Channel: Navaid Aziz
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My dear brothers and sisters salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
And Hamza it's good to be back in class you know even to my during my trip I was thinking about you know, I can't wait to get back to a mama no is 40 Hadith just because we're so close to finishing 100 lesbian a year long process and one had December 31 now with 11 warheads to go after this. So the plan is to finish by mid December, and then from January inshallah we'll be starting a new text, didn't it? Tada. So December 31, and Abdullah burst and Masada ideology Allahu anhu called jiajun Nabi sallallahu alayhi wa sallam faqad Yasuo Allah He told me either it needed to happen he had been the Allah what happened in us for color is headed dunya you have bacala was had female in the nest,
you had brokenness or Allah who was there who need Hashanah on the authority of Abdullah Saleh, Masada sir God, Allahu anhu, who said a man came to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and said, O Messenger of Allah, direct me to a deed concerning which if I perform it, Allah will love me and the people will love me. He said, Be aloof of the world and Umma will love you be aloof from what the people possess, and the people who will love you, recorded by magic and others with hasin chains of narration. So Amendment No Rahim Allah He comments on the Hadith by saying that it's narrated by a husband chain of narrators, when in reality, if you look at the change of
narrations for this Hadith, you'll find that it's narrated by Albert hockey, Abdullah, Abdullah, Sukkot, and all three of these have narrators in these Hadith, either they are completely unknown, or either they are liars, or either they are liars. So in reality, this hadith is weak. And our general philosophy when teaching this class, if a hadith is weak, we're not going to be too extensive on the commentary, we're not going to be too expensive. In the commentary, what we will be covering in this halaqa within like two or three subjects. Number one, how to attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Number two, how to attain the love of the people. And number three, what is
the true and proper understanding of Zod or asceticism in Islam? What is the true and proper understanding of Zohar asceticism in Islam? So starting off with how to attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala
if no Karim Rahim Allah He has a book called Medallia just Salah keen and in modality xylocaine he explains cervical Fatiha and particularly one verse in it, where we say ear canal Buddha can stay in. It is only you that we worship and only you that we seek assistance from and in this book, he has a chapter called what are the ways to attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala and he lists 10 things in them he lists 10 things which we will cover be covering them today. Number one, he says recitation of the Quran with reflection and contemplation, recitation of the Quran with reflection and contemplation. When it comes to reflecting upon the Quran, Allah subhanaw taala he actually
tells us in the Quran,
the Quran Al Quran, will they not reflect upon the Quran? Who knows how many times this verse is mentioned in the Quran? How many times is this verse mentioned in inside the Quran? Further to the bone and Quran? How many times is the last panel to under mentioned this? Go ahead and use twice. Fantastic. And what is the difference in the ending between the two? Do you know what I'll find?
Acid you can stop there in Java. Fantastic. So let's find out the other he mentioned this verse twice in the Quran. And both times Allah subhanaw taala concludes it differently. So the first time he says will did not reflect upon the Koran, and if it was truly from other than Allah subhana wa Tada, they would have found many discrepancies in it, they would have found many discrepancies in it. So what is Allah subhanaw taala calling to over here he is calling to a reflection upon the Koran that is very logical and very analytical, very logical and very analytical. And he says that if you were to truly do so you would find that there are no contradictions in the Quran. Because if
it was from other than Allah, then you would have found many, many contradictions and since there are no contradictions, then it truly has to be from Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then the second time when Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions this, he says Will they not reflect upon the Koran or are their hearts sealed and locked up or their hearts sealed and locked up? Meaning that the second type of analysis that Allah subhanaw taala is referring to is a spiritual analysis of the Koran that requires a person not to be sinful, that requires a person to have a pure heart when
reflecting upon the Quran, and this is something very important to think about when you think about the recitation of the Quran, that when Allah subhanaw taala commands with the recitation of the Quran, it's not merely just for the sake of finishing the Quran, but rather just for the sake of reflection. And these two types of reflection needs to take place when there's a spiritual reflection of each time when I read the Koran, is my Eman actually going up, or is it staying stagnant? Or is it actually going down? Right, what's happening when I'm reading the Koran? How would a person's mind go down by reading the Quran? How does that happen? How does the person's Eman
go down? By reading the Quran?
Right, but how does that actually happen? What what is happening over here?
But that wouldn't cause the person's demand to go down. We just see that he wouldn't benefit from what he's reading.
Still, I still say what's the segment? How would your person's Eman go down?
Fantastic. That's not one, if a person does not act upon the Quran that he's reading, right, so this is whether the Quran is becoming a proof against him. So he's not reading the Quran for the sake of acting upon it, but he's just doing mere lip service. Right. This will cause the person's Eman to go down because the Quran is becoming a proof against him a second time when the person's Eman would go down when reciting the Quran, if he's doing it for other than the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So a lot of the times we may go to a Koran class, or we may be reciting the Quran in a machine out loud, whether it be for the people to hear us whether it be because we're forced to be in this
presence. In those situations, the Quran is a proof against us. And that would cause our Eman to go down while reciting the Quran. And this is you know, in my medical himolla he used to say that there are groups of people that will say to Koran, but the Quran in reality is cursing them. And these would be two of those groups of people, those people that don't read the Quran for the sake of acting upon it. And number two, those people that are reading the Koran for other than the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So the first way to attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala is to say to the Quran, with reflection and sincerity with reflection and sincerity. Number two, the second thing
that Allah mentions is the voluntary deeds after obligatory deeds, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says in an authentic hadith, that the slave of Allah does not get close to Allah subhanho wa Taala with anything other than the obligatory deeds, and Allah subhanho wa Taala continues to love the slave of Allah or loves him even more as the increases in his voluntary deeds, till Allah subhanho wa Taala becomes the eyes that he sees with the ears that he hears with right, showing that Allah subhanho wa Taala will become an integral part of that person's life. Allah will protect him from seeing out on a limb to protect him from hearing how long Allah will protect him
from doing how long as long as a person strives to do his obligatory deeds and his voluntary deeds. So those voluntary deeds after you perform the obligatory deeds are the second way to attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. The third way is remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala in every situation, remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala in every situation, when you think about our predicament as Muslims in the west or even just being Muslim in general, is Alhamdulillah we have no problem turning to Allah subhanaw taala in times of difficulty, but when it comes time to prosperity, we forget Allah subhana wa tada completely. We don't know who Allah subhanho wa Taala
is, when times are difficult when things are really rough. We'll make lots of duar we'll do lots of Vicar will read Koran will increase in our Salah. We'll try to attend to the masjid as much as we can. But when things are good for us, that's when we forget Allah subhanho wa Taala Sybil claim Rahim Allah, He says that it is to remember Allah subhanho wa Taala in every situation. And then he actually mentioned three ways of doing so. Number one with one's time with one's time. Number two with one's heart and number three with one's deeds. How do you remember Allah subhana wa sandur with time? If no time, Rahim Allah when he mentioned his time over here, he's saying that each person
should have a portion of his day that is dedicated purely to Allah subhanho wa Taala that this time of his day is dedicated purely to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And for each person this time of the day may be different. Right? So an individual let's just say his fasting, then during his lunch break, that would be an ideal time to dedicate to Allah subhanho wa Taala to pray extra novel prayers to recite some Quran. An individual let's just say he goes to school, right? So for him perhaps the best time of the day to remember Allah subhanho wa Taala without it be before school or after school when he's not preoccupied with his education. Right? So a portion of the day that is exclusive to
Allah subhanho wa Taala no phones, no computers, no friends, no work, just remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala during that time, number two, remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala with one
Heart remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala with one's heart and this encompasses the various emotions that one would feel for Allah subhanho wa Taala whether it be the fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala whether it be the love of Allah subhanaw taala whether it be trust in Allah subhana wa tada and the best, you know wrote in this is to alternate that uncertain times. Remember why you need to put your trust in Allah subhanho wa Taala at certain times, remember why you should fear Allah subhanaw taala at certain times, remember why you should love Allah subhanho wa Taala so those are the actions of the heart. And the third thing he mentioned, it is with one's deeds with one's deeds, the deeds that
you do, try to get closer to Allah subhanaw taala so one of the best things to do for this last one the deeds of Allah subhanaw taala for Allah subhanaw taala our look at those deeds in the Koran and in the Sunnah, that the Messenger of Allah or Allah subhanho wa Taala say that they will attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala so what are things that we can see in the Quran, they clearly mentioned that if you were to do them, you would attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala who can give me some examples from the Quran or from the Sunnah, that if you were to do them, you would attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala
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they don't know that Allah subhanho wa Taala he says cooling quantum to a boon Allah be your only you should be able como la that say if you truly love Allah subhanho wa Taala then follow the messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and then Allah subhanho wa Taala will love you. So following the example of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a general sense, in every aspect of life, try to follow some of the Sooners of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu and he was sending a second thing that we can do that we clearly know the Quran and Sunnah say that if you would do them you would attain the level of Allah subhana wa tada
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Okay, so that's I think that's a good correlation at a salon and charity they are always mentioned together so any proof that we use for Salah would be used over here but what is the proof that we would use for you know salons beloved to Allah subhanaw taala
okay good that's like a very far fetched wrote you know, someone says touch your ear. It's like you're doing this right now. I need something more direct. The positive send them says that the most beloved deeds to Allah subhanho wa Taala are number one a solid to either walk to prayer appointments proper times. So it is one of the beloved DS to Allah subhanaw taala who will give me a third and last one inshallah many
fantastic so in the same Hadith, most of our deeds to Allah subhanho wa Taala. He mentioned,
being good towards parents having beer towards one's parents. And what does that actually mean? as we've discussed in the previous Holocaust, doing what the parents want in a manner that is beloved to them doing what their parents want, in the manner that is beloved to them. Other things that are beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala are the acts of Toba so repenting to Allah subhana wa tada and we're actually coming to that. Another thing beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala is purifying oneself and always staying in a clean state. Right? Those are things that are beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this would be like a good research project for someone that what are the deeds that Allah
subhanaw taala mentions in the Koran that are beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala number four, perverting what Allah subhana wa tada loves, to what we love, especially when the desire is strong. So each and every one of us will have a desire from time to time, where there's a conflict between what Allah loves, and between what we love. And at that time, when the desire is strong, you over conquer your knifes and you go ahead and do what Allah subhanho wa Taala loves. So an example of this is that when an individual is, you know, very little money, they're broke, right? But there's an opportunity to do hire an opportunity to give charity, his love to saying, you know what, save
your money, save your money, but he knows that if he was to give his money in the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala, this will be something very, very beloved to him, this would be very, very beloved to him. And the other example from the time of the people before us is that there was a man that was on the verge of committing Zina, but the the person who was going to come and deal with said, You know what, if you want to do this, do this properly, right, get married to me, and then he remembered Allah subhanho wa Taala and he left her and he left her with the money that he had given her as well. And this person he attained the closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala because unless I
know what the other answered his door, so when the when the desire is strong, to abandon that desire for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada. Then this is a way to attain closeness to Allah subhanho wa Taala number five, allowing the heart to reflect on the names and attributes of Allah allowing the heart to reflect upon the names and attributes of Allah subhanho wa Taala the more a person gets to know Allah subhanho wa Taala The more he will love Allah subhanho wa Taala and the more he loves
The last panel wattana the more or less you handle with Donna will love him in return. The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he says, a person does not take no steps towards Allah subhanho wa Taala except that Allah subhanho wa Taala comes to him at a quick pace. So whatever relationship we tried to keep with Allah subhanho wa Taala, Allah subhanho wa Taala will reciprocate that relationship and part of that relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala is getting to know who Allah subhanaw taala is through his beautiful names and attributes. So when we hear the name, you know, what, what does that actually mean to us? That do we actually feel that unless finally Jana is
accepting our repentance, when we hear the name of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah for Allah him? How did these names actually impact us? Right? So you want to reflect upon these names, and see how these names directly impact you see how these names directly impact you. Number six, reflecting on this many favors and blessings, the appearance and the hidden, reflecting upon the many favors and blessings of Allah, the appearance of them, and the hidden of them. Now Hamza, one of the biggest favors and blessings of Allah subhana wa tada upon myself, is the ability to travel to meet Muslims from all across the world. And this is something that you know, I'm constantly thankful for that
Allah subhanho wa Taala allows me to see the world and to see what you know, the oma is like all over the world, and each part of the world, you'll find similar problems. But then you'll find that completely different problems as well. And it makes you appreciate the situation that you're in, it makes you appreciate the situation that you're in.
So you want to think about you know, from the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon you, which ones are like exclusive to you, that people wish they had those blessings from Allah subhanho wa Taala along with you. For some people, it may be their intelligence for some people that may be their looks for some people, you know, it may be their ability to speak, each and every one of us has a particular gift, a particular blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala that other people wish they had. For some people it may be, you know, the memorization of the Quran, whatever it may be. Thank Allah subhanho wa Taala particularly for those blessings, thank Allah subhanho wa Taala
particularly for those blessings and reflect upon them. Number seven, having your heart softened in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So when a person does extra worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala just purely with the intention of softening his heart, he worships Allah subhana wa tada with the intention of pure of softening his heart towards Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this will be that worship that will take a long period of time, it's not something that's going to come easy is going to be a person will have to make sacrifices in it. A person will have to you know, abstain from the people abstain from technology to worship Allah subhanaw taala. During that time, a person will have
to seek forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala for his periods of heedlessness of Allah subhanho wa Taala and then only then will his heart become softened in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala number eight, being alone with Allah subhanho wa Taala in the last third of the night, being alone with Allah subhana wa tada in the last third of the night, and they will claim actually mentioned four things that you should be doing in that time invoking Allah subhanaw taala making dua to him, reciting the Quran, and then seeking repentance, and then for seeking forgiveness and then seeking forgiveness. So he says start off by making a dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala start off by making dua
to Allah subhanho wa Taala and then seek the recitation of the Quran seek the recitation of the Quran. And then he says, seeking repentance and forgiveness, the difference between the two repentance that ultimate intention to give up the sins that were committing, and then seeking forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala actually being remorseful, actually feeling sad, that one did those sins so you seek forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala some of the prints they also mentioned that one should stand up in prayer to Allah subhanaw taala that time and that is one of the obvious things that in the last third of the night, it is beloved to Allah subhanho wa Taala
that one stands in prayer during that time.
Number nine, sitting with those who are truthful in their love of Allah subhanaw taala sitting with those that are truthful in their love of Allah subhanho wa Taala What does it mean to be truthful in the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala meaning that those individuals who you can see that their private lives are actually better than their public lives. Those people who when you spend long periods of time with them, you can tell that these are people that remember Allah subhanho wa Taala and are truly righteous, and not people that just do lip service, right? Those are the people that you want to spend time with. And that is how you attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the
exact opposite is true. If you want to attain the hatred of Allah subhanho wa Taala and this is something that we should, you know, try to abstain from to the best of our ability. The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that whoever harms one of the only of Allah subhanho wa Taala, one of the close companions of Allah subhanho wa Taala then Allah subhanho wa Taala will wage war against that person.
Allah subhanaw taala will wage war against that person. So those righteous slaves of Allah, you should abstain from harming them you should abstain from harming them. And then number 10 he mentioned staying away from anything that will be a barrier between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala staying away from anything that will be a barrier between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this can be different for each individual, right? So, for example, someone's watching a basketball game on TV, or a soccer match on TV and the time for Salah comes. And at that time, he has to make that difficult decision. You know, should I go for my Salah? Or can I Damon delay my Salah to continue
watching the game? In those situations? You know, that thing is becoming a barrier between you and Allah subhanho wa Taala. So you should try to abandon that to the best of your ability. Some people you know are constantly addicted to their phones, like even one of the Chanukah is going on right now that someone's like typing away on their phones, right? Don't look around. I'm not speaking about anyone specific. I'm just giving you a general message. Right? Someone's typing away. They're like addicted to it. But here you have an opportunity to be reminded of something but you're like distracted by what's going on on Facebook or on Twitter or something like that, right? So we all
know what are the barriers between us and Allah subhanho wa Taala you want to eliminate those barriers, you want to eliminate those barriers. So those are the 10 things that it will claim. Allah mentions that if a person was to do them, he would attain the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala now what are the benefits of retaining the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala number one is that that emptiness that people feel on their insides, that disappears when the person has the love of Allah subhanaw taala they have the ability to be alone, yet not feel lonely. The ability to be alone did not feel lonely, when a person does not have the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala no matter how many
people he surrounds himself with, then he'll still be lonely he'll still be lonely. Number two when he attains the level of Allah subhanho wa Taala he will have energy he will be extra energetic in worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala was the person when he doesn't have the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala then worshiping Allah becomes very difficult worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala becomes very difficult. Number three is that Allah subhana wa tada will answer his doors more quickly He will answer his doors more quickly when he has the love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Number four is that Allah subhanho wa Taala will protect him in this life and the next. So any harm that is to come in
this life or the next, Allah subhanho wa Taala will protect him from it. Number five is that Allah subhanho wa Taala will enter this person to paradise and save him from the Hellfire, you'll enter him to paradise and save him from the hellfire. And we pray that Allah subhanaw taala makes us of those people. Number two, how to attain the love of the people how to attain the love of the people. And this is something I want to actually have a discussion with you guys about this like a 510 minute discussion. What are things that people actually love about other people? You know, constantly when you're talking about someone else? You will be like, you know what, I love that
about another individual. So what are the things that we love about other people? I want to hear your feedback on this. Go ahead.
Okay, so, so being cheerful and happy, right. Fantastic. And that was one of the things that was on my list as well. The brother is not here right now. Well, there's one brother, you know, every time I see him is like I said Mr. Laker brother, he says in a very unique way. Everyone knows what I'm talking about. Well, I every time I see this guy, he just with a smile on my face. And this is what he's referring to. So being cheerful with the people. No one likes a grouch. No one likes someone who's grumpy, right? We're always like people that are happy. So number one being cheap. What else? What else do we do we love about other people? Go ahead.
fantastic, fantastic. So you actually mentioned two good things. Number one is the spreading of silabs. And this is what the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says,
de la kamalashila de facto, the hubbardton should not guide you to a thing that if you were to do it, it would increase the love amongst you. Have your Salah been approved by the Salaam amongst yourselves. And then number two, he mentioned being gentle with the people, right? So you have an opportunity to be harsh with someone yet at that time you restrain yourself and you're extra gentle with that individual. And obviously one of the clearest examples that comes to mind is that Bedouin man that urinated in the masjid, right? He comes to urinate in the masjid some of the sandbar like let's chop this guy's head off. And the Messenger of Allah saw Salaam, he says, You know what, let
him finish. And you know, we will advise him after and then how did that scenario conclude? Who remembers? What did that man say?
Right? He said that may Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive me and have mercy upon me and Mohammed only no one else, you know, forget everyone else. And this shows you the effect of mercy and compassion and gentleness, right. So when you have the opportunity to be harsh, which you choose to be gentle
Then that is an amazing characteristic to have. What is the fourth thing that we can, you know, understand about loving other people?
Right? So they go out of their way to help you fantastic and this is what you know, the Messenger of Allah says, and he tries to teach us in so many ways that we should go out of our ways to help our brothers and sisters. In one general Hadith, he says that Allah is in the aid of the slave, as long as the slave is in the aid of his brother and sister. But another more prolific Hadith the Messenger of Allah says and says, it is more beloved to me to be in the in the aid of my brother and his time of need, than to spend one month in the cath lab to spend one month in the attic off. So this shows how beloved it was to the Messenger of Allah to go out of his way to help his brothers and sisters.
And this is obviously something that is beloved to all of us, that when someone steps up and is there for you, in your time of need, this is something that will definitely be beloved to you. Or Brother, did you have your hand up? Yes, go ahead.
Give each other gift, giving each other gifts. Fantastic. So there's a Hadith of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says, to hide due to Habu, that gives you gifts to one another, you will love one another, you will love one another. Now this should obviously be like, not self initiated. You know, if you want me to love you give me a gift, it doesn't work like that. But rather, this is just something we should naturally try to implement that you see a brother from time to time, you know, give gifts to one another. And generally, this is something that's very, very true, the more gifts you give towards another, another individual, naturally, they'll have a
soft spot for you, naturally, they'll have a soft spot for you. What's something else that we can think of? Go ahead.
So defending someone in their absence, so someone is saying something bad about another Muslim, then that's like one of the most beloved things that can ever happen to you, that someone stands up for your honor behind your back, right. And that's a very, very good characteristic to have a very, very good characteristic to have, that someone's saying something bad about another Muslim. And you you know, you stand up and you mentioned something good about them. This is something very, very good. There's something very, very good, go ahead.
That was the first part you mentioned.
Okay, fantastic. So this is you know, your brother or sister in slam that next door for you and your times of hardship. And on the Day of Judgment, you find out that you know, this person, they're, you know, a large portion of their life, they've been making waves panela. And this is something that, you know, you'll notice yourselves, that people that you make, do ask for when they don't even know about it. Allah subhanaw taala naturally places affinity between you, Allah subhanaw taala naturally places affinity between you. One of the companions, I can't remember who was up with Dada or Buddha, one of the two, he says, I make dua for 70 of my brothers in such that every day 70 of my brothers
in such that every single day, and it shows you why the companions or the alojado had that close knit relationship between themselves, because they were making dua for one another because they were making dua for one another. Now let me conclude by talking about this portion of the week, Hadith, where the Messenger of Allah wa Salaam or what is attributed to him, he said, that you abstain from the possessions of the people, and this is also very positive attributes to have. So even though the Hadith may not be authentic, then the wording though, is definitely a very authentic, that, you know, we all dislike people who whenever you have something good, they're always covering it right,
they're always wishing that you would give it to them. And the Messenger of Allah says no more What is attributed to him to have said over here that if you abstain from the desires of the people are competing with the people have, you will attain the love of the people. And I believe this to be very, very true as well. That often you will see possessions that other people have no one likes someone that is jealous. No one likes someone that is always coveting what they have. So put your trust in Allah subhanaw taala put your faith in Allah subhanho wa Taala and rather congratulate them for what they have without longing it from them without longing it from them and that is a very good
characteristic to have. Let us move on to the last discussion for the evening. What is the proper understanding of Zakat? What is the proper understanding of Zakat? What is true asceticism in Islam.
Let me start off with one of the first definitions I was given. In my very first year of studying in Medina. There's a book called hello to tolerable and the you know dogmas of the student of knowledge by shaker bottle opposite. And he mentioned a narration from Mohammed Abu Hasina Shivani. One of the students if you remember behind the for him Hola, where he was asked, you know, will you not write a book for us in desert? Will you not write a book for us in salt? Would you not write a book for us in asceticism? And he responds by saying, I've already written for you a book in New York. I've already written a book for you and transactions. Now what could that possibly mean?
To have I discussed this with you before
Or you know the answer. Go ahead. What's the answer?
That you love a lot more than you love the hat on. Okay, that's, that is true, but it's not what is applying over here. That statement is true, but it isn't apply over here. You want to give it a shot to suggest but
No, that's not it.
So what he's referring to over here is the place where the most, I guess, dubious or shady, you know, actions take place is in business transactions, right? In business transaction. That's when people become truly shady. They become, you know, truly questionable. And you find out a person's true nature in business transactions. So when Mr. Mohammed Hassan Al Hamdulillah is trying to say over here is that if you want to look at a person's asceticism, then look at how they are, when it comes to situations where they're not comfortable, when it comes to situations that they're not comfortable. Whether it be people that are patient with people that stay away from the you should
really stay away from doubtful matters. You know, that's what he's referring to over here. That zone is to stay away from those things that a person is doubtful of. That is what his definition and then I have a couple of other definitions that I want to share with you.
Starting off with the word he said, Zod in this world is where one does not despair of what he missed in this world, nor does he rejoice because of what he is given. So you mentioned two things over here, he says is that if you miss out anything in this dunya you don't feel upset. And likewise if you attain anything of this dunya you don't become extremely happy since your heart is attached to Allah subhanho wa Taala and not to what he gives and takes and that's such a powerful thing to understand that our attachment to Allah subhanho wa Taala should not be based upon what Allah gives and takes, but it should be on who Allah subhanho wa Taala actually Yes, that is where the our
attachment to Allah subhanaw taala should truly be. And that is the true nature of Zod that you love. The Giver more than you love the gift. You love the giver more than you love the gift. Sophia had been arena, he said Zod with respect to this world is where one if he is blessed with something he gives thanks. And if he has tried, he is patient. So if he receives anything from Allah subhanho wa Taala, he is grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And if he does not want to receive something, or he's tried with a calamity, then he is patient upon that. So it's constantly between being patient and being grateful to Allah subhanho wa Taala another definition, so the man that dharani He
says, Do not testify that anyone hazard wizard is in the heart and cannot be witnessed by others. And this is a very powerful definition over here. Because a lot of the times when you see another individual, you may be like, you know, this person is ahead. Right? So you see someone in like raggedy clothes and you know, their hair is all over the place. You know, they haven't brushed their their hair their teeth in a very long time. And they're like always in the must've should be like you know what this person is such as, but here he's saying that you can testify to a person's head, because it is not just about the physical, but it is about an internal state with Allah subhanho wa
Taala and an eternal state being like you will say that Allah subhanaw taala is more Beloved, than the sins we commit where Allah subhanaw taala is more beloved than the sins that we commit. And let me conclude with one last one by Boyd Russell kolani. He says, in this world does not mean forbidding what is permissible or wasting wealth zones with respect to this world is only where a person puts more trust in what is with Allah than what is in his own hand. If he is afflicted with a calamity, by losing something of this world, he is more hopeful for its reward, and what is stored for him in the hereafter than if it were to have remained in his hand. So he too also mentions two
important things. He says, number one, put more trust in Allah subhanaw taala than what is actually in your hand, put more trust in Allah subhanho wa Taala, then what is actually in your hand. And number two is you are afflicted with a calamity, you're more hopeful of the reward with Allah subhanho wa Taala, then you are of how you would have felt if you actually had that thing. And this is the last one in particular, you know, when I listen, I know it's gonna take something away from you
to be able to overcome that and desire the reward of Allah subhanho wa Taala more than the thing that you have lost is a very, very difficult task is a very, very difficult task. And that is the true nature of what truth is that philosophy and with others to take something away, the reward allies giving you is more beloved to you than the thing that you lost. And that is something that we should be striving for. Let me conclude by saying this is that
You know, we live in a time where this concept of asceticism is like a virtuous thing, we have this movement called the minimalist movement, where they tried to survive on the absolute minimum, and there is good in that. But this is not the true asceticism, that unless I know what that is messenger sallallahu Sallam were calling to, that may be a portion of it. But the greater portion is that Allah subhanho wa Taala above everything else, Allah subhanho wa Taala above everything else, and that is the true asceticism that we should be striving for. And I pray that Allah subhana wa Taala blesses us with that, and forgive us for our shortcomings and make so those whom Allah
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