What Does Allah Really Want From Me?
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Masha Allah What a beautiful welcome from a noble and beautiful brother Dr. Raja haffi the whole lotta I mean, let's Pattaya bless him. A very kind introduction, always a blessing to be in your company, and always a blessing to be here at hamdulillah Grameen and this particular Masjid. I only wish that those who were watching could see the view that I have right now.
And as beautiful as the architecture is in this place, what's more beautiful is the gathering of people to remember Allah subhana wa Tada. So we ask Allah subhana wa has added that as he gathered us today, gather us in the month of Ramadan as well, and that he gathered us in the presence of our beloved Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Phil for those that are Allah Yara Blad Amin, Allah I mean,
I wanted to begin with a discussion between the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and what are the bingeable? What are the Allahu Anhu
and I'll give you the first part of the Hadith.
And then I'll come back to the second part of it more either when Jamal Radi Allahu Taala and who said that I was once writing behind the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and why of who is the leader of the retina on the day of judgment.
He often has these conversations with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in close proximity with him.
So he says that, as I was writing with the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he said, Yeah, more either. bingeable
I said, libido Sadiq. What is it a messenger of Allah at your service? And the prophets I send them went quiet. The prophets I said, Yeah, more either. bingeable the baker Sadiq era so Allah, what is it a messenger of Allah and the prophets? Why some will be quiet again. This is a way of capturing that intense anticipation for what the prophets lie some is going to say. Yeah, more Adam and Jebel le Bayko Sadiq What is it a messenger of Allah.
And the prophets lie Selim says, a tragedy, my Hatco Allah, Allah but
do you know what Allah has right is upon his slaves
and Mirandola the Allah Tada and who said Allah and His Messenger know best, which was the mannerisms of the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with our beloved messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he could have given an answer from himself, but he wants to hear the answer. From the best answer Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So he says, Allahu wa rasuluh Allah, Allah and His Messenger know best.
So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, and yeah, I will do who? Now usually could he say that they worship Him and they don't associate a partner with him.
That's Allah's greatest right upon you.
That you worship Him and you don't associate a partner with him very simple La Ilaha illa Allah
and then some time passed. Yamaha the bingeable the Baker was Sadiq Yasuda Allah what is it? A messenger of Allah.
Prophets like some keeps writing. Yeah, more either. bingeable la vaco Sadiq Al Saud Allah What is it a messenger of Allah? I'm at your service. Yeah, more either. bingeable
The Baker was DKR also the law what is it? I'm at your service. I tend to it my hat cool everybody, Allah Allah.
Do you know what the right of the slaves is? upon Allah? We have a heck upon Allah Subhana Allah to ALLAH SubhanA Glory be to Him who assigns rights to those whom he creates? We have a hack on Allah. But he created us we don't even exist without him. So how do we have a right upon him?
But oh my god. Do you know what the right of the servants of Allah the slaves of Allah is upon him? Should they abide by that right?
My little the Allah says Allah Allah rasool Allah, Allah and His Messenger know best.
Allah, Allah Hola. You're either people.
That Allah subhanaw taala law you are the bomb. Allah does not punish them.
Amazing Hadith so simple. You worship Allah. And you're right upon Allah, Allah Allah will not punish you.
Now if Allah does not punish you, then he certainly will reward you because there is no neutral space in the hereafter. You're either in the Rama of Allah His mercy which is manifested in his Jana or you're in the love in the punishment of Allah which has manifested in his fire even if it's for a temporary time before you shift over to his llama, his Jana. May Allah enter us into His Jannah without any form of account
inability or any form of punishments, Allah humma I mean, there is no neutral place here.
Allah you are the bomb. Allah will not punish them. My little the Allahu taala. And who said you had a suit Allah? This is incredible. A fella avascular Nasser, I gotta tell everybody now. I mean, this is great news. This is what we're afraid of. We're afraid of being punished or afraid of falling short.
And I'm not gonna give you the answer yet. Pause. We'll get back to that. My dad says, shouldn't I go tell everyone now?
Fast forward for a moment, to the Day of Judgment.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in another narration, that when Allah resurrects the disbeliever
and this person who transgressed who associated partners with Allah subhanho, wa taala, Anna, and who did not fulfill the greatest rights, which is that Allah be worshipped alone. And obviously, what follows is the life of misguidance and a life of corruption and a life of wickedness. And the prophets lie Selim says that as Allah subhanaw taala finishes this conversation with this man,
on the Day of Judgment,
Allah subhana Huzzah. Allah says to this person,
if you could have the whole earth in gold, to present right now as a ransom to get yourself out of the situation, would you do it?
And the person says, of course, on the Day of Judgment,
of course, I take the whole world in gold, and I'd spend it to get myself out of the situation that I'm in today.
And Allah says to him, Faqad sir al Touka ma Hua, one Omaha,
I asked you for so much less than that.
I didn't ask you for the world and gold.
I didn't ask you to live a tortured life. I didn't ask you to be miserable. I didn't ask you to be overburdened. In fact, law you can live Allahu nevsun. Allah Azza. Allah does not burden a soul. Beyond that scope. I didn't give you all of those assignments, I did not make life too burdensome for you. I gave you opportunities. I gave you an easy path to an eternal abode of ease. I gave it to you.
And imagine the regret of that person. May Allah not make us like that person when Allah says,
Allah took him out what I want them and how that I asked you for so much less and ask you for that. Those are the last words this person hears
before he is taken to his punishment. May Allah subhanaw taala not make us like that person? A llama I mean,
asked you for so much less. What does Allah want from you? What does Allah demand of you? It's a philosophical question, but a deeply personal question as well. What does God want from you on a personal level? What does Allah want from you?
One more I thought of the Allahu Tada Andrew said, Should I go tell the people ya rasool Allah, that Allah will not punish them if they don't associate a partner with him that they get to go to Jannah
and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, even your tacky rule, then they'll get lazy.
They'll try trust in that and they won't do anything more. And then he said in another narration, yam was that Ignacia balloon. I love this. Let the people work. That didn't NASA Yeah, I'm alone. Let them work. Don't let them get lazy. Don't let them get complacent. You go make this announcement. You're all forgiven. All you say is Lila you get to Jana hellos nothing more. The Prophet sighs I'm sad. Let them work.
Why? In Nephele, Jannati me at Adonijah para Paradise has 100 degrees. The difference between any of those two degrees is my bein a semi you want out of the difference between the heavens and the earth. Let them strive harder. Let them work more out of all the Allahu Taala and who did not share this hadith until he was on his deathbed. in what is now Jordan and the plague of him was when he died from the plague. And he said I held this hadith until my last breaths to share with you because I didn't want you to be complacent, but at the same time I did not want to conceal anything I learned from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam from you
Kulu La ilaha illallah toughly who say Allah Allah Allah, you'll be successful.
But the prophets I seldom said let them
People work. There are 100 degrees in Jannah. The highest level of that Jana is alpha DOS, Allah. May Allah subhanaw taala make us amongst the people of alpha to dos, the highest level of Jana? Is there a lot of work for that? Don't make them lazy. Don't make them complacent. Don't let them feel like they don't have to do anything. They've got to do better. They've got to do more. What does Allah want from me on a personal level? Let's set the basis for moments. Subhanallah This is a reflection from my beloved brother, Schiphol. Hawaii actually in Omaha, we were talking about this and he was sharing this reflection with the group and I want to build on it a bit in sha Allah Tala.
There are people that lived in the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Who wanted to just be ordinary Muslims, believe it or not.
There are people that did not crave to be in the masjid all day, that weren't waiting eagerly in front of the home of the prophets lie Selim that weren't crowding the masjid that weren't following him around. There were people that were breadwinners on the outskirts of Medina that simply wanted to get by. They believed in the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, but they wanted to just do enough
to make its agenda.
What's the bare minimum we have to do? That mindset exists in every generation. Just us he couldn't leave cotton in mateesah Bighorn, Colorado his Salatu was Salam in every generation of my people. There are four runners, there is a mindset of excellence of exon there are people that want to just get by as well.
And you have a famous narration. A man comes to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He says, What do I have to do? say Hola. Hola. Hola. Hola. Okay, and then what Yasuda? Allah pray five prayers. Then what? Fast Ramadan? Then what gives us a cow, then what? Make the Hajj one time, if you're capable of doing so.
And he says to the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. I'll say Allah, Allah, Allah Allah. He said, As for those five prayers, I'll do my five prayers. Last eat when I'm close. Nothing more. Nothing less. Don't ask me for total. We don't ask me for what Tim? Don't ask me for sunnah. Nothing more, nothing less. I'll do my five prayers. I'll fast Ramadan. None of the Mondays and Thursdays are free middle days of the month or six of show up? No, no, I'll fast mine on Milan. Pay my Zika. Don't fundraise from me afterwards, I'm obviously elaborating a bit on the meaning here, okay. Don't quote this as the Hadith, right? Don't come to me with the fundraiser and the extra is I'll pay my sucker.
If I can do hedge, I'll do hedge. And then he walks away from the profit slice of them. Now, if you're aboubaker type, well, the Allahu anhu, who wants to be called from every gate of Jannah on the day of judgment, and he will be called from every gate of Jannah on the Day of Judgment. This is a very interesting mindset. You have Sahaba around the Prophet slice alum, who can't get enough of him who want to do more and more and more and more who the prophets lie, some has to temper their deeds of it. And you have a man that just walked in the masjid of the Prophet slice on him and said, five pillars. I've got it. I'm done. That's it. And he just walked out.
And you know what the prophets lie. Some said.
He looked at the companions.
And he said,
If Lucha and Sadhak.
You know, if he's telling the truth, he'll be successful.
If he's telling the truth, he'll make its agenda. If that's all he's going to do bare minimum, but he's going to do it right. He'll fulfill his facade, he'll fulfill his obligations, he will succeed.
is that the type of Muslim you want to be?
Is that the type of aspiration that you want to have with ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada.
Now, there is another young man who will be even new carob a salami. Allah are the Allahu Taala and
a young, unmarried Companion of the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam. May Allah subhanaw taala marry off all of our righteous single ones say I mean, that was allowed Amin right, that was louder than the llama but living on Ramadan.
Right, but he's a young man who's not married and he's in the company of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and he's always serving Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam shows up the Prophet slice and I'm find some already holding his will door comes to a place he finds I'll be setting up the place that Obeah is at the service. He's got his watchful eye on Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam always trying to serve the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam by the way. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam I want to hear
from you all sallallahu alayhi wa sallam always serving him it salatu salam.
And one day or so allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says Yarrabah suddenly, there'll be I asked me
what do you want?
You want a price? He wants something extra. You want to position. Do you want a wife? What do you want?
And the only thing he asks the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for is what?
in the hereafter.
My Jana and this world is being in your company here.
I want your eternal company in the hereafter. I want to be with you and Jana.
And also the law sallallahu alayhi wa sallam could have simply told him
and Timmerman abrupt as he told another person, you're with the one that you love.
But he gave orbia a very specific prescription.
A very specific prescription.
All of the air in near enough SICA Be careful to suit
you want to reach those higher ranks. Obeah I'm not going to tell you what I told the other man about five prayers.
Support me against yourself. Be careful to sujood with making money prostrations meaning add to your prayer. Do more, lower yourself to Allah and you'll be elevated higher you want a higher rank that's going to take greater sacrifice. That it NASA Yeah, I'm alone. Yeah, more earth. Let the people work. Oh my if that's what you want. I need you to help me. Oh, it'll be I need you to increase in your prayer. If you want that level. There are people that want to just get to Jannah there are people that want and for the dose of Allah. There are people that want to pass Ramadan and they're already doing their eat shopping, or their eat planning. And there are people that are going to try
to absorb a Ramadan, squeezing it like a sponge to get every single one of its blessings making sure that they catch one of the last 10 Nights making sure that they read the Quran making sure they connect to Allah subhanaw taala until the other than of McRib comes in for the first of Showa.
There are people that want Leila to cuddle.
There are people that want more from Allah subhanaw taala. They're not simply asking the question, what does Allah want from me? They're asking themselves, how much of Allah's favor can I get from him?
They flipped the equation.
They want more, they want a higher place. They want a greater level.
Now this phenomenon, of wanting that greater level with ALLAH SubhanA which Allah is one that was present in a group of young people around the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
very famous narration and I want you to pretend you're one of these three men.
You go to the house of the prophets, Allah Allah Hardy who was salam so you can ask a shallow the Allahu anha our mother.
What's the worship habit? Yes, Luna and a baddest in the beast. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam asking her about their iba the worship of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam or mother? What does he do? sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And so they go to her house. And they ask her, tell us what his worship life is like, tell us all that he does some Allah Hardy was salam. So we can aspire as well.
A blob? No, I would have been asked if my mother rune McDonough, then one, you know explanation. These were the three men. Almost certainly one of them. I'm the love No, I'm living in a house who will get to May Allah be pleased with them all. So she describes the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
She says listen, he prays it his Salatu was Saddam at night, but he also sleeps.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam PFASs but he also eats was so la sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has
an appetite for the archetype for the afterlife, but he's intimate with his spouse. So Allah Azza wa salam, meaning, it's not this quantity thing that you might think it is. It's not just about let me do a lot more good deeds. Let me just pile on the resume so that I could have this place with ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada.
But what did they take from that? They said, well, that's also lossless. So one of them said, As for me, I will sleep. I'm sorry. I will pray and I'll never sleep.
Another one says, I will fast every single day. Another one says I'll never get married.
and the prophets like some finds out about that.
And he not only condemns it and and monitors it saying that this is not my sunnah and whoever turns away from my sunnah is not like me. But he says, I know Allah better than all of you and I am the one who knows Allah better than all of you, meaning, knowing Allah and being in a relationship with Allah Subhana Allah to Allah is not just a mathematical game. It's a pursuit. It's simple talab it's a pursuit that's deep in the heart that transforms your daily life doesn't make you unreasonable, but inspires even the most mundane actions of your life to turn them into Janna opportunities.
Because you want as much as possible from Allah. But I know Allah better than you are for Allah Muqaam biller at car COMM The most fearful and God conscious of you all will so allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam caribou alayhi salatu salam ala Nam, his heart never sleeps it his Salatu was Salam. He's always connected to his love always connected to his Lord. You might be missing the point for a moment.
But you understand the phenomenon right if you came into the presence of the Prophet slice I'm in Abu Bakar, Amara, North Mountain rd and Isha and Fatima. You want to be like them? And you want to catch up? And you want to get as much of it as possible so you understand the mindset right?
But I'd love more ombre or the hola on Hama has to learn a little bit about what relationship looks like with Allah. He's pursuing Alpha dos.
He's pursuing a higher level
but he's pushing himself in a certain way.
So you all know that when you get married in sha Allah to Allah you pray to rock guys. Right? Pray to rock guys with each other. Go home after the wedding you pray today because that's your sunnah is to pray tonight guys with each other okay?
Now, brothers, if you pray tonight, guys, you lead your new wife and two guys.
What are you going to read?
Well, Allah had to put out abruptness. Well asked twice.
What are you going to read? Right? You'll probably read two short sutras because it's the Sunnah that you want to perform above the law of no amateur and also the Allahu anha on his wedding night.
He did the whole Quran
so they didn't even have any time to be husband and wife up at night that first night. He just finished the Quran.
I'm gonna ask is talking to his daughter in law
and says to her house, Abdullah as a husband,
she says, Who will hide what happens?
He's a great worshiper.
Not a good husband,
not a bad husband, but a great worshiper. How you do Abbott's
when he has to go to the Prophet, slice alum until the Prophet slice on the goddess of Allah, talk to my son.
He's doing too much. Let him tone it down a bit. Right. And the prophets lie some has to tell him.
You can't fast every day.
Fast a few days. And if you take it to the max, the Siyam have dealt with it is the fasting of David every other day. You can't pray all night. Pray the last third of the night.
The prayer of dough that he has set up, but don't be like that person. County Acoma Lane, who one day will look back and said I used to pray piano lane for Taraka piano lane and then he left it all together. So he got really excited overzealous into religion and then burnt out really quickly.
That's not it. Oh, Abdullah. There's a different way to pursue Allah Subhana Allah to Adam, but that mindset was a praiseworthy mindset. However, the prophets lie Selim, while praising the mindset was teaching, that there is another way to pursue Allah subhanho wa taala. Now we set the foundation. I want to bring it back full circle. Now. Some of you were there last night at the talk at Katara. And I mentioned that, you know, imagine what it would be like to be one of the tabbar in one generation removed from the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and your parents knew the prophets lie Selim. He had dinner in your house before you were born. You know, your parents visited his house.
salAllahu alayhi salam, they prayed behind him. They can tell you all these things, and they light up with joy when they remind you of the prophets lie Selim. And the tambourine were distinguished by so much zeal they used to want to do so many good deeds like if you took the beloved nor ombre mindset lowly Allah, Allah, the tampereen represent that generation. They want to pray so much read so much do so much because they feel like they're so behind.
We want to be like those people we want to be like the Sahaba and we feel like we are behind
then they come to us diplomatic or the Allah Tala animal
and they ask anus of grammatical the law on who you know they're talking to Anissa demotic. How do we be like you all? How do we get to your level
and hence I'm going to bring it into
this next phase is in sha Allah Tada.
He said to them, Look,
you all do more deeds than we did. Meaning from a quantity perspective. The tambourine were distinguished by a lot of deeds they used to do a lot a lot.
But he said in a Kamala Tara Luna and Marlon here Adecco fi Unicom Mina shout, you do certain things and they are smaller in your eyes than a hair in could not an Urdu ha ha interview Sallalahu and he was telling me that morbier clots aimmune cupbearer we considered those things that you consider smaller sins than a hair to be destructive major sins in the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam meaning what? They had a greater sense of Taqwa of Allah subhanho wa taala. inside of them, there was a greater presence,
a greater, not fear only all Kusha of Allah subhanahu Bucha Ana, where they didn't want to violate anything that could potentially take them out of that favor from Allah Subhana Allah to Allah.
And so I'm going to tell you
that this is an affair of the heart,
as much as it is an affair of a quantifiable pursuit. It's an affair of the heart. What do I mean by the Amara bin Abdulaziz Rahim Allah to Allah. His father was Abdulaziz Ibn Mattawan, the governor of helwan in Egypt. He was the brother of the Khalifa, Abdul Malik ibn Marwan, and he left Alma bin Abdulaziz to study with the great scholars in El Medina. And he would come and check up on him during the Hajj time and sometimes in Ramadan, he'd send letters to our beloved Naramata to Paul Wu's sila, LK son, other great scholars of the time.
And he came in he Asada had case on about Ahmed Ibn Abdul Aziz during Hajj and Silas answer to him was wala Hemara a to a hidden Allahu Allah Allah amo V Saudi he will now the Lula I swear I've never met a young man who Allah has a greater parts of his heart occupies a greater portion of his heart than this young man. Allah means so much to that young man.
It's like his heart is overwhelmed by Allah subhanaw taala the description of Rebecca Cynthia called the allot of time, no, Massa Sahaba. Be Kathrada T Salatin, well as Liam, he didn't beat the rest of the companions because of a quantifiable number of prayers, or a quantifiable number of fasts. When I can set up a home. We say in AT walker office, Audrey here all the allow Tara and home, he beat them because something happened in the heart of aboubaker where he was looking for a way to please Allah subhanaw taala in every room, where he was making sure not to displease Allah subhanaw taala and every conversation, he was always alert. You know, taqwa? Is God consciousness. You can't be
conscious if you're not alert, right? So there's an alertness there. What can I do right now that's pleasing to Allah? What is displeasing to Allah? subhanaw taala quotevalet camassia Um, can I could see where I'm living and I'm in public home law, Allah Contacta conference, fasting has been prescribed upon you so you can become God conscious people. You can't be God conscious. If you're not alert, if you're not awake, if you're not thinking about your environment constantly. And what is it right now that I might be doing unknowingly, subconsciously that's displeasing to Allah? And what is it that I could be doing that others are not paying attention to? That's pleasing to Allah
subhanaw taala there was something in the heart of Abubaker something in the heart of Ahmed Ibn Abdul Aziz that they looked at a situation and they were thinking differently than the people around them.
They had higher aspirations, higher pursuits.
But it starts with the foundation.
La ilaha illAllah Muhammadan rasul Allah, complete trust, complete belief that there is only one God and that Muhammad SAW some as messenger,
the mandatory deeds and then not having any holes in their buckets.
So I'm going to give you an example And to Allah belongs the greatest of examples.
If you are a parent, or you have a parent, and the parent says to the child, I need you to go do the dishes.
And the child goes out and cuts the grass
But go to the discus
and then you go on you vacuum the house.
Zack Allah hair, but can you do the dishes? Then you go buy flowers
Zakka hair, can you do the dishes? You go make your bed. Zack Aloka. Okay, what's happening here? There's a disconnect between what you're being told and what you're trying to do. And spirituality often becomes what we want to do, not what Allah has told us to do.
And that especially starts with this foundation. And I want you to memorize a hadith Okay, we're gonna memorize a hadith tonight in sha Allah to Allah, so that I can hopefully say that if you forgot everything else that I taught you tonight, inshallah you'll remember this hadith, maybe Dr. Raja you can to the rest of Hermione Ali.
This is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Hadith. The Prophet slicin was given comprehensiveness and speech
ovaherero The Allahu Taala and who narrates that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said,
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fear, the prohibitions, the things that are haram.
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to coin by the nurse to couldn't burden us it tackle Muharram to corner by the nurse.
Leave off the prohibitions, and you'll be the greatest of worshipers.
You want to be at or above you want to be people a very bad the people of greatness. Leave off the prohibitions. You'll be the greatest of worshippers
and he said, wattled I'll be my custom Allah hulak Techwin oven and nurse. What about Bhima custom Allah hulak Techwin eigenen nurse, be pleased with what Allah has allotted for you has a portion for you, and you'll be the wealthiest of people, you'll be the richest of people, you'll be content human beings,
this hadith, this advice, which many of the retina authenticated through anyway, and ultimately, this advice is one of the most comprehensive advices for spirituality and Islam. And what differentiates our spirituality, from the spirituality and the philosophies of others of what God wants from us.
Because for you to leave off a sin that you crave,
is far more difficult than doing a bunch of good deeds that make you feel good anyway.
For you to leave off a sin that you crave is much harder and greater in the sight of Allah Subhana Allah to Anna, than for you to do a bunch of good deeds that make you feel good anyway.
Let me tell you, if you go into Ramadan, and you say I'm going to quit this particular sin,
could be a barrier between you and Allah Subhana Allah to Allah that nullifies all of your good deeds and you say I'm going to quit these sins. I'm going to be self conscious about the things that are displeasing to Allah subhanaw taala as I said last night, before your to do list and Ramadan, you need your to not do list taqwa. What are you leaving off?
What are you putting aside? What are you looking at yourself and saying, I need to remove this because it's a barrier between me and Allah subhanaw taala and then struggling to overcome that sin. Now it doesn't feel as ceremonious. When you stop backbiting, for example, where every night, you spend a few minutes and you look back and you analyze every conversation you had that day.
And you say, You know what, I probably slipped there, I stuff it Allah. I'll be more conscious next time.
Where you start to purify your eyes, you start to purify your wealth, you start to purify all of these different things. Those are the greatest signs of a greater pursuit of Allah, when you're willing to leave behind the pursuits of the lower self. And Ramadan is to orient your pursuits towards the hereafter to where not just your appetite for food and drink and intimacy are diminished. Your appetite for dunya is diminished. And if you have an uncontrollable appetite for dunya, then you have this propensity to sin that becomes uncontrollable, to where you don't even recognize your tongue in your eyes anymore.
It's to diminish that appetite for dunya and to grow that appetite for the hereafter.
And on the Day of Judgment, Allah will not punish you, because you didn't pray enough today.
But he will punish you
If you wronged your neighbor,
Allah subhanaw taala will not punish you. If you didn't give extra charity, but he will punish you if you cut off your family ties.
Allah subhanaw taala
gives you a baseline of spirituality. And if you go back to what Anna saw the Allahu Anhu said and what the prophets lie some was saying that we the Companions, maybe we didn't pray as many rock guys as the next generation of Tabori.
Maybe we weren't in the masjid as long as they were.
But we had a greater fear and awe of ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada. And we self scrutinize, we were able to hold up a mirror to ourselves in a way that no other generation could hold up a mirror to themselves.
That's a gift from Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, that to double into fetco Introspection reflection, that you hold up a mirror to yourself, and the secret of becoming a sage, a wealthy of Allah subhanaw taala It starts there.
Abdullah Mubarak Rahim Allah to Allah he's not a companion, but he's a great sage and scholar in Islamic history. And he said, call Allah and rouda Darrell Herman, B schubertian. Habu Ilya Minh, and at a Sadhak we meet at alpha we meet at alpha we meet at alpha, alpha, at alpha me at alpha started that way. He said for me to remove one Dirham of haram of doubt, Shubha from my life is more beloved to me than donating 600,000.
Because he says, leaving off that one dyrham is more praiseworthy to Allah subhanaw taala than giving that 600,000
That takes a greater level of self scrutiny from me.
I've got to have that level of discipline.
I've got to have that level of introspection. But Ramadan is for you to put up a mirror to yourself and move beyond simply what does God want from me to how much can I receive from Allah? What do I want from him?
How high do I want to aim with him.
And that means being willing to make difficult sacrifices. And that next journey, that next step in your journey to Allah subhanaw taala might be difficult, it might pinch. But the reward is going to be great in accordance with that.
Leave off something. Take the next step. Take the next step. Take the next step. By the way, there element mentioned it tequila Muharram.
To fear the prohibitions also means by implication, to apply the fatwa to apply the obligatory things. Why? Because It's haram to leave off the obligatory things. So I'm going to start off like that bedwin
I'm not going to miss my five prayers. I'm not going to get loose with delaying my salah. I'm not going to mess up with my fraud. I'm not going to accept because we become complacent. Remember that example that I gave you of the parent and the child, we become complacent with sins in our lives and the worst sins are the lifestyle sins. A lifestyle sin is the one that you wake up with every day, and you go to sleep with every day, and you don't bat an eyelid over it anymore. It's become a part of you. You don't even feel guilt anymore. Another Matoba come on call that he has thought to Islam and regret is repentance. You can't be regretful if you're not even thinking about it anymore.
Right? So starting off with that, and then building and building and building.
And let me tell you Subhanallah, that journey to Allah subhanaw taala that journey to where we lie.
That journey to being a friend of God, may Allah make us all from his Olia say, I mean, you said it louder when I said get you married. May Allah make us all Olia say I mean,
and by the way, believe that you can be an ally of Allah Subhana Allah because to achieve that friendship of Allah is accessible to every Muslim.
It's not something that is exclusive to the other man. It's not something that's exclusive to the scholars or exclusive to any hierarchy, or class. It's accessible to every single Muslim.
Allahu Allah, yo Latina, Amma. No, Allah is the Wali of the believers. But that special friendship with Allah is accessible to every single believer, which is beautiful
hadith of Orion, or the Allahu Taala and Hadith Kotze. And I want you to look at this hadith. Now, in light of everything that we've said today.
The prophets lie Selim said, God, Allah azza wa jal Manasa literally forgot than to who will help.
What an amazing friend to have Subhana Tabata, Kota Allah, Allah says whoever takes a friend of mine Allah
of mine as an enemy Faqad then who will help? I will wage war on that person.
That's why you gotta be careful.
You know Subhanallah that forgetful person and the prophets like I mentioned to us that woman that used to give sadaqa pray extra fast extra. Well I can took the de rana but she was deluded by her good deeds because he had an abusive tongue towards her neighbors la hydrophila He FNR there is no good in her she's in hellfire.
The other side of that not just the other of the tongue, the constant talking down to people in bad character because you think that you do all of these religious acts and that entitles you somehow to have a nasty and foul character towards people that you deem less religious than you. It's not just the own other the harm from your tongue. It's Do you even know who you're harming?
Do you know the status of that person that you're harming with Allah subhanaw taala you know the status of that person that you just backbite it? Even if they're committing a major sin right now, perhaps they will come out of it and achieve a status with Allah subhanaw taala and even if in a moment of temporary fall,
they still may retain a deep love for Allah and His Messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam manana delivery of a cut Allah tool will help you want your friends that have your back right? Achieve friendship with Allah Subhana Allah to Allah Allah will wage war on your behalf. Subhan Allah and Allah deliver Lea for Cadogan to who will help then Allah gives you the process.
And this is not me speaking.
This is what Allah says in the Hadith kotse. One Takadanobaba la Abdi ReShade in a heartbeat hmm after to Who are they?
My slave will not come close to me with anything more beloved to me, then the obligations
starts with the facade, you're not going to start to build this building without those foundations
when I use that, but then he continues to talk about Illya but now after coming close to me with the voluntary deeds, you know what happens here?
You prayed five times a day and you actually started to pray right? What does that mean? You cleared your head before Salah you took some time before prayer to do Your will do it properly. To calibrate properly before prayer. You stopped looking at your phone right before the tech community that haram you took a few moments you tried your best to be harsh, to be in awe of Allah humble, listening to the words that you're reciting connected to Allah and your prayer.
You know what ends up happening?
The prayer no longer is a burden for you. The prayer actually becomes an escape.
The prayer becomes your greatest relief. It's not gotta toss it already smashed up, I gotta go pray so I can get back to what I was doing. The Salah becomes a bee Ha
ha ha, comfort me with it. And then you can't get enough of it. You want more
because you tasted the sweetness of your Salah.
Ramadan, your sleep feels amazing.
I love this connection. Six days of Shiva. You know what, I believe I can fast three days a month. I want to fast three days a month now.
I think I like this Monday, Thursday think I see the difference in my life, the Barack and my life, the blessing in my life. Feel sweets. I want to be a Monday, Thursday person now.
You tasted the sweetness of it unlocked.
You gave the car and you saw that sadaqa did not decrease your charity. But in fact, the reward of charity to you as far greater than anything that you possess, is panela.
I happen to live in Texas where Elon Musk lives. I don't like to name drop. But I was listening to his man talk about his concept of the Hereafter like whatever it's it is what it is. If I go to hell, I don't really care because probably most people will be there anyway. And I'm thinking to myself Subhanallah how amazing that this man that owns all this stuff is going to end up in the same dirt that I ended up in. And he won't be able to make a single phone call.
Won't be able to call a single person for help. will be in the grave just like me under that dirt. What blessing did you get from it?
What blessing did you get from it? And so when you start to realize what I give is actually what I receive, and you taste the sweetness of giving. It's no longer an obligation. You're no longer crunching numbers. It becomes a spirits the prophets I saw him was not doing math when people came to him and asked him for charity.
Gave the line Salam
like a blowing wind. I think he's still out to a salon.
You go to Hajj or Umrah May Allah subhanaw taala facilitate it for you say, I mean
you taste the sweetness of it.
And the moment that you're getting on that plane in Jeddah you see some people that are like, I'm done. I'm ready to get out of here. Hajj was hard. How was hajj it was hot it was hard people were elbowing me people stunk people were rude this this this this that you have the other person that gets on the plane
and is already trying to look for the moment they can get back can't wait to go back yeah la I want to go to Medina yeah Allah want to go to Mecca take me back take me back take me back because something was unlocked so started off with Farah it then you tasted the sweetness. And what does Allah say in this hadith? What?
You keep doing this until I love you wait a minute doesn't Allah love everyone?
So Western construct might not sound convenient what I'm going to say right now? What our kitten hola hola. Yo, hibel Catherine What are you humble violin Mila you humble Farsi team. Allah does not love evildoers.
Now not because Allah hates them, but because they have placed an object between them and Allah subhana wa Tada. They still have the potential to be beloved by Allah Subhana Allah. But no, you don't just take that for granted. And Allah Allah is all of the believers and Allah subhanaw taala is the Wali of all of the believers but there is a different level that Allah is talking about in this hadith here. What?
Until I love that person.
May Allah make us amongst those whom he loves. Say I mean, Allah hum in Nana's Alka humpback. Help them and you have
Oh Allah, we ask you for your love and the love of those that are beloved, and the love of every mL of every deed that brings us closer to your love. Until I love you. What's the manifestation of that love? Now remember I'm Rebecca Sadiq are the Allah Tada I know what's the manifestation of that love. If I love that person, then suddenly I am the site with which they see the hearing with which they hear the hand with which they strike the the steps that they take, meaning you only see what is pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala now everything you see in front of you would opportunity a moment I can please Allah with this, you hear, there's something I can please Allah with here. There is an
aversion here, you start hating those things that are displeasing to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. You know, I spoke about my mother Rahmatullah idea. And last night, I actually wrote a post about her reading of the Quran. And I talked about this in, in recent podcast with with Lex Friedman, something Subhanallah she used to say she was partially deaf.
due to her sickness, she used to sit in the gathering, and she would see the people talking. And she said, subhanAllah,
I used to thank Allah, that I couldn't hear them. Because I could tell from their faces when they would start to do lever when they start to back away, because you can see the ugliness transform their faces. Like there's a certain looks, he was being perceptive at that point, because she couldn't hear unless he was really being attentive to something, or someone was really raising their voice for her. So she sits in a gathering in the corner and smiles and she used to say, I say Alhamdulillah that I can't hear them. Because I can tell when they start to talk about somebody. The hearing starts to form an aversion towards that which is displeasing to Allah, you hear it and you
hate it. Why are you talking about people like that?
Why are you why are you using that type of language? And when you hear the Quran, and you hear beneficial knowledge, your ears perked, now.
Your vision, your sights,
you look at things that are pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala you said Hamdulillah
you start to move in ways that are pleasing to Allah subhanaw taala you're being becomes transformed by that pursuit of Allah subhanaw taala
what's the end result of this? This person?
If this person asks me, the earth Liana either Salani Liana, you ask Allah, I will give you
what do you think you're going to be asking Allah for? If your pursuit has changed though, you see people say I make sure I make sure I make the right and Allah is not giving me but your pursuit is different. You know your art will tell you a lot about yourself. And yes, ask Allah for this dunya and in the akhira but if you're doing is a to do list for dunya only.
And then you get to the next level, then you have a dinner has nothing to do now that when a llama for an hour have no nonchalance and you're not begging to be forgiving, begging for Jannah and you're not as sincere and pleading and crying. What do you think the Sahaba were crying for the Sahaba were told to ask Allah subhanaw taala even to fix a shoelace right
All prophets lie some taught them that that they can make you're out for everything. But if you saw my little hotdog, it'll be a low tide. I know in front of the cab with his hands up crying and weeping. You think he was asking Allah subhanaw taala to get them a new camel?
What do you think were the most sincere to us. You see, when you're transformed, you're as transformed as well. That person in Salani the earth Liana, they asked me for something, I give it to them.
And if they seek refuge from ALLAH SubhanA wa Tada, or even then Allah subhanaw taala says, I will grant that person refuge.
It really brings it full circle. You want to measure yourself on this spectrum?
And say, how do I build from here to here? And stop asking yourself only? What does God want from me? What do I want from him? Because if I want from him the highest reward, then he will guide me to a higher way.
And this Ramadan Bismillahi Tala and not just Ramadan
you have an opportunity to start thinking about something greater, to start thinking about something higher, you know, subhanAllah we just are coming out of this great devastation of of this earthquake, and Turkey and Syria. May Allah Subhana Allah have mercy on the shahada make it easy for those that are left behind. So many people that have passed away recently, and we can all name people, and we all have people close to us. And we saw the pandemic, and so many disasters and tragedies. And sometimes you get hit with something
that really reminds you like this dunya is not worth my pursuit. Like I don't want to just be a five times a day person, fast Ramadan person, like I want to pursue something higher. Someone dies in your family that you love.
It's like the sweetness of dunya is gone.
You lose something that you love. Doesn't taste the same. Dunya doesn't taste the same.
You know what the profit slice and I'm said, he said, I saw his Salafi lady has Salam, the angel and he had his lips puckered on the horn. And he was staring at the Throne of Allah subhanho wa Taala waiting for the command. And he said his eyes are fixated on the throne like two stars.
And one of the prophets lie, some say kefir and
what appetite can I have of this dunya after that, after I saw that, what's left? It's not worth it. If the whole dunya is,
if that's what it takes, you know, subhanAllah, the brothers that went to Turkey and I was just speaking with Dr. Rajab about this, may Allah make it easy for them went to Syria. And they were talking to the victims.
And almost all of them use the same words, all of a sudden, all of a sudden, all of a sudden, right? All of a sudden, it like everything was fine. And then all of a sudden, in a few seconds, 1000s of miles, gone.
1000s of people gone all of a sudden, right? Well call it inside Ramallah, what's going on? All of a sudden, all of a sudden cave? And
what's the appetite for this world? Then at that point?
You want to grow your appetite for what Allah has. And stop asking for the minimum. Stop asking just for the hacks and the good deeds, and make meaningful sacrifices in your next step towards Allah subhanaw taala. And let me tell you something, by the way, no one can give you better advice than yourself. If you're honest with yourself.
Now, I often tell people that if you want to give yourself no see, give yourself advice. I want you to imagine that you're the best version of yourself sitting in the masjid. And then your current self walked into the messages. And you were trying to find a way to give that person advice. You're talking to yourself and you went, You sat them on the side, and you're giving them some personal advice. What would you want to say to that person? What would you tell yourself? Because as a role model, the Allahu Tada and who said, There is no greater mirror
than self reflection.
That's the number. No greater mirror than it because no one of your friends around you, knows you better than you know yourself. You're inside diseases, your inclinations, what you crave what you intend. No one knows you better than you.
But you've got to commit to that. Be honest with yourself. And be willing to sit with yourself and say, Where do I need to improve? And that's better than any list that anyone else can give you. May Allah Subhana Allah make us amongst those that are most beloved to him that occupy the highest level of paradise that have the highest companion that have the highest morals that have the highest character that have the highest aspirations and the highest ambitions. May Allah Subhana Allah Allah not let us be pulled by our low
ourselves or by the lowly Shayateen from the human beings and the jinn, or by lowly goals and lowly aspirations that pull us to the lowest abode of hellfire. May Allah Subhana Allah to Allah allow us to witness Ramadan. May Allah subhanaw taala make us amongst those who are forgiven through Ramadan. And may Allah Subhana Allah to Allah allow us to be amongst those who observe Laila to Qatar. And may Allah Subhana Allah grant us full reward Allah I mean, does that mean a little Pharaoh said I want to counsel
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we have for people that want to embrace Islam, Mashallah.
I can tell you that
I've never witnessed in my entire life a time where more people are embracing Islam with him. Did he last February this year? I've never seen more people embrace Islam than that month. And this is a blessed opportunity. So I'm gonna ask our
servicemen so will they come up now?
Three brothers one sister Bismillah
after the event, but I got them all excited.
Come on up, please inshallah. Tada. So let's have the three brothers and the sister
Allahu Allahu Akbar.
How are you sister?
Okay, that's great. I'm good. We're happy for you. So if I can get your names one more time, your name
Nice, Denise. So we'll start with my sister killer and tell us I'm going to have you all repeat after me, one by one inshallah. And as you repeat after me,
Your sins are entirely forgiven when you take this step.
It's a new step with God. And all of your sins are entirely forgiven. And you get to turn that page and write your story all over again. But all the good that you've done before, remains in your record, and you have the month of Ramadan coming up, which is the season of great mercy. So I'll have you start, if you can repeat after me Hold the mic close and say a shadow. I said, Hola. Hola. De La Ilaha illa Allah, Allah, Allah illallah wa, wa, a shadow Astrodome. And in Muhammadan, Muhammad Rasul Allah, Allah, I bear witness, am Your witness that there is only one God that there is only one God and that Muhammad and that Muhammad is His final messenger is the final messenger.
Everything she said.
Ready? I shall do I shall do Allah La ilaha illa Allah in LA illan WA, one shadow, I shall do Allah and Muhammad, Muhammad Rasul. Allah, Allah I bear witness it'd be it means that there is only one God that is only one good and that Muhammad that Muhammad is His final messenger is different missing. Allahu Akbar.
Repeat after me a shadow shadow. Hola. Hola. ilaha illa Illa Allah illallah wa wa a shadow a shadow. ana Muhammadan rasul. Rasul Allah, Allah. I bear witness bear witness that there is only one God there's only one guy, Mohammed. Mohammed is his final messengers final missing Allahu Akbar.
but not least, a shadow, a shadow and La ilaha illa Illa Allah, Allah Allah, wa. A shadow a shadow. anna Muhammadan rasul Allah, Allah, I bear witness bear witness that there is only one God is the only one and that Mohammed. Mohammed is his final messenger and his final messenger tech via
congrats, congratulations to our new family. Welcome to your new community to your new home. hamdulillah May Allah bless you all and keep you firm and steadfast and sincere and allow you to see every obstacle through until you reach the highest level of paradise. I mean, congratulations welcome.