Provisions for the Hereafter Series Part 5
Channel: Sajid Ahmed Umar
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Explanation of the summarised version of Imam Ibn Qayyim AlJawziyyah’s famous book – Provisions for the hereafter
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My dear brothers and sisters in Islam Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
I welcome you all to our
fifth session in the series provisions for the hereafter. This is
our first season Alhamdulillah or the first portion
of this particular season. Will you let it happen today is the fourth of April 2015 ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless our time and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to make us a group of people that hear a good word and follows it and to make us a group of people forgiven upon our departure. I mean, your element or praise belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala we praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we seek his assistance and we seek His guidance, and we seek refuge in Allah subhanho wa Taala from the evil of our souls and the adverse consequences of our deeds. Whomsoever Allah subhanho wa Taala decrees guidance upon the man can misguide him, and boom, serve Allah subhanho wa Taala decrease
misguidance upon them then can guide him and peace and salutations be upon the final messenger Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I believe, Mr. Bass no one with your worship besides one Allah and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is His Messenger May Allah give us with our beloved messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in China. I mean, remember brothers and sisters, as I said, this gathering is a blessing one and it's one that is covered with the mercy of Allah. And everything that we do in this gathering is even more special.
That's never ever forget to make dua to ask Allah for forgiveness to ask Allah subhanho wa Taala for his mercy.
You know, never ever refrain or hold back, or even forget
doing that try to keep yourself
you know, remembering these important values, especially given how important these gatherings are, and that is why
I encourage you all to attend the live sessions. Because these live sessions have those extra special blessings that Allah subhanho wa Taala has placed
upon these gatherings, in the Sunnah Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam teaches us that Allah subhanho wa Taala has angels that have been given the endeavor of searching of traveling the globe and searching, searching for gatherings such as this. So they all rush around the globe, looking for
these gatherings. And then when one Angel finds a gathering like ours of Hamdulillah, which Allah has blessed us with in this century, that we can even do it online without leaving our home. Then this angel calls out to all the other angels and tells these angels that I have found the gathering and all the angels then rush to this gathering and they start piling up on top of the gathering all the way to the heaven. So Pamela, this is the reality of these gatherings My dear brothers and sisters so many allow me because diligent with attending these live sessions me, brothers and sisters, in our last session, we discuss the lineage lineage of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi
wasallam. And the reason why we went into this brief run through the life of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Or began it was because it will pay Rahmatullah here Allah says that we understand that there's no way to Allah except via the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, then it becomes mandatory upon us right obligatory upon us to know the messenger to know the messenger, especially since at the or the second half of the article of faith. We say Mohammed Rasul Allah, so it will pay him in his book provisions for the hereafter in the original book, not the summarized one. He goes with a run through a brief run through important elements, particularly to the Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam. So this is where he starts off. And then he makes the rest of the book, the guidance of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with regards to everything that Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed to him, so it will refer to La La starts with with a brief Sera, a brief run through and Alhamdulillah we discuss the lineage of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And, and we said that there's no difference of
opinion with regards to his lineage up to his grandfather at the net and that Adnan is from the children of his very, very solemn without doubt. And we established in our last session that it was his married Elisa Lam, who was put under the knife and not is how can we shed some evidences for that. Now, I just want to take you
a little bit into some of the grandfathers mentioned
in the lineage of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Because this is knowledge that we don't know and the reason why I want to share with you the reality of some of the grandfather's of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam is because we know that the Quran considered Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to have the best of lineages, and this is established in many generations.
In terms of when it's established, even, you know, from the time when the Quraysh stood in front of an agenda. Right, the Abyssinian
King. So you know, they established or it was established like that the Muslims established because he called the Muslims to defend themselves against the propaganda that the police brought to him and Jeffrey Bennett, he stood in front of an agenda and said that you know what, this person who's coming to us, he's a person who we say enjoys the best of lineages. And then we also know the windows Rasul Allah while he was
sort of, or when he sallallahu alayhi wa sallam sent letters to the different King right towards the end of the Medina period Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam star within
entailed sending letters to different leaders, right, and this particular practice of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
sending letters to different leaders teaches us that he wasn't a prophet only for the Arabs. He wasn't a prophet only for the Arabian Peninsula, but rather, he was a prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam for the entire globe and all of humanity and all people It wasn't like the prophets of Israel, for example, who are specific to but it's right, like Isa la sala Musa alayhis, salaam and the other prophets, many prophets of
of Israel. So Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was global, was global in terms of his message and the people that he was sent to and testimony of this is the fact that he sent letters to other leaders, and the the the companions of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam continued that there are in this way and this again is testimony to the reality of our that our should start with those closest to you and that charity begins at home and inshallah we get into this as we traverse through the stages of the hour of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But as for his grandfathers then from the list of grandfathers, Mashallah, he chef has actually stuck the entire list there, then you
can see that he has a grandfather called Hussein,
a grandfather called foresight. And this particular grandfather of his was special, was special,
because he was the grandfather, that rallied the courage to take control of the affairs of the Kaaba. So we just want to try and dive into some of the grandfather's of the prophet to understand why in reality, do they say that he dropped the best of lineages, though the reality is the courage.
You know, they knew that this man has people in his lineage that we respect, irrespective of what he says Allahu alayhi wa sallam, you know, even if he's telling us to leave our idols, what we cannot deny is that he has giants in his lineage, you know, so we cannot attack his lineage. And that's why if you ponder over all the attacks that will meet
against the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. No one attacked his lineage sallallahu alayhi wasallam no one attacked his lineage. And this is from the wisdoms of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Because one of the objectives of the Sharia is protection of lineage, the Sharia aims to protect lineage, the Sharia aims to protect religion. It aims to protect life, it aims to protect lineage, it aims to protect our minds, and it aims to protect our wealth. Right? If you open the books of the UK,
and you look at every fifth ruling every sec ruling, whether it's got to do with any bad debt, or the chapters pertaining to direct worship, or more mellette chapters pertaining to that which is part and parcel of human life in this world.
Any ruling that you pull out from any book of IQ
it will take you to one of these five options.
actives, you will see that that ruling is there, because that ruling being there helps look after one of the five objectives. So Pamela, so this is how comprehensive our Sharia is. So coming to the lineage of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he had his grandfather called because I have to say he was the one who got the Quraysh interested in looking after the affairs of the Kaaba and not just interested but taking lead, taking the becoming a leader in it, which teaches us how they valued the Kaaba. They valued the cover, even though they transgressed of the way of Ibrahim alayhi salam, they left the way of his marriage and his Salah. Right? They put the intellectual
intellectuality is before revelation, right?
Even though they did all this, right, they put their rationale before revelation. Even though they did all of this, they still valued the cover. They respected the cover, they respected the cover. And here we see even before a luggage victory to the parade against abraha by looking after the cabin and sending the abiel those beds that pelted elephants, right even before that, we see the allegiance to the Kaaba and respecting the Kaaba. In fact, they would even name the children of Kava to be understood one of the
the uncles of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, believe it or not, was named Abdullah Kava is not a famous grandfather. He was one of the brothers of
Abu Talib and Abu lahab and and Hamza and so on and so forth. Right We know the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had his uncle's one of the uncles. One of the names was Abu Kava, which shows how which which which refers to the servant of the Kaaba or slave of the Kaaba, right.
But we learned from this, that, you know, they actually treasured the cover that they would name the children after the carpet. So he rented the courage to take this leadership position. And it is even mentioned in some of the zero books that the police would say to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that if you want us to believe you, and you are who you say you are, and you are a prophet, than bring back or say, bring back to say, and if he endorses you, then we will accept you wholeheartedly. So have a look, you know, look at this, and this, my brothers and sisters, you know, always remember that the speed of
light is faster than than the speed of sound.
People will always remember you for you know,
how you make them feel, and specifically how you make them feel in terms of your action in terms of your manners, in terms of your adapt, right, in terms of how you make them better. A lot of the time, we will try and better people with speech, but our actions do not have an effect on them, the actions need to have an effect of the on them first, this grandfather, look how the Polish raised him in rank. And they were willing to that they were actually willing to say if you bring him back, per se, and he tells us to follow you will follow you. Why? Because, you know, he took us out of being an average tribe, both in first action and then speech, right? He made us who we are the
courage, right? So people will value value add and this is how we should live our lives. in everything that we do, we should always ask ourselves, what's the value add that I can bring to a situation? What's the value add that I can bring to the sim? And again, I'm gonna reiterate, I'm speaking to people who are Mashallah giants in the data here on the left hand, some of us own that will also have people under you, that our organization, some of your own educational institute, specializing in teaching Islam, you have to ask yourself all the time, what value add, am I bringing? Or can I bring this is the way of a believer even when you're invited to, you know, olema
or you're invited to,
you know, any event, you got to ask yourself before you go there, don't just go there for the sake of it, ask yourself what value can I add to the situation? What value can I bring to the environment because this is who a Muslim is. Right? And and in in the corporate world, this concept, this concept, or this concept, known as value added something big, everybody's talking about value add, they're talking about it not for the reasons of the ACA, no doubt, they talking about it for the reasons of longer tivity and, and having a presence in the market share for longer and far greater than the rest. Right? But we want to take it to our context and our scenario as Muslims What is your
value add? Today we have become people who write for the sake of writing speak for the sake of speaking, attend for the sake of attending. This is not what a believer does. And I'm not going to be oppressive here and say we everybody, some of us because of volume duromax you
Welcome, right oppression is a great darkness on the dwarf caramella. Forgive me, no, we do have many people who speak value who, who who write value, who bring about value, Mashallah, I'm saying in general, right we we see this, this custom coming about today, whereby people speak for the sake of speaking people, right? For the sake of writing, may Allah subhanho wa Jalla, forgive us and protect us. So we should be people to always ask ourselves, why, what can we bring? We're going to the space, what can we bring, because at the end of the day, when you visit a place, or put yourself in the company of others, then you are giving them a portion of your life. And you are giving that
task a portion of your life. And you're giving those people a portion of your life. Right? So you are giving somebody that which is more valuable to you than your bank accounts. So surely you have to ask yourself here, you know, before you, you give somebody is this an investment? Or is this a sacrifice? That's what you have to ask yourself. And we have to be people who work on investment, right? So we wish we shouldn't do things for the sake of it. Yes. If only my invite comes to us, we have to attend. Right? But I'm saying attend in a more robust fashion and manner, go there with, with with your with your with your mental state of mind present, where you actually you you've,
you've understood the value you're going to bring to this gathering. Right? Even when you get there where you sit, right, you're going to choose where you sit, because you want to sit on a table that's going to bring you closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala and sit on a table with people that are going to help you grow your paradise that is not going to be that you've just thrown away so many hours of your time. Yes, you're going to gain Alhamdulillah from following the commands of Allah by attending the walima. But attending the walima is the command but sitting there for a few hours, that's, that's you know from your goodness. So make sure your goodness is actually good. May Allah
subhanho wa Taala grant is the understanding me then brothers and sisters, when this was a this grandfather passed away, he left behind four sons, right? And the most honorable of these sons was abdomen f was a minor, as you can see,
in the lineage of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Right. So understand here that you know, we're talking about the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in enjoying the best of lineages, that in the lineage of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam is not just any son of Poseidon, but the son who was known as the most honorable of the children of posse.
Right, not any child, of course, I he was a special man for rallying the courage and and taking and, you know, taking a leadership role and raising in rank, the tribe.
And then from his children, Allah subhanho wa Taala chose the most honorable of them to be in the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So
he's a grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And he was the most honorable of the children who was left behind now, after a minute, if you look on the on the screen in front of you, and the lineage in front of you, you'll see he Hashem you'll see, even Hisham Actually, it's even a sham
if you could correct that. He Sham now, so it's Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Abdullah.
So you can see from the children of fnf was Russia. And this son of abdomen F.
He came into prominence. Right, he came into prominence as well. So he wasn't just any son of abdomen if he was a prominent son of it, when when half Now, why did he come into prominence? Well, if you recall, in the Quran, there's a surah. And that surah is the Elijah courage which talks about the caravans of the parish, right. And these caravans that would undergo summer journeys, the famous summer journeys and this famous winter journeys for provisions for merchandise and so on and so forth. Right, the Electoral College.
You know, the scholars of Sierra and the historians, they say that this Hisham, he was the one that started these famous journeys, these famous summer and winter journeys have the courage for merchandise and food, right. So, this is what makes him prominence, sorry, prominent now, they say that, even he shares his real name was ama, his real name was ever but he became known as he Sham because of another amazing thing which he used to do.
What was the amazing thing that he used to do? He used to look after the pilgrims, how? By crushing and preparing the ingredients for a meal known as Fareed Fareed. If we
try and bring it into the English language, we would say th Ei r w, ed.
Right. So this particular
grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam his name was
Mr. boddy became famous famously known as he sham. Why, because of his service to the pilgrims, right? And he's crushing of the ingredients, he's crushing off the ingredients and this has a correlation to the, to the knowledge he shared. So he would crush the ingredients for that meal known as 30. Now 30 is a meal which is made out of bread, stock and meat, right this is what
is made out of and as I said, it was a famous meal of the Arabs. In fact, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a comparison would say that this is to that, like how 30 is to other food of the mBiA masala to a Salah.
This is what they would say.
This is to that as 30 it is to the other food, this is what he would say sallallahu alayhi wasallam because it was well known that the read in terms of the Polish was something extremely special, extremely special. So this is a sham. And we learned that from this you know how there was good character in the courageous, they were bad people in terms of belief, and they did have some inhumane some kind of law practices like burying females alive and so on and so forth. But they had some amazing characters and that's why the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said in brief to Litem Mima McAdams he said some Allahu alayhi wa sallam that indeed I have been sent to complete,
the most honorable of characters. This is what he said some Allahu alayhi wa sallam he, he didn't say, I've been sent to bring about good character. He said, I've been sent to complete the most honorable of characters that you know, these people did have honor. They were honorable people, even in the jelenia. Even in the in the ignorance, they had some amazing qualities today. So parallel, we have people of belief, but the most stingy of people on the stack, right? The most difficult of people who stand you know, they they never forthcoming. They selfish, alone Western, so
we need to, you know, put everything in the balance my dear brothers and sisters, but this doesn't mean that, you know, a disbeliever who's honorable is better than a believer who's not honorable, don't get me wrong, right? in case somebody is thinking this, I'm not saying this, because
there could be nothing more honorable than belief in Allah subhanho wa Taala and following his messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam. But what I am saying is that as Allah says, Allah Cilmi kapha, enter into submission in completion, don't let it be that you choose part of the book and you leave part of the book, you choose that which suits you and you leave that which suits you. Right? And also learn from this particular lesson. How just the Sharia is that the Sharia is just the Sharia is not one that right somebody totally off because of
the cup because of the mistake. Even though the mistake is great, like this belief, rather, the Sharia will acknowledge that this person has this these big mistakes. And in the same breath, these people have ABCDE, which are considered to be good qualities. And we must take this into consideration My dear brothers and sisters that the historians can actually write this about some of the grandfather's of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Right. And this is true academia. Because true academia entails total honesty, in that which you don't try and distort. You don't distort information and hide information, because you're trying to change the perception of people
reading your work, right, like some of the insincere historians did about our messenger sallallahu alayhi wasallam they were insincere. They didn't have sincerity, and they wanted to paint a picture that was incorrect. So what did they do? They manipulated the information that they put across, right? May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us, I mean your enemy. Now, as we traverse through this lineage of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam we get to one of the grandfather's known as Abdulmutallab Abdul
Abdul muttalib is well known because he was the one who looked after the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam after the death of his mother, Amina. So, he took the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam into his care until he passed away. And this afternoon,
he loved Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam so much, right? In fact, it he said that he was the one who, when the Prophet was born, he took the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And he raised him high by the Kaaba and announced that he's naming him Mohammed, the praise one and inshallah we'll come to it because this is many wisdoms, in terms of this term, Mohammed.
One of those words that is first and foremost that it wasn't famous at the time.
You know, at the time that Priscilla said, Allahu alayhi wa sallam lived in, and that's what the scholars say that it wasn't a famous name, so that,
you know, nobody could come forth and claim profit with whose name was Muhammad. Firstly, there weren't enough people called Muhammad and secondly, secondly, even
There were some people called Mohammed and Allah subhanho wa Taala protected him by preventing those people from laying claim to Prophet and inshallah we'll come to that later. So this afternoon, he was famous for naming the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam and he was famous for raising Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam at the cover, and he was famous for his love of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam because this Abu Talib, he used to have this famous sitting that he used to do in the shade of the Kaaba, and no one was allowed to sit in that shade even his own sense. His own sons were not allowed to sit in that particular shade.
And Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would crawl into that shade and the sons of Abdullah would take the profits of Allah while he was out because they know that no one's allowed to sit here
No one's allowed to sit here but Abdullah would say no no no leave him for indeed his appraised one. Right? And this is where we learn you know that grandfather grandchild relationship, this is what we learned from you know, and and actually have a short clip online or Mashallah the brothers in Australia they uploaded this short clip online, which you can actually view they pulled it out of my blast from the past series which is similar in the 21st century that I started off in Australia and I hope to complete in different countries inshallah
every Ramadan, so it's called when the parent when the parents are away the grandparents will play for just for those who want to search for it when the parents away the grandchild the grandparents will play if you just Google that and put my name next to it in Schaumburg will come up, have a listen to that in Sharla.
Now regarding of the look polyp, then he was the one who
dug up the well of Zamzam after it was covered, or he said to be the one who dug up the well of Zamzam after it was covered and he's the one who also made a specimen an oath that if Allah subhanho wa Taala gave him 10 children or 10 sons to be precise 10 cents, then he would offer one cent in sacrifice, he would offer one cent in sacrifice to to Allah subhanho wa Taala. Of course, he was the famous one and this grandfather Abdul muttalib is also said to be the grandfather that grew up in Medina. So his upbringing was done in Medina and Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best I'm only trying to share with you information that's pertinent to us understanding how noble the lineage of
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was, or any information that also is pertinent to the life of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam. So this is the lineage of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that Allah subhanho wa Taala chose Kenan and from the progeny of his married and chose Quraysh from Kenan and chose from the Quraysh Ben Hashem and chose me from Balu Hashem Subhana Allah, right, so this is what Allah Allah He was lm said himself. I'll just say that again for for him so he can write it for you all. That sort of lots of Allahu alayhi wa sallam said that Allah Almighty chose Kiana from the progeny of his Mary
and chose the Quraysh from Kenan
and chose from the Quraysh Banu Hashim
and chose from Banu Hashim, me or myself, or chose me from Balu Hashem. So kwinana was special. And the Quraysh was special. And, but who has she was special, and also lots of Allahu alayhi wa sallam was most special. And this again reminds us of the introduction of Rama to LA era when he said, or when he built his introduction upon that famous idea that we spent many sessions studying. And that was love. We have local mega shout out Matt, Canada homonuclear. The indeed is Allah subhanho wa Taala, who creates what He wills and gives a precedence to that which He wills over at us. We have lots of high level attacks against us with our profit in gender, I mean, your element. Now brothers
and sisters, they after we discussed his birth, and we said that we're sort of lost on all of it. He was, he was born in Makkah inside of Mecca. And we said that was a loss of Allahu alayhi wa sallam was
born during the famous year known as the year of the elephant. And I did say that that was a time when people used to understand events.
Please forgive me for that.
They would understand events based on you know, major happenings, major happenings that everybody would know about. And obviously, the year of the elephant was one of them. The off the elephant was one of them. So what is this famous year of the elephant? What, you know, what does it entail, and why was it so famous? Well
This year of the elephant is called the year of the elephant because of the event of the elephant that took place in that particular year. And
this event took place during the life of absolute panic, meaning the grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, when he was in charge of the Kaaba, and it's offense, right. And, as we've we've already accomplished it was in the same year that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was just born. Now, to summarize this event or incident, there was this king or vice King, rather the vice king, he was a vice King, the Vice King of Prussia.
In Yemen, he became jealous of the camera, and the fact that the Arabs would gather their yearly for the pilgrimage, right, because we know the pilgrimage was brought to us by Ibrahim. And he said, so pilgrimage was something that would happen. And the Kaaba was the central point, it had this central feature people would gather there, so this is perfect for trade. Right? This is perfect. And this happens anywhere in the world, where you have events that gather people from all walks of life, right, it becomes the most important place to be or the place to be, especially for companies. Why? Because you just have to position yourself in one place, and you have access to everybody, rather
than you know, spending so much resources getting to them. Like for example, when the World Cup happens, you know, Why is it such a rich event, the World Cup, because the World Cup gathers the best teams in the world. So you go to gather almost every football supporter in the world, either via television, or on site, this is the reality. That's why the the adverts during the World Cup are the most expensive adverts and, you know, people doing trade, or people will actually invest in going to World Cup venues, whether it's football, whether it's cricket, or any other World Cup,
you know, people will invest in going there and setting up their business and setting up their efforts. Because, you know, that's it, that's, you know, what you and I would call a sweet spot. And and we need to think about this in our with our brothers and sisters, you know, many a time we say, Oh, this is the World Cup, let's stay far away from it. But in reality, the our, our attitude should be this is the World Cup, let's see how we can, you know, make full use of the opportunity and exploit the situation, you know, if I can use that please forgive the term. But you understand what I'm saying? How can we exploit the situation whereby, you know, in one place, we have access to a
plethora of people from different walks of life, and invite them to the best thing, invite them to that which they need to know, when they never knew that they needed to know it, invite them to Allah subhanho wa Taala is Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, you know, even if it's in the form of sending written material there literature there, or raising funds to advertise on on websites that, you know, are known for gathering World Cup traffic, for example, I know, for example, even now in Dubai, in a few years time, they are having the the the trade Expo.
And that's big, that's big. You know, in fact, the whole process leading up to the country that was picked to host this particular Expo, I think it's in 2020, the brothers and sisters from Dubai can
can correct me, you know, just the whole picking process was a big hype was a big hype and people were involved. And people were actually getting celebrities to come onto the campaign and and pitch their country to be picked for this particular event. Why? Because this event is going to run over the space of time, and bring in people from all walks of life and bring in rich people as well and bring in small businesses and medium businesses and big businesses and so on and so forth. So it is the best place to be right. So
we need to be thinking like this, my dear brothers and sisters, you know, this whole issue of paid attention to sweet spots are not for the sake of fame, or for the sake of growing our position in the dunya our business but for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala he's Russell. So back then, you know, more than 1400 years ago people thought like this and here we have this vice King being totally upset Why? Because the of the sensuality that the garibay enjoyed it enjoyed the centrality brought people from all walks of life at least once a year. Right. So what this vice King decided to do, he says I'm going to shift the momentum here and I'm going to build a massive church called
police police qu al AYS. If we if we just go to transliterated police, he says I'm going to build this this big church in Santa in Santa right. Why because then it will be this beautiful big thing that will take the centrality or shift the centrality the Kava enjoys, and people will end up coming here and then we can you know enjoy the benefits that the people in that region enjoy just because of the camera. Now, his intention here, as you can see is not it has nothing to do with Allah subhanho wa Taala even though he's a Christian, and even though he's building a church, right, he doesn't intend anything noble he's except, you know, fame, name, financial standing material well
being. So this is what he did. Now, someone from the children of the children of Canada, heard about this insanity.
How can a person try and challenge the Carbo with a church? So this person decided to visit this particular church or this place, when it was finally established. And what he did when he went there, he stained the walls of this church with faith. This is what he did. He stained the walls of this church with filth, right? Someone from the children of Canaan. Now, obviously, by default, abraha became extremely upset. Firstly, this is disrespecting a religious emblem. Firstly, secondly, this is disrespecting the vice King and the authority in that land. So whatever I do, this is what tyrants do. This is what people who are not sincere do. This is what people who call to themselves
are not to something more Nope. And something more noble to do. What did he do? He became extremely angered. And anger is from shaper. And what did he do, he decided that I am going to retaliate in a far greater way than the harm that I've just received. You see, this is what happens when people's egos are bigger than they should be relative to protect us. Right. And again, benchmark everything I'm saying to you, our organization, a lot of times in the devil, we have problems, because our egos are bigger than it should be. Somebody said something they shouldn't have said. And then we try to annihilate them. So Hannah law, this is what we try and do. We don't think of the bigger picture. We
don't think of serving the data, we want to call to ourselves, relative who has Allah protect us. So his ego, his head? So what did he do? He says, I'm going to put an army not a one person, because you know, only one person came to me, but I'm going to put an army of 60,000 soldiers including elephants, right? Why? Why did he want to do this? Simply because he could? Simply because he could. Did it make sense? No.
you know, this type of enmity towards another nation, entire nation, and another people just because one person did this? Does this make sense? It doesn't. So why don't do it? Because he could. That's the reality. And this is how many of us act sometimes May Allah forgive us? We do things because we can. We refuse to speak to people because we can. We refrain from mending family relations, because we can't because we feel like it because we feel like it may Allah subhanho wa Taala guide us. So he took his army and he walked to the carpet, a very great walking a very famous walk. Everybody knew about it. Everybody feared it. The news, reached the Kaaba and reached out to Taliban reached the
people the courage that this is what is happening. And what he did was this Abra he walked to the eastern parts of the huddle. This is what the books of Sierra say he went to the eastern parts of the harem. And over here, there was the wealth of the courage being looked after. So what did he do abraha. He decided, you know what, not only am I going to destroy the copper, and not only am I going to build it to these people, I am also going to steal their wealth. So he stole and usurped the wealth of the corporation. This is what he did at the eastern part of the harem. Now, from the wealth of the Quraysh was 200 camels that belonged to the leader of the courage of Burma
200 camels. So Abdullah Talib decided, you know what, I need to go and meet abre I need to go and meet this Abraham, because now he's taken my property. He's made it personal. Right. So coming to destroy the calculators, not personal. But coming to take my candles, this is personal. So I'm going to go out and see him. So this is what I've done what I've decided to do, he actually went and went to meet Abra and negotiate this whole situation here. And mainly the situation of the 200 candles. So when he entered upon abroad, the books of cfsa opera actually stood up for him and honored him. And the books of Syrah say that this is a clear sign that Abra held held Abdulmutallab in great
regard. For you know, even though Abraham was from another place, and of the look, but he was from another place, and they never lived in the time of telecommunications they'd never ever communicated before. But in the in the eyes of Abraham was this amazing person, why just because of all the things that abre had about the look, but even how he looked after the camera, and how he looked after the pilgrims, and so on and so forth. So he stood up for him and honored him just like you and I would do
you know, for somebody we greatly respect even though you know, from from from the etiquettes of meeting people, is not to stand up in the same way that people of other nations stand up. By the way. This is something we should know that standing up to revere people, once they remain seated, is not from
the etiquettes is not from the etiquettes in our shediac Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam forbade this practice that people remain seated and you stand up in honor of them. But moving on this Agra has stood up and honored Abdulmutallab. So when he asked Abdulmutallab to speak of the look that he spoke out and said that you know what, I've actually come to see you because of my 200 capitals. Now when he said this app and I became infuriated and became upset and became crushed
Why because, you know, all of a sudden of the lottery has dropped in terms of his eyes and the way he viewed of the look. You know, he's, he expected the notary to come and talk about the camera and come in and defend the grandfather's of the lottery because they were the ones who rallied to take control of the car and look after the car and be in charge of the car. So he was infuriated that what kind of a person are you that you're not a substantial person? You're a shallow person. The matter is far bigger than 200 cameras and you coming here to speak to me about 200 candles? So what did this
grandfather of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say? He said in the little baby rabbits in the bat, Robin, Sam now
Subhan Allah. And this is from a disbeliever By the way, right? A person who worship idols Abu Talib said I am the owner of these camels, these 200 camels, I am the owner of it. So of course, I need to come and ask you about it because I am the owner. But as for the carrabba, as for that house, then it has its own owner. And it has its Rob. It has its Rob and load, and that load will protect it from any harm. Allahu Akbar.
Allah, I'm just out of breath, just saying that so analog, this is from a disbeliever Look at this, the store could look at this certainty that they had, right, even though even though they never had a read, it's not as if the, you know, the incident of the elephant happened. And they saw how Allah protected it. That of the look, but it has the CFA? Absolutely not. He's saying it before Allah even protected the cup. Right? So this is a disbeliever. And this is the trust that they have him. Allah subhanho wa Taala, who they accepted as the Lord, right, it wasn't that they denied Allah. No, they accepted allies, the Lord, their problem was the associated partners with Allah subhanho wa sallam
that was the problem, right at the associate associated partners with ally invulnerable via meaning in his lordship, as well as in his worship, as well as it is names and attributes. So their problem was associating partners with a law but did they know that there was a law? Yes, they knew. So this man, he knew there's a law. And interestingly, he doesn't claim protection of the cover or associate protection of the government to any of the idols he says, This guy has arrived as the Lord and this Lord will protect it. And whenever Abra had this as egotistic people are that he became more more arrogant, you know, he he felt dead, then what are you saying? Are you saying, Are you saying that I
will be prevented from attacking the scammer? So he became even more arrogant, and he decided to command
his army to move forward towards the string the carbine when he did so. The books of Sierra say the courage actually took protection near the mountain. So they went to the outskirts, we don't we know MCI is actually a valley anyway. It's surrounded by mountains. So they went to the mountains and they took protection and Allah subhanho wa Taala took care of the Kava, as we know in Surah, two field lm sir Okay, for for either of us have been feel that have you? Have you not seen how you, Lord
dealt with the people of the elephant? Right. And so Pamela, you know, our brothers and sisters, if you ponder over this, if there was ever a sign or evidence or anything that one could think of, in terms of establishing the fact that there's no one worthy of worship, besides one of law is seeing is seeing birds with pebbles that can strike something from high above, with precision, with precision. We're not talking about, you know, may Allah protect the world from these drones that we see today? Right, these drones that are all the technology, they still collateral damage, they they hit places that they shouldn't hit, they strike places that they shouldn't strike, right? Allah
subhanho wa Taala took these birds and these birds struck what they were supposed to strike with ultimate precision. No home of anyone was harmed. No person was harmed. No child was harmed. No nothing of the environment was harmed. What was harmed with the people of harm alone? Only the people of home alone. So Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us that did he not make the attraction, treacherous plan go astray. And he sent against them birds in flocks, striking them with stones of baked clay. So he rendered them like straw eaten up. So this is the famous incident. In a nutshell, my dear brothers and sisters in sha Allah, or just just before we go for the break, just take this
note down that this incident this incident is said to have happened in the month of Muharram moharram. And Allah knows best. This is a rough estimate. Allah knows best right? This seems, or the event seems to have happened in what we would say to be the end of February or the beginning of March, the end of February or the beginning of March 500.
And 71 ad 571 ad and Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah knows best inshallah, what we will do is take a break here, it's 949 right now so we will resume maka time obviously I will resume at 955. b is Lila hytera. And we'll try and dive into some of the lessons that we can take from this particular event in the Sierra in Shambhala Ireland or sallallahu wasallam or Baraka and NBT Mohammed ala alihi wa sahbihi igmi
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah who Allah Allah He wasabi woman, Wallah Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh everybody welcome back. Just before the break, we were discussing the incident of the elephant. Why because, you know, the one of the first things we see in the Sierra with regards to our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is that he was born in the year of the elephant. There are several lessons brothers and sisters that we can take from this event, we've shared some of them but just from an organizational perspective, especially given Mashallah the people that we have with us in our classroom, then let us
share one lesson that we can all take from this and this is
you know, this concept of being strategic in our day, being strategic in our day our
you know, if we look at the seat of our Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam, this incident of the elephant really
shook, you know, the tribes of the koresh. Why, because when they looked at,
you know, when they when they looked at, sorry, the types of when they looked at the courage, they saw, that panel of these people who assist these people are in charge of the caravan, and assistance from the skies came.
Right, assistance from the skies came. So this shook all the others. And this lifted the Quraysh in terms of how they viewed them, and in terms of the importance that the corporation enjoyed in this particular region, right. And when we see that Allah subhanho wa Taala, chose a profit from them, to go to them first and invite them to Allah subhanho wa Taala. First, we see the importance of being strategic in the Dow, because the reality is, had the courage entered into Islam, then the rest would have entered into Islam. Right, because already did you know these great enjoyed, honor, these Quraysh enjoyed respect, these greatly enjoyed following this is the reality. And that is where
after makup came into the hands of the Muslims, and the courage became Muslim, right? We see all the other tribes coming into Islam, right Allah says either j and Allah He will fit what our eternity una de la he of wotja for some behind the Arab because stuck with him, oh, Canada web. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is telling us in the surah, that you know, when
the help and assistance of Allah subhanho wa Taala comes in Makkah is returned, the opening of Mecca occurs. And you see the people entering into Islam in waves, Allah says of wedge, and it's not one by one day coming, no, they, they are announcing the Shahada in groups, right? This they enter into Islamic groups, unless it for some time, there are big then announced the test and praise Allah subhanho wa Taala with the praises of your Lord, indeed, your Lord
is excellent in accepting the repentance of others. So what we see and this is this is obviously just a rough translation of the surah. But the point to note is, you know,
we in our our, and we as a people who run our organizations, then we need to be people who are effective in our strategic planning, right? Because sometimes, we don't need to really hack, or we don't, we don't really need to pluck at the leaves, right when it's enough just to hack at the roots of evil. If you hack at the roots of evil, then you remove all of evil, but if you're going to try and change things, or you know whether it's disliked or whether it's evil altogether by plucking at the leaves, it's going to take you forever, right? It's going to take you forever because leaves grow back. leaves grow back. So de la Salalah alayhi wa sallam started in the most effective way
with the Porsche, right? Because if he was successful with the porridge, that was it. He didn't need to pluck at the leaves. If he you know, it was more effective to work at the roots of the year of the elephant, you know, help the day.
For those who ponder, really, it helps the Dharma in the sense that Allah subhanho wa Taala protecting the Kaaba with the Quran in charge of the Kaaba had a major impact on the death of Muhammad Sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. Because Because of this incident of the elephant, those around the Quraysh lifted the Quraysh in terms of rank, and in terms of their regard for them. So when the Qureshi entered into Islam by default,
you know, that the endeavor of Rasulullah, sallAllahu, Alayhi, wasallam would become much easier, right? And this is what we call effective usage of resources. And many people ask that to Panama, look at Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, in 23 years, he changed an entire region. We're not talking about, you know, a plot, we're not talking about a neighborhood, we're not talking about a town or city, we're talking about an entire region. And we're talking about changing this region without telecommunications without satellite, Allahu Akbar, honestly. I mean, we know today, today, you know, even with communication, how hard it is to get, you know,
you know, to gain
to get people to to listen to your message, for example, or to have access to people. Right? There's a lot of red tape, there's a lot of things that come into play today, so halala Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did it right with, without, you know, a big bank balance behind him without a big corporation. As we sit today, he had Allah subhanho wa Taala, of course, the King of kings and the Lord of the worlds where he lives. But what we need to do is ponder over his method Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was successful, because he used his resources effectively. He never wrote to Kings of other regions before he was successful in terms of or in. Before he, he he
gave all of himself in terms of his data to the college. That's why we see he wrote to the other kings afterwards. right afterwards, towards the end of his life, sallallahu alayhi wasallam. We didn't see him migrating to heaven, or migrating to Medina, early on, he migrated to Medina, a long time after 13 years after he became a prophet. Right. So this is just something for us to ponder over my dear brothers and sisters, in terms of our strategies in the Dow in terms of how we came down in terms of who we, you know, engage in terms of power, sometimes, you know, we need to lift our horizons a bit and say, Look, what if we engage the leader of this misguided group, for example,
rather than plucking at the roots, sorry, plucking at the leaves, let's hack at the roots. Right? Because if this person changes, I'm going to have a lot of people changing by default, without me needing to exercise extra effort or using more resources. And Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best, there's a famous, there's a famous statement in the English language. And that's where I got this whole statement from the statement about plucking and hacking. It says for every 100, plucking at the leaves of evil, there is one hacking at its stump. It's a famous statement in the English language, ponder over it right? He shall correct it for you and just ponder over it for every 100
plucking at the leaves of evil, there is one hacking at its stump. So what we need to understand brothers and sisters is the importance of always revising ourselves, revising our strategies, learning from the results of our current strategies, you know, this whole need for introducing into our lives and into our organizations, a learning program, a learning program, this is important, right? And a lot of us, I told you the other day, we need our own caves that we go into, right the other day, I tweeted, and I said that we need to be a people now that take out a day in our month, at least a day, and switch of our mobile phones and go somewhere far away from our families and
friends. And use that day purely as a thinking day.
Just as a thinking day, where you think about yourself, and you think about your families and you think about the value that you bring to your to this world in general, you got to have that thinking day, you got to revise your strategies. And this is what we call a learning system. We need to introduce learning systems into our lives. And we need to introduce learning systems into our organization. Right. And the learning system is not just one that gathers data. But a learning system is one that gathers data and knows how to synthesize the data, knows how to process that data, knows how to turn that data into outcomes that are tangible. Right knows how to synthesize the
data and make it something that grows us as a people that grows us as an organization. And Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best, right? I'm just speaking impromptu as they say and that's how these lessons go. But you know, I
I look at the people in front of me and I look at the story and this is basically you know,
this is this era, this is the era, read it, ponder over it, ask yourself, What do I learn from this? Ask yourself, how can I bring this into my life, a lot of the time today, brothers and sisters, you know, one of my teachers told me we are we are a people now, who do not read.
And when we read, we do not understand.
And when we understand, we do not think this is the reality of us as a people now, right? We are a people who do not read, and for those who read, they do not understand. And for those who understand, they do not think and ponder over that which they have just read and understood. And we have to be those people because this is what Islamic scholarship is all about. It's about Western scholarship, to be people who think and to be people who, you know, contemplate and ponder. This is Islamic scholarship. Right? And and this was the reality of the Islamic empire, especially in Muslim Spain. When the when the Europeans went the Dark Ages, they came and learned this methodology and
concept and philosophy from the Muslims. This whole concept of read and inshallah we'll talk about reading when we come to it.
Shortly, insha Allah, so take this into consideration, my dear brothers and sisters, we need to be people who read. And when we read, we need to understand. And when we understand we need to think a lot of the problems today, my dear brothers and sisters, as either with extremism and our youth,
you know, falling into the traps of it 11 Mustang is because of this, we don't read and when we read, we don't understand. And when we understand, we don't think we are not people who ask ourselves the critical questions of law in life. And the critical questions are simple. The critical questions are what, why and how? These are known as the three critical questions of life in everything that you do. What why how sometimes we speak about when, right? How many of us ask ourselves, before we do anything, what, why and how even attending this class, right? or choosing to attend adults, or choosing to live either a lesson for another lesson, right? or choosing to do this
activity over another activity? How many of us ask ourselves the critical questions in life? What, why and how? And it's because we, sometimes we ask it at the beginning, and then we cease to ask it for the remainder. So we become a stagnant, you know, institution or a stagnant person with no progress. And as Henry Ford said, If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got, right?
This is an amazing statement from Henry Ford, someone who was successful in the dunya. Right? And there's no reason why we shouldn't take from those who say that, which is true. And the industry and common sense tells us this in the first place. If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. Right? Right, if you want to if you want to. If you want to get what you never got, then you need to do what you never did.
It's a bit of a tongue twister, and the English is not so perfect. But you know what? It makes so much sense. It makes so much sense. So take this into consideration My dear brothers and sisters, and take this from the lesson. Take this from the lesson in terms of the incident of the elephant and the incident of Abra and the incident of Abu Talib with abraha Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best another quick lesson brothers and sisters that we can take from this is our tongues make us or break us. Now where do I get this lesson from? I get this lesson from the simple fact that abraha he held up in high regard. He was highly respectful of Abdulmutallab. But when did he lose respect for
him when he saw him? No.
When he spoke when he spoke, and remember my earlier statement, the speed of light is faster than the speed of sound. perceptions happen when people see us before the hears Abraham, he held him in high regard. When he saw him he stood up for him. He honored him, he met him but the moment it opened his mouth and spoke about defending his his 200 camels as opposed to defending the character what happened.
Immediately the perception of Africa dropped, which means our turns make us or break us and this is true. There's so many times we sit in a gathering. We sit in a gathering and in that gathering, somebody enters and they look and they have this specific look this look of respect, but they don't speak and they quiet and they sitting there and we have this you know this aura about them because they carry this aura about themselves. And we also tend to change our behavior because we say so Pamela this person has entered our gathering. Right? Only until the point when this person
It opens his mouth or she opens her mouth and forgive the pun. Right? They open their mouth and we say Subhana Allah, Allah respect, we immediately lose respect for this person. And as my brothers and sisters have this habit of listening more than you speak, Allah gave us two ears and one tank. And in front of the tank, Allah put two fences, two walls, our teeth and our lips SubhanAllah. Right, Allah put two walls in front of our tongue and give us only one time. And he gave us ears and he didn't put any fences around our ears. The ears are constantly open.
our lives should be a life where we have twice as much of hearing than speaking. This is it. Right? We should listen more than we speak today we become a people who have too many opinions. We speak before we hear we start gaining assumptions. You know, without even thinking somebody said something they didn't mean what we think they meant and immediately we start formulating opinions and start speaking out and creating a facade and then consuming corruption on Earth. We have lots of panels that are protectors when Allah gave us one tongue in front of the tongue you put our teeth, which is to you know, which protects the tongue and lips which protect the tongue further, because the
reality is that this tongue will be a means of our salvation in the Hereafter, or our depression. We know that this tongue if it's a tongue of that, that is big on La Ilaha Illa. Lights the tongue of Jenna, and this tongue if it's a tongue of backbiting, a tongue of lying, a tongue of gossiping a tongue of carrying tails then what will this time be? It will be a tongue of Delphi Urmila subhanho wa Taala protect us all so this is common sense that I'm sharing with you my dear brothers and sisters it just needs us to ponder right yeah and he said on the river warmer
so Pamela you know how many reasons to ponder Do we have
and how few people that ponder
how few people that pond exists in Panama right
along with Stan, Stan, so he Sham has written I am listening to you oh five of Waleed
Mashallah he Sham has come with an interesting insight Mashallah which to which is teaching us that he Sham is actually thinking of hamdulillah as his writing and listening Mashallah, may Allah protect you young Sham from the evil eye and from any harm and May Allah increase for you Mashallah, as you can see some people can multitask really learn how to write
the notes in front of us are very good we're relying heavily on his his his cleverly keeping up with what I'm saying and I'm having delays even adding the extras the I add the surahs Mashallah, the translations from the sources. And here he's saying, I'm listening to your father fully. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, when he was talking to one of the Chiefs have the courage and the source is in Kathy's stories of the Prophet. Yes. So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he is announcing that he's listening, even though the chief of the Quran was a person of disbelief is speaking, the Prophet says, I'm listening, because we should have a habit of listening more than we
speak and understand that our turns make us or break us and Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best. So brothers and sisters, we've done the lineage of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, we've looked into some of the grandfather's of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. And what made them some, some of them special, we've looked into the the date of birth or the year that our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was born in and we have we have discussed the of, or the event of the elephant, the event of the elephant we almost have had who utterly increase our knowledge. I mean, Now, as for the father of Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi wasallam then
the famous opinion is that the father passed away, and his name was Abdullah and he passed away a while the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was in the in, in the womb of his mother salallahu alayhi wasallam so his father passed away before he was born. sallallahu alayhi wasallam there is another opinion which says, that the Prophet that the father of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam passed away, seven months after he was born, son Allahu alayhi wa sallam. So upon this opinion, this would entail that the Father Abdullah, he actually met his son, Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and so he said, Mohammed sallallahu alayhi wa sallam but the correct opinion and
Allah knows best is that he passed away. Before Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was born, which means our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was born as an orphan. sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in all this video brothers and sisters was preparing him for Prophethood. All this was preparing him for profited even being born as an orphan, because now nobody could say that behind
Allahu alayhi wa sallam hasn't come with a message from Allah. He's come with a message from his father. Right, this wisdoms, whatever Allah does, he does good. Remember this My dear brothers and sisters, Allahu Allah be from very bad. Allah is gentle with his lace. Allah is gentle with his legs. Whatever Allah does, he does good. You must always remember this. Yes in our mind and our lack of wisdom things are difficult. And yes, things in reality are difficult. But understand that Allah sees the bigger picture subhanho wa Taala allows wisdom is vast, and allows wisdom is based on his divine knowledge that has no borders with Hannah who Allah, Allah who will be from the bed. Always
remember this ayah in the Quran, my dear brothers and sisters, always remember whatever difficulty you're going through. Remember, Allah is gentle with his event. Allah is gentle with his lips. Allah is gentle, whatever Allah does, he does good. It is our job to be thankful in the in the in times of ease, and it's our prerogative to be patient during the times of difficulty. But whatever Allah does, Allah does good. Always remember this, always remember this yesterday.
I shared with the saddlebag team, a statement from Mr. Smith, Allahu Allah, which which we which we translated as well, when the lion hunt, and he showed me if you can just stick that statement up on screen, if you have it offhand. Somewhere on your computer or somewhere, that would be great.
And that was
saying that Allah subhanho wa Taala is merciful to his life. And Allah is generous with his name, I'm paraphrasing, right? And he says, it will tell you to lie and then he said the statement from sad and mad actually right this is from from the preparations for that, that you have the statement in front of you. Right? He says, Allah disciplines, Allah disciplines his believing slave, whom he loves, and is gracious to at the slightest slip or stumble on his part. Meaning when you and I slip or stumble, Allah disciplines us, Allah disciplines us. It's not that he's disciplining us because he doesn't love us. No, Allah loves us and he's gracious to us. So he says Rahmatullah. Hence, when
the slave constantly
is awake, and cautious, hence, the slave remains constantly awake and cautious of the slightest mistake, we become people who are aware, if Allah left us, then we wouldn't be away. So Allah helps us become away by disciplining us and correcting us. Right? And we are a people Allah created us and he knows us better than we know ourselves. We are a people who generally do not ponder when things are going smoothly, we, you know, we, we tend not to like change as a people. You know, we don't like change. And we just, you know, I cannot tell you the amount of people I've spoken to about the renovations in the Haram in Makkah, and the Haram is getting bigger, right? The Haram is getting
bigger, and people are, you know, feeling sad,
or feeling sad. Why? Because, you know, we're not accustomed to change by default. You know, we we said that the second floor has been broken down. Right, we said that, for example, the Turkish area has been renovated, for example, or removed, to be moved to other parts of the house, because we want to see it as we already saw it, when the reality is the oma has grown and hamdulillah. And the harem has to cater for the bigger and so renovations have to take place. But this is us by default. I'm just sharing with you an example with you an example. So Allah knows us better than we know ourselves. If we, you know, never had a reason to change, we will not change, we would remain upon
that which we are upon. So Allah, you know, sends us what you and I would call that curveball, you know, that reason to think Allah gives us that gives us that discipline, so that we remain a people who are constantly awake and cautious when we make the slightest mistake. So this is a mercy from Allah. You know, Allah. disciplining us is a mercy from Allah, Allah, Allah be from a back, irrespective of the difficulty seat as a mercy. And you know, I have a talk online and you probably heard this from me before when I talk about the two O's.
There's a course that I teach, it's a half day course or a one day course called seeds of change. In this course, I speak about shifting paradigms. And shifting paradigms refers to shifting perceptions, how we perceive things, and you know, the situation is the same, but you can see it from two angles. That's what shifting that paradigm is referred to and shifting the paradigms refers to choosing to see it from another angle, because it can be seen from that angle. So
I discussed this concept of the two O's, which is the O of obstacle versus the Oh of opportunity. Many times in life when we come across, you know, something,
something difficult, we come across, quote unquote, that curveball
curveball, we say, an obstacle, an obstacle,
when in reality, it's an opportunity.
Allah has put a situation there for you to worship Allah in a way that you couldn't worship Allah before, had that situation not been there. This is the reality. And this is how a Muslim thinks. Right? A Muslim doesn't see his euro to happen, and hegira to Medina as an obstacle. He sees it as an opportunity.
That if the situation in Mecca wasn't what it was, we couldn't worship Allah by doing hegira hijra is a type of worship. Not so my dear brothers and sisters, it's for the sake of Allah. So it's a type of worship, but had the situation not been there to dictate the presence or need or necessity of hegira, then we would not be able to worship Allah subhanho wa Taala via Asia. So it's all about, you know, people seeing it as the Oh of obstacle, but we shift the paradigm and see it as the Oh of opportunity, the offer opportunity. And this is what we must understand. And this is what time is actually doing for us. If you Sham can bring them that page, just back into the middle of the screen
with a blue claims code. So it will come here, this is exactly what he's doing. He's saying that Allah subhanho wa Taala disciplines us because He loves us and because of law sees us as honorable, and he wants to keep us on the way to Jenna. That's the reality. And then he goes on to say but as for the one who has fallen in the sight of Allah, and become a lowly in Allah sight, then Allah leaves this person with his sins, Allah doesn't discipline him. And every time a sin is committed, Allah gives this person a blessing, another blessing. Right? And the deceived arrogant one, what does he you know, how does he interpret these blessings that keep coming to him? He sees this as a
Right? This is what the deceived arrogant one does. He sees it as a large generosity. So he refuses to change. And it's only that Allah is leaving him to go deeper and deeper and deeper in his misguidance and in in his aggression.
So that the punishment can be greater on the day of care. So that the punishment can be greater on the day of care, this is the reality, right, this is the reality and also Rasul Allah alayhi wa sallam said that if Allah loves the people, he tests them either I have below I had an patella
right? Either I have Bella who had an epiphany, that if Allah loves you, he will test he will test you. And by the way, my dear brothers and sisters, our entire life is a test the times of ease, in times of ease Allah is testing us and during times of difficulty of life's testings. During the times of ease, Allah is testing us to see whether we will be thankful people and during the times of difficulty of lies, testing us to make manifest not to see as we established in our first lesson, Allah knows or, but Allah makes manifest to make manifest whether we are thankful people and at the times of difficulty, Allah tests us to make manifest whether we are patient people, may Allah make
us from the thankful and May Allah because from the patient, it also a man and he said that when Allah Subhana Allah Allah, you know, made many parts of Allah's creation subservient to a man. So they made it he said, I'm says that Allah has done all this has given me all these blessings to test me. Whether I will be thankful or ungrateful.
Whether I will be thankful or ungrateful, may Allah make us from the thankful me. I mean, so, a lot took away the father of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam not to punish him, but to prepare him for Prophethood and to look after the the revelation and look after the message of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, so no one would say that, you know, the message of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the message of his father. Now with regards to his mother, when his mother's name was Amina, and his mother passed away
between Mecca and Medina in a place known as
a place known as
she passed away on her way back from a visit to her maternal uncle's right to her maternal uncle. So if we ponder over this, we can see that you know, even before Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam was born, his history they he had a history with Medina, right. He had a history with the trip. He had a history with this place that he migrated to and passed away in sallallahu alayhi wa sallam we discuss that Abdullah grew up in Medina. And here we see his mother passing away after visiting her maternal uncles, from Medina, and this is just for those who ponder over this, you know, the relationship of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam to Medina, that relationship was there before
he was born. sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Now, after his mother passed away, his grandfather took him into his care. And that was Abdullah, as we've discussed in Rasulullah, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
him until he was eight years of age or around eight years of age. Some of the scholars say he was six years old when he when when.
When he passed away some say he was 10 years of age but the the the famous
position of the historians is that we're sort of muscle Allahu alayhi wa sallam was eight years of age when
he passed away and Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah knows best Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best. Now when does Rasul Allah alayhi wa sallam reach 25 years of age, then the sort of La Salalah alayhi wa sallam left on a trade trip on a trip specifically for trade. And that was with us. He he actually observed this particular trip under the leadership of the leader of Yamaha and obviously, he worked for her and he traded on her behalf. So at the age of 25, he actually went to Sham for trade, the purpose of buying and selling.
And some of the scholars say he was 30 years of age. And there's actually a third view which says he was 21 years of age and just for your information, brothers and sisters, there's also a difference when
with regards to how old Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wasallam, or how old Khadija actually wrote the Allahu Allah was when he married her we have the famous statement that he was 14. But there's another famous opinion which is, well, I wouldn't say famous, but a strong opinion which is not famous, which states that Rasulullah that Yamaha was around 28 years of age was around 28 years of age and Allah subhanho wa Taala those blessings perhaps we'll touch a little bit on that. When we get to the wives of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi
wasallam and Allah subhanho wa Taala knows Bissell Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam went for trade. And even earlier in his life, he went for trade and that was when he accompanied Abu Talib on a journey. But we know that Abu Talib came back because they met behera the Christian monk who advised him to go back because of the clear signs that he was the upcoming profit. And and and perhaps there would be harm upon him by the Jews. So we learn from this brothers and sisters, that you know, the life of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, prior to Prophethood was the life of preparation for Prophethood. And this teaches us how we should look after our young and give them
you know, or teach them to be responsible because we see here, you know, we don't see Abu Talib saying you know, it's a rough journey. It's a long journey. Just leave him in muck now. We see Abu Talib actually taking the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam with him. So it was a common denominator or common factor during that particular time, that the people would actually take the young with them on business journeys, and they should teach us how mature the people have before. The classic mistake is to compare our time to the time of the people before and this is what the non Muslims do, especially when the attack the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and and you know
criticized his marriage to eyeshadow Viola and when she was six and the consummation of the marriage when she was nine, and nine year old at that time, was not like a nine year old today. a nine year old at that time, my dear brothers and sisters was someone far older and mature today. You know, this is the reality I showed Yamaha was around 18 years of age, when the sort of loss on Allahu alayhi wa sallam passed away. And she is the pillar of Hadith. Right at the time of the Sahaba of the Allahu Allah Jemaine along with the other one, they are two pillars. Now how does an 18 year old ends up becoming the pillar of Hades? Right? So it was a wisdom from Allah subhanho wa Taala. And
the reality of the situation was not a reality that we see today. Right? Yes, if somebody say someone married a nine year old today will say this is abominable. But today, I'll take today's narrative and apply to the narrative over 1400 years ago is, is is is I would say academic suicide, academic suicide. And, and that's why it's, it's quite disheartening to see academics cite this, when they try to discredit the message of Islam, by discrediting the messenger who brought the message some Allahu alayhi wa sallam and using using in particular the argument that he married
somebody who was consummated the marriage with someone who was nine, no, they will, they will mature by nine and before nine, they will mature and not just in terms of their intellectual abilities, but even in terms of their bodies. Right, and they lived in a region different to the regions we enjoy today. They lived in hotter regions, which entailed the body developed in a different way. Right. So what we're saying brothers and sisters, is that
we must be appropriate in terms of how we judge the past in light of today, right, and building on the initial point, and that point was how responsibility was given to them at a young age, that when Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was so young, he engaged in this journey to Sham
We talking about a journey that would last several weeks, right in the heat, right on the top of camels to Panama, and, you know, facing desert storms and so on and so forth, who would put the children
you know, in front of this type of situation, but the reality is they weren't seen as children then we know that Omar
from a young age, he was left to manage, you know, the wealth of
sorry, the wealth of the hapa family, right at an age and he had to look after these camels and animals on the outskirts of Mecca. So they were sent outside of America today. You know, we don't even send our children outside of our homes and attended our young children. In any case, the life of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam prior was a life of preparing him for prophecy that will come across many, many more examples. Now, with regards to the stages of revelation that came through Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam, or just before that, let's look at
Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam actually becoming a prophet with regards to this, then we know that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam became a prophet at the age of 40. This is established in the books of Sierra and Allah subhanho wa Taala teaches us in his book that you know, the, the state in terms of human development reaches its peak or state of completion at 14 and then just grows from there on right or onwards at 14 because Allah subhanho wa Taala says, one of my better I should say now hoekman so Allah subhanho wa Taala talks, talks about use of Allah he said I'm in Surah Yusuf and Allah subhanho wa Taala says that when use of Allah He Salam reach this
should this complete state of physical and mental presence and ability at no hookman were in then we gave him Prophethood and knowledge and Allah subhanho wa Taala in another is as well as Lama Bella Bella varina Center, that when he reached his should, meaning his state of complete mental and physical ability, and reach the age of 40. So we see here Allah subhanho wa Taala attaching this to the age of 40. And most of the prophets of Allah became prophets at the age of 40. We have exceptions like he said, Allah His lm, but most of the prophets of Allah subhanho wa Taala became prophets at the age of 40. And this was the case of Rasulullah sallallahu ala he wasn't right and
five years before this, when he was around 35 another event happened which was a form of training for him salallahu alayhi wasallam in terms of his prophethood and that was when Allah made him become a means of saving the chorus from bloodshed how by
you know, giving them guidance with regards to the natural aspect because everybody wanted their tribe to be the tribal their family to be the family that was the family that placed the Hydra sweat in its place. And they almost went into you know, a scene of bloodshed next to the camera, in fact, right. This is how heated they were. They I was you know, in general were heated people love Mustang
and Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was the means of guidance, and a means of clarity amidst that confusion. Why? Because Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then was chosen or Allah made he you know made Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam who entered the harem at that particular point, and they chose him to be the one to settle the affairs and with wisdom he did so which taught us how Allah subhanho wa Taala looked after the mind and development of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam before prophet now Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam became a prophet at 40. And this happened in a cave, because we know that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam used to visit the
Cave of Hira because Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam wasn't happy with the environment of the Quraysh and azula said Allahu alayhi wa sallam was upon that which I told you earlier, that we need to be a people that think and have that day out just to think. So
he was telling us to detach himself from the misguidance and from the hustle and bustle of misguidance, and put himself in a serene environment to ponder and connect himself to his fitrah to his fitrah. And this is basically what I what I mean when I told you all that we need to have, you know, that
day of thinking in our month, we need to have the day when you and I can connect back to our fitter. You know, because we do have that inner voice. Allah has given us that inner voice that calls us to Allah subhanho wa Taala every day every time but the problem is that inner voice is drowned by the the chaos and the loudness of misguidance around us and the hustle and bustle of life, social media and so on and so forth. This is what happens. So we need that day off, where we disconnect from our families disconnect from social media disconnect from the apps disconnect from ourselves.
our phones, disconnect from our families and so on and so forth from our work and, and, and all this, and we actually connect to our fitter. And today even more than others, my dear brothers and sisters, and then other days, why because we live in an age where, as we've said before, the phones have become smarter, quote, unquote. So it shouldn't be that the small, the phones become smarter, and you and I become less smart. Right? It shouldn't be that case. Right? We need to become smarter than the smartphone. So we live in an age where even you know, during those normal periods of time, when you and I, you know, might use as those therapeutic times, those times to ponder, we don't have
them anymore. Why? Because our email is with us. 24. Seven, we available 24 seven, there's things for us to read 24 seven, and we live we live in this age of explosiveness in terms of knowledge, knowledge is everywhere. You know, we we learn when we don't want to let you know, it might be that we tried to think and WhatsApp message comes with a reminder. Alhamdulillah right. So that reminder now comes in and benefits. So we live in an age, you know, that even if we don't want to learn, we learn. So it's important that we are critical in terms of our time management, and and how we, you know, when we land, and how we learn, and and and when we communicate and how we communicate, it's
effective, otherwise, we only running ourselves into the ground. Think about this and think about it. Well, you know, it's very early on mobile phones have been around now for we're talking about 1998 onwards, and then they became smart. You know, we're talking around,
you know, around 2005 2006. And now just progressing. It's becoming even more easier. So right now, we might not have,
you know, the ability to gauge
right after the advent of these devices, but I'm pretty sure in another 1015 or 20 years, there will be these academic research
efforts, right in terms of gauging where man was in the 90s. And where man is now because of these devices. Right? So let's not wait for the research. Let's protect ourselves from retrogression. Let us protect ourselves from retrogression as a free saying that can we do this in the machine? Yes, go do it in the mosquito hamdulillah and decaf is special for this. You know, a decaf is special because, you know part of the pillars of etiquette is devoting yourself to the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala and staying away from the hustle and bustle of life. So yes, use the masjid use the masjid or, you know, travel out to the mountain somewhere, you know, you don't necessarily have
to use a Masjid. But do what you need to do. The most important thing is have that day where you can connect to your fitrah Allah Allah He was sending was doing this. And we learned another thing from this, my dear brothers and sisters, the fact that he went to the cave and he was guided because we know that Allah salallahu alayhi wa sallam went to the cave to contemplate on how to worship Allah only because he did not agree with the law.
And the lesson is, it doesn't mean that a majority are upon something that it must be correct. No, this is not the case all the time, my dear brothers and sisters, and as a law says we're into fair thirimanne fill out you DeLuca answerability law, that if you were to try and follow the majority of people on the face of this earth, they will take you astray, they'll take you off the straight path. Right? They will take you off the path of eating to Allah. Allah says this in his book, and Allah says, well outside of England, insane. Allah Yasser. Allah takes a person by time and says in an insane indeed mankind all of mankind is in a loss. All of mankind, all of us by default, Cyprus,
except a specific group of people, who are this group of people in levena. Amman, except those who believe
his belief in us know why we have sadly had, and they do good deeds. Yes, it's belief with action. It's believed dressed with action, right, whatever. So we'll be happy but also be sovereign, and they call to the truth and they call to the truth of patience.
Right and diligence. They prepare well, and they invite well, and they propagate well, and they are patient upon the harm that comes to them from the people who they call to, you know, from those who they call to Allah. This is the reality. May Allah subhanahu, Allah grant us the understanding. So we also learn from pseudo to answer that the majority astray. The majority are Australian.
So Pamela, the majority are straight. So if you want to be a person that's always following the trend, following the masses, then think again, it doesn't that does not translate into you being upon piety upon guidance, right? So connect to your inner self because Allah has given you the mechanism to remain upon guidance. Allah subhanho wa Taala says in his book, well up at the Johanna McAfee or Amina Genie one as Allah says, We have created
For jahannam already many messages from the jinn and the ins
life Kahuna via they have hearts which which physically beat but are spiritually dead. When are you gonna be here they have eyes that physically see but are spiritually blind what a home as I don't like this Marina BIA they have ears that physically here but are spiritually Deaf electrical and they are like cattle. But no they are worse than cattle. They always think cattle because they have the intellectual abilities that the animals don't have let alone they are from the heedless meal was a parent who attended protect us from being from the heatless I mean, yeah. So brothers and sisters Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would go to this cave because he was connected to his fitrah
and we can add to this discussion and say that you and I are not products in reality or should not be products in reality of DNA, no. environment. Yes, environment and DNA play a part in our effectiveness, but the end result cannot be
an end result based on our DNA or, or what they say
as nature, nor should it be nurture, which is our environment. Right?
Some of the intellectuals today who don't believe in Allah subhanho wa Taala this is what they say they say, You and I are products of nurture, or nature, we either product or sorry, we have those who say that the discussion has evolved, it is no more this or that we have a proponent like the philosophers who say we are products of nature. And then we have a proponent like the the atheists and the scientists who say no, you're a product of nature. You're a product of DNA. This is what they say.
And Islam tells us that we are not a product of Islam tells us that we do not have to be a product of nature, or nature. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam had grandfathers were all polytheists but he was the champion of the heat, and the most beloved to Allah. And Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam lived in an environment of polytheism and environment which had, you know, inhumane functions and practices. But Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam never ever, ever did any of those things. He never prostrated to an idle. He never drank alcohol. He never buried or supported the burying of females alive. He never supported the cover.
You know, a toe off was a combination around the carrabba happening once you naked, right. In fact, there are scholars who say that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam observed Hajj before he became a prophet.
And during his Hajj, he would stand on arafat, because that was, you know, remaining upon the way of Ibrahim alayhis salam whilst everyone from the Kurdish the masses or the majority, quote unquote, as we like to say, in this democratic age, right, we say that
meaning the majority would stand on was dallisa. This is what the police would do. If they observed the hedge the historian say on the day of RF on the ninth of the hedger, they would actually go and stand on Metallica. Because they would use rationale in front of that, which was the Abraham Lincoln select, which was based on revelation, they would say that, you know, what, was Delphi is part of the harem, and out of is not part of the hell
was Delica is part of the hell and arafa is not part of the harem. So how can we stand on this amazing day on our of our Amazon was dead, it is better for us to stand on was dead. So they put rationale in front of Revelation. And as a result of this, what happened they went astray. They went astray, and they would stand on was Delica. But what if the you know, if the statement of the historian is correct that the Prophet did observe Hajj sallallahu alayhi wa sallam before he became a prophet, then this is clear testimony to how he never followed the masses. Right? And how Allah preceding prepared him to be a prophet by preventing him from following the masses, which means you
and I need to be that type of people, not people who think with other people's minds or the minds of the masses. But the people who think with the directives of our natural disposition. fidra tala, he let the Fatah naturally have that natural disposition that Allah subhanho wa Taala has created us upon this is the people that you and I need to be and Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah knows best. We've said a lot my dear brothers and sisters, but nonetheless in shaba know that which is which is beneficial as I said, our lessons, you know, we we're not here to rush through things we just want to we want this to be a journey, that the marriage was a journey for him. And we want that to be a
journey for us all I will sometimes sidetrack but sidetrack with purpose because it's relevant to the discussion and relevant to you and I, especially in the age that you and I live in May Allah subhanho wa Taala
Make a substantial people. May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us
thoughtful people, and people who ponder, and people who are attached to the heritage of Islam, to the sources of Islam, to the knowledge of this religion, and people who celebrate this knowledge by putting it into practice. And without being people who fear the statement of Finland and the statement of our lab, you know, the statement of of those who judges people will judge us all the time, all the time, you know, when I shared with the statement of of handy
prior, and even though he said it, it is a valid statement, and that is don't allow people to walk in your mind with their dirty feet. You know, when you have a solemn came with the message of the masters were against him when he booked the, you know, the folk the ark, the masses were against it, they were laughing at him, there was a where's the crowds? Look at this region, this is not a, you know, a watery region, what are you doing with the oceans? If you're building this up by the oceans? You know, we would, we would, we would understand what you're building it in the middle of nowhere, where there's no even water, how are you going to ship this thing? They, you know, they were putting
the common sense in front of everything and anything. But no, Hana Hassan was upon FIFA,
and upon revelation, so he continued. And the day came, when everybody understood the reality of what the heck is and the reality of falsehood. Brothers and sisters, be patient, people never act in haste. The Quran was never revealed it, you know, overnight, it was revealed over 23 years. Right? Don't rush when seeking knowledge, be patient, but seek it? Well. You know, we live in an age of fast food and fast everything, right. But let's not be fast, in terms of our acquisition of the carrier that's respected. It's learned, it's learned, well, it's ponder over it. And let us make let us transfer the knowledge or synthesize the knowledge from that which is which it is in to that
which it can be, especially in the life that you and I live in. Why? Because this is the reality of the information of the Sharia. This is the reality of the knowledge of the Sharia. It's deep, it's deep, and it can last the test of time. And it will last the test of time. Because Allah subhanho wa Taala said that it will, if it's not relevant to us today, the problem is not with the message. The problem is with the learner, the problem is with you, and the problem is with me, we need to change ourselves. And that change starts with the DA and supplicating to Allah subhanho wa Taala because success and all of success begins with Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah subhanho wa Taala make us
the flag bearers of Islam, in the era that we live in for his sake, we almost panda who Allah make us, the carriers of the inheritance of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam flamboyant carriers of this message in the era that we live in for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah, may Allah make us transfers of the inheritance of knowledge to the generations to come and make those generations act upon our knowledge and further teach our knowledge to other generations the knowledge that we've received from Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam so we can benefit from the generations that see this earth after we pass away and have been placed in our graves. I mean, there
have been I mean, my dear brothers and sisters, we've come to the end of today's session.
So Pamela, the time goes so fast. And Alhamdulillah Allah brings us together week after week, may Allah subhanho wa Taala allow us to do this for many years to come. I mean, you're behind I mean, I love you all for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala everything collected is from Allah subhanho wa Taala is perfect. And any mistakes are from myself and Shay upon and I seek Allah subhanho wa Taala has forgiven us. So parent Allah He will be having the Hispanic and lahoma will be having deca, the Chateau La Ilaha Illa and Mr. Furukawa to boo la