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So we're continuing our discussion on the tafsir of Surya scene. And we left on verse number four where Allah subhanho wa Taala he says, Allah Salatu musta came upon the straight path. So here Allah subhana wa tada is addressing the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he is telling him that he is upon the straight path. Now the reason why I lost the behind the words Allah is telling this to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was because the Quraysh at that time did not believe in the messenger ship of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, not because they thought that
not because they, they did not trust his character or didn't know what he was preaching to, but due to their own whims and desires. So here Allah subhana wa tada is re enforcing that fact that indeed the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is upon the straight path, that no matter what the Quraysh say about the Messenger of Allah, this will not harm him whatsoever. And this is the first lesson that we're going to be learning here tonight, that at the end of the day, what is valuable is how you are in the sight of Allah subhana wa tada as a practicing Muslim in the 21st century living in the West. From time to time, things will be difficult, you know, you will be
looked down upon you will be mocked, based upon practicing your faith, and this will hurt you, you will feel you will feel down and depressed. But the ultimate lesson over here is regardless of how certain groups of people perceive you, at the end of the day, if you can be as close as possible to certain that Allah is happy with you, then that is what matters, then that is what matters. The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam after he was attacked by the people of thought if there is a lie that is attributed to him that he made the scholars or had said that this is the is weak, but one of the interesting things that he mentioned in this do that as long as you're not
angry with me, Oh Allah find out Oh, Bernie, then I'm not concerned. I don't mind me at the trials and tests that I go through. As long as you're not upset with me then that is what is important. And this is what we see over here that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam going through these hardships with the Quraysh, the Messenger of Allah so Allah on your son has his faith, fortified and strengthened that the Messenger of Allah wa sallam is being taught? We're in Nicola salata, Mr. Kim, that indeed, you are upon the straight path. Now this leads us to a discussion. How do we define the straight path? When we talk about the scrotum stuck in what does this actually
refer to? As Serato Mr. Kim as Allah subhanho wa Taala refers to it in Surah Fatiha and we mentioned this in our sort of sort of idea. This is the path that Allah subhanaw taala wants us to follow. This is the path that Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us to follow. And if you look inside the introduction of synonyms, no matter sunon IGNOU murgia he talks about various narrations were the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam talked about what the straight path is. So we have the famous hadith of abdominal muscles, or the Allahu anhu, where one day the Messenger of Allah was sitting, and he drew a straight line into the path and from that path, he drew off many branches. He
says, This is the sirata of Allah subhana wa tada had a shout out to him stuck in this the Straight Path of Allah subhanho wa Taala and the paths that go off from it, then these are the paths of deviation these are the paths of deviation and at the head of each of these deviated paths is a shaytaan that is calling them them is a shaytaan that is calling to them. So they said the other Salalah what is the straight path that Allah subhanho wa Taala is calling us to that what is the straight path that you have drawn? Man and I
was happy that which I am upon at the companions of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or upon so here the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he draws a very important point for us, that the straight path that Allah subhanho wa Taala wants us to follow is the path of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as was understood by the companions that are the Allahu anhu. So you'll notice in our day and age when we're looking for an Islam to practice, right, we all obviously, we hear a lot. There's so many versions of Islam, what version should we be following which version is the truth? The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi
wa sallam defined it for us over here, that it is the Islam that the companions are the Allahu anhu understood and implemented. So if you want to see are you on the straight path, then see where you lie in terms of the axes that the companions or the Allahu anhu had.
And you'll notice that the companions are the Allah on him.
They were very simple people, you know, there, they lived in a time long, long ago, there was no technology there was no you know, you know, great study of science or math or anything like that. But what made them special and unique is that as soon as they heard something about the deen of Allah subhanho wa Taala they wanted to implement it right away. And that I would say is perhaps one of the most important characteristics for a believer to have that anything you learn about the deen of Allah subhanaw taala you want to learn it, memorize it, understand it and implement it. And that was the methodology that they had. And that is what made them so special and unique, that as soon as
Allah revealed something, they were very enthusiastic to learn and very enthusiastic to implement. That was very important. Number two, their ultimate allegiance to Allah subhanaw taala and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that no matter who offered what to them, whatever share of the dunya whatever share of the life of this world, guys what's happening with your phone study man.
Anyone who has a phone if you can please turn it off or put it on silent inshallah turns your phone off, or put it on silent, please does not come knocking.
And no matter what share the received of this dunya they weren't going to have it right they could be offered all of the women of this world of the wealth of this world they want to want to have their ultimate allegiance was to Allah subhana wa tada and this messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And this is the second characteristic that we want to implement it to the best of our ability. Our ultimate goal is not the life of this world. It is the life of the Hereafter, just for the very simple reason that the life of this world is finite, and the life of the Hereafter is infinite. So your ultimate goal should be the life of the here after the life of the hereafter. Now
Allah subhana wa tada in the very next verse, he says, Tenzin Aziza Rahim that this is a revelation sent down by Allah, the Almighty, the Most Merciful. What is the relationship between this verse and the previous verse, that Allah subhanho wa Taala, in the previous verse is talking about the Serato Mr. Kim, and in this verse, he's talking about the revelation that came down, meaning that the Straight Path of Allah subhanho wa Taala it cannot exist without a relationship with the Quran without a relationship with the Quran. Now how do we tie this together? Going back to Surah Fatiha we see Daniel Salatin, Mr Kim, right that Oh Allah Guide us to the straight path. In the Quran. When
is the next time you see the word guidance right at the beginning of Surah Al Baqarah, who Daniel Mata kin, Daniel Kitab udara Buffy who Daniel Mottaki that this is the book of Allah subhanho wa Taala, of which there is no doubt, it is a guidance for the people of taqwa meaning, the third level of guidance that wants you to have along with the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and along with the companions of messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the Koran. And in fact this is the ultimate guide that the Quran is there to be explained by the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and the actions of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
are meant to be explained by his companions. So when we talk about guidance, when we talk about the straight path, that is the hierarchy that we want to look at the statement of Allah, the statement of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as it was understood by the companions, or the Allah who is known as it was understood by the companions of the Allah who on home. Now, why does Allah subhanho wa Taala choose the description. It is a revelation sent down by the Almighty, the Most Merciful. So the first thing we look at is why we're here does Allah subhanaw taala talk about revelation meaning in terms of descending from Allah subhanho wa Taala to show the divine
nature of the book. So this book did not come from Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam It was not compiled to by any man, but rather it was revealed by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that is why he revealed he talks about Tenzin meaning it is descending down. One of the things if not calm Ramallah when he talks about sorry, Mama, Diaby in Quito when he talks about the highness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. He says one of the ways that the highness of Allah subhanaw taala above his creation is proven, is a very fact that when Allah subhanaw taala talks about the Quran, he talks about it as a Tenzin, meaning that it has come down from a higher point to a lower point. So this shows the
highness of Allah subhanho wa Taala. A second thing about Tenzin is that Allah subhanho wa Taala when he sent down the Quran, he sent it down in gradual phases, he didn't send it down all at one time. There are multiple, you know, benefits that can be derived from this one, to facilitate the implementation of Islam. So it is then being revealed all together at one time and would have been very difficult for the people to implement. Number two, when something is constant and consistent, your faith in it becomes fortified. Right and this is what Allah subhanho wa Taala tells the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Luther better behaved for others, so that we may
strengthen your heart with this book. A third reason why Allah subhanho wa Taala sends down to the Quran is that at the end of the day, Allah subhanho wa Taala would never leave us without guidance and the Quran is there for that ultimate reason. It is a book of guidance, and I can tell
Besides this point enough that you know, this is a very, very valuable lesson that I learned from nominal Econ, that there was a sister that came to a conference we were at and spinal, you would look at this sister, and you would think that she has no relationship with Islam whatsoever, you know, really funky haircut, tattoos all over the place piercings all over the place. And she comes in, sits down, and she's like, you know, I'm having a crisis of faith. And I was like, Man, that was started a long time ago. You know, this is where you're at very judgmental of me and something I shouldn't have done. And you know, I seek Allah's forgiveness for that, but that was the initial
feeling I had. And you know, this was like, everyday nature for him that I'm you know, this is just at the beginning of me attending conferences, and his very first question that he asked you, look, don't tell me about your problems. Just answer one simple question for me, how is your relationship with the Quran? How is your relationship with the Quran? And she's like, it's non existent. I haven't read the Quran in like, you know, three, four or five years. And it's like, that's the problem right there. Allah subhanho wa Taala calls the call on a book of guidance. And if you're not holding on to that guidance, what do you think is going to happen to your faith? So it says, Your
crisis in faith began, the day you start, you stopped having a daily reading of the Quran. And I want you to understand those words, your crisis of faith began, the day you stopped having a daily reading of the Quran. What does this mean for the vast majority of us, whether we wanted it or not, we're having a crisis of faith, all at different levels, of course, but the solution is quite simple. Each and every day, establish a portion of the day where you will read the Koran that's as simple as you need to do, tying it into something that you do on a daily basis. Like, you know what, after budget every day is dedicated to Koran, or first thing as soon as I wake up in the morning, I
dedicated to call on or before I go to bed, I dedicated to have a daily reading of the Quran, so that you can remain upon guidance so that you can remain upon guidance, I'll share something very, you know, I don't even know what the word to describe it is but very shocking, I guess is the best description of it. Mm hmm. Portobello ham Allah He talks about does that look at the amount of code to be Rahim Allah He talks about read the the readings of the Quran of the self, meaning that how frequently the predecessors used to read the Koran, and certainly imams are reading it once during the day, once during the night. Some of them are like reading it three times a day, you know,
mathematically, I don't know how that's possible. But if they said they did it, you know, we believe it. And then at the very least, you know, three times, once every three days, once a week, once every 10 days. And then he says, and there are a few of them that did it once every 40 days. But this is the killer of the fact this is the recitation of the extremely weekend people. And it makes you think of that time like once every 40 days if not in the Quran, you know, it's as if you have no EMA and is what he's trying to say. Now you try to understand that in light of of our day and age, if once every 40 days is like the the recitation of the lazy and the weekend in mind, how about the
ones that are only reading in Ramadan, or even in the month of Ramadan, we're not finishing the Quran at least once, right? A point of reflection not as to make not to make us feel bad, to make us understand what our goals should look like. We should never be content with where our faith is. We always want to constantly grow, always want to constantly grow. A second thing we want to look at over here, Allah subhana wa tada is very particular about the attributes or the names rather that he uses over here he uses ICS and Rahim. And Aziz is the Almighty, the one with the source of Isa, right that is what ISIS is. So why does Allah subhanaw taala use the term ISIS over here,
remembering over here that Allah subhanaw taala is addressing the police. The reason why he's talking about ISIS is because the Quraysh were very proud people they loved you know that they should be praised and they should be honored and they should be recognized. This is what they loved. So here listen, I know what's odd is using this name and Aziz over here to tell them that look, if you truly want to is the know that is that comes from Allah subhanho wa Taala. There is no without Allah subhanho wa Taala. So that is the first reason that he mentions Aziz over here. Now, Rahim, who can remind me how we defined Rahim when we were talking about Bismillah R Rahman r Rahim. How
did we define Rahim? Go ahead.
The one who displays and manifest the mercy the one that displays and manifest the mercy. So now why does Allah subhanaw taala user Rahim over here to indicate and show that yes, Quraysh you may have gone astray you may have made mistakes, but if you were to repent to Allah subhanho wa Taala, then Allah subhana wa tada is still over him, and he will show you mercy He will show you mercy. Now what's beautiful over here is the combination between these two names, the combination between Iser and Rama, the combination between being mighty and powerful, yet still being merciful, yet still being merciful. You know, often in times, you know, guys get into fight and you'll always get this
one guy who
He loves to pick fights, but he's terrible at fighting. He doesn't know how to fight and you know, he can't do anything. So what he usually does as a ploy, he always tells his friends Look, if a fight ever kicks off, the first thing you need to do is hold me back. And then this guy is like, you know, my friends are holding me back. You know, I take care of you right now. Right? This is the type of mentality that in a weak minded people have, they pick fights, they don't want to fight. They just want to show how brave and courageous they are. Now imagine someone that truly is able to do whatever they want, yet they still choose to show mercy. And that is the ultimate you know, the
epitome of showing mercy. When you're able to punish you're able to hold people to account yet you are still willing to show them mercy. So Mercy is not when a person is weak and they decide to be merciful and forgiving. But true Mercy is when you're able to do something, yet you choose not to, and that is perfectly defined in Allah subhanho wa Taala. There are lots of I know it's Allah can do with his slaves, whatever he wishes, yet the fact that Allah subhanaw taala still shows us mercy shows us the true Mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that Allah Spanos, Allah gives us life to repent, it gives us time to change, he gives us time to become better individuals. And this is why Allah
subhanho wa Taala he says over here that this is a revelation from the most mighty and the Most Merciful. So fear Allah subhanho wa Taala due to his might, but if you don't make a mistake, then remember that Allah is still is the Most Merciful at the end of the day.
Then Allah subhanaw taala he goes on to say, the tones are a common man, whom for whom coffee alone in order that you Oh prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam may warn the people whose forefathers had received no warning so that they are heedless. So here Allah subhanho wa Taala he makes it very explicit that the reason why you have been sent to Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is to address these people, the Arab community to address the khoresh. Now does this mean that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was only sent to these people? No, that is not the case at all. In fact, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a prophet for
all of mankind, for all of mankind. However, the people that he was particularly sent to was the coresh Why did Allah subhanho wa Taala choose to send the Quran a messenger, just due to the fact that it had been a very long time that in a prophet had been sent to the Arabs, right from the time of his smile, and he said at that time of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a very, very long time. And let's find out that that said many, many other prophets to the different tribes and nations, but this nation in particular, who are from the genealogy of Ibrahim Ali said, you know, the father of sahid, they have not had a profit in a very, very long time. So that is why
Allah subhanho wa Taala particularly sent the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam amongst these people. Number two, he says, that, they have become lawfully known that they have become heedless of Allah subhana wa tada will come to see in the later verses, what caused them to become headless, eventually would cause them to become heedless, was a very whims and desires, right, them loving themselves loving the life of this world, over the life of the hereafter. And anything that got in the way of their desires, they will completely outright reject. If it meant that they will no longer be honored and cherished, they will outright reject it. And that is what happened with the
Qureshi over here. It wasn't the fact that he didn't know that the Koran was the truth, and the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came with the truth. It was the fact that they were indeed a very arrogant people. In fact, they are indeed a very arrogant people. So now when Allah subhanho wa Taala, he says, that you may want the people whose forefathers had received the no warning, so they are heedless, meaning that there is a responsibility of a parent to educate their children. Right? That is, well, let's find out what Donnie says their forefathers weren't warned. So they became heedless to understand the relationship here, forefathers weren't warned. So they became
heedless, meaning that guidance is meant to be something that is passed on from one generation to the next one generation to the next. And this is something I was thinking about on a completely different tangent, that when you look at communities and societies that thrived in the past, from a completely worldly perspective, what was the one of the fundamental things that caused them to thrive and and succeed? It was the fact that depending on what household you were born in, it was already understood what your profession would be. So you everyone into the household of a carpenter, it was understood that you would continue to be a carpenter, your father baked bread, it would
understood that you would make bread. Why? Because from a very young age, this is what you're witnessing. This is what you're seeing your father do your role model do and as you bought into this household, this is what your ambition naturally becomes to is that it is hoped that since the your father's had to have done it
This profession for a very long time, he would learn the ins and outs of the trade and can pass them on to you. Now, when you have a system where parents are no longer having hands on, say, in terms of education, and religious guidance, or any of that, that is when a weakness starts to develop, the parents are busy in their own worlds, children are busy in their own world, not only does a trade not get passed on, but in fact, anything else you want to talk about as well doesn't get passed on as well. And this is a reminder that, you know, Alhamdulillah, we have a lot of young people in the room, that as you get older as you think about getting married, as you think about having children,
part of the equation is making sure you grant your children the best guidance possible. It's not just about no sending them to the best school, getting them doctors and engineers, and so on and so forth. It's about making sure that they're guided, and you have to have a hands on approach to everything in their life. Right. So from a very young age, make sure they're seeing you pray, make sure they're seeing you read Koran, make sure you bring them to the masjid and this is like another big thing for me. You know this happened at eighth and eighth very recently that there's this brother who always brings his his daughter to the masala and if you've already read it, and if you
know what I'm talking about, and at one of the Holocaust, our brother just completely lost it completely lost it. He's like What's wrong with you? You always bring your daughter she's always constantly you know, causing chaos. It's hard on your daughter, you know, gives out a straight on foot squat right there around to bring your daughter. Now I understand people will get annoyed and frustrated with children running around spilling stuff in the masjid. Yes, it is problematic. But I want you to think what is the bigger problem than causing chaos in the masjid or them not coming to the masjid at all. The bigger problem is obviously when your kids don't come to the masjid. And when
you start scaring kids away from the masjid, as they get older, they're not going to want to come. So you want to make sure that you make the masjid a positive experience as possible. So if you come to the mercy then your child is running around, the people should be patient with that, right? We were one day in diapers as well. We were running around as well. We were there. We eventually grew up so well these children, but we want to make sure that they have a positive experience. So rather than reprimanding the child and rather than making the child feel insignificant, welcome the child embrace the child and take the time to educate the child. If they're extremely young, speak to the
parent. If they're around four or five, six years old, where they're starting to understand things, set the child down, smile at them and tell them look, this is the masjid. People are praying, you shouldn't cause chaos. And this is the type of thing that you want to do. You don't want to reprimand them so that they're scarred for life. You know, we all have stories where we've been scarred for life by images of the massages and the uncles of the masjid. Right. Everyone relates to it, we want to make the most of the comfortable place for the youth so that they feel welcome to come. So this is the relationship that Allah subhanho wa Taala he says that their forefathers did
not receive warning. So they became heedless. And this is a very important thing that we cannot expect our children to be guided if we ourselves are not guided, we cannot expect our children's to be guided, if we ourselves are not guided. Then Allah subhanaw taala in verse number seven, he goes on to say that God, Allah actually him for him. Now you may know and indeed the word of punishment has been proven true against most of them. So they will not believe so that they will not believe it will God Rahim Allah He says the punishment has become inevitable for most of them because Allah has decreed it in the mother of all books. So now this issue of whoever Allah subhana wa tada has chosen
to be guided will be guided, right? When we talk about the issue of guidance. It's a very sensitive issue. We all have non Muslim friends or even you know, family members that attribute themselves to Islam, but we know that they're far from it right? What is the origin of guidance? How does Allah subhana wa Taala choose who will be guided? What's important to understand when it comes to guidance? guidance is not something that is earned per se, but rather it is a blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala inserted Allah when Allah subhanho wa Taala he talks about the the Bedouin men, and he talks about he man, he says for them in Allah that it is a favor from Allah subhana wa tada
wanyama and it is a blessing from Allah subhanho wa Taala. So Allah subhanho wa Taala he ultimately chooses why he guides people. Now from our side, we can make our best efforts to make sure we are worthy of guidance, we can make sure we take the best step forward to make sure we are worthy of guidance. How do we make ourselves worthy of guidance from Allah subhanho wa Taala several steps. Number one is being sincere in whatever we do. So this constant search for the truth like you look at the story of submodel Farsi radi Allahu anhu you know, literally spending his love our large chunk of his life trying to find the truth. That is what the you know, the sincere heart looks like
that you find look for something, okay? It's not the right thing that we keep looking. It's not like, Hey, this is what I was born into. This is what I'm going to continue to follow. No, that's genuine
Desire of finding the truth, we can either suppress it, and it eventually burns out, or we can embrace it. And this is what we lead our lives by the search for knowledge, the quest for knowledge from the cradle to the grave. So that's what sincerity looks like that you're constantly looking to learn and grow. Number two, is that knowledge is sort of like, I don't even know what to describe it. But in the sense, it's something where Allah will give you opportunities to be guided. And if you seize that opportunity, your guidance will continue to grow. But if you don't seize that opportunity, then that is when guidance was slowly slowly is you know, seep away from you. The
promise practical example I can give of this are those times when the alarm clock for fudger goes off. And at that time, you're awake, you're cognizant of what is going on, and you have a conscious decision to make. And you think to yourself, you know what, I only had two hours of sleep tonight, I need to go to work in the morning, I need to go to school. And if I don't get enough sleep, you know what, I won't be able to function properly. And while you're trying to convince yourself of you know why you need your sleep shaitaan comes in and puts you to sleep right there. And then. And that is an opportunity that you had of guidance to pray that today. But you made that choice not to pray.
And that is when like sand guidance, just you know slipped out of your fingers at that time, then you have to get back to that point. And again, you'll get an opportunity where Allah is giving you a choice, do you want to choose guidance? Do you want to choose Miss guidance, and the more you choose guidance, the more you will be guided, the more you'll continue to grow. And the more you choose to be misguided or you let those opportunities slipped by the more you will become misguided. And this happens on a daily basis to all of us with the various decisions that we make, from the things that we choose to watch or the things that we choose to hear to the choices that we make in terms of who
they hang out with the choice that we make in terms of eBuy that everything is leading either to a path of guidance or to a path of misguidance and it's a lifelong journey. Guidance has no end in this life, the end of guidance is being entered into paradise. And that is why Allah subhanho wa Taala he knows the weakness of our nature, we need multiple opportunities to to hopefully learn from our mistakes and choose the path of guidance. But what we want to focus on over here as understand the nature of guidance that in order to become worthy of guidance from Allah subhanaw taala after sincerity is you have to continue to take advantage of those opportunities that Allah presents you
make a mistake, no problem, seek Allah's forgiveness. Don't let that mistake repeat itself in the future. That is the second step to guidance. Then when Allah gives you opportunities of guidance, you take advantage of them. Number three, is asking Allah subhanho wa Taala for guidance asking Allah subhanaw taala for guidance. There's two beautiful things that we learn from the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in terms of, pertaining to guidance. Number one, he used to ask Allah subhanaw taala Allah in the Luke and Hoda was Toka when the alfalfa When did he know that? Oh Allah, I asked you for guidance. I asked you for taqwa a form of taqwa. I asked you for an FF
meaning chastity and I asked you for self sufficiency. So here the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is asking for these four things. Now when you look at the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, there was no one that had more of these things other than the Messenger of Allah. And this was not due to the fact that he was a messenger of Allah. It was due to the fact he understood how important these things were. And that is why he constantly asked Allah subhanho wa Taala for these things, so constantly asking Allah for guidance, and then sirata takim you started starting to see why there's a wisdom behind us repeating at 17 times a day in Silla. A second line
perhaps, this is the the more you know, emotionally pulling. One is that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to say, yarmulke label Caleb sub bit called Big Nick, that alternate of the hearts, make my heart firm upon your faith make my heart firm upon your religion upon your way of life. Now the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam being a prophet of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
We, in our minds, it might not make sense. Why is he asking for this? The reason why he's asking for this is that you only reach that high level, do his duties, his genuine desire of asking this from Allah subhanaw taala. Right. So that genuine desire of wanting to stay guided in has to come from within, you have to hold on to your guidance and cherish it or less and without it takes it away. Ask anyone that is having a crisis in faith, what they would do to get their mind back what they will do to get that tranquility that comes with a man back they'll be willing to do anything for it. And that's why once guidance leaves you realize how valuable it is like everything else in life,
you'll only cherish it and value it before it's gone. And the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he knew that and that is why he was constantly asking Allah subhanaw taala for guidance. So I pray that Allah subhana wa Taala keeps us from the guidance. I mean
Getting back to the issue of Allah subhanho wa Taala choosing who is guided Allah subhanaw taala chooses where to place his guidance, and we mentioned what a person can do to make themselves worthy of guidance. Now the third thing that were mentioned over here is the state of disbelievers that didn't receive the message of Islam state of disbelievers. They didn't receive the message of Islam. Now, this is something that constantly comes up, hey, I have this rant. They're genuinely a good person. They're not Muslim, will they end up going to paradise or not? Now, it's quite a task to put all the narrations pertaining to the subjects together. I'll give you one Hadith from Sudan. If the
merger with the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says that whoever hears the name Mohammed, and he doesn't follow it, then his destination is the hellfire. Now in the day and age where Mohammed is like, literally half of this room's name, by show of hands, who has the first name Mohamed, here? Look around you.
You know, you hear the name Muhammad and the non Muslim doesn't, you know, look into who is Muhammad? Or what was Muhammad? What did he stand for? And they're going to the how far, that's a very scary reality. But this needs to be understood in light of what my kingdom was, there been a high turnover, I thought that we will never punish people until we have sent them a messenger, right? Meaning that proof needs to be established upon people know, from our point of view, there's two things that needs to happen. Number one, is that we're not we cannot tell who is going to paradise and who is going to the hellfire. However, we can judge people based upon the appearance.
So if someone you're affiliated with Islam will bring them in the Muslim graveyard will pray their genomes upon them will fulfill their rights as a Muslim, someone didn't deplete themselves with Islam, they will be buried in a non Muslim graveyard degeneracy will not be prayed, and so on, and so forth. That's what's important to understand that our ruling in this life does not necessarily dictate their affair and the next right at the end of the day, that ultimate judgment is for Allah subhanho wa Taala. What we do know is that genuinely speaking, there are people that will not hear the true message of Islam, they will not truly know what Islam is now, particularly the people that
I feel the most sorry, for right now are the people that live in the United States. You know, they're constantly bombarded with Fox News. It's like your Muslim neighbor, he's out to blow you up. And this is the version of Islam that they keep seeing. And that's why even Subhanallah did like this week. They're planning protests in 20 cities across the country outside of massage, letting them know that you know, we don't believe in this stuff. And the funny thing I saw was gonna end in the land like Tennessee be passed a bill that we're not gonna have Sharia law in Tennessee, and then probably like 100, Muslims in Tennessee, right? These small areas are bombarded with no propaganda
news, and that's the version of Islam they end up hearing. Now, genuine people like that never get a true message of Islam. In this life, they may have been disbelievers, but the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he tells us about a group of people call it 100 100. People that never heard the true message of Islam,
of Islam or of monotheism in general. And that's probably more appropriate, because this is throughout the ages that you never heard the true message of monotheism on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhanho wa Taala will test these people, by gathering them together, they will be sent a messenger and that messenger will say, enter into the fire. And those that entered into the fire followed the messenger, but will truly be entered into paradise and those that disobeyed, they will actually be thrown into the fire because they disobeyed that messenger. And again, showing the ultimate justice of Allah subhana wa tada that if someone wasn't given a free a fair chance, then
Allah subhanaw taala will not punish them. So that is the state of the individual that truly did not receive the message of Islam, but again, that will have looking for the truth. It needs to stay ignited in them, they had to have made some sort of effort in searching for the truth. And God just fell short in their search for it.
Now, Allah subhanho wa Taala he goes on to say in verse number eight, in ZHANG FEI knocked him out Allah Allah, for here, it's called the for home mocha mahone Verily, We have put on their necks, iron collars reaching to their chins, so that their heads are forced up. This verse becomes interesting because this is one of the first verses that there's a lot of difference of opinion on as to what Allah subhanaw taala is referring to in this verse, and I'll share with you three opinions. I'll share with you three opinions. Opinion number one is of enamel katabi Mr. McCarthy says that the punishment that Allah subhanho wa Taala has prepared for the arrogant and proud people
that reject faith is that on the Day of Judgment, Allah subhana wa Taala will prepare for them iron collars with which they will be dragged across the Hellfire with he uses the verse in Surah number 40 versus 71 and 72. Well, let's find out what it says in alcanada knock him on this one.
Unless you don't use Jehovah use heaven filled jahannam you have been filled filled Jamie Thoma finallly. Use Jerome, that Allah subhanaw taala. He says in this verse when yolks, as well as change will be placed around their necks, they will be dragged into the boiling water, after which they will be cast as fuel for the fire. So he says this will be the punishment for the arrogant and proud. And this is what Allah subhanaw taala is referring to, that these aren't collars that will be placed around their necks will be in the hereafter that it will be in the hereafter. Opinion number two is that these iron collars are actually something that is metaphorical. And this is attributed
to some of the predecessors, that what they said over here is that when a neck is held up, what is Allah subhanaw taala referring to the fact that it can't prostrate to Allah subhanaw taala. So what's preventing them from frustration is their own desires, their own arrogance, their own pride. So let's find out what are they saying that it is their desires that have become iron collars around their necks that are preventing them to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala that are preventing them to perform such the to Allah subhanaw taala and this was attributed to some of the taboo in a third thing that we look at over here is that in fact, Allah subhanaw taala is not talking about the
Hellfire, nor is Allah subhanaw taala talking about the desires, but rather Allah subhanaw taala is referring to a physical event that took place a physical event that took place and a look and feel to him Allah He seems to support this opinion. And that is that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was one day praying. And Abuja came to the conclusion that this is the day I'm going to kill Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so on his way to kill Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, Abu Jamal, he picks up a heavy rock. And as he's about to cast it, then the rock falls out of his hand and he starts choking his own neck, he starts choking his own neck, and that is the
iron collar that became around him. And no matter what anyone did, they couldn't pull his hand off of his neck. It was stuck there and he just kept choking him. So when the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was done praying, the chorus came to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he said, Look, you know, make dua that Allah lets him go and that you know, he doesn't choke himself to death, out of the mercy of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he makes dua to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And eventually, a Buddha lets himself go, let himself called so many lessons over here. Number one, Abuja witnessed the power of Allah subhanho wa
Taala with his own eyes, you know, how do you start choking yourself and have no control over that. Number two, only after the dawn of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was he let go, yeah, this was not enough for him to accept Islam. This was not enough for him to accept Islam. And this shows you really now how hard headed the Quraysh really were, they literally they had the messenger in front of them, multiple miracles, you know plethora, a myriad of miracles in front of them, yet, they still chose to disbelieve, they still chose to this belief. Now summarizing what we want to learn over here. And again, this is a principle of tafsir. We've spoken, you know about
several times, Jamal olamine authority, that to be able to reconcile between the various opinions of the scholars takes preference, then giving one preference over the rest of them. So there is no doubt that yes, this can this will be a punishment for the hard headed and the arrogant in the future. And there's no doubt that the biggest barrier between guidance is one's desires. One of the biggest hindrances between guidance is one's desires, and that's when we talk about seizing the opportunity of guidance, right? And then likewise, there is no problem in saying that, yes, this also took place at the time of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, no because he or
him Allah. He actually mentioned many, many stories like this, and this story of Abuja, and he continues in another version, where one of the kurush he picked up from our Abuja left off, and he was about to cast that Rocco upon the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So Allah subhanho wa Taala paralyzed this person, a third person comes up and he says, You know what, they weren't able to finish the job. I will finish the job. As soon as he picks up the rock to attack the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he actually becomes blind, he actually becomes blind, which is what Allah subhanaw taala refers to in the very next verse, where Allah subhanaw
taala he says, well, john anabaena idiom said, the woman called for him said, For O'Shea now whom for whom Now you will see our own, that we have put a barrier before them and a barrier behind them, and we have covered them up so that they cannot see. So he says that here on this panel, what's Allah when he's referring to the blindness is referring to the third man and he's talking about barriers. It's about making that person blind, it's about making that person blind. So this is the one cathedra himolla was sink. But now let us understand this verse. isolated from the previous verses with john them in benei. Ad him said the woman called for him said that we
placed a barrier in front of them and your peer barrier behind them. And that barrier is a barrier between them and the truth, a barrier between them and guidance of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is what Mujahid the student of Abdullah Ibn Abbas, Allah Allahu anhu narrated and now this barrier that is being placed in front of them, what is that actual barrier, that barrier is the sins that they're committing, and the choices of misguidance that they choose, that is what is the barrier between them that is, what is the barrier between them. Now, talking about barriers, there are multiple barriers that come in our way in terms of our journey to Allah subhanaw taala, because this
life is one long journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala, the first level of those barriers, or the sins that we commit upon them, or the traps that she places for mankind, as well upon that are people that you know, just wish bad and evil for us. So these are multiple levels of barriers that are placed between manga mankind, and their journey to Allah subhanaw taala. What is important to understand over here is that at the end of the day, Allah subhanho, wa Taala can alleviate all of those barriers. And that is why that constant connection with Allah subhana wa, tada is so important, and so relevant. And number two, is always having a vision of where you're heading in
life. Remember that that concept of path of guidance path of misguidance? All who is asking ourselves today, which path Should I pursue? And where is my journey in life heading, constantly asking ourselves this question that where am I heading in life? Am I heading towards a path of guidance or a path of Miss guidance? Now, something interesting about this verse was the way that Ibn Abbas or the last one Homer used to recite this verse. So it says, For all Shay now home, this is how the majority have recited it, even abasa de la one Homer used to recite this as the attache now meaning replacing the line with an iron over here. And this is something that, you know, before
the placing of the dots, it could be read like that. Now, what would fashi now mean that they were blind or weak in sight, meaning that due to the barriers that they placed between them, and Allah subhanho wa Taala, Allah subhanho wa Taala, Allah, you know, made them to become blind, not physically blind, but blind towards the truth. Now, when you understand what blindness towards the truth actually means, it means your priorities have become reversed, meaning that individuals will choose the life of this world, over the life of the next. And, you know, you find some very interesting quotes in terms of various faiths and religions. You know, I was reading a book of the
Syrian by a modern day scholar, and he brings the the discourse of various faiths as to how Allah subhanho wa Taala brings confusion into the lives of people in the world, that confusion place. So confusion, obviously, is a very bad thing, a person that is confused, this is considered a, you know, a calamity and a trial. So now, when you look at Sanskrit texts, there's an adage or, you know, a proverb that says, that, if you will be can become confused, then this is the biggest of calamities, that if you want to see if your life is really in, in turmoil, look at how much confusion you have in your life. If there's a lot of confusion, then this is from the biggest of
calamities, confusion being you no longer know what the truth is, you no longer know what the truth is. So now, when those priorities become reversed, meaning you lead your own self to destruction, you lead your own self to destruction. And this is the general understanding of when people hedge to the hellfire. It's not that Allah subhanho wa Taala led to them there is that the people did not care enough to hide enough to get to agenda that he didn't care enough to go to Paradise. So that constant search for the truth, eliminating those barriers. That is what these verses are talking about. Now you're starting to get an understanding of why Allah subhanaw taala is using such strict
and stern language. It's because the Quraysh were constantly disengaging with guidance that Allah gave them opportunities to be guided, yet they're not accepting that guidance. Number two, constantly giving in to their desires, constantly giving in to their desires. And number three, is that when they physically saw the ability to be guided, it was as if they just turned a blind eye to it. It was as if they just turned a blind eye to it. Now the last thing I'll mention over here
is that achema rajala. One our rahimullah from the students of m&r buses. Well, when he says for O'Shea now that they become blind, he says that there were many instances where the courage to try to come and attack the Messenger of Allah. So they would come in you say we want to speak to Mohammed, and then Allah knew what was in their hearts. And when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would be present in front of them, they will say here is Mohammed you can speak to him and they will
Whereas we do not see him we do not see him for O'Shea now meaning that they were blinded from Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
We'll take two more verses inshallah we'll conclude at that I know it's getting hot, people are getting tired as well. So here, let's find out that in the next verse, he says, was so on
their home, let me know that it is the same whether you want them or you want them not, they will not believe. So their hearts had become so hard that whether the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned them or didn't, they were not going to believe. And this shows us that when we talk about the fifth of our people that you should be giving Dawa to, you will have two sorts of people, people that you should spend a lot of time on, because they're genuine. And people the sole purpose that you're giving them dour is the comical hijjah that the truth is being established against them. And this is what Allah subhanaw taala sing about the courage that the vast majority of
them, that regardless of you or to show them these miracles, regardless if you would give them this down in the best possible way, they would still not accept it from you, right? warn them or don't warn them at the end of the day, they will not believe. And this is such a huge lesson over here. This is a prophecy in the foretelling that Allah subhanaw taala saying that these Quraysh will not believe what is the simple reaction that any one of these groups had to do, or the course in general just had to do? They should could have just said you know what, I will prove the Quran wrong. I'm believing right now. Right? They could have said that to prove the Quran wrong. all they had to do
was say we are going to believe yet Allah subhanho wa Taala did not allow them to believe and this shows us that guidance is purely from the topic of Allah subhanho wa Taala that a person cannot just say that he is guided, but unless I know what the other has to give him the topic to be guided. Now let's find out what's out. He goes on to tell the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Okay, if these people are not going to be affected by my Dawa, then who are the people that I should be giving power to in the matanza Roman
era for Bashir, who will be Macrophylla to Nigerian kidding, that you Oh prophet can only warn him who follows the reminder and fears the Most Beneficent in the unseen, then bear the glad tidings of forgiveness to such an individual and a generous reward in paradise. So here Allah subhanho wa Taala, he's he starts off the verse by saying in nama, and in the MA and the Arabic language, for the most part, it shows exclusivity meaning it is only this group or it is only like this. So in the matondo, meaning that the people that you should focus on and your priority should be with are those people that like to follow the reminder that like to define guidance, right, so people that are
willing to hear the Quran, then those are the people that you should be advising. So the first characteristic that Allah subhanaw taala gives is that they follow the vicar and in this verse, it refers to the Quran, so they're willing to hear what the Quran has to say, and they're willing to learn. The second characteristic that Allah subhanaw taala gives is, Akashi man I believe that they fear a rough man in the unseen. Now understanding the context over here. When is it more most difficult to be obedient to Allah subhanho wa Taala when no one else is seeing you, and this is what Allah subhanaw taala is saying here, that the people that will have the greatest reward are the ones
that fear Allah subhanho wa Taala when no one else sees them, that is where the greatest reward will be. But now why is Allah subhana wa Taala? Using the neighbor of man over here, out of all of his things, why does he choose a man over here that again, when you're alone, you will make mistakes. And when you make that mistake, rather than focusing on the punishment of Allah subhanho wa Taala focus upon His mercy of man as we decide defined is the source of all mercy, meaning, this mercy, it begins with Allah subhanho wa Taala. So you make a mistake when you're alone, no one else can see you. Allah subhanho wa Taala will conceal that sin, as long as you conceal that sin from people,
Allah subhanho wa Taala will forgive you for that sin, as long as you see seek His forgiveness, right? This is what Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us to this verse, when he talks about who you are, man, I believe that you have to try your best to fear Allah subhanho wa Taala when no one else sees you. And if you're able to do this, then know that Allah subhanaw taala will give you the following for Bashir will be mouthfeel then give him the glad tidings of forgiveness. Well, he didn't carry him and he generous and noble reward a generous and noble reward. So this is what Allah subhanaw taala has prepared for the individual that fears Allah subhanho wa Taala in private, and
it's one I just want to spend a couple of moments over here that you know, as Muslims, constantly being around other Muslims, it's very easy to have a high level of Eman and to be pious and this happened during the time of the messenger of a loss of love on yourself.
In the famous hadith of Han Villa, where he comes to Abu Bakr radi Allahu anhu. And he says, you know, when I'm with the Messenger of Allah and with the companions, I feel as if my email is extremely high, but when I'm by myself, I feel my Eman depletes and deteriorates and it becomes very low and aboubaker the Allah who I know he says, You know what, I feel the exact same way. I feel the exact same way. So they go and complain to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam Yasser Allah, we've fallen into hypocrisy, when you're with you when you're with you are a man is high. And when we're by ourselves, we feel as if our Eman depletes the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa
sallam taught to them at that time that this is the nature of email that there's, you know, moments of high demand, and there's moments of low email. And that is the journey of email that is not constantly going to be high, nor is it constantly going to be low is going to be that wave. But now who controls this wave? It's us at the end of the day, that the moral axiom obedience that we do that our higher our man goes, the more active disobedience we do, the lower our demand goes. Now the greatest trial of your Eman will be when no one else is watching you. What are you doing at that time when no one else is watching you? What are you doing at that time? What are you thinking at
that time? And I think more appropriately, this verse is referring to our thoughts over here, that no one knows our thoughts, other than our own selves and Allah subhana wa, tada, what are the things that we think about? How pure are our thoughts? That would we like people to see our thoughts? Would we feel comfortable with that, you know, the predecessors, they had this mentality, that they would have nothing to hide, that they could present all of their deeds on a platter, and they would have nothing to hide. And that is the sort of relationship we would like to be to build as well, while life which is congruent a life that complements one another, not have one face in public, and have
one face in private, right? angel in public, devil and private. That is the crisis that a lot of people face right now, due to a lot of desires that people have, and a lot of addictions that people have in public, it's a pure face, and in private, it becomes very, very bad. And internally, you're going to feel a great amount of guilt internally, you are going to feel a great amount of guilt, Allah subhanaw taala will not allow you to live in peace when you live such a hypocritical life. Now the result in this is either you know what you give up guidance, and that misery actually increases, you think that the more you give in to the desires, the more you give into that which means you
pleasure, you will find happiness, but you wouldn't. You will find more happiness in controlling your desires and restraining that desire and fulfilling it in a halal manner. That is what happiness will be found. Right. So you can either continue living a life of hypocrisy, until you eventually break down and have, you know, just a panic attack. or number two, you give up guidance altogether. And then you think you'd find misery or happiness, but you end up finding misery instead. Or number three, you can continue to struggle and keep to improve on that. And it may not make sense. But the happiness will come with the struggle, the greater the struggle in your life. And the greater you
try to overcome it, the more happiness you will find in your life. There is no happiness without struggle, there is no happiness without struggle. So let's find out he's going to test people in various ways. With different challenges. Certain things will come easy to people, certain things will come difficult. We all have our own things that are easy and our own things that are difficult. The things that we find difficult, embrace them, continue to struggle with them. And that is where the path of happiness begins. struggle with that which is difficult and as you overcome it. That is when Allah subhanho wa Taala places happiness in your hearts. Now the last verse I want to discuss
for tonight and then we'll conclude is where Allah subhana wa Tada. He goes on to say, No, no, no, he and Mota enough to be market demo. Colucci and actually no female Namibian that rarely we give life to the dead. And we record that which they sent forth before them and their traces and all things we have counted up as a record in a clear book. So the first thing we notice over here in the nano nokian motor that indeed we are the ones that will resurrect the dead. Why does Allah subhanaw taala use the plural over here? Why does Allah subhanho wa Taala use the plural over here?
scholars have said one of two opinions opinion number one is that Allah subhanho wa Taala uses the plural over here to indicate his magnificence to show his greatness when something is great it is referred to in the plural. Another opinion and this is the preferred opinion of I've been saying the idea of Nakayama is that when Allah subhanho wa Taala uses the plural. This is when the angels and the creation have a share in that action. When Allah subhanho wa Taala uses the singular It is only Allah subhanho wa Taala that has a share in that thing. So when you look in the Quran and find obedience, obey me that
There's always going to be in the in the singular, it's never going to be obey us. Likewise worship to me, as opposed to worship as you're never going to find worship as that's always going to be in the singular, because the angels and the creation have those share in those things. Whereas in resurrecting the dead, the angels bring the source back into the bodies, and that is what causes them to be resurrected. So that is why a plural is mentioned over here, but it's good to know both opinions. Number two is that here, Allah subhanaw taala. He says, He will bring the dead back to life he will bring the dead back to life. This is the second thing that the police actually
rejected. So after rejecting that he said of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam meaning the prophethood of Muhammad Sallallahu sallam, they rejected that they would be resurrected again by Allah subhanho wa Taala. They said, this is something that is impossible. This is something that's not going to happen. Now, Allah subhana wa Tada. He poses the question to them at the end of Surah cuyama. That from a human's perspective, what is more difficult? Is it more difficult to create you out of nothing, or to resurrect that which already exists? Right in this in the realm of Allah, nothing is difficult ease and difficulty don't exist, right? But from the realm of the human being,
from our perspective, to create something out of nothing is more difficult than to resurrect something from the dead. So if you can acknowledge the fact that Allah created you, why can you not acknowledge the fact that Allah subhana wa Taala will resurrect you. So that is the logical argument that Allah subhanho wa Taala brings forth and this is where Allah subhanho wa Taala brings the discussion of resurrecting the dead as the ultimate reminder that fear Allah and be very, very cautious of being oppressive, because you will be held accountable for each and every single thing that you do. So you want to bring forth those good deeds and eliminate those bad deeds. Now hear
Allah subhanho wa Taala he talks about the good deeds in the following sentence Makka Moo.
Moo means that that which they have put forth, after home, are the traces that they have left behind. The simplest way to understand Arthur is when you're walking on the beach, and this is something we're really proud of supine Allah, him this part of the world, we lack beaches, big time, that when you're walking on the beach, those footprints that you leave behind, those are known as Arthur, those are traces that you leave behind, right? So here listen, I know what Tyler is saying that we have right written down that which they have put forth, as well as that which they have left behind. How do we understand this verse? What does this mean? put forth and left behind? What Allah
subhana wa tada is referring to over here are the deeds that they have already done, and the deeds that they have initiated, but have not been completed the deeds that they have initiated, but have not been completed. And this is why the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he goes on to say that whoever establishes a good Suna in Islam, he will have the reward of everyone that follows that sooner and will follow initiate a bad sooner in Islam, then he will have the sin for whoever follows that bad sinner minute by tradition that he has set forth. Now this leads us into the discussion continue on from last week. What are the things that benefit a dead person after they
pass away? What are the things that benefit a dead person after they pass away? We spoke at length about reciting the Quran can it be done and not working? We spoke about at length you know the types of Southern Nigeria and I just want to share with you another Hadith which we didn't cover last week that was narrated by unassertive nomadic are the Allahu anhu where he said there are seven things that will continue to reward a person after they have passed away and he has in his grave. Number one knowledge that he is left behind and is the first thing that you will find reoccurring in the Hadith, the talk about reward, meaning that the greatest reward that you can accumulate for yourself
is knowledge that you leave behind. Now, a lot of people think you know what, I'm not a scholar, I'm not a student of knowledge, there's no knowledge that I can leave behind. And the answer to that is you're absolutely incorrect. The knowledge that alyssum I know is that Allah is talking about that you leave behind is the knowledge that you leave behind with your children, the knowledge that you leave behind with your family, you teach someone to recite the Quran, and all of us in this room know Surah Fatiha, all of us know cuando la had find someone to teach certified how to find someone to Reno, teach School of Allah had to each time they recited you're getting rewarded for it. So now
it's up to us to take advantage of those opportunities. It's not about always being on the podium. That's not what Islam is about. In fact, it's about grassroots level down, right as a community, how we enjoin good amongst yourselves and how we forbid evil amongst ourselves. So that is what knowledge is referring to. It's not always in the public sphere. Number two, he mentions the planting of a tree. And you know, this is something that humbly that we did last week, and this is just just a quick
Promo The throw out. But on October 17, enforced lawn and the address is going to be up on the icy website. The volunteers from the ice we went to this park unfortunately, we planted 125 different food trees, meaning different prototypes of various different types of Herbes, different types of plants that can be eaten and consumed. So that's inshallah the inaugurating party is going to be happening on October 17. At that forest, we're only a small group of people that were participating, but it would be good to have a Muslim presence. So for free on October 17, please do one participant Forest Lawn is a heavy, heavily populated Muslim area. So we'd like to see a lot of you come out on
that today. So now, and in the in the Hadith that talks about the virtues of planting trees, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says that anyone that seeks shade under that tree, anyone that's that eats from that tree, even the animal that feeds itself from that tree, then it will be a sadhaka for that person, it will be a sadhaka for that person. Now, this ties into the Hadith of the jungle, where the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he says that if the farmer is planting his tree, and he hears of the jungle coming, they let him continue to plant that tree. One of the wisdoms behind that is that that opportunity of goodness is still there. So let him
take advantage of that opportunity of planting that tree. So any benefit that that tree gives, even if it goes all that people cut it down and use it for fire, than the fact that people are getting warmth from it and cooking their food with it, and so on and so forth, it will count as a sadaqa for you. Number three, building a waterway for the people. This is more in days of old, where villages were isolated from water, so they would need someone to facilitate the pathway of water for them. Number four, building a wall for people and this is you know, in this day and age, finally, one of the easiest and cheapest things that a person can do, then certain parts of the world, you can have
a well that can be built that will last for 10 to 20 years long, will take care of a village of about 400 people. And all it costs is about four to $500. Can you imagine granting water to people to find a Muslim village like in the in, in Cambodia, in Vietnam in the Philippines, where they're deprived of water and through this water, they're making Moodle through this water, they're making water through this water, they're cooking through this water, you know their plants are being watered. And all this is happening through a $400 investment that you made for your akhira right. Number five, the building of massages. This is something that we're absolutely amazing at of
hamdulillah right we've taken this one Hadith man Benelli Allah He must be done by Allah who debated for agenda that whoever builds a machine for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah will build for him a Masjid in paradise. My dear brothers and sisters, building massages is amazing. It needs to continue till the end of time. What is more important than the building of massage it is filling those massages up, right? It clicked in on the night of eat that how many people came to the masjid for us and macula benicia right the most it was empty, save the at the end of Ramadan, jam packed. And then the next day is completely empty. What goes wrong, more important than investing in the
massage it is investing in human infrastructure and investing in human resources. There is no point in building masajid if people aren't praying in them and do the math yourself, you want the reward from Allah subhana wa tada for building that Masjid. But if people aren't praying in it, are you going to get to that reward? Or rather, are you going to be maximizing that reward? No, you're not. So I think the next phase of our community shouldn't be focused just on building masajid, which should be focused on investing in human infrastructure, meaning developing people that love to come to the masjid developing people that fear Allah and wants to do good, that is what the next phase
needs to be, and developing and investing in masajid that we'll have people come to it, then we'll have people come to it. Number six, whoever leaves a Koran as a form of inheritance, mean that you have the Quran that you have read. And as you pass away, you leave it as a form of inheritance to someone so that they can read it as well. And this is a very good idea, just as a gift that you want to give a gift to someone, give it to someone give the Koran as a gift. So every time they read it, you get rewarded for it as well. I'll give you a like a inside scoop.
That one of the you know the best investments that you can make is find a Masjid that has the feed of the Quran, find a machine that has a Koran school in it, and go there and just place Korans there, it's guaranteed that children are going to pick up the Koran and read it. And this is something that, you know, I learned from understandably, that we wouldn't be sitting in the masjid, we'd have random Hajaj commonplace called ons on the shelves. And you were like, Why are these people doing it? You ask them it's like so that we don't believe as much as I want to read Koran. There is a holocaust of the fields that are taking place, someone who's eventually going to read it.
Now, legally speaking, they weren't allowed to do that. So the cleaners would come and take those masahisa away, but it planted the seed that what a wonderful idea, that find is a must that has occurred.
unschool there, go and buy a couple of copies of the court and place it there. And you're guaranteed that these kids are going to be reading Koran. And imagine that they memorize the Quran through your copy of the must have, that reward is going to continue to stay as long as this person is alive. He becomes the Koran teacher himself, he teaches the other kids, and that reward is just multiplying like you've won the lottery. Subhan Allah, right. This is what you what an amazing idea. And then the last thing number seven, that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentions in this hadith is that he teaches his child and that that righteous child makes it stick out for him
that he seeks forgiveness for his parents. And again, you know, emphasizing the fact that we have a responsibility to nurture our children upon even teaching them the value of Islam, bringing them to the masjid, encouraging them to do good in their lives. It's the parents responsibility, that you nurture your children in that way, so that when you pass away, not only will they seek forgiveness for you, but all of these things that we mentioned, they'll do them on your behalf as well, so that even after you've passed away, your deeds continue to grow, your deeds continue to grow. Now, I wanted to share one beautiful thing that Kathy had mentioned, I don't know what I did with that
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in case he or him Allah, he narrates from Qatar dolla dolla on that if Allah were to have neglected anything with regards to your son of Adam, he would have neglected what the wind could remove of these footsteps. But he takes into account the footsteps of the son of Adam, and all of his deeds. He even takes into account these footsteps and whether they are for the purpose of obeying Allah or disobeying him, so whoever can have his footsteps recorded for the purpose of obeying Allah, let him do that, then let him do that. Now the actual story behind this is that there was a group of people, no one has been to salah and the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and they wanted to
migrate closer to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, because he thought it would be better if we live with the Messenger of Allah. We could learn more. Yeah, the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam found the location of Burnham cinema to be very strategic. He said, Look, we need believers in that area. And each step that you take towards the the motion of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, it will be recorded for you. And when he said this to them, that is when they actually state now abunda selama this day and age is where unless you do Qibla taneous, much it will cripple attain is the area of Bhanu cinema. So it's quite a distance, you
know, walking wise, but the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he told them that each and every step that you take towards a machine and is being recorded for you. Now this narration may even get here. What it says over here is that had Allah subhana wa Taala wanted bad for people, then he would have allowed their footsteps to be wiped away that you would not be held accountable in terms of the good that you did with your footsteps. So each step you take in the budget, each step that you took to the halaqa each step that you take for Hajj, all of this goes on the scale of good deeds. Now, you know, we did a footstep competition a couple of months back and you know, one of the
brothers Mashallah was able to achieve like 30,000 steps in one day, right? That was part of the competition. Imagine 30,000 of those steps are being held accountable for you on the Day of Judgment, that each step is like one extra good deed. Now each step is like that in the act of obedience to Allah. Imagine how much reward an individual gets. So this is what Qatada de la vida was saying that if you can get your footstep to be held accountable for you, then you should do so then you should do so. There's a hadith that didn't contain mentions it is a weak narration, but I'll share with you the message that some of the scholars of the past understood, and that was that
a man had passed away. So the Messenger of Allah Azza wa sallam he asked, Where was this man born and he said, they said your Salah, he was born in this city. So the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, Only if he had died in the land, other than he was born in. They said, y O Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, that land between where he was born and where he died, all of it would testify to his email, all of it would testify to his email, and Allah subhanaw taala would give him an equivalent space in the hereafter. Meaning that the more you travel the line to spare to spread the deen of Allah, the more you travel around, to remember and to Vicar
of Allah subhanho wa Taala, the more that land will testify for you, and Allah will give you as great of a piece of land in the hereafter. And this is why when we go on our walks of nature, when we go out the tour the world those journeys should not be void of Vicar because each and every place that we make such that each and every place that we can make Vica will testify for us. So as you're driving on deer foot as you're driving on crowfoot as you're driving on Stoney trail, busier times with the vicar of Allah and all those places, they will testify for you on the Day of Judgment. And this is what the Allah subhanaw taala saying over here, naka de moda de that are completed, what are
thought of what they've left behind that will continue to benefit them after they pass away. And let us conclude
with the idea that we have preserved
We think the mummy movie and we've preserved everything and this leader in front of them and this leader in front of them is the deed that the book of deeds that they have written the book of deeds that they have written me on the Day of Judgment. Allah subhanho wa Taala will present this book to all of us what will the Kitab right This book will be placed? And the the majority of the criminals will see it and they will say Mally has Al Kitab Do you know what is with this book, la vida Russa harriton Wanaka Rasul Allah saw that this book has not left a small deed or a big deed except that it was recorded. Now that is the case of the criminal similarly with the righteous person, that
regardless of the small deal or the big deed that he did, that Allah subhanaw taala has those deeds written. So this is something that the believer should always be always be cognizant of. That everything we say everything we do, is being written down. We want to make sure that God is greater than the bad and as long as you can ensure that you will be worthy of the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala and we entered into paradise and we pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala makes us of them will be the last panel dynamics of them will conclude with that Allahu Allah will send them about the kind of Vienna Mohammed ii alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam. Subhana como vmdk Shanti Wanda in Atlanta,
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