The Urge to Dominate
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Today, today's talk is about yet again about the 14th idea of Sula to shoot out in the 42nd surah of the Quran, where Allah azza wa jal talks about a phenomenon that occurred in history over and over again, I spoke to you about some of the concepts in this idea last week, but I left it off at the core reason. So let me just briefly in a 32nd, recap, tell you what we've been talking about in the last Jamaat so that we can connect to those ideas and have a continuity of thought.
In that previous iarla talked about on the previous two Ayatollah talked about how all messengers were essentially given the same fundamental message. And just like their, you know, society changes, culture change, technology changes, infrastructure changes. world, you know, civilizations go through change, but the values of our religion don't change. They apply across cultures across societies across times, right. And so profits, even though they spoke different languages, they came to different cultures, taught the same values taught the same beliefs, because they're applicable, and they're not limited by a certain time or a certain century or certain error. And the same way.
So the good is timeless, some of the bad that we do is also timeless. So some of the failures of humanity, the failures that human beings had 1000 years ago, are not very different from the failures we have today. The on the outside the way we dress and the way we transfer, you know, we travel in the world. And the way we live, all of that looks very different. The earth looks very different from what it did 1000 years ago, 500 years ago, 3000 years ago. But human failings are essentially the same human failings. They're the same tendencies that we have inside, it's the same Iblees doing the same was for size, it's a formula and work then it works. Now, it works in this
culture, it works in culture. So if you start thinking, Oh, my God, we have a lot of jealousy in our family. You're not the only family. There are families that have nothing to do with your culture, nothing to do with your language. They might not even have anything to do with your religion, but they have the same issues and jealousy that you have. Right? So they are just like the good Allah revealed is universal. Some of the bad tendencies that we have are also universal. They they carry through, right. And so part of one of the failures of people who believe people who actually learn people who know is that they fall into conflict within each other. They develop a lot of internal
conflict, and that's not a new thing that's been happening throughout history. And this is a comment Elon makes he says well, not the horrible Elon embody magic anymore.
Bolivia and Vietnam, they did not fall into factions broke up into divisions cut apart from each other. They didn't do such things until after knowledge came to them. So the irony that I tried to describe in the previous photo was the pretty dire before this one said, All messengers were unified in a message. They're telling, they're preaching exactly the same thing, which connects me and you to prophets, whose language we never even spoke, whose time we never even lived in. But we're connected to them because they said the same they taught the same things that Muhammad Allah so Allah so Salim is teaching so normally Salaam is telling his people, something that is relevant for
us. So it's in the Koran, right. So there's this unity that should happen, because now we feel a sense of connection across languages, cultures, centuries, millennia. And the next idea is the exact opposite. The people who learned this truth fell into disagreement, instead of being united, the one, the one force, this overwhelming force of faith, and Revelation, that should have been a uniting force, actually, was something they learned about. And after learning about it, they fell into disagreements. And they broke up and they started clashing with one another, after knowing not before knowing. So it's, you know, other places in the Quran, handlers, ino Yamanaka, Levine, Allah,
Allah Moon is the one can people who know and the people who don't know be the same, they can't be the same. It's understandable that the people who don't know or the people of ignorance have conflict with the people of knowledge. It's understandable that you're talking to somebody about something and they have no idea of the subject, and they disagree with you. And they're having a conflict with you. It's understandable because one party knows and the other doesn't know, it's understandable that a patient is arguing with the doctor about whether or not he or she needs surgery, because they have no idea what they're talking about the doctor does. Right? So those kinds
of conflicts where one knows and the other doesn't know is understandable. Why? How can we understand when both sides no matter for Rocco 11 body image, and they know the same thing I learned. They know what should be uniting them.
So Allah gives us what's called the macro level, the reason for why they disagree with each other. But the way I did that is in a very brief phrase, like, you would think that there should be some really profound, deep, long discussion about how can people of knowledge fall into conflict with each other? Allah just reduces it to this small phrase, but he Unbeknown that's it, that's all he says, million Vietnam, and the subject moves on,
as if these words are enough for us to find the key to what is really going on, at the source of conflict. Like if you address this, you've addressed really the core reason why people have knowledge fall into factions, why they become divided and aggressive towards one another, and you know, cut apart otherwise a united oma. So what is that, but he envy now, the word buddy in Arabic a very interesting and very rich word that is used very often in the Quran, its derivatives are used a lot in the Quran. It comes from the word Bhagawan in Arabic, and but what was used in old Arabic for a branch or a flower or a plant that is on its way to becoming mature, but it's not there yet. So
you're seeing signs of progress in this plant, the stem is getting thicker, you can see some signs of a flower that's going to bloom, or a fruit that's going to come at the end of this branch. But it's not there yet. But every day you're seeing signs of progress. And from this origin of the word came the idea of a few things desired for example, that means that it wants more you can tell this branch wants more, it's heading towards something more it's not satisfied at where it is, it needs to continue to progress from it came the meaning of Allah that's why they say in Arabic Baba shake up Allah who, like they, when somebody is doing but they have something that means they're pursuing
it, they want it, just like this plant wants to reach maturity, right. So wanting something and not being content with where it is it needs to, it needs to acquire more to reach completion. So there's a sense of incompleteness until I have more that's inside this word. from it. Then came the meaning of the jawas, meaning the branch was this small, it crossed a line that grew and grew and it grew right it's getting longer and longer and longer. And the idea of crossing the line then got associated with the word ba which is why even a crime like prostitution, the word Boogie is used in the Arabic language Billa prostitution is used in the Quran, for that reason, because that
profession crosses the line of decency. And so that's the same idea of crossing. And you know, wanting more or going somewhere these associations started getting connected with this word. This word is used in a positive sense of course in the Quran, if de la amaravati. Allah The one who pursues the contentment of Allah actually also means someone who doesn't say I've pursued a less contentment enough
don't have I don't need, there's no more growth necessary for me. No, there's more I could do to pursue a less growth to pursue a less pleasure, I could do more, I can do more, I can do more. So there's a restlessness inside a believer to a desire to want to do more and not be content where they are. They're constantly doing an assessment of themselves. I'm looking myself at myself. And I should be saying, what what could I be improving? What can I be? What changes could I be making? Or what failures could I be addressing? Right? So that's all inside of the law. I'm all about the law. But the idea at hand, is actually giving us some a through level. And what it's saying is a few
things. First of all, it's saying, in order to tell you what it's saying, I'm going to take a step back from it, and talk to you about something that seems completely unrelated. And that is, in psychology, they have a few terms for this. But one term that is used in modern psych is territoriality. It's a big word. But basically being territorial, let's just call it that being territorial. What does that mean? You go to a restaurant, you're sitting there and you're having your food, and you haven't ordered yet, right? So the waiter hasn't come and asked you what you want yet, but you want to go wash your hands. But you don't want to lose the table either. So you leave
your jacket on the chair, you mark your territory before you left, this is mine, I know this is a public space, anybody can sit here, not anymore. Because I left my coat on here. People that go to the gym can leave a towel, even though they're going to drink some water, I'm going to come back, I didn't finish my bench presses yet. Right. So they're marking the territory. People that work in a certain office, all the cubicles look the same, but you want to mark your territory a little bit, you want to have some personal photos, your favorite Teddy Bear, or some I don't know what you put that in your cubicle. So you're marking your area a certain way, right? So with spaces, like your
kids in their room, they mark a certain kind of territory, right.
And people do this in small things like even inside the fridge, if you if you got a chocolate cake piece, and you or your siblings are a threat to what will later be consumed by you.
You will put a sticker barbed wire, whatever you do, you put that there let it you know, do not touch effort only or whatever you know.
So the idea of being territorial is very natural, actually. And in some sense, it's not only natural, it's needed. We have to be territorial about the doors to our home, about access to our car, about access to our wallet, or our phone or whatever else you have to you have to mark territory. But then there's other kinds of territory, not just territory in space, or things, or clothes, or our body even. But there are other kinds of territory. And the other kinds of territory are a little bit more abstract. I went to school, I went to school and what people can go to the same exact school like a bunch of young men can go to medical school, young men and women. But they
can all have very different motivations. For going there. One can go because they really, really want to learn that they have this passion for this knowledge, and they want to help humanity. Another one saw a doctor driving a Mercedes and he said, Man, I'm going to I'm going to become a doctor. And I'm going to get them. First of all people will call me doctor and I'll have a Merc
I got to do this, in his mind is the prestige, and the wealth and the status that comes with being a doctor and he's putting his heart and soul into it. They're studying for the same exam, they're going to the same school, they might even get the same score. But their motivations are entirely different. They're entirely different for another, their father told them, you come from a family of doctors, you're going to be a doctor, it doesn't unless you have two choices, either you will be a doctor at the hospital, or you will be a patient in the hospital. Those are the only two choices, but the hospital that is for you. Right. That's it, that's that's your life. So people are doing the
same thing. But they're doing it for different reasons. One of the reasons people pursue something is actually that they will enhance their territory.
When they pursue it, if I get this degree, then I will be seen differently. If I accomplish this, in my business, if I get this house, if I get this kind of car, if I accomplish x y, so something's in your mind, and it's not just it'll make me happy, but people will see people will give me this territory where they talk to me differently, I will have a prestige of respect that comes with this, I will have will have an authority within a certain group that they will come to me looking for answers, right. And so when you and of course, those of you that have been in the workforce know that as people, you know, they get promoted, and they get rankings in the corporate office from, you
know, branch manager to executive manager to regional manager, whatever office positions they get, they have a larger territory under them. And that comes with a certain kind of authority, prestige, even expectations. Right. The principal of the school expects that when he walks into the class, in a classroom in Egypt or in Jordan or in Lahore or somewhere that the students will stand up
He expects it. This stuff comes with his territory. The janitor, the janitor at the school does not expect this. But the principal does. He put his years in, he expects this kind of respect. Now let's bring this back to what this is talking about in the in the in the realm of learning our Dean, in the realm of learning our religion, the motivation for learning our religion has nothing to do with territory.
Nothing at all. In fact, the more you learn your religion, the less territorial you'll become because you are humbling yourself and I'm humbling myself as a slave of Allah. And I'm seeing all the things around me as the property that belongs to Allah and everything in my possession is a gift given by Allah. So it's actually the the awareness of that is enhancing the more I'm learning, and it's making me less and less and less what territorial it's making me closer and closer to in that in that he were in ala Hirayama, we ourselves belong to Allah, we will head back towards Allah, right. So I'm not looking for prestige, because I'm learning. I'm not looking for special treatment,
because I've learned and I'm looking for that. If I am looking for that, then I'm treating the this knowledge the same way somebody else treats knowledge that does come with superficial prestige, social prestige, recognition authority. I'm not expecting that because I learned some things about Allah's book, or the things of His Messenger. Some of them are some that when I walk into the room, everybody else eyes are going to turn towards me. And they're going to have this reverence in their faces. And they're going to come and want to shake my hand or wanted to eat, I don't, if I seek any of this, if I want any of this, forget wanting any of this, if I start getting that kind of
treatment, and I start expecting it, there's a problem. There's a fundamental problem, because now I've associated what I learned with the marking of a certain territory, and I've become accustomed to being treated a certain way. This is what comes with the prestige of having learned this knowledge. Right? The crazy thing though, is when you for example, in your family, nobody knows anything about Islam, lots of Muslims are like that. Their family? No, no, none of your cousins know anything about Islam. Your your grandparents know that nobody knows anything. And you start learning some of the religion. All of a sudden, you become the Grand Mufti, the share the island, the mom of
And either one's one half of your family, you're the object of ridicule, because you're the fanatic, who's probably strapped with your explosive devices at the aid gathering. That's one extreme, they all think you're crazy. You know, you're gonna blow everybody up. And the other extreme is you are literally walking on water. You're, you're holier than everybody else. And they just want to kind of they come to you with this reverence, almost, they've put you on some kind of a pedestal. Right? So two weeks, you're no longer human. Either you're the devil, or you're an angel. You're no longer human. There's this isn't that treatment isn't there. But imagine for a moment that you do get the
special treatment. You do get this extra respect. And then one of your children memorizes, the Koran.
And then this child, young, young boy, they asked him to lead the data, we had the machine, right, so he loved it.
And then he won the ultimate trophy, the playoff season, the 27th night.
That night, too. So now everybody's eyes are on this kid, he recited beautifully there to have this, you know, often he's just a 1516 year old kid. Any other kid walking into the busted nothing? This kid boxes? Mashallah, how are you and there's this special treatment being given in this, this young boy, it was just a boy's being inflated and inflated and inflated is getting used to it now.
So now when he walks in, and nobody gives him a special treatment, he's like,
what's going on? I think I haven't led to prayer in a while. That's why they're forgetting.
I think can I can add that can you ask them for me to lead a shot, I need to be hurt again. There's a need because you're you're losing territory, you get it, you're losing territory, and your territory becomes an extension of yourself. So you're losing a part of yourself, as you're losing this territory. A lot describes in this idea that when people pursued knowledge, they gain certain prestige and recognition and authority in a community because of the knowledge they had over everyone else. And so people turn to them for answers. people turn to them with respect. People looked at them as the model of you know, spiritual behavior, moral moral uprightness, they are the
they're the model of everything. You know, we turn to them for all of our answers.
And then, if someone else comes along, that is also learned, that is also teaching that is also commanding some some respect. All of a sudden, you're losing territory.
So there's this insecurity, almost, why is this person? Why are people listening to him? Why aren't they listening to me? Why are they going there? Why aren't they coming here?
In fact, you can even have two people two knowledgeable people in the same mesh.
And one of them has a HELOC on Tuesday. The other one has a HELOC on Wednesday, and they can get territorial. Actually, I wanted the Wednesday spot more people come on Wednesdays.
So what that this this thing of what not being what they said was the origin of the word, the origin of the word was, the plant has not satisfied where it is, it needs more, it needs to capture more, and it sees anything else growing on what they see anyone else, you know, coming in as almost a threat to their space. It's a threat to my space, I need to eliminate all competition. And this is, this is something that happens in the corporate world. And those of you that have been working for a while notice already, you've lived this, you've seen it. This happens inside families. But the crazy thing is this happens inside the Islamic space, and happens in the religious realm. And this is a
one of the ugliest things that takes place behind the scenes of what seems like no, genuinely I don't agree with this person or this. But because you know, when you have a genuine disagreement with someone, you don't have to paint them as the devil.
If I have very strong disagreements with certain people on certain things in the study of the Koran, very strong disagreements, like you couldn't find more of a difference of opinion on certain issues. And the people that I'm talking about, I would respect them the same I would as I would respect my own father.
The same if I had a blood brother, an older brother, I would respect him the same way. Despite my disagreements, it's not the disagreements that are the issue.
The issue is using those disagreements to essentially disfigure another person. Well, not the whole Rocco Lombardi major
volume by now. And what does this do? What is this sense of dominate this desire to dominate you, and it's not even religious people, between religious people, then what else happens? People who know start trying to impress their superiority in spoken and unspoken ways, over people who don't know as much as them,
making them feel inferior. And that is a reality that should be acknowledged, there is a sense of self righteousness, and, you know, condescension, just talking down to somebody, or making them feel like you know, they don't, they're, they're worthless, almost because, you know, some members of the family become knowledgeable and religious or whatever, right. And now everybody else are all the all the hellbound cousins.
Right? They're all they're all, you know, the evil cousins. They're all the stuff for the low cousins, they're in the middle on calls. Right? And they're made to feel that way, too. It's not like as you come more into the awareness of your religion, you become more, you know, more merciful, kinder, a better a better relative in every way, that doesn't happen. Instead, this buggy happens, this constant reminder of how superior you are happens. So the dean, and its knowledge is supposed to enhance me and my humility. And it has unfortunately, the opposite effect over and over again, for a certain group of people why I said in the beginning, there are two medical students, they're
going to school, they're learning the same thing. But their reasons were entirely different, weren't they? And sometimes, the reasons can change along the way, maybe you started with good reason. But over time, you got a taste of the territory. And your motivations took a turn, and you just got used to the territory. And now those early pure motivations are gone. And maybe it's time to bring them back. And to let go of some of these things that you know, you and I may have become attached to let go of that and just just do this for the same reason you started doing it to begin with, you know, our, this is, in a sense, it's a hubbub on intentions, right? Because the word buggy which is my
fruit level, this is in grammar, the object of the verb associated with intention, why does someone do something? So I'm not saying they fell into disagreement because they were essentially territorial wanting more for themselves at the expense of someone else.
This is this is what this was the core. This was at the heart of the problem. Well, not a federal indictment valldemossa on a mobile campaign, I'm very quickly inshallah, I'm going to share with you
the consequences of this on the rest of the oma.
First of all, Allah is so offended by this. Because people that pursue dunya are people that are just they started off wanting to I'm going to be a millionaire, and they're working hard to become a millionaire fine. That's that's what they wanted to do in life. I get it. Someone who wanted to be a, you know, star athlete, and as training, that's what their intention from the beginning was clear, and that's what they tried to do.
Someone who comes along and says, I'm going to serve as Dean.
I'm going to serve as Dean. I'm going to pursue what brings me closer
To my rub,
and then they start that, but then they end up no different than the star athlete and no different than the guy that wanted to become like, that's disgusting to have.
And it's so disgusting to Allah that Allah says these scary words in the same idea. He says when Ola calima on Saba Atma, from Becca, La Jolla, musalman, loco de la now
had it not been for a word that has already been issued by Rob. I had of time, meaning Allah has decided that he will make judgment of this crime, and he will pass the verdict of this crime on Judgement Day, he's already decided he won't punish this yet.
Had it not been the case that I had not already given this decree, luckily abena home, the decision between them would have been made already meaning Allah would have executed them immediately. They would have been dealt with immediately. Like this is one of those crimes worthy of immediate destruction. You know, Allah talks about nations being destroyed when the when things reach a boiling point. farrotto new things reach a boiling point and nations get destroyed. Allah says this is a crime that basically hits the boiling point they deserve immediate destruction. But I've issued a verdict that I'll deal with it eventually a crime worthy of the destruction of nations.
And then he says we're in a levina already fully Kitab a member the Himmler Fisher came in Homewood even this is inshallah what we'll talk about next week, but I'll give you a taste again of what's what's coming in this idea. He said, There's no doubt about it, that the people who inherited the book after them,
the people who inherited the book, after them in the hall, were given the book and inheritance after them already forgettable member, and he will explore this expression in depth. But think about this for a moment. who were there. Basically, the next generation of Muslims is what he's saying, right? The next generation of Muslims. But how is he saying he's saying the people who inherited the religion from the first generation who was obsessed with disagreement and territory.
So what kind of religion without next generation learn? You understand? They what they saw their elders do. And the read the way they saw them pursue the religion was so ugly. It was so disfigured because the religion is supposed to be something beautiful. It produces a harmony in society, it produces a unity inside the oma. It produces, I should go far enough. That's what it produces and produce the opposite. And then there's a new generation that learned the religion from the people of the Federal.
That's the new generation. What do you say about these, this new generation, they see the ugliness of what they were handed down.
They see it as something they now they don't see the book as something beautiful. They don't see the religion as something beautiful. They actually see it as something hideous.
So you know what they do this next generation, the Fisher came in who they're in doubt about it.
The Next Generation starts doubting the religion itself. So harleigh what a What a horrible price to pay for that crime. Here you have people that are learning and they are the reason the learned people in this is this is the scariest reality mind blowing. And I'm not saying this is Allah saying the knowledgeable in a certain generation are the reason a next generation is losing their faith.
That's the wild reality and I can't you know, I said in the beginning, there are some goods that will always be good no matter what society no matter what century no will no matter what era, this is one of those failures in humanity that will always be true.
When a certain generation is obsessed with conflict and disagreement for the wrong reasons, and in the wrong way, then the next generation will be doubtful about the faith to begin with.
That's what we're going to explore in the next call Blanche Hello Tada This this reality that lies given we're in Medina already filled Kitab me but the him Luffy shock him in Hungary and what to do about it. So because that sounds pretty bleak, right? It's pretty dark future for the coming generation. What do you do? Allah doesn't leave us without hope. These AI are not without hope, then they actually give us the way forward. In light of this reality. What do you do? Right, so that's in Hello Darla, our assignment for next week. barakallahu li walakum Clicquot Hakeem, wanna find a way to combine it with the Kentucky
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