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In today's code by inshallah hotel, I'd like to share with you just two parts of a profound, powerful door made by Musa alayhis salaam.
One of the things many of you probably know about Musa alayhis salam he is that he's the most mentioned messenger of Allah in the Quran. Allah azza wa jal talks about him more than any other prophet by name. And Musa alayhis. Salaam is one of his stellar qualities in the Quran, is that there are many, many doors recorded from him in the Quran. And this is one of them. And this door is particularly powerful. And it's on multiple parts and hopefully through the course of this clip, I'd like to share with you some of the wisdoms captured inside at least some parts of this dot. But a little bit of background just to get ourselves introduced
massada history salam, His story is mentioned in so many places in this particular Ayah belongs to
the 20th surah. And in this surah, Allah azza wa jal begins the narrative when he left his family, and he saw a fire up on top of a mountain in the middle of the night. And he told his family to wait and go see this fire. And when he gets up there, of course, he discovers that allows the wizard is the one that called him to it, and introduces himself to him and he's terrified because he's up on top of a mountain in the middle of the night. He doesn't know where he's even headed. He's hoping to get some guidance, you know.
It could mean hubba hubba will be kobus, RG to either nadie houda. Maybe I'll go get some news there. Maybe I'll get some little fire there. I don't get some directions there. That's why he goes, he goes up there. But all of a sudden, shockingly, he gets called for the Mata ha new Dr. Musa, when he got there, he all of a sudden he was called Musa. Now you go somewhere you don't even know you've never been there before. And somebody already knows your name, and he's calling you. It's shocking. You get shaken up. So he's actually pretty shocked as he goes up there. And this beautiful conversation begins between him and allies origin. There's actually one of the most beautiful places
in the entire Koran. But that's not my forte, but today I'm just giving you the introduction so we can get to this.
Now in the course of that, that talk that Allah was giving him through the through to the fire, a lot of xojo told him to throw his his stick his staff Lhasa, and ki hyah Musa, throw it Musa Musa alayhis salam throws it and it turns into a hyena into a running snake. a poisonous snake and old Arabic is also called a higher, a snake whose fangs are out is also called the higher so it's running around. The snake is running around and
Then he tells him How will a tough grab the snake? Grab it and don't be afraid. You tell me as a normal human being grabbing the snake and not being afraid. You know, it's almost impossible. And yet Allah azza wa jal trained Musa alayhis salam to take this task on to grab the snake and not be afraid. And at this point you notice Musa alayhis salam ala Sati Robbie, I can't do it you
know, there are two a lot to say Allah help me he just doesn't
want to know me. Elijah
is an okra, put your hand in your pocket in your sleeve, you take it out, it's gonna be white. Another miracle I'm giving to you. linaria kameena Tina Cobra, is happy life around and Natasha. This is to show you from my home, the greatest of my miracles of our miracles. Go to Freetown. He's rebelled. Now, so far, Allah has asked him for a few things, some pretty shocking things. He's asked him to grab a snake. He's asked him to you know, his hand has changed in color entirely. Your physical being this is not just your clothes, it's part of yourself. When part of yourself completely changes. Imagine somebody you notice a big mole or a growth or your skin color is totally
changed. What would you do? You'd be an immediate shock. What's going on is, am I okay? I need to go see a doctor. I need to go to the hospital. Something's wrong. But musasa has no reaction. He's fine to all of this. But when a law tells him if have a laugh, I wanna
go around. He's the one in fact that is rebelled
at this point musalla Islamic law. He actually this is what the first armor that Allah azzawajal gave Musashi Sarah, this is the first command Allah gave Busan he said that he didn't just do it. He said, Yeah, love before I do it, I need some help.
And so now we're learning that when a law tells us to do something, and it's hard, sometimes we think things are hard. But you know, if you have courage to let you do it, but you get to a point where you think even I with all my courage, this is even too hard for me. That is the time you turn to a lot. And you don't say I can't do it. You ask Allah for what you need. So you can do it. You ask Allah for what you need, so you can do it. So let me repeat this point, because it's of paramount importance. There are people who when they come across the command of Allah, they come across something ally expects them to do. Their reaction is Yeah, like can't do it.
Now like I've loved it fana Hodges, I am not capable. This This was above my capability. There are other people that the door here suggests, yo la, I know I can't do it. But you're like, give me what I need. So I can do it. So I can I'm going to try anyway. But I think I'm going to fail. I'm going to try anyway. But if you can help me, by your help, I will succeed.
So we don't start with I can't do it. Every time you get to a point where you say and I say I can't do it, we turn to a lion dog. That's our human. We turned to a lion. We asked him for help. Because actually the realization is we can't do anything on our own anyway. It is from the help of Allah. It is by the qudra of Allah by the Quran from Allah that everything comes to be, but we have to do our part at least. So now what does he ask? It's incredible. He's gonna go to town
and go talk to him. He could have asked for a lot of things. I imagine what he has to do. I want you to understand what he has to do. He is a fugitive alehissalaam he killed someone by accident and ran away from Egypt. So the moment he goes back, the first people he has to deal with is the military and the police. Because they've been looking for him. They've had a warrant out for his arrest. He's wanted for murder. He's not welcome back in the city. You can't just walk in. And he's not just somebody who people won't recognize he's actually he lived a life of a prince. He lived in the castle. Everybody knows his face. So he walks in people.
And word will spread immediately. And when word spreads, obviously the police will find out and when they find out their instructions among them are not to arrest him. in that manner. I began to look. The Chiefs the police chiefs had already made a plan that as soon as they see him they're not going to arrest him. They will kill him. So imagine the police aren't looking to arrest the criminal. The police are told to shoot to kill. The kill order has been given. Now Allah is telling him don't go to Egypt going to Egypt maybe even easy. Maybe you can hide and get into Egypt
and not even go back to you know, see your mother or go somewhere to see your brother go to who around Isabella figure out Where's around. He's sitting outside at the train station somewhere around is up in the castle is the most secure building in all of Egypt. So he doesn't he can't hide he has to go directly all the way to the doors of that white house back in the day and he has to knock on the doors of
Security. And he has to say I have an appointment with Phil Island.
And all of these police officers and all the security guard, what are their instructions? Kill him immediately kill him immediately. So I would expect that he would turn to a lie and say, yeah, Rob, you want me to go talk to Ron, can you deal with his army? Can you put them all to sleep? So I can go talk to him? Or can you pull him out of Egypt? So I can talk with him over here? It might be safer for me, you know? Or can you just magically fly me over there? And I'll just end up in the castle and I can talk to him, and my problem is solved. You want me to speak to him? I'll speak to him that way. Because I won't even get to him. How am I even going to get to him? But he asks for
none of this. He asked for none of this. Actually, in this law. What he asks for is remarkable. He says, oh, what an honor. beshara Lee sadly,
Yala is my master, expand my chest. When he thinks about going to fit our own. All of these thoughts are going in his mind. And he's becoming nervous. He's becoming scared. He's becoming worried. Am I going to be able to do this? Am I going to get killed Yala? The first thing I need to do to fulfill your command is I need to calm down. And sometimes when I get nervous and I get scared, or I get, you know, I get full of emotion, overwhelmed, depressed even then sometimes we can't even control our own emotions. Allah is telling us in this ayah that even the best of us sometimes we don't even have control over our own emotions. Allah has to give shout for Southern
Allah will come to heart down Yama before I do what you want me to do, I have to be calm in my heart.
So hon Allah The first thing you need is it's been a little cold. And this heart later on you will learn because when he is with with his brother, how old are they even Salaam and both of them are together. They even say how am I going to keep my chest calm? How am I supposed to not get nervous when the police sees me when everybody else sees me when people call names? When they point at me? How am I supposed to not worry about any of that? They even mentioned together a new sub B Hakata here on one Earth karaca Catherine in Naka Quinta, Vina Basilan is coming later in the same surah. So we can do a lot of Vicar of youth as we have you and mentioned you a lot because you've been
keeping an eye on this all along. In other words, you've been keeping an eye on me since my birth, I should have died the day I was born. Because he the soldiers were looking to kill him. And he could have died when his mother threw him in the basket. You know, I'll keep it I'll keep to throw him in the basket. You know, just throwing a baby can kill him cannon. Then to throw the baby into the river, the basket could flip over he could have died there too. Then for you to move. The basketball hit the hit the ocean, if the shore when the basket hits the shore, he can get killed again.
Then he goes inside and when the soldiers see him, they can kill them right on site. Then he's almost dehydrating the baby's not drinking any milk. He could have died then do they're like 10 times he could have died from the time from from from back then. So he says you're up. You've been keeping me alive all this time. I know you'll keep me alive. But I need to remember that. Sometimes it's easy to save. It's hard to remember it. So he says along with his brother k new sub Bihar caca, Thielen whenever Cora kakatiya run in La Quinta, Vina Basilan? You've been keeping an eye on me all along y'all la How will you let me go now. So now what gives us calmness of the heart. What gives us
calmness of the heart when we have a difficult task in front of us is a lot of Vicar of Allah, that Allah is watching in the LA Marina in the lava siege, alive, seeing what's happening. Allah knows what I'm going through. Allah is here, Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala his presence, and his his knowledge is here. He's in complete view of my circumstance, I cannot lose sight of that. And this is teaching us if Rasulullah Musa alayhis salam is saying, one of karaca kathira. And we have to mention you a lot. And where does that leave us? You know, when we have to fulfill a task for the sake of Allah, we have to remember a lot a lot and it gives us courage. Now, courage alone is not
enough. It's the first step though. You have to be calm and you have to have courage, and you have to have been shut off all sudden. The other implication of this that I want to mention just a rubbish rocky surgery is when you go and Musa alayhis salam we know when he sees injustice, he gets angry. It angers him. And he takes matters in his own hand like he did with the two girls in the sheep. So when he sees Pharaoh, he's one of the worst criminals in all of human history. Obviously, the kinds of things around says would make anybody angry Not to mention Musa alayhis salam. When frown says naraku como la la, la la la la la. He says, I am your highest master I am. You know that
I lead a poly Rue de la Ilaha Moosa, he says things like Oh, let me make up my own tower. I'll go climb and talk to Musa
That's what he says in the Quran. When he says things like that even it makes us angry, can you imagine Musa alayhis salam. And by the way, when you get angry, you cannot do Dawa.
When you get angry, you cannot do Allah. So even though he's going to go before someone who will make him very angry, he needs to keep his chest calm. He needs to keep it expanded, he cannot get uncomfortable. So we're learning that the mission of Allah of talking to those who have rebelled against Allah has to be carried by people who know how to control their temper, and if they cannot control their temper, if they have an anger problem, then they have to turn to a lion sale of Bish, rally Sorry, my master is me, come my chest. A lot of young people are excited about that when they go to the university. They see their non Muslim friend, and they start the or they see a Muslim
brother who doesn't pray or whatever, and they start giving them down when this guy doesn't care about Dean. And he starts saying some ridiculous things that make you angry. Well, look, Ron, you know, what are some contradictions or I don't know, I don't really believe in these or whatever. These are some stupid things. And then you hear that you're watching this government, and you get so angry at them. And that's the time to remember rubbish Ronnie, sorry. Rubbish actually sorry. If Musa alayhis salam has to speak with Fidel Nakula, who colon layin
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the guy sitting next to you in the restaurant is not their own, buddy, relax, relax, take it easy. People can say obnoxious things this guy used to say he's God Himself. And unless I'd be nice to him, to me next to him also. So we need to learn to calm down a little bit. This is the meaning of this door. What's the point of these doors if we don't reflect on them? And we don't understand what a larger window is saying.
Righty sorry. Y'all keep my chest calm. I need to have confidence and I need to have calmness. Also sharp is subtle. Another meaning of that is there's discomfort. There's fear, there's depression, there's anxiety in emotions, there are a range of negative emotions. There's a range of negative emotions and what are the positive emotions, calmness, relaxation, happiness, confidence, right? These are positive emotions. When somebody in old Arabic When somebody experiences positive emotions, then they are set to have in Shiraz other than their chest is open. And when someone is uncomfortable emotionally, they're stressed out. They're depressed. They're scared. They're angry,
then that is called Southern.
That's a tight chest. You know, or how do you feel sad re aloha Rajan facade re he's got heterogenous he's got tightness or discomfort or uncomfortable feelings in his chest. And so Musa alayhis salam is saying Yama, this is a pretty tough job. There are times where I'll be afraid. There are times where I'll be angry. There are times where I might even get depressed because I see no results. These guys are changing. I might go through a score of negative emotions and Yala, you need to give me something that will keep me emotionally stable and positive. The die, the one who goes on the mission of Allah, the One who calls others to Allah has to remain positive, depressed
people scared people, nervous people and angry people can't carry on less job. That's a big job. You have to have people that are happy, that are calm, that exude positivity. When people are around them, they become positive. They want to be around them and not run away from them. That's the kind of people that have to be now about the mission itself very quickly. He says rubbish actually sorry. And then he says, Well, yes, certainly Emery.
And Yama, you make my mission easy for me.
You make my mission easy for me. You're the one who gave me this mission. But as skilled as Musa alayhis salam is and has almost choices perfect. When Allah chose Musa alayhis salam to take on Iran and to challenge him. There is no better qualified candidate on the face of the earth at the time, then Musa alayhis salam, so Allah knows what he's doing. He's right for the job. And now we're learning even if you're the most qualified to do a job, your qualifications, as good as they are, they are never enough. A law has to make ease on his end. A law will make ease on his end and these two things have to come together musala salon has to make his effort but his effort alone will not
give victory. It will come when Allah makes the task easy. You see there are two sides of this that I'd like to explain as simply as I can for myself and for all of you to remember inshallah Allah, it's a concept of our book. It's a concept that our messenger taught Elisa to Salaam in many different ways. And this is just one example of them. There are some people who believe that they can accomplish anything, they can accomplish anything. And there are you know, positivity seminars and self help programs and motivational programs and entrepreneurs.
programs and these gurus charge 1000s of dollars to come to their program. And they say you can do anything man, you can make a million dollars this year. And people said, well, Yes, I can. Yes, like, Yes, I can do that. You have to believe in yourself. And the people like, Yes, I can. I can accomplish anything I want. And they're like, they walk out of there, everybody walks out, like fit Harlan, like I can do anything. You know, I believe in myself, which is actually part of that it's a good thing. to believe in yourself is a good thing. It's not a bad thing. But you know, what, if you only believe in yourself,
and if you incorrectly Believe in yourself, it becomes given becomes arrogance becomes a disease of the heart. How do you balance that? How do you How are you supposed to have confidence in yourself and humility at the same time? On the other extreme, you have people who say, yeah, Rob, you do everything. I am nothing. So I can do nothing. Nothing I do means anything because you're the one who controls everything. So this guy doesn't apply for a job. He doesn't go out and go and get a degree in college. He doesn't pursue an education. He doesn't take care of his family. And when you say why don't you do anything alone, provided he I am nothing. How can I do I'm just a miskeen.
There's two extremes. One guy says he can do everything. The other guy says he can do nothing.
Our Deen teaches us a balance in between. Allah is the one who gave us our capabilities. It is a trust Allah gave you it is a trust, a love gave me your intellect, your physical strength, your talent, your work ethic, your ability to get work done. That ability came as a gift as an A minor as a trust from Allah.
And then, after he gave you this gift, it is a violation. It's called fronto nirma. It is being ungrateful that you don't work to your full potential. This is why the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said to us to the believers, that whenever you do something for your skin, and you should do it to perfection, Allah made up of sanita cream in the best possible way. Why shouldn't you? Why should you do anything less, there should never be a college student who's Muslim who accepts mediocre grades. It shouldn't exist. There should never be a you know, a Muslim running a business who just kind of does business, he should be the best at his business. There shouldn't be
an okay Muslim doctors, you'd be the best doctor there possibly could be. There's an amount of I gave you, you know, even if you're a taxi driver, you're the best taxi driver in town. Doesn't matter what you do you do it best. Nobody does it better than you. That's the attitude of a Muslim. But what balances that attitude. And what keeps it from turning into arrogance is that you constantly remind yourself, on the one hand, my ability is not mine. Ally is the one who gave me this ability was turned out to kaeleen fc moose, I was told I crafted you for myself. I made you the way you are, all of your abilities are actually given by me. So you remind yourself of that. And
then whenever you think of a task, a mission, and we think to ourselves, yeah, that's easy, man. I've done it 100 times I could do this. You know, kids that are good at math, you give them a math problem isn't easy. Often, you know, you tell some kids you know, I need you to do this work or that? Well, yeah, I've done this. I got this man. It's easy for me. Actually, even when it's easy for you to as a matter of Eman to remind ourselves that it's not easy for you because you're awesome. It's easy for you because Allah made it easy for you. And you know what happens to people this is the last thing I'm sharing with you in sha Allah tala. There are people who Allah makes many
things easy for them. Please listen to this carefully. Allah makes many things easy for them for some of you made money easy for you. Just easy for you. For some of you confidence is easy. It's no big deal. Other people get nervous you don't get nervous. For some students of mine studies are easy. Like I study I teach Arabic. Some of my students will lie I can tell a lie made Arabic easy for this one.
And the other one Marconi, Casa de la salado.
He wasn't made to study Arabic, he can he's the smartest guy in his field. He will be a PhD in physics. He can't do more often with Lafayette, you can't do it.
You know, he wasn't made for it. This is tough for him. Not everybody is the same. Now what happens is when people get used to success, Allah makes one thing easy. Then he makes the next thing easier. That makes the next thing easier. The next thing is, is everything always going to be easy? No, sometimes you will fail. There's a student who gets used to getting 100 the first time the second time, the third time, the fourth time, and the fifth time he gets a 50 all of a sudden, and he's used to 100 so he said Oh, forget it. I am worthless. Allah is no longer with me.
You know, what's the point now because you get you get used to writing so high. That one little failure, one setback and you're just crushed. You're completely crushed. What's the point? I'm dropping out of school. I don't want to do this anymore. I hate this. You know what the after that this
is when you didn't remind yourself at every single success, that that success was a combination of two things. Your effort and allows help, every single 100 you got before wasn't because it was easy. You put effort and Allah Allah gave his Baraka, you put effort into like it was Baraka and this time when it doesn't happen, two things could be wrong. Number one, maybe you didn't put enough effort and when you don't put enough effort, Allah does not give us Baraka. And maybe even if you put effort, Allah decided that he will not give you Baraka, maybe that's better for you.
One of my best friends in life, used to be a Hindu, and he wanted to go to med school. He was a straight A student, straight A's his entire life, perfect scores, highest scores in the CTS applied to med school, he was expecting a full scholarship. He got rejected. He was completely shattered. He ended up in a different university, he decided to do computer science instead. And he was completely still a Hindu is completely depressed. Except he met people in his new college Muslims, who he started hanging out with and within two years, he took Shahada.
And he looks back now he goes thank Allah, I didn't make it to med school.
When I failed med school, I thought it was the worst thing that ever happened to me. And now I look back at my life and I say I failed med school. It is the best thing that ever happened to me. You know,
his kids, his kids are memorizing Quran Can you imagine? His kids are memorizing for his fall when he became Muslim, they dragged him to eat this father got so like, shocked he took him to India to beat Hinduism back in time. And he ran away from the game back.
You know, those kids are memorizing Quran. So how long so we have to sometimes we have to have trust in Allah, we get used to writing a high wave and one little setback comes and we lose our trust in Allah. And then there are others who Allah gives you one difficulty then he gives you another difficulty then he gives you another difficulty and you gives you another difficulty, and you start believing that I will never accomplish anything.
My life is just difficult, man. Everything is hard for me. I keep getting fired. I keep failing my test. I keep doing that you get depressed. And even this one has to remember that success in this world. Everything that happens is a combination of two things. I have to put in my effort. And Allah will make the task easy. My I know I said last but I have one minute left. might as well use it for something. I shared this last thing with you. There are two parts of this class so far, not even the whole door. I just wanted to share these two statements with you. Rob Bishop, actually, sorry. We're certainly Emily. there's a there's a syllable Ah, he there's a very beautiful eloquence to this
statement. A lie is teaching us that if you have a calm heart, if you have a positive attitude, and you have tawakkol in Allah and you put your work in, then Allah will make your mission easy. But if you start with the attitude, I know it's not gonna work anyway. But I'll try.
You already began with a defeated attitude. Allah will not make your task easy for you. You have to come with Shepherd, suddenly you have to have an open chest a positive attitude. Believe that Allah will give you success in what you do. And if he doesn't give it to you, well, you know, you're still saying Alhamdulillah but you don't walk into an effort you don't start a project. You don't start doing any work. And you begin with saying I'm probably not going to succeed anyway, given my track record, you don't begin with that attitude, then Allah will not make your job easy for you. So if we have that good heart before allows our tell Allah will make our task easy for us. So
with that, I pray that Allah azza wa jal gives us all the ability to take advantage of the wisdom of our of the Greek prophets of Allah Naima Salatu was Salam that is captured in their doors they said such few words, but they told us they taught us so much of how to better our lives as believers and how to live our life successfully for Allah's Deen and also make the best of this dunya May Allah azza wa jal make us find the balance between this Deen and dunya as he intends it, and may Allah put all of us to the service of his beautiful Deen and this oma barakallahu li walakum Khurana Hakeem when a funny way he can be it was it Hakeem
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