Surah Mulk #3

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I was relying on a sheet of James rahima from Manila horrible. Amin salatu salam ala COVID mursaleen syedna Mohammed Ali, he was iVh mine. I will have brothers and sisters in Islam in Santa Monica Mara La Habra cattle, just like Luffy thank you so much for joining us tonight. Number 24 of this year's Ramadan and spent a lot getting closer 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 of Allah. And we'll talk a

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little bit about what it what that means. And I look at the economic analysis of this 30 days, or 29 days of fasting, Amanda has a goal in mind. It's not just a 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 this taqwa. And therefore our relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala has to be different for 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 began, then, you know, my bond did not achieve its full impact. Yes, we might still get the

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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 into Ramadan, it is to ask ourselves, have we changed, even if it's a small way, some may change in a big way might last longer than 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 hormone ends, and if we ever need achieved, 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 not capture Ramadan in its seriousness, and

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you tend to wake up late, 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 shape on 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 is too late. You don't have enough time you might as well just enjoy it. It's over like that students are studying for an exam. You know, we need your license. Oh my goodness, I have a lot to do and I only have a night to to lift, it's easy to feel demoralized is it? Well, what's the point? At this time it you know, even if we had one night to go even if you had one hour

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left of Ramadan, that might be the hour that changes your life that might be the hour we almost paranoid Allah accepts that you are, you know, the prophet of Islam also tells us out of his mercy a lot also judges how we end the action. So if we end up on a high, even if the beginning wasn't so good, the middle wasn't so good enough, strong enough, well, that our last panel data smooths over and he and He rewards the deed based on the best portion of it. So as if the entire deed is Any word on that one night where you will really see this and so inshallah with one week to go to really, really focus as all our efforts and our energies, it's also a reminder that it's the time for

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every single person who has enough food in his house for the day of eat is required to to contribute as a cattle fitter, even if you are struggling, but if you have enough in your house, for your family for the day of aid, then it is to also give charity to someone else. And it's just we said 40 Rand per person in your household, maybe it's a bit difficult now because you can't go to the most you can do these things online will 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. Tonight inshallah we only going to talk about one if so that is out of suitable for this evening. And

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Subhanallah this 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 eye. And you know, once upon a time I asked why is that? Because most of the time and if you read 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 two. But in this sort of there's a bit of almost a

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disproportionate discussion about janam. And just one idea about the word meaning one of the ways and one of the seeds of the reason for that is, and that is 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 this If 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 Muslims who are as well as fancies before you. Before I talk about Allah. Just look at the creation

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and look at how perfect it is. And what challenges you look if there's any mistakes in it is anything out of the ordinary is any inconsistency in it. And you would find 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 there 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 is

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As a creator, a designer, a one behind it. And the next logical step 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 that is what Allah subhanaw taala wants us to lead to, I mean, that's what's out, the 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 day, for the

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moment, they just give into 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's me and myself, and that what makes me happy. And so they live a life without any key or any concern. They live a life as if though, there is no ultimate purpose, and there is no consequences. And so all those policies 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, our samosir 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, Bernie

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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 ramola spoke about this, this life is a test. They failed the test. Now they are reflective. Now, their reasoning now they are thinking their whole life, they did not reason or deflect, and then they say to themselves, why didn't I just listen? I've been you know, so many people told me the so many people warned me about way I'm hated 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 to want you to tell me, I know what 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. Alesis when when all speaks about the 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 janam they will think why did not listen on all those conversations, they would have all those lectures, all those reminders that they rejected, I didn't listen to

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those, why not listen to those people? And they will say even if I didn't listen to them, why didn't they even listen with my own self, and I would not end up here. So unless 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 easy one having concern having consciousness having fear. And therefore we need to talk before to get into the if we need to have a conversation of fear. We live in an age we, 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 fear and punishment and

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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. and gentlemen, yes, maybe in the past, and he's 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 whenever I feel like listening to I can say whatever I want on social media, no, there is no fear of repercussions. I read what I want to read and if I don't like it, I read it. I don't like the spot. So as I read the Quran, you know, these

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verses about mercy and kindness and gender, I like those things, but the part of janam and consequence I don't like those things. And so it's almost like I can write it on you know, five stars for this part of the Quran and 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 as a way of demoralizing or putting someone down. Fear when it comes from a place of love, it is of concern and that is the language of 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, many things to be

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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 going to be bad for you. So this feel you know why do we do this? Do we do it to to to psychologically scar our kids? Do we do it to upset them? No, we do this because we are concerned

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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 they 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 a loss of

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Data when he speaks about jahannam, 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 positive you need to, to join them. 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, and they just reflections of US

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Small children Alhamdulillah, 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 son's going to grow up, and I'm going to play for the 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.

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Now Islam doesn't have this concept of adolescence, we don't have an in between a child and an adult, we have young adults, so you go 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 in your own fears, and your own concerns and your own worries, and your own desires and your own hopes. And you always want to move away from being out of the shadow 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

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your own views 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 friends, now, you're just having fun today, you just go into a party today. But you will see the long term effects of that bad relationship, a romantic relationship that is so good for you, you might feel the benefits today.

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But in the long run, this is going to be miserable at the end drugs, for example, as well, I mean, that's a very clear one, that 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 and not just young people, it's one 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 into 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 taala, then

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children, and many of us have had a lot, you know, we go through stages 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 boy or young adult stages, mostly, except for the very, very few lucky people, we end up worse off than we then we did we did most often in our teenage years and our young, 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 are shaded

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under the throne of ultimative gamma is one of these a person in those years, that that are Stoke that are conscious of Allah, they are actually better 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 to 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 at lower self is raging it is it is so strongly so powerful at that time. And these are linked Li for between being conscious and 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 subhanho wa 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, Alice, these these are things that seem so far away, they almost

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seem, you know, in the distant future. But right now all I have that I'm worried about is being socially accepted by my friends, that romantic relationships in my life, living for the now those things are so powerful, and so Subhanallah 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 worry, we worry about paying bills, we worry about our kids, we worry about so many things that honestly 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 learn is Allah subhanho wa Taala. And so having fear is a major part of being a successful human being measured from an Islamic perspective. And it should lead 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 ayah, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us so often speaking about those who have went astray, and they ended up you know, the the endpoint was this horrible place, a loss panda wants to tell you the secret of success, and that's why he puts it to the only one ayah in this whole Swaraj because it's the secret Allah says in the living as shown on

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Bumblebee, lahoma 00 kB, that valley, those who have Harsha and the translation, most of the translation was a fear. And that's not a good translation. But let's use the word Harsha. I was really people. Those who have the quality of Harsha for the unseen load for the loaded they cannot see for them is a muffler for them is forgiveness. It is a prediction, what can be a huge, huge reward in the end. So Allah says, the only way out is for someone to have a harsh year of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And, and this brings us into this concept of how do I in how do we introduce a las panatela in our life because hatia is it does come from a connotation of being fearful and many

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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 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 Harsha, you will be successful, that if you have Harsha in Allah, you will be forgiven and your life will be good and you will get to gender. It is a promise from Allah subhana wa Dhana. Anyone with a quality of Harsha is going to succeed. So what is Harsha Harsha is different to fear. Because in the Quran, Allah Subhana Allah says that he believes is in need of Allah. He believes in

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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 before to make positive change. That is what Russia is. And the outcome of Russia 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 with fire is taking a precaution

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that saves you. So the to go hand in hand. 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 Harsha and when that leads you to to correcting yourself and they will as many of us policies, the healthy way of fearing Allah is shown in in taqwa. When asked about to explain this thing of taqwa is very deep, deep discussion about taqwa.

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One of the Sahaba sets a number on the line when you understand 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?

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You know, a patch that is thorny. You do you pull your clothes in close. You 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 subhanho wa 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 Harsha is that you can have concerns. I'm the same way a parent has concerns for the children. What do you like Madonna? We can't give her any kind of analogies. But I paid and when they speak about being fearful or scared for the children, it is not one of you know,

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I'm looking to harm me physical harm. It's about it's so many so much. The consequences are so 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 subhana wa Tada. 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, imagined going out the basis unseen

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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 and looking at all the things that's out of your control. And if you don't have that, that relationship with Allah who's going to assist you. And then of course, a big part of the posture is my ultimate destination, where am I going to end up? And so Allah subhana wa tada sees the Lord unseen. Why? Because it's easy to fear the lion in front of you, it's easy to fear 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,

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it is in a life after I die. 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, the success, the is forgiveness, and the is is the reward. And that is what Allah says, The Lord and seeing 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? Yes. And when the prophets of Salaam was asked to explain what does your son mean? He said, his son

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is to live your life as if though you could see Allah subhana wa Tada, how would we live? If we could see Allah subhanho wa Taala? in everything that we did, how 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 would we be viewing? 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 your time. And so all of this if you live like this, being conscious of Allah as much as possible, then even though you cannot see him, then for you is

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forgiveness number one, and a great reward. So why does Allah mentioned forgiveness because before we get the reward, you know, the reward is gender, the reward is being close to Allah before we get the the weeds, the imperfections need to be taken away. And for some Allah protect us, 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 hope for in that I'm alone, Allah doesn't have to have to make us pay for our mistakes, he can just forgive it. And so if I truly fearful a person who is truly close to Allah, they get the sins forgiven, just by alone making a fool and that's

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beautiful while we make in this time alone in the car for a while you erase the sins, the mistakes that are doing this, the imperfection in my life, you love to erase so erased 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 allowances for them is a gym can be a big reward, a great reward. And that contrasts those people that sit to them in their in their lives, people told to them you are feed or adding Kabira you are on big misguidance you are wrong big time. So unless 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 Harsha is about having a relationship with Allah and supprimer all of us are in different stages in our relationships with our any changes in fluctuates today we're feeling very close to Allah. Tomorrow in my field at distant from Allah. Sometimes we forgotten Allah for for periods of time, we've come back sometimes 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 smile a lot. They have on the outside, they perform

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this allowance because they've been pressurized, you know, the parents tell them to do so they reach a certain way. But deep down, there's just 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 things like I'm good with

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Allah, if 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 of Allah, if there's too much dunya too much desire, too much enjoyment. There is no space for Allah and the for 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 places

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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 subhana wa tada 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. But if you look at the beginning relationships, and again, like my daughter, Alicia Prince 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 relationship, you want to strengthen it and improve it and increase it with time. As a new mom, 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 she will tell her 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, 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

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why 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 anymore. We need to fill our heart with the relationship with Allah to keep us safe and livable in this dunya. Because if we don't have that, if we don't have a lot, you know, hot it, it will be filled with something else. And no amount of family patient, no amount of fear of janam or,

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or 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 heart. 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? How do we get them. And again, as I explained this, I really like 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 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 subhanho wa 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 in almost 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 you would say it is enough that if this thing was not there, 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 Subhana Medina, 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 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 with Allah 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 thing Allah does not need us. Allah says at the beginning of the of the sort of the battle quality that all the goodness is with him that you cannot increase Him in His goodness, your relationship all these things always 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 do 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 the Maya lemon Abadi Allah, that is the amount 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, you know, Islam doesn't have this concept of secret or knowledge. It is having true knowledge, and especially religious knowledge, knowing what Allah subhanho wa 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, Subhana Allah keep struggling to madressa as you know, as simple and as basic as madressa is, they stopped 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, you know, when we stop saving for the day, so why because school is more important and

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the extracurricular activities, the violin lessons or the the soccer practice is more important. And so so Pinilla we have not prioritized the learning of Allah subhanaw taala. And then is there any doubt as to why they don't have a relationship with Allah subhana wa, Tada. education about Islam and the deen is so much more important now in our field 2020 than it was before, because you're going to be exposed to everything out there, you know, you can't predict 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 a lot in the hot aisle, it doesn't get into the heart directly. It has to go first,

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as the sort of robotic showed you first make that logical steps, you first get to understand Allah and learn about him. And hopefully, it will eventually start affecting your heart, how else 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 fulfill the obligations, then it will develop, you also communicate and that is divided. The relationship is based on communication, 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 a 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 I be. So some said, Go and rub the heat of an orphan because when you spend

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time with someone listening, you realize what Allah has given you, Heart of loving Allah and building that 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 hurt a lot, but you don't want to be distant from them. Remember, when we commit 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 the better you do the lessons you do. It's a positive feedback loop,

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you begin to love a lot more. And by doing that, by loving a lot more you want to do more and more good. And that is really what taqwa is. And that is what develops stuck when you do these things. And over time, you develop this lifestyle of taqwa. There's a beautiful Aya witnesses. And they are those who give in charity, which they give with a heart that is full of fear with a low and they give charity very, very scared. They very conscious of Allah because they know they're going to return to Allah. And it is these people Allah says, who raised for the good deeds, and they are the foremost in them in doing good deeds. So they make a lot of evader a lot of solar, and they give

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charity, because they are scared, and so I shall Osceola are these people that give charity out of fear? Are they the ones who come at home and drink and they do all the sense? And so the Prophet says, Oh, no, don't have acidic 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 that what if Allah does not accept my goodness, what if I am

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not enough? Allah subhanho wa 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 IRA, an IRA which we all know Allah in the only Allah hopefully today when I know that Allah Subhana Allah says, Vili 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 a law, then I'm safe. And I'm fine. Unless it's like 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 angle of the cover. And you won't feel sad meaning without even being fearful. Unless I'm going to give you something that will make you said 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 where there is no more sadness. There is no more fear, malice panneau de la grande has hearts that are conscious of him and grant as 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 I mean, she's like hello hi. Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh