Bustān al-‘Ārifīn – Garden of the Aware Lesson 9
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Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah while he was so heavy on water
by the respective brothers and sisters Salaam Alaikum la de
la Molina And finally,
we continue with the valuable words of the man and no yes has been compiled in the book with Stan
this whole chapter is all about the chapter of the class sincerity and truth.
And he has he has taken in this book is to mention stories and sayings of some of the righteous people of the past. And today, he starts off by talking about someone called as a cop. So he mentioned his chain of narration to Hamad Hussain, while semir to Berkery, as far as all the oberheim we are all boonie amona have been learner kulula and for a while animals
while Anna scoot hula and FIFA, while unethical llama Illa on wood.
So, he mentions that this man is a cop, who is Nuray is given that kind of title because it's related to his occupation. And obviously, some people throughout history, you know, they will get a title of their surname, if you like, becomes related to the kind of work that they do. So, he was called the car which was related to
a joke and the joke basically use the skins of animals, they would made it make it into a pouch,
to carry the water.
So, he would, he would make it and sell it and so on. So, he was known as a pop.
So, what he said, he said, our
situation or our affairs, meaning the kind of practices that we have, is based on four things, four principles. The first one is that we do not eat except out of hunger, or out of need. So the word far far means we are in need. So we are the only time we eat is if there is a need to do so. And obviously this goes back to what the prophet SAW Selim was teaching when he said, when
the Mako pious who was the head of the of Egypt, the governor of Egypt, he said to the prophet SAW Selim, when he when the Prophet sent him a messenger, he returned the messenger and sent with him a doctor, or somebody who had knowledge of medicine. So when he was presented to the prophets lie, Selim, the prophet SAW, Selim said, we are not in need of a doctor or a medicine because nano Oman, Lana, kulu, Illa and the
way that I can learn
so we are people who we don't need a doctor, because we only eat when we are hungry. And when we eat, we do not fill our stomachs. And this basic principle is if you like the essence of medicine and good health, today, the doctors tell us that the key to good health is having a healthy gut. And so by looking after the what you eat, and obviously not only that the food, there's also a spiritual metaphysical kind of relationship here because when you're eating, you're introducing a lot of toxins into your body, which potentially need to be removed, they may try to they might get you know, engaged or might get assimilated into the body and sort of cause problems. So the more you
eat, the more likely you will have problems. So learn how could we learn how we only eat when there is a need, we do not sleep except when we have been overtaken that means we only time we should we don't just you know go to bed just like as a just for the sake of it. But there is a need to go to bed and that in itself shows that there was very much concerned with time and the pressure, the precious nature of how they view time so they would not sleep unless there was a need unless they really felt tired. They would go to sleep otherwise they would engage. They wouldn't go to life today.
Don't go to sleep because they are, you know, watching television or on the telephone or something, or playing games. That's the reason why he knows me. Whereas, or chatting or something like that. Whereas these people only go sleep, they'll be engaged in other things, either a bad psychological, remember, so lost pantile, or a citation of the Quran or studying and revision, while others go to Illa. And if we only are silent, if we have, if we fear something, and here, some people might think, Well, does that mean that they just, you know, if they're scared, they will not speak. What it means here is that the fear here is that we are afraid that we might cause the person whom we are
speaking to, we might cause him some sort of harm, or maybe he'll get it might not get the intended purpose. Because obviously, you can say, you know, speak the truth and say what you can, but if you feel that the person in front of you, with your dialogue, or with your speech or with your admonishment is actually going to lead him to be more,
misguided may view or to push him away from something like today, you know, see sometimes I remember giving a reminder A while back about brother brothers who are very harsh in how they admonish
people, you know, we have the the classical telephone ringing and in the Salah, there's always angles, people, you know, and so sometimes if you respond in a way,
which can, you know, which is too extreme, you know, who is this guy? And, you know, I remember, once somebody shot a staffer or law, Bill, you know, things like that. The guy made the mistake, and he forgot to, is fine, and it's not, there's nothing major, but we have made it sometimes. So imagine that kind of dialogue might push that person from not coming to the masjid again. So for us, I'm not going to come again, if that's the kind of attitude I have, then. Or a member of sister was telling us the story, actually, she had her son had
autism. And she brought him to the masjid, he was any
in the format of obviously getting used to the masjid. And the message is a community space. And this is in America. So she said, you know, on one occasion, one of the sisters turned to her and said, you know, sister, you don't have to come to the masjid. And he's like, saying, she wanted to say to her, and it's not obligatory for you to come to the masjid. But the way it sounds, you don't have to come to me, she's like, you know, don't come. So she said, for 10 years, I didn't go to the masjid after that, you know, just because of a word like this, and imagine how hurtful it can. So he what he's saying is, well, Anna's good weather is good to Allah and Tifa means that we are afraid
that our what we say might lead to on a wanted consequences. or indeed, the other aspect of fear, you're afraid for the person who you're talking about, you also might be afraid for yourself. So sometimes you might be meaning that we are talking talking giving, that you might sometimes feel very proud of yourself, you feel that Oh, I'm really you know, this is really good. Everyone is listening to me. So then there's a whole fear about yourself that you might be showing off and, and probably this is why your mom and normally has narrated it in this context here because all about having the right intention, and so on. So that's what he meant by by here.
And the last one is La La or Atlanta Tikka lamb, ala and wood, meaning that we only speak if there is a need, and the need is, you know, it is associated with the fact that we know what we're saying. We are
confirmed in what we're saying. So we're not just saying anything without any really sort of referencing what we're saying and again, this is also the Hadith of the Prophet SAW Selim folia fileopen hiren only us want to let him say something good or let him be
So this was the saying of
bekkering as a cop, and
a man No, he says also I will Bukhara zakaat was from the noble Sophie's the people who had
kurama it's very apparent features chromat and gifts, which is something that he will talk about later on in Sharla. He said also inherited two hours apart in the same chain that he said so there's also attribute to as a cock kulu I had a noon Sabu
Ilana sub Hill for Cora for I know whom you serve when I don't work as
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said everyone has some sort of lineage. You know, this is my parents this one from
talking the other day.
I'm from operations and Hashimi and has any new people with with no way that so he's saying everybody has those lineages which they can, if you like boast about but the era the poor people, their actual connection or where they are associated to is Allah subhanho wa Taala. So they don't want to boast about which family they come from or, or whatever. And he said the reality is every has evanesce every lineage every Association family link is gonna one day cut off, because it is, you know, this is the reality of,
of the family, you know, it's it's related to something which is
mortal. It's not something that's going to exist, except them instead, except those who are poor. Because their linkage, their heritage, if you like is offset truthfulness. And their association is related to their poverty. And
this is in a way, similar to what settleman
Ferdowsi said, on the other hand, when people were speaking about their lineages, he said abiel Islam
say Who was your father? Did abil Islam bellies, enough to have to be icing al-timimi? So my father, my lineage is Islam and I don't have any other lineage to boast about if others want to boast about ice or Tamim you know, like proud tribes. My lineage is to Islam this is the this is the kind of this is my attribute. This is the linkage that I have
He said well, Bella Hannah and me Mama shaffir of the Allahu Allah and who Femara wa will be happy Rahim Allah be snotty on us if if nap de la or even Abdullah Allah. Allah. Allah Shafi Rahim Allah all the time Yeah. About Musa lowish to Hector Kula Allah and total via nurse Kula home palasa de La
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whose Kenya was about Moosa, he said, Father of Musa, if you had the utmost struggle, you tried your best to make everybody happy.
There is no way to do this, you will never be able to make everybody happy. Thank Arnica Derek for Atlas ama Juanita kalila xojo so if that is the reality, if you understand this principle, then don't waste your time with people. Make your intention to last pantalla be sincere and your intention for a Lost Planet data because no matter how much you try to please people, they will not be pleased. They will not be happy. Never. And somehow, you know, it's it's a reality, isn't it? I mean, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and he's the most truthful of all people.
The people, he didn't get 100% you know, people following him, you know, I think 100% people are happy with him, people rejected him. And they
today, if you told if you ask people about a loss of hand Oh,
yeah. People that are people who reject a lot you know, they're atheists and agnostics and so on. So you know, Allah Subhana Allah Who is the ultimate truth He is the absolute truth does I follow him? Even then there are people who are not
believing in Allah Subhana Allah not pleased with either people will reject the loss of anodyne or the use make up excuses to reject him by saying, you know, different things. So the reality is, you'll never be able to please, if a lost pantalla cannot please everyone if the prophets I said couldn't please. So why would you then waste your time with people again, going back to the fundamental point about floss, which is do not waste your time with people make your intention for last panel hautala. This doesn't mean that you ignore
aspects of people something that Sharla maybe we'll talk about that later on.
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fantasy. So Abu Abdullah and Mojave says that someone who claims to be a Sufi, and here we will talk about shall also be about what the whole concept of Sufism is about. So you're saying somebody who claims to be a Sufi and does not have truthfulness in his claim? Then the one who shovels mud is better than him. The one who showed a rose jar lady Yama, 14,
just shove him he said, if if somebody claims to have this tasawwuf, which is mean to be have the abstinence from the dunya, meaning that he's walking a path of,
of knowing a loss of panel data without truthfulness, then even someone who is shuffling mud is better name and why did he use this kind of this specific example because he said even this action of shoveling mud, there is a benefit to it, you know, otherwise, some people might think that you know, more than it's dirty, and it's not a clean job. It's not a hell today, some people might talk about, you know, people who collect the rubbish, sometimes people talk about road sweepers, they might see them in a negative way or a low class, but these people are actually serving a duty, they're doing a task, etc. And they're benefiting people. So there's benefit to their work
in this life, and if they have the right intention, they will also get reward in the
in the next life, but if you claim to be sincere and you have the zoo to Allah, but you don't, then you have no benefits you are,
you are not someone who is worthy of time.
Now, he mentioned the story of hammer deplore, selama one of the righteous people and also someone who is considered as a title which is famous amongst
a category of people who will you know, who talk about the knowledge of the loss of anti underwears which is called an epidemic and
those who are the replaceable,
who are that that basically there are different ahaadeeth which they are not sound in terms of their generation. But there are a mixture of Heidi's which talk about a group of people who are if you like,
very close to Allah subhanho wa Taala earlier over law, who are very
close that there is always answered by Allah subhanho wa Taala that they are there are people who are who are this high level of spirituality and this is also going back to the Hadith of the Prophet SAW Selim. Which is a sound Hadees he said don't bash as in October, mid fall on being a boy blow up some Allah La La ba might be that somebody is a chef, he is dusty is on cam and his his pushed away at the doors people Danny, when he asks people they push him away they don't give him anything. So outwardly he seems like somebody who is a thought they are somebody who is in need, going back to what we're talking about with the foreign those who have the so he said no Oksana Allah La la barra
if he were to swear by Allah, meaning that he would ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and make the law that Allah will fulfill his oath and his swear. So they have that direct connection, if you like, with a loss. They're called replaceable, because every time somebody goes, every time somebody passes away, they are replaced with somebody, somebody else. So these are like the special people for the last round. And they used to think that Hammadi muscleman was one of those people.
So more until a banarsidass sound, he said, I entered onto Hamad bin Macedo, viola Han, and he was in the house.
When I looked into his house I couldn't find except the house, which is a straw mat. And he was sitting on it, and almost half in which he was reading and a job a job is like a container. It's like
sewn container to put things in so it was his knowledge. It's like a folder if you like but made out of stitches, and so on. amico hora tava, and he had some sort of mold, or jog in which he used to make poodle in him. So that's all he had.
While we were sitting there with him, somebody knocking
The door. So he said to his daughter go and see who is it.
So she went and he said, this is the messenger of Mohammed even Sulaiman, who was, I think he was the governor any of, of bustle. So Hammad said, Go and tell him to enter just by himself, meaning don't bring all your
soldiers and the guards or they just come by yourself. So he entered.
He gave us a lamb and he gave me a letter. So
he read the letter and the reader read the basic say, Bismillah R. Rahman Rahim from Mohammed bin Sulaiman, the government is not Mohammed. So the man who came out was the messenger who came from Mohammed eventually Mohammed Abu Salah,
may Allah allow you to enter into the morning
with goodness and basic Good morning.
And may Allah subhanaw taala make you amongst those who are researchers, I have an issue a question which I want to ask you. So please come to us.
Okay, come, come, come, come to us want to answer your question. So, he said to his girl, his daughter, give me the ink well, so they brought the ink well, then he said
to me, it lies you know, he says right on the back of this letter, he said, one to solve Baja, Colombia, Allah also make you enter into the morning well, and amongst the people of his a bad that we have,
we have attained and we have visited and attained that will amount. And they do not come to anybody. Himalaya tonight. If you have an issue, you have a question you come and we will, we will answer your question. But we're not going to come to you. And if you're going to come, come by yourself, don't bring me all your horses and men and everything, just come by yourself. Otherwise, I'm not going to advise you, nor am I going to advise myself.
So he he went and took that guy to the letter. And
so while they were like this, another knock on the door. Here he asked his daughter to go and check. She went and she said now it is Mohammed even Salima. So the governor, he came by himself. So he said to her, let him enter by himself. So he entered and he sat in front of
Hamad. So he said, Why is it when I sit in front of you, when I look at you I am full of fear. Isn't Mohammed Singh is Mohammed, the Muslim. And he said Hammad said because I heard sabbat, meaning el bonanni. I heard him say that he heard nse bumalik. Or Viola and say that he heard the prophet SAW ly. So let's say that the scholar, if he wants with his knowledge, he anticipates the reward from Allah, then everything will fear Him.
And if he wants, with his knowledge to increase his wealth and treasures, then he will be afraid of everything.
So he said, What do you say? Now? This is the question, What do you say for a man who has two sons and he he is more happy with one of them. He likes one of them more, and he wants to give one of them two thirds of his wealth and he wants to give him as a gift two thirds of while he's alive.
So Hammad said Nah, no. amakhala because I heard Sam it say that he heard NSE nomadic, say that he heard the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say that if Allah wants to punish somebody with his own money, then He will guide him when he's about to die to make a will, which is oppressing only a false will to give money where is not one thing. So that was the end of the question, basically. So now Mohammed cinema said, Okay, I have a request. He said, What is that request? As long as it is not going to be something where I'm compromising my Deen, I will answer your request. He said, I want to give you 40,000 Dirham
as a gift from me and for answering any basically is like for your service while answering my third one. You will use it to help yourself. He said why don't you go and give it back to all those who have oppressed and taken wrong wrongly from them. He said I know giving I'm not giving you the money from I've taken for others. This is my own money. I've inherited this money. He said so much that I don't need this money. Take it from me. May Allah push away from you all your burdens.
He said, Okay, I have another suggestion. Why don't we take the money and you give it to the people and you take it as a gift but you distribute it. He said well Hammad says Well, I'm afraid that if I
if I give
People and distributed there might be some people
who do not take something of the share. And then they will feel more
wronged they will blame me for being wrong because they didn't get what they wanted. So just take it away from me because I don't want any of this. And the story ends there.
So you can see any man No, he comments he said, Look at this beautiful story. It has so many benefits or beneficial things. And that's why you know, I narrate it here because there's so many treasures there. And those great lessons to be learned there. They said it's so obvious. I don't need to really say them.
Yes, could you repeat the two characteristics of
why he was
Yeah, why he feared him? Okay, I mentioned that. But just what a man so why man? No, he's saying he's saying that these this this story has so many benefits, but they are so obvious. I don't need to he doesn't want to go into the Dynamo beyond no at the beginning. So I'm not going to go too much detail into matters which are not of benefit. Yeah, that's the no basically was narrating hidey hole, the prophet SAW Selim, where he said that if the scholar
if he intends with his knowledge, a lot, which a lot, then everything will fit him. But if he wants with his knowledge
to get the treasures and money then he will be afraid of everything. Because obviously his intention now is totally different. So you can see my brothers that this story shows First of all, any No, ma'am No, he said he's not gonna say them, but I will mention them is first of all, you see him not even Salah was a very,
very, very abstinence kind of best personal practice abstinence, which is odd, didn't have a lot in his house. Only a few items.
Most half, straw, Matt,
bolt, make Waldo and so on. That's all that's the old day kind of thing that they had. And this is the showing there this this attachment to
the dounia. And even in the in this in Hadith.
When ceremonial Pharisees what was death approached him, he started to cry. And they said, Why are you crying? He said, because the prophet SAW Selim made a promise to us. And he made
an oath with us that our provisions in this life will only should only be the provisions of somebody who is on journey.
And we have taken a lot of the dunya. And our provisions, the luggage that we have should only be of that of a person who is on a journey. Think about when you go on a journey, you know, you have one bag with you maximum 23 kilograms, and one hand luggage, it shouldn't be more than that. And even now we we have a look at our our provision. And when they looked at the house of sell man,
very much like Hammadi, and they only found a few items in his house, but even then he thought they had accumulated too much of the dunya. Secondly, look at the pride of the
and the scholars. So the Adama and the scholars, they had the pride too, and not in an arrogant way, but in a way to preserve the knowledge so that the allameh were respected by those, and not in a way which allowed them when they when they knocked on the doors of the governors and things like that, and the governor's ignored them, you know, and they push them away. So having that that's how the aim should be the knowledge and obviously What if he's already somebody who has not interested in the dunya? What is this guy going to give for him?
And there are many stories in this regard. We have the story of a luxury
a Loza a with a Safar
Bob de la is
the first of the above qualified he was called the Sapphire which means the massacre.
The guy who he killed he killed so many of them maybe it's just because he was the guy who overthrew them in Beijing.
We have the same story was saved in a debate with the head judge and so on. They will also stories with these people had you know had the people had the dignity and so on and sadly even though Abdullah happened Omar with
with a sham ignore marijuana and so on.
So that is a similar scenario. Here you can see. And obviously there are other issues here in terms of the knowledge that he gave and how to be just and how to be
just to your heirs and so on.
Also look at how the Imam Hamad was narrating with a chain, and he wasn't just giving his own opinion, he was giving that chain back to the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. And even when he had the opportunity to take the money, he denied to take the money, because
he knew that that would be more burden on him, then it would be of help on him.
I remember thinking about this now we went to Iraq.
We also had like an opportunity to to give people money to give people to distribute, isn't it we went there, and we had a lot of poor people affected in Muslim. So we had prepared all these food bags for Milan.
But so Pamela, when you went there,
even though you know, people were given tickets, and he was supposed to be ordered, I think but he ended up more people were upset than they were happy. Because everybody wanted more. Everybody wanted give us this, you know, we haven't given us you haven't taken and some people. So even when you are distributing and you're trying to lead, you will end up upsetting more people than actually. So sometimes you say, timing is better than I but obviously it's different. And when you have the money you give, but he doesn't say I don't want that money so that I don't have the burden of having to distribute it.
So we mentioned the different aspects of the language here. He mentions also some of the languages so we don't want to go too much into that. Now.
The same person.
A blob de la again, man. No, he mentioned his chain. It says that we generated from a boy Abdullah timimi from his father that he said, I saw him mad masala in a dream.
I saw him mad musella my dream after he passed away, basically. So I said to him if I had a bigger book, how was a lottery to do? So he said, Hi, Ron. Very good. He said, What did he say to you? He said, he said to me,
You have tired yourself a lot in the dunya. So today, I'm going to make your rest long.
And I will make the rest of anyone who ties themselves for my sake. Backing backing. What I have prepared for them by hand is like a word which says and wow, how great it is what I have prepared for them.
So briefly, as you can see here, I Hammad was, you know selama we know where he was, he was from Basra. He was he he lived during the time of the Sahaba. And he is a very righteous person. He was a person who had ethers of personal fervor. And he was very well known. And he was known amongst those people and that's why I mentioned to she had in Warhammer well he used to say that Hamad was amongst those people minilab dad and he was seen as somebody whose data was always answered
and even in other people who have considered him
mokona naramata lamb
but used to really study with a good intention I would have been hammered and today we see people who learn without Nia and so on there are many things said about him as a righteous person
may have lost planet Allah bless him and raises his status.
So with that, we end this section
the following section which Sharla we will start next time is the section which Mr. manoli has called it in the face my thought I Ania precious gems if you like transmitted chances are he's brought different sayings or different lemma and so have and so on. Which he feels pour into the whole concept of rfunay which is to know Allah subhanho wa Taala but before I end, I just want to dwell on the just the some aspect of because we mentioned Sophie, a number of times we mentioned some of the sayings here as well as you know, you mentioned them and the saying attributed to Abdullah and Maldivian today
some people have misunderstood that
And some have misrepresented, in fact, the whole concept of the soul and Sufism, because it has been related to
people of bad practice. So what happens is like anything today, when there is a group of people who behave badly,
and they carry a certain
a certain category or a title or a label, then unfortunately, they give those category of people a bad name. But it is, it's like today, if you take on a very large level today that Muslims generally as a Muslim, you know, when you have Muslims behaving badly. And
in the UK, for example, people who maybe don't have certain qualities, and people see that they usually generalize normally. So look, all the Muslims are bad, all the Muslims are this, all the Muslims, you know, do this do that. I don't go into detail though. So there is always that
potential for generalization. And, therefore, it's very important to remove that kind of negative understanding of how people behave, and look at the essence of what it is about. So don't judge. Similarly, as you wouldn't ask people to judge Islam, by looking at Muslims,
you wouldn't ask people to judge the soul off, which is the concept of purification and abstinence from the dunya by looking at Sophie's or the practice of Sofia, because certainly, some of them have done things which have gone against the essence of what the soul is about. And so some of in very basic terms, it's all about
having less of the dunya and
having a path of spirituality and cleanses. And sometimes that is also sometimes it's also connected to being with a group who are on the same way. So it's almost like having strength with people. You know, it's almost like having a contract with certain people to say, okay, you know, let's do do things together help one another, to cleanse ourselves to purify ourselves. So it's like having partners and having friends who help you in this way. So you'd have like a group of people working together for a
bigger aim. And that's why even when you go back to the time of the Sahaba, sometimes they will seek that kind of partnership we have the saying of
I think it was Abdullah Masood, and while when they said to each other they said
to our Lebanon
you know, they said to each other, let us sit down and let us have a man for an hour meaning let us let us do things which will increase our MLS Sit down. And so it's almost like you know, let's do things together which will help help us to improve ourselves. So sometimes, you know, you might have a group of people who will say, okay, you know, let's, let's sit together, let's read Quran, let's remind each other that we've done our card, let's remind each other to have recited for our next demo, and so on. So that's the kind of path to work upon to try and clarify and that's how the amount of the past understood the soul
they understood it as a process of purification as a process of test cases is a process of coming closer to a loss, no doubt anything can be exploited and tasawwuf and Sufism was exploited by people, people who made it more into
a type of cult, you know, some people introduced into it things which are almost they wanted to make it novel. So some people started to dance, some people started to jump up and down, some people started to play with snakes, some people started to, you know, stab themselves with swords, swallows or some of them walking on glass or any things which had nothing to do with the essence of, of the deen And so, they brought that bad name to
to the torso of aspects and inshallah what we will see in some of the narrations that we mentioned here is how those people who had that kind of clarity in their way they actually were far away from all these things and in fact, we will see a saying by one of the great Sophie's
are considered one of the fathers of formalism Junaid, he said that our path, meaning the top of the soul is guided by the book and the sooner
the keytab and the sooner and whoever is not guided by the book
The sooner he is not from us. So it is almost like sets the scene anybody who comes and brings on you know, all these messed up ideas and messed up practices, we have to go back and our references.
If it is not there, then there is a problem in that regards and here. We know that Imam nawawi is a man of is a scholar in the Hadees. He is a scholar in felco.
And he's very much somebody who is an authenticator. And here he is choosing to open up into this aspect of purification because it's a path to knowing a lot to Allah and being aware of him.