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Salam ala rasulillah
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to proceed Assalamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh
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a lecture one of many inshallah, this machine it will be provided on a monthly basis. This lecture, as you all know, you probably have seen the marketing through Facebook, and obviously the posters and leaflets, the announcements, thread massages. And the title of this unique lecture is the secret of happiness, which I'm sure every single one of us in this room needs some form of clarification or looking you're searching for some form of happiness or as they say, in
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Bismillah Alhamdulillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah.
Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
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Like I said, I have a model of Scotland, for those of you who are not aware of the model Institute. So we are We were founded in 2002. And since then, the last 10 years we have become the largest Assam Islamic Institute in the West with over 36,000 students. We're currently based in Canada, America, England, Scotland, and Malaysia. And nobody more pertinent to the audience here today. We formed a mock up Scotland formed in 2009. And since then, we've had nine seminars, two of which hotels in Glasgow and pizza house and Strathclyde University, and the other seven in Edinburgh, and 100. Law, I believe they're also the largest Islamic Institute in Scotland as well over 2000
students. Our main objective is very, very simple. We wish to increase the level of consciousness amongst the Muslims in Scotland. To do this, we understood that this can only be done if Islam is established in the hearts. And for this to happen, the Muslims need to know what Islam is and what our basic belief system is. So that's where to make this aim objective come to fruition. We offer double weekend single weekend courses in the Islamic sciences. So for example, we have courses in the Sierra
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something that I like to do at the end of each seminar that I teach, is make a list of things that I'm grateful for to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And I remember looking over this list once I left Scotland last time, and the first thing on my list was the students that Allah subhana wa tada incense. And there was one particular student. I remember asking you a class, what was the favorite color of the pocket. So La Liga center, people were shouting or white people were shouting out green, black, and there was this one cute little kid, he raises his hand and I chose him. And he's like, the prophets favorite color was brown.
And that was like number one on my list. And I thought to myself, you know, I had this notion about people from Scotland,
wearing kilts and eating haggis and all this stuff. And I'm like, why would I want to come there? But after my first trip, you know, last year, I kept thinking to myself, you know, what, am I going to go back? You know, this is like a family away from my real family. So it really is a privilege and an honor to be back home.
Today, and to share such a beautiful topic with you, our topic of discussion, as you know, is the secret to happiness. And to start off this discussion, I want to take you back into history. We're talking about maybe the eighth year of the Hitler, there was a scholar in Islam that was unjustly imprisoned. And while he's imprisoned, one of his students actually came to visit him. And he asked him a simple question, he asked him OCF, how are you doing today? Simple question. How are you doing? And it shows you the depth of understanding of the scholar that he didn't simply just reply that we do not have them down during firing or everything's great or, you know, things could be
better. But he said something very profound. For me, this was the epitome of happiness. Looking at his situation, he said, In the fifth dunya agenda, monomial dilution, that's an afro, that, indeed, in this world is a paradise. And whoever does not enter the paradise of this world, will not enter the paradise of the hereafter. That's something to think about, indeed, in this world is a paradise. Whoever does not enter the paradise of this world will not enter the paradise of the hereafter. And he continued on to say something, he said, What can my enemies do to me, my paradise is with me wherever I go. If they were to imprison me, this is my opportunity to remember Allah subhanho wa
Taala. in solitude. If they were to exile me, this is my opportunity to see the lines and boundaries of Allah subhanho wa Taala, across the globe. And if they were to kill me, this would be martyrdom, in the way of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Now, if you look at his answers, you'll see that he's meticulously come to a conclusion that whatever situation Allah subhanho wa Taala puts him in, it is the best situation. And thus he was able to be happy, no matter what happened. And that is why you students, when you recorded this down, just a simple conversation that started with how are you doing today? He wasn't going to comment on to this, that indeed, true captivity, is when one is captivated into the world meaning is captivated to other than Allah subhanho wa Taala. And through slavery is when one becomes a slave to their lowly desires, when one becomes a slave to their lowly desires. Now, one thing I start off
with this example, I started off with this example, to emphasize the point, that happiness, it has no set image. It's not about someone laying on the beach, getting a suntan, it's not about Uncle Scrooge swimming through his, you know, coins of gold. It's not about someone sitting there with their family. Because we know loads of people that have all the wealth in the world. We know loads of people that may be tanning on the beaches. But are they truly happy? Not necessarily.
An interesting fact, the highest number of suicides are committed by people who are affluent, meaning they have a large amount of wealth, yet they're still not able to find happiness. And that is why you will see that it is amongst the affluent societies, that their resort to drugs, you resort to alcohol. Why would they do this? You know, it's just not enough that Allah subhanaw taala has blessed them with so much already. The fact is that they haven't found out the secret to happiness. And that's what I'm here to share with you today. So happiness, what does it actually come from? Let's take a linguistic look at it. From a linguistic perspective in the English
language, when you talk about someone who is happy, it's about someone who has good faith and good fortune. And that is why when you see someone who isn't happy, who has bad faith, we call them hapless, meaning that their fortune is bad. And thus they are hapless, as opposed to being happy. Now, what's another word that's affiliated with happiness, it is pleasure, you know, the epitome of happiness. Somebody described it as pleasure, and what is the pleasure coming from? Pleasure actually comes from a French word, which is placed to to please another, and you will come to see that this is where true happiness lies in pleasing others, the highest of them being Allah Subhana,
WA Tada. And then the rest being the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala. But we'll get to that in a minute to be the lights on. So true happiness and its Epitome comes from pleasure, meaning pleasing all the supply, the ones that add up and the rest of the creation. Now where are places that happiness will not be found, workplaces that happiness will not be found, happiness will not be found in wealth. You know, contrary to common those we've all heard this, that money can't buy you happiness. And that's actually true. Yet we don't truly believe this. We'll see that as you grow older in life. As you get more experienced. You will see people are always going towards higher
paying jobs. People are always going towards bigger houses. People are always going towards better cars. Why is this
They do that. They assume that if I get a bigger house, a better car, a higher paying job, I will truly be happy. But now let me share a statistic with you. There was a statistic that took place at the University of Cardiff and University of Warwick, they asked the audience's that, imagine if you were to get a salary of 1 million pounds? Would you be happy at that time? 95% of people, they actually said yes, with 1 million pounds. If I was to get that as a yearly salary, I would be happy. Now let's add something to this equation. You add to this equation, you are getting 1 million pounds. But your colleagues that are doing the exact same job, they are getting 2 million pounds, so
you're getting 1 million, they're getting 2 million. Would you be happy at that time, you're still getting that million pounds? Interestingly enough, those same 95% of people, they now said, no, that no, we will not be happy. Zoom shows you something over here that the people aren't after what they are after social significance that we want to be superior over others. And it's not about how much we truly make. But we want to show off our houses, show off our cars show off our status in society. And that's what we think will truly be happy. But again, how far will you go, you have a house, that's an acre rig, you want to house this two acres big, you have a car that goes to zero to 100.
In four seconds, you go from the car that goes down to three seconds, you have a you know, Gameboy, or I don't know, people plan people like a ps3, you know, it's not good enough anymore. I want to Xbox 360. You know, it goes on and on and on. It's a race that doesn't come to an end. And that is what the trick of Shakedown is that he gets you to design and he gets you to college, and thinking that you will be happy once you get this thing. And then you get that one thing, and then doesn't actually truly bring happiness, men for a little while. But after a time it becomes a source of anxiety and a source of misery. I knew a brother that Mashallah Allah blessed blessed him with a
brand new Mercedes, like 120,000 pounds. And then, you know, he seemed happy when he first got it. But two weeks later, when he's coming to the west, did you notice anything with parking in the western parking lot? I'm like, why didn't you park in the Muslim parking lot. He says, You know, I didn't want the Muslims to get into the cars. It was done by the driver party, unfortunately. And it became a source of anxiety. We go out to restaurants. I'm like, What are you looking for parking on the front of the restaurant? He says because I don't want it to get stolen. So the anxiety of getting getting stolen, and it just continued and continued, that this object is meant to bring
happiness now becomes a source of anxiety and pain. And this is what Allah subhanaw taala actually tells us in the Quran. In surah Toba when Allah subhana wa tada tells us, why does Allah subhanho wa Taala bless people with wealth, yet did not grant them happiness, he says for lacto Jeeva. And why the wonder
the dunya, but as
Allah subhanho wa Taala says, so do not be impressed not by their wealth, nor by the other blessings that Allah subhanaw taala has given them because Allah subhanho wa Taala only uses those things, to punish them and persecute them, why he punishes them and persecute them through this because they do not believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala did not worship Allah subhanaw taala. And as you come to see, that is the most fundamental components of happiness is that you take care of the most important relationship in your life, which is your relationship with Allah subhana wa Tada. So let's start off with point number one, being that happiness is not found in worldly possessions and is grounded in
other things. So now, why is happiness actually found we've talked about where it's not found? Where is it actually found? Allah subhanaw taala tells us this in the Quran as well. When Amina saw the Declaration
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that whoever does a righteous deed, whether male or female, while having faith, then Allah subhanho wa Taala shall still upon him, a good life, Allah subhanho wa Taala shall bestow upon him a good life. So here are some other gives us some criteria, that doing righteous deeds, and having faith. And when you have these two things, Allah subhana wa tada bestows the good life upon you. Now you'll notice the terminology that Allah subhanaw taala uses in this verse. It's very generic, very general, that just do a righteous deed and have faith and you will
Have a good life bestowed upon you. So this is a general commandment that any good deed that you do, you'll feel good about it. And this is why you'll notice that those times when you help someone carry a bag up the stairs, or you hold the door open up for someone, or you help someone cross the street, or you feed a poor person, does Allah subhanho wa Taala make you feel bad at that time? made you feel guilty inside for doing that? Or do you actually feel good at that time pay, you know, I did something good. The reality is you feel good at that time. And Allah subhanho wa Taala uses that form of pleasure to encourage you to do for the good deeds. And that is why the natural reaction
that every time you do something the surface of the creation, is that you will innately feel good about it. Because Allah subhana wa, tada wants you to do it again. But I was gonna mention specific things in terms of what he wants us to do. And this is why we're going to go back to a scholarly interpretation of this verse. When we talk about good deeds, we're referring to three things. One of the scholars of Islam, he says that the keys to happiness, they lie in three things, the keys to happiness, they live in three things, and we'll go through them individually within
the first of them, is repenting back to your Lord, that every time you make a mistake, you turn to your Lord in repentance, not to the creation, not to another man, not to the woman, not to another human being, but turned back directly to your Lord, the one who created you and one sustains. Now, if you remember our understanding of happiness, we said, the epitome of happiness with pleasure, which is pleasing the other. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us this 1400 years ago, he gave us an example. He says, Take the example of a man who goes out in the desert, with all of his provisions, all of his belongings. And then as he comes to an area of rest, he settles down to
rest, and he falls asleep. And at that time, that candle that he had, that had all of his provisions and all of his belongings and disperses. Now empathize with this individual, I want you to put yourself in that situation, that imagine yourself in a situation where perhaps your house burned down and you lost everything. Or maybe you went traveled somewhere and your car got stolen. Everything was in that car, your wallet included. How would you feel at that time? What is the exact sentiment you're feeling? you eventually come to despair, right? You give up and you're like, you know, I can't deal with this anymore. And you give up. This is what that man felt. He felt despair.
He's in the middle of the desert, he's not going to find anything else. So he goes back to that area of rest and says, You know what, let me just fall asleep and prepare for death. He falls asleep. And then lo and behold, when he wakes up again, that writing beast of his that had all of his provisions, that water that he covered it, that food that he was, you know, hides before it came back, his clothing, it came back as well. It came back. How does this man feel? Now, he is overjoyed with happiness. He had lost everything. And he didn't get anything extra. He just got what was originally his back. He's happy. So how happy does this man get? He gets so happy that he looks up
to the skies. And he says, Oh Allah, I am your master and you are my slave that he can no longer control his words that will happy he is. Now the reason I'm telling you this is because the process that I'm sharing this example. He said, look at the example of this man and how happy he got Allah subhana wa tada is more happy with Europeans and turning back to him. Then this man was what lost everything and got everything back. I was happier with your apprentice and turning back to him. And that is why the first step in attaining happiness is learning how to please your Lord is learning how to please your Lord. And I'll give you an example. Before coming to Scotland, I spent a day in
London. I was in business meetings, were talking about various projects. And we came to a point that what is our motivation in doing this project? Why do we want to help people and their particular project was, you know, we want to help people get married. One of the biggest problems in our society is that while we're all in the same room, no one knows each other. When it comes time to get married. We're not looking in the right places. We can't do it. So one of the projects I want to start working on these nights either is just about this. So we came to a point where discussing what is our motivation to do this. And we had this deep discussion, even though it was just amongst you
know, ourselves in the middle of the night. We're all hungry. We're all tired. We're all sleepy. And it came to this one point
I thought to myself supine a lot. You know what now this project is truly worth it.
That moment was that we were talking about a companionship that we thought to ourselves, the lone survivor love. We strive so hard to be with other people that think about people that you love people that you cherish people who inspire you, what do we do to be in their company, sometimes you'll travel across the world to be with them, you will stay up late at night talking to them, you will spend a lot of time exchanging emails with them. And that's in this world God is the amount of sacrifice we make to be with them. But Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that in the Hereafter, the most cherished civil companionship that you will have is with your Lord. And that is why the epitome
of happiness in the Hereafter is not in the food, it is not in the drink. It is not the presence of other human beings, but it's getting to see the face of your very creator.
And imagine that deed that you belittle, that you consider so small. But it is that deed that grants you one extra hour to be with your Lord in the hereafter. It is at that time, you will realize that what a fool I was that I wasted my time in this world. And that is why truly understanding happiness. The first step in attaining happiness is learning how to please your Lord. And that is why if you look at the commandments that Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us particularly with the five pillars of Islam, they are about separating ourselves from all of these other relationships, so that we can make our hearts free to be filled with love of Allah subhanho wa Taala. You think about the
cow, the compulsory charity that Muslims give, it's about getting rich, get rid of the greed and coveting of wealth, then it is compulsory for you to do so. You think about the month of Ramadan, fasting for a whole month giving up food and drink and relationships with your family. It's about doing it for the sake of Allah so you don't get attached to these things, making yourself know and realize that you are a strong individual, you are an independent individual. And you don't need to depend on these things. You think about the Hajj, the pilgrimage that we make. It's about sacrificing our time taking time off from work from school, spending large amounts of money, and
then going there and being amongst 2 million Muslims. And you know, literally the reality is when you're with that many Muslims you're bound to get abused. You know, you're in tawaf, you're entering the army, you don't decide you do all these things, physically, you're getting abused. So it's a combination of all of those things. But now let's focus on the very first two pillars of Islam. The first pillar of Islam is meant to set you free from worshipping your own self from worshiping your own desires, and truly calling to the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala, that the one who created you, he is the only one that you will worship, and you will be a slave to no one except to the
Creator Himself. That is the first pillar. So you celebrate your being freed, you know, emancipated from worship of anyone other than Allah subhana wa Tada. Now, let's talk about something that we can all relate to the Salah, what is salop freeing you from the Salah is freeing you from each and every other relationship that you have in this world. Whether it is you as a young child, your parents may be calling you but the time for select comes, you pray, you can be a parent, your child may be hungry at that time. But once a lot time is finishing, you have to pray. You can be a businessman who is making a billion dollar transaction. But if the time for Salah is running out, you will go
and pray. And that is why the wisdom behind the wording behind Salah is so nice that you can start off the solar the prayer with any activity with any form of Islam. Allah could have commanded us to say like I had a lot to start it off. We couldn't start off with Angela or Al Hamdulillah. These are all befitting terms the glory be to align Praise be to Allah. But Allah Subhana Allah commanded us to start off the salon with Allahu Akbar, meaning that there is no greater relationship in my life at this time, except with my Creator. And that is what the Salah is about. And that is the first step to happiness, that if you can learn to please your Lord, then Allah subhana wa tada will please
you. It's a simple paradigm in Islam. Allah ha moment with dunya yarmulke manifesta
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will treat you. The way you treat is the way you shall be treated. So make Allah subhana wa tada happy and he will make you happy. How do you please Allah subhanho wa Taala simple when you make a mistake, fess up to it. converse with Allah say, Oh Allah, I made a mistake, please forgive me, I will try to be better. That is all you have to do, and you will attain the pleasure of your Lord. The second key to happiness is having some, you know a lot of people translate seven as being patient. But seven, it's so much more than that. It is about endurance, it is about perseverance. It is about patience, and so much more. And that is why in Islam, there are actually three types of
patience, we'll go through all three of them. The first step of patience, is being patient, upon the control of Allah subhanaw taala, the decree of your Creator. Now decree is something so amazing, that as a human being, you think that everything is in control, that you walk, you speak, you eat, you go to the bathroom, it's in your control. And to a certain degree, yes, it is. But we fail to realize that at the end of the day, it only happens with the permission of Allah. At the end of the day, you are just a pawn and the greater chessboard. There are lots of I know it's either will move you from one part of the world to the other, you may not realize why. But when you get there, Allah
subhanaw taala lets you know why. And that is the reality of life that imagine how did you end up in this room right now? How did you end up in this room right now? Let's go back. It was your parents 30 years ago, 40 years ago that decided to migrate to the west to seek some job, they got their jobs, you were eventually born, you're here working now you heard about this event? And that's how you ended up here. 40 years ago, when your parents migrated? Did they have it in their mind that one day you will come to Oregon and hear this talk about happiness? No. But it was the law that brought you here. And that is the reality of it, that when it comes to the decree of your Lord, don't
question it. Because you will not truly understand its wisdom. Until all the events are over. You only understand when you get to the Day of Judgment, your whole life has gone through. And then you will understand why things happened. That how maybe a sin that you committed, made you so repentant that it made you give up that sin altogether. Maybe it was you getting robbed, and you losing everything that you had that made you turn back to your Lord and seek his help, which made you a better person. Maybe it was you witnessing some crime that instilled it in your mind, I never want to be like that. All of these things happen for a reason. So don't push them down right now. But
wait for it to end. Another perspective to this is I want you to think about Elementary School. Some of our favorite times in elementary school, we don't really go there to learn. It's all about having fun. You know, you go there, you're drawing, you're coloring, you know, you're having snacks. And then you know from time to time, you'll be like, what's one plus one, and you're like, it's two. Or if you're like me, you're like, it's four.
You know, that's what elementary school was. And I remember like nutrition in particular, because that's when I was first introduced to basketball, one of my favorite sports. So I remember during recess, during break time, we'd go outside, we play basketball.
And then we'd have a lot of fun. But then the teacher would come out and she started ringing the bell, she go Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding. And unlike man, why do we have to go back and say, Why can you just play basketball? No, as a young child, I didn't understand that there was a higher purpose to going to school and didn't make sense. But now that I'm older, I realize that when that teacher rang that bell, it was a reminder to me that you are in school for a greater purpose. Yes, you can have some fun. You can do interesting things, but you have a higher purpose of being in school. It's about getting an education. Similarly, when it comes to this life, Allah allows you to
have fun, he wants you to enjoy your life. But when trials and tribulations come your way, it is that bell ringing Ding, ding, ding, ding dong. Wake up to what you as an individual have a higher purpose in your life. You have a higher purpose in your life, to be a servant of our last panel.
And that's what it is about. So that is patience upon the decree of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Then you have the second level of patience, which is
Patience in restraining oneself from desires and from sin, patience and refraining oneself from desires and sin. Now, if you look at the most exquisite of things in this world, how does Allah subhanho wa Taala creator, know, take the example of a diamond, Allah subhanho wa Taala. If he wanted, he would say be, and this room could be filled with diamonds. But that's not the way the world of Allah subhanaw taala works, but rather diamonds come from the middle of the earth. From this, what we would consider filthy objects known as cool. You know, it smells very bad, it has these terrible fumes. It's applied heat and pressure to it. And then eventually, over millions of
years, that coal, it turns into a diamond, it turns into a diamond. Similarly, when we talk about patience upon refraining, all of that stuff that happens to a diamond, that pressure that's applied, that heat that's applied, that is you becoming a diamond, when you learn to refrain from your lowly desires. Now be more particular over here, but only desires, I mean by this culture of consumerism, then everything in our times is purely about consuming. If you go to the front page of Google, so you have Gmail, what is the first thing they have on the left hand corner, that we now have 7.6 gigabytes of space increasing every day, so that you need more space in your email? For those of you
who signed up for Hotmail, you know, this is like in the early 90s, do you remember how much space hotmail added? You know, you would max out your account in 25 minutes, you know, you could have literally 1000 hotmail accounts, and that'd be one gmail account. So that's that, look at something else. How about the drink that we drink, you know, take an example of sprite, Sprite, very common popular drink, drinks, initially, were about quenching your thirst, you know, you drink something because you're thirsty, or you drink something, because you want to change the flavor in your mouth. But now, how are drinks being promoted? Hey, drink this drink of sprite, you could be the next David
Beckham, as if I was going to, you know, improve your game of football, it doesn't happen. But it's just a small marketing and gimmicky of consumerism, that the more you consume, the more happy you will be. And that is why in our day and age, it is very, very possible that you can go and buy a pair of shoes that were built by some slaves in China or Malaysia, Indonesia, and cost literally pennies, maybe 65 pets 70 pets, yet you are buying them for three or 400 pounds, the very purses that some of our sisters may buy, again, through slavery, you know, the products and the Jimmy choos and all these purses and shoes that we will buy. They cost pennies to make through slavery, and then
you buy them for four or 500 pounds. It's all about consumerism. And this is where restraint comes that buy something that you need that is sufficient for you, and then spend the money on something else, spend your one to 4% it will grant you the same amount of satisfaction than spending that money on yourself. In fact, it may even make you happier and invested in a child's education. As you may know, in England, and in this continent of Europe, prices for education are ridiculously getting high. In fact, this year alone, there's a drop of 8% that students are no longer going to university. Why? Because they can't afford the tuition. And it's going to get worse. So restrain
yourself from what you spend and spend it in more beneficial things. And you will see it will actually bring happiness to your life. And this is why one of the great scholars of Islam he said that you can see how much an individual loves a world you can see how you as an individual, how much you will love this world, how it will be by the possessions that you own. And he said the exact opposite that you can see how much he person loves Allah subhanho wa Taala meaning that the more a person loves Allah subhanaw taala the less they will actually own in this world, the less they will actually own. And that is why people like aboubaker they had no problem giving up all of their
wealth for the sake of Allah. Because they knew Allah would replenish that wealth, they will come back and again they will give it away because they want to fill their hearts with the love of Allah and the Messenger of Allah. I mean this is truly amazing. He is the leader of the Muslim nation, he would have all the all the great and all the gold of Arabia, but what does he died with? He dies with a shield and he dies with a mat that he sleeps on. And even that gets given away to the Muslim you know better than the Muslim has a wealth. He
shows you that, again, restrain yourself from this world, and you'll actually learn how to be happy. But the more you attained from this world, the more of a restless it becomes, the more you start to chase it, and the more unhappy you actually become. Then the third type of patience, this is patience, and worshipping Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is the most difficult thing that anyone will ever try. And in fact, this is the greatest deception that shaytan will try to pull with you, make you content with your level of he bother making you think that you know what, just because you give charity once that that's sufficient for you, or maybe you fast the month of Ramadan, that's
sufficient for you. But you come to realize as you get older, that if you're not in constant growth of your worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala, then eventually you will lose your worship. And that is why people who are only praying five times a day mean they're only doing their first prayers on borderline danger. You know, a lot of the times you get told, no, Mashallah, you're a phenomenal Muslim. Why because you play five times a day. But if you look at the reality of the situation, if you're only praying five times a day, you're in great danger. Because that one day that she comes and messes your wind up, and you end up missing your one of your prayers, you have nothing left
except to lose another prayer and lose another prayer to them not praying at all. And that is what ends up happening when people are back in prayers. It's not as if they wake up one day and say, I'm not going to pray is because she thought attacks are a bad thing. He attacks your worship. And the first thing he will attack is your Salah. So if you're not protecting your Salah by praying your snipers and praying your knuffle prayers, when he comes to take away your ibadah he's taken away your fourth prayers right away, and then you're lost. So what can you do is realize for yourself that never ever become content with your body, that you have to come to a point where you say, you
know what, I have to come up with a game plan of how I'm going to increase my ibadah. So maybe starting with this week, I want to focus on praying my winter prayer and praying my Sooners for friendship, just these two prayers, then a month down you know what I'll add to it my The sooner for my daughter prayer, then after that the as soon as hormonal as soon as for Asia, okay, I'm doing all of these things with my prayer. Now. Now let's focus on charity. Let's hope that you know, for each week, I will give five pounds in charity. And then you increase on that. And then each aspect of worship, make yourself increase in that so that when Satan comes in, he tries to take away your data
he gives up from the beginning because he says this person has too much a bother to take away from I will spend a whole lifetime and I'll barely take anything away. That is the situation you want to be in. How do you get to that level by being patient in your a bother? The problem with us is that we're very hasty creation. And we see this with our own eyes each year that the beginning of Ramadan comes, we have this aspiration that we're going to complete the Koran for 34567 days, we'll read a juice of the Quran that day. By the time the eighth day comes, not only do we give up our recitation of the Quran, because it's too burdensome, but by the eighth day, the machine actually starts dying
down. People have been coming for the first eight days, they'll no longer come to town. Why? It's because they're doing sprints, and they're a batter. And you can only sprint for so long. But if you jog and pace yourself, then you can go a lot further than a person who is sprinting. And that is what I'm here to tell you that in when it comes to a bother learn to jog. Because if you sprint you will burn yourself out. So those are the three levels of patience, patience upon the decree of Allah. Patients on refraining and restraining from desires and inpatients and gradually increasing your worship of Allah. The second key to happiness. The third key to happiness is being a grateful
individual. Now I found this very interesting that you know, traditionally when we wanted to look something up, we would look through the Koran you know search in the Koran look for an answer. If not we look through Sohail Bukhari Sahih Muslim, that's traditionally what we did as Muslims. But in this day and age, when we want to search for something, what do we do? You go up to Google, you type in what you're looking for. You go on to YouTube, you flow type of what you're looking for a lot of people that did the exact same thing for this lecture. So I go to YouTube, I type in the secret to happiness. And it's amazing that as time goes on, there are these really cool features, one of them
called autofill that it will fill in the rest of your question for you. You as you type in the secret to happiness on YouTube. What does it give you? The secret to happiness is gratitude being a grateful person
Now what's interesting about this is that our supply the ones that he actually commanded the profits of a lot of them by making the blessings of Allah subhanaw taala spoken about and manifests in Surah number 93. Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Welcome, be near a material pickup for high def, then ask for the Blessings of your Lord, speak about them. Why? What is the significance about speaking about the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala that the more you recognize the blessings of Allah, the more you thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for those blessings, the happier individual you actually become. Because you realize how weak of a creation you are, and how blessing of oppression you are
at the same time, we can the sense that you're dependent on so many things, blessing in the sense that Allah subhanho wa Taala has granted you your eyesight, blessing in the sense that you are able to breathe without a machine pumping your air for you that you're able to sleep at night without having to take pills, that you're able to go to the bathroom without any help. Then when you get hungry, no one needs to come and remind you your body tells you it's time to eat. These are our blessings from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And this is why you will see that it is very, very important to learn to be grateful because that is where happiness truly is going to live for you. That if you
can recognize the favours of others upon you, if you can recognize the blessings of Allah subhana wa tada upon you. If you can see how Allah subhanho wa Taala has favored you over 90% over the rest of the world, then you will see that you have so much to be grateful for you have so much to be happy for. And that is why when it comes to the matters of this world, always look at those below you that how many people are there in the city of Glasgow alone, that don't have enough blankets to survive through the winter? How many people are there that are outside right now begging for money so they could have some food? Yeah, here we are with free refreshments. Take as much as you like Allah
subhana wa tada has blessed you with that. So now I ask you, where is the gratitude? You know, in this day and age, you hold the door open for someone you expect them to say thank you. But I asked you the question, when the lesson I know what the other blesses you with so much. He has opened up so many doors for you. Where is your gratitude to Allah subhana wa Tada. So where will the gratitude begin, and that is the third key to happiness, learning to be grateful for all that Allah subhanaw taala has given us. So now I'm talking about these keys to happiness, there has to be some points in our action, that what can you do as an individual to become happy in life. And that is what I want
to share with you and conclude with in this lecture with the Knights are. The first step that we can do in becoming happy in our lives, is each night before you go to bed. Just take five minutes, just take five minutes, whatever you want to do before these five minutes before you go to sleep. You're going to have moments of reflection, you will reflect upon two things, the sense of mistakes that you committed on this day and have a conversation with a lot of them saying Oh Allah, please forgive or not I made a mistake. I'm trying to get better. That Oh Allah, please help me in fighting off this sin. That is a conversation we won't have. The second moment of reflection is think about
particular blessings that allow us kind of what Allah has blessed you with. That Allah subhana wa tada allowed you to pray Jamaat, inside of a Masjid today, he allowed you to come and listen to a lecture inside of a machine rather than outside in the cold. That's something to be grateful for. That Allah allowed you to come and be in the company of so many people that share the same faith as you share the same morals and ethics as you that hopefully will be gathered with you in paradise. Something to thank Allah for that Allah allowed you to be able to listen and to reflect, to laugh and to smile. In fact, the last panel to add the photo skills so those are two reproductions each
night before you go to bed. First reflection on the sins you made your pantry with them and ask for forgiveness and ask how to overcome them. The second reflection, all the blessings that Allah gave you throughout the day, thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for and here's a trick, you need a an increase in any one of your blessings. Then thank Allah subhanho wa Taala for it. What is thankfulness and sugar mean in Islam
Not just merely about doing lip service and saying thank you or saying that hamdulillah but rather it's about using those blessings that Allah gave you to please Allah. And if you can't use those blessings to please Allah, then at the very least, do not use those blessings to disobey Allah subhanho wa Taala and this is why last panel data says, weather in Chicago to let them know that if you were to thank Allah subhanho wa Taala, then Allah subhana wa tada will increase you in those blessings. And that is why every time you give charity, Allah Subhana Allah blesses your wealth. Every time you sacrifice some time for a lot, Allah will bless your time, because you sacrificed it
for the sake of Allah. And Allah never lets any sacrifice go in vain. It is always compensated with something better. So that is the first action step reflection before you go to bed. Action Point number two is what are your aspirations in life? I want you to think about the moment that you were happiest what was the happiest moment in your life. And look, you'll find the reoccurring theme. The reoccurring theme is that happy moments in your life, were times that you actually did something, a happy moment when for a person when they graduated from school, they went to school, they pass their exams, they accomplished it, and happy moment, a person gets a promotion in his job. He worked hard,
it's recognized. He's happy at that time. Another happy moment of happiness, having children, that you protected yourself from infidelity and from adultery, and Allah bless you with children, another happy moment in life. What is the reoccurring theme in all of this, taking action in your life, that people who take no action in life, they're doomed for misery, they will be left to shake on and left to their thoughts to window in sadness. But when you take action in your life, that is when Allah subhanho wa Taala grants you happiness. And this is what that verse is all about. Allah subhanho wa Taala did not say, intend to do good deeds. Allah said, do good deeds, and have enough and you will
have a happy life bestowed upon you. So become people of action, you will see that in our lives, we become lazy, we will procrastinate, we will delay taking action. But if you truly want to become happy, think about the things you want to achieve in life, and start taking action now and working towards those things. The third action point and I'll conclude with this really light
is Who are the people that you hang around these? Who are the people that you spent time with. Because as an individual, you are a summary of the five people you spend the most amount of time. Think about the five people you spend the most amount of time with, you are a summary of those five people. Now, how does this come into play and happiness. If you're hanging around people that are constantly complaining and constantly nagging, and constantly upset, that is the type of individual you will become as well. But if you're around people who are happy, and have aspirations, and have ambitions and are trying to achieve something in this world, then you too will become happy. And
Allah subhanaw taala created such a strong proof for this. What is the proof for this? The very fact that you smile at someone, when you smile at someone, you can continue smiling at that individual. And eventually it gets really awkward. And they start to smile package and I just did it with this guy is like why is he stupid.
But that's the power was smile that you are, you know what we call made or created to be in rapport with the people around you. So you will notice that if someone in front of you has their arms crossed, more than likely you will have your arms crossed as well. If you're around people that have their legs crossed, your legs will be crossed as well. As you will, you can reflect upon this will see it's true that the people in front of you are leaning back on their chairs, you'll notice that more than that you're leaning back as well, because you were created to be in rapport with one another. That's how a lot created us. So if you're around people who are constantly nagging and
complaining, and are always upset and sad, that's how you turn out as well. So what you can do is be very careful the people that you hang around with, start hanging around with happy people start hanging around with people who want to do things and take action in life. And then when the light hits that will make you a happy person as well. Now I want to conclude with one last story. One last story
and that is the story of
What really inspires Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us in the Quran, about this place called gender.
And I always ask the people, what is gender like for you? You know, what is gender truly like?
and gender for most people from what I've come to understand is extremely boring. And I'll explain why. Because I'll ask people, and we can do this right now. So you can witness it yourself. I want you to take the next 10 seconds. And just think about gender. That right now you left this dunya and Allah has said, Oh, my slave, enter Paradise. So the next 10 seconds, you are in Paris, 10 seconds, think about what you would be doing in Paris will take 10 seconds to do.
Okay. 10 seconds are over. Now, what is my proof that paradex important for you guys? First of all, very few people smart, if you
please, at least smile at that time. I'm apparently supposed to be the happiest place on earth right? Now, when someone wins the lottery, do you see them drowning?
You see them do that? No, they're jumping up for joy. You want something bigger than the lottery, yet look at the state that you're in. So I want to share a small reflection with you that in order to truly be happy to get through all of your problems in life. Just think about what Allah subhanaw taala is compensating you with for that pain that you're going through. So anytime someone mistreats you anytime something goes wrong in your life, know that Allah subhanaw taala is compensating compensating you with something. What is it compensating with? Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us one verse in the Quran. He says lahoma your shot on the fee ha, when I take Emma seeds, that you will
have each and every single thing that you desire, and we will still have more to give. So I will share what I think about when I'm in Paris. Every time someone nice treats me or something's going wrong. This is what's going through my mind at that time. How do people watch Charlie in the Chocolate Factory here?
Raise your hands. Does anyone people know what I'm talking about? Okay, so quite a few. So that whole movie, there's one scene which is like the most awesome scene in the world. It's not when he's in a glass elevator and they're flying through the factory. That's not it. It's when all the kids enter that room of chocolate. And then there's this river of chocolate there. That is like the height of the movie. Now explain why
this river manifests or represents a river for me in Paris. It is a river of chocolates. Now what makes this river of chocolate so amazing, is that you can go fishing in this river. Now why is that such a big thing. I've been fishing about four or five times now in my life. And I've never caught a single fish.
So now when I think of a paradise, I have this chocolate river, and I'm in my boats. And when I throw my anchor over until the fishing rod over, it's not about putting bait and the fishes will come to the grab the bait, but rather they come to the hook and the bait Please eat.
What's even more amazing what these fish these fish. They too are made of chocolate. There's no bones inside. It's just pure chocolate. There's no cutting them up no stinky intestines and guts or any of that stuff is just pure chocolate.
So now what happens when you eat too much? You know, you feel upset emotionally too much. I need to burn off these calories. So you jump off your boat. What do you jump into a river and
you start swimming. Now for those of you who have been swimming, you know, you usually go swimming in hotels, it's like filled with chlorine. It's like 90% chlorine and like 10% water. So each time you take it in and it burns your mind, it burns your eyes. But the amazing thing about this river is that you're inhaling chocolate.
And it's so amazing. Because with each simple chocolate you're taking in. Again, this is paradise you can have whatever you want. It's like one sip of like lint, one sip of toggler
and that's what's going on. And then you know what you're like, you know what, I'm sick and tired of swimming. So you're just floating. And you know what, you're the class I want this to end and then you're like I'm lazy. I don't want to get out. So Allah sends this amazing creature, you know, maybe some like a rock like a unicorn and it takes you away to where you want to go like you I feel like going spending time with
abubaker Today I want to hear about, you know what time was like with him, I want to go and visit Khan has been the one he tell me what to know, the expeditions were like, I want to go and sit with my grandfather, you know, what was his life like? That is what paradex is meant to be like. It is meant to be creative, it is meant to be imaginative. And that is why Allah tells us, they will have everything that you desire in Paradise, and will still have more to give. So next time you're feeling sad, you're feeling down. Think about paradise, because that is what created you for happiness. It is not a means rather, it is a goal. That goal will not be achieved in this world.
Because this life will never truly be happy. Your moment for a while, as followed by a moment of sadness. But eternal happiness will be when you get to paradise. So let your ultimate focus in this world. If you truly want to be happy, that you focus on, how do I truly get to paradise, went back to your Lord, be patient upon the decree. Be patient upon your desires and commit, be patient upon increasing your worship. And thirdly, becoming grateful people with that will enter Paradise. I pray that Allah subhanaw taala forgives us for our sins makes us people who are grateful and makes them the inhabitants not only of Paradise, but apart from those that have the highest priorities and
makes us of those who get to see the beautiful face of our creature. And that unless either is pleased with us, and we are pleased with him, we'll have
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they get into a cycle where they
will leave them to be happy.
But it's a cycle.
Brothers question was a lot of the youth, they commit a particular sin, because it brings them happiness. And eventually they get caught up in the sin that it becomes such a vicious cycle that they can't get out of it. So how do they actually get out of this vicious cycle? I would say that there's several things that are involved in this solution. The first of them is realizing that that sin doesn't really bring them happiness. Because the mind it gets programmed, that if you keep thinking that something will bring you happiness, eventually you can't affiliate evil with that. Right? And unless pilots other what He commands us with is not only not to commit sin, but consider
is a pourraient something that we find disgusting, and Republic, yet some sins. When you do them, you find pleasure in them. And that's the word we fall into pray that while we're commanded to hate them and find them despicable, then once you do that, that actually becomes pleasurable. So the first step is going back to that route and considering that Singaporeans ugly and despicable, that's the first step. And once you come to realize that, that the sin is not truly bringing you happiness is actually bringing you pain, psychologically you will start to change. Number two is that these are things that people will commit that they will find pleasurable, you will see are being done in
one of two situations. Either one when they are
alone, or two when you're around the wrong people. So one when you're alone or two when they're around around the wrong people. So what you want to do is the way out of that is make sure you're around the right people, people who not only dislike sin, but won't want you to fall into sin as well. And you look for those like minded people who have your mutual interests in mind as well, and they will help you get away from that sin. The third thing I will mention, is asking help from Allah subhanho wa Taala that this is of the utmost importance, that you'll notice that even in our cycle of worship, as great as the companions, work, hours, messages are seldom told by the chairman, that
at the end of each server makes a lot a lot of 90, unethically our sugarbaker was the guy that took them over a lot helped me in remembering you, thanking you and perfecting my worship for you. Now, that's Apple, the next level that a person who's you know, minimize all of his sins, that is the one he makes, but at the same time, people who are falling into sin, the shootings prevent them from making that Oh, look, please help me focus in all a lot helped me conquer this sin. That is point number three. Point number four is realizing that you're still on safe grounds, until you die. What does that mean? That your whole life you may struggle, you may struggle with this sin, you will try
to fight it day and night. But keep fighting. Because as long as you're fighting, you're safe. The second you give up and you die with that sin that is the de that you die upon. And that is what we have so many great examples, the likes of the man who was drinking. And we when he was caught the third time, the companions came and said Jada saw a lot that is inflict punishment on this man, the messenger bots. So what did he say about that man, that even though he was a drunkard, he said that this man loves a lion, His Messenger and he's trying to give up he just can't. So eventually, when this man, you know, heard these words of inspiration, he eventually gave it up. This man was fine.
Let's take the example of the man who killed 99 other people, this man he killed 99 other people, he went to this man and asked him, you know, I want to repent, and I want to be forgiven for this, what can I do? That man told him you have no repentance, you know, your situation is over. So this man killed him, and altogether get killed 100 people, he goes again, and he has a more knowledgeable person, this time. The knowledgeable person, what does he tell him? He says it is your people that are you know, allowing you to commit to sin, encourage you to commit to sin, so migrate. So this man, he just made the intention to migrate. And along the way he passed away. Then the angels had
their famous dispute, is this man going to handle going to hell? Eventually the angels of heaven took him to heaven. Why? Because he had the intention to give up. I have to give up that sin. And that is why when it comes to conquering your sin, then make sure you have that intention to fight it till the day that you die. Because if you have that intention behind it, you will be forgiven for it. So never despair. And that is why I'll conclude with this point. Unless panels Allah gives us such a powerful verse in the Quran. Such a powerful commandment actually. He says, Yeah, imagine the dinozzo of other unforeseen led Dr. Tony Mattila in the La Jolla, Florida know Virginia, that all my
slaves who have transgressed against themselves, do not despair, from the mercy of Allah. For Indeed Allah forgives all sins, so never disappear, have a lot of mercy, never keep never stopped fighting that sin. And within nights Allah, Allah will find a way out. And it is perhaps a sin that you committed There are so remorseful for and so repent for for that Allah subhanho wa Taala will allow you to enter Paradise because of that repentance. That would be my advice, or
will actually do something fun and interesting. I noticed that once I finish the lecture, it's very difficult to start the questions rolling. And then once we start rolling, it's like impossible to stop. So here's what we're going to do. We'll play a game of five questions. So the first five people that asked their questions, they'll have their questions answered. If you don't ask your questions amongst the first five people, they'll be like, I'll have to wait till the next week.
So how was that? So first by people who asked the questions will answer their questions. And this is an opportunity for you to take action. And remember, we're talking about taking action. This is taking action right now. You have a question, ask it. And you'll notice that you'll actually become happy over it because you took action. So wants to become happy.
Please go ahead.
Is that it?
That was the first thing that came to mind. That's the beautiful thing about paradise, that, you know, happiness, it's not meant to be, you know, by yourself. People generally don't become happy by themselves, it's usually through the interaction of other individuals, that happiness is increased. And that is why Paradise is not just about you being alone there. But it's about being with all the people that you love all the people that you care about, you want them there as well. And that is why when I share this vision of Paradise, the reason why I shared with you is so that you will share this vision with me and have in hopes that Allah subhanaw taala will unite us all together in acting
out that vision.
But just keep in mind, those fish are mine.
Next question, we're down to four.
How do you increase your a bar that that was the third point on third type of patients I was talking about is that this is something you have to decide. And you can't just do it in the spread that, you know, today, I'm going to break down Monday and I'm going to choose a local time, I'm going to spend the whole day in detail. That's not the way it works. But rather, just like in school, you know, you spend a week reading reading one chapter during a practice exam, and you read the next chapter during a practice exam. That's how you gradually increase. Similarly with your ibadah. You need a game plan, you need, you know, plan of action that this week I'm going to focus on on next month,
and what to focus on Salah next month and what to focus on charity, as long as you have this in your mind that you want to do it, and you're actually trying to do it. That's how you're a God is going to increase. Another point of reflection, is that again, a Banda is very dependent on the people that you're around and who you are with. Take the example of being in the masjid. Have you ever seen anyone come to a Masjid and start committing sin, that he starts lying and cheating and, you know, swearing and doing these things? No, it doesn't happen. Because that is the house of Allah. That is what the angels are. That is where the righteous people are. And that is why if a person truly wants
to start increasing any vida, go to the house of Allah, that's what it's for. And you'll notice that people who start struggling with their rabada is because they've abandoned the house of Allah, they become content in prayer, they become content and during their activities. So it turns back to the house and back to the massage. And that's another step in increasing your
best career the young Muslim should aim for.
Are you parents, you're right now? No, okay.
Generally, parents don't like my advice. But I'm saving you, like 15 years of pain right now. In our community, we have a problem. That problem is, we let other people dictate what career paths we should take. So someone will tell you, you become a doctor, you become an accountant, you become an engineer, that is what we were told. But in reality, you enjoy drawing. In reality, you play sports, you like playing sports, in reality, you like you know, hearing other people's problems. So you'll notice that you're going against that which you enjoy doing. So my solution to this is don't listen to what anyone says, at the end of the day, this choice is yours, and you have to suffer the
consequences of your decision. You'll notice that people who become doctors, engineers, accountants, all these professions. Why do they have midlife crisis? Why is it when they turned 3035 years old, they need to go out and do something wild and crazy, is because they're not enjoying what they do. They're going against what Allah subhana wa tada created them to enjoy and have pleasure in. So this is my advice to you that all the youth that are thinking about careers for the future, look at two things and two things only. Number one, what are you talented at what are you actually good at, make a career out of that? Number two, your career should be something that you would be willing to do
for free. Meaning that you should enjoy doing it so much, you'd be willing to do it for free. Why is this point so important? Because when you enjoy your career, you will actually excel at it. When you excel at your career. That is when the money starts rolling in. So not only will you be enjoying your career, but that is when when he comes in when you excel at your career. So don't let anyone dictate to you, not myself, not anyone else, what you should be for as long as it's something has done something productive. And it brings in you know, benefits to the world. Go ahead and do that job until the end will dictate for you. So I can't tell you what to be. But think about those
things, something that you're talented at naturally. And something that you would do for free that even if no one paid you you would still do it because that way you're good at it.
You will enjoy it and you will excel in what you do and you will be successful.
This is our question from an online show. Some young people believe that the most effective way to be a Muslim is to become a share of similar
studies skills skill has been unimportant.
Okay, that's it. So when it comes to knowledge, Allah subhanaw taala created two types of Islamic knowledge, the first step of Islamic knowledge that is compulsory upon every individual. So these are the basics of salon the basics of the basics of fasting, the basics of Hajj, you know, this is knowledge that is compulsory upon everyone, then there is that knowledge, which is only really, really sufficient for one person in the community to have knowledge of that. So for example, these are the detailed matters of Islamic inheritance, the detailed matters of Sharia law, these sorts of things, it's only incumbent upon one person. So I would say, answering this question purely depends
upon the career path this person wants to take. If this person wants to spend your whole life in getting that one, then I will see as this person needs to go out and seek knowledge at an Islamic University, or traditionally go and seek knowledge with some * spent 1015 years and come back and give down to the people. But if this person's role is just to learn what is suffering compulsory upon him, then he can do that in his own community. And he can do that, while he's going to school. You know, you go to school during the day, spend time with the local imams or local shifts in your community at nighttime and within nights, and that you can learn that knowledge. And I would suggest
an advice that never sacrifice, you know, what you think is in your best interest in sacrificing your dunya. Then if you look at the data, and Allah subhanaw taala teaches us in the Quran, it's not just about Oh Allah grant me the best of the outcome. That's not how we are taught. We're taught all along gradually the best of this world and the best of the Hereafter, and save me from the hellfire. So if you're sacrificing this world altogether, that's the role of commands with he commands you to attain the rest of this one and the rest of the hereafter. So attain your secretary studies, but turn it into an app to be better to which you benefit the owner through which benefit the community
and attain your paradise definitely, because not every Muslim is meant to be a chef. Imagine that this whole room was filled with scholars, once the person gets sick, who is wanting to cure them, once a person has to get their taxes done, who's gonna do the taxes, and you ain't got to do your taxes, you end up in jail.
So we need each fragment, we need each aspect of society. So those who excel in Islamic knowledge, let them go into the Islamic states. If you excel at something else, follow that career path. Because this oma needs each and every one of us in the fields that we are good at. That would be my advice.
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That is a very good question to which I do not have the answer on this panel.
But one thing that I can say is that there are some scholars who said that Massoud and the V are the exact same thing.
Okay, the brother asked the question, why did Allah subhanaw taala refer to some profits as it was sold and the beef and to other prophets? Just as maybe one of the interpretations of this that scholars have said it will soon be the exact same thing? So that there's no they're just different terms, which were the exact same meaning? Even though this is a minority opinion? It is an opinion. That's just something to keep in mind. In terms of a detailed answer, I don't really know Allah Subhana Allah knows best. So I can answer your question.
The question goes, how do we live forever? life after death? Paradise is infinite. How do we conceptualize this?
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I'm not too clear as to what this life is trying
to say. But unless panatela decreed paradise as infinity, meaning that it will go on forever, you might not understand this right now. But think about this mathematically. This is a response for you. How many numbers are between zero and one? How many numbers are actually between zero and one? And the answer to this question is there's an infinite number of numbers between zero and one, because you can get 0.1 and you can get 0.1011111. So even between zero and one, you have an infinite right. Now, similarly to that, when the less I know it's either created creation there is infinite progression.
The email amongst time, right? So you have how much time is between two minutes, you can have, you know, a number of seconds, a number of milliseconds, a number of microseconds. So even between a minute, if you can have an infinite amount of time, I think it's really getting too complicated. But life can go on forever, you know, unless the other is not bound by time, He is the creator of time. If he says life is going to be infinite, then easily he says being and it is, that's what infinity will be. Our goal is getting to Paradise by submitting to Allah subhanaw taala doing those things that he commanded, and staying away from those things that he warned us against? And this is the
last question that I'll be concluding with. Because I said five questions. So now you can really save them for the next speaker inshallah. And this is the ideal question as well. Is there any dog that you can read to make you happy? And this is what I want to conclude with, and so fulfill the request of
when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam became sad, and yes, he did become sad even though he was a prophet of Allah, he became said, Allah subhana wa tada consoled him in two things. Number one, he consoled him in Revelation. And that is why there are three slurs that were revealed when the Prophet sallallahu Sallam was said we have any chocolate or anything here. I want to give out prizes. That's
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these are your prices must find what the other reveals down threes to us. When the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, Who knows what receivers they were?
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this pestis back. So we have to assume number 93 SoTL inshallah surah. Number 94. There's one other sooner that was sent down for the sole purpose because the foster system was set up very famous to all sorts of famous but I've stolen that I'm sure. We've heard many, many times that we actually enjoyed listening to the sooner we enjoyed reading the sutra.
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shall be passed back to you. These three swords are was sent down. One of them was sad. And you'll notice reoccurring themes in your use of it is all about the struggles that you spot a salon went through and then how he ended up at the end. How he ended up at the end. Meaning that you go through all these struggles. As long as you're victorious at the end. Who cares about the struggles that's the theme and you saw yourself as you have to do high certain inshallah Allah subhanho wa Taala he says so many things in these tools on the show a couple of gems with you from them. As soon as
Allah subhanaw taala swears by the morning and the night. He swears by the morning because it's time to take action for your adonia and it's worse by the night than that is time to take action for your Acura. So if you're taking action in these two things, you will be happy. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala he goes on to say what
malwa dacapo kawamata and this is such a powerful statement, especially if you can imagine Allah subhanaw taala directing the statement to you, Mauer dakara buka will not honor that your Lord has not abandoned you notice he detest you.
Imagine that you do the time you're feeling down. Allah tells you directly he has not abandoned you. Think about that. Then Allah subhanaw taala goes on to remind him of all of the famous that did Allah not find you an orphan and grant to support? Did Allah subhanho wa Taala not find you uninformed and granted you guidance? Did Allah subhanho wa Taala not find you dependent and made you independent from luck and do all of these things for you? Do you not think he can take care of all of your problems, then while does have a spiral to either continue
Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive you and you will be pleased and promised from Allah that in the akhira, you will be given and you will be pleased, then Allah reminds you, when an out here to fail will not come in and Buddha, that the life of the Hereafter is better than the life of this world. This is all a sort of draw line after line is gem after gem, Allah consoling the pain of the Prophet, there is shortening Shira, it's just about these two lines, that in Nevada, law in the United States law, that indeed with hardship comes ease, indeed, with the hardship comes ease. Now the beauty of the Arabic language in this is that the hardship is finite is defined, yet when it
comes to the ease, Allah left it undefined, meaning that you will have one source of pain, but Allah will have an infinite source of ease. So every hardship you face, there will be at least two moments or two, you know, consecutive eases that Allah gives. That's how Allah subhanaw taala console the Messenger of Allah, so that's from the Quran, read the source, reflect on the source that will bring happiness to your life because that is what unless you find what Allah sent down when the Messenger of Allah now in terms of device, do we have a copy of
it Can anyone just hold up?
So this has no Muslim over here. This is a book of duyst and supplications, meaning that they are remembrance is the Messenger of Allah Azza wa sallam he used to recite throughout the day. Now, if you open up the front of the book, there's actually an index meaning that word go as you should say, at what time if you go through the index, there is a section called do eyes or remembrances for anxiety and sorrow. So as in remembrances for anxiety and sorrow, and the Messenger of Allah sallallahu Sallam he said this do are so frequently that a young boy by the age of around eight or nine years old and a symptomatic he's says I heard the messenger was so that we repeat this door so
many times that are memorized it and remembered it and that's what I'll share with you right now that's mentioned in this section, do is rinse it and so, that the messenger was so used to seek this out regularly, along in need, are also weaker. Meaning how many will hazard when I see one cousin, when both we will do one will daughter identity will have
that all I seek refuge in You from age things? Yes, in order to count eight links from an HMI What happened? And how from the worries of the past. From what I said, the worries of the story harmless the worries of the future, and hasn't is the regrets of the past. When I've seen one person from end capability and from laziness. One book, Lee will Juba from stinginess, and from cowardice will boldly will joven wadada, Dane from being overpowered by debt while under matilija. And being overpowered by men, these eight things the message of Alaska sort of used to regularly seek refuge in Allah from and this is one of the two hours that we should learn that whenever we feel down,
whenever we feel sad, recite this go up and be the light other your spirits will actually be raised and uplifted. Now, there's
How many people here use Facebook, this Raise your hands, Facebook users. Okay, so here is if you want to know more about this is actually a video series that I did on Facebook called a die that every Muslim should know. And these are like, important to us, like dealing with grief and sorrow, then, you know, covering dealing with stress dealing with you know, family policies and things like that. So if you can go to facebook.com facebook.com, backslash navaid disease, nav ID, as I said, and that will lead you to my page on Facebook is a public page, and you can access the videos and there are about eight videos that I made about blogs that every Muslim should know, they will use
them all the time, they'll be beneficial for you. So please check those out.
So we'll conclude with that.
Just for coming out and paying attention, especially the brothers who are sitting on the floor, you know, I know it's a sacrifice being coming out in the corner sitting out on the hard floor. I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala elevates your status in this world and in the hereafter. And all the organizers of this event. I know you guys put in a lot of hard work made a lot of sacrifices. I pray that Allah makes it heavy on your skill with us in the year after. And I pray that Allah, Allah allows us all to implement what we heard, and allows us to be on those who attain true happiness in this life and the hereafter, and that almost kind of accepts from us all.
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in this life and the hereafter, and that almost kind of accepts from us all.
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to the lake was Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh