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A couple of weeks back, I was in the city of Toronto visiting a close friend of mine, and we had just finished having lunch. And one of the brothers asked him to give a reminder, and this friend's brother of mine, he's actually a graduate from zoutons Heidi's America, which is an institute it's like the slums University of Medina and omokoroa. And Jemima, and those like it, so he graduated from it, so he was quite knowledgeable, Mashallah. And while he was giving his, you know, reminder, he started speaking about the importance of giving Dawa in the West, and how, as Muslims in the West, we have an obligation not only upon the fellow Muslims that are there to remind them of Allah
subhanho wa Taala, and to encourage them to do good, but likewise, to give out to the non Muslims as well, this is their right upon us that we inform them of Islam, not only because it is their waste of Paradise, but just as we feel comfort and serenity through Islam in our lives, they have the rights to that feeling as well. And it is very, you know, greedy of us if we don't fulfill that responsibility, and he spoke for approximately 15 or 20 minutes or so, but he actually lost my attention within the first three minutes.
And that was because he mentioned something and you know, that led to a tangent of mine. And that was he shared the surah in the Quran,
where Allah subhanho wa Taala swears by something very, very critical and very, very important. So much so that the scholars have called it, you know, half of knowledge or half of one's life. And if one understands it properly, then you can take benefit and take full advantage of his life. And it is none other than sort of ourselves.
So he recited to us of acid and restated its meanings that vary, but by time nine is in the state of loss, except for those who believe in do righteous deeds, and encourage others with
patience and encourage one another will find the truth.
So when he mentioned this, I remember something that I had personally read about two or three weeks back. And that was something that Michelle Kenya Rahim Allah mentions, and this is probably the crux of all of our lives and the crux of all of the dour that we do, and a crux of all of the religious activities that we partake in. And that is when Allah subhana wa tada says that, by time, indeed all of mankind is in a state of loss, that Allah subhanho wa Taala is swearing by something very, very crucial. And that is by time so that not only is Allah subhana wa Tada, showing its importance, but almost I know what that is swearing by something that we realize it's important as well, you know,
how many times in our lives do we wish? And do we say No, only if I had more time. So when Allah subhana wa Tada, swears by something like this, it shows an even greater importance, because we naturally feel it's important. The last final status words and he says, by time mankind is in a state of loss, except for those who believe and do righteous deeds and encourage one another upon the truth and encourage one another,
to do righteous deeds.
So when he mentioned this, you know, I thought to myself of what the mama show, Kenny said, and he said that Allah subhanho wa Taala actually splits this soda up into two parts. And that is that all of mankind is in a state of loss. But there are groups of people who minimize their loss. So the first group of people are those who believe and then he mentioned that those who believe the way they minimize their loss is by doing those things, which are compulsory upon them. So, they do nothing else except for that which is compulsory. And this is the reality and essence of the month that you fulfill everything that is compulsory upon you. And then the second degree or the second
gathered category of people that minimize their state of loss is they do something even further they do extra righteous deeds. And what is particularly meant over here is that which relates to knowledge. So either they are seeking knowledge, or they have sought knowledge and are now at the stage of spreading it. So that is the second category of people that minimize the state of loss. And the third category of people that
I'm gonna show Can you mentioned from the surah are those people
That, after having Eamon and having done those extra righteous deeds, especially those pertaining to that of seeking knowledge, they go out and encourage the people and call the people to it, you know, this is what
the meaning is of while offering an incentive if you caught up in that arena Am I know Amina Sally has also been happy with the loss of the service. And that was also will happen is that you give what CSL has meaning you call the people to the UK, and you call the people to register deeds, and you call the people to correct a belief. So this is a third category of people. And then the fourth category of people is those people who call people towards patients and encourage them to be patient. And when he mentioned this, I realized that in the very room that I was in at that time, you know, the likes of myself, other students of knowledge and other people who are busy and our
were there as well. And how, how do you just focus on that one critical part? And that was the the CEO of soda laughter that would have been sufficient as a reminder, and this is, you know, the famous statement of enamel Shafi Rahim Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala not revealed a proof upon mankind, except for this tool, I mean, sorta locker, it would have been sufficient for them, just due to the virtues and benefits that are in it. And I thought to myself, that, you know, there is no better reminder for the audience as well. Because as volunteers, we're almost there as workers for all Muslims. We're constantly active in Dallas, whether it be within ourselves where we are
worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala. Or we are busy organizing events, facilitating knowledge for others, yes, Allah subhanaw taala may not put each and every one of us on a platform to give Dawa. But to the one who calls and facilitates the DAO for others is just like the one who was giving it like the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the one who calls the people to goodness, then he is just like, then his reward will be just like the one who gives that goodness to the people. So as volunteers for all Muslims, sometimes you may feel that you know, you're not doing much or your efforts might be in vain. Or you don't see the fruits of what you're doing. But know
that the fruits of what you are doing are actually beyond what the eyes can actually see. When you see people change when you see people benefits. This is the result of the efforts that you do. And in order for this to be truly effective, and in order for it for it in order for Allah Spanos Allah to truly accepted, it has to be sincere for the sake of Allah subhanho wa sallam. So having said that, after realizing why we are here, you know, after worshipping Allah subhana wa Tada. We're specifically here as workers for the automotive Institute and institutes that is spreading. The knowledge of Islam is spending the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is spreading
the word of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now we have to realize why it is so important to do all of this for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala alone.
When you think about paradise, you think about all these glamorous things that are going to take place in paradise. You think about the houses in Paradise, and how the lowest houses in paradise will be tents that are made out of pros, they're 60 cubits long. And then you think about the food in paradise where a person can have anything that he desires. And it will be so easy for him to have it that even if he is reclining on the tree, and he's thinking of a fruit that he wants to have, that fruit will come close to him and he will be able to have it. And then he can think about you know, anything else that he desires.
That to such a degree that almost kind of what the analysis the home nyesha wanna see how what are the numbers is that they won't have anything that they desire in it, and then we will still have more to give them. This is what how Allah subhanho wa Taala describes paradise for us. Now, who are the individuals that you think all that puts come to mind that are deserving of paradise. The first individuals that come to mind that are deserving of Paradise, are obviously the scholars of Islam. And then those people who go out and fight for the sake of Allah subhana wa tada and to defend this religion. And then likewise, those people who spend their work their wealth in the way of Allah
subhana wa Tada. These are the primary people that you think of when you think of those people who will be entering paradise. But lo and behold, these are the very first three people that will be the boss on your PMS, and be thrown on their faces into the hellfire. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said and before we actually get us into the hobby itself, and actually reminded of my time in Medina University, the first three years that I spent in the dino was spent in the Arabic Institute. And this Arabic Institute is actually divided into four levels. The first two levels, you're just learning the basics of the Arabic language, which constitutes of you know, the letters, sentence
structure, and you get introduced to you know,
basic vocabulary, and so on and so forth. And then the last two semesters, which are levels three and four, you're introduced to a Heidi's and you're introduced to Philip. And you're introduced to the car and you're introduced to, you know, stories in general. And the very first lesson in the the Kara book, and Kara is, you know, the classic we used to have on reading is this very Hadith. And, you know, the author of the book, and the institute in the Arabic Institute in Medina, is a very close ship and a very close friend of mine, by the name of ramadasa, Rafi aphylla Hola, husana. And, you know, just when I think of this book, I think about all the people that have immensely benefited
from this book, you know, throughout the 40 years, that Medina Institute has existed, you know, this book has been taught for the last 25 to 30 years or so, and all the people have benefited from it. And, you know, have eventually taught the same studies like I am doing today. And I think that Allah knows best but it is possible that it was only due to his philosophy that he used in writing this book that Allah subhanho wa Taala allows so much benefits to be spread through it. So getting back to that Hadith,
Allah messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that three people will be brought on yomo kiama, and they will be the first people to be judged. The first one is in the island, and he will be no Maiden, it'll be made known to him, the virtue that also kind of Messiah had bestowed upon them and the benevolence that Allah subhanaw taala had shown him. So Allah will say, you know, I bestowed the knowledge upon you, what did you do with it? So he will say Allah, I talked to the people of this knowledge for your sake, and you're sick alone, then Allah will say, indeed, you have lied, and he will be dragged on his face, and thrown into the hellfire. And the second person, he is the person
who fought in the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala, either or so it seems. And then he will be known, it will be made known to him the virtues and benevolence that Allah subhanaw taala showed Him and He will say, you know, what did you do with this courage and the strength that Allah bestowed upon you, and He will say, oh, Allah, I fought for your sake, and you'll stick alone. And then Allah will say, indeed, you have lied, and then he will be dragged on his face and thrown into the hellfire. And then the third man is a rich man who used to spend upon the poor. And then Allah will tell him that, you know, I bestowed all this wealth upon you, what did you do with this wealth? And he said, Oh, he
will say, oh, Allah, I spent it for your sake, and you're sick alone, taking care of the the needy and the poor, and the widows and the orphans, then Allah will say, indeed, you have lied, and he will be dragged on to his face, and thrown into the hellfire. And Subhanallah you look at this, that the people who you may think are the most deserving agenda, right now are actually being thrown into the hellfire. Why? Because they didn't have sincerity in their actions. Likewise, when we work for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala mean that we do our we give power to our families, we give power to our peers in school, we give to our to our neighbors, and we encourage people to do good deeds, and
we remind them of the hereafter. If this isn't just for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala, you know, we will fall into the first category. And then likewise, when we defend Islam, whether it be in statements or inactions or in anything else, but if it isn't, for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala, then we are in the second category. And then likewise, if we don't actually physically do anything, but Allah subhanaw taala use a means, meaning maybe Allah subhanaw taala gave us the ability to speak, maybe Allah subhana wa Salah granted us who else, maybe Allah subhanaw taala granted us the ability to write and we do this, and we're spreading that which is correct, but it is not with the
correct intention, then we fall into the third category of people. Now, something that is very scary to think. And, you know, this actually brings shivers to the body is that almost kind of what's odd is that these three people, they will be dragged on their face. So imagine that someone is holding your legs, and is about to throw you into the hellfire. You're already scared enough as it is that you are about to be thrown into the Hellfire and you know be punished with all of the evil doors that are in there. But before you're actually thrown into the Hellfire, you're humiliated and disgraced. Why? Because you had this opportunity to do this noble thing, meaning spread the heart
could teach to the religion, call the people to it and do good deeds. But when you did it, you didn't do it for the sake of the ones who created you and for the sake, who you should be doing it for which rather you did it for your own self. So people may recognize the virtues that you have and may recognize what that what you are good at. So let's even before almost penalty,
data flows you into the Hellfire, humiliates you by being dragged on your face. And imagine that feeling just being harmed, and then dragged on the floor of how humiliated and disgraced would you feel, especially when it's in front of all of mankind, all of those people whose respect and honor that you wanted also to know what that is actually humiliating you now, because you didn't do it for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala alone, and we seek refuge in Allah subhana wa tada from such an ending and from such an abode.
So now, why do we really need to focus on SLS? And what are the benefits of SLS? So I wanted to summarize all of my points into three or four main points in each category. So firstly, we're going to discuss the benefits of Atlas. And this is meant to encourage the individual as to why they should have a class. So firstly, it is to be prevented from the from being thrown into the Hellfire and from being humiliated. Secondly, is Allah subhanaw taala will save the believers from misguidance and will save them from Harm's in this dunya through sincerity. When you look at the beautiful stories in the Quran, even though there are many beautiful stories in the Quran, one
generally comes to mind when we mentioned beautiful or best stories of the Quran. And that is none other than the story of us finding himself.
In the story of use of Elisa Lam, almost pinata Allah mentioned the trial and tribulation that he went through with the wife of Aziz that use Valley cinema, an individual whom the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said, was given half of the beauty of the world, half of the beauty of the world was instilled and placed inside us funny. So now, you know, this is why when he was born in front of the women,
though the Friends of the wife have allergies, they said mahadasha, in Hydra, Illa mela can carry that this is no men that do this. You know, it's not possible that this could be a man, but rather, you know, he has nothing short of an angel. So just imagine the world's beauty pathway, this place in us finding cinema. And then you have this woman who possesses power, she possesses wealth, and she has this massive house, and the slaves of her house are at her service. And when she asks for anything, she gets it. However, she is married to this man who through his busy job is unable to give her the time that she requires. So her physical and emotional needs are not being met by this
man. Then all of a sudden you bring forth this young man who possesses half of the world's beauty, and she actually recognizes it. What do you think is bound to happen? You have a young man who is handsome and you have a woman with power and respect and dignity and honor. Well, also it seems to the people
and then she gets attracted to him and she wants to seduce him. Now what is it that would prevent a man from committing Zina with a woman like this? One, it is if this man truly is pious. And then you know if you remember Allah subhanho wa Taala how much behind it was Allah will you know protect him in such a case? And this is the obvious case and the state of use for the Sunnah. But almost kind of what the Allah reminds us and tells us how us finally SLM attained that fear of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that is through none other than Allah subhanaw taala says, What can I do you can also define who you will fascia in the human body.
And thus we have heard this from him evil and lewd acts, because he was from our sincere slaves.
And thus, Allah subhanho wa Taala saved us finally Salaam through his loss. So if you have a problem in your life, you know a sin, that you repeatedly fall into our a sin that you have trouble conquering, then know that there is a deficiency in your loss and that once you actually attain a higher level of loss, unless I know what the answer will actually help you in that sense. So what sorry, will help you in that sin from preventing you from doing it that shouldn't be Miss, understood or misconstrued. So the first thing that we want to mention is from the virtues of a floss is that Allah subhanaw taala will help you in this dunya and thus the hub in this dunya will
help you in the alpha as well.
Point number two is that if loss grants you inner strength,
and what this actually means is that when a person does something for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala he does not care what happens to him thereafter.
If his sole intention is for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala whatever he does, then he does not care who will throw rocks at him who will slander Him, who will backbite him who will chastise him or anything of that nature, but rather almost kind of want to under grant him a stress and grant him a resolve to continue in the way of Allah subhana wa tada and less Allah subhanho wa Taala describes the people who love and must partner with either and those that are Muslim hi Noah Dinah loves as
Leia Hakuna Matata and that they do not fear, the blame of the blamers. So through sincerity, Allah subhana wa tada increases our resolve, and grants his inner strength. And you'll see that one of the greatest problems in giving Dawa is the criticism of the people. However, when you are sincere for just for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala grants you that strength, when you know that the only reason you're working for Muslims is not for the sake of friends, not for the sake of fame, not for the sake of you know, getting to spend time with God and being seen with them, but purely for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then even no matter what anyone says
or what anyone does, your intention will get you through to the end and on your piano, you will have this mountain of good deeds in front of you, and you will not know where it came from. And it will only be due to the sincerity that you put in the actions that you put forth in facilitating value for the people.
Point number three. And this is actually related
to a point that I recently presented in Ottawa as you know, our most recently launched
a new class I think it's called the eternal journey, or something of that nature. It's the the fear of giusta Barak with Dr. Rima today. And before we continue, Dr. Barbara Davis is just an absolutely amazing individual.
To tell you an interesting story.
There were five motive instructors at the previous discovery use seminar from them more doctor developer they have SQL in this uni chicken Hamza Sharif. Say it shifts.
Raji doctor, sorry, shaker, the odds are jazzy and myself. And the very first night I wasn't too sure where I was staying. And the brothers were actually you know, driving me around sorry, they went to we went to a show where Dr. limo was staying. So we actually went to go find where Dr. DeVos thinks that we could drop them off. So prior to doing so, it was myself and other brother and Dr. de la but they and you know just about Buddha, he just looked like the average individual. He was a very humble, very soft spoken. And you know, you would just think that, you know, he's just like your average brother. And before we dropped him off at his hotel, we actually went to the Popeyes
have dinner. And before we know while we're waiting for our dinner, Dr. Developer day just starts on his PhD thesis with which was the Tafseer of surah Yusuf. And as you know, Dr. lebeau there recently Tara will be teaching this a seer of surah Yusuf in film week, that is something you definitely do not want to miss. Because while he was speaking about his PhD thesis, and he was dropping, I mean, some serious and hard core knowledge, Mashallah, like, you could tell that he had put hours and hours and hours of research into what he was talking about. And this is just off the top of his head without notes. And for myself, I told us to brother to Brother north.
How what a humbling experience it was, that the reason why it was so humbling for me was because at this time, we were still deciding which class I would be teaching with our mug club. One of the options was the doing CFCs either just ima or you know, in other soda. But after I heard Dr. Yvonne Buddha speak, you know, it was such a humbling experience that it would be unjust for someone like myself to teach the fear when we have the likes of Dr. adelboden. So this man Marcel is an absolute gem, when it comes to the CNN, you know, generally in all aspects of knowledge. But when he starts speaking about this theory, that passion that he has, actually comes out in his words. So his first
class was this past weekend in Ottawa, and this is my first class Collector's Edition sarasa his book, it will actually be in Ottawa as well. So we did a small introduction to the class. And we talked about Sahil Bukhari and what made Sahil Bukhari so distinct and so unique. When you generally think about individuals and personalities, and you think about the moms of this religion, you generally think about the for the moms of the mother heads of sex. You think of
amount of money for you think of email medic. You think of email miszewski and you think of somebody
yet, why is it that even though these four personalities became a lot more famous than email Buhari? Why is it that the book of Sahih al Bukhari many books at the mama Bukhari wrote, became a lot more famous and a lot more accepted by the Muslim Ummah, than the books of these four previous imams. As you know, Imam Shafi Rahim Allah He has two famous books, one in silk, and one in a solar socks, the one in silk is kitao in ohms, and the one in a solar array saga, and then you have the mathematics, Moore's law. And then you have Imam, Ahmed Muslim. These they have all compiled to these books that you know, by the sofic, and all praise to do tell our within our times today, we can actually read
them and we have access to them. We see how they thought we see how they wrote and we are affected by it. Yet Sahil Buhari became a lot more renowned and became a lot more famous and accepted in the Muslim oma.
And in our book, it actually tells us the story of how he went about writing for Al Bukhari, that throughout 16 years, he gathered 600,000 600,000 effigies, and when I mean gathering, he didn't go on to Google type of awards. And you know, he has 600,000 ideas in front of his hands, but rather he traveled to Medina and Mecca, and to the he just then he travels, so cool, finds a massage, and he travels to sham. And he travelled to massage to all these other places, and gathered their chains of Hadith and the wordings of the Hadith to such a degree that he gathered 600,000 of them. And then from them, he chose approximately 7000 A Heidi's, which he wanted to put in his face. and choosing
7000 out of 600,000 is not an easy task, that you look at each one, and you see which chapter it belongs under. And then you categorize that chapter and put the other hobbies in it. This is a monumental work that we're talking about.
Yet through something that he did, Allah subhanho wa Taala caused it to be remembered and caused it to stick out and cause it to shine. And it was through this act and Allah knows best that before he puts any Hudis are chosen and selected any holidays to put in this collection of software he would make will do and would pray to luck as to Allah subhanaw taala seeking His guidance and seeking his help, that you know is it in the best interest of the mind in the best interests of those who seek knowledge. And the best interest of the scholars are going to come after that include this headache in my face or not. And then after that he would actually put to the Hadith in his collection of
Hadith. So for each Hadith he made will do and pray to the gods. And this is an example of this sincerity that Imam Al Bukhari had, that he did this purely for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So now even though even though his name is not as famous as before he managed his book Sahih al Bukhari became a lot more famous, and a lot more renowned than the books of the other imams. And this is the very next point of the benefits of sincerity, that you leave behind a legacy that you leave behind a legacy that will be known to mankind. When you think about people who have done great achievements, you may think about painters, you may think about debaters, you may think about
politicians, you may think about people who have won wars, people who have been countries, yet none of their names stick out as much as the names of the scholars of Islam or the pious people from the Muslim ummah. Thus you have the name of the Prophet Mohammed Salah lavon, he was setting up the most famous of individuals, you know, even though people might not know his reality, his reality. His name is the most used name in the world, meaning that it's the most commonly used name, the name children. Likewise, it is the most commonly used name in the newspapers know whether it be derogatory or not. Allah subhanho wa Taala has raised the status of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam
due to his sincerity, and likewise other prophets of Islam due to their sincerity, they their status is raised in the Muslim nation. And other than and in other nations as well feel like we have the likes of Ibrahim Ali Salaam and Musashi Salaam, and as an Easter lamb and the other prophets as well. Then you go on to other people as well. When you think about the great imams of silk and the you know the likes of Emmanuel Bukhari, and other scholars, it makes me happy and even hajia and so many other London's these Muslim Omar has seen millions and hundreds of 1000s of scholars, yet it is only 100
Would it actually go down in history, and I remembered, and this is due to the sincerity and all of those vests that they used to put into their efforts. So through sincerity Allah subhanaw taala causes you to leave a legacy behind and will allow people to benefit from your work even after your death.
So through sincerity, this is what our standards Allah grants us.
Point number four. And the last point in terms of the benefits of sincerity, through sincerity, Allah subhanho wa Taala pose puts a love in the hearts of the believers, for those people who are sincere. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the levena, Armando, Armando Sati, hace Jaga, Hamas manuwa, that those people who believe in do righteous deeds, then Allah subhanho wa Taala will create for them a love. And you know, there are many stories that can be told in terms of this. But just think about the times when you first laid eyes upon a scholar of Islam, or think about the times that you met another Muslim brother, and the very first emotion that came to your mind and came to your heart
was well for this individual, that you can't help and explain why. But you know that you know, this is an individual that you feel affinity with, and this is an individual that you have a love for. This is a love that Allah subhanho wa Taala creates for the believers due to their sincerity. Now all this talk about why we want to attain it and what the benefits of sincerity are, what does it actually mean to be sincere?
When you talk about diseases of the heart and their cures, there are generally two people who will become very famous in terms of this science. No is also known as purification of the soul or says Kitts and Nevis. They are enamels early and even Okayama Josie Rahim Allah, Mama Daddy, he wrote this book entitled a llama Deen. Now this is a monumental and absolutely amazing work. However, the major deficiency in this is the sourcing of a heartbeat, there are lots of a heartbeat in it, which are weak, and even some stories that, you know, can seem upon your appearance that you know, they're leading towards shift or towards innovation. But, you know, if one were to ignore those two aspects
of the book, the book wouldn't have itself is absolutely amazing. The person was to read it and implement the good that is in it. This it shows you how the setup and the predecessors understood purification of the soul, that it wasn't through doing, you know, all of these things that you see people tried to do today in terms of their innovative practices. But the true purification of the soul actually takes place by reflecting upon the Quran and the Sunnah, and reflecting upon the stories of the people who preceded us, and reflecting upon the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is what you find that a lot of the stories in Aloma den are actually based upon. And then
you have Nakayama Josie Rahim Allah who tada one of the students of sacred Islam, even taymiyah, who was able to write a four volume to see it on one ayah alone. And if you recite 17 times a day, in our son a lot, and that is esns Budo. Yeah, kind of stealing, that all I designed us is only you that we worship, and it is only you that we seek assistance from signal for him or him Allah, he wrote this monumental work modalities, and again, where he talks about these stations of the people in these two is mean that the different levels of worship that there are of worshiping Allah subhanho wa Taala, and the different levels of seeking assistance from Allah subhanaw taala. And in
it, he talks, he talks about, you know, what are the signs of a pure hearts? What are the signs of having a loss? So from these two books, you know, I tried to gather, finally, the most important of them, which I would like to share with you. And this is what we actually strive for that how do we know when we become simpler? It's when we are able to implement all of these. And when you can implement all of them, then this is when you have a team sincerity. And if you're if you haven't reached that level, then you try to attain that level of sincerity isn't that his honor. So sign number one beside our sincere hearts, is that you hide your good deeds, as much as you would hide
your sin. Like we have in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that the seven people will be shaded under the shade of Allah, the day that there is no shade except the shade of Allah subhana wa Santa is the men will give charity with his right hand in such a conspicuous and hidden manner, that his left hand does not know about it. So he hides his good deeds to such a degree that his left hand would not know about it. And what this actually signifies is the importance of hiding
Good deeds, that the first sign of sincerity is that you do just as many good deeds in private as you do in public. So, yes, when you go out, you may give the Juma kotoba you may be you know, helping out at Muslim events, you may be helping out in food drives and gathering food for the poor and needy. But what are you actually doing in the depths of your house when you're alone? And no one else can see you. Are you the one who is singing? Or are you the one who is worshiping Allah subhana wa Tada. So the first sign is hiding your good deeds. Number two, you are always doubting your sincerity. And individual who always doses sincerity is on the right path. You know, people always
think that there's something wrong with me that I'm unable to attain sincerity. This is actually a good sign and not a negative sign. When a person thinks that he has attained sincerity, then this is when he has lost the battle with JSON. shaitan wants you to think that you have attained sincerity and that you no longer need to focus on it. But as a slave of Allah subhanaw taala and a worshipper of Allah subhanaw taala. And one who's out there to attain good, you should always doubt yourself and dose your sincerity, because this is a constant and regular struggle to such a degree that the likes of Sophia, Anna Sophia and Sophia novena, the memes of the second generation of Islam. They
said that I found nothing harder to conquer and to cure than my sincerity. And these are individuals who fought for the sake of Allah subhana wa Tada, and sauce knowledge for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala in a state of utmost poverty, people who struggled to survive so that they could study the deen of Islam, and then go on to teach it for other Indians to other individuals. They said that the hardest thing for them was to conquer and to cure the disease of not being sincere. So as an individual, as a Muslim, you're always trying to conquer your
your illness, and trying to attain that sincerity. And when you actually think you've attained sincerity, then no, you have lost the battle. Point number three, in terms of signs of sincerity is that praise and criticism to you are the same, that an individual who praises you and says Mashallah brother that was an amazing hutzpah or Mashallah sister, you did an amazing job writing that article, then, if they were to praise or if they were to criticize you, it would be the exact same. Now this isn't coming from the angle of you know, being constructive or not, this is coming from the angle that the way it would affect your emotion, that if a person was to praise you, you would not
be affected by it. And likewise, if they were to criticize you, you would not be affected by it. Because you know, that you did this only for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that sort of them telling you how you can improve. And obviously, this is something you should definitely take into consideration. And definitely something you should be concerned with, and try to improve yourself with. That is point number three. Point number four.
A sign of sincerity is always being enthusiastic, that if you find yourself someone who becomes lackadaisical, and you know, at times will do certain days, and other times we'll leave those dates, then this is due to a lack of sincerity. And then when a person is increased in 30, to 30, you will see that they're always enthusiastic and always hasting to do good deeds. And that is why you have the likes of Abu Bakr radi Allahu anhu, the man and the individual home the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said about that if you were to lay his image on one side and the way to Oh, and put to the man or the woman on the other side, the former would outweigh the ledger, just to give one
example of his emotion and how enthusiastic he was in doing good deeds. The Prophet salallahu alaihe salam is talking about gender. And yes, we love talking about gender, you know, the houses in general, the horrors that are engender, the other pleasures that engender the promise of Allah do so there was talking about the gates in general. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that the middle gates of gentleness, or obedience to one's parents, and there's a gate in genda, that will be solely for the people who are fasting and regularly and consistently fast. And that is the door of Ryan. And then there is another door for those people who are consistent and conscious in
the cellars and another group or in another door, that is for those people who are regularly giving charity. So Upon hearing this, I will talk about the Allahu taala and who he has the Prophet sallallahu and so on the art of cinema, is there anyone who will enter through all of these doors? Is there one individual or is there a group of people that will enter through all of these doors, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Yeah, but but it is hoped that you will be from amongst them. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is showing us here, that abubaker did not belittle any good deeds that any opportunity has to do.
Did you go ahead and do it and this was due to the sincerity that he had, knowing that Allah Subhana Allah will reward him for everything that he does. And then the last sign that I've gathered and would like to share with you in terms of a signs of sincerity is patience. A person who has sincerity, he will have to have patience and this is the last level of sincerity, that a person who is able to be patient in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala, meaning that all the hardships that are involved in worshiping Allah subhanaw taala, he is patient with them. Likewise, he is patient in staying away from sinning, all the hardships that are involved in staying away from them, he will be
patient upon them all the desires that he may have. He keeps them in control and only fulfills them in the halaal manner. And then thirdly, all the hardships that befall the Muslims, and the trials that befall a Muslim, be true and sincere person will always be patient in it. And this is why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said How amazing is the affair of the believer that if he is tried, he is patient and says accumsan enough, and if he is in a state of prosperity, he praises Allah subhanho wa Taala as well. So this believer is always ready to be patient. And when the time comes to be patient, you will find him the most patient individual due to the sincerity that he has.
And due to him knowing that he is only in this earth for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala here to fulfill every command that Allah subhanaw taala has commanded and to abstain and stay away from every prohibitionists that Allah subhanaw taala has prohibited. Now those are the signs of Islam. Now, how do we actually go about attaining Islam?
Firstly, is the knowledge of Hamas and Ria, as I entered into the webinar today, why she iluminar or whatever it's called,
we had by the amount of talking about the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, where he said that a VR is more conspicuous and more hidden to the Muslim, then a black end on a black rock on a black night, meaning the utmost darkest nights. Imagine if you want to find that black and you wouldn't be able to do so with something which which would be hidden, and such as the idea that Muslims so easily falls into the the best defense against this is knowing what it is, and knowing how it comes in, and knowing how you can prevent it. And at the same time have knowledge of Islam. What does it truly mean to be sincere? How does one go about obtaining sincerity? What are the
virtues of sincerity, so your best
protection against the and against, you know, following falling into the business of Allah subhanho wa Taala is having knowledge of sincerity and knowledge of the year. Now this is from a theoretical perspective, in terms of a practical perspective, what is one thing that we can do that will constantly remind us of Allah subhanaw taala is the statement of Bismillah. as Muslims, if we get into the habit of things dissimilar with everything that we do, then this is a constant and regular reminder for us to remember Allah subhanaw taala so before we sit down on the computers, we say, Bismillah before we leave our houses, and before we enter them, we say Bismillah before we eat, we
say Bismillah before we sleep, we say Bismillah if you establish this habit, and Allah forbid that a time comes where you actually wants to send your message on the best of you, and shavon has just overpowered you and you're about to sin. Once you have this habit of saying Bismillah then know that even before you start your sin, you will just have this natural habit of saying Bismillah and you will be unable to do so. So the best way practically, to remind yourself of Allah subhana wa tada is to get into the habit of saying Bismillah and this is why you see that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he encouraged us to say Bismillah before all of our fears, he says that
or the understanding of the idea is that any action that begins without Bismillah will be void of benefit and will be a void will be void of blessings.
So this is point number one in terms of the descent into point number two is that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also informed us that if we say Bismillah before we enter our houses, and we say Bismillah before we actually eat, then Allah Subhana wants to add up prevents the SE from joining us in our houses and joining us in our meals. So who is your biggest enemy? It is none other than shavon who is the one that wants you to be insincere? It is a fun. So now when you've taken him away from your houses, and you've taken him away
from joining you join your meals, then you have won a major battle
in the war against shape on. And that is just by saying this ninja
and other practical aspect of Hamas is that set yourself regular reminders. You know for those of you who may use Gmail, Google actually has a calendar. Every time before you do a major event or before you do any event. Remind yourself, check your intention. So with every event, you send yourself a reminder, check your intention that you're doing this purely for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala. Or if you're one of those, you know, high tech brothers or sisters, that you have your blackberries and your iPhones, then you can actually have applications and you know reminders in your phones where you can actually say, you know, before your event or set a regular reminder
that have you checked your intention today. You know, what was your intention today? Did you you know, worship Allah subhanho wa Taala with your intention study, or did you disobey Allah subhana wa Asana with your intention study. So these are practical things that we can do that will constantly remind us to be sincere to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. Now a higher level and this is what we're actually trying to achieve through this reminders is the concept of sn when gibreel came to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam and he asked the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam informed me all of Islam informed me of email and informed me of his stance. When it came to ascend the prophets of
Allah Juanjo seven said, it is to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala as though you can see him and even though that you cannot see him, know that he says, you know, and all that he sees you. So, when you worship Allah subhanho wa Taala you want to worship Him, as though you can see him. So how does one actually go about seeing Allah subhanaw taala obviously we cannot see Allah subhana wa tada in his physical form Glorified is He Sopranos to Allah, but we can see the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this alludes to the greatness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And likewise, we can think of the magnificent things that almost kind of what Allah has placed not only within ourselves, what was
it was but around us as well in terms of his blessings, in terms of the mercy that he has bestowed upon us, and other than them, so what you're trying to attain is knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala His names and attributes, and how they actually affect you, and the more knowledge one has of them and the one the more you let yourself feel this knowledge, meaning the more you become spiritual about it, the more sincere you become. So when you write that reminder and put that reminder, you're reminding yourself that Allah subhana wa tada is seeing you, unless I know what that is hearing you. And the last panel God has knowledge of not only that which you are physically
doing, but that which you are spiritually feeling as well. So this is something that you're constantly trying to fix. Another practical example of increasing ourselves in a philosophy is seeking help from Allah subhanho wa Taala How often do we actually make blood so Allah subhana wa tada Oh, Allah increases in Nicholas or Oh Allah, grant us in Islam. Now this is something that as a student of knowledge, you will see from time to time, that the scholars of Islam will regularly and consistently and constantly ask Allah Subhana Allah for Allah Maurizio.
silcone, when I'm an O Allah, and granted, if lost in statement and inaction, and is something that they regularly see when they end off their lectures and their classes. Because they always want as much so that Allah subhana wa sallam he accepted these deeds, I will make these deeds, a proof for them, and not against us. So making dua to Allah Subhana, Allah to Allah is very, very crucial and very important in terms of attaining philosophy. And the last point, before we open up the door for questions and answers in sha Allah is a hadith that is found in failed body. And hopefully, a greater explanation of the study will encourage you to attend the classes in China. That is the
prophets of Allah, Holly or send them said, in them an Melo. Now, the common term that comes next, and what most of you are familiar with, is a nia. But there's a hadith in Bukhari that says, in the loop in our team, that action shall be done judged, according to the last of them and according to the endings of them, and what this means is that you will be raised on the piano and you will be raised in your grave and you will be put in genma or jahannam. Based upon the last deeds that you did in this dunya. So those people who are destined to go to Paradise, that Allah subhana wa tada ends after lives in this dunya on a good note, and those people who are destined to go into the
Hellfire, then unless Pinilla data ends
Their lives in this dunya on a bad note. So fear of a bad ending is one of the strongest ways of attaining a philosophy that you're always checking your intention and you're always enthusiastic and hasty and doing good deeds. Because you never know when Allah subhanho wa Taala may take your life the next time you're driving. Do you know that Allah Spanos Allah may or may not take your life? The next time you go to school the next time you go to work? This knowledge is only with Allah subhanho wa Taala. And if a person keeps this in their mind at all times, that only Allah knows when we will die. And we know that whatever did we die upon? is the day that we shall be raised up upon. Do we
want to die listen to music. Do we want to die flirting with some girl? Do we want to die watching TV? No, you want to die remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala you want to die making such as a you want to die in a state of Iran. You want to die doing something for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So I leave you with the advice of Imam Muhammad to his son, he said all my son, you will remain upon goodness, as long as you keep your intentions to be good at all times, means that consistently and regularly intend to do good, and then you will stay upon goodness. And once you lose the power of the intentions, then you likewise have been lost. And I hope most of you did not
regret attending this lecture over having watched the season finale of lost or missing the first few quarters of the basketball game and asked a lot of high notes Allah to increase this in a lot. And granted if lost in Poland and aman wise go down and then comes in and out of the line. I mean, was Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad, wa ala alihi wa sahbihi etchmiadzin
disciple others, how much
does that fit into a
lot of philosophy by the heavies getting?
Thank you for this
beautiful presentation tonight. There were a number of questions. Should I be ready to take some questions? Yes.
Okay, so the first question we have actually, I'm trying to group the questions as much as we can. There's the first question that comes up is
keeping your intention sincere, and what tips are there for being able to gauge the sincerity of your intention?
the question clear,
I mean, how does one go about attending sincerity? That's when I understood from it.
Is there is there any, like the signs of insincerity that signs of insincerity?
signs of insincerity the biggest of them are is not having the signs of sincerity. So a person doesn't do as many good deeds in private as he does out in the open, or if he is constantly looking for the praise of others, or he is constantly steering the criticism of people. And he's a person who feels very proud and enthusiastic and like only a person who feels very proud.
You know, when he does something, or he's a person who only feels enthusiastic around,
you know, when he's being praised or something that he's good at. And likewise, he's an individual who, you know, who doesn't have patience? Then I would say these are all signs of insincerity level. I know.
There's like a look. And we have a question. A lot of questions are coming in with regards to balance? How does one maintain balance whether it be
you know, with their, their wives, their parents, their children with regards to their volunteer activities? How do they keep that
that balance? Yeah.
Firstly, and foremost, the one needs to break down all the actions that we do as individuals into categories. So the scores of Islam have breaking broken down everything that we do into five main categories, you have the foreign aid, which are those things which are compulsory upon us, then you have the MR habits are those things which are recommended for for us to do then you have the mobile highest dose things which are permissible for us to do then you have those things, which are macro highs, which are disliked for us to do, and then you have the Muhammad's or those things which are prohibited for a prohibited for us to do. So the best way to attain a balance is to take all the
actions that you do and to put them in their respective categories. You know, something like praying your five daily prayers, this is from the big bucks. So this is something which is compulsory, whereas you know, attending,
you know, a brothers
halaqa or sorry, attending a barbecue, for the sake of brotherhood, this is something which is good, but it's not something compulsory. So this would fall into the habit. So now let's just say you it comes time for you to go and travel to this barbecue or whatever the case may be, and it's also time for Salah. So, now here you have something which is compulsory, which is something which is recommended. So that which is compulsory will take precedence over that which is recommended. Now, this is just a simple example. But you can add more examples to this. And the only time you will have a real conflict is when you have the presence of to watch events meaning you know something
which is compulsory upon you
in terms of your religion, and then something which is compulsory upon you, in terms of obedience to your parents, how do you break the balance over there? You know, what do you do? So this is where you know, you would actually need guidance from a scholar on a particular issue. But the general case scenario is that the right of Allah subhanaw taala takes precedence over all of mankind. So there's no disobedience to Allah subhanho wa Taala in the obedience of mankind, we're meaning that all obedience should be shown to Allah subhana wa Tada. So, the general case scenario in terms of striking a balance is a break all your actions down and prioritize them giving most importance to
those things, which are compulsory upon you then say those things which are recommended for you to do and then those things which are permissible for you to do, but you know, not recommended or disliked and then those things which are disliked. And then those things are, which are the parameters. So the Mohammed's again working backwards, you stay away from as much as possible. And then same thing with a Makoto has, even though it is within the realm of permissibility, you don't want to actually get into the habit of doing them, because this opens the door for the mojado. Nice. And then you have those things which are mobile. And I think this is where a lot of follow me
problems may occur as well, that you know, sometimes you may want to go out and play basketball, sometimes you may want to go out and spend time with the brothers and sisters, sometimes you may want to go out and do something which wasn't always self is permissible, but it is taking you away from something which is greater. Like let's just say your parents told you to go do a chore for them, you know, go and drop something off at someone's house. Even though you may not want to do this, you should go ahead and do it is because your parents have told you to do so. And when you actually use the scale of something which is permissible versus something which is recommended, and
perhaps even compulsory and obligatory, then obviously that was completely and obligatory which takes precedence. So that is step number one, break it down into that categorization of five and see where all your actions fall and then give precedence and priority to those things which are compulsory. And, and then you know, as the list continues. Point number two, you have to realize that Allah subhanho wa Taala granted us spans of life, meaning that we're in this world for a particular amount of time. And this is how we should live our life in terms of doing good deeds, we want to do as many good deeds as we can in the shortest amount of time. But in terms of worldly
affairs, we should recognize that yes, this alights either by the will of Allah, Allah Spano, God has granted a 60 or 70 years of life to do that, which we like. So those things that can be delayed, should be delayed from that aspect. So you know, maybe there was something that you wanted to do. But you know, in the presence of something greater, you should actually come about and sacrifice it. So in terms of your education, in terms of listen to your parents, in terms of dedication to religion, these three things should have the utmost priority in your life. And obviously, this is within the realms of the Shetty. And then everything else should take a second seat. So in terms of
having fun, you know, obviously, you need a certain amount of fun in your life, but going overboard, you know, people you know, it's a sad reality that even amongst the brothers that I grew up with, you know, even now at the age of 27, and 28 these guys are the biggest video game addicts you'll ever see that you know, yes, they finished school, yes, they have wives and children but in terms of the you know, levels of maturity, the still you know, as we were when we were 1314 years old, just wanted to play video games day and night. So, it requires a bit of sacrifice of wants and desires. But again, just put things into perspective and seek Allah Spano Tallis helps to prioritize
prioritize your life and then Allah subhanho wa Taala will aid you in activism. Por la No.
luck, Alicia, final question.
To ask this one is recognized for their efforts. Does this mean that reward in this world and have nothing they're rewarded in this world and have nothing to look forward to in the setup? And what are some of the signs that this is not the case?
Okay, if someone is has their work recognized in this
Nia, does that mean that it is the end of the rewards in the case that their actions were insincere, meaningful other than the sake of Allah subhanaw taala Yes, this is the only rewards that they will get ever, that Allah subhanho wa Taala allows them to be praised in this dunya but in the acid they will only get punishment. Whereas if a person is sincere and he gets praised, then we have the example of our
setup, especially the companions of the Prophet sallallahu it was send them that when they were praised email mcquoddy he has his competition and today's major one is Sohail Bahati, then he has another book called a double massage, or a book which is just purely about advocates. And he compiled a hadith pertaining to etiquette. And in this book, he has Mother akuto Raja do is as sukiya that what is a person say, when he is praised. So you look at their attitude of being praised. And this was something that obviously happened during the time of departure, asylum, and during the time of the companions, and thus in our body, actually made this chapter. So the the
narrator, he goes, that during the times of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, if one of them were praised, he would say the following, he would say, Maha mala to us his knee, denia Kowloon, Oh Allah, do not hold me accountable for that which they are saying about to me, was the only higher memory of unknown and make me better than that which they think of me was certainly the man
and forgive me, for that which they do not know about me. So this was the attitude of being praised. Meaning that yes, almost cannot allow them to be praised in this dunya but obviously, this does not necessitate that they want to be rewarded in the afterlife as well. There's almost no it's Alice expresses about the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, radi Allahu anhu Mara Diwan, they're almost pleased with them, and they are pleased with Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this was the attitude that they had that even when they were praised, they made the drive to Allah Subhana Allah Oh, Allah make me better than they think of me. And forgive me for that to say no, I
do not know about me, meaning for my sins, and from my deficiencies. And lastly, do not hold me accountable for this. That Yeah, Allah, even in their praise of me, I only want you know, rewards from you that Oh Allah not only accountable for what they say, this means that oh my secret word from you alone, and not from any of the creation. So in terms of being praised, we mentioned that if a person does an action insincerely then this is the only reward he's getting, and it will be in dystonia. But if a person is sincere for the sake of Allah Subhana Allah, then Allah subhanaw taala will allow this person to be recognized in this dunya you know, part of leaving behind that legacy
is recognition. So when unless that allows you to be recognized, the sincere person will will turn to Allah subhanho wa Taala even more and will make brads Allah subhanho wa Taala saying, Oh ally increasing in sincerity, or Allah do not decrease my reward in the Acura due to a reward that I'm getting in dystonia, while la husana.
Does that? I think as soon as I said last question.
Questions came pouring in. But
I don't know. I don't know if it was a lag in the questions. I'm assuming it's a lag in the question system.
But there's one shift look at some heavy
for you. It seems very, is a very interesting question that says the shift May Allah raise you in your act and jedna we mentioned that sins are a cause of insincerity or a lack of sincerity, but we as humans are in science are created to be creations that sense so how do we reconcile these two things as insincerity could be a means of great punishment in the hereafter? should someone freak out when they commit sins and accuse themselves of being insincere or hypocrites? Okay, dimension an interesting point. If Nakayama in one of his books will survive, he puts a chapter and he says, the sin that lead to gender this is what he says the sin that lead to gender now only apparently this
chapter heading doesn't really make sense. How could I send leads to them? But then he mentioned is the details, the vomit the or the hygiene of the woman who was from the tribe?
You know, the former boss, you know, you've all heard of the famous reciter style of Ahmadi she was from this tribe. And if obviously, a lot of them had a woman come to him and she said, the out of soda law, you know, I committed adultery. And I would like the punishment to be, you know, put upon me. So he probably still alojado said, um, you know, he asked her Are you someone who has gone mad? Are you someone who is in the state of intoxication? She said, No, yada. So the law and then post us and asked her, you know,
do you have any proof of this? And she said, yada, yada. You know, I'm pregnant with the child right now.
probably still a lot of them said, Go back and give birth to this child, and then come back to me and we will look into your affair. So she goes and gives birth to the child. And months later she comes back to deposit some a lot, honey send them. And then she says out of sudama, I've given birth to this child, you told me to come back to, you know, I would like to the height develops, I know it's either to be imposed upon me. So they probably sell a lot more nice to the master, you know, has your child finished breastfeeding yet? Or is he still in need of you, she said, the child is still in need only. So the foster Some said go and feed him for two years or two and a half years,
and then come back to me and then we will look into your sphere. So then this lady, she went back, and she took care of her child. And then she came back to the Prophet sallallahu set up and she said the outer Solar law, I want the Hydra imposed upon me. So you know, please imposed upon me, and then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in Taurus companions, you know, go and implemented the photos of Allah subhanaw taala go implemented the rights of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon her, and then he mentioned something that this woman had committed Toba that it was sufficient and equivalent to the Toba of 70 individuals of Medina. Meaning that you think about the companions of the Prophet
sallallahu sallam, and how much tober they made. This woman who fell into sin, she made so much Toba to Allah subhanaw taala that it was was equivalent to the sober of 70 companions of the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And you think that sometimes we commit sins as individuals, and those sins are tests from Allah subhanho wa Taala, that almost kind of what Allah created us as individuals who were meant to sin. But the difference between those who pass and fail this test is the reaction to that sin. Those people who go about and enjoy their sin and pursue it even further and talk about it openly that you know, I committed such and such sin last night, then these people
who are the ones who fail the test, and you know, Allah subhanaw taala increases their punishment. Then you have those individuals from after they've committed a sin. They go back to Allah subhana wa Tada. seek His forgiveness, and make that adamant intention not to return to it, and continue to remember this sin throughout time, meaning that every time we have an opportunity to make Toba to Allah subhanho wa Taala, they will make Toba to Allah subhanaw taala and seek His forgiveness. And likewise, they will caution others of falling into the sin because they know how bad they felt after it. So it all depends in terms of how a person reacts to the same those individuals whom Allah
subhanaw taala allows to fail, or those who are the people who persist in their sin and talk about it openly. But those things that we commit to that are a test for us and unless I know that it wants us to be over those who pass and elements of them are those people who hide these things make Toba tala Panos Allah for their sins and caution others against these sins. So this is the difference and the way to reconcile.
You know the state of sincerity and insincerity with our sins or Lahu