Heart of the Quran #24

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AI: Summary © The speakers discuss the importance of rewarding individuals for their contributions to society, avoiding fear and punishment, and learning to control fear and avoid harms. They emphasize the need to avoid harms and avoid negative consequences in order to connect with someone. The speakers also emphasize the importance of building relationships with Allah and avoiding fear. They stress the need to be aware of one's consciousness and to work on understanding the relationship.
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I was relying on a sheet on James Miller man Rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa salatu salam ala trophy. mousseline, syedna, Mohammed, Ali. He was mine, my beloved brothers and sisters in Islam in Santa Monica Mara La Habra cattle, just like Lafave, thank you so much for joining us tonight. Number 24 of this year's and I'm abondance panela, getting close to the end of Ramadan, and is the time as we reach the end of Ramadan to start not only intensifying in Nevada and, you know, seeking out Allah's mercy, it's also starting to think about life after Ramadan starting to think about am I achieving those objectives of Ramadan but at the beginning, we had a goal and that was to have Taqwa

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of Allah. And we'll talk a little bit about what that what that means. And I'll come to takuna was pantalla says this 30 days, or 29 days of fasting of ibadah has a goal in mind. It's not just the diet, it's not just a fad that you go through when you go back to the way things work. It is about a life changing experience. And so that at the end of Ramadan, what you what you hope to get the stock work, and therefore our relationship with Allah subhanaw taala has to be different. But this Ramadan to be successful if we go back to the same same habits, same routines, if our relationship with Allah was the same as it was before Ramadan begin, then you know what I'm Yvonne did not achieve its

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full impact. Yes, we might still get the rewards of Ramadan, we might just have fulfilled the obligation of fasting. But the true benefit in the essence of it was not achieved. And so now as we have basically a week to go in Ramadan, it is to ask ourselves, have we changed, even if it's a small way, some may change in a big way that was pathological on that for us? Would the day of eat bring about a different meal. And that is a conversation that all of us need to have now before you know this Ramadan ends. And if we haven't achieved it, this is the best time this is the best time to achieve it. Also, it is it is as we get to the last few days of Ramadan for those who maybe did

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not capture Ramadan in its seriousness, and you tend to wake up but like you might feel it, you know, I wasted a few days. And you might begin to feel despondent. That's one of the ways in which shaytaan deflators he tells us at the beginning, you've got a lot of time, don't worry, don't worry, you've got a lot of time. And then when you finally wake up, it's too late, you don't have enough time, you might as well just enjoy it. It's over like that that student that is studying for an exam, you know, when he realizes Oh, my goodness, I have a lot to do and I only have a night or two left. It's easy to feel demoralized is it Well, what's the point? At this time it you know, even if

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we had one night to go even if we had one hour left of Ramadan, that might be the hour that changes your life that might be the our last panel data except that, you know, the profitsystem also tells us out of his mercy, Allah also judges how we in the action. So if we end up on a high, even if the beginning wasn't so good, the middle wasn't so good, in off strong enough well, that Allah subhanaw taala smooths over and he and He rewards the deed based on the best portion of it. So as if though the entire deed is a reward, and at one night, we were really serious, and so in sha Allah with one week to go to really really focus as all our efforts and our energies. It's also a reminder that is

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the time for selectors like I consider every single person who has enough food in his house for the day of eat is required to to contribute as a counterfeiter, even if you are struggling, but if you have enough in your house, for your family for the day for eat, there it is to also give charity to someone else. And as we said 40 Rand per person in your household, maybe it's a bit difficult now because you can go to the masjid, you can do these things online, or simply go to the shop, buy something, buy a few kilos of rice and give it out to someone that is deserving and each other that is your use a calculator to like insha Allah, we only going to talk about one iron, so that is

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autopsied for for this evening. And Subhanallah let's link ourselves up to this idea because this is the only I in the whole surah. Allah speaks about forgiveness and reward. So there's a lot of warning that's going to come in the surah, there's going to be a lot of reflection contemplation, we already spoke about janam but yet there's only one is about mercy and about rewards and about forgiveness. Only one idea. And you know, once upon a time I ask why is that? Because most of the time and if you were to if you read the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala balances his reward, with punishment and punishment with reward warning with forgiveness, there's always this link between the

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two. But in this sort of these a bit of almost a disproportionate discussion about janam, and just one eye about the word meaning one of the ways and one of the tough seats. And the reason for that is I was handed a showing that there are many ways many paths of misguidance. But there's only one way, there's only one way to achieve success. So let's link up what we've discussed so far in this work to how we reach the desire. So Allah subhanaw taala remember, he began by speaking about the kingdom about the heavens about looking into into the universe looking at the creation and this is a common motif within the Quran, especially those MCLIN surah as well as Francis before you before I

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talk about Allah, just look at the creation and look at how perfect it is. And our challenges you look at this any mistakes in it is anything out of the ordinary if there's any inconsistency in it, and you will find ourselves again and again for Gilboa, Soraka rotini look again and again, you will eventually give up searching for any kind of faults within the in the summer. And eventually you will be humbled and you will realize that this is in perfect harmony. And once you realize that is a pattern. Once you realize that there is harmony, once you realize that there is intelligence, this design this purpose in the universe, you know, just logically it should tell you that the

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is a creator, a designer, a one behind it? And the next logical step probably is to say, Well, if everything in the universe has a purpose and everything has a function, well, what is my purpose and my function? Am I just here without without reason? Am I an accident, surely there has to be more than this life. And and that is what Allah subhanaw taala wants us to lead to, I mean, that's what's our thinking should go. And from there, we should seek out our purpose. And ultimately, it is to connect with Allah. But then you have those who don't think about it. They don't look at the universe around them, they don't consider the consequences of the actions, they just love for the

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day, for the moment, they just given to every desire, they only do whatever makes them feel happy. And that is that is really the only barometer The only compass in their life is that which I want to do it me and myself, and that what makes me happy. And so they live a life without any code K or any concern. They live a life as if though there is no ultimate purpose and there is no consequences and so almost promises for such a group of people that they don't listen, and they don't they don't think then they will end up in this a bit sad mercy of in a terrible horrible ending a lot. You know, if we looked at those verses of Jana we spoke about yesterday, I wouldn't speak about them

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burning, I will didn't speak about what's going to happen to them. Allah only spoke about what the place that they go into is like, the sound in that place the fire in that place, very great that they would feel and so after this test is over, and they failed the test after they failed the test and Ramallah spoke about this, this life is a test, they fail the test. Now the reflective now their reasoning, now they are thinking their whole life they did not reason or if like, and then they say to themselves, why didn't I just listen? I've been out, you know, so many people told me the so many people warn me about where I'm headed to and I did not listen. And even if I didn't listen, because

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sometimes it's difficult we as people, we don't like to listen, we have this natural inclination, this natural instinct, were you to tell me, I you know, whatever. None of your business is my life. I live how I want to live. So even if you don't want to listen to anyone, at least listen to yourself. Allah says, When all speaks about reasoning, listen to that voice inside of your own head. That surely, surely, if I die, there has to be more to it than my life, there has to be some reason why I'm so so these people have janome they will think why do you not listen on all those conversations, they will have all those lectures all those reminders that they've they rejected, I

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didn't listen to those who didn't I listened to those people. And they will say even if I didn't listen to them, Why don't they even have these in with my own self, and I would not end up here. So almost Pandora speaks about the the path to getting to, to get into that horrible ending is by living a life without consequences living a carefree life. And therefore the answer to to not being the is one having concern, having consciousness having fear and evil, we need to talk before to get into the if we need to have a conversation of fear. We live in an age way. When we talk about Islam. When we give Dawa. It's very difficult to talk about fear. It's also almost unpopular to talk about

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fear and punishment and gentlemen, because every time you speak about these things, it's as if though you have this mindset that Oh, that's all that Islam is about. That's all that the Quran is about is about punishment going to gentlemen. Yes, maybe in the past. And yes, maybe certain certain ways in which we present Islam is too focused on those things, but it is part of the guidance. And in our day and age, we, we feel like we can control and I'm free, I can listen to whatever I feel like listening to I can see whatever I want on social media, no, there's no fear of repercussions. I really what I want to read and if I don't like it, I read it. I don't like this bottle, as I read

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the Quran, you know, these verses about mercy and kindness and gender, I like those things, but the part of janome and consequences I don't like those things. And so it's almost like I can write it on amazon.com you know, five stars for this part of the code Island two stars for that part of the Quran, we don't have a choice in the matter. And you know, fear. Fear is not something it's not done as a way of of demoralizing or putting someone down. Fear when it comes from a place of love, it is of concern. And that is the language the Quran wants you to understand. So when you look at a parent, when they teach the young child so as we grow up, our parents tell us to be afraid of many,

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many things to be careful of many things, think about a fire and that is exactly what I was doing. You tell the child you bring the child close to the fire and you say look, it's hot. If you go near it, you're going to burn and before you even touch it, you're going to burn but if you get too close, you might go inside it the same way we tell our kids you know if you don't brush your teeth, your teeth are gonna get rotten you're gonna have to end up going to the dentist but if you talk to a stranger you know things are gonna be bad for you. So this feel you know why do we do this? Do we do it to do to psychologically scar our kids? Do we do it to upset them? No, we do this because we

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are concerned and care for them because we love them the time at times. We need to speak about the things we don't want to hear. We need to tell people the things they don't want to hear because we love them. It comes from a place of love. Yes there are those people that always want to put you down not because they're concerned about you. You might have this uncle that you know whenever you need, they never they to help you but the minute you've messed up they'll be the first one you know to crap on you. That isn't a real concern. That is someone you know being horrible Allah

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Handle data when he speaks about janome. And he speaks about the punishment, it comes from a place of love. It comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala, wanting us to succeed, but also letting us know the reality of life that he has given us choice. And with choice comes consequences, that there are paths to take, you know, some paths will lead to gender, and some possibly lead to, to janam. And this is the reality, and we can't escape that reality. And so if we look at how we have a conversation of fear, with our, with our kids, we connect actions with consequences if you do this, this bad thing is going to happen. And you know, small children, they just reflections of US Small

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children on Hamdulillah, especially when we teach them Islam, they love the things we love, they do the things we do, they don't like the things we don't want to do. They like mothers, so if your parents, you know, if you like a certain sport, then you know, your sons, I'm gonna grow up, and I'm gonna play for that team one day, you know, you ask the kids, what do you want to do, I want to be like that, I want to be like, Mom, I want to be like my teacher. So they just, they just follow on what they see from the parents. And they will naturally be fearful of the things that you tell them to be fearful. Of course, as they get older, and they start becoming young, young adults. Now Islam

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doesn't have this concept of adolescence, we don't have an in between a child and an adult, we have young adults who will from a child, and very quickly you become an adult. And as you become an adult, you start to form your own opinions, you start to have your own interests and your own fears and your own concerns and your own worries, and your own desires and your own hopes, and you almost want to move away from being out of the shadows of your of your parents. And this is a very challenging time now, especially when we want to bring about the fear of Allah and consciousness of Islam into someone at that age. Now, at that age, you know, when you start forming your own views

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and your own opinions, one of the challenging things is to actually link actions to consequences because many of the things that we want our kids against as young, you know, young adults, the consequences you don't see immediately, like, you know, if you don't study, if you don't work hard in your school, in 1015 years time, you're gonna see the results, you're gonna see the end result of that, when you can't make ends meet that if you have bad feelings, now, you're just having fun today, you're just going to a party today. But you will see the long term effects of that bad relationship, romantic relationship that isn't good for you, you might feel the benefits today. But

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in the long run, this is great, you get to be miserable at the end drugs, for example, as well, I mean, that's a very clear one, you will feel a high right now, you will feel good right now. But it's the consequences at the end of the day is going to be difficult. And it's so hard to to explain to somebody who's not just young people, it's all of us to explain to someone the long term effects of something when we can't see the effects immediately, when it's difficult for us to internalize that this thing is bad for me, and I need to take need to take precautions. And so it's a very different way in which we teach young adults about the fear and the consequences of Allah subhanaw

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taala when children and many of us SubhanAllah. You know, we go through stage and we go through, you know, stages in our lives. As kids, we just follow on what our parents did. And if we were in a certain environment, we fall into that, as we grew up, we made our own views our own opinions. We may be Didn't we often many of us, most of us as we go through our adolescent or our young adult stages, mostly, except for the very, very few lucky people will end up worse off than we then we did we did most often in our teenage years and our young, our early 20s, before we came back on the on the street, but this is the this is the norm unfortunately. And that is why one of the people that

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are shaded under the throne of ultimative gamma is one of these a person in those years, that that are still that are conscious of Allah, and they are actually bitter in those years that they are close to Allah subhanho wa Taala in those years, and that is why it's such a difficult thing to do. Because the vast majority, like you know, 90% of us go off the rails and then we come back. And we tend to come back a number of reasons. You know, there's even an interesting study that your brain is not yet fully developed the part of the brain that actually deals with understanding consequences, and making sound judgment only fully formed at the age of 25. And so you have

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it also corresponds to the time when your hormones and your desires and lower self is raging. It is it is so strong and so powerful at that time. And there is a link before between being conscious and an outcome of the outcomes of things and your desires. So we see in Ramadan very clearly. And Ramadan is very clear as we subdue our desires. By fasting, it's easier also for us to build a connection with Allah subhanaw taala and therefore, in our teenage years when our you know hormones are raging, it's so difficult to drown those urges out with something that is that seems long term you know, Jana, Jana, Allah, these, these are things that seem so far away, they almost seem, you

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know, in the distant future. But right now, all I have that I'm worried about is being socially accepted by my friends, the romantic relationships in my life, living for the now those things are so powerful. And so somehow I don't know, by the mercy and the grace of Allah many, many people become serious later on in their life, you know, maybe after they get married.

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After they have a job, they actually stabilize that the hormones become calm. And maybe it's because we've made our mistakes. And only after we've made our mistakes, and now we become those adults that live with so much YT we worry about paying bills, we worry about our kids, we worry about so many things around us, we become so worried in our life, and we realize how little control I have, you know, I'm not in control, I could lose my job tomorrow. And because you've seen the consequences of the ugly side of life, that is when you come back, and you realize the only thing that can keep me safe. The only way that I'm successful is I need to, I need to be on a path that brings me the

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success and the only way to like is Allah subhanaw taala. And so having fear is a major part of being a successful human being not just when Islamic perspective, and it should lead about to positive change, the fear is not about being scared. It's a big difference between being fearful and cautious and being scared. And so if we go into the eye, Allah subhana wa Taala tells us, so after speaking about those who have went astray, and they ended up, you know, the endpoint was this horrible place, Allah Subhana, Allah wants to tell you the secret of success. And that's why he puts it to have only one IRA in this whole suite is because it's a secret. Allah says, in the living I

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have shown above and below AB la Mattila told me that verily those who have hatia, and the translation, most of the translation was a fear. And that's not a good translation. But let's use the word hatia. Also is really people those who have the quality of hatia, for the unseen Lord, for the Lord that they cannot see. for them is mouthfeel. for them is forgiveness. It is a prediction, where Algerian Kabir and a huge huge reward in the end, so Allah says, the only way out is for someone to have a hatia of Allah subhanaw taala. And, and this brings us into this concept of how do I how do we introduce Allah subhanaw taala in our life, because hatia is it does come from a

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connotation of being fearful and many times again, the criticism is, is that the only relationship I have with Allah is one of fear. So we'll talk about that in a minute. But let's break this idea down into detail. So the word Allah says, indeed, verily, meaning that this is a promise, this is a law with a lot take it as a given that if you have hatia you will be successful. But if you have hatia in Allah, you will be forgiven, and your life will be good. And you will get to Jenna. It is a promise from Allah subhanaw taala anyone with a quality of Harsha is going to succeed. So what is hatia Harsha is different to fear. Because in the Quran, Allah Subhana Allah says that he believes

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is in need of Allah, He believes in the Quran, I fear Allah, in fact, he believes is perhaps more afraid of Allah than we are. Because he's seen the consequences of Allah, he's seen the angels, but he's fear does not bring about a positive change. So he's genuinely afraid of Allah, but he does not change him in the positive hatia is a concern, it is having key it is having a worry, that forces you to take proactive steps to improve yourself and therefore, to make positive change. That is what hatia is. And the outcome of hatia very closely is this thing of taqwa this thing that we want to achieve at the end of Ramadan, that what does it mean to fear Allah, it means to have a a fire is

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taking a precaution that saves you. So the to go hand in and Harsha is about understanding that there are consequences to being fearful of the consequences. And then taking proactive steps is the taqwa and they go hand in hand, you must have hatia and when that leads you to number two to correcting yourself and therefore as many other scholars is, the healthy way of fearing Allah is shown in in taqwa. When asked about to explain this thing of backwards, very deep, deep discussion about taqwa.

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One of the Sahaba said to say no matter the Alon, when he understands taqwa taqwa is like someone that is walking through a thorny bush. And so what would you do when you walk through a bush of thorns? Or, you know, a patch that is thorny. You do you pull your clothes in close your watch every step so as not to step on the phone. And that is what taqwa is. It is about being cautious about every step you take. And so, when we start talking about Allah subhanaw taala, only in the sense of being vengeful, being spiteful, being angry, being punishing, you know, that takes away a lot of the essence of what taqwa is and hatia is that you can have concerns and the same way a parent has

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concerns for the children what he learned methyl Allah, we can't give Allah any kind of analogies, but I parent when they speak about being fearful or scared for the children. It is not one of you know, I'm looking to harm me or physical harm. It's about so many so much that the consequences are so much broader. And therefore it is about when we have fear and we are concerned about Allah, it is about being concerned that you know Allah subhanaw taala we will not have a relationship with Him will never come to know him. We will never have his mercy in our life. We won't have his prediction. Imagine going out the basis unseen. A virus

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Going out there knowing that you could take all the precautions, but without the protection of Allah, you know what's going to happen? looking at all the things, it's out of your control. And if you don't have that, that relationship with Allah who is going to assist you. And then of course, a big part of the Pasha is my ultimate destination, where am I going to end up? And so Allah subhanaw taala says the Lord unseen Why? Because it's easy to feel the lion in front of you, it's easy to feel the fire in your face, but to be conscious about something which you cannot see something which is even might not even be in this life, the consequences are not seen in this life, it is in a life

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of the IDI. I mean, that is the that is the challenge. That is the test. So Allah says that if you are able to reason and think about the consequences of the life beyond what you can see today, for that person, that is success, there is forgiveness, and there is easy reward. And that is what Allah says the Lord unseen, this is the challenge. And so our purpose in our life in that in that Hadith of the sun, so again, it links beautifully at the beginning of this surah Allah says Lena Bella welcome, you can ask Allah who will have the highest quality of of deeds the best, this your son, when the prophets of Salaam was asked to explain what does your son mean? He said, Your son is to

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live your life as if though you could see Allah subhanaw taala? How would we live? If we could see Allah subhanaw taala? in everything that we did I would we speak to our wives? How would we use? You know, how would we use our phones? when everyone's asleep? What are we what what sites would be what we will be reviewing? If Allah was in front of us? What choices would we make, and that is a person who lives with that kind of consciousness is successful. In fact, he has the highest level of success he has the quality of yourself. And so Allah says, If you live like this, being conscious of Allah as much as possible, then even though you cannot see him then for you is forgiveness number

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one, and a great reward. So why does Allah mentioned forgiveness because before we get the reward, you know, the reward is Jenna, that he already has been close to Allah before we get the the weeds, the imperfections need to be taken away. And for some mela protectors, that imperfection is taken away through hardship through the calamities in their life, and maybe through the punishments, but for others, and this is what we hopefully that I'm Alon, Allah doesn't have to have to make us pay for our mistakes, he can just forgive it. And so if a truly fearful person was truly close to Allah, they get the sins forgiven just by Allah making a fool and that's why they're beautiful do are we

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making this time Aloma in the gaafu Allah you erase the sins, the mistakes that ugliness the imperfection in my life, you will love to erase, so erase from us. And for me, for us, all of us erase that mistakes, let our records be clean, and so that we are eligible to intergender without any any repercussions. And so this is this is what we want. And so a lot and so it's beautiful always for them is a general can be a big reward, a great reward. And that contrasts those people that sit to them in their lives or in their lives people told to them you are feed on our incubator you are on big misguidance you're all wrong big time. So Allah says they in fact are going to get a

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big reward. Now very closely linked to this entire conversation and the whole concept of this hatia is about having a relationship with Allah and so on all of us on different stages in our relationships with our any changes in fluctuates today we feeling very close to Allah. Tomorrow we might feel very distant from Allah. Sometimes we forgotten Allah for for periods of time, we've come back some times we've, we've we've had a relationship with Allah, we can remember times when we're crying and we were sincere. And now we just we almost feel like we stuck we did. And so how do we how do we get that there might be some people Subhana Allah, they have on the outside, they perform

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this silence because they've been pressurized the, you know, the parents tell them to do so they dress a certain way. But deep down, this is nothing. I don't feel any connection to Allah. I don't feel any connection to Islam. It's just all external. So how do we get to that point we, you know, Islam, Allah subhanho wa Taala is the priority in my life, that everything that I do every choice I make, it is the highest priority in my life. Allah subhanho wa Taala is the center and Subhanallah when you see people like that nothing fazes them, nothing harms them, nothing, they don't worried about money, they don't worried about what's going to happen. Because, like, I'm good with Allah, if

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I'm good with Allah, that Allah is going to be good with me that the ups and downs in life that everyone experiences, they are contented they are at peace, and you find other people who don't do not have a relationship with Allah. And again, the link between your heart just has so much capacity for for dunya or for Allah, if there's too much dunya too much desires, too much enjoyment. There's no space for Allah. And if we're the people that have the most fun and the most enjoyment, the most

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fame, the most money, many of them, they don't have a law and they live a miserable life. Look, statistically, the countries that have the highest suicide rates are not the places where people are starving to death. It's the places where people have the highest GDP per capita, the place

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We have the highest levels of atheism, they are also the people on the highest levels of antidepressants, the people that are most miserable because something is missing in their life. And so our it comes down to our relationship with Allah. So for many of us, unfortunately, our relationship with Allah is almost transactional, we like a buyer and a seller with Allah subhanaw taala. When I need something, I speak to him so I can get something, I need this job, I need a house, I want a spouse. And so now I'm, I'm speaking to Allah because I want something or if something bad in my life has happened, now I need Allah subhanho wa Taala to intervene. And if you

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look at your relationships in your life, for the relationships that are not important, you know, your relationship with your, with your work, for example, or the shop on the corner, it's transactional, I give you something, you give me something, and that's it. But if you don't give me anything, that I don't give you anything, anytime. But if you look at the bigger relationships, and again, like my Florida relationships you have with your mom, or with your wife, with your husband, hopefully, it's not transactional, you don't do things, you don't do things for your mom sake, because you hope that she's going to give you breakfast in the morning, you do it because you

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genuinely love her, that you the relationship, you want to strengthen it and improve it and increase it with time. As an Imam, many times you find a marriage that isn't going well. The people, the couples will sit between you and then the husband will say tell her what the rights of the husband is. And he will tell about the what to do to me as a wife. This is not a relationship anymore. It's a transactional business agreement. You give me stuff I give you stuff, it's not a marriage anymore. And so our relationship with Allah, if it doesn't exist, what is this transactional, then it's very weak, and we need to get to the next level. And how do we get there? How do we get there, and why

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this is so important in our day, our time right now is because we have surrounded ourselves, we live in a time where you are exposed to everything that if your heart is empty, is going to be filled with materialism is going to be filled with some ideology that is wrong, it's going to be filled with just enjoying yourself, live your life and enjoy yourself and Subhanallah we cannot avoid it any more. We need to follow our heart with the relationship with Allah to keep us safe and level in this dunya. Because if we don't have that, if we don't have a law, you know, hug it, it will be filled with something else. And no amount of family pressure, no amount of fear of janam or, or

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worries about things that are not important. If you don't have the love of Allah in your heart and the relationship with Allah with the Lord. It's not, it's not going to save us in the world that we live in. So how do we build a relationship with Allah do we get them. And again, as I explained this polyline method, Allah, we don't make any analogy with Allah subhanho wa Taala. But the only way for me to, for us to understand is to look at how we build a relationship with with anyone else in the dunya whether it is your parents, your kids, your loved one, if you want to build a truly a relationship based on love, how do you do that. And the relationship with Allah is based on three

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components, it's based on love, it is based on hope, and it's based on fear and you need all three of them. If you don't love Allah subhanaw taala. And then then there is if there is no love between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala, then there is no relationship with you and Allah Subhana Allah, every important relationship in your life, if you had to describe what is your relationship with your parents, your kids, your spouse, the first thing I would say is love that if this thing was not the I would be miserable. If this thing was absent from my life, then I would be I would be devastated. If I didn't have my parents or my kids or my wife or the things that I love that was

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gone, I would feel it. And so the first thing that that you want to have is that if Allah was absent from me, I don't know where I would go. And of course it is the love that is the highest level of love, that I can lose everything. But if I lost Allah subhanaw taala, then that is the biggest loss. The second one is hope. You always hope for getting closer to Allah hope for more hopeful benefits in your life, that no matter how bad things are almost always going to be there for me that even though I have turned away from Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala will come to me and bring me back again and he has mercy. So we must have hope. Because without that hope, and all you have is fear,

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you will become a a person that, you know those people that are so religious, and they only about salah and worship, but they have no kindness in them, that they are rude and they are abrupt and they are aggressive. That is not the kind of relationship that you should have a lot makes you a nasty person. And the other side is if you only have hope and no fear, then you have no fear of consequences. You live your life as you want. And it's just a carefree life. So how do we build how to develop the sense of love, hope and fear and Allah. Number one, all relationships need to be worked on understand the relationship doesn't just happen, it develops, even those relationships

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that you are constantly exposed to, you have to work on it and it develops over time. And so we have to work on our relationship with Allah subhanaw taala remember this relationship unlike other relationships, which are a two way I think Allah does not need us. Allah says at the beginning of the of the suit of the Baraka, lady, that all the goodness is with him, that you cannot increase Him in His goodness, your relationship, all these things Allah is telling us is about our success. And and for our

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benefit, the relationship that he has with us is only for our benefit. It does not diminish him, it does not increase him. And so we need to work on it. How do you what things you need to do, you need to get to know the object of your affection. If you want to get to know if you want to have a relationship with something you need to know and get to learn about Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says in the Quran, in Nehemiah Shalom and evaluate Allah, but it is the Allah that should have the most consciousness of Allah, Allah doesn't mean you need to be part of the MTC. Oh, you have to be a Mufti, whatever it means, the more knowledge you have, this should lead you to Allah subhanaw taala

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both secular knowledge of Islam doesn't have this concept of secular knowledge. It is having true knowledge, and especially religious knowledge, knowing what Allah subhanaw taala is, leads you to that and in that alone is a big lesson for us. How much priority have we given to our Islamic knowledge, you know, Subhan Allah, kids stop going to madressa as you know, as as simple and as basic as madressa is, they stop going at the most critical time in their life. And that is when when they make these big informed decisions about the life they're going through the teenage years. We forgot when you know when we stopped saving for this or why because school is more important. And

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the extra curricular activities, the violin lessons or the the soccer practice is more important and also Pinilla we have not prioritize the learning of Allah subhanaw taala. And then is there any doubt as to why they don't have a relationship with Allah Subhana Allah, education about Islam and the deen is so much more important now in our appeal 2020 than it was before, because you're going to be exposed to everything out the you know, you can't protect your kids anymore. Your kids need to go out there and make their own decisions. And so all we can do is equip them. You know, you want Allah in the heart, Allah doesn't get into the heart directly. It has to go first, as the Surah

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kovarik showed you first make that logical step you first get to understand Allah and learn about him. And hopefully it will eventually start affecting your heart. How else do you develop a relationship with Allah, you spend time together with Allah, you give attention to that relationship, the more time you spend with Allah, the closer he becomes to you, like any relationship, when you prioritize that thing, it becomes the most important thing in my life, I make my Salah on time, I fulfilled the obligations, then it will develop, you also communicate and that is divided. The relationship is based on communications, it is about speaking to Allah, it is about

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speaking in your language telling him about your needs, your desires, your fears, your hopes, if you don't have that, and you just have this ritualistic going through the motions, that is not really connecting to Allah. Part of building the relationship is appreciating the blessings that Allah has given you. When you begin to appreciate what Allah has given me what I have, you realize that Allah has always been there in my life, even when I forgot him, he did not forget about me. And that is why the man who said the Arizona law, my heart is dead, like I feel it's empty. Nothing affects me any more than me. So some said, Go and rub the heat of an orphan because when you spend time with

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someone listening, you realize what Allah has given you, Heart of loving Allah and building a relationship is avoiding the things that he dislikes and he disapproves of. So if you love someone, you don't want to hurt them. Now, of course, you can't hurt Allah, but you don't want to be distant from them. Remember, when we come with a sin, we have taken ourselves away from Allah, we have moved away from him, and in a proximity away from him. And that is something that you should feel and the more good that you do, it brings you closer to him, and that is what we thrive. But the more good you do, the more evader you do the lessons you do. It's a positive feedback loop, you begin to love

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Allah more. And by doing that, by loving Allah more, you want to do more and more good. And that is really what taqwa is. And that is what develop stuck where you do these things. And over time you develop this lifestyle of taqwa. These are beautiful eyewitnesses. And they are those who give in charity, which they give with a heart that is full of fear with Allah, when they give charity, they're very, very scared. They very conscious of Allah because they know they're going to return to Allah. It is these people. Allah says, we race for the good deeds, and they are the foremost in them in doing good deeds. So they make a lot of ibadah a lot of Salah ma give charity, because they are

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scared. And so I should ask the Rasul Allah, are these people that give charity out of fear? Are they the ones who come with haram and think and they do all the sense. And so the Prophet says, Oh, no, don't have a Siddiq, or no abubaker his daughter, these are the ones who fast and they pray and they give charity meaning, the more good deeds you do, the more conscious you are of Allah, the more you realize how important this relationship is how you need this relationship. And so that increases you in your fear of losing Allah subhanaw taala. And so they are the ones that increase and push themselves more and more and more than what if Allah does not accept my good deeds, what if I am not

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enough? Allah subhanaw taala does not need me and so they push themselves even more. And that is why the person that has more fear of Allah, and again, fear is a sin. It's love, fear and hope together. They are the ones that do the most nice panel and I end up with this beautiful idea. And I wish we all know Allah, Allah, Allah, hopefully, even when I know that Allah Subhana Allah says villy those who are the only or only among those who are close to Allah, what do they get? They don't have to feel scared, and they don't have to feel sad that if you have a lot as your primary relationship,

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When you focus, then you don't have to feel any fear anymore. You only have to have concern for Allah and all other fears fall away. I don't have to worry about what's going to happen tomorrow. I don't have to worry about my job, my money, my health. If I'm good with Allah, then I'm safe and I'm fine. Allah says that you won't feel fear in this life. And you won't have to fear about the author. You don't have to fear about death. You don't have to fear about the love of the cover. And you won't feel sad meaning without even being fearful. Allah is not going to give you something that will make you sad. Yes, life has its challenges. But you will rise above those challenges you won't

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be said ultimately, you will get a agenda with ease, no more sadness, there is no more fear, malice panagia grant is hearts that are conscious of him and grant us actions that are pleasing to Him and may we live a life connected to him so that we will be with him in general for those damages as salaam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh