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Bismillah Alhamdulillah Salaam Alaikum, peace be unto you. You are watching the deen Show. I'm your host. Thank you for tuning in again. Today we're going to be talking about spirituality. Some of us get really, really depressed at times. That's the nature of this life. And now how do you become more spiritual? You have to shut the lights off those some candles on the table and just throw your head from side to side and wait some some some some Holy Spirit to come in you and you start speaking in tongues. What is it? What does this mean? So we're going to be talking about this with our next guest in a second here on the D show, don't go nowhere. This is the thing
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Salam aleikum, WA Nikos set out for Qatar, please be with you, my brother and with you as well. Thank you for being with us on the deen show. That was a pleasure to be here. I got a gift for you is that this is the DVD that we have
of the deen show. Nice. I had to figure out something that gives you the courage to give gifts in Islam. Indeed, as my gift to you is alkalosis. Thank you very much. I really appreciate it. You're welcome. So you have your own section, at the deen show calm people can go there and see the other shows. Okay, just take a minute just to kind of let our viewers know who you are. For those that already don't know. Okay. Basically, I was born in Montreal, Canada. And growing up, you know, Alhamdulillah I had a passion for the religion. So eventually I went overseas and learned Arabic at Islamic University of Medina, and further pursued a Bachelor's in Sharia. After that, I came back
and I sign up with a Muslim and I'm actually one of their Hadeeth instructors. I teach Hadith. And my second and newest class right now is called a Samaritan mohammedia are those things that are specific to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in terms of characteristics and traits. Likewise, I counsel the community, especially marital counseling, youth counseling, any sort of troubles that the community has, I try to help them out as much as I can. And obviously I love spreading the religion of Allah subhana wa Tada. And that's why I'm here today. No, no, hold up, hold up. Wait a minute, because you know that we have a lot of not yet Muslims, right. And there are
people that don't understand Islam, which simply means to acquire peace, by submitting your will, to the owner, peace, the one God, the God of Jesus, Abraham and the last in front of messenger, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them all. So now, you said some Arabic words. Now just to know if we were living during a time of Jesus, he would have spoke Aramaic, or is the sister language Arabic, right. So tell us what is Sharia? Because some people when you say Sharia, they think the boogeyman is coming against you. So what is Sharia? You said it, what does it mean? Sharia is the law that Allah subhanaw taala legislated for mankind to govern the lines with and it has many aspects to it, as it
relates to everyone and what I was referring to specifically, is how we govern our lives as individuals to get closer to Allah subhana wa Tada. So this refers to the way we pray, the way we fast the way we interact and deal with one another. And you know, just the way we live our daily lives, and you serve a law now people think there's some air of God, who is Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah subhanaw taala. And I wish you know, it was possible to do justice of a description in mere words. But Allah subhana wa tada is the creator of the Sustainer and the one who solely deserves to be worshipped linguistically speaking, the word Allah comes from anila, the one who is has the sole
right to be worshipped, and that is what lies This is the same God of Jesus, Abraham, Noah, the same God, they worship. This is the same God that they worship is the same God that created them. And this is the same God that every prophet called to and preached a boat. That's the law. He's not a man or woman but the creator man.
Woman Exactly. Beautiful. That's simple. Now, just one more note, don't Arab Christians that have the Bible in Arabic, isn't the word Allah used for God exactly that they use the exact same word. Okay? Now, those that might have had some fears, they can rest assured that this is a way of life, like you said that all the messengers of God taught, brought, preach, teach, and we're just doing the same thing continuing the message. Exactly. worshiping the one God, not his creation, and you're learning about it here on the deen show. And today, we're talking about spirituality. Many people, they have what's associated with mysticism, and you got to turn off the lights, you got to set the
And you got to do something fancy and something sometimes it's weird. So So what is spirituality really in Islam? What is it all about? Okay, spirituality, you have to understand the nature of mankind. The nature of mankind is that Allah Spanos, Allah created us, as human beings who live in this world, we are meant to go out and seek our assistance. We're meant to educate ourselves. We're meant to take care of our families, and means to do all of these things. But one of the most key fundamental aspects of our lives is taking care of our souls. Allah subhanho wa Taala mentions in the Quran, that successful is the one who purifies his soul. And this is a goal for each and every
individual. Now, the reality of our times is that the vast majority of the people get so caught up in this world, that they don't focus on purifying their souls, or purifying the hearts. And in order for one to truly be content in order for one to truly submit to Allah subhanho wa Taala. They have to take care of their hearts and have to take care of their souls. This is just like the individual who has a sickness, an individual who is sick, is not truly going to be able to enjoy this world. Someone gives you a gift, let's just say a really, really nice car. But if you're terminally ill you have a sickness, you're not going to be able to enjoy that car. Same thing with purification of the
soul. If you don't purify your soul, you don't purify your heart, the many blessings that Allah subhanaw taala gives you, you're not going to be able to be grateful for them, you're not going to be able to appreciate them. And you're not going to find any serenity or tranquility in this life up and until you purify your soul in your heart. So do you have to do some? Okay, so purifying your heart. And if you're not purifying your heart, which this is what Islam with the creator wants us to do. And this is how we can be successful that will this alleviate depression in our lives? Definitely, definitely. A lot of the times when people don't take care of the soul, their souls.
That's what it leads to is depression in this life. people end up losing hope in this life, they end up losing hope in God, they end up you know, just giving up and up until the fact that they start purifying their hearts. That's the state that they're going to be in. Because Allah subhanaw taala throughout the Koran he gives this parable of lightness and darkness and the individual who is enlightened, the one who is spiritually enlightened, who knows Allah subhana wa Taala worships Allah subhanaw taala The one who is in darkness is the one who doesn't purify his soul doesn't know Allah, nor does he worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. Now to purify your heart, do you have to what are some
of the practical things that you do? Is this left to guesswork? Or is it defined or clearly it is defined? This is one of the beautiful narrations of the companions, that he was outside in nature one day, and there was a bird flapping its wings going by. And he said that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us everything that we need to know about our religion, even this bird that is flapping its wings in the sky. So if he doesn't have taught us about that bird that's flapping its wings in the sky, then it is obvious that that which is more important, like purifying one's soul and heart would have been taught to us as well. So therefore, when it comes to spirituality, it
is not something we guess or makeup, but rather like everything else, we are confined to the Quran and the Sunnah when we do this, and the Quran is the verbatim Word of God, the verbatim word of Allah spaniels. And the sooner is, the sooner as we explained in our last show, is the inspired Word to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So while it wasn't a direct revelation, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was inspired with these words about the religion about this world, and as which we use as a form of guidance. Now, before I go to my next question, just to bring this point home, can we make a correlation between the two like during Moses time, for example, did he have a revelation
that was given to him? And then you had to follow his way? His Sunnah. Exactly. Each and every prophet, they had their revelation, you know, Moses, Ellison, mpsp, appoint them had the Torah, Jesus had the gospel, though, that a Salaam had the Psalms. And then on top of that, the people had to follow their example and their interpretation of those various texts. So similarly, as Muslims, Allah subhanaw taala, sent down the Quran to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and we follow his example of interpreting and implementing the code that makes so much sense. So you have the instruction manual and the representative examples explaining it. So it's not my interpretation or
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Pleased to be with you. Welcome back to the deen show. And we're talking about spiritual development. Very important key, I'm going to tell you my experience, way back when when I started to come to a realization like, you know what, this life is short. And I'm going to die soon. I was very nervous. I was like, you know, I got to get myself together. It's not all about just having fun, and living from Friday to Friday. And then work party and play. So I ended up trying to really investigate, I started comparing all the different religions, and I went through my journey and you know, getting serious, wanting to know what's the purpose of life, etc, etc. And I started to
investigate Islam and everything was coming to, to making sense. But now I wanted to I was feeling something my soul was yearning for some I didn't have all the correct understanding. So I would, because of the outside influences. You see some people, they'll get full of the Holy Ghost, and you're looking for this, this feeling inside, like something's going to overtake you. And what I did was I I literally shut the lights off. I didn't know anything. So I shut the lights off. And I did I put some who, how, and I put some music, you know, some some, you know, this is why I was ignorant. I didn't know. And I was just waiting there. And I was about i was i was i was saying some words,
you know, praising God. And I was waiting for something to happen. Something that come on me just take me. I didn't know, is this what we're talking about? This is absolutely not. My intention was good, the intention was good, and it shall you'll be rewarded for your intention. But when it comes to Islam, not only do we require righteous intentions, but we require righteous actions as well. And this is referred to you know, finally the example of the positive saddam and his companions. So this was something that many people I think, there is a misconception here, many people they feel that you know what, because you hear again, from the outside influence that I'm full of the they call it
the Holy Spirit. Do we have anything like this in Islam? No, we don't have anything like that in Islam. So okay, so continue on talking to us about the proper way that God Almighty wants us how to develop this purification of the heart. Excellent. Okay. So the essence of spirituality is to become more sincere to Allah subhanho wa Taala, to develop that closer relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala. The best ways to do this, or one of the best ways to do this, is contemplate death itself, contemplate death, contemplate death. That is scary, though. It is very, very scary. But it brings you back to reality. It gives you a reality check that the lives that we live are very limited. And
there is a life which is everlasting in the hereafter. And you have to make a conscious decision of which group of people do you want to be of the people of heaven or the people of hell. And with that reality check, you can't help but to become more sincere, and the action that you do, you can't help but be more focused in the action that you choose to do. So that's the number one thing and this is seen from the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam, where he said, Remember the destroyer of pleasures, he said, Remember this destroyer of pleasures, remember death frequently. And this is why you would see some of the companions, they would dig up their graves. And while they're alive, they
will go and lay down in it. And that is like the ultimate reality check. That no matter how much power you have, no matter how much money you have, how much authority you have, each and every individual one day is going to end up in that place. And it's actually a very, very scary thought. Now, not only death wouldn't have itself but leading up to death. It has a profound effect. I'll tell you one story that really, really struck me was
I was at an event in March last year. And in this event, we were told the story of the joshy. He was the Abyssinian
King who was originally Christian but accepted Islam, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam never met him. But when he passed away, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam made this profound statement, he said, matter Leon, Rajan saw that today a righteous man has passed away. And I thought to myself panelo What a beautiful ending that must have been that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam himself, it's testified to this man's righteousness, and if he had any mistakes or any sins that he had committed, he has the best of mankind seeking His forgiveness in Genesis. So I thought to myself, you know, if anyone ever wanted a good ending, that would have been like this purpose of
endings, that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam himself testifies to his righteousness. Then when they prayed his funeral prayer, they're seeking His forgiveness as well. And Allah subhanaw taala would definitely answer that. Likewise, if you look at the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I want to paint a picture for you over here. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he died, he went through a lot of agony through a lot of pain. And in that pain, he's lying on the lap of eyeshadow De La Hoya and his most beloved wife, the most beloved things to him in this world. And during all of that, he just kept looking at this guy, he would raise his hands. And then when he
passed away from this world, he said, a lot of my fellow African or Allah in the highest of companionship, and those were the last words, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ordered. So through that pain through that agony, through being with the love of this world with I showed your loved one had the epidemic of love for him, he was still longing for Allah subhanaw taala. That's why you see not when of death itself, but even stories relating to death. You can't help but purify your soul can help purify your heart is that getting like some people go to the gym to get that pump. Some people go to the club to get some high, some people will take some drugs, also to get
that feeling, right does thinking about death, it gives you another feeling that feeling of a reality check. It gives you the feeling of a reality check. And I'll tell you how it actually works. When you think about death, it actually breaks you down, it makes you feel worthless. But then you go through the cycle that once you've broken down, you start building back up now this build building back up, and actually makes you a better person. And that's what the reality check is all all about. That you start doing those actions that are conducive towards righteousness to start praying more, you'll pray on time, you'll read more code on the afterlife is all in mind. It's
always infocus. So if you're hunting, now you got some title, Mr. President, or Mr. CEO, or Mr. Big Shot. Now think about death, the destroyer pleasures, and now you realize I'm gonna have some dirt in my mouth, or I'm going to be six feet under. Now you come back to reality, and you humble yourself. Exactly. And then you start to maybe beseech the creator more and say, you know, if I'm returning to you, I want to return in a good state. Definitely. Definitely. That's what so so give us now that's one, we're almost out of time thinking contemplating on death. This is for your betterment, so you can be more sincere and acts of worship. Tell us some more please. Okay. Another
thing to focus on, is where you stand in front of Allah subhanaw taala your relationship with him? The price predecessors, they used to say, never look at the size of your sin, but look at the greatness of the one whom you're sinning against. So now when it comes to committing sin, a lot of people have this mentality, or this is just a small sin or this, you know, this is just a minor sin. It's not that big of a deal. But if you look at the predecessors, they never looked at it this way. Every single sin that they committed was something heavy on their shoulders, a burden that they had, that they have to alleviate themselves from. And this is why you have the the beautiful statement
from the companion, that the hypocrite he considers his sin, just like a fly that lands on your nose, he waves it away and he thinks that the sin is gone. Whereas the believer he considers his sin, a heavy weight upon his shoulders like mountains, that he carries it with him up and until he seeks forgiveness from Allah subhana wa Tada. So always look at your relationship with Allah Spano with the honor to share a story with you in terms of how our relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala should be on webinar for Bob he had a grandson. His name was Saddam Hussein. This is one of the just for our viewers to know this. One of the companions of he was he was one of the companions
and he was the second Khalifa of Islam. He had a grandson by the name of Salim and sell them was a profound individual. He used to live in Makkah, and the halifa went to go see him one day. So the Khalifa goes to see him while he's making tough. And he says, oh, saddam, I want to ask you a question. Please answer it for me. Do you have any need in this world that I can fulfill for you? Do you need any money? Southern gave him something profound. He said, If you and I were were guests in the house of someone, would you ask me to have your needs fulfilled? Or do you ask the host himself? The halifa said I would ask the host. So he said here we are in the house of Allah subhanaw taala Do
you think I'm going to ask you or ask the host himself, the halifa left 2 million needed. They left the hot room. And now the halifa wants his revenge. He waits for seven to come out. And he thinks that now that they're outside of the huddle, he will have him so he goes up to sell them and he says all sudden I asked
The same question again. Is there any need of yours that needs to be fulfilled any money that you may need? He said, let me ask you a question or halifa? Do you actually own this wealth? Or are you just put in charge of it, the Khalifa says, I'm just put in charge of it. So he says what they asked the owner of the wealth, or just the one who's put in charge. And he said, obviously, the one who owns the swamp, and the halifa, left again, and he told his people, his entourage did not tell you this was a special person. So our ultimate goal is to turn everything back to a list panel with data in terms of the blessings that came from Allah subhanaw taala, the sins that we commit, we're
seeking or less forgiveness, everything that we do, we're trying to keep a list panel down in mind. So before we go to break, so a law is the Most Merciful, the most forgiving, we just got to have our actions in line with all the good things he's told us to do. Exactly. Stay away from all the bad things, just try your best. That's all that's required. And this is only going to better our lives. Definitely. Let's take a break and we'll be right back onto the show.
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back on the deen show. And we are talking about spiritual development. And the time is so short, but we just want to give people a taste a better understanding. And then they can go on and continue getting motivated to seek knowledge and implement all the good knowledge that we have authentic knowledge that's from the Creator of the heavens and earth. Tell us now it's the same thing. Like a person is a law abiding citizen, you should be a law abiding citizen, right definitely should obey the law of the land. But now, you know, a person doesn't want to get locked up for disorderly conduct a person doesn't want to get locked up for you know, let's say parking tickets or whatever
it is. These are crimes, you don't want to commit crimes Exactly. Is it the same thing now with the law of God, we don't want to break the law of the land, nor should we want to break the law, God is more important. Definitely. And you know, there's actually a nice parallel over here, that when you commit a crime in the society, that you say like a driving offense, you end up paying a ticket, and that's it, it's over. But whereas when you commit a sin against God, it actually places a black.on your heart, and that's the heart it stains the heart. And the more sins that you commit, the harder your heart becomes. And the harder it becomes for you to connect to God. And it becomes such a bad
state, that one is no longer able to distinguish between right and wrong. One longs for closeness to God but is unable to attain it. And that is like one of the worst forms of punishment in this world. So just like people would pay, you know, parking tickets and would pay these things off. The way to get those black dots are for is to seek forgiveness from seek forgiveness. You look at the best example, in the Prophet sallallahu wasallam himself, he said that I seek forgiveness from Allah 70 to 100 times a day, if not more than that. And this is an individual whom all of his sins are already forgiven, it's guaranteed. But just to due to the fact that Allah loves this act of seeking
forgiveness. He used to do it throughout the day. So the best way to do this is just frequent the statement of stuff federal law, anyway, you're going to keep it on your tongue in your such that seek forgiveness from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And you will find him to be compassionate and show he's showing us through example, that God loves this earnest seeking of forgiveness. And the Prophet peace be upon him did it not because he would like some big sinner like some people, you know, the misconception, oh, he sought forgiveness. So you know, right, this is not the case, not at all. So this is again to show us into because God Almighty Allah loves this. Exactly, exactly. So never give
up or despair at the mercy of God never ever. This is again from the beauty of Islam that an individual comes into Islam. his sins are wiped out completely like I'm talking about clean white slate, no sense whatsoever. Same thing for the Muslim himself when he seeks His forgiveness. When he does good deeds. God wipes up those sins for him. closing comments and suggestions. We covered reality.
Remembering death, sincerity and seeking forgiveness. One last piece just raise. Yes one last piece of advice. Allah subhana wa tada sent down this revelation known as the Quran. It is a very blessed revelation. The clearest signs of this is an individual who recites it and reflects over it, it will move his heart and this is what I want to invite you to bid the lights on. We started with peace we and booth peace, peace be on cue. Thanks for being with us. Thank you very much. We are Thank you. And thank you for tuning in to another episode of the deen show. Again, you got to hear some great advice. Remember, the destroyer or pleasure is death. It can come at any time. So Humble yourself in
front of the Most High, the most great, the creator of this universe and everything in it. He created us and he created
everything. And he's given us everything. And now we have to beseech him for the guidance. It's that simple. It's that easy. Start to earnestly ask for forgiveness, ask for guidance. And then be courageous enough to take those steps forward, to live on the truth to be on the truth and to die on the truth. And visit us here every week on a daily show until next time, peace be unto you.
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Yes, one last piece of advice. Allah subhanaw taala sent down this revelation known as the Quran. It is a very blessed revelation. The clearest signs of this is an individual who recites it and reflects over it, it will move his heart and this is what I want to invite you to be delighted. We started with peace we and booth peace, peace be on cue. Thanks for being with us. Thank you very much. We are Thank you. And thank you for tuning in to another episode of the deen show. Again, you got to hear some great advice. Remember, the destroyer or pleasure is death. It can come at any time. So Humble yourself in front of the Most High the most great, the creator of this universe and
everything in it. He created us and he created
everything. And he's given us everything. And now we have to beseech him for the guidance. It's that simple. It's that easy. Start to earnestly ask for forgiveness, ask for guidance. And then be courageous enough to take those steps forward to live on the truth to be on the truth and to die on the truth. And visit us here every week on a daily show until next time, peace be unto you.
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