, you won't be saying it'll be interest, and you could call it interest, but it may be saying a lot of

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the salary is really super evil money learning and father will have money anyway. So, this

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this third category, we can say, Son, which is in that hadith, we can say dusky which is in the Quran

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does care means purification of the heart, purification of the soul. Some people like to call it a soul wolf or Sufism, it's just a title that was a term that started becoming used later on. But what is this third category, this third category basically is

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like I said, X internal laws. This third category relates to the obligation, remember the word obligation, obligation means what firm? This is not. So now, almost a half of or like an act of a leader of virtue, this is followed and not even firstkey via like Janaza prayer. This is followed. I am

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personally obligatory on every man woman, for ain't just like Salah 510 prayers is followed. And Ramadan fasting is better than everyone unless you're ill or sick or something. It is a personal obligation. It is a follow up on every Muslim man woman to make sure that they work on their heart, on their souls and implement all the commands the variety like Externally we will implement Salah fasting has occurred hedge it is an obligation. This people take don't take the seriously. It's an absolute obligation upon every man or woman to make sure that they learn about and then act upon and work all their lives on their souls to implement the commands of a

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Law in relation to the heart. So Allah says pride is haram arrogance is haram.

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pride and arrogance giver is haram. So we know this is a major haram This is haram like committing Zina like eating pork. You eating a pork meat, hamburger, it's equally Haram as having pride. There's no difference. This is haram This is haram. Zina is haram, pride is haram.

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Now yet whole agenda Montana Miharu have been given the Hadith of the messenger Salallahu Alaihe Salam, someone has a small Atom's worth of pride shall not enter Paradise, numerous Hadith of the Quran, verses of the Quran and Hadith from the messengers are wrongly said, this is an obligation.

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We know Zina is haram. We try to stay away from it in sha Allah Allah we know stealing is haram. We stay away from it but do we know that pride is a massive sin? This is relating to the third category. It's an obligation to avoid all the things Allah prohibited.

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Arrogance, pride I mentioned ostentation via your own a nurse when Al Quran Allahu Allah Anita showing off man Salah Euro ephah Ashoka villa, the messengers of Allah Allah Samson whoever offers Salah to show up he is committed shipped with Allah

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imagine showing off doing anything for Mark look for the creation of Allah it's a massive haram if I'm praying Salah right now and people coming soon watching me

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work but as soon as someone enters the door Allah I'm trying to act a bit more pious major haram

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any acts good act of deen or servicing the community donating giving a charity or people think I'm rich? Let me give 20,000 pounds, Miranda chloride My name Dawn Yes. Everyone's gonna say that I'm very, very charitable. Major Hang on, forget the reward if you've committed a sin for giving them money. The hadith says give them the right hand your left hand doesn't even know. I'm not saying it's not permissible publicly. Sometimes it's permissible. Maybe you want to

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encourage other people fine, but in that we can't judge anyone as well. Remember, this is what we need to judge our own selves. Which what intention do I have? So showing off? If I'm giving a lecture here to show off forget the reward I go back with sins. May Allah protect us I mean, all of this is a major haram showing off.

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And then jealousy.

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Hazards the first person to commit the sin of jealousy was who he believes

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with Adam it salatu salam he telling me to make such that to Adam halacha who Menardo HELOC the home in doing

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so this is a massive no jealousy imagine do we take jealousy as seriously as we take Zeno eating hamburger

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it's a massive sin er comm will hazard for in an hassad Quran Hassan EarthCam karuna, Hatha so in order for you to be aware of jealousy because jealousy eats away all your good deeds all your Salah and everything like fire eats away would

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one daughter in law jealous with another daughter in law one mother in law jealous with this one someone's jealous with their promotion one coworker jealous with another one student because he's got more marks I'm jealous with him on.

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So we are daily living with committing things as great as Zina and eating pork and drinking alcohol. Imagine this is why this is an obligation. Now all these haram things, pride, arrogance showing off jealousy, hatred.

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All these are spiritual diseases. These are known as rather

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blameworthy character traits, we translate them as in English, blameworthy character traits. All of these need to be replaced. So cried needs to be replaced with humility and the word Mantova Ananda Hirahara Hola. We need to be humble. It's an obligation just like fasting in Ramadan is followed. Having humility is also fun. Likewise, it lasts which is the opposite of showing off. So just like

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giving zakat is a verb. Having a year for the sake of Allah is also fun.

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Not being jealous giving preference to others. All of this Tawakkol and reliance on Allah Saba patience, all these are commands from Allah. So this is what this third category relates to. So basically, the objective

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of off this third category whether someone wants to call it a Hassan, somebody wants to call it does gear somebody wants to call him or solo off. Somebody wants to call in Sufism.

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Somebody wants to give you another name and call it green doesn't really matter. It's what what are you really doing? You can give it any name. You know this what people sometimes it's either one, the two extremes, you find it with a solid, which I didn't mention that was just went on to that there are imbalances on one side of the Muslim world, people have this kind of complete hate to just the term.

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It's like you hear the word Sufis, right, you think, you know, someone's going wrong, I didn't like some ships happening. Like suddenly, like some wording issues like jumping up and down, and someone took a sword and put it through the fire and eating fire. And you know, some people use again, the name of the soul, which is, of course going to do with the soul. But some people just outrightly completely reject the self and Sufism.

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And the reason, there are two reasons. One reason is because they don't know the reality. And that's what I don't imagine. They haven't understood what really it is. And number two, the reason is, they see the people who are doing things which have nothing to do with this woman's soul. So those people give them the excuse to just completely reject. And then on the other hand, we have people in the name of the soul do things which which have got nothing to do with forget the some of even Islam.

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And those extremes are of different levels. So like, some things are people are taking swords and putting them through their bodies. Some people are, you know, going around fire and some people are doing this. But then there are other levels of extremes as well which are found in our communities as well, which I'm just going to mention as well. But this these are the two balanced imbalances, two extremes. So if somebody wants to use the South, they can use it. There's nothing wrong, like you use the word grammar now. There's nothing wrong. The messenger sallallahu alayhi salam didn't use the word sulfur natural and things like that.

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It's just a term but if somebody doesn't want to use it, no problem. It's not necessary as well. I personally, I prefer the term dusky

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for this third category because it's in the Quran, because of law Hammonds.

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The one who purified the soul has reached success. One of the objectives of the messenger sallallahu alayhi. Salaam was to purify the souls were Ledyba Philomena, also limited force if you have to do any Himalaya, he will use that key him. He spiritually purified the Companions, the Sahaba removed all these diseases and illnesses and sicknesses, spiritual ones, the blameworthy character traits, like competition and jealousy. That's how they were the Arabs. One tribe was jealous, and fighting and having enmity for 40 years, the messenger Salallahu Alaihe Salam came and keen the hearts clean. Then they became such that they were dying and they wanted water and they saw their brother dying

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out of water and said, Oh, God, give the water to him. And the person went to him and said, No, I'm hearing my brother also gasping for water. Gone give it to him. He went to the pasture. We came to the second cluster, we came to the first Pastore. The same people imagine the same people who would fight for 40 years for a chicken.

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That's how they worked before in a decent job at the same people who would kill one another. For for a child that came in, trespassed the area. They would find for 40 years generation after generation, these people, they change in such a way with the Turbie of the messenger Salallahu Alaihe Salam, why use that key him this is what it done to them. He cleansed their hearts to the point that they are now giving their lives away so that someone else can drink water. They have guests at their house. And what do they do? Well, you throw in other unforeseen ways to kind of become Kasasa to give preference to others and they stay hungry. They pretend that eating you know the famous story. The

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guest came and put the children to sleep and then the lamp was on and just pretending for the lamp and as a hobby messenger SallAllahu sallam said who can take this guest he went home he didn't ask the wife he had no mobile phone and bringing some someone guests. They never do that yet. ask you why first.

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Just don't go with like 10 people Yeah, go and cook now. Don't do things like that. These are also the etiquettes in the rules of Islam. But anyway, he went and he he put the lamp off and the guest was eating and he was just pretending,

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eating pretending

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had only one person's food and he gave it to the guest. This is called dusky.

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So this does gear like I said, I prefer this term does kiya but you can call it Air sign you can call it and it will call up the signs of the heart. But it's a science. It's a topic and it's a very, very important

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branch of Islam. And everyone has to learn about this.

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And the word of some wolf was made up later on. Some people said where did this term come from? This term? numerous theories have been given. Some said it's from the word cipher

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Because slipper means a quality. So this third category is about what? Adorning yourself with all these Safavid character traits, removing all the blameworthy character traits and adorning yourself with the praiseworthy character traits. So many elements said that because it's from cipher, so the person with this quality cipher attribute, Sufi, some, some scientists from the SOF the first stuff, so all the pious people used to offer Salah in the first officer became a sovereign Sufi. Some studies came from the term Sufi, which means wool, because they used to just go and wear a lot of walls because they never used to be materialistic. So they started wearing the wall. So they became

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known as sofas and it became known as

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the fissures that

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suddenly furthers we can worry about NewsAsia.

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That's fine. Anyway, I'm concluding. But I really want to talk about some of the issues are really important. So this is the importance of this branch. This is a branch they actually give a definition to this branch. And they you know, the alumni have said that it's your honor to be here. And we're Anwar will further in your case, a fee to equity Serbia, will Anwar or rather in Wikipedia to each dinner via you learn about the praiseworthy qualities and character traits and how to acquire them. And you learn about the negative and the blameworthy and the sinful character traits and how to avoid this is what this whole branch is about.

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Now, the issue is that with all three branches,

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can you learn them on your own? Or do you need someone to teach you

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any branch of Islam let alone Islam any branch of the world to be a cook, you need a teacher. A good cook is someone who learns by another good cook, a good chef is someone who learns by another good chef

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if you take a book of Indian delights and start cooking like some medieval man and you've never cooked like me in your life, start cooking you'll see I don't know you'd have will make every issue in life any expertise we need a teacher in Islam likewise, the first category was which category up either you cannot feed on your own, you have to have a teacher to teach you the science of either the more in depth study you want the more in depth teacher you will require. Likewise, you have to study the hand if you are the chef or you are the manicure the humbly Mother You have to have a teacher you study normally law and you will do remote duty on your leader and in the chef Amon has

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different books that you can study and in America and in the humbling manner and the books and you study which are based on the Quran, sunnah, of course. So you need a teacher to teach you. Likewise this third category. This third category is a branch because there are rules or regulations and you require a teacher to teach you guide you give you guidelines give you teachings in terms of how to acquire these character traits, the rules and regulations. If you just take one issue like pride

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pride is an issue you need to learn about it's not just like pride is haram some people will say okay, we understand in the first category you need a teacher to teach you and we understand in the second category you need someone to teach you all how to pray Salah etcetera. Do I need a teacher in the third category? To tell me pride is haram No, no, no, it's not going to just tell you pride is haram is going to tell you give you a one week course on the rules and regulations. The fact of pride. Every Muslim should go through a course. Sometimes like I'll give you just an example. Pride is haram sinful. But something else called bizarre to knifes Is it enough is self respect. We have a

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duty as Muslims to show respect to our own selves. Inferiority complex is not part of part of the teachings of Islam.

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If you aren't a combination of confidence, you shouldn't have self respect to degrade yourself. Like and you know, sometimes this is why you know sometimes people joke in such a way that they lose their own respect in the community that sinful

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you should be jovial, kind, considerate, nice to everyone but you should have your self respect. So self respect is one thing, pride is something else.

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So how do you know we need to learn about this? The issue is we need someone else normally we these especially this category is very difficult to detect your own self. A proud person will never say I'm proud.

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It's impossible. You need someone to tell you we need someone else. We need someone else that's for sure we need someone

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That's someone could be anyone.

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In the beginning, you might say, Okay, I'll just tell someone else. I just make my wife as my as my shaker guide.

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Best is law does gear your wife? Well, I'll make my husband. Technically that's possible no problem. You see, it's not it's not necessary, like I will mention, because some of the things we've hiked them. Basically it was a wolf was just a slug of the collector's gear. That's it. That's 90% of the summer of 80%. That's 80% of the soul is working constantly all our lives on our hearts, to acquire these praiseworthy character traits and remove the

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blameworthy character traits, but we need someone first of all we need someone to tell us because our my showing off or not, I can't tell myself have I got pride or is it is it on us is it prides itself respect.

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Humidity is required. The logo is required. But degrading yourself. That's haram. humiliations mean nothing, you know, just fall down. And I'm just nothing and I'm nothing. I'm like I don't I'm not even worth anything. I just beat me up and just, you know, throw dirt on me. And that's how I'm humble. That's actually haram.

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Talking about a neuroma that Allah has given you what a morality and how big of a hadith is good deeds when Yama but trying to show off with it. That's haram. So when is it showing off? When is it giving? Talking about the Nirma that Allah has given you? When is it pride? And when is it? Is it enough? When is it arrogance? And when is it self respect? When is it humanity? And what is it degrading yourself? All of these things, there's rules and regulations, you can't just learn yourself. You need someone else number one, that no one else that someone else, you wanted to be a human right? You want to live to tell you are a snake now you want a human being. So we've decided

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we need someone else, then we've decided we want that person to be a human, then you want that human to be a Muslim or non Muslim. You want that person to be a Muslim? So then we decided that the Muslim, then after that, do you want any facet? Someone who's clubbing and pumping and drinking alcohol? Or do you want someone who's practicing? So was practicing? So we've decided that person has to be practicing? Then we think that that person was practicing? Is he practicing with this third category? Has he gone through the process himself with this third category? He's He's someone who's worked for 3040 years on his heart.

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Do we want that person on somebody who's got no knowledge of the science, someone with knowledge? So you need a human being you need a Muslim, a practicing one and a knowledgeable Muslim. And somebody who knows about these issues. That's the person you will turn to and say, Look, I will ask you for advice about these issues. And you guide me, this person is called a shepherd as a wolf or whatever you want to call it. Some people say like, what's the share? Why do you have to have a share, you have to have a teacher in our feeder, you have to have a chef in fifth, you have to have a chef in natural chef and served in Kerala in a vintage weed in Kerala. So this is a chef teaching me this

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branch of Islam. That's it, there's nothing more whether you want to call that person shave, or whether you want to call that person, whatever you want to call names and terms don't matter. So people say p you don't call him P and Column B if you want. Because names don't really matter. Coding Gustavo call him, you know, teacher call him, whatever you want to call that person. It's not necessary to call him a sheikh.

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Some people call mershin They say mothership

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I asked once, there was a friend I met once an Arab brother, I think was working on some long term goal study.

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We were talking about these navigations you know, these navigations. Now we have,

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you know, Google Maps, but when this was when the first navigations had come out, people don't even use navigation stuff. It's on the phone. So I think what you told us in Arabic, we were talking in Arabic, and I said to Tom, Tom use nose navigation. I said, What do you call this in Arabic? He said, Well, it depends. In Quinta, Salafi and for delete, welcome to Sofia and fellowship.

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If you're a Salafi, it's called What did he do? He means indicator, it's indicating you to something. And if you're a Sufi, it's called Moshe the guy.

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So anyway, mostly just means a guide.

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we need someone who's an expert. Now, I will just mention two, three more points relating to this, which are very important.

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You have after that people ask that okay, I'll have a guide. But what's this pledge bear that takes place?

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Have you heard of this bear? Now the issue is there is 2% of the 100% of the scale, or maybe 1% Or not even a percent really? Maybe like 0.1%. This is one of the teachings of Accumulo Memorial national Tanya Hema

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Allah and one of my teachers failed Islam with the trouble with money have you the whole? VR is absolutely not the obligation or the objective. It's not far that's not why as you may be more sunnah, but it's not the objective, somebody can be on the hearth of the soul, fantastic can your son but never, ever do better in his life, and somebody can do better to 250,000 million shoe, but have nothing to do with yourself.

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Nowadays, the problem is that our self has become very symbolic. And this is the problem. This is the other extreme.

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People identify themselves as part of being a group of mashallah, this is Brother Sanchez, such he's connected with this, whatever he is connected, he's connected to his wife

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is connected to her, she's connected to her husband, this person is such and such is connected to this. Nobody should even know you know, people central asking, who's your chef? I said, it's like you asking me who's your wife?

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Neither am I gonna change is my wife. And I'm gonna tell you as my chef, why do you need to know? Yes, if you come to study, if you're saying I want to study by you this particular subject on science. So now I need to know who you learned by yet that's, I want to study that read by you. So who did you study the human body? Then? Then you question. So I say to the person, I'm not going to teach you the subject anyway. So you don't need to know who my teacher is. Because I'm not going to teach you this. So nobody needs to know who this is a private matter. The chef is not some Prophet of Allah. He's not a god. He's a pious person, a righteous person, a knowledgeable person, and

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someone that you turn to for guidance in this particular branch. And he's not the only teacher you have, you can have another teacher. In fact, you can have another teacher in Arpita, you can have another teacher in another branch of Islam. This is not one way is it fits all sizes. It's not like you have one shirt who controls your life, this is wrong.

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And this is a shape that is only or a teacher or a guide or a machine or whatever you want to call him. He is supposed to just guide you in this particular branch to do with this branch, he is not supposed to tell you whether you should divorce your wife or not. That's not his role. Neither should you need to ask him that question.

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I've seen many sort of cults where the shapes control the mind and the life, whether you're eating Biryani today, or you're eating a kebab today, he will tell you what you have to do. And charge you for that as well. I tell you to bring some for him as well.

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This is this has got nothing to do with yourself. You don't need to know he doesn't need to know what you're doing. You need to ask him about this branch. This branch only. He's just a teacher, a very respectful teacher, we should be respecting all Muslims anyway. Anyone who teaches us we should show respect to them. We should respect. We don't get anything with our respect. So

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so people ask this about what is this bear? Bear is basically a pledge and you know what this is? This is a mutual pledge.

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Mutual pledge.

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What is mutual pledge read? The guide the teacher, he is also making a promise and you are making a promise. This is a mutual promise. What's his promise, his promises? That you know what? I'm very busy. I've got a very busy life. I've got family, I've got teaching, I might be an imam in the masjid. I might have teaching writing, I've got loads of activities. But from my busy time, I promise you Inshallah, that I will give you some time. And if you need some help and advice and guidance in relation to just this topic, don't come to ask me they might even say don't come to ask me about a Salah ruling whether dyspraxia will do or not because I don't have time for that. Go to a

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40 or 50 for that. This is not my area. Some say that. Only with this branch, I will give you time. That's his promise. If you make a promise and doesn't give you time that he's sinful for making that promise.

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And the person seeker who's going to the chef is saying that okay, I will not waste your time. I will always ask you and I will keep on taking guidelines from you. I will implement them I will act upon them. It's like you know when you enter a madrasah, I will not skive I will abide by the rules or regulations of the school or this institution. I will come every day. So this is the pledge. This is a mutual pledge is just makes it more organized and more confirmed. That's the only issue. Other than that, there's nothing more to this than that.

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And this is why I know some you see it's become very symbolic. So sometimes if you want shear who would have 400,000

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Marines as electrical students 400,000 or 40,000 How you can

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find time for 40,000 people in your life.

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Because this is a job, this is not symbolic or just you know, just for medical purposes. This is this is a job. You know how a shake should be like a doctor's surgery or a dentist? How many times you go to dentist say, Sorry, no more spaces for you.

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I know a great ship still alive. Have you not logged on?

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The people asking for better and his secretary looks that look we've got he takes maximum 40 There's 40 People who I'm helping. As my students, there's no more space more than 40 or 35. I don't have time. I don't have space for that. Because they've taken it as a job as a proper responsibility. It's not like Okay, everybody give it to me and I'm just going to blow on you. And everyone's you know, you give me by and you're going straight to agenda. It doesn't work like that. That's not the some of the objective of the soul is not that. That just helps VR helps. But it's not the objective. The objective is does care which is working on the heart. It's not that the shell just looks at you

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and you become pious overnight. She called Islam with the topic of money. Have you ever heard that explains this in many places? He says people talk about the toward God, you know, the spiritual, spiritual work, attention of the guide,

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said if that was the case, Abuja would have been a Muslim I wouldn't have wouldn't have would have been a Muslim, the messengers of Allah and even Salam wanted these people to be Muslim. He could have just looked at Abuja, one site and he could have changed overnight.

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This dunya is dunya is dauntless Bob doesn't work like that.

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There's no it's not, there's no thing like the chef just looks at you. Otherwise, the chef would come and tell you for it to be straight, give you a magic potion and straight you become a very pious person doesn't work. But he also says that it doesn't mean there's no basis at all, as well see the balance.

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There is some of course Baraka blessings in this, and the example he gave his light, if you are on a journey, and your car gets stuck,

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yes, the battery died.

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You need someone to bring jumpers bring their car, and start your engine. So the chef is like the other car with the templates, or it's someone to push your car. Okay, once your car started, you took the jump lifts off, that person's gone. You just sit there, okay? That means I'm going when I'm in London now already, you now have to actually travel two hours to go to London. So the traveling you have to do yourself. He just gives you a small push to start you off, through His guidance through through his good company through his teachings. That's the meaning of the site of the show. Nothing more than that doesn't mean he has no basis it has basis, but the rest of the work under job

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we have to do.

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So, this is the basic meaning of giving.

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The real objective is is law does key rectification of the soul purification of the soul. That people say this vicar and you know things, all of this is not objective.

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The main objective of tasawwuf Sufism is purification of the heart and the soul. There could be a means staying in the company of pious people generally we're cool Masada

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is a great means you stay with bad people, you become bad you stay with good people, you become good. That's normal principle of life. Everyone knows this. We are human beings, we get affected. So staying in the company of a pilot should you see how he is. You see him, someone comes to talk to him. You see him you see him how he's walking. You know, somebody's opened the door and his the way he's so humble. He's eating that look the way he eats.

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You see some great people, someone, one of our chefs, I know, someone comes to meet him, any random person can stand up for him. Regardless not gonna just sit

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across my feet. You see the humility and humbleness, the way he reacts, deals with people. You stay with someone you see this every day in your life, automatically these things start coming in you. You stay with humble people, you become humble, you stay with pious people will be compiled. So this is a great reason to stay in their company. But you have to find the right person to find to stay in the company. So

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the objective is this Teskey like I said, it's not better. It's not objective. It's a means to it. And even the specific methods of record just helps. Allah says in the Quran. What could Allah make thicker? You can do this however you want. At home, upstairs, downstairs in the bedroom in the kitchen and like all the time, you have to go to Allah Allah Cooley.

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Kyani Quran is actually the recitation of the Quran this is what we're doing right now is Nicaragua. Actually what is vicar? I did it once lecture two hours just what is the meaning of liquor? The liquor of the mind and the heart and the color of the tongue? When you say who the core who the kura haka, there's two translations remember your brother or mentioned your brother. If I sent you a hug, if you say remember, it's okay. I remembered in my mind, that's remembering Allah. So before eating and remembering Allah, this food Allah has given me a great karma. How did this food come to me thinking? This is the kind of the heart when you're driving a car, you're thinking about Allah

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thinking about aka walking, thinking about Allah, all of this addicott The whole life is Nikkor before sleeping you're doing the career thinking of Allah the DUA supplications recitation of the Quran is reading a book about Islam reading Hadith and record because you remembering Allah, His Messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, what we're doing right now is look at all of this as they come and then the pocket of the tongue. When you say Subhan Allah, you see a lot of work, but you see Nyla Hey, Lola, you say the shahada, you made the do after Salah momentous Allah will make a Salah, all of this is the Chi.

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But then sometimes they give certain methods of doing because again, that's not the objective, the method is just to give you more concentration. You know, sometimes somebody wants to do heads because people ask that is in the solve. You do some group they say do the lower this is bigger, or stand, like when I was sitting in Syria distribute the shattering because I tend in all of them. Now the brother was saying in different places, and one of the things that helped me was that I saw everything and anything. So when I was studying in Pakistan, I used to go to all the different shoe.

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So I used to study in Durham, Karachi ratio of Muslims, mainly having to Allah was but I saw his way and I saw his way the most, which appealed to me the most, but then I used to go, there was a show called humor.

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Every Friday that he actually told me you have to come without faith Thursday night, so I saw his gathering. So it's teaching us other people attending a suicide machine there he is to make sure I eat with him of the Jumeirah. So I stay with him. Then there was somebody called Mufti Rasheeda, who Indian Mala Assam fatawa. So I used to go after that he came with us our Himalayas to think that I am going back to dome Karachi. So he's to say, okay, take some fruit within your pocket and eat it on the bus. But I don't tell him that now. I'm going somewhere else at the moment if there's an emergency. So if the Rasheeda Hemudu do you have to hover? That's like all the people like me, you

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know, machine guns and people talking and you know, it's a whole complete way of understanding these issues. And then on Thursday nights needs to be one on AC we don't get I can mobilize to go there sometimes. The Thursday night Jumada bleak gathering needs to have some times I used to go there.

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A lot of different places. When I was in Syria,

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that share there was this to be a shadowy gathering there was already called Shah, Saudi and Halloween and he used to make sure that I come in everyone alone.

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all over YouTube. I used to attend these gatherings over entertaining anyone needs to put in

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but I just wanted to see everything dosha of the manager who has passed away he is gathering us to be able to join us and I used to go there as well. In had the students I'm Sophie Chu I used to go there and then we used to go to the recorder or note that most of them are customer. He used to be quite strict about these issues and about this bit out into the world. And then we used to have Chef Ramadan and moody Rahimullah Shahid melted his pastor, so tender is gatherings once a week, July is to offer there. So when you see all of this different flavors you kind of try to understand you get to understand a lot of different things. So people ask about this vicar, this group thick aphorisms,

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these are just, these are just methods of concentration. Like someone wants to have the Quran. Yes, you want to memorize the Quran. Somebody will say if you memorize the Quran, memorize it in your bedroom. Just lock the door because

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there's no

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obstruction, no distraction. There's no no one distracting you or

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nobody's inconveniencing you or nobody's basically distracting you. Someone says stand up and read because if you're sitting down

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someone stand up.

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Say, Okay, I'm going to stand up, someone's driving a car and falling asleep so they just keep doing this. Have you ever tried that?

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You know, you keep moving your head. You don't want to fall asleep on the motorway don't just take you know, stop over and go to Coventry. Inshallah, you'd have a nice host here in Coventry and steeper hills. If you're under six.

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I don't know, whatever it is, but it's just for concentration. You know, these methods of dhikr that everyone do it loudly. It's basically that you know, there's la Illa Allah is just for concentration. For better mind for concentration. If someone said my concentration is like this La La ilaha illallah

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That's part of the chromosome, just like Leila illAllah. This is not part of the as an objective, Lila Illa. Allah is not part of Deen as an objective. Just like I'm just using one method just give me concentration for someone who cares girl, you're Latina movie, she's giving me concentration, the wandering ticker, that's just giving them concentration. It's not the objective. The problem is that people have misunderstood this and they've made all of this as the objective.

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These are all just methods to give you concentration. If someone thinks is part of the Sunnah for booster hug, then it becomes better. If someone thinks it's got nothing to do with Dean, but it's just an external thing just to give me concentration. vicar is what Allah has told me to do. But like I'm falling asleep. Or, you know, if I do it by myself, I get lazy, you know, get your son to do have that home by himself, very lazy, put him in a class where all students are

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memorizing the Quran together, it's easier. So if I did record hold on myself, one day, I'll do it or not. And I'll just get a bit lazy. So let me just go to a place where everyone comes. So then, you know, I'm encouraged by other people. That's where you can group because neither the group is an objective. And neither is doing it loudly objective. Rather, it's more recommended to do it silently. Although rubber Contador over healthier and some diet is more after the silent acre. But if you need, like, you know, in Salah, it's better to keep your eyes open and press around. But if you need concentration as a remedy, you can close your eyes for a while until you start getting

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concentration. So likewise, the clicker is better to do it silently. But if you need for concentration loudly for a while to get that concentration, once you get that concentration, you get back to the side, which is better, but you can still carry on doing gland if you want as well. So all of this to finish off this topic. Does so wolf Sufism, Hassan done Skia. All of this has everything to do with rectifying the heart, purification of the soul, removing spiritual blameworthy character diseases and traits, replacing them with praiseworthy character traits. That is the objective, there is no difference of opinion within the Muslims on this, that this is an obligation.

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As for the pledge, you do it, you don't do it, no problem. You know, sometimes people, they'd give a bar to a chef, and then they never work on these. They just think that's it. 99% job doesn't know, when you give a bear out 0.1% job is done. Now you've got the whole life to work.

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I remember this move to some of the shoe they do this. They don't even take bear seriously. They say look, the main thing is slash do the Islam will do this. So no better when this time. This time we'll do it no problem. That's not the objective. The real issue is having this connection of Islam with a person of piety knowledge and wisdom, having this connection relationship. And also I will add this that sometimes look this. Normally you need a teacher but look, this teacher, sometimes you it's possible, it's difficult, but it's possible to have this rectification without even having a teacher by reading the books. So if there's one share, like for example, something that someone sees

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like someone like shipping some money from the grid scholars, many books, every day you read his books, you attend his lectures, you don't keep on wasting his time by asking him, but you attend his lectures regularly read his books regularly on the topic of Islam and Teskey. That's also kind of a type of you're working on your heart, and you're working working, it's possible, but then you will still at the odd time need to ask. So you might just intellectually he doesn't know you don't know you don't need to really become part of a group or a culture or anything. You can just read something or it's something you want to ask him or someone connected to him. You asked him that,

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look, this is something I don't really understand what was this this way or that way? That's also possible. I know some so many people who are more Sufi, without being part of a terracotta group than people who are part of one.

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Sometimes people are part of a group with name, the Sahaba or the Allahu Anhu lived so without a name.

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Yet, today we have people who have a name but have not also sometimes the greatest diseases and illnesses and sicknesses, of jealousy, of hatred, of enmity of competition is in the people who actually with themselves to facade with my chef is better than your share. My group is better than your group. This shift has got a cult and that chef has got his cult. The reason why the soul was came into existence was to remove all of this. So this extreme with like cultish type of the soul. There's no place for everyone who has a green among all of them, all of them green hats, or pink socks or so there's basically I'm Marina the chef with the pink socks.

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I agree this becomes like, Muslims are separated, the soul should be such that all Muslims should that you shouldn't be, if someone feels that they go to a chef's gathering and he feels out of place, because he's not wearing a pink soccer or a yellow scarf, then there's something wrong with a gathering. Because your message should be for everybody. There should be nobody who feels out of place in that gathering. So it's not part of a cult.

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That we are part of this one group and and attribute it to that we are, we belong to Allah subhanaw taala we are act of Allah, we are not a slave of anybody. So this is what a soulful it's got nothing to do with this what I said, Neither hasn't got anything to do with some people think the soul is like dreams. There's a place for dreams in Islam. But it's got nothing to do with dreams, cash and Karang cash like spiritual kind of

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intuition, you could say. That's not the objective of the soul of not objective. So there could be someone who is extremely pious, but never have any miracle Kurama in their life. That's not the objective.

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Kurama basically means Allah honors you, you know, Kurama it crumbs from the Quran. So many of you here may have had a Kurama but you don't know.

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You know, sometimes he was Subhan Allah, how did this happen today? I didn't even expect this. That's Allah honoring you, you've got a karma. Karma is no, it's not some super natural word that like suddenly you become like half human and half Angel.

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It's basically Allah has honored you. It's partially we believe in karma to Allah. We believe Allah blesses more people who believe in this, but it's not the objective.

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A great person is not that, you know, goes like that and money comes out. That's not the sign of a pious person.

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Great dreams are not the sign of a pious person. Someone's being buried and suddenly starts raining. That's not the sign. It's a slight indication in our communities. Whoa, we went for Janaza start reading. I said, don't say this. Say we went for his Janaza and I studied his eight years of his life and his life was in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah. That's the real sign of him entering Jana. Not the rain because the Hindus will say that all sudden the rain started when our Hindu Sheikh was being buried as well.

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If these are the signs, suddenly the clouds move, then the Sikhs are being birthed and the clouds are moving as well. This is not the sign of anyone's piety. The surreal sign is how they live their daily life. So kashfian Kurama is also not objective it can happen we believe in that fine don't make them a big deal happens happens nothing doesn't happen no problem.

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Some people think to solve is like spiritual healing Tawi is and you know mystics this could have nothing to do with the soul the spiritual healing that suddenly you know I'm become part of this group because the chef is now we're gonna go give me Shiva Shiva Allah gives

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so it's got nothing to do with any of these things.

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And last, the last last absent last point I know I've been talking for a long time, but the absolute last point we two minutes

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solve has also got nothing to do with what today the non Muslims think to service.

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In the West non Muslims they actually praise Sufism

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they pray Sufism, they like Sufism, they use the word Sufism, they they like Sufi Muslims, they don't like the other extreme Muslims extremists, like the Sufis, the Sufis are good Muslims,

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non Muslims, establishments, they like the Sufis, because in their understanding Sufi is not the one who's working on the heart to read the himself with pride and arrogance and jealousy and hatred and connecting with Allah and remembrance of Allah and having humility. That's not their definition. Their definition is someone Sufi is the one who pleases his soul. So, do some yoga, do some, you know, music, you know, do some spiritual you know, do all of these things. So they understanding of Sufism is completely opposite. Because according to them, Sufism is pleasing the soul according to the real meaning of Islam, Sufism is going against yourself.

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You your your soul wants to do something but you're fighting against his mojo that you're going against it. You feel like being angry at someone, but because of the soul and Islam, you're going against your knifes. So you're breaking your heart.

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You're displeasing your soul. And when they talk about Sufism, it's about pleasing the soul. It's two opposites to two different worlds. So they don't talk about the real Sufis. This is why they praise they just like all this

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Sophia and be a non practicing person. You could be a Sufi you could be a non Muslim. And I'll end with this was when I was studying in Syria I remember I used to attend this vicar gathering they used to take place in the masjid which is attributed to Sheikh Mohammed delivering Arabi Rahim Allah, great Sufi is great is there next to it is the masjid and there was this shock was that Rahim o was Castilian as well, great, really, really nice.

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That he passed away in 2009.

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So after fajr on Fridays, used to have this gathering and they got started to go and attend there and he started small talk talk. So I once saw like, right at the back there were two people sitting looks like foreigners came from outside, you know, from those who didn't speak English. So I went to them. I said how I used to normally come they shook my hands. As I said, You look like where you from? They speak English. It's Do you speak English at school? Do you speak English? I said, Yes, I'm not I'm not saying that. I'm actually familiar away from me from London. It's all okay. Very good. What are you doing here today? You've been studying here for a year. This was in 2002. Three

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when I was studying in Syria. So we started talking. So what brings you to Syria to Damascus is no we have come here just to visit you know, the historical sites. And also we want you to come and pay our respect and our, we want you to pay pay a visit to this shrine of this great Sufi share what you didn't anatomy. So you know about me today, we're Sufis. I said, Who's your chef?

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We have a che ha, she's in London. She's our shareholder. So okay, you have a shareholder I thought he was talking about his wife. I said have you have a shareholder? I said, No, you know, you need to solve so yeah, we love Sufism

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is amazing. Mashallah, so we born Muslim or when did you become Muslim? So no, no, we're not actually Muslims, but we're sofas.

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We're not Muslims, but we are sufi Muslims. No, no, we're not Muslims, but we're into so we're Sufis. So this is their understanding of the soul, which is completely different worlds. You will see non Muslim vicar galleries you go on YouTube, you'll see that there'll be women, men and women all holding hands and circle some of them skirts to here, and

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skirts, short skirts. This is let alone anything to do with a soul. This has got nothing to do with Islam. In Islam, the self is only what I said, working on one's heart for the remainder of our lives. purification of the soul, purification of the heart. And normally you need a teacher, a good teacher who will teach you regarding this topic and that's it and there's nothing more than that.

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Allah subhanaw taala grant us the true understanding of

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