High ambitions – Late Night Reflections #9
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Want to learn a lot? I mean, we're not talking about too much again Allah Masada whistling robotic or Abdi Kota Sudha Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam are early he will suffer your sudden testament cathedra first of all, once again may last minutes accept all of our drugs. May Allah azza wa jal accept rpm. Most parents are worried that her father for the recitation throughout the month. And
panel, I think one of the things that we have to always take a step back with is that Allah azza wa jal is accessible throughout the year. We don't have to wait for this one night a year to feel that connection. So the connection you feel in your home midnight Tada in the corner of your room, to be just as great just as blessed as what we experience when we do it together. But I pray that there's blessing in it and I was sharing with Chef yesterday and I'll start with this in Charlotte. So before we start with the reflections, I don't know if any of you remember how the English started. It was actually spontaneous on the spot in our old messages a few years ago she asked her suddenly
finished he said, Jehovah Why don't you make a deal out in English once we're done with the Salah? So Zack Allah herself Yes, I think it's a
it's a testimony to the idea that people want to talk to God
and sometimes they don't know how to. And I think that if this salon you know, all the reminders of that we've had, was not a reminder that talk to Allah Subhan Allah to Allah in the most natural and organic way that you can stop worrying about the script worry about the sincerity and beyond it to either your connection will will remain and may Allah make us amongst those that are always connected to him alone. I mean, and Charlotte as we continue tonight, tomorrow night but the night out we'll be doing half a session of reading and then half a session of reflections from everyone else. Obviously we're trying something new you know, every year we want to hear from you all and we
we love the reflections that come from you as well. Thankfully it handed out today's chapters very optimistic chapter
No, no, no awkward texts today have done a lot of that I mean, it's a connection. It's actually a man I'm gonna Josie Rahim Allah to Allah Who by the way he died on a Joomla in Ramadan if I'm not mistaken. Did you remember chef was Joomla he died in Ramadan. Rahim Allah to Allah so we're talking about history and free time and all these struggles that he has with his soul that he gives us a window into I will follow Rahim Allah to add up his very personal dear as liquid Allah azza wa jal granted him right a death and Ramadan, I believe on a Friday. Very next to him on another Rahim Allah to Allah and Allah Subhana Allah have mercy on him. So today's chapter is about renewal Hema,
but it's a very specific type of Lululemon. Lululemon means higher ambitions, higher ambitions. And it's a subject that you could approach from multiple angles. So it's a very specific angle that he takes today. And he starts with the dura. Kala Rahim Allah to Allah TAO to Yeoman fficult Allahumma Bucha Livni family mineral me Mineralnye will Amman watercolor Omri Leoben liver only a bluer metalhead Boom indolic So Allahumma Livni an early mineral will Amel what Attila Ohmori Oh Allah grant me my hopes what I wish from you what I ask of you in regards to knowledge and deeds, and increased my lifespan, increased my lifespan so that I may be able to achieve all of those things so
it's a very interesting drought, right? He's asking Allah for certain goals that he has and he's saying increase my lifespan so that I can actually live long enough to achieve those goals per hour than he was last minute bliss so then at least came to me shaitan came to me
for call from the mother he said then what? Literally right so you see this often in this text which I love by the way captured thoughts is that he's talking about making it there and then the West was coming and then telling a bliss basically to take a hike and actually you don't have to be nice to Bliss he's literally telling a bliss to go to hell, okay? I mean, it's it's pretty much every single time right bliss tells him something and he tells the bliss, just get out of here right? So a bliss system from a mother and a son mount then what you're just gonna die right so you're asking Allah to increase your lifespan so that you can have more and more deeds the things that you want in life and
then what then you just die from Allah the end federal total higher so what What benefit do you get from having a long life? According to law who Yeah, Abdullah, he actually insults he says, You know, I don't how would you translate Abdullah like You foolish one, you idiot. Yeah, pretty much so he tells a bliss he tells him Yeah, abla know for him to Matatus who Ali alimta, Anna who laser laser be Abbath. He said, If you knew what I really meant was my dua like you're just you just hear the words that I'm saying. But if you really knew what was beneath my words, then you would realize that this is not without purpose. Elisa, frequently Yeoman years either Elmi we're not ready for tea for
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push Carl Jung mahasamadhi He says that isn't it that every single day that I live, my knowledge is increased. Like you see me living my life and purposelessness. This is the guy that wrote 16 pages a day, right? Do you see that every day that my life increases, then I increase in my in my increase in my knowledge and I increase in my Marisa not only is the close knowledge of Allah subhanaw taala not only for is not something that you gather and pages and writing, I get closer to Allah, my knowledge of Allah subhanaw taala increases so my closeness to him does. So he says so the amount of seeds that I plant, the amount of seeds that I plant and grow and so when I harvest on the Day of
Judgment, I will have more to be grateful for I'll have more that will come back to me. That will increase me when when I meet Allah subhanaw taala for your suit Rooney and Nany mid to wonder is Nina Sana FFAs saruni I'm sorry for your surani anonymity when they're actually in Asana Do you think it would make me happy to have died 20 years ago now Allah no by Allah. The N ni Maccon to RT for Allah to Allah Raj Rama refer TB Helios because if I would have died 20 years ago, I would not know Allah subhanaw taala with the love and closeness that I know him today So had I died 20 years ago I wouldn't have been this close to Allah subhanaw taala what could you do that? Somebody will
hire a Latifi ha ha an A to a did a little wider Ania what is the key to and how do we detect Leedy Isla Jafar al Masirah This is a little bit difficult to translate from English if you ask cannot be wasted every single day the fruits of a longer life have shown themselves and I have established a dear little wife Danielle like like further yucky and really further certainty the Oneness of Allah subhanaw taala in His presence and His glory has become that much more manifest in my life. And so I was able to elevate myself from a place of blind following Okay, so he uses the word tech leader and he's not just talking about tech lead in the metal heavy sense, but I was able to elevate myself
from just being a blind follower of knowledge to a person who has deep perception will see it like I I achieved certain things over this time I was able to go forth and go from from a place of tech lead to a place of elevated basura a place of elevated knowledge and perception with Allah subhanaw taala what Tala to Allah reblooming that we have Kadri and Pamela he's saying that even from
his status, he said my status increase with the knowledge that Allah subhanaw taala gave to me what a Joe Herat, Bihar, Neff see. So my soul became more precious, you know, you're talking about taking care of the self and then the vehicle being this body. Right that doesn't have much other that doesn't have much of a value except for the soul. But he says myself became more precious Somoza divorcee we are here it and then my seeds that I've been planting for the hereafter continue to increase while we get to Java T V into the mobile mobile arena, the inversion fee and in fact, you're basically kind of like making sure that these go through and the hot off and moving must have
a calf here. Sophie unfathomable arena Minamata Alameen so he says that what ended up happening is that the people and while there are people that are shopping right we law as inventory. So he's saying that the people that are searching the students of knowledge that are searching, continue to come towards me so he's saying that I increase the knowledge and Allah azza wa jal increased in my mouth differ in my closeness to him and then as a result of that, people started to grow around me in terms of the students of knowledge. wakad Carla, Lisa, you didn't want to study in sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Allah said to the master of all messengers will correlate visit near Ilma and say
Oh my Lord, Increase me and knowledge will see Sahih Muslim and Hadith Abu Hurayrah Radi Allahu Anhu an interview sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and who con la voz de la mina rumor rue de la Hira and there is the authentic hadith in Sahih Muslim from Abu Huraira Allah the Allah Azza Anhu that the Prophet size and I'm said that the believer is not increased in his lifespan except in good Wolfie Hadith ejabberd Agni Abdullah while the Allahu Anhu Karl Karl rasool Allah, He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a minister ad and your Toller Omotola. And while your resume while your zuka, hula hooter, Anna, and Inaba, that one of the signs of happiness is that Allah subhanaw taala increases a slave
of his in lifespan, and as a result of that brings him closer to him, you know, subhanAllah it's like the opposite of, you know, the Hey sabich thought about a nasty example Mumfie reflecting on that the closer the Day of Judgment is coming, people are pushing it away and growing away from a loss potentially saying no, as for the believer, the believer only grows in closeness to Allah subhanaw taala so there Inaba, Allah azza wa jal increases their life and increases their Inaba as well. And then this is like the most beautiful statement here. Fell yeah late any
Fidel to Anna Rama renew Alayhis Salam he said, So I wish Allah would give me the lifespan of new Hadees salam for in Allah in the cathedral because knowledge is plentiful. What coulomb hustled I mean, who has you don't know for our offer. And he said, every time you gain more of that knowledge, you benefit more and you rise more. So this is a beautiful chapter Subhan Allah because what he's talking about, is this idea of not asking for increase in this world for the sake of this world. And at the same time, not despising this world, you know, he's been talking about the hukou, the rights of the body, the rights of the self, the rights of this dunya upon you. And Islam does not teach you
to hate the things that Allah has blessed you with. Islam teaches you to take those blessings. And instead of having a worldly attachment to them, turn them into blessings for the hereafter turn them into means of elevation for the hereafter. And so we see this with Zachary and his Salaam. When did he ask Allah for a son? He asked Allah subhanaw taala for a son when he became very old, and he wanted a son. Because we're in the lift and malaria mineraI I see that there aren't descendants to carry on this noble mission of prophethood and one narration comfort and my family there's so little descendants, so for heavily men that don't care really and that's why he's asking the last points
out for a son. And this is one of the means of Westminster actually that I didn't get to speak about in the heart that was in the in the nightclub that was unsettled. But the idea of telling Allah what you're going to do with a good deed when you ask him for or when you ask him for a blessing in this world Yeah, Allah give me wealth so I can spend it for your sake Yeah, Allah give me this so I can do this with it not just for the sake of a long life not just for the sake of children not just for the sake of all these different things. Yeah, Allah give me so I can give back do for me so I can do for you. This is the way that we call upon Allah prints on scholarship.
Alone in Berlin instead of love sort of our kind of hero Muhammad Anwar. He was sitting with us leaving cathedra to mama bad pal. I think what we learned from this chapter the moment and Josie Rahim Allah Allah is breaking away from what we'll be studying earlier. I mean, for me when you look at what we've been talking about for the past few nights talking about the hardships and difficulties delayed response for your wishes and drives and so on. And if someone is talking about you know, going through hardships and difficulties, do you really expect them to wish for a longer life?
I doubt it. Everybody will say well, just that was the point just ended right now inshallah that is the high point rather than try to wish for longer life and then I don't know what happens in the future. So here even Josie Rahim Allah Medina is actually flipping that whole concept and bringing us back again to hey, you need to wish for a longer life. You better wish for a longer life no matter what you've been going through. You better wish for a longer life. Why? Because there is so much benefit in that long life if you have high aspirations. However, when we think about it, will Josie rahamallah What he was introducing to us in terms of high aspirations the first thing the
first line sheets of hammer you read, and I'm just like, No ILA look at these people Subhanallah how these people think you know, completely out of the box different than what average person would think about their highest aspirations. Rasul Allah has Salah Salem is telling us about the nature of man, the nature of mankind, He said Salah Sam Talia bergna Adam, what Tacoma who has Latin, the son of Adam will grow old, he said son of Adam will grow old and to things will grow with them, which means the desire for two things will always grow with them. What are they he says taller to
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was it says Salah Salem Al hearse auto ml l hearse, what all ml l helps me is what means to become more stingy with the dunya. Like you're also becoming more keen into acquiring the pleasure of this dunya the little things that you have in your hand, that possessions of the dunya become so important, so valuable to much more valuable than before. The second thing called to lemon hope for a longer life, and probably with no purpose, just to be to look deliver longer. I mean, you're already in your 100 plus years probably solution to live longer, probably. So everybody would love to have that kind of long life as we grow older. But what do you want to fill this vessel with?
That's the question. So Imam even knows or him Allah says, Look, his high aspiration is what it says is way beyond our thinking. It wasn't thinking about fame or name or wealth or money or status. Because knowledge.
I need to live longer to learn more.
I mean, nowadays, we say knowledge is power, right? Which is true. That's what he's reflecting on. He says, look, the more I know, the more powerful my Eman becomes the more unconscious now I'm connected to Allah subhanho wa Taala it gives me a Syrah gives you that insight. I know that evidence is and then knowing more about Allah Subhana Allah and the more I know about Allah azza wa jal, the more my Eman will be stronger strength is so when I meet my Lord subhanaw taala in a better position because I know him better and I've did better in my life. So his I aspiration is still out
and beyond this world, that gives us of course, hope. Um, now I've heard actress upon a statement talking about our time said look, grown old is mandatory. But growing up is optional.
Everybody's gonna get old. But are you gonna mature with that? That's your choice. similarly over here, HIV ninja was Rahim Allah that almost saying the same thing? Look, we can all grow as old as know how to SLM if Allah wills. But how many of us will grow like new Halley's sinner? That's the question.
Having the age of NA, Allah can give it to you. But how many of us will choose to live the life of Noah he said I'm in such a very long age. That is what the challenge is going to be. And that's what Imam knows Rahim Allah has given us hope. I said, Look, if you're going to live a long life, you wish for life, you better wish for the right thing for it. If you wish for life just to increase in this dunya and entertainers and enjoy more of this and more of that America dunya in comparison to what Allah prepared for you and the ACA, you just wasted your time in this life.
But since Allah subhana was for me to live longer over here, let me get the best out of it. Because whatever, what is the best out of this life right now? So he is trying to direct our mind to think about what is it that you're going to get you the highest value from this life. And to him he says, knowledge, have the knowledge about Allah subhanaw taala because that will help you have that Amel that good deeds will make your life meaningful. And when you meet the Lord subhanho wa Taala required the best thing in this dunya and in the
Imam Hassan bossy Rahim Allah, he actually says that you're out when you say Robin attina for dunya Hassan
Irati hasna Okinawa Banagher Allah grant us the best of this life and the best of the after and protect us from the punishment. He says for dunya has an ailment Nafisa was complaining about what
what what you're asking Allah for when you ask Allah for the best of this life is not a nice house and a nice car, per se. It's not like this. Worldly, you know, things are takaful quantity of things. You're asking Allah for beneficial knowledge,
pure sustenance so that what you are earning is not getting in the way of what you are seeking to earn of Jannah. While I'm an unlit, acapella and accepted good deeds, so that what you are putting forth for the hereafter actually achieves its goal. So that's what a good life actually means. And there's, there's something you brought up a modern day sentiment here. It's very interesting when you read this chapter from our lens and the 21st century, because with the medical advancements that we have today, the possibility of extensions on life from a from a material sense, right, is groundbreaking, and revolutionary. But one of the things that you'll find that, you know, people,
you know, ethicists I hope I said that, right, it's late at night, or writing about these days, in terms of ethics is the idea of, okay, let's say that we can start getting people to, like, we can start planting all types of different hearts and people and, you know, and keep on repairing the body, repairing the body, repairing the body, what type of quality life is that going to be, you know, eventually you have someone aging to 120 130 years old, let's say that becomes normal. But like, what's left of the person? Right? Why this sort of race, to transcend humanity. And transhumanism, by the way is a very serious thing, right? Trying to transcend our humanity. Okay,
and become superhuman, super being right, so that we can elevate ourselves, what type of quality of life are you actually gonna have? So the ethical perspective, and then, you know, subhanAllah limitations of resources. Like you're actually what if you start to have a discussion, and this is actually something shows up in academic literature where, okay, let's say that humanity is able to preserve itself, we're already having a problem with resources and climate and greed and those types of things. So, you know, if people are living longer, and you start having that issue, then that's another thing that's going to happen, right, the the way that the resources of this earth are
distributed. And the last thing that came to my mind with this chef is Subhanallah, you know, age, when you look at these are them up. Most of them died at like 3842. And now we're talking a whole lotta most of them did not live long lives. And most of them died very young, they started much younger, and they died young as well. And this is actually something profound that Eliza says, On the Day of Judgment, you said an anomaly here. Okay, well, you're gonna be asked about your age, but not how old are you? What did you do with your life? What did you do with your age? You know, there are people that died Subhanallah in their early 20s, that achieved massive things. I'm not just
talking about things that make it to the books in this life. I'm talking about things that make it to the books in the next because that's the legacy that we seek, not just that their history makers and that their names are solidified in history. But when we say
ages is nothing but a number
in the city, what that means is just like property and wealth, those that have failed to make use of their property and wealth, they say, an X settlement, come on, I have more money than you I have more property than you. And they use that as a form of boasting. And having more years under your belt is not a source of pride if you're not using them properly. And the profit slice on him was belittled. Right? The unsolved they were looked at, and they were like all these kids, right? What are these ansata going to do these young kids from? Oh, some husbands in their 20s? What are they going to do? Actually? Mobis 36 of them were like 18 years old when they became Muslim.
And you know, I'm absolutely alone. And one of my favorite statements I know, you probably know where I'm going with this. And my boss was asked who's older you are the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you know, like, this is this is a really awkward question, because technically speaking, he's older than the Prophet sallallahu sallam. So he says, will it will lead to Coppola, who will actually know who
I was born before him. But he's, he's he's Akbar. He's older than me. He's bigger than me, Sal, Allahu alayhi wa sallam, when it took up that I happen, my date of birth happens to be earlier than his date of birth. But like, I can't even bring myself to say, I'm bigger. I'm older than the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa salam, because what Allah has blessed him with and that vessel Subhanallah at that age is really profound. And we see that with the young people in our history. So especially the youth that are here, one of the biggest, one of the biggest flaws of how we view age is that the young person says, I have time to get started. And then the old person says, I wish I
would have had time I wish I would have taken advantage of it then so why even wait, if you're young enough, stop waiting. Stop looking around and seeing well people my age tend to be here now. Right? No, no, no, surpass, like even I bustled. The Allah and Houma did the son of an ibis. I mean, can you imagine 16 years old hybridoma he was called the scholar of the Ummah at the age of 16 years old, his house was the first university in Islam. Alright, so the Allahu Anhu one time she was walking by, and I'm loving that Abbas was house I mean, people used to line up in front of his house to get her in from him. And he didn't actually have even a very big physical stature. So one time he
was leading the companions and Salah and I showed him the law and I said go pull up his threw up like he was so small his his like pants were like starting to sec You know, like his body, physical body. He wasn't he was a young man, but like, so full of knowledge or model the law and instead of having mastery of the law, the law and Oconee familia Elma but it's like a teapot full of knowledge right so like these people that are full of them, and then I've made use of their time. So make use of your time that Allah has fanatical about the Allah Tirana particularly, will come to the quality of life, we think that quality of life is usually just the physical you aren't able to eat, you're
able to travel and able to do things and so on physically, you're unable to do that stuff. But that's not just what we're talking about. Sometimes the quality of life is the kind of social life you have around you the kind of you know the the kind of environment that is around you. So I should not be allowed to Anna and one of the blessings of Allah subhana wa Tada. That's when the prophets are married her she was young. And one of the reasons that Allah they say why because she became a vessel of knowledge as such a very young age hon Allah so she lived long enough to grow up to become in her 60s Are they allowed to run and when she passed away, the majority of the Sahaba if not all
the Sahaba that generation that you grew up with, were all gone.
We're all gone. And imagine this hon Allah imagine you soon you start reaching certain age. And as a matter of fact, I was talking to my wife about the Subhan Allah said, Allah bless our community, herbal Alameen. We said, like, we've been here in this community for the past 12 years, and we've seen some of our members, mashallah growing up and our kids now leading us in taraweeh, and this and that, it's just unbelievable. And now we start realizing that some of our elders are actually kind of passing into the next life slowly and gradually, just like wow, if we wait another 10 years, I wonder who's going to be left from our original generation that we live in, so I should not be
allowed to run one day. She looked around and she's trying to figure out who's around her. She found nobody from whom she knew from before the all the new generation. So she goes call it they have a lady named Ashrafi Nafion. We'll go through it we
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success of examining Kegel Adobe, like like those who you know, they deserve to live among them are all gone. And I feel just like, like something odd in this generation basically. So yeah, those who wish to always live a longer life and so on for this dunya they're gonna come to a point where they probably hate themselves. But those who would like to enjoy that that life that ALLAH SubhanA bless them with if you make it purpose for life, and in particular for that what would knowledge an Ironman salah, then you will probably going to wish to live longer and longer so you can benefit yourself more in terms of knowledge and
benefit others as one speak about the aroma chef and some of the Anima with a lot of beautiful statement from the LMR.
One of the most beautiful thing he says God Allah Allah mu L mu L mu mana Hanafi him in a Nam, Allahu La Casa Luna, Allah have mercy if he goes if the kings and the children of the kings would know the blessing the scholars and students of knowledge, the blessings that we are indulging in that the blessing of Allah subhanaw being in that kind of path of seeking knowledge and elements, spirituality and so on, he says they will, they will go after us, they will fight us with their source to get that blessing from us. Because he's saying that their lifestyle is unfortunately depriving them from getting where we are and doing what we do. So enjoyment of life becomes a
relative matter really. Some people they see the pleasure of this dunya the higher aspiration as what to earn money as such a very young age like many of our younger people, today's panela that's what they tell me it says, and everybody wants to go and start investing in the stock market and go to you know, put some money in Robin Hood and see if they can Gamestop you know, can help them with that stuff. Oh, we just went different directions, sir.
First of all, I'm saying look, investment is halogen. There is nothing wrong with investing and that which is halal. There is no doubt about it. But when the aspiration of our young generation becomes to retire at 25
That was me too much.
It really worries me so much. They are 30 years old. They would like to have mashallah their penthouse in New York City and they have a chalet in Miami and God knows where else as well, hopefully inshallah the timeshare in Makkah and Medina.
But people that have different aspirations, obviously, those who are looking for that, and that route, they might get it. The Marilla get it at 30 years old, mashallah they have this dunya.
But then hamdullah, the quality of life that we see today in terms of medical advancements, and helping people to live longer and better life, in terms of, you know, health and so forth. But then what's the quality of that life? Well, a lot of anxiety is such at a very young age, I've accomplished everything and what you are aspiring for right now. It's so hard. That's why what really helps you go through this world. Knowing that is so enjoyable is if you can have an experience out of this world looting, which is why ironically, Ramadan, the spirituality of Ramadan is so enjoyable. Going for Amara, I want to take a break from your busy life and go to camera and go
and visit Medina for a few days and few days in Mecca and you start crying your eyes out, you don't want to come back. Why is that? Because what you experienced is something out of this world.
And that thing is just like how there is no really there is no ulterior motive to it in this dunya really, it's something out of this well this experience is unique. And when Emmanuel Josie is speaking about how having your highest aspirations and seeking proper knowledge of Allah subhanho wa Taala and of his deen and practice in that he's talking about this experience that is, it's out of this world. And if you have never really experienced that, I would love for you to try it out on a Friday maybe you experiment at the university when you study Subhanallah we had all these beautiful moments sometimes and I remember what you said it was shared a lot I mean and so to make the
standard actually when you say will share with me Rahim Allah to Allah. It was it was such a such a pleasure and enjoyment really to spend your day and night just going around him where he's going to be teaching, what is it going to be doing? And just having those beautiful moments with him. I remember one time he gave a talk acted after Saturday between Merriman Russia and the masjid. And when he was done, so we were walking out with him from the from the masjid. And we didn't have our shoes with us or nothing, just holding our books and walking with them to hear more questions. And then we realized somebody was talking to the chef on the side. And as young students, we're just
waiting, waiting to see what's going to happen. What is it what he's talking about, then suddenly, we saw the chef about to run into a car. That's actually it's almost like a van or something like that. And then the shift goes like this.
Which means whoever wants to come with me Come. Oh, God.
This was over like a stampede. Really. We didn't care about shoes. We didn't care about headcover. So he was flying, join in that car. And we had the pleasure to be in his car and ask him questions. Subhanallah on a journey to go to another place to give another talk. But I can tell you those those maybe 1520 minutes, right? They were unbelievable. And I still remember one of the questions somebody asked him to another tangent sorry about that. But this is the pleasure of seeking noticed as a man. So one of the students in the back was awesome chef. So chef, is it halal to eat elephant
Why is it so it doesn't even exist in Saudi Arabia Zuma? Why would you worry about irrelevant? But there was an interesting question. What did you know exactly what was answered? He goes, he goes he himself. I was surprised because what? Because elephants I said, Yeah. Elephant. So yes, he paused and he goes, he goes, I don't think so. And it's like, why why not this year? He says, because they have tasks. And those tasks, they count like, fangs in animals with a prophet Salah Salem. So you're not allowed to eat animals with these fangs. And somebody was trying to debate with the chef's about chef they're just herbivores. They don't eat meat. They don't do it says no, they have touched you
can eat them. And that's something was very private session we had with the chef on this matter. And he had another opinion about Tajweed by the way, just so that you know, Yanis Pamela, his tweet is opinion integrity goes because somebody else's says Yasha what's going on? I'm learning to read. He goes to do it said yes, he goes. It's not important.
And for us, it's just like, whoa, what did you say? There was a shocking thing. We started the Quran with our teachers, Masha, Allah man, we spend so much time and then he said no isn't important. He goes as long as you can read the Quran properly, you're good, you're fine. Anything else is extra.
Okay, now I understand why but Subhanallah The reason I mentioned this is because I don't know how to describe the pleasure of those moments that you experience when you go with the chef like this in a private any car that you cherish after all these years as memories that definitely it's out of this world this question I don't think the shed was ever as a publicly probably you are the first people now now even to hear the answer from a first person Yanni experience Subhanallah so the him the highest aspiration if you take it for an experience out of this world is going to make this life no matter how long it is so beautiful. I think what I'll do Schaefer want to tie it back to the idea
of what does that have to do with him?
What angle do we have to having higher aspiration here? And I think that the point that's really important here is that if a person is pursuing Allah's pleasure than everything in this dunya becomes a means of attaining that pleasure and so do with him that is what's today man it is time represents probably heavily mole can be fairly will have any more can lie on belly the abdomen Verdi O Allah grant you know forgive me and then grant me a kingdom that is customized no one else will ever have this kingdom before after me did so they might just want to have a comfortable life right so they man it has Saddam saw all of this as a means of establishing a loss pantiles Greatness on
Earth His kingdom on earth and so none of it like at no point does today man it has Saddam say, you know, I'm really enjoying this palace I'm really enjoying all of this that Eliza has given its you see, even some Helen the stories of today man is that on the constant Hinman, that constant ambition to do more, to do more to do more to spread to spread to spread. And one of the one of the one of the famous stories about him, it has set him in this regard is that he was once walking. And I tell the story because it's so it's so profound and beautiful.
And in fact, the majority Rahimullah reflects on this and other places. This is the lie that Solomon Einstein was walking with his entire kingdom. And when so they my son used to walk with his kingdom. I mean, it was like a scene, it was a sight to behold, like when you think about the entourage of a king that comes through, right, everyone can kind of pause them and just appreciate that. So today, man it has Saddam was walking with the human kingdom, the animal kingdom, the insects, the the birds, the jinn. Like when he's walking, like that's some entourage, unlike anything that anyone's ever seen before. And he's not walking with his chest up like this, right? Like a humble man that's
constantly thinking like, what's next for the sake of Allah subhanaw taala he never was deceived, but and there was one of the worshipers or just the abbot that used to worship Allah subhanaw taala. And he's looking at me says, having a doubt would like he's, he's, he's saying it to himself. But so the man is, I've heard him talk alone, when can I leave?
Now, what an amazing Kingdom you have.
So there might be some said, Wait, everyone stop.
You said Who just said that statement?
Because there was something about some worshipers that are kind of on the side when he was walking by said who said that? So the man said it was me.
And he said to him, Well, Allah He a test to be one test to be faesal Hayford he Muslim, once Subhan Allah on the page of a Muslim is better than all that you see here that's been given to the note said, in the HA that he said, or he said in the majority of Nadeau, he said, all that you see given to the Son of David, yep, this is all going to go away. When we die. You and I go into the ground you see this whole entourage and kingdom gone.
But the test to be who will stay your Subhan Allah will be a palace in general, like Don't be deceived by this. So the higher ambition if you have that higher ambition ever
Every single attainment in this life becomes a means of a higher attainment in the next, if you don't have that higher ambition, if you don't have that higher ambition, you'll be constantly both disappointed and deluded. Why disappointed? Because the more Allah gives you, you're still sad. Like, wait a minute, like I could swear, like, I thought, like, I'm gonna pursue this. And if I get this achievement, if I get this spouse, if I get this house, if I get this career, if I get this car, if I get this, I'm gonna be happy, right? And I'm still empty. Maybe I need more. So let me keep on trying to get more and more, why am I still so empty. So if you don't have higher
aspirations and higher ambitions, Allah will keep on giving you this dunya and you're not it's not going to fill the void and that'll just frustrate you and delude you further. And the last thing I'll say shift and then I'll pass to you and then maybe we can take questions, inshallah.
A community of ambition. I think it's important when you like, there's this there is such a thing as ambitious community, and that's the Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu. It was Sonoma. They were a community of Zohar, the community of asceticism. You know, any man but it has nothing to do with Rahim Allah to Allah He describes the moment where the army of sad and Salmaan may Allah be pleased with them go into the Tigris River, in and out with all of their belongings, their horses and Allah azza wa jal made it a katana for them a miracle for them, that entire Muslim army went into the Deep River and came out. And they didn't even lose a pen.
Like they rose from the river. None of them drowned. None of their horses drowned. They didn't even lose a pan. And the Persians started to shout Shayateen shayateen. And they ran away. Because they were just terrified, like, what did we just witness that would have been another we don't have a loss. But what was more impressive about the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was that they entered into this, this sea of dunya. And they came out of it. And they were completely dry. Like when they entered into the river, like it didn't take them. They weren't tainted by materialism, they weren't affected by that materialism. So they brought back, you know,
the rugs of Tesla and the palace that you know, all the things that they took from Tesla. And they were excited to put it back in beta them out into the treasury, they weren't trying to steal and confiscate, like they weren't diluted by that. So community of ambition is actually a thing. And that is what makes the companion special. And one narration it's an area that added all the data and hope someone went and saved it. It'll be a long time. I know when they criticize them and said, you know, basically comparing them to a bucket and model the load data and saying, You're not like a bucket and no matter like what they achieved in their feed off, was much greater than what you
achieved in your fleet.
And nobody told them, he said, I'll go back in and Omar had followers like me, I have followers like you.
I mean, that was like a real moment. Like, it wasn't just the quality of our bucket and all that. And it's not may Allah be pleased with all of the companions of the Prophet slice, but is the quality of the generation like the people and like you became busy and fitna and just silliness? Right like as a generation, we kind of lost our way. And so I do want him for a community is a thing as well, how do we become an ambitious OMA and ambitious community? That's thinking about Islam in the future, not just thinking about my kid getting into med school, and this person doing this and this person do that I want to give my, my next generation the best, by the way, not that there's
anything wrong with med school, I'm just being real Americans. Are your kids going to med school of law, my mouth is on me.
It's just that
I think ambitiously about Islam in America. And I hope inshallah imagine 40 years from now people saying that you're not alone this message, imagine the next expansion and the next expansion. And you know, the way that Islam grows and thrives be a community of ambition as well, that's not diluted, just by the material gains of this world that Allah has said, I want to add one more thing in regards to having this actually high ambition and aspiration as an individual. It's all really about seizing the moment really, it's all about seizing that moment, Allah subhanho wa Taala will bring moments in your life. And each one of them could be the turning point in your life, if you
really seize that moment, if you have the highest aspiration and the high ambition for it in the right direction. So an example for instance, will live from the sin of the prophets of Allah awesome. When I young man serve the Prophet sallallahu wasallam on a journey. So after the end of the journey, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam graciously wanted to give something to this young man. He says, Sally says wish for something that I can give you. Like, what do you want me? How do you want me to thank you, I want to be grateful to you. So what can I do for you? Now if you were in that position, what would you ask the Prophet sallallahu right. So this young man, he goes, what do you
do? modificata COVID Jana. I want to be your companion Jana.
Can you imagine the highest aspirations your man? He didn't ask? I want something I want to this because I want to be your friend and Jana. What does that exactly mean? If he was given that what does that exactly mean? You had a shortcut divertidas Yamaha sobre
So the prophets Allah Allah Allah wa sallam, he he couldn't grant him that so he said, our Harada can you ask for something else I can give you like I can guarantee this to you I mean help me out here he goes that's all Thank you.
Like you give me this is like Allah I don't want to give anything else appreciate that. Thank you. So he put the professor's have a difficult situation right? But Subhanallah the answer we got for this young man is something that we all appreciate about today. The Prophet saw some told him Okay, fine. If you want this, then any Allah NFC can be catered to sujood helped me get you there by praying so much.
Which means pray more.
Today. hamdulillah Ramadan is a proof that you can pray more. You guys a great one to record today. Maybe you haven't done that in Ramadan. Yet, except for this night probably. And you did that more even during that fill and Sunnah and the hidden message and so on Ramadan, you played a lot of these centers, right? When I'm Alana is oh, what are you gonna do about it? What's your high aspiration right now? Are you going to go backward or you're going to go upstream again, and now elevate yourself to the next level? I have reached humbler? What I can maintain my sunnah my novel? What's your next level? What's your aspiration right now? Why don't we try this young man's high ambition
to be the Prophet Sessoms companion, Jenna. And you've been given that that door and key in your own hand to pray more. So that's one example. That when you're when you, when you have a moment, seize that moment. And as they say, you only see we only sees what you see, if you see it, you'll be able to seize it in your hand. But if you don't see yourself at that level, and you always look at yourself, you know, I'm not worthy of this narrative that you would never get where you're supposed to be in terms of knowledge, practice and so on. If you keep telling yourself Well, I'm not that knowledgeable person, I can never read the Quran I wasn't born out of cyclic Quran, but stop doing
this thing to yourself stop self loathing
have a highest aspiration via this little like this man was given an opportunity, he just jumped on it immediately. There's another example. The example when the prophets of Allah Salah was gifted was given a gift of milk. And back then milk for them is just like a full meal to us today. Really, it's not like just a cup of notes. Now it's really a meal for them. So the purpose of them was gifted that cup of milk so he got it in his hand. And he took some of it solo Arsalan first, he grabbed his to give the back of that milk, so he drank some of it, Salah Salem. And then he looks at his right side, defines the young boy
and the left side, he had the elderly on the other side. So usually the Sunnah of the Prophet saw some as you hand the cup to those who are on your right side, right. But at the same time, you said you should always start with the elders before you get to the kids, right? So the Prophet has come out of
his polite a flock and manners and etiquette. He wants to seek the permission from the young boy. He goes, Do you mind if I give the elderly first?
And the boy says, nope.
And the Prophet says, I'm just kind of like, well, can I answer is that he goes with you. I'm not gonna prefer anyone else would the back of your drink first. Like I want to have that Baraka first, before anybody else, such a highest pressure Gemma. These people, they look for opportunities. He was sitting next to the Prophet salaallah Salah man who was good and God has chance of this. He didn't didn't say, Yeah, sure. He's my uncle. He's my grandfather, whatever. He didn't say that. He goes, No, I'm not going to prefer anybody with the bulk of your drink. I'll take first. So the prophets, Allah says, he kind of like he admired him for that, actually. And he pushed the milk in
his head, he goes, grab it, like you earn it, go for it. And that's how the practices I was encouraging people today, unfortunately, our highest potential for our kids is just worldly matters. Really. It might take them this far in the dunya. But after that, beyond that, where you're gonna go with us, they might become a successful person tempt of dunya as you wish them to be. But is that going to get them where they have the experience out of this world where they find that peace and tranquility in this life? And so that's something we need to think about. Finally, the last example, the example of Abdullah, even Ambassador de la Juan,
What an unbelievable example of the love and ambass was the cousin of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam right?
And my Munna, the wife of the Prophet sallallahu sallam was his aunt.
So he was the cousin of the Prophet sallallahu sallam. He was the son of Al Abbas, the uncle, the prophets, Allah salah, and he also was you know, he was the nephew of his wife, my mono della donna, basically even our bass he had access to what's your call it the doors of knowledge, right, all of it. And he captured that.
In every opportunity. You read even our bus when he was young, he's around the prophets of Allah Azza everytime.
One of those moments when the Prophet SAW Selim was sleeping in the house of my Munna, and an ibis was there, he slept there with them. He said he was pretending to be sleeping, to see how the Prophet
Saracen spends his night.
So the prophets of salaam he waited until he thought even our boss was asleep. And then he told my Munna Hanuman hula. Is the boy asleep? She looked at him she goes, yeah he is. So the Prophet says and quietly he got up and he was asleep off his eyes as face mid Satish of ayat from the end of surah. Allah Imran and then he made a quick Gulu Salah Salem. And then he said Allahu Akbar, the Imam of the province, Assam said, Allahu Akbar Ebenen Bhaskara
So the Prophet didn't say, no, no, you go to sleep pitch over Salah. So you got up. Then he did the exact same thing. He copied the Prophet salaallah Salah made a quick google and then he came standing next to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam he stood next to the Prophet on the left side, which would were not to be the Imams position, so the province hasn't grabbed his head and some of the serum is here and turn them around to the other side.
Now we learn the story from this this young boy in this moment and we all know the Hadith, Allah for the life of Overland or young boy, preserve Allah's limit Allah will preserve you and so on. So also when the prophets asked him so how eager he was to learn the Quran, he just embraced him he hugged him squeeze him because Allah Maha COVID dena limitary lea ALLAH given the understanding in this deen and the interpretation of the Quran, so he became the greatest interpreter of the Quran or the Allah TerraNova. This young boy, this young boy had a partner from the answer and conclude with this Inshallah, this wanted a different in aspirations and ambitions. So he said, I had a friend from the
And that friend from the answer he says,
Every time I want to go and learn and go to grab the reign of MMA, they've been Jebel, a senior so happy to him learning from him. This unsalted kid it doesn't come on, man. Let's go and play the pigeons.
Let's go play with it. Let's go play with
what is today. equivalent to that poll. Otherwise, any games right, switch?
Let's go and play switch. Basic. Right, Devin. I betcha just Just leave me alone. Please, Danny. And he goes, he wants to go and learn. So his answer friend, he tells me because come on. Who do you think you are? Do you think people want they people are going to come to you to learn from you. That's what he told me when I buzz. If an ambassador so I left him out. I just cannot forget it. This guy's keep dragging me down. Not too long after that. Even our best luck chef mentioned about his Halaqaat people will be standing and sitting way out there out of the masjid out of the house, waiting for a place to come and sit in front of him. Subhanallah so one day the same unsalted kid
who became an adult, he passed by this halacha he was the head Kernaghan and Hola, Marco. I mean,
this kid was smarter than me.
Because this guy was smarter than me. I wish like basically, I went with him. So you have same generation two people with the same opportunity to learn from what other than Jevon. I'm loving this earth. I live in Utah. I live on top. But we hear so many stories about the love and IBIS World America with Earlywood this was the Sahaba the Justina Sahaba learning from them.
The highest aspiration that Imam in Jos was talking about, he learned and that none of that again, gave him the status in the dunya and in the ACA and shallow Tabata Kota, I want to comment on him and I bustled de la anima. I mean, there's so many life lessons you can take from that, right, just the fact like, especially those of you that are teenagers, or young and you got your friends and they kind of drag you down. Like this is your time to get ahead. This is your time to get a head start when you're younger, it's your time to actually get a head start. But on top of that, like looking at the documentation of his end, that's one thing.
You know, the hadith of Sandman and Fatah sealed the Allahu Anhu is narrated by Ibn Abbas of the law and you know, it makes it so stunning. So the model the Allahu Tada Anna was the same age as the Prophet salallahu Salam. So you have a 13 year old at the doorstep of a 6365 year old
asking him can you tell me how you became Muslim?
I mean, the story of some man with the law and who in Persia and all that is because of our boss just imagine this 13 year old sitting in front of him taking notes.
Hey, can you you know mashallah, this this elderly Persian man? That is the profit slice I'm calling from Alan Bates from his family. I mean, he has such a status. You know, like I'm what can you tell me when you became Muslim? How you became Muslim? What happened and said, man, well, the law dictates the whole story to him. That's captured your reading that story. We teach classes about it. That's from that 13 year old boy that could have been playing with pigeons that was instead of sitting in front of sort of model the law and capturing that knowledge from him, and then transmitting it to us along with by the way 1600 plus other a Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam that he learned from him. Those are the authentic ones that made us where the sun is matassa I mean, it's incredible. And one thing about Omar Al de la Jota anhu, because he talked about a community of aspiration, almost all the Allahu Taala and who was not impressed by by worldly accolades.
Even though he had the most to gain from them, like almost all the Allahu Anhu was the flagbearer of Qureshi before he became Muslim. He was strong, he was handsome, he was eloquent he was everything that you would want in a person, right? Like I mean, he had all the worldly, the worldly things that he could boast about right almost all the a lot I know could boast about his poetry, he was literate, he could boast about his time in the battlefield. He could boast and boast and boasting boasts one of the things about Amato the Alana a very, very difficult to impress, super difficult to impress. And he was only impressed by
like, he loved people of knowledge. And he loved young people of knowledge. And by the way, you know, the story of Amara de la ano, reading swift Baja and coming to the prophets lie Selim. He's like 25 years old when that's happening by the way. He's not the age of Abubaker and the prophets of Allah and he was Saddam He's younger. Right so he's a young man in his 20s when this is all happening, but you find it the stories of I think we mentioned that already but I love this story and we can you know, with the bad data because the bad deed or the young Abdullah's May Allah make our Abdullah is like them people say, I mean, I need to make dua for my son, right? So the above the
law, where the young Abdullah is around the prophets, Allah is Allah, right, and they all live Long live Subhan Allah, they all lived very long lives and taught the ummah. And so you see, oh my God, Allah and who had a role to play with all of the above the like, he was the mentor of all of the above data, they all go back to him. He's kind of the guy that raised them all. Like, you go back to that coach, it's all model the Allah and HERSA and the love and bustle the Allah and whom I like all model the alarm and put them in a high place, answering questions fic fatawa, some of the senior companions didn't like that. And so I'm going to the law onward, humble them by asking a question to
the Mejlis that only Ibn Abbas or the Allah and Houma could answer and then telling them see that's why I prefer him over you. So he asked him about the tough seat of Elijah and nasolabial vertical right? And so the Khurana feeding ally of Raja Sabha behind the obligor was the Pharaoh and who can tell Weber that the context of the surah so he asked all these seniors that what is for sub there behind the rock because stuff at home mean Why did Allah command the prophets lie Selim to glorify Allah and seek his forgiveness at that point, they all gave an answer about you know, accomplishment and those types of things. And I'm gonna Ibis is quite Amaro, the Allah and who said what do you
say? He said this was the death announcement of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. Allah was making it known to him.
And he says, See, he's right. Why? Because even Abbas studied and he came to know and I mean, I've asked that I know why every area in the Quran was revealed in one talk about every area of the Quran, even Ambassador Allah anima said, I knew why it was revealed when it was revealed and all the meaning like he could talk about understanding and total weight and reciting like I know when exactly it was revealed. And it was alas Pantai telling the prophets lie Selim after the fact that you have accomplished what we have put you to accomplish on this earth now at this point, turn into spear and is default. And Allah subhanaw taala is going to see you in the next direction. And then
you have the story about the love and is available the law and Homer which is like one of my favorite stories of all time, where I modeled the law on who is walking in the street. And I'm loving this a bed was a young man, but like a strong young man, you know, and the kids used to run away from all the law because he was like Paul Bunyan, like cute, right? He's like walking in the street and like shaking the ground when he walks and like kids were like afraid that they were gonna get in trouble. And I'd love to Zubair is standing there and he's just looking like what
he didn't move. And I modeled the law and how kneels down to him and he says, aren't you gonna run away like the other kids?
And he said, Yeah, I mean, I don't feel like this road is too small to fit both you and I like, there's enough space on this road. I don't see why I have to move. Like the other kids. And all the low on hold. He bursts out in joy. He says Hi there. This is the son of his dad. He's just like as a wait, I love this kid. So he started celebrating our beloved as a winner like what a strong kid like That's the spirit. I didn't want him to run away. I wanted to teach him strength. So the mentorship Subhanallah of these young people have him role model the Alonso had a strong hand. And those are bad and what they grew up to become as well as leaders in the OMA he didn't hinder it. And sometimes
I think as a community.
My last comment on community ambition, because I want us to take that I think we hinder are like when our kids come forth and they want to do stuff. They want to be involved. They want to ask questions, they want to volunteer, they, sometimes we put them down, like put them in their place. So we shouldn't do that. We have to obviously sometimes redirect and be gentle. Even the prophets like Selim used to send kids home that wanted to fight in battle. Right, but in a gentle way, in a way that he loved them and appreciated them but no, he's like, You're too young for this. I'm not going to be a reckless leader, but a compassionate leader. We should facilitate those ways of growth
for young people with ambition and shelter and teach them that it's good to have ambitions and cultivate those ambitions Inshallah, not just in matters of dunya
dunya because my concerns are what you just mentioned earlier right now is that many parents still would love to inspire their children and they want them to be successful.
But unfortunately, we put their him in matters that are halal. Don't Don't take me wrong, most had to become successful, you know, until in their careers successful in their marital life. So just for them, this has just fallen that and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if we all was channeled the energy of our children in a way that is meaningful to us as parents, rather than what is meaningful to them in their future, that becomes problematic, which is why I leave with ever thought about the law and he says called a double Komiza. Man him that is a mannequin phenom in the Mahalia. Kofi is a man right is a medical, when you raise your children raise them for their time,
not your time, because of incredible time different than yours.
When parents they keep insisting on raising their children in a way that makes it meaningful to themselves. Like I did this, I always wanted to do this. I wish I had somebody that told me to do this and that and so and so. Yeah, but that was your time, man. Their time is different. They now their aspiration is something way beyond what you calculate to be the measurement of success. So we need to cultivate our kids in shallow dollars, you know, high ambition, high aspirations, even if they needed something for the anchor for the dean, we need to cultivate that we need to help them out with that and shallow to Allah while they can still be successful in the dunya we want to also
be successful ultimately in the future as well. Too shallow Dan, Willa?
was a question right now Shawn, was the microphone some of them ask a question before let's see those who didn't ask questions before
which was the microphone I got it. I got Okay.
By the way, yesterday, we didn't take from the sisters can we start with the sister this time?
Because last night, we didn't get a chance to ask them to take pleasure from the sister sideshow.
Cinema want to
I had a question about when we make a drought.
Normally, we would feel the suppression of the ambition. And I wanted to know the difference between these depression by the neffs or the Shavon.
And how can we tell the difference between this and that?
Can you elaborate a little further and so yes, sometimes I feel like my ambition is depressed due to like, I can't tell if it's because of my own knifes telling me I can't do it or if it's just was was from the shaytaan
so you're saying the ambition in the talab is suppressed? Right? So it's like it's impossible you can't do it.
I think that it's probably so what you find from him then Josie Rahim Allah Tala and this is actually something I'd like to ask her to weigh in to so it's not a definitive answer per se.
He attributed that thinking to the shape one but not in a way that was like escapist so in these these constant Hiawatha of his these these thoughts of his where he comes to another thought and another thought and he'll say I'm making garden then shaitan comes then he said then I started to talk to my knifes right? So we went through that actually in the chapter on entered your eyes. Remember the Shavon is the whisper the neffs is the is what takes it in right is affected by it right? So the neffs is What does or doesn't the shape on is the messenger that's sort of putting in certain messages and polluting and things of that sort. So it's not it's not entirely helpful, nor
will you really be able to figure out which one is causing that doubt if you will. However, I think that this is where one of my favorite other events Amy Rahimullah time mentioned this as one of the best your eyes Allahumma any either the click of a shoe click or has nearby the tick. Oh Allah you support me are in the out of the curricular, co curricular has theory about it. Right? So you're asking Allah subhanaw taala because Allah is the enabler. So you're asking Allah to enable you. And so the, the way that you kind of start to overcome that is to remember that Allah subhanaw taala is more powerful than the plots of shape on and he is also the Completer of the deficiencies of the ask
of the one who's making the asker. The ask of the asker the one who's making the ask, right, Allah has Allah's blessing overcomes the deficiency we the deficiencies that we have, as well as the plots of the devil. And so focusing back on Allah azza wa jal and asking Allah Subhana Allah to enable to enable to enable what the in the MaHA lube like I'm defeated from passage, right so asking Allah is presented to support to aid and to enable the only thing strictly so
I think, if I want to add one more thing to what you said, so you make dua for certain high aspiration, high ambition you would like to accomplish and achieve but then you see the circumstances are not getting you where you're aspiring to right. So my dua is to accomplish this my dua
As always ask Allah to help me to do this and accomplish this and so on. But then I see my circumstances are not taking me what I'm really feel ambitious to achieve and accomplish. So what does that exactly mean right now? Does it mean that I'm making the wrong dua? Does it mean that my dad was an answer? Should I change my career? Should I change my path? How should I understand the circumstances dilemma right now? Honestly, you could look at it from different perspectives.
Sometimes, I get if you trust Allah subhanaw Does judgment, you realize whatever you ask for ALLAH SubhanA wa has already answered your call. And we mentioned that earlier before. Allah has answered your call in one way or another. Sometimes we can't maybe comprehend why now, but ultimately, we have to trust in Allah subhana wa data realize at some point in life, you know, looking backwards, he likes to panela that was amazing. So maybe you're asking for a specific thing that you believe this is my aspiration to accomplish this to become this the let's say, creed, for example. But Allah Subhana Allah knows that you know what, maybe it's not you looking for success. For example, you're
looking for joy, you're looking for happiness, maybe you're looking for, to help the Ummah in certain way and so on, and a lot of things we had in our mind. But Allah knows that if you accomplish what you're asking for a man or get you what you're aspiring to get, so Allah maybe directing you somewhere where it's much more easier or maybe achievable, that will get you the exact same end result. Without having to accomplish that I learned that Palla also on the hard way, really, I will learn that also from the story of al Qaeda and Musa alayhis salam, sometimes we we put so much effort and energy in certain areas, only to realize that if you truly, if you truly have
this sincere intention in doing something, and ALLAH SubhanA sees that sincerity and now it's good for you. He will make the whole world the whole world will conspire to make it happen to
evidence or tries channel you to where you should go. And I'm sure that each and every one of us had a story to tell about themselves. Like I thought every thing when my life was going the wrong direction. Until one day in my life and retrospect I look back I was like Wow, all these what I once thought to be wrong direction long drawn turns where the actual right turns to get me where I am today. So I don't know what's your story yet. But it's still in the writing. And Allah subhanho wa Taala is helping you one chapter at a time. So it's not over yet to say, well, if I'm not gonna get this in next two years, it means that's it, it's over for me. Maybe Allah subhanho wa Taala given
you this is your challenge. So you can find a higher aspiration and sha Allah Tala, not just in two years, maybe in five, seven or 10 years Allah, Allah Tala unije do fina Solana those who strive in our path we will guide them to our paths streams back to the path of Allah spawns out into that next step and the knights on your journey now.
How do we become good scholars how to start, what books to read, how to balance between then underneath.
So here's now seizing the opportunity, right?
How to become a scholar how to become a student of knowledge. Well, we just started hamdulillah bam. The first thing is a good intention. Honestly, the first thing has to be with intention. And not just an intention. It's not luck. There's difference between really intending to do something with a bar with a burning desire. And just wishing for something.
Wishing to be a scholar is one thing that can fade out you have to leave this session. But if you truly want to be a scholar like Imam Abu Kira mo Allah data once was asked, he was asked how did you How are you able to memorize all these a hadith? I mean, like wow, how can I do this? He says Carla.
He said no, he was asked a different question you go to the US Do you know any medicine that helps people to memorize? He says like I don't know any medicine to help people memorize and learn better than Naramata Radziwill Kathrada another the ardent burning desire that comes from the inside that you really truly want this seriously that you're willing to sacrifice everything to get it and the second Catarratto nada, which means what insistent and consistent on the path. You can't just wish for something to be a scholar and then you start with one book and then you finish chapter one is this little fella come back later inshallah Tada, it's not going to happen. It's actually it's a
long journey. But it starts from now and there is no right time for to say Inshallah, when I finished my degree, I will start learning the knowledge when I get married. I wouldn't shall have time, you know, to start studying the deen and so on. So you have to have that journey part of your life. It's part of your fabric as well.
It's a long process, obviously. But if I were to recommend anything, people the first thing you need to start with to read read about not seeking knowledge is looking for the books that talks about the etiquette of seeking knowledge. Because before you start learning, you need to learn the art of of how to do it. There
adequate doing it right? Because you might have all the information. But with bad luck and bad manners, what's the point of all of that? So seek knowledge by starting with educative signals. I remember at least when I was starting Medina university, my first year Hamdulillah. That year, we didn't have any research paper to submit. So I had plenty of time. And all my spare time, I can remember all my spare time I spent in looking for every book that was on the market, or even manuscript in misery. Nebo is a library that talks about seeking knowledge I listen to at the time was cassette tapes, I actually read books, I want to miss an episode, I checked some manuscript as
well, too. And I made my own summary, that summary of actually how to seek knowledge, I still have it today at home as a manuscript in itself. But that year of learning, the entire first year of my university, was just about learning how to seek knowledge, and a lot of damage. Now, that's the it's actually a good question. But I want to answer it in a way that's beneficial in short to everyone, you know, with the,
the amount of access to information that we have now, that is actually a hindrance to more scholarship and the similar to how GPS is or hindrance to people knowing how to get around the corner. Now. I mean, we have now you can plug something in your GPS and get somewhere but like, if you realize we've actually chipped away at a competency that Allah put in our minds, like if we lived in a time where we used to not have GPS, and get places, hours away, sometimes, you know, using a map or something like that, or stopping at gas stations, and you had to remember this place down the street, you have to remember that building, you have to remember intersections, that was a
competency that Allah gave us, right. And we, we've forgotten it, because of convenience. And when it comes to reading, when it comes to knowledge, there's so many there are so many dimensions to it.
Number one, like now we have an Macumba Shamita, for example, right? You have a shaman or you can just go look up any book, you know, plugins a little hotter, get the copies and Subhanallah still, we have mistakes for nasaka in the copy so shaky answers to Heath is different from the one I'm reading on my on my computer, or on my on my iPad, and they're printing errors and things of that sort. But like, that's a two generation as well. Yeah, iPad versus iPad versus hardcopy, I mean, that book was in my office, but
it has my name on it.
But you know, subhanAllah, like, I can just go look this up, and go look it up. And I'm telling you that when when the Prophet saw some mentions a time will come where you have more Quran, less vocal hop, more reciters, less jurists.
The imposters will be plentiful, right? Because hey, I can I can go and I can just, you know, enroll in this university. And I can just get by right. And I can always just do my research online, put this paper together, and I'm done. But that's not tolerable.
tolerable, and is the stuff you do after class before class. It's when you go home and you read the book. Again, it's when you read if you take a Dustin Hadith, you go home and you start doing elementary job, you start going through every single one of the narrator's in the Senate. And you start reading the biography of that person and then starting to make connections why this person did this, why this person did that. Thought about him is not tolerable ijazah and it's not tolerable information. All right, it's, it's different. It's, you've got to immerse yourself in this. And just like the great doctors are the people that put in the extra time, they're not people that just get
by in med school, they're the people that really put something into their craft.
And is not something that can be attained without being absolutely in love with this with this stuff. Like you've got to love the Koran, you've got to love the Hadith of the Prophet salallahu Salam, you've got to love the Sierra, you've got to love the Tafseer you can't become complacent with yourself. So and I say that for everyone here and that's why I said it's for the broader audience. Like if you are not happy with not being able to have access to some of these texts, you know, that's good.
Do something about that. Work on your your competency level on shots, I work on your knowledge, put in the time be consistent with the Halaqaat be consistent with everything that's presented to you. I mean, look at us and Valley Ranch. I mean, our Tuesday and Wednesday. Hello fellas have like 30 people.
Okay, sorry to like call out the community on camera. By the way, you know, my show the most of this fool like, you know how many people said I'm gonna move to Dallas so I can attend all the lectures.
And not that our lectures will are such grand caliber. We're putting it on the level of the teachers that we had. But like it's your enemy at the end of the day. It's tolerable element. You chose to instead of sit at home if even like having YouTube or Facebook playing in the background like that's not
I remember your intention so dedicate yourself to being a student of knowledge the etiquette of a student of knowledge asking Allah Robbie Sydney Elma pondering contemplating Tonkotsu Tacoma honestly leaving off the sins Allah is not going to give this life this light to a heart that doesn't have life pray with it ponder upon it try to get closer to Allah subhanaw taala with it inshallah Tao you'll grow so that's my message I think everyone here don't get complacent after Ramadan with you're just like you shouldn't get complacent with everybody after Ramadan.
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my question is regarding the long as once we think about longer age, we do have challenges and distractions and risk because we do feel content and happy we are right now and we are like feel motivated towards our religion but like once we go out and get distracted with the worldly affairs, so to stay on the straight part is not easy. So the sooner we die it the challenge is over. But keep like wishing for a long life is like you have to keep challenge yourself every day and fight your nerves every day. So in the end, I sometimes think the sooner you're tired, the challenge is over and you're just try to be done with it because the fight with the nurse is not easy.
Withdraw the turnips is not easy, which is why it's so rewardable Every time you seek to overcome an impulse, a distraction of disobedience to Allah subhana wa Tada you're getting closer to Allah subhanaw taala you're again, you're you're growing your harvest for the day of judgment, but in the nighttime. And so, the beauty of our deen as well
is that there is an example for a person of every occupation, a person of every age, a person of every status. You know, by the way, I think one of the one of the faults that we have and flaws that we have in how we study our deen and how we study our history is that we impose exclusively Western notions of success upon our Islamic tradition to where we almost render the other ones meaningless. There is great blessing in the the person who is of this level or that level there's great blessing and the person who is one of the Fiat who's hidden and concealed from the last province out like your only standard of greatness is not an in fact it's not a standard of greatness in and of itself.
That can actually be a fitna is not your worldly success. It's not likes it's not followers, it's not legacy that's in textbooks. It's up the up right, you know, there's there's greatness in there. You know, there's greatness in people that the baker we talked about in the story of Imam Muhammad Rahim Allah to Allah, there's greatness that is there. There is greatness in old age and young age. There is greatness in career and there is greatness and family. There's greatness in the homemaker. There's greatness in the person that is achieving outside of the home, there is greatness there are paths, there are simple paths to Allah subhanaw taala through all of those different occupations.
And as Imam Malik Rahim Allah says, Allah azza wa jal has, you know, allotted these these forms of path, the way that he's allotted a risk like sustenance, like your pathway back to Allah subhanaw taala. And you find it, you say, this is I'm going to exert myself. We have stories of elderly people in the tradition that started very, very, very late 150s his favorite, or the man to speak about even has an Rahimullah to add a very, very late I mean, how old was he when he started his into his pursuit? It was actually way late in his life way. It was in politics before though Yeah, very old. Subhan Allah when he just started to like, get into knowledge. I always remember she
homeschooled Rahimullah, his mom, he and his and his brother Sheikh Mohammed, the US clutters the scholar of fifth chakra, I'm gonna ask her the scar Rafi there, right. I mean, they're, they're Greek family of scholars, and their mother was illiterate.
And I think she learned to read in her 60s and then she memorized the Quran in her 70s.
I mean, like she she became literate, and then became a half either after the age of 60. I mean, she was in her 70s When she became a high fever. And it was like just this burst, right? Like, I have meaning I have value I have something to do. And sometimes that's important, you know, the elderly, in our community as well. People that become older and they're in our community, like, the pathways to Allah subhanaw taala are still far ahead of you, Allah azza wa jal has given you a path. Everyone should take the path should try to ponder upon what that path is, and then take it back to the last point. I want to
add to the point that you mentioned regards to how we measure success in this life with the worldly matters. But Subhanallah if we look at those who have the highest positions in Jannah, those who have the VIP stations and positions in Jana, the Prophet saw some give us a description of that Hooven that he says Allah Salam will be the closest to him and Jana, Gemma, a hustler McCullough
For those who have good manners, you don't have to, you don't need a degree for this. You don't need money for this, you need absolutely nothing of this dunya all what you need is just good character. That's it. self discipline how to treat people, whether they're foes or friends or this or does deal with them in good a flat and manners. That's an ultimate success and not only Andhaka. That's the ultimate success. Another one the proper system says, and are careful, the team guarding the one who sponsor an orphan will be like this would be agenda. That is an ultimate success. So if you always measure success by worldly measurement, like if we, the kind of success we're talking about today in
this world is really manufactured concept of success. Like you have to have a degree you have to have this amount of money, you have to have this kind of car, you have to have this portfolio, you have to have this you have to have that. Only then you will be able to consult any successful person.
But when you look at the Ross law, they're bankrupt.
What's the point of this? So we need to reorient our minds really, the paradigm shift that should come with this experience in the month of Ramadan is going to tell us look Alhamdulillah I was so much worried and indulgent in the dunya before Ramadan, I was so busy, my mind was so distracted. And I spent these beautiful days and nights in the masjid Masha Allah, it gave me this sense of serenity and beauty and so on. And now everybody's just holding on to this hope that oh my God, I wish this not gonna come to an end.
Because we experienced a different level of success.
And that success out of this world. Now, if you're going to stop taking that path, you're going to go back to the old ways, right. And as always, we're going to have to fight for that manufactured concept of success that might make people tell us you're successful. But it doesn't give me any value personally. So I hope that we can understand that will come to successful life, no matter how long it is, as long as you have that hamdulillah and good manners, Allah is blessing you with more opportunities to become even at a higher level of success in sha Allah and Allah. We have two minutes to take another question. One question from the burden shot developer. Good. That's
two questions. The second one is the second session tomorrow. Now that's my second question. Yes, we are. We have a session tomorrow
at the same time, but it was three
So my question is actually looking over the last few days, that all the topics, it's there relatable we all struggle with. And we can talk about to the kids. The only topic that I haven't kind of little difficulty with is a concept of the delayed gratification. The Mujahideen F's, how you can start talking about a concept like this a concept like this was the kids. It's in this kind of Satan age living right here. It's kind of push a button on every single at your doorsteps. How are you training young kids to actually learn that concept, it's just very difficult. You're the parent, parent expert. I'm still figuring it out my kids.
My kids are adults right now. So it's too late for that.
No, but seriously, subhanAllah one of the concepts of course of parenting just like Allah subhanaw taala the whole Quran, the kinds of the clients were to believe to believe in the right, the unseen, which means we need to learn this, you need to teach your children it's all about sometimes the journey and then only the destination. I mean, your kids might be wanting to get this for them this thing from you, you want to I want them to I want to buy this thing.
And like the chef was talking about Subhanallah the lack of convenience can be disastrous, really, our kids living this love of convenience. You know, they have everything available for them. It's under the tip of their but they want something they go to Amazon, for example, there is no effort and it really, so it doesn't, they might be gratified today, tomorrow after tomorrow, but then later on, it doesn't give them that joy anymore. So sometimes we're gonna have to teach our children to resist the urge of getting something right now. Maybe teach our children to the concept of saving for it. You want to buy this let's say for insurance next year, next eight, for example. Help your
kids to enjoy some time the struggle, the sweetness of always you know remembering it and dreaming about having it or this and that all these things can give our kids a handle that sense of you know, gratification when the final they acquired and hopefully sometimes in sometimes in the process, they themselves to come to realization that it's not a big deal anymore before even they acquire it. But they've enjoyed the skill handler of Grameen of learning how to control their urges of Allah. I just want to as we completely conclude now, I just want to say to Zachman law head on to all of you
you make it special for us as well I know that you often are saying just suck Malachite on to us. But to have people sitting attentively every single night mashallah focused paying attention asking questions engaging, it is special Michelle and it's part of what makes this such a special program that we already see so Zack Malloy, Hayden and I hope and Shelly come back tomorrow and shouts out to all of you. But even if you don't just just wanted to thank you all for being here.
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