Channel: Riyadul Haqq
Tazkiyah: Nurturing the Soul – Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 13th March 2016 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)
Allah has created Man in a very unique form. He has given man intelligence and blown into him a spirit which makes him human. When Allah instructed the angels to prostrate to Adam (A.S) they were not just prostrating to his physical body, but rather the spirit within him. We all possess this soul yet it is often given little attention.
We indulge in many physical pleasures in this life, often neglecting our soul and depriving it of nourishment. Our souls are important, just as our bodies, in being sustained and satiated. If the body is created from the Earth then its nourishment comes from the Earth. Our souls are heavenly and therefore its nourishment must also be celestial and heavenly.
Find out from this talk the importance of the soul and how we can look after it, ensuring that it remains nourished with a close connection to Allah.
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simply prostrating to his body.
rather as a last days when I have fashioned him
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otherwise the body
the body undergoes many changes.
And Allah created the room before the battle.
And in the studio.
The body serves as a box, a cage, a container,
but the real cargo is within.
And that container
begins with life in this world and ends with
life in this world.
When a person passes on, the body decomposes,
and ultimately the flesh, the bone, and all the matter, which make up the body.
disappear, disappears. But what lives on is the root, the spirits.
And this is a message that we find
in virtually every act of Eva and every teaching of religion, ultimately,
the emphasis on the roof. This is what the whole month of Ramadan is.
It's to divert our attention from fast from eaten, from serving this body, serving one's flesh, ones bonds and blood
and focusing on the much neglected portion, the spirits.
And the only way of doing that is to starve the body. When you starve the body and neglect it,
then you are able to divert your attention and your resources of energy of time, or focus onto your rule
of law imposes that on us for one whole month, we don't have a choice. Every able bodied individual adult in Islam must fast as an obligation.
Of course, there are concessions and dispensations. But that's another matter. Ultimately, it's an obligation, we have to do it. And it's almost as though we are being compelled, compelled to turn attention away from the surface of the body to the service of the law. Because that's what makes us who we are ultimately.
as I said, this is something which is to be found in almost every teaching of religion.
every act of Riba
leads to something within
it's not just external.
last turnable, with Allah says in the salata done Hernan fascia he went
in the prayer leads,
or prevents prayer prevents
eveness, indecency and sin.
So, these outward external functional movements of the body,
postures, the movements, even the recitation that they love.
All of these are external, but they are supposed to reflect internally, and they are supposed to introduce change within a person.
And if that Salah is not a proper center, you won't do its job of transforming an individual. Ultimately, the goal of the Sun is to work on the rule, not the body.
The goal of the fast is to work on the rule. Allah says in the entire or an Allah only mentions
one very specific and direct objective and purpose of fasting which is that Yeah, your levena Armand will put the valet concierge will come up with a valid lithium and publikum
Oh believers, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you. While looking at the home, perhaps you may become you may adopt the duck Why is not to do with the body ultimately, it's to do with
so whether it's prayer, whether it's fasting, even soccer, law essays to the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam called minim word to him. So the cotton topo hiromasa GmbH was
the Messenger of Allah take from their wealth, such charity, that through that charity
that charity purifies and cleanses.
and what charity is supposed to achieve in terms of cleanliness, cleansing purification, it means the cleansing of the soul, the purification of the raw, and within.
And I'll get back to this later when I actually speak about the real meaning of the scare.
And a lot uses that word here. What does it be?
whether it's fasting, whether it's charity, whether it's prayer,
act of ebba another pillar of Islam is the Shahada thing, the utterance of the faith.
So for a person say a Chateau La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasul Allah.
That is simply the beginning. It's very easy to say, but it's very easy to repeat the words a Chateau La ilaha illAllah Muhammad Rasulullah for those words to actually have a reality within, that's a true test.
Once Have you it'll be a lot and ask the prophets of Allah and even send them for advice prophets and the love it was some of them told him to say I believe in Allah fumar stuffing, then be steadfast. So the first part of the Hadith is very simple. For a person say Armand Davila, I've believed in Allah. It's the latter which is the true test, thermos thumping, then be steadfast.
And in sort of the last panel with Anna says about Bedouin at the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam auditing
couldn't have taught me nor without a guru.
What am I holding the man of Inca Rubicon that the Bedouin have said, we have believed we have embraced.
say to them or messenger of Allah, you have not believed.
Now this wasn't a denial of their embracing faith, they had becomes
they have testified
to the oneness of Allah, and the Prophet heard of the messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
So they had a to the Shahada thing.
uttering the Shahada thing is very easy. So for a person to add to the Shahada, the deen as they had done, in fact, they would have done it in a far better manner than we can even imagine. Because they were in during the time of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
They were his contemporaries. They received an embrace the message of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam during his time. They were his people.
Some of them met him.
And despite meeting with the messengers, the law it was some of them Sallam despite embracing Islam, despite uttering the Shahada thing, despite being blessed by his company to some degree, despite all of these things, when they said and when they claimed, that we are not mean we have believed we are believers. last panel who was set to the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, tell them you are not mean you are not true believers, all them took me no say you have not believed.
So what was the law denying they had uttered the Shahada thing? They had embraced Islam they had become Muslim,
rather last panel with Allah than said, what a kin rather who say, a slim now we have embraced Islam, ie we have submitted apparently, what am I a holy man for your guru become an imagined true faith has not yet entered your heart. So there's a clear difference between
the outward functions of all the four pillars of Islam
Hij is aka fasting
and prayer, sola, and even the central pillar of Shahada thing, the utterance of the faith, all of these have an external reality. But until that inner reality is not realized, which is ultimately within the rule with the rule, then they are not doing their job, they are not fulfilling their objective and purpose. Because
much of religion is ultimately about war because that's what makes us who we are. As I was saying, earlier on our bodies change all the time.
Meaning we we focus so much attention on our body
we are constantly shedding parts of our bodies and regrow
our nails our hair, our skin.
The cells within our
bottle, every couple of weeks, almost.
So many different parts of our body are replaced entirely.
every couple of weeks, our skin cells and cells,
they are replaced entirely.
So from, in fact, a few weeks, and definitely a few months,
down the road from every single one of us
will not have a single piece of the original parts of that body that we have we have now.
It's forever changing,
always changing. I don't mean the whole body, of course, but certains many cells,
all these cells have a lifespan. And the lifespan of many cells in the body is just a couple of weeks, one or two months, some of them just one month,
these are the things that undergo constant change.
So the cost structure may be there. But even with the cost structure, different parts are changing all the time. So
none of us have the body that we were born with.
And we do not know when we will die. But if we live on for some time, we definitely won't have the same body as our death, but we have nerve.
And even if someone has a very long life, in fact, especially for those who have a long life, they have undergone so many different changes in their bodies, that we could argue that they as an individual have moved from cage to cage from box to box throughout their life.
So which box is so valuable, which container is the most valuable? The one we have now the one we had six months ago, the one we had two years ago, the one we will have a year from now. If we live on till then
we lavish so much attention to this body, which is forever changing, it's always change. It's never the same.
Because that's not who we are
rather than who we are is
the room that resides within us. And how much attention do we pay to our bodies, medicine, health.
billion dollar industries, every single one of them in isolation.
The amount of money we spend on cosmetics,
on appearance, on clothing, and I don't mean necessary clothing but to look good to look good appeared
with our features, our complexion, our appearance, our clothing, our attire,
health and gym. Although
some people associate a gym with health and fitness,
there are others who associate gyms not with health and fitness, but rather, cosmetics and appearance. It's about how you look.
And there's a common phrase, your body is your temple worship.
And some people do literally worship their bodies.
In fact, to some degree, the we can say that about ourselves, every one of us, we lavish so much attention on our bodies, that it's almost a form of a bar, that it's a form of worship,
toning tanning shapings
we do that with our bodies in order to win attention to attract attention.
And we think that's who we are. That's not who we are. We are not simply a bag of flesh, blood and bones. Rather, we are the rule that loves pile of wood and are created in a unique fashion which is connected to him which is related to him
which Allah blew into say than Adam and he said as he says of himself.
And it's that rule which existed before the body which exists and which remains the same rule. Although it undergoes changes
Those changes are external that we impose on the rule.
Otherwise, the rule has an entity does not constantly change, we do not go through many different rules.
And souls throughout our life as we go through so many different bodies, we have one rule, which we are born with, which we live with, which we shall die with. And with that same rule, we shall be resurrected. With that same rule, we shall stand before law.
Everything else undergoes permanent change, it comes it goes it flows on the apps
he passes through isn't it disappears again.
A majority of his wallet.
And yet is that water constant in our body,
our major constituents
is not mean does not flesh, its wat we are mostly made up of water. And yet we know we take in the water we pass attacks, it constantly passes through.
The only thing that's constant in us that is a single entity, which remains from the beginning till the end is that
and yet we totally neglect. Even though that's the essence of life, it really is the essence.
Until we don't pay attention to the inner reality, and we continue to pay attention just to the form and the function, we will lose, we will continue to miss the real objective. This is one of the reasons why
we praise Allah
for so long.
We recite the arm with our tongues for so long. We do the speed. And we do this with our tongues for so long. We fast for one whole month, every single year, and yet
rather than judging others, next, every single one of us question ourselves how much of an effect have these acts of a bother had on me?
Every single year, we found someone asked me a question just yesterday, someone sent me a question.
the question was
question and the gist of it is that why is it
that some people
have been studying religion under a Teach
for 30 plus years, or in the case of others, they undergo religious training
and activities for prolonged periods each year, periodically.
And yes, even after 30 years of studying,
of worshipping, of practicing, of being religiously observant, they continue to commit sins.
Not just minor sins but major sins. And remember major sins are not just the sins of the body.
major sins are also associated with the tongue which are far easier to commit.
So the question was specifically in relation to the tongue. The why is it that they continued to commit major sins of the tongue, even after 30 years of practice,
And the ends is to do with what I've been discussing. That week, as long as we continue to focus on the form and the external reality. Without the external reality having an inner reflection and an inner reality, then all of these apps have a bar that will purely remain perfunctory and functional. They won't realize their inner reality or achieve their purpose. For instance, faster if we would use fastings just simply remaining hungry and thirsty.
Just as the last panel with the
prophets alarm it was a little Saison de Mendham year that Allah zuri will ama Libby, Felisa de la hodgetwins other shop
that if someone abandons sorry if someone does not shun and does not abandon
and sinful deeds,
then Allah has no need of his remaining hungry and thirsty.
So if someone fasts, this is what what what's in what the Hadith is in relation to this about fasting. If someone fast, and the observed the faster the stomach and the throat in that they don't drink or eat, but
they do watch shelling food and drink, they don't shun sin of the tongue.
Then Allah subhanho wa Taala has no interest in their remaining hungry and thirsty, last, no need of their remaining hungry and thirsty, they can continue remaining hungry and thirsty, their fast is not regarded by a lot more accepted by law. And that's all it is. So we seriously need to ask ourselves, if my fast is not a fast, because it's just a function of physical external application and external acts of worship, without any reflection on the inner rule. Then,
among achieving absolutely nothing, am I losing both of them? Yeah, and that,
in that I don't get any reward. Any benefits as far as Dean is concerned, no reward no taqwa, notice care. And at the same time losing out in the world as well in the dunya by remaining hungry and thirsty. And we can apply this to every single activity that we go through so much. In order to go to the machine. We take out time. We travel, we
pray, we undergo all these motions, whether we pray at home all the mischief, we do it five times a day, we do we do we pray Salah, we take timeout, we undergo all of these movements, postures and motions
five times a day. And yet if we have been doing this for years in yours,
and yet, Salah as Allah has promised in the Quran, does not prevent us from fascia and longer from indecency and from sin, when we really should question our salah and what are we achieving?
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam seizes referring to someone who prays us Allah very late. Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says that one of them waits until right at the end time of ask.
Until What does he do then when the sun is in between or upon the horns of shape long
arm of a barren lie of Guru la huffy Hindi la Padilla, he rises and how does the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam describe his Allah? He says for para autobarn He pecks four times.
He packs just like a bird
picks on the ground, rapid pecking.
So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam describes his rocor and his sujood is bowing and is frustrating as Peck and that's a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his description of his salah and at the beginning of the Hadith, he says three times DeLuca salata, Muna 15 tilaka salatu wa Salatu, WA,
that this is the prayer of hypocrites. This is the prayer of the hypocrites. This is a prayer of the hypocrites.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam doesn't simply say he does rapidly or he prostrates fast. Rather, he says
He pecks full time. So we should ask ourselves, is our Salah, a proper Salah? Or are we losing both the dunya and the alpha by simply picking a number of times each day,
in the manner in which we perform our Salah.
Whichever activity bar that we take, all of them have an inner reality because ultimately, most of the teachings of Islam are not to do with the body. it's to do with the heart.
And that's the most neglected part of our religion.
I promised to speak about this gear today. So where does this gear come in toward us? Now many of us would have heard the word escape.
and normally it's translated as purification, or cleansing, which is correct. It's not incorrect, but it's actually a partial translation just like the word duck wah. Wah is often translated as a fear of law, which is not incorrect, but the fear of a
Law is just one of the many meanings of duck law, it's a partial knee, that was a much broader meaning.
Similarly, this gear has a much broader meaning that simply than simply purification,
what this gear actually mean,
And before I begin to explain that,
as I said early
last term who
has made man man because of his little boy,
that's the real person in us. That's the essence of Alabama, not the body, not even the man.
Not even the brain.
There's a real debate in neurology, about whether there is any difference between the brain as a physical entity and the mind.
Some neurologists and scientists are of the opinion that there's no
difference, because the mind is a product of the physical brain.
When I say mind, in the context of the brain, I'm referring to this higher consciousness.
But there are many neurologists and science leading scientists, who are now increasingly
in increasing numbers of the view, that
Beyond the brain,
there is something beyond other than the brain.
Some of them call it the mind.
So when they use the word mind, they regard it as being something distinct from the brain.
So it's something else that exists other than the physical brain.
Some of them call it the ego.
Some of it call it the mind, others. And in religion, in religious terms, people call it the spirit or the soul, whether we call it the spirit, whether we call it the soul, whether we call it the mind as a separate entity, from the brain, the physical brain, whichever name we give it.
Allah Subhana, who Allah tells us, we're Sedona Garner, who will
be Omar ot 2 million Ma, la de la. And they asked you about the rule about the soul about the spirits say,
that rule is a matter of my Lord. And you have not been given knowledge except very little. All we know, whether we caught some call it the mind, some call it the ego, some call it the spirit, the soul, we call it the roar,
whichever name we give it.
There are two realities to it. One is that it exists, it is there. It truly exists, the other, we will never be able to fully and truly understand it. Because Allah has deprived us of that knowledge. Well, we know it's there, we know it exists. And that's
and that's what makes us who we are truly, and the room has a life. So it's not we are not just brains, and bodies. We have a soul spirit.
And that's our real essence of life. That's who we are.
And just as our body needs live, it needs oxygen. It needs care, attention, it needs nourishment, it needs food and drink. Similarly,
our root needs nourish.
The body can't survive without food or drink. everybody recognizes.
In fact, we even believe in giving our brain
nourishment, by way of entertainment.
The nourishment of the body's food and drink the nourishment of the mind is mental stimulation and entertainment.
But there is something else in us. And it's not just something else that we should regard
The secondary, no, there is something in his, in fact, who we truly are not even something else. And this may sound a bit strange, but think of it this way.
Who are we?
Who are we?
Are we the body?
Are we the brain?
Or are we the spirit?
Who are we?
Are we our bodies, or our bodies attachments just like clothes.
I will say
that our brains are not us. Our bodies are not as they really aren't.
They are attachments. They are things that we use in life.
And the moment we begin to think
that we are our brains, we are our bodies.
we deny our very existence.
Because who we are is the who. That's who we are not the body. The body is like a cage or a box or a container that we wrapped around ourselves. Similarly, the brain is a tool.
It's a thing, which Allah has given us at birth.
And actually, even the brain undergoes physical changes throughout our lives, the brain undergoes physical changes.
just as when
a part of the body is wounded or damaged
the brain as a physical entity, when he undergoes damage, he actually repairs itself.
So the brain undergoes physical changes, because it's a tool.
So our brains are separate from us. Our bodies are separate from who they really are. And
islamically mind standing is this.
How would I argue or how Why do I think that the brains are Mater's, the bodies are Mater's Pamela, in the analyst panel with our Allah tells us that on the Day of Judgment, we will die without our bodies, and alone will resurrect us.
And that alone will give us our bodies again, or give us bodies again.
And what will happen on the day of reckoning, the last panel with the other essays, Yeoman, the shadow, a sinner to whom ad him or Jerome
on that day, on the day, when their tongues and their hands and their feet
shall testify against them,
of what they used to do
in another verse.
Until then, they shall come to its meaning the fire of Jim Shea that
and their eyes their sons and their skins will testify against.
And then in the next verse, the last I use that people will say to them will only do the hymn limit sheet to Marlena. And they will say to their skins as well as to the other limbs. Why did you testify against us?
So the limbs of the body will reply, and that gonna love lady anticoagulation that that Allah who gave the power of speech to all things this day gave us power of speech.
So think of it
all our limbs, and by the very words of the forearm, our tongue,
our hands, our feet, our ears, our arms, our skin, all of these parts of the body will actually
testify against us.
So if we are then
how can we then imagine that
Is that? How can we imagine this conversation between the person and
the parts of the body?
When men will say,
to the skin,
to the hearing to the eyes, to the ears,
to the limbs, the hands and the feet, but why did you testify against me?
Because the body is something else
do you want say, why am I testifying against myself?
It will be something else testifying against him.
We don't need to be too philosophical about this. All I'm trying to say, I'm not pointing out a point at Well, I'm not mentioning a point of either. This isn't a theological point or a dogmatic point. I'm just trying to explain in my own way, why and how we should be focusing our attention on our war on our spirits, because that's who we truly are, and that our bodies, and even our brains are pieces of flesh, bones and blood, and tools, that last parenthood that Allah has given us, as items as equipment to us, as a boxer container, a cage,
to place ourselves in as a form of outer clothing, which we can actually wear and shed wear and remove. But that's not who we are, who we are. It's just the
and the most remarkable thing is that we are so worried about the life, the food, the nourishment, the drink, and the health and the illness of all these other things that are not even us. But we are not worried about our own health. When we say my health, am I talking about the health of my arm?
And the health of my feet?
Or am I talking about my health.
And when we speak of health, we're always talking about the health of the body, which is, which isn't even us.
Even mental health, we're talking about the health of the brain, which isn't even us. So when are you going to start speaking about becoming concerned about and worrying about our health? Not the health of our bodies, or the health of our brains, but our health?
as to who we are?
When are we going to feed ourselves? Not the feed the bottle, feed ourselves?
When are we going to give nourishment
to ourselves, not our brains, but our bodies. That's what this gear is about. This gear is not just about cleaning. It's not just about purifying. When we say the word does gear, it doesn't just mean purification. It means nourishment, it means giving live it means enabling to grow and flourish.
And that's mentioned and explained best by the verses of the Quran in sort of the shops a lot of water Allah sees or shampoo or the HA HA will accommodate you that Allah wouldn't hurt either. jilla when lady the yaksha scenario Madonna will have the honor to ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha Berman this
law swears by so many things, Las Vegas by himself in the in these verses and refer to my tuxedo sort of two shots.
But here after swearing by himself and by many objects of his creation, last panel more there are no essays
for a hammer half would you rojava, Taka,
taka taka harben this
is one of suwama so Allah swears by the soul and by the soul. Woman so were her and by
him by law,
who freshened and created and perfected the soul.
Then he inspired it to its sinfulness. He guided it to its or he enabled it to its sinfulness and its taqwa. Then lost Hannah who What are other essays called the Firemen's of God?
Welcome, Hardman the sir, speaking about the soul speaking about the Spirit speaking about the roar, Allah says, indeed, has scored a success he
who gives the soul does care.
And that's best understood by the next verse, or by the next word.
Look at Harmon the SIR
and indeed has perish, he who stunts the growth or prevents the growth of the of the soul of the Spirit. So did say, which Allah mentions later, which reads leads to a person's a ruin and downfall and ultimate perishing. What does that say?
What does the CME which refers to the
strangling, not literally, but these are all to be inserted together, suffocating, strangling, preventing, choking
and killing off
preventing the rise and the flourishing and the growth.
depriving all of these meanings can be understood in the web.
And allow me to explain a few words, which are all related. And in that way, we will be able to understand the scale.
We've all heard of the word that'll be
it's one of these Arabic words that
is, has been hasn't been imported into most languages.
And everyone uses a word that will be in its original Arabic form.
So we are the SE therapy, as it pronounced an Arabic word therapy yet, with the DA the end, as it's pronounced in other languages, but the word is therapy. And if we ask ourselves, what does that'll be me? We normally reply by saying upbring
to bring up a chart,
that's what upbringing is, so we often hear the phrase we should give our children and Islamic. That'll be
where does where does it come from? It comes from the words or the roots word.
river and rubber, the word river
and everyone knows a river. Gino ferrovia is related to labor.
Because what does the rebound
rebound means flourishing growth,
you have 100 pounds, you earn a Riba interest on it,
then you get 110 pounds.
That's that additional 10 pounds. That's the element of the rebar. That's the growth on the original 100. That's why it's called a lever.
And there'll be a hitch related to it. In fact, what does the last panel with the other seat in the Quran? Will you read this other or will you read this other
Allah gives Riba to sadaqa Allah gives the Riba to sada which means
that Allah gives growth to suffer. If you give one pound of Southern charity in the way of a law or the holy law.
If you give one pound in the way of a law as chariots, Allah subhanho wa Taala will give it growth will cause it to flourish, until that one pound becomes 700.
And it can even grow more.
That's true River. And another verse of the poor amulets panel with Allah says, Well my datum the rebel layer who have a memoir in Nassif, Allah, Yahweh in the La MaMa, it means a curtain to read Allah for Allah.
Allah says what you get
of Riba so that it made
grow with people
realize that it doesn't grow with a law firm or in the law.
But what you give up zaca
seeking a lost countenance there, and these are the ones I that give us aka human will be a fool who will realize a growth who will see a multiplication, multiplication.
So, rebar meanings growth rubber your blue ribbon that means to grow
another word which is similar is number
which means to grow.
And speaking of river
Have you Do you know the
mamane in Asian languages? Especially in Gujarati? Why is it called?
Anyone recall? Have you ever heard the phrase morrible?
What's more of
it sounds like a typical Asian word Rob bought is originally from Arabic, it means Morocco.
That's what marmalade is more about. And why is it called Morocco
because Russia Europe beat Caribbean it's been cultivated. So you cultivate and you grow and you prepare over time,
or the more so although it sounds a typical Asian graph, the word rubber actually comes from Arabic that's related to therapy.
So, a rubber your blue ribbon means to grow. Another similar word is number one which means to grow and to flourish.
And to cause to grow.
And to grow itself to flourish itself is number one another word which is again related is zeca your school's aka which means again to grow
and does gear just like them near and that will be a means to cause to grow to cause to flourish.
So whether you say euro euro blue ribbons, aka yes kousaka Anaya moon moon
all these words no Maja moussaka Yes, Cora Yabu all mean to grow and to flourish, and all related words, which means of course to grow, to cause to flourish or to help flourish. And which would mean
cultivation, or growing
are the words that will be than mere hunters gear. And all of these words are related to plants, the cultivation of plants.
So, it's a perfect example, when you take a plant
a simple plan, Pamela, rather coincidental on the way here just now, I was listening to
I just switched on the radio, as is typical, you sit in the car and you switch on the radio. So switched on the radio, and it was garden as well.
They're talking about lavender, and plants and
and the care and the attention that they were talking about. So the specific question when I was coming here was a lady was asking about lavender. And the panel was answering questions about how
the bed of lavender flowers and plants should be facing in the direction. So you should have a plot which is facing in a particular direction, not the other direction. So that gets a minimum of eight hours of sunshine in summer, etc. And the terminology, the phrases, the care, the time the attention that all of this was being mentioned the pruning the span Allah. And that's just in the few minutes that it took me to get here. And that's true. You can take a single pot, a plant apart.
And yeah, you have to give it so much attention so much.
Many years ago, I read and I've mentioned this more than once about a plant that when you buy a plant from a garden center
And you bring it home,
you need to leave the plants
for two, three days
before feeding it any nutrients. And before doing anything with it, just leave it in one place don't constantly move it about why, so that it can overcome the shock of having me been moved from its original location to a new habitat, and so that it can settle in and become adapted to its new environment. And that's a part of that's a plant in a part, you allow it to overcome the shock.
And then what do you need to do, you need to provide the right nutrients not too much, not too little, the right amount of heat, the right amount of sunlight, the right amount of shade, the right amount of warmth,
the right amount of water again, not too much, not too little. And all of this for one pot.
This is where all these words come in, there'll be a then Mia hunters gear, there'll be a to cultivate, to nurture. So you have to cultivate this plant in such a way throughout its lifetime.
constant care and attention. Monitoring its water levels, its nutrients, its energy, its heat.
Its food and drink and shade. It's like
it's warm, and cold. And that's one plant. So this is where all the words come in of there'll be a desk and then what are you doing, ultimately, you are through, there'll be this gear and then Mia, you are helping and enabling and allowing this plant to flourish, to grow. That's what last panel with the Anna mentioned and sort of the shrimps
that walk at Harmon the sir has indeed perished has perished. He who does want to the soul, who suffocates the soul, and prevents it from growing and flourish. The one who kills off the soul,
the one who deprives the soul.
And what's the opposite of someone suffocating the soul. And stunting its growth is someone who gives it life who gives it who enables it to grow and to flourish. That's the true meaning of this gear. It means nurturing, cultivate.
And that's how we should look at our why not simply as to cleanse our spirits. Now, the way we should look at our spirit is when we say it's remarkable, isn't it when we say our spirit.
When we say our spirits
when we say us we refer we refer to our bodies and our brains that aren't us.
When we say our spirits or our room,
we refer to ourselves have something else.
Even though in the Quran, Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah universe in which he speaks about this gear in many verses.
So where does the law speak about this gear? Concentrate on these verses last panel what the other say is in one of the students who were living in America fill me in on a solar minimum yet through Allah him if he will use a key him we are in the moment
that it is he Allah who has sent amongst the unlettered people, a messenger from themselves?
What does he do yet through either him if he recites the verses of Allah to them, what is the key him and he does that the scale
we are limiting will take money teaches in the book and wisdom.
There are three other verses similar verses in the Quran, all speaking about the duty of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And he had three genes, one, to convey the verses of Allah to the creation, to to teach the people the meaning of those verses. And number three, to do that there's care and what does that mean? It means to nurture. That's what the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did he nurtured so when the last panel with the other uses this phrase about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and
Use the words he purifies their souls. Or does he use the words use a key him meaning he purifies them, he nurtures them,
not their souls. If not, we'll use a good enforcer
and he purifies their soul. It's not that it's what is a game we as a game we as a game, and he purifies them. And again, purification is a partial translation. It's partial meaning, I would rather translate it as nurtures, he nurtures them.
So he conveys the words of Allah to the people they receive.
He then explains the words of a lot of the people, they then understand them, these are to GTS or the messenger sallallahu sallam, and then what was his third gt?
Which was once they have received the verses, once they have understood the verses, what is the last What does the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam do? to them? He doesn't just purify. He nurtures them. He does that that'll be just like a father, a parent nurtures a child
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam nurtured the Sahaba of the Ummah
that means, he helped them grow and flourish. He cultivated them. He culture, he nurtured.
He provided them with everything.
He's the one who grew.
He molded them he fashion.
He changed them. profits in the long run equal send them did that to this habit of the law. And that's the true and original meaning of this.
So when we say
our spirit, remarkably, we are speaking about ourselves as being something else should we be saying?
We should purify our spirits, purify our souls, what should we be saying? purify ourselves, purify, nourish ourselves, feed ourselves, nurture ourselves, cultivate ourselves, not our spirit, our spirits is not a separate entity, we are the spirits We are the
the body is a separate entity, the brain is a separate entity, the brain is just part of the body, the body is a separate entity. If we look at ourselves like that, then we will realize that how bizarrely how we have placed ourselves, ourselves in such a bizarre situation whereby we starve ourselves, we feed the boat, our bodies.
Weak we are we neglect ourselves. But we are constantly concerned about the appearance and the health and the fitness of our bodies, not ourselves, our bodies, we need to switch our way of thinking. Because that's who we are. We are the who we are not the bottom.
just like every living organism, just like a plant
requires care, attention.
It can't just grow by itself. It's like a helpless child.
It really is. That's why Allah says, has perished, he who suffocates who prevents the growth who stunts the growth of the horse. Thus,
by suffocating, denying to that's lied to teeth, it's warm, that's drink, it's care and attention. That's the
and the opposite is the skia, which doesn't just mean to clean or to cleanse or to purify. It means to enable to grow to help grow to help flourish. This is what we do with our children. Ultimately, our children have to grow up themselves, in the sense that they are not heard there's something else.
But what do we as parents do?
We provide them with all the necessary food, drink, love, care, attention, warm.
The environment, the tools, the learning, the knowledge, the education, the protection.
We do all of this and so much more. And all of that should be regarded as being contained in one single word. There'll be
so if you imagine we do we have to do
So much beer, and this gear for appointment. And the same for a child. Same for a pet.
Remarkably, we give our dogs and cats more attention than we give our true.
we insure our pets, we give them food, we give them drink, we give them shelter, we give them love, care and attention.
We give them friendship and a lot of the time, we in fact, virtually all the time we win that friendship from them too.
So we pay more attention.
And we do more therapy
and the scare
of cats and dogs
than we do of our own of ourselves. Again, I shouldn't say we do have our spirits. It's not a separate entity than we do ultimately of ourselves.
That's the meaning of this.
It doesn't just mean purification on the soul.
That's a correct translation and meaning but it's a partial translation mean. Ultimately, this gear is much greater. It means a nurturing the cultivation and the growing of our room. It requires everything it requires food and drink. The body our last panel who were there Anna says minha Filipina Kumasi, Han or a woman
Okay, this is another verse which explains to us why our bodies and something else a lot of what the other What does he say about the creation of the spirits
but the creation of
Allah says for either so wait when I have created him when a photography him a rule he he did not become men just with the body he only became man he only became Adam alayhis salaam once a lot blown into him of his spirits
and did the last panel with Anna create the route from the soil of the earth or did the last panel with adequate the roof in the head
and the soil of the earth or the head
so last panel with the other sayings of the earth minha
Wolfie han ido come
from it's the soil of the earth we have created you and to its we shall return you. And from it We shall resurrect.
And he's the lice is the last week and about spirits, our bodies, our bodies, our bodies, our roots came from the heavens.
Our bodies came from the soil of the earth. We were given these bodies of the earth when we came to the earth, when we shall leave the earth, that container will go back to the earth. But our room will carry on, it rises as we learn in the Hadeeth. When a person passes away,
long before the body is buried and entered in the earth long before
immediately at the time of death. What happens with the rule, the rule rises, and it's taken by the angels. It's actually wrapped by the angels
and taken and the angels pass on the route. From angel to angel from a group of angels to group of angels.
Even though the body is still there, everyone weeps over the body. The family surrounds the body.
The mourners surround the body. People weep over the body.
But the person
the real individual, the real cargo,
the essence of life that resided in that body has long disappeared.
It hasn't just gone forever,
never to return.
No, it's risen to the heaven.
And it's been carried by the angels.
And people mourn over the bond.
But that body will return to the earth where within a very short while, it will begin to decompose and deteriorates and eventually disintegrate. topped
with only the broken bones remain.
the roof rises to the heavens. So the body lost these men how kalapana we have created you from the dust the soil of the earth and to the soil of the earth we shall return and from there we shall resurrect
comes from the heavens. Now, since the body comes from the soil of the earth,
everything's and nourishment comes from its source, from its original source and from its own origin.
Since the body is from the earth, its nourishment must come from the earth.
Everything is nourishment comes from its original source. So, since the body is from the soil of the earth, the nourishment was coming from the soil of the earth. And that means whether we are vegetarians, or vegans,
or outright cannibals.
All our food ultimately comes from the soil of the earth.
Even if we eat meat, those needs to be those animals have been fed and nourished on grass.
And even if there's a chain
and even if it's fish, it's strongly from the earth.
Can't put diesel or petrol
in an electric engine,
nor can you charge up a petrol or diesel car
from a power outlet.
the rule is from the heavens, it's not from this.
The food, the drink and the medicine of the world.
do no good whatsoever to the rule.
They are incompatible.
Since the rule comes from the heavens, his nourishment must also come from the head.
And what is that nourishment?
It's the Quran
is the vicar of Allah.
When Allah says Allah decree law, rule know that in the remembrance Vicar of Allah, two hearts find mama Nina Toma, Nina, not happiness Bomani.
And it's not happiness.
What does Bomani Nami was it meant nanny.
I've said repeatedly people misunderstand this verse. Again. People say
I've been doing the vicar of Allah for so many years I do the speech every single day. Yet my heart remains perturbed, it remains disturbed. I remain in constant anxiety agitation. I am discontent and pleased
a lot of promises happiness
in the remembrance of the heart, or sorry, a lot of promises happiness with the remembrance of Allah. I remember law often but I don't find happiness.
Because we're looking for the wrong thing in the wrong place. A lot is not promised happiness.
In this verse, alas, promised it mitten and Bulma Nina domani in a narrow because simply means.
But I've used the word Nan because it's a word which is used in Asian languages as well again, a word imported from the Arabic, so we all know what it's meant. It's meant Nan means we say it means in order to we say it means which which is that it meant Now, what does it mean? Well, it's not promised happiness lost promise commitment. And there's a difference between that. So when the law says know that in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find
Jerry different to in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find happiness?
What's the difference? It
simply means for something to become settle.
That's what it means.
For something to settle, just like when dust settles, or a coin settle.
Or an item becomes settle. And the meaning of settled is it's no longer agitated, it's no longer moving constantly. It's no longer disturbed. It's no longer rumbling.
A lot doesn't promise happiness with the remembrance of Allah. Allah promises if met.
And how's that
even when someone dies, family member
We all believed one can never be happy about one little shed tears and one will grieve. One will move and suffer that huge loss.
One or even one may even be in a state of shock, initially, but
when we say to ourselves, and when we believe with hearts and Ma, just as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did and said, that indeed we shall we belong to Allah to Allah, we shall return in that in that we're in a garage in Melinda Hema. We're in the Linda Hema aqua color shade in in the summer, that to Allah belongs all the tea has taken, and to Allah belongs all the tea has given.
And everything is only for an appointed time with Allah.
Once a person believes this with heart and mind, then
they can cope with their loss and with their belief.
Knowing that it's not a moment of joy, it's not a moment of celebration, there can be no happiness in such a thing. But by attaching oneself to a last Carnival with the other in that manner, and believing and feeling that with one's heart and soul and mind, what happens is that the hearts are become settled, it's comforted, it finds comfort, it's comfort. So like a child,
a child may be sick, a child may be in pain, the parents can not do much to immediately relieve the pain, but by show giving the child a shoulder
a cuddle by embracing the child
providing warmth and protection to the child and shelter.
That child may still continue to feel the pain of illness, they still continue to suffer the symptoms of illness, they won't go away immediately and miraculously, but
the child will feel feel at peace, safe. content.
cared for love.
I say all of this because we should see our rule as that child.
It needs our attention.
Again, we shouldn't say it, we should say we our room. We We We need care, we need attention. We need love.
We need shelter, we need warmth, we need a warm embrace.
We need food and drink and nourishment, we need energy.
And the only ones who can provide that to ourselves is herbs only we can do for ourselves and to ourselves with the right food.
There's no point putting diesel in a petrol car.
And the food and drink of this world and its stimulation and its entertainment can do no good whatsoever. Because they're all utterly incompatible. They can do no good to ourselves meaning to the law.
The only nourishment food and drink that we require.
Not our bodies, but we the rule is nourishment of the heaven.
This is how we will allow ourselves to grow and to flourish. And this is what the word this gear means.
Just again, something to think about.
Have you will always hear this phrase Islamic, Islamic that'll be we need to set up schools. We need to set up mother ourselves. We need to have classes we need to have provisions for the federal via of our children for the therapy of our children. What's about the barrel beer, and that there's gear and then me
the care the cultivation and the nurturing of adults.
What about that?
At which point do we stop eating and drinking?
At which point
because we our bodies need constant feeding, drinking and attention. So we're all
Talking about Islamic data. And by therapy, we narrowly think we narrowly apply this just to children.
What about adults? What about the therapy of adults? Whereas the Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he mainly did the therapy, did he do the therapy of children? Or did he mainly do the therapy of adults?
He did the therapy of adults.
Mainly, of course, he did the therapy of children as well, mainly his therapy hours for the athletes.
If the Sahaba of the law were in need of therapy,
and if they were in need of this gear, which Allah mentions as the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam third duty, and they were the Sahaba of the alarm. What's about us? Are we not in need of therapy at this gear? And then,
of course, we need this gear.
And this gear doesn't just mean the purification of the soul, it means the cultivating the cultivating the nurturing of the soul, giving it growth, helping it to flourish.
Now, there are many aspects, the question is okay, how do we do it? Well, there are many aspects of this gear, and inshallah I'll touch upon the different aspects of this gear in the future. I end with this, I pray that Allah subhanho wa Taala enables us to stand more lawmakers amongst those who
realize who we truly are.
And who allowed me I pray that light enables us to care for ourselves as we need to, and as we should be caring for ourselves. I pray Allah makes us amongst those last panel who provides this gear to so that we can do, there'll be this gear, and that we are amongst those law has original sales. But the famines occur, indeed, has scored a success he who gives growth to the soul and enables it to flourish, and who gives it life and indeed, and we pray that we are not of those of whom Allah says, work harder than this, and indeed has perished. He who suffocates the growth
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