06 Garden of the Aware Course
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marathahalli Rahim Al hamdu lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala Rasulillah Hualalai, he was a happy woman wider. So
today inshallah we are carrying on with the book of garden of the aware. And we are really in,
in the sort of part of the book where there's lots of advice from this garden. And it's all, you know, some of it might seem a little bit here and there. And I think, you know, as I mentioned before, he tried to do this to prevent people from finding any sort of boredom. So there's a story here story there and obviously, there was lots of wisdoms, in that last time we spoke about the main concepts underpinning seeking knowledge. And we spoke about different sayings that Imam mentioned them today, we're going to look at some of the other gems
within that section
just one moment please.
Alright, so I'll make a start in shall.
So one of the questions one of the things that I think is really very striking and incident that he mentions in the book, I think it's very, very important to dwell a little bit on and this is the incident that he mentions, with regards to slay Manna Dharani. Now, slay Mandara is a name that's already passed by us and it will appear a few times one of the considered one of the shoe of Zahoor of abstention from the Dounia. And when you consider his story, because there is loads use mashallah such a great person such a high, high level worshiper,
with etc. However, the incident that is narrated here, which is that one of his students might even know Abby, how, however, he saw him in a dream after he had passed away, even he says, Amedisys, I wish to see my Sheriff for a long time. And I saw him one year later, one year later in a dream, and this is after he passed away, and one year after the chef's with a man passed away, and he said, When he saw him, he said to him, he asked the chef, you know, how you doing what's happening with you. And the share basically said to him, that, ever since passed away, I have been,
you know, for one year, I've been questioned about something. And he mentioned that he was questioned about a twig. He said, You know, there was in the masjid of the mesh, I left the masjid in the one of the doors, he mentioned the door. And when I passed by it as I leave that door, he saw like,
luggage and baggage, and in it, there was some stuff. So he said, I took us a twig from your stick. And he said, I don't really know what I did with that stick, either I threw it away, or I used it to brush my teeth. And he said, Because of that I have been accounted for this, you know, for one year, I'm being questioned about this, this twig. Very short story, but very serious Subhanallah when you consider the consequences of this story, that taking something which doesn't belong to you,
even what might seem
very minimal, very
trivial, and your stick twig, he wasn't even think about it in that sense. However, as a result, look at the countability. Now, our last pantalla made it very clear, and this is I think, part of you know, the whole concept of being aware of a loss chronotype certainly Harlow and I, when I read this story, it really did shock me a lot because, you know, how many times do we really be little things, you know, we maybe take something that doesn't belong to us maybe from work, maybe from I don't know, maybe from somebody whose house
you know, different things. So, it's very important that we, whenever you are,
you know what you have to be aware of what you're taking, and don't take things which don't, you know, don't don't belong to you. Be careful of how you you know,
You may be urine work, maybe a piece of paper you took maybe a pen made this very, very special, very serious matter. And that's why I lost pantalla he gave us the general permission to take food. That's the only thing in the Quran in Surah Noor he allowed us to eat from the houses of our relatives, or if we had the keys of a person's house is that we can take food, to eat it and consume it there and then not to obviously take so so you had the other you entered into your uncle's house, you're allowed to you know, there's an apple there or whatever there is, your to the fridge, you are allowed to eat on that house of your relatives. And what matters is there's no burden on you to do
to do so. However, you only there and then you don't like start putting the whole either you go to the freezer, and you get a whole couple of bags of meat and put them in your bag and say, well, Allah has allowed me to No, it means that you just while you're there, in the house, you can eat if you are obviously, you know, hungry or a package or whatever you can eat, but not to take it out not to start, you know, holding your or to start taking ownership. The point being is that Allah allowed it for these scenarios, which shows that other things are very much scrutinized. Allah saying this is there's no burden if you ate, and he mentioned the categories, meaning that there is a burden in
other things. So very important to question yourself. And that's why we have these beautiful stories, which are not mentioned in the booth stand, but I will mention some of them too, because I think they're very beautiful. The story of the famous story of Ibrahim invited him who was looking for a job. He got a job as a guard, a security guard in one of a person's orchard, which is the pomegranate orchard. So he was there, he was in charge of looking after the Lord you one day the owner passed by and he had some guests with him. But he said to Brian brought some pomegranates. So he goes he picks, picks a couple and burns them, they cut the pomegranates open they either have
very, very sour taste, and Brian is quite sour get us, you know, some good ones yet some sweet ones. So he goes to another tree, he picks them bring them again.
The guy says where you know, taste the open a taste is quite sour.
So, Brian, you've been working here for so many months, do you not know, which are the trees which have sweet fruits. So he said, you know,
sir, or whatever he said, you employed me to guard the fruit, not to eat it, to guard the fruit not to eat it. And meaning her guy, the owner himself was thinking that, okay, he's working here as a guard, but he's must be, you know, we're now and again, just picking some of the fruits and eating it and so on. But he wasn't looking at that was kind of piety in Toccoa. There in Sao Paulo, today in the UK, we have these places called
pick your own. And some people go to pick your own. So they just, they just go
eating, especially things like stories and, and they just eating eating from the stores. And they take a little bit of the box. And even though
the owners might sometimes just not really be bothered about that, but the reality is that even that is not allowed now, because the owner is not saying go and eat whatever you want. And at the same time pick some things. No, it's just go and pick and as you pay for what you pick, very important to be aware of that.
Let's move on.
One of the advices that Shafi gave to his students was Robbie, he said to him, but IBM do not speak about that, which does not concern you for when you speak the word he owns you and you do not own. It's very important that you know when you think about the words so first of all in the story of Solomon Dharani thinking about your actions and what you take other people's property in this one, think about the words that you say it can sort of be unconscious, being conscious about what you take, being conscious about what you speak, when you speak a word when it comes out of your mouth. That's it owns you you do not own it. You can't take it back you know even today in the words is
higher okay, I take I take it back I take it back in theory in you know, as a as a as a quotation or as a let's say a point of etiquette yes, you're taking it back means that you you know you apologize or by reality you don't take it but the words are still there and the injury that they have caused. That's why even though in Arabic the word kalima which is word actually means wound is the same word for wound in Arabic and how
How to 40 is the letter actually means the edge of a sword. That's because words can move and you know and letters can be very, very sharp. So, you have to be careful what you say because once you speak them, you cannot take his word.
Also, Imam Shafi said, as narrated by hearing, no, he said there isn't anyone who doesn't have someone who loves him, and someone who hates him. Meaning that everyone, no one, no one has 100% People who love him. And, or 100% people hate to everybody has, you know, even Soheila the most if you think about the most awful list of people today, the awfulest of leaders, the Office of personalities, you know, you get some of these horrible comedians who mock people, you have these right wing leaders, whatever without mentioning names,
you say, so despicable, everybody talks about them. But in reality, there are still people follow them, people who love them. So you get people everyone has will have followers will have people who hate, there's no real escape from this. Even our Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who is the greatest of creation, even then, he didn't get 100% people who loved him, there were people who hated him that people wanted him dead. And even today, so the reality is, everybody's going to be an ostrich. So he's saying, if that is the situation, if that is the case, then let one be with the people of obedience to Allah to associate itself with their business or law because, you know, don't
try and seek people's pleasure. Because there's always going to be people who disappoint you, there'll be people who love you, and there'll be people who will hate you
will be even look at the famous Sahabi. And in fact, one of the most recited of the plan was multiwindow citation on his advice, when somebody asked him, he said, befriend your brothers in accordance with their piety. And do not make your tongue an initiator for those who don't want it and do not envy the living except how you empty the debt. But first of all, same following on from Cafe sandwich is to associate yourself with the people on obedience. But here you're saying, again, befriend the brothers according to their piety. Look at people have piety who have Taqwa, those are the ones that you should be associating with, don't make your tongue initiate for those who don't
want to I mean, don't start talking to people and maybe giving them advice or the others. If people don't want to, you know, to how long you can sit, you can sit with with people who, who don't seek knowledge, people don't want to listen, they don't want to hear, they don't want to learn. Don't waste your time with people who don't want to listen to you, you know, and they, this is his advice. Obviously, we have to give our we have to advise people you have to give no. So you have to be sincere. But if you want to Allah, sometimes you want to advise somebody,
they don't want to listen, you don't want to hear it, you know, so
Subhanallah, it becomes a burden on you, you know, it really does become a burden on you, because you're trying to help somebody, and they don't want to listen, and they may even refute you in a very harsh way. Really? Is that what you want? And lastly, do not envy the living except how you envy the debt, how would you have with the dead,
the dead have gone, they don't have anything they have, the actions are finished. We, we asked mercy for them. And we're gonna dwell on that Inshallah, in the next lesson about a whole whole concept of democracy when we talk about the sayings of XID
Swami when we talk about him, and he had a saying, there as well, shallows, we'll talk a little bit more about in due course. Now I want chapter that,
you know, he mentions, which is honoring those because of the Beloved. So what he says here is that there are
and he mentioned, so I'm not going to go through them. And he mentioned some poetry in that regards. Basically, the summary of this is that if you love someone,
this would reflect on you. And when you love somebody, you're the reality is going to effect on you. And he's mentioning here and it gives examples related to human interaction maybe love between a man and a woman, his robot, obviously there's a bigger picture about love between one and the messenger saucer, lamb love between him and Allah. So if you love somebody, and you're in love with a person of the opposite gender,
generally you're going to be thinking about them.
You're going to be
you're going to be wanting to talk to them, maybe write to them. You're going to be you know, not just thinking about them, but thinking about
About the time that we may have spent with them, you know, etc, etc, you're going to, they're going to take you but not only that your actions towards them is going to reflect on you how you speak to them, how you any doesn't make sense that you love somebody, but then you would be cursing them, you'd be rude to them. You know, you'd be, you'd be obnoxious. Whatever, you know, would you really is that how you that how your acts that you so you take that on that perspective, even looks Paola the story of abuse of Valley Center, the wife of the minister that Aziz
she didn't love use of. But she just lost it or she desired us. So she was this desiring him from a physical perspective, she didn't really have love for him. Because if she really loved him, would she, at the first sight of danger, throw him under under buses, he say today, she thrown him, you know, she just she just, you know, she just left, left him not only that, but she actually you know, accused him. So that how could that be love, you know, if you love somebody, you're going to sacrifice for their sake, if you love somebody, you're going to obey them you're going to have and this is the bigger picture that we we understand through the interaction of creation, we understand
it through relation to Allah Subhana Allah and His Messenger SallAllahu. I said, if you love Allah,
if you love the messenger, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that's going to reflect on you in terms of your obedience, and your actions, in terms of what you do, for you abstain from all that is going to be chain affecting on you, in this chapter Imam. Now, he also mentions, you know, some linguistic things, which I don't think need to dwell too much on. But if you're finding trouble with understanding that I can, I can also mention on the other side.
The other aspect is, if you like the counter aspect, he shows of how there are he mentioned some stories of people who mock,
make mockery of the team. And he gives some examples of those who made mockery of some of the Hadith, you know, and, again, if you go back to the book, you'll see some example one of the examples that he mentions there is that of a man who you know, was walking with people who are going to learn. So these are people walking towards knowledge, and he put nails in his sandals, nails, you know, sharp nails on the soft soles of His sandals. And when they asked him and he also is walking with the people who've liked the going, you know, most people are going to a class
and he's walking with them, but he's, he's gone and put nails on his sandals. So they said to Why have you put nails on your sandals, you know, such a strange thing. He said, Because I'm going to I want to step on the wings of the angels, meaning that he's trying to make fun of the Hadith, where Allah subhanaw taala is saying, Sorry, the process I'm saying is that the person who seeks knowledge, truly, the one who seeks knowledge is
the one who seeks knowledge, the angels will lower their wings for the one who seeks knowledge.
So this lowering of wings can be a sign of humility. So it could be literal, it could be metaphorical panties, but this guy is trying to mock this whole concept of the angels warning so I am going to step on the wing to
such a such a
rotten rotten soul to think like this, and not only just to think but to act on it, you know, what you're trying to achieve? You're trying to be funny, you're trying to be silly, what what why? So that kind of mockery is mentioned. And obviously, he mentioned I know that this guy a lot punished him there and then so his basically his legs just froze up. Some say he got paralyzed, maybe a stroke or whatever, but he's low. Legs just froze up and, and he couldn't move. So the point being, is that same as love, you know, we said Love is an example of the consequence of love is how you act. The consequences of people make mockery shows us a deeper issue issue that they have. They are
rejecting they're not accepting.
The unfortunately we have sometimes people who are Muslims,
but they mock the deen or they mock the Hadith or they reject certain sayings of the Prophet site and because it just doesn't match up with their way of thinking or whatever. So it's very, very important that a person does not
mock other others.
does not work Hadith, but also think about do not
in one hand, do not make fun of others, but also do not
blame others for matters that you might not understand the deeper reason so holiday is one of the things for me personally, I have seen I've witnessed it. And I'm sure if all of you were to think about this reality, you would also see the same reality which is basically that when you when you
what happens is also not just mocking, but when you think about others in in that negative way. I didn't say you thought about somebody
you know, simple, simple scenario. You have you see somebody with their child, and that child is abusive, you know, is shouting at their parents and maybe, I don't know, hitting their parents, whatever. And you see, and you say, Oh, look at this child. Look at the parents. They don't know how to they don't know how to
teach their children and they don't have to give them Tobia. You know, look at our child is so disrespectful and you start mocking the not mocking but you start like making fun in yourself. Maybe you might say to somebody else by yourself, making fun of that parent for how they have this child who is such a naughty what's going to happen is that you will
afflicted by a similar problem Subhanallah this is like almost like a nature. I think the Hindus or the Buddhist Buddhist author they call it karma
as a concept it's not
I don't know the the intricacies of it but it's basically what goes what comes around goes around you know what goes around comes around if you make fun of somebody that's going to happen to you either Imam Shafi mentioned this he said he said you know don't Don't mock somebody because whoever says something about others it will be said about him the same thing And subhanAllah this is you know, this is a tried and tested I don't go to detail about this, but this is the reality. So be careful of when you see people
you know think about the their excuses think about the possible two reasons highlight only this whole concept of children is just as an example I gave it so many other things you know that you might think that maybe you know why why people behaving this why did this guy say this? Why did he do this? If I was if I was in his position I wouldn't have behaved like this and so on but but was hollow when you are when you are put into that position, you might find it a whole different case a whole different scenario and US law really wide you know, sometimes even as you know as simple as I can remember it I consider a trivial but but something I remember this brother who had this
masala this massive beard and it's really big. It was really bushy. It was massive for the one of the brothers in Sheffield.
And he was making fun not making fun bones criticizing people who are not shaving their beards, but just just cutting their beards, you know, or trimming. They've had these guys, they don't respect the sun, they don't follow they don't. And panela time went by time went by
Kobe shaved his beard as well. So how and completely changed, you know, his his way. Not only that, look on a bigger picture. Look at some of these people. Look at some people, I don't like to mention names, but there was some people who are very, very harsh critic, you know, harsh thinking that they really adhered to Islam. And they were criticizing others and because i And subhanAllah how they change 180 degrees completely changed this eye to attack Islam. So how so be careful of that because the consequences of that can be quite harsh and quite serious as well. Amongst the, you know, good advice that the Imam mentions he mentions to us some of the sayings of a guy called mouth modificar
he one of the famous again righteous scholars of Islam. He says something similar to what Imam Shafi said which was that about talking he said speech in matters which did not concern you is a letdown from Allah, meaning that Allah is leading you down a wrong path. It could end the day Allah guides whom you will
He leaves the stray home He wills. So if you are engaged in app, where you are talking about things which do not concern you, be careful, be careful, because you might be going down a wrong, a wrong path. And he also mentioned that, you know, mesh is one of the dogs of this person model, which again, you will find in the book there. And also, while he's talking about all, he also remembers about, you know, he mentions one of the advice of the microphone one, one person was backbiting somebody in his presence, he said to him also, and so, remember the day when cotton will be placed on your eyes, meaning remember the day when you will die. And as a consequence, how are you going to
be there, you know, X, and again, goes with the same theme that we were talking about the wear of what you're talking about your tongue. And this is what you know, this is what I think this section is really about. It's about your tongue is about what how you speaks about how you act, be aware, you know, where you are at, if you're somebody who is aware, you are going to be
you're going to be particular, particular about what you say, particular about how you act,
particular about how you
interact. And the like. Another story that he gives, which is the story of related to someone called Robert Ibnu. hairbrush, who was a guy who was renowned for not lying. I mean, a lot of the people in the past that was their case, you know, they their, their default case was they didn't lie, you know, because lying was considered very big. Before, especially for those who were followers. And narrated Hadith, you know, they would see how they reacted, lying, even in trivial matters, or even in small matters, was considered a big blemish on somebody's character. So anyway, this guy, he had two sons, they were rebellious against a rebellious again, during the time of a judge, her dad was
quite tyrant. But anyway, it was said to a judge, why don't you send for their father, so the father of these tons, he never lies, we know that he's not around for his lying, and just ask him. So he said for him. And he asked him, Where are your sons? Now this guy because he's not gonna, he never lie, it's not gonna lie. He said, They are home. And basically, he didn't even make an even if he had lied Subhanallah in this situation, he would be excused. Because
knowing a judge, you would have probably brought those signs and you probably have executed them. So he, even then he didn't want to lie. But hijos said, we have pardon them because of your honesty, and even that somehow lies a nobility from a judge who was a tyrant and even then, he was actually quite a noble tyrant to say, to say the least, you know, he was someone who narrated his biographer said actually, he memorized the Quran. And he had some noble acts and he was someone who, you know, did did good things. Although
he had as one of the Imams you know, there have been discoveries that he had, some has an ad, but they were drowned in a, in an ocean of of misdeeds and bad deeds.
The loss of Pantheon, knows, knows best.
the Imam here mentioned to us the sayings of fool by Eben AELP, who was the famous, famous Tabby as well and he said,
an important thing and he said, How many how many a person circumambulate this house meaning does top off against the house meaning car, but the car but how many people are doing a lot how many people are doing the camera maybe in Hajj. So they are close to the house, they are in the house, they are in the vicinity of the harem. They are in the most sacred place. You know, he said while how many people are there whilst others are so far away from Macau, but they are greater in reward than them or they are closer to Allah and so Subhana Allah is not about where you are, you know, and that's, I think an important point here. It's not about where you are or where your existing or
your, your your place of
you know, your your appearance, so it's really about your heart. How proximate is your your heart to Allah spanner? How is your heart linked to Allah subhanahu wata Islander that's why he narrates another narration, which is also from Elfenbein when one of the Khalifa Hashem and economic said to him
You know tell me do you have any need raise raise your need to meaning any raising mean you know almost almost an aspect of arrogance as well by saying that you know you are lower and there is an aspect of language there but you know raise or like you know present your need to me where he said I have already raised it to the most magnificent most generous I read it the the one who can you know answer my need I'm not raising it to
to to you because I do not need to do that
so, this was regards to Imam foo by Ibn Al
I think we're gonna
end there because we do have some some questions which I will inshallah address. Let me just