Introduction Provisions for the Hereafter Split Part B

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Explanation of the summarised version of Imam Ibn Qayyim AlJawziyyah’s famous book- Provisions for the Hereafter. This is the Introduction that took place before episode one.

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So just before I interrupted you all, I was telling you about another reason why I find this particular

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book important. And that is because it also teaches us the reasons why

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we have differences of opinion between the scholars, right, because of the analytical skills of the man, and how he discusses certain fit points, it becomes manifest to the reader and to the student of knowledge, you know, why it's plausible that a particular method could take a particular view and

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another mishap could take another view, right. So basically, we, we learn from this, from our study of the of this book, saddle mag, with the provisions for the Hereafter, a reason why the scholars may differ in terms of method. So this is another unique real another reason that makes this particular book unique. Another amazing aspect, my my dear brothers and sisters, that teaches us how unique this book is, and I really want you to take to heart this particular reason. And that is the fact that is the fact that Evelyn wrote this entire book during

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a journey during a journey, right. So, he wrote this entire book, this entire book, during some travel of his, he was on his way somewhere. And

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he was writing, you know, whether he was on top of his ride, or whether he, you know, took a break for a meal, or to stay at a particular place overnight. He was writing this particular book, now, you know, a person like myself, I, you know, I cannot help, I cannot help but feel overwhelmed by this particular point. The point that he wrote this entire book, during travel, right, because what's the first thing that comes to mind when you learn that the author wrote the entire book during travel? Well, the first thing that comes to mind is Pamela, where was his library? When was his library? Right? If he has mentioned so many aspects in this book, and this book is unique, for

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so many reasons, surely, surely, surely. Surely, he must have had an amazing library with him. Right? So surely, he must have had an amazing library with him? Surely, this must have been the case? How is it possible? How is it possible that, you know, he could have fitted so much information in this book just from his head off the top of his head? Right. So this is the first thing that that you know, that wakes me up? This is the first thing that makes me feel overwhelmed. Obviously.

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I am, as I said, you know, Allah blessed me to have studied Islam for a while. And, you know, I know what work it takes to author a book to write a book to put some research together. So I definitely feel overwhelmed reading that this Imam, Allah highly May Allah bless him, this Imam went ahead and wrote an entire book off the top of his head during a journey. And you all know, my dear brothers and sisters, that you know, journeys come with travel journeys, come

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you know, with difficult journeys come with the difficulties of travel, right? You know, you tie it, sometimes it's hot, sometimes it's dusty, right and, and in the region that they were living in, they would be sandstorms.

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And so on and so forth. Right. And let's not forget that we're not talking about a journey where you get onto an air conditioned aircraft, and move from point A to point B, we're talking about a journey. And we're not talking about a journey that lasts you so many hours. You know, I recall when I was traveling back from Australia,

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to Zimbabwe, and I headed over the journey was taking me via Dubai. And I recall the journey just from Australia to Dubai, it had a stopover in in Malaysia, but just that journey alone was close to 15 hours and suparna la, you know, when I saw 15 hours, that was that was like,

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That was tough to see, you know, seeing 15 hours just looking at it was tough to see. So Never mind, you know, starting the journey. The toughness of the journey started by just looking at the fact that that would be 15 hours traveling to Dubai then have a stopover and then another have another 10 hours to get back to or to Zimbabwe, right.

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Right now, by the way, for those who are asking, I'm basically I'm speaking to you from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. So what I'm saying brothers and sisters is we're not talking about these types of journeys where you're in an air conditioned aircraft, it's just a matter of of a day, really, and you know what? We'll be okay. We're talking about journeys that would last, you know, a month or two months

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Brothers and sisters So, so just take, you know, special care of this particular point that whenever you open this book, try and picture that you ma'am sitting somewhere under the hot sun

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around the desk, the plane, you know, putting pen to paper with his ink pot, putting pen to paper for you and I to benefit in a magnanimous way today and that's why brothers and sisters insha Allah, you know, we put the knowledge of the amount into practice, then we have been a sort of cottage area for the Imam and imagine all those since he has written the book and all those who studied it, and all those who learned from it, and all those who used it as a reference in their own thesis. And all those who put his teachings into practice, each and every one of them are sadaqa jariya for the amount because obviously he was the one who was a means Oh, he was the one who Allah subhanho wa

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Taala made a means. So coming back to the point, my dear brothers and sisters is the fact that this Imam read this book, or sorry, wrote this book from memory during travel. Right now today, brothers and sisters, you and I can write a book, you know, during travel, but it's not going to be from memory. I mean, we all know we live in a day and age of technology and we were praising Allah subhanho wa Taala for it from the outset. The reality is, yes, you and I can have 1720 25,000 books with us on a plane journey, or on a car journey on a hard disk on a USB stick, for example, or on the hard disk of our computer even all nicely photocopied and everything and even with a search

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function perhaps, right, where you don't even have to read so much information, just put in the search box, the exact Hadeeth you want. Put in the search box, the exact piece of information you want from which book from which method, and at the click of a button, have lots of Anahata brings it in front of you, this is the reality, right? at the click of a button. Allah subhanho wa Taala brings it in front of you. Right, this wasn't the case, we're talking about a man who's writing this book, at the click of a button in his head. So he's basically accessing tons and tons of information and eloquently writing it for us to read today. And this is another thing My dear brothers and

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sisters that reading the English will not allow you to appreciate

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the strength of the linguistic abilities of this Imam

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Ali, right This will not allow you to appreciate the eloquence the linguistic abilities of the map. So not only is he is he throwing information onto paper, but if we look at the eloquence that is that he uses to to present the information and Never mind that even the structure that the great Imam uses to present the information is absolutely amazing, right? Because when you read the book, it's not as if information is all over the place. And it lacks structure, it is amazing structure in the book and even you can see his ideas have a line of connect to the ideas before it to the ideas after it. Right. So this is another aspect that makes this book absolutely amazing. Now, we can

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learn a lot from the fact that you know, he wrote this book during travel, my dear brothers and sisters from them, firstly is the immense knowledge of the email. Right? The immense knowledge of the aim of this ultimate Allah here it this is something we need to write in gold. And and you know, never debate, right. He's definitely knowledgeable. This is a book that scholars have praised. And this is a book which he wrote from his head. And never mind, you know, writing it from his head, he wrote it during, you know, travel, right? Secondly, we learned the Baraka and blessings

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that happens when a person is patient in seeking knowledge. Right? We learn the Baraka and blessings that Allah gives us when we are patient when we seek knowledge. Right? And and I always say that if you learn in bucketloads, you'd end up forgetting in packet loss. Right? So take heed of this particular point, sometimes, you know, we work in the dour, and, obviously, we know it's important for us to learn but we lack patience. We want to memorize the Quran, we lack patience. We want to memorize Hadith, we lack patience, right? So what happens? We start memorizing too much Quran at once. And then we burn out. We start memorizing too many Hadith at once, and then we burn out. Or

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maybe we realized that you know what we have to attend certain lessons and so on and so forth. So then what happens is, we start looking at all the different lessons that you know, that Allah subhanho wa Taala has blessed our community with and then we, you know, Monday we hear Tuesday, we then Wednesday, or Thursday we there and it's just

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a random flow of activity in seeking knowledge. We tried to get it in bucket loads. And then if we really analyze ourselves after time, we see that 200

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What are we doing with this knowledge? How much of the knowledge do we remember? Right? These are the critical answers that are questions that need to be asked that help us understand if we are truly doing a great job in learning the Sharia, and in seeking knowledge, right, so we need great patience, this environmental law here and as you will see, when we discuss him, he became who he became not because he was just pouring knowledge into his brain. No, because he took the necessary time to learn things. He took the necessary stages when it came to learning. He never took a, you know, a more advanced book before he dealt with a primer properly. And even the primary it wasn't

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this quick fix, you know, this fast food style, we can cause Bang, bang, bang, and then we serve the meal, you know, that kind of

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seeking knowledge. And this is what my teachers used to tell me as well, you know, this allergy bursary, as we say, in the Arabic language, just the fast food kind of process, to seek knowledge, no, he never had that he took enough time. And what was happening is, throughout his journey, seeking knowledge, the information was sticking, the information was sticking. And because it was sticking, he had this great ability to build upon his previous information when he lent later pieces of information. And then he got to a stage where Alhamdulillah he wanted to put a book down. And every time he wanted to access information, his mind was ready to serve Him. And and our minds are

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amazing brothers and sisters. And I think you all know the science behind how a computer works. And all you know some thing about the science behind how a computer accesses information, and so on and so forth. And with that, you've heard the specialists in the field, say that the human brain is far more advanced than a computer or a processing computer, and so on and so forth. And obviously, you know, we hardly tapped into an iota is worth of our brains potential, right. But we're not talking about brains, potentially, we're talking about process because even our process is wrong. So I learned from the fact that the man was able to do this, how important it is to seek knowledge,

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having patience, burn yourself in, never burn yourself out, burn yourself in, never burn yourself out. If you're going to, you know, learn some Quran, start slowly, start with half a page, start with a quarter page. And when you see now it's become easier for you to learn a quarter page and Hamdulillah, whereby you are able to, you know, maybe when you started, it was taking half an hour to do a quarter page. But now all of a sudden, it's taking 20 minutes, you know, or it's taking 15 minutes, then at that particular juncture increase. But don't just jump into it and say, Look, I only got half an hour, but I'm going to learn one page in half an hour and then you see how hard it

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is to learn. And then when you learn the next day you forget it. And then it just

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you know, it causes you to lose motivation. And you open a door for shavon to take you away from the noble practice that Allah subhanho wa Taala has put you in. So brothers and sisters, this is another point that we learned that if you learn in bucket loads, you will forget in bucket loads. And that's why even without the married inshallah we'll take it nice and slow Bismillahi tala.

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In being true to the way of the author, the way of the Imam Rahmatullahi alaikum. Brothers and sisters, we also learn from this, the patients needed and this is an abstract point that I'm presenting to you. But nonetheless, we do learn this even in an abstract way. And that is how patience is required when seeking knowledge in you know, in terms of the process, so we've we've discussed patience in terms of the amount of information you get, and, and don't be, you know, sad when the information is too little have patience there. But I want to touch on another aspect and that is, you know, patients in terms of our likes an hour once and you know how you and I prefer to

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seek knowledge. The reality is my dear brothers and sisters, this knowledge that we seek is from the inheritance of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. The reality is, it is far more valuable than any, you know, amount of gold, any amount of silver if you brought together the treasures of the earth, it wouldn't match to a small amount in terms of importance and honor, that this inheritance that were sort of lost and Allahu Allahu wa sallam left behind owns. The reality is this inheritance was revealed to him by Allah subhanho wa Taala. And you know, you've heard me say in previous talks about repeat for those who haven't and it will be a reminder for those who have that you know,

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knowledge is more precious than wealth, because wealth when we spend it decreases unless we spend for the sake of Allah Of course, and, but but you know, with knowledge when you spend it, it increases. This is the reality. Right? When I share with you some knowledge now. It increases right we have 68 people

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on, you know, here we have over 100 people registered for this particular class, and inshallah they will join us in the upcoming weeks and inshallah access the recordings

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from today. But the reality is my dear brothers and sisters, that now that I've taught you 6869 70 people, when you let him have this knowledge that I've taught, and the hundreds who will get access to the recordings, because they've registered with us, they also will have taken this knowledge that I've shared. So yes, I've spent something, but it hasn't decreased. In actual fact, it's increased, right. And let's say everyone who's registered now teaches this to two people, at least what happens, it increases again, and they will teach it to other people, it will increase again. So knowledge spent increases, money spent decreases, unless it's spent for the sake of Allah subhanho

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wa Taala. Of course, also brothers and sisters, you know, knowledge protects us. But wealth needs us to protect it. And this is a reality, knowledge protects us, whilst

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wealth leads us to protect it, we need a safe for money, we need a bank for money. And so Pamela, as you've seen in the last recession, you know, even the bank was in a safe place for our money. We've seen some countries where people, you know, like Greece, people couldn't get their money out of their account. And then when they were bailed out by the World Bank, the conditions were crazy, you know, in the form of you having to pay the bank money to get your money out. Right. So, you know, even when we talk about money protection, even, that's not so robust, right? But this is different to knowledge, knowledge looks after us. When we learn something, it protects us. Because now we've

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learned how to worship Allah, it makes our worship free from mistakes, and so on, and so forth. So,

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you know, when we talking about the inheritance of Rasulullah, sallAllahu, Alayhi, wasallam, we're talking about something valuable. And when we're talking about something so valuable, then the message, my dear brothers and sisters, is that it is worth it, it is worth it. Now, why am I saying this, I'm saying this, because we're discussing this point, about having patience, you know, in the data that we do, having patients in the knowledge that we learn that, you know, you know, perhaps you're not going to get every teacher who's who's going to teach you exactly to your preference, you know, maybe he's going to be too fast, maybe he's not going to be, you know, very motivating in

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terms of keeping up your attention span. And I'm deciding for you, you know, certain things that people generally say, when they're learning that we, we've become good, especially in this day and age, and in fact, it's it's a, it's a characteristic, it's a habit of this day and age where we gauge our teachers, right? When you go for a course, at the end of the course, they actually give you a form. And on the form, they'll tell you what the instructor captivating. This is what they say. So this is a norm of the time that we live in. But it's very important brothers and sisters, that, yes, we live at a particular time. But as we live at a particular time, we never forget, we

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never forget the the aura, the honor of machinery, we never forget the aura, the honor vvv the value of the knowledge of the share of the inheritance of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And as a result, the honor of those who have this inheritance what Allah has blessed to carry it, yes, we must be excellent in how we teach. Don't get me wrong, but I'm not talking about the teaching. I'm talking about you and I as students, when perhaps we have a teacher that you know, what is a bit difficult for us to follow?

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Right? I'm sure that you've come across a talk that's been going around that one of the talks that I gave in Atlanta, we're discussing the honor of the messenger and and and and I advised one in all to take special care of not falling into the celebrity fan culture, when it comes to seeking knowledge, and rather be a fan of the knowledge that wherever it is, you will be found. This is important brothers and sisters. And yes, sometimes you know what, it's at a place that's not so conducive to ourselves. But it's so valuable that we run to it. It's so valuable, and we love it so much that we run to it and we'd be patient with regards to that which you know, is not conducive to our liking.

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Right. So you know,

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why? Because the inheritors of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam is what if I told you, you know, sister Amina, or, or brother Abdul Malik, I'm just putting random names from the class. If I told you there's a million gold bricks, that you have a chance to get your hands on.

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Would you be picky as to how you receive it? Feel free to drop me an answer in the chat box. Would you be free? Sorry, would you be picky? You know, with regards to how you actually received this inheritance, would you say okay, yes, you know, I I'm so lucky. I have a this is an amazing gift, but I want to deliver it to my house.

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At this time on this day in this way, would you do that? Absolutely not. Okay. Let's say if you did, and somebody said, No, no, no, no, no, no, if you wanted, you have to go to, you know, Timbuktu wherever that is. Right, wherever that is, you have to go to Timbuktu.

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Would you say I forget about it? I'm not interested in a million gold bricks, I'm just gonna, you know, I'm just going to carry on. Absolutely not. You're going to find out where Timbuktu is. And you're going to prepare yourself and your journey there. Even if it's so dangerous, you will get yourself the security, whatever it takes. Why? Because a million gold bricks is worth it. And this is the same analogy that I'm sharing with you, my dear brothers and sisters, the inheritance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is worth it. The inheritance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam is worth it. Right? So wherever it is, we will go and get it. We are not going to be fussy,

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we are going to get it you know why? Because it's worth it. Yes, the teacher, you know, might speak in a low voice, but Subhanallah he's so knowledgeable, and I need that knowledge. I'm going to be patient and I'm going to I'm going to go and adjust myself. Why? Because it's worth it. You know what that's, you know, that teacher speaks a bit fast. I can't keep up with him. But you know what, it's worth it. I want to adjust myself. I'm gonna do what I need to do. Why? Because it's worth it. You know, that teacher, something is too serious, for example, but you know what, he's a special man. Nonetheless. He's got the inheritance of the Prophet. I love the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa

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sallam, I'm gonna adjust myself. I'm going to go and adjust myself. You know why? Because it's worth it. We can't. You know, today, sadly, we see this pickiness fussiness, when it comes to seeking knowledge, and then we you know, we end up treading the path of, of becoming a fan of a particular speaker. Why? Because he's the only person conducive in terms of my learning. Now, I'm not saying brothers and sisters, that you shouldn't have a particular teacher, particular speaker, but I'm saying that no one speaker no one teacher can teach you everything of the Sharia. In fact, even if you had 10, teachers all together, they wouldn't teach you everything of the Sharia. And the reality

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is, you know, those less exciting teachers, you know, those

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you know, those more unknown teachers, the reality is that those people, they are more knowledgeable than the famous more knowledgeable ones, you got to understand the so what I'm trying to say brothers and sisters, we take lessons from how this Imam wrote a book. during travel, it didn't happen overnight. It happened because he was patient in how he learned he was patient with regards to the process, he was robust in terms of his entire approach, that a day came about in his life, where he could be on a journey and a light bulb went on in his head and he said you know what, I will write a book about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam a book that no one has written before

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meaning a book in a way that no one has attempted to write before. And you know what, without any books, he did it and you know what, Allah accepted it and proof of Allah subhanho wa Taala accepting it is the fact that you and I have the book today and you and I have it even in the English language. So Pamela, and you and I have been inspired to use it as

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the foundation of this particular class, my dear brothers and sisters. What I will do now inshallah is pause the lesson. So that inshallah we can ponder over some of the lessons shared and digest those lessons a little bit and take a breather,

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you know, stand up, stretch, get the blood flowing again. Insha Allah, have a drink of water perhaps consume some healthy sugars and insha Allah insha Allah at or in eight minutes time eight minutes time, we will resume this particular class does acuna Hayden has an awesome Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi edubirdie