Understanding Surah alAsr – Sisters Program
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Smilla Rahmanir Rahim hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen Balbina staring on a solid understanding Malhotra and to be in the Bina Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi are seldom at the Sleeman Kathira and Eli will be Dean Marburg. Rubbish roughly Saturday, westerly Emery looked at me Lisa and EF Kahakai. Begin in the name of Allah subhanho wa taala. We seek his assistance, we seek His guidance we seek refuge in him from the evil of ourselves and the adverse consequences of our deeds. We testify the rooms of Allah guides Lankan, misguide and whomsoever he miss guides that men can guide and we request praises we request blessings upon our Master and our teacher, and our leader, the final
messenger Muhammad Ali Abdullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, I be witnessed that there's no one worthy of worship besides one Allah, and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is his messenger to my brothers and sisters in Islam. salam ala hiya alaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh May Allah is Peace may His blessings may His mercy may safety be upon you all with the Kabbalah Minami come Salam, Al May Allah subhanahu wa Tada accept our deeds, especially during our month, this blessed month, the month of Ramadan.
This is a different setting for me. Because I am in Sydney currently normally we have dedicated
sisters session weekly in Melbourne as part of the Islamic Development Program I'm running here in Australia. This Ramadan it entails several approaches and approach a general approach connected to the
our evening rabada and that is on the topic of Surah Yusuf and extracting lessons from Surah Yusuf that matter to us in the 21st century.
Also, we've scheduled in
programs for the youth and titled it Dean ages for teenagers, which is scheduled as a program run out of the Melbourne Medina in Melbourne. And then we have the sisters program as well. We also have a direct access a q&a session for the community as well. And this is along with the tarawih program that we've been running, of course, the community in Melbourne.
I mean they happy for the community in Sydney Alhamdulillah the Muslims are brothers and sisters to each other. But they did have a few comments about about my departure especially since last week I was in in Brisbane for for a couple of days but it happened the lack of blood I mean, I ask Allah subhana wa Tada to bless this trip is also for literally a couple of days as well. To Sydney there's much going on. Ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to give me strength and to reward you all for coming out and taking out the time to attend such lessons. No doubt, seeking knowledge is from the greatest acts of worship, in fact, from the the best of acts of worship in terms of the voluntary realm of
worship. And, in fact, even at best, Ravi Allahu and humor, he would say to very cool about lately I have booty Liam in here, that learning knowledge and revising it during some of my nights are more beloved to me than
reviving those nights in prayer Subhanallah This is how the greatest generation the Generation of the Sahaba understood knowledge and the Quran directs us towards this understanding for Allah subhanho wa Taala chose as the first
word of his book, Accra and instruction towards reading and instruction towards seeking knowledge. And with the sisters in Melbourne. We've been running dedicated sessions on the names of Allah subhanho wa Taala recognizing that the first knowledge we've been asked to learn about is Allah subhanho wa Taala himself. So this is our reality, this is our foundation, this is our basis our Ummah, is of ACARA is an of read, instead of seeking knowledge and Allah subhanahu wa Tada further highlighting to us how important knowledge is. In our journey to him. He selected as the utensil of Islam a utensil of knowledge, the pen, Allah subhanho wa Taala says a lady I'm the mobile column,
Allah is the one who taught by the pen, and it took an oath by the pen. Noon well color me why my spoon, Allah takes an oath by the pen, and what the pen writes and in scribes Subhanallah so such as our our way
We are amount of knowledge but not only are we no more of knowledge, but we are also an OMA of action. That is our reality as well. We are not an ummah of just theory, but we are an applied theory. And an ohmmeter recognizes that knowledge is a vehicle, it is a means to an end, it's not an end, in and of itself. It is a vehicle towards something. And accordingly, Allah subhanho wa Taala holds us accountable, based on the knowledge that we have, based on the knowledge that we have, if we don't know and we ignorant, then we're not held accountable as the one who knows and doesn't implement. But if we couldn't learn and we chose to be ignorant, then also then we are held
accountable. It's not an excuse to remain inactive or
away to say, let me just remain ignorant, because ignorance for the sake of being ignorant for the sake of not applying oneself in the journey to Allah subhanho wa Taala is also a sin, that the Sharia recognizes as a sin. So when knowledge presents itself, we should be there, and we should learn. And once that knowledge is acquired, then we should have a robust system and intention to put that knowledge into practice. And this is from the completeness of Amen. And part and parcel of the discussion of the scholars of Islam, when they discuss Amen. And amen. As an idea connected to action. Insha Allah will, we'll see that further. When we tap into the Quran segment of what I will
share with you today. The month of Ramadan is again, like we said, it's the best month of the year, which means taking care of the best acts of worship during this month should be our prerogative and ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to accept from us the setting. For indeed the setting is dedicated to knowledge. And not just during any month, but the month of Ramadan. And not just during any circumstance. But whilst we are fasting, or in the environment of fasting, and hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen This is a mercy from Allah subhanho wa taala. And this is something we need to be thankful for. We should not take it for granted. You being here is not some random activity, you had a
choice. And ultimately your choice is connected to the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala and ALLAH SubhanA wa Tana willed that you would be here, Allah will that SubhanaHu wa to Allah, and this is written in the other 50,000 years before Allah created the heavens and the earth. Subhanallah so there's, this is,
you know, a mercy from Allah subhanho wa Taala upon us a gift from Allah subhanho wa Taala upon us, we could have been inspired to do something else, something less worthy of our time, something else that is permissible, but less worthy. On the scale of worthy acts of worship, or SubhanAllah. We could be dedicating our time to that which constitutes developing our Hellfire instead of our paradise. So Allah subhanho wa Taala is decree which was written 50,000 years before He created the heavens and the earth entailed Subhanallah that we will be set here on this day of Ramadan
in this masjid, in this city, during this year, during this month, to do Medaka, to revise lessons from the inheritance of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and I I highlight this to us all, so that we are thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala that sometimes we don't recognize our blessings, and being thankful requires recognition of the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon you recognizing something as a gift, recognizing something as a virtue, if you don't recognize it as a virtue and you take it for granted, then naturally, that will create an impact on your application in terms of being thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala and that's why it's important that we, we have what I call
cave days, days to reflect days to ponder because the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes Subhan Allah pushes us through it in such a way that we rarely have time to even appreciate
what we're doing and what we end Subhanallah and look at Ramadan, how quickly it's passing us by Subhanallah this year, I decided I'm not going to count the days and the nights because every year I feel Ramadan is moving along
quicker than the previous year. So I said this year I won't and I felt that was doing well Subhanallah until I saw the full moon
last night it was right in front of right in front of me and it was there in the sky.
You know, brightly lit, presenting itself as a reminder that half the month is up and
Only half remain SubhanAllah. And I was telling the brothers, that I was within the vehicle that Subhanallah the same message I'm sharing with you that I tried to be ignorant of the days and nights that I've passed to try and slow down in my mind, Ramadan movement, but here comes to the moon Subhanallah Allah's creation, to remind me that we are in the month of Ramadan, and that it is leaving us SubhanAllah. So this month is brought to us by Allah to slow us down, to give us that chance to reflect, to connect.
And sometimes working in the data doesn't give us that opportunity. Right. And I understand that the majority of the people in attendance are people working in the data, and perhaps we can touch on that, that sometimes Subhanallah we work in the data and we don't have the time to reflect them. You know, through the nature of life and the nature of how
working in Islamic organizations go.
We fail to recognize Subhanallah at the mercy that we're living in the blessing that we're living through. And as such we don't think Allah subhanahu itad and being grateful to Allah is a fundamental, because Allah says Allah in Chicago to Mala as Eden. If you are thankful, then I will increase for you. What I am covered in there either better shredded, and if you're ungrateful, then the punishment of Allah is Severe SubhanAllah. So we want to increase from Allah, in the goodness that Allah subhanahu as Allah gives us, we have to be thankful to Allah subhanho wa Taala we have to be thankful to Allah for Ramadan, for the days of Ramadan, for the nights of Ramadan, for the
blessings that Allah guides us towards during our day. And during our night for sessions, such as these, I'm highlighting it as a means to an end that end is that we thank Allah for it. So that we rewarded greatly, and also so that Allah brings to us these moments, time after time, because really, these are the moments that will matter when we are on our deathbed at the end of the day, at the end of the day, when that day arrives, when we will see the Unseen and those around us will not be seeing the unseen, we will be seeing events, and they will not be seeing those events, they will be in the same room as we are in but Subhanallah it's not their time. It's not their time. And
the realization that our time has arrived has come. Because Subhan Allah, Allah has opened to us a realm that is opened to the one who is destined to return to him now. And we see Subhanallah what we read in books, what we heard during lectures, what we listen to during the Juma whatever Subhanallah this enemy attain we believed in it, it was enemy attain. It was certain knowledge that we had Subhanallah it's become a rain, yaki it's become a knowledge that we can testify to with our senses, we can see it Subhanallah it's a different level of conviction. We have a conviction when we believe in something, but then when we connect our senses to it, it becomes it that level of conviction
grows to the next level Subhan Allah and Allah tells us about Emily ATHLEAN where Anglia Fein in the Quran, right? Allah subhanho wa Taala says Al Hakim with Tekapo pseudotumor macabre color sofa
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Subhanallah sama letter I wouldn't know her. What does Allah say? I Nikki Subhanallah right. To Mala to saloon. Neomycin Annie Nari La Ilaha illa Allah Subhana Allah how is the surah connected to this introduct introduction that I've shared, Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us about the hustle and bustle of life that drives us forward without realisation this one for more that we have, and it's a destructive, wanting Allah subhanho To Allah says, that your desire for more has destroyed you and have come to care for and to care for Al hakam this desire for more this one for more has destroyed you has destroyed you. And you realize that, manifestly when you visit the grave hectares or Tamil
macabre, you do it till the grave and you will realize it manifestly when you're meeting with the grave arrives. Allah says kill less oferta alimony indeed you're going to know.
Right? This is a paraphrase translation. And Allah repeats it countless oferta is a repetition in the Quran. This is a confirmation and affirmation, that without doubt, beyond doubt.
You will come to know the reality of your actions.
And as the pious before used to say unnecessarily am people are asleep where they're meant to stay when they
He passed away that we finally wake up. And we shouldn't be from them. We should be people who are awake when we're alive, so we can rest and sleep. When we pass away, not the opposite. But the opposite. We should live the reality we believe in. So that when it dawns upon us, it's not shocking. It's not something shocking, is that something strange is not something that throws us off. It's something we recognize because we've been prepping ourselves. For it, we trained ourselves for it Subhanallah just like the Olympian trains, himself or herself, for that match for that race, they look at all the contingencies, what could happen, right? You know, the weather could be warmer,
the weather could be cooler, this is the range of temperature that could happen on the day and they try and train themselves in, in in all those sorts of environments, to enable their bodies to climatized to any circumstance, any situation, you mitigate, all risk to the best of your ability. And that's what the believer is asked to do, to mitigate risk, to live your life mitigating, you know, all all scenarios to the best of your ability. So when you pass away, you pass away peacefully.
Allah subhanho wa Taala has Calello to Anna Munna le Maria came that.
Allah highlights this idea of Ellen Malia came the certain knowledge. Obviously, there's people who deny certain knowledge hamdullah we believed in certain knowledge in the knowledge of the Quran, in the knowledge of the sooner we believe in the unseen, the only mechanism we have to believe in that which we haven't seen, is belief in Revelation, within the message of the messengers. And, of course, the ultimate final messenger Muhammad Sallallahu Alif. So we believe in his message, we didn't see him. We didn't see the quran being revealed. But Allah has chosen our hearts, to have Tibet, they have steadfastness, that we, we accept it, we can't explain it, but we accept it. This
is guidance from Allah subhanahu itad. We accept it. We accept the evidences. And we
we believe that insha Allah we've utilized the faculties of acceptance that Allah has given us the ability to ponder the ability to reflect over creation over the life of this world, and then interact with the Quran that we've utilized our mechanisms in a way that gives us confidence that you know what hamdulillah we've we've made the right choice. Believing in the Quran is the right thing believing the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam is the right thing because the Quran guides us to him. Because the Quran came to us through him
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, So Alhamdulillah we have that in the team. But then Allah subhanho wa Taala tells us about the next level.
The next level when you connect what you believe in
to your senses, meaning the unseen becomes from the sea.
So Subhan Allah, that what you believed in without seeing, now you actually see it you actually see it you see the angel of death
and inshallah you die a righteous death may Allah grant us that death you see the angels coming from from Jana in their droves, as we learn in the in the minister of Iran, but in the long duration, regarding the death of a righteous person and the death of, of a of a disbeliever. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam mentions these angels that come from Jana, in droves that fill up the atmosphere, between the dying person and the heavens, to receive the soul of the dying person, because it's a soul that Allah is pleased with you believe you, you believed in it when you read it, and now you see it.
You see it, and whoever has been present when a person's passing away, you, you recognize the Saqqara that you recognize their transition between the realms of this life and the next you see them looking around, whoever's been in a room with a person who is within hours of passing away, and you've been there enough times you can recognize when the angel of death is present,
you can recognize because you see them looking around strangely, you see them zoning in zoning out that could be staring at you, but they're looking at you in the most strangest of ways, even though they've seen you their whole life. But that's because they're not seeing you at that moment. But where you are they seeing something else.
This is from the Saqqara. This is from the
transition of reality. Subhanallah and the human beings Subhanallah coming to terms with a journey that they've been flung into and they can't opt out of Subhanallah that's that's attempts you come to. That's the terms you come to and then you transition in, and maybe you see your family and you recognize that it's all but fleeting moments, very soon, I won't be seeing them. Very soon I'll only be seeing the life of the next life. Subhanallah I am in
An eminent departure
Subhanallah you can't get out of it. It's Allah's decree. That's it. You recognize you're a slave of Allah, you recognize you have no power, you have no mind, you have no ability. It's happening. And you can do nothing about it. SubhanAllah. Right. When you at that moment, when you at that moment did you have this is really a team? What will matter? What will matter? Are these days are these moments? What will matter? What will matter at the first studio that Ramadan? What do matter? What does matter is Ramadan, and the nights of Ramadan, and your slaughter, and your acts of worship, not your bills, not the parents evening you have at the school, not you know, whether
the parking meter man or lady is going to, you know, come past my vehicle, whilst I'm running an errand and give me a fine, nothing's going to matter. Let's be honest, not the bills that you have to pay. Have you ever heard of a circumstance where the Angel of Death arrived and said, This is the amount of time you have left. So just sort out your timetable, get your timetable in order, so we can leave? Never happens, never happens. And that's why this whole excuse of I'm too busy. It's such an exclusive believer should ever have. Because Allah you will die and you will be busy. You will die and you'll be busy, who doesn't have things to do and they pass away? Who do you know, passed
away and didn't have things to
who do you know, passed away and managed to dot the i's and cross the t's on every matter?
That they will leaving behind? Right? So we believe we should never have this idea of busy, we should forget about that when it comes to Allah subhanahu itad Never ever
have this idea in your mind. Never ever have this idea of retirement and retirement? Do we have a pension age in Islam? Do you have like a retirement age from tech leaf? Or any from being responsible? I mean, of course, if you lose your faculties, that's a different matter. But do you see like a pension age, when you reach this age class, you don't have to pray. You don't have to fast. There's no I mean, even if you don't have to fast you have the video obligations remain. Do you have like a pension age because you get to 67 or whatever the age is, and the sun as you did, since you were supposed to pray suffices for you now, and the fast you did suffice for you now, and
the embroidery that you did, so that you can draw down on your your eBay ad to manage whatever remains of your we don't have this. We don't have this. In fact, in Surah Tauba, which was
which has some of the final verses that were revealed Allah subhanahu HFSS, inferior EFF and was the idea. Go out the young from you and the old from me
Subhanallah as long as you have the physical strength, age is nothing but a number. That's the real way of looking at age, not the way the common saying goes. Age is nothing but a number. And the real way of looking at it is based on what you do, how you slice time.
That's what matters. Because it's always a battle. Life is a battle between us and time. It's either time slicing, so we slicing it. That's the battle every second that takes, that's what's happening. You're in a constant war with time.
It's either time slicing you
because it's taking you closer to the grave. And your agenda has nothing to show for that time that has ticked by, or time ticked in your agenda has something to show for you.
Right, so bringing back to this discussion of being thankful to Allah, we should recognize the setting that we are in the sittings of knowledge, and whenever they present themselves, we should rush to it. Sebastian I have in different communities that i i go to especially with the whole celebrity fan culture that exists within Islamic Dawa. And we won't even go into what the hour means today. Because, you know, sometimes I find myself searching what is the hour? Everybody's doing the hour. But what is the hour? What do we mean when we say I'm in an Islamic organization? Or I volunteer with an Islamic organization? Or I work within an Islamic effort? What does it mean?
That's a discussion for another day. That is a discussion for another day because that's the wrong topic. Right? Because if something is Islamic, then the Sunnah has to be very close to it. Everything from A to Zed, what the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came with has to be part and parcel of the endeavor of that effort, even how we interact with each other. The male female interaction, sometimes in Islamic organizations can only bring sadness to the heart and tears to the eyes. That you know deep down if the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was here, he would frown at some of the conversations that happened between non Muslims working within an Islamic setting. We
got to hold ourselves accountable and we'll talk about that inshallah.
But, you know, putting this even this
ability and culture and that our discussion is one for another day. But this whole idea of us becoming picky with the
circles of knowledge, we choose to attend the motivation, we have to attend it, I will attend this circle of knowledge because this speakers coming and that one I'm not so motivated to, so I won't go to it okay. But recognize the time is slicing you, in your decision, recognizing that you purposely chose for a reason that is not from the Quran, and not from the Sunnah, to stay away from a prophet, a real estate opportunity, a value proposition for you, you chose to stay away from it something that will matter massively in terms of your journey to Allah, and the real estate of your ACARA you chose to let that go by yourself
was total freedom.
And ultimately, if you distill the whole thought process, it's all because you are attached to a human being who you've taken as a celebrity. And you have made the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam your celebrity.
If anyone is coming to teach you from the inheritance of the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wasallam and he is truly your celebrity, then you should be there.
And in terms of, well, that lecture doesn't really speak with that voice or in that tone, or he doesn't have this joke or that joke or I feel sleepy. Well that's your own weakness, not the weakness of the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, because who said, who said that? Everything important must come to you on a silver platter of unready. Why do you go work every day for your risk? If risk is for you? Why do you have to work for it? Do you have a choice in terms of the job that you have, in terms of the office environment that you have,
in terms of how people deal with you? Whether Islamophobia noise, you be patient, you get on with it, because it matters. That's the crux of life. If this inheritance of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam matters, you get on with it, you'd be patient, with the delivery of the teacher, and so on and so forth. And let's face it, there's more knowledgeable people who might not have the possess in, in delivery.
Who teach you from the Quran and the Sunnah, that which will create 80% of the impact that your life needs, but you choose possess, and you come for 20% of the impact. I'm not trying to put down any
lecture mashallah who Allah has given knowledge and the ability to deliver and so on and so forth. But I am saying
that when you pass away, these are the moments you will look at, and the moments that you didn't take, take advantage of that Allah brought to you, this is what you were looking at. So ultimately, coming back panel, I've done a whole diversion for coming back to the point that I was mentioning to you, I highlight to you the reality of our sitting so you can thank Allah. So Allah increases it for you. That Allah inspires your heart with every opportunity to learn from the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to come. And remember this when you don't come.
Think of it this way. The pious you say either Arada Allahu Bica hiera. You helical asbel. If Allah wants goodness for you, he creates the means for you, and inspires you to be a part of the means. So you can reward the rewards of that opportunity.
That's the reality
is Tofik from Allah, think about it. How many times have you and I share this example in many places? And it's a practical example. How many times have you planned to give sadaqa and you leave your home without carrying change?
How many times have you left your home canning change? And you didn't find the person to give sadaqa?
How many times have you carried the change, had the person in your path, but didn't have the realisation to give that sadaqa you just passed him without realizing and later on Subhanallah, I forgot.
Now, obviously, you rewarded with your intentions, but ultimate reward is when the action and the intention come together.
When you remember to take your sadaqa and Allah puts the person in your path, and inspires you to discharge that sadaqa.
That's ultimately Allah, wishing for your goodness, complete goodness. So he inspired the means and inspired you to be a part of it. But when ALLAH inspires the means, and you're not inspired to be a part of it, and you need to look at your intentions, why are you in the space? Why did you actually go to that lecture? Did you go for the sake of Allah? Did you go for the sake of who was coming to it?
Because this is an Instagram celebrity who I follow and it's on my bucket list and an answer you went to an act of worship for other than the sake of Allah subhanaw taala and that we should be fearful of this. How many times do we think we're going to meet Allah on the day of karma and we are
hoping some of these deeds that we do, but our intentions were all wrong.
We know of the people who will meet Allah on the day of AMI. And we'll see Allah I did this and I did that allows a captive light, you did it because of some worldly desire and some worldly aspiration and you live that aspiration, you were rewarded for it, the reward you sought from the act, you achieved something here for you.
There will save us from that.
I don't mean for the introduction to be a lecture in and of itself. But I think you can see the connectivity and insha Allah
You know, it's benefit for us, it's benefit for us. So when we go on our deathbed, my dear sister and mother in Islam, this is what ultimately will matter. This is what will ultimately matter. And this brings us to a good segue to go into the core theory I wanted to share with you because when the wonderful Quran, I did ask the masjid for ideas in terms of how I can complement the efforts of the masjid in terms of delivery.
And they basically gave me a white canvas. So I thought I'll share with you a lesson from the Quran because we in the month of Al Quran as well. So we can insha Allah showed the Quran our love for it, and show Allah our recognition of the month that we in, in our sitting, And subhanAllah we've been speaking about time. So perhaps we can talk about sort of the last, maybe that is a a good Surah to move the discussion into because it's connected to the introduction and we can have some synergy. So my my Sisters in Islam and my dear mother is in Islam
Surah Terrassa is from the shortest surah in the Quran. And I'll just give you a brief explanation of the surah a more
meaning a delivery that is based more on deliberation
as opposed to going into the technicalities of the Tafseer too much.
Especially since mashallah a lot of the work in that hour and you are from the practical realm of the faith. So to Lhasa is from the shortest surah in the Quran, and perhaps the most often repeated surah in our salah. Subhanallah you know given given
the age that we're in and the times that we live through, everyone's busy, and everyone goes for the bare minimum and sort of class or
fits that requirement. But what we don't recognize Subhanallah is whilst Nautilus is limited in terms of verses in comparison to the other sutras in the Quran. Surah Lhasa is long in Munich, very long in meaning, if you pointed over it Subhanallah it's very long in meaning. Yeah, I guess I'll talk to you about salted acid for two reasons. Number one, we spoke about time and number two, we spoke about Tao and the surah is connected to both
Hamdulillah this is from Allah subhanho wa Tada hamdu Lillahi Rabbil Alameen.
The surah is very long in meaning and if we pray to her to the acid in Salah, pondering over its meaning that regard it would be very long.
It wouldn't be very short.
The opposite is true.
If you pray sort of Lhasa and you pondered over every word, and then every word in its sentence Subhanallah sincerely, the record will be very long.
And if you connected its reality to your reality, then it will become even longer.
Allah subhanho wa Taala begins the sudo by taking an oath.
What does Allah take an oath by?
By time, by time, correct by time.
But you know what? Allah doesn't just take an oath by time he takes an oath
by a select portion of time.
Whoever thought about this
law takes an oath by time he says, well, Fajr
right. This is this is connected to time. What do Ha, it's connected to time, right? Because it's a particular moment in time of our day. Here Allah takes an oath by Alas, it's a particular moment in time.
And subhanAllah, such as the eloquence of the Quran
Subhanallah that's why it cannot be matched cannot be matched. Because if you look at the meaning of the Quran, you see how closely it's connected to this portion of time that Allah chose to take an oath by. Now firstly,
only Allah can take an oath by His creation, because he is the creator of everything in existence. And as such, it leads back to him. When Allah takes an oath, by parts of his creation, he's taking an oath by himself. But you and I, we cannot take an oath by anyone or anything other than Allah subhanho wa Taala
When we take an oath we only say Wallahi. We only say Billahi. We only say to Allah He, or using these letters of Assam, of oath, of an oath in, in the Arabic language connected to a name from the names of Allah. We cannot take an oath by our parents, by the graves of our grandparents and so on and so forth. This is a footnote
to our session.
Only Allah can take an oath by other than Allah because he's the creator of whatever he's taking an oath by. And Allah indeed has created this moment of time that he is taking an oath by, will ask him, What is this moment that Allah is taking? An oath by Allah subhanho wa Tada is taking an oath by?
You guys know what that answer is? Right? Because we know what Salah to Lhasa is, when the Surat Al Assad have happened.
At the end of the day, Allah subhanho wa Taala is taking an oath by time that represents the last remaining moments of something, in this case of the day.
And this is generally the application of words in the Arabic language that share the root. I saw it and
I take for example, fruit juice, who studied Arabic here or is have or has an Arabic background? What is fruit juice called in Arabic?
I'll see. Does it not share the same root letters? I saw them ra RC you allow for RC?
Why is fruit juice called the RC?
Because what you have in front of you is the remaining remnants of of the fruit.
You squeeze everything out of it. That's what you have left.
Right. Okay, so Allah subhanho wa Taala takes an oath by the remaining
moments of the day. Why is Allah subhanaw taala doing this?
Well, no doubt bring about urgency
to bring about urgency
to push the reader of Surah Terrassa
to have an increased heartbeat state the increased while we shouldn't be increasing our blood pressure but you get what I'm saying? That you you feel like you know when you at the end of an exam and you have this big question to answer and you have limited what happens to you. You stress
you enter a state of stress. So to answer by design, we love to read it in Salah, but did you know spend to create a bit of positive stress in your life.
Allah takes he starts he sets the scene.
When he takes an oath by the remaining moments of time, Allah is setting the scene
to bring about within you positive stress as if your life has nothing but fleeting moments left you really have no time left to hand in your question paper your answer sheet,
Excel except fleeting moments. And your answer sheet is your life is coming to an end and you gotta hand your life to Alana for marking is going to be marked on the draft as
Subhanallah I think people will choose the sword as they read in their sutra very carefully. What else? Yes, Sister Sorry.
It's positive stress. I'll tell you how.
Allah subhanho wa Taala then says in LA in Santa Fe hostel. So Allah takes an oath, not by time, but by the remaining moments of time. Time that is running out, your time is running out.
Get a move on your time is running out. There is nothing left of your life except
the fruit juice. After you squeeze the fruit. You've squeezed your life nothing remains. But this liquid And subhanAllah What is the easiest thing to lose? Liquid. The container breaks what happens to it, it's gone.
This is the sense of urgency that Allah is bringing to us in order to last
Get a move on nothing remains except this juice and guess what? The container is dripping.
It's positive stress. Then Allah says in L in Santa Fe. In case you didn't get the idea from Allah taking an oath by the remaining moments of time. Allah says in in Santa Fe Rasul Allah reveals to us this statement
Using two confirmations so if you were to translate it, it would be as follows. Indeed, mankind without doubt is drowning in loss. I'm trying to be as
descriptive as I can be with the translation.
These are all elements of heightening our stress, these are all elements of bringing about
urgency not so indeed. Okay, this is this so this is not up for discussion, mankind
that's me without doubt. Okay, a confirmation that this is set up for discussion is drowning. Wow.
when someone's drowning, what understanding do you have in your mind about the circumstance Are they are they empowered or overpowered they're overpowered
they are overpowered by loss if this doesn't bring urgency to your day and your night what will
if this doesn't push you
towards acting, what will it says if Allah subhanho wa Taala is saying think of it like this a person is has fallen into a rapid are we talking about a rapid for rapid fire of a very strong rapid
right with such momentum that is very difficult to smart off.
In front of this rapid is a waterfall think of it as the Niagara Falls or the Victoria Falls beneath this waterfall or jagged rocks you will end this clear
the only hope you have is this olive branch that's growing out of a tree that's next to the
switch for the adventure.
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so what was the last thing we say? We were saying we're talking about this description. The only hope you have is this olive branch that is coming across this flowing body of water from a tree that is growing
on the banks
your only hope is to lash out and grab onto it and make sure it's a perfect grab, you can't, you can't let your hand slip.
And your, your, your heartfelt desire is that this branch doesn't break.
This is the stress that you have at that moment, right? You got to feel this, this is sort of philosophy.
It's as if Allah is creating this urgency, or this is what the surah aims to create within us, by taking an oath by the remaining dying moments of time, and then highlighting to mankind that without room for discussion, you are drowning in loss.
And when you drown in loss, that's you hitting the jagged rocks after the waterfall. So what's left for you to do
to reach out a perfect reaching
to that branch, your execution has to be perfect. And you got to plan this and you make dua that the rapid doesn't change, the tide doesn't change, the the flow doesn't change, the momentum doesn't change,
that you position yourself so well. And the fact is that you are not in control of remain static, so that you can grab that branch and pull yourself out of this. Pull yourself out of the rabbit, pull yourself out of the drowning that Allah is described began drowning in loss.
Now the question was, how is this positive stress? Well, it is because of the end of the song.
Because Allah subhanho wa Taala gives us the olive branch.
And pseudo philosophy has been described as
the surah of
Not the sort of success, the sort of survival, not the sort of success even though it is the sort of success but why has it been described like this because colors of the seed appreciated its meanings its versus its intent, its objectives. Because in it, Allah subhanho wa Taala says in the ladina, Emmylou I'm sorry hat and he doesn't say follow him as you run hieromonk No,
he doesn't say like we've seen Surah two team, except those who believe and they do good deeds, they will have this unimaginable reward.
This never ending reward.
Allah subhanho wa Taala doesn't mention the rewarding Surah to Lhasa. He just mentions what you need to do to successfully latch yourself onto that branch Subhanallah you see how long the rocker has become.
If you're thinking about this, as you read in your Salah, you haven't gone through it.
But we read the Quran, just as a body of words void of it being a body of meanings, and if we read it as a body of meanings, then we don't read it as a body of meanings connected to a body of realities
may Allah forgive us, but this is the month of Quran Alhamdulillah this is the month for us to calibrate recalibrate our approaches. Allah subhanho wa Taala didn't say is ill except there is a group of people that are not drowning in a loss. And if you look at the context that Allah subhanho wa Taala revealed Surah to Lhasa in and the the mannerism of the verses you will see here, that Allah subhanho wa taala. Allah is highlighting for us that these people that are not drowning in loss, there are a few
but the majority are drowning in a loss, drowning in loss, apologies. The majority are drowning in loss. And the few aren't. How do we understand this? Because Allah says, Indeed mankind and insan all of mankind are drowning. Except the exception generally, does the exception. Can you have an exception? If be the subject of the question constitutes the majority.
The exception is always the minority.
Right? You say? Well, you know, let's say you had a situation whereby you had school, you're a teacher, you had a class, and all the students came except to how would you say that? Effectively? Would you say?
Would you say to students who didn't come accept the majority? Or would you say everyone came except to?
And if if all the students were absent, except two, how would you say that?
Would you say everyone came except to or do you say everyone was absent? Except to, I mean, you get the point. But what comes
After the exception is always is always we will fast things panel and I'm been traveling as well. If any word comes out unclear to let me know.
The exception constitutes an amount, a quantity that is always less than the subject itself I was wouldn't be an exception.
When Allah says Allah, this is an exception.
You got to interact with the Quran. The Quran, Allah Allah is a double rule and Quran Kitab ins Allahu Ilica Mubaraka Leah Debreu ayat, Allah says do not ponder over the Quran, a blessed book we revealed to Muhammad so they may ponder of it versus we have to interact with the Quran.
That's how we extract its meanings.
That's how we appreciate his eloquence. You got to interact with it.
Right? All we did now is interacting with the Quran, Allah says Allah this is an exception. So what can we deduce from this? What would this mean we know in life and exception always entails that what comes after it constitutes a number that is lesser in value, then
then what comes before the exception. So clearly now, you see here, that the people who latch onto the olive branch and save themselves from the jagged rocks in the waterfall are a few. So your next question is how can I be from the fear? What do I need to do to be from the few that said this is a sort of survival? Let us talk about the reward. He tells you what you need to do.
Allah says Elan Medina,
except those who believe were AMILO slightly hat. And they put
they walked the talk. Their actions conformed to the belief that they announced
upon their tongues that they claim to have in their hearts. So that I believe but your actions speak
a different language. They always say actions speak louder than words. And as a sunnah is one of the greatest manifestations of faith, because you can articulate the shahada on your tongue. Nobody knows what's in your heart and no one knows if you're telling the truth. What articulates your faith so well? Five times a day every day if you lying about it, it's very hard to keep up appearances, isn't it? Five times a day every day, and that's why the hypocrites were recognized through the attention to their sada how they attended the Salah, how they prayed, and call muku Salah when they finally come when they do come they lazy, become lazily. They stand in Salah lazily they can't wait
for it to very comical Salah Euro horrendous because they're just doing it for show it's just the show we're keeping up appearances guys, we let's just go show face of people think we Muslims we can't wait for the salah to finish
the Sahaba had this understanding that the differentiator between faith and disbelief is what the salah
Why am I talking about the Salah remind me because you did actions that are connected to to your faith Illallah Dena Eminem. Well, I mean asylee hat, okay. You do righteous deeds. So you walk the talk. And remember, Allah is not saying, Oh, he's saying what he's not saying except those who believe or those who do righteous deeds.
You don't have a choice here. You want the olive branch this is what you need to do. And remember, the surah is still in the Quran, the final testament, the timeless miracle,
the guide for mankind until the day of tianma, the miracle given to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. So ultimately, this surah is first and foremost for the Ummah of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
And you have to be doing this why? Because the unmarked Muhammad collectively carry the legacy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam there's no prophet to come after him to carry his legacy.
There is no prophet to come after Muhammad to carry the legacy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam
the only hope is legacy has his own man.
And Allah was merciful upon us he didn't make a people carry this legacy from them.
He made the Ummah collectively carry his legacy Subhanallah each and every one of us we have a portion from the weight of the legacy of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam on our shoulders. This is our reality.
Allah distributed it collectively. He didn't take the legacy of Muhammad from the shoulders of one man and placed it on the shoulders of another man because that man would have been a prophet.
But he took this legacy, a heavy legacy, a weighty legacy. And by the way, it's not just the legacy of Muhammad, it's the legacy of, of the his brethren from them. The Alamo. Salatu Salam in the Ohana, la cama ohana, and I know
the beginning of the 60 Jews. First Quarter.
Allah says indeed, we have revealed to Muhammad the Select
can see as we rebuild it to know how to sell when the beginning we bought it and the profits that came between you and him.
The legacy that Allah transferred from Lou all the way to Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam then Mohammed left some of the high level salah.
But the legacy had to remain because mankind would still live, Chapin would still exist, Vice would still exist, the battle between the truth and falsehood would still exist. What hope would mankind have if there's no prophet to come after Muhammad? Well, mankind would have hope in a Quran that would be preserved. So the message is timeless, okay? Who will deliver the message, who will manifest the message, who will propagate the message?
Allah set it on the collective shoulders of the old Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam the young from them and the old from them, the males from them and the females from the we all carry a portion of his legacy Allah has chosen us.
may Allah make us with
NASA we get to drink from his house on the day of chaos and not experience the test because we're doing his work or we should
we're doing his work or we should be sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
in little Edina mn well I'm you know, slowly hat.
You walk the talk? Well, I'm going to slowly have you walk the talk. You enact the Sunnah, everything righteous that Allah revealed, you endeavor to bring it into your life. And everything that Allah told you to stay away from you hate it in your heart, and you try and stay away from it. And if you fall into that situation in your heart, and if you don't hate it in your heart, you work towards hating it in your heart. And if there's a good deed that you're not doing, at least you love it, you love to do it, and you wish to do it and you desire to do it. And if you don't, then you work towards making your heart love it. This is I'm going to slowly hat
is this enough? Not for dome of Muhammad, we will live in silos, sorry about me, myself. And I because we carry a legacy that's connected to the a portion of the legacy that someone else carries that's connected to a portion of the legacy that someone else carries that's connected to a portion of the legacy that someone else carries. Everyone's carrying a bit of Muhammad's legacy, sallAllahu, alayhi, wasallam. And we need everybody doing their part, so that his legacy can be felt,
to a greater degree as possible, the more people that represent his mission,
the more of his legacy that will be felt by the white dome. Does that make sense? It's like think about that. Think about like distributed amongst 2 billion people.
It's one light, but it's been split between 2 billion people. And for the light to be appreciated, in the full sense of what that light can deliver. You need everyone to switch on the little, you know, the little lamps that have been been given to them.
But the more lamps that are off, the less people will see the more lamps that are on the more people will see. Right?
So Allah says, Well, I'm going to slowly hide after I'm going to slide ahead with our so we'll
see mashallah the child understands
what our saw Bill,
what also will help is that our
that you collectively are a means for each other, to remain upon me to slightly hat,
you collectively are a means for each other to remain upon me to slightly have the righteous deeds.
Remember, you need this to get to that olive branch.
When Allah says what will also be so what also be something again, a collective, it's a collective, a trc entails a collective action, there is a collective action, what a while, so be a server, and you collectively are patient with each other.
And as such, you are patient in doing the Dow because you can't give up on people. This is not the way of the legacy of Muhammad
SAW his way he never gave up on people. He never told the angels to bring the mountains together and crushes people after they stoned him up if he never made dua against his people, when they
hurt him during a height. Never ever he was a mercy to the west. He never gave up on people. He kept trying. And he kept trying. And he kept trying sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
See the positive stress. Allah empowers us. You know Allah brings about the stress to instigate our success, instigate actions that will lead to our success. Not all stress in life is bad. By the way, unfortunately, we live in a time where stress is spoken about in a way that I feel D capacitate people. I'm not trying to push on to the side the reality of mental health and so on and so forth. But you know,
You can't have a situation where you have an emergency room filled with people and a&e filled with people that have like paper cuts.
You could have people cut you running to the emergency room, any little stress, people are throwing their hands up in the air and it's mental health and you can't you can't do this work. And Allah has made you resilient.
And if we become so feeble
in our approach to life, we can't even get through to Lhasa, let's be honest. And say Surah rasa is giving me mental health or mental health issues. It's stressing me out. No, it's It's building you up.
It's projecting you to a paradise that you had that is beyond your ability to imagine. Right? So, you know, exams bring about that stress, but it's a stress that brings about that makes you a better person that enables you some people don't retain knowledge or study knowledge if they don't have somebody testing them.
Anyway, another topic for another day. How many signposts have we done in terms of topics? I might have to move to Sydney? Yeah.
you get the point, my dear sisters, listening will also visible you have to be patient, with the people in enabling them to do the dower in enabling them to come to the party, quote, unquote, to come right. Some people you call to Allah once and mashallah Tabata Cola, they respond, some people Subhanallah you need a week, some people you need a year, some people five years, some people 10 years, you never give up on people.
And when you see people giving up on people, you advise them towards being patient and maintaining Deco. Know, keep yourself together. Be patient. At the end of the day, it's Allah who guides and Allah knows your effort. Allah knows your stress, Allah knows your service. Keep at it, don't give up on people, the messenger never gave up on us. We advise we keep each other together doing this work.
That is the olive branch SubhanAllah. And I used to think about it for a while that Why did Allah subhanho wa Taala Choose?
these values in sort of the last? I mean, no doubt they're from the highest values of Islam. But you and I both know that patience is a good deed. Thou is a good deed. So why didn't Allah just say except those who believe and do good deeds?
Isn't patience, a good deed? It is, isn't our good deed from the greatest of good deeds, from the greatest of good deeds.
From the main deeds of establishing ourselves on Earth Alladhina Imbert can now home fill out what does Allah say in the Quran, about those who Allah establishes on the land what is the mandate of almost salah they, they pray the Salah, and they discharge their financial obligations are honorable matter of wonder who and mukha they invite towards good they forbid the evil meaning they look after the legacy of Muhammad Quinta by raw material creature in this first quarter of the fourth Jews more than one occasion Allah tells us you the best of all nations. That maroon a bit of why that maroon roof because you invite you call to good invite towards good you're an advocate for everything that
is good. Well, it's an owner and human Korean adversary against everything that is evil, or took me when a biller and you do this upon the identity of la ilaha illa Allah Muhammad Rasul Allah. Okay, so it's the greatest of good deeds. Why didn't Allah say all of mankind is drowning in loss except those who believe and do good deeds?
Is it because it's more difficult to have patience with people?
To challenge yeah, there's no wrong answer. Nothing that you said is incorrect.
But ponder more deeply
connect this world ponder more deeply Subhanallah I mean, firstly, we're highlighting here that Allah subhanho wa Taala is releasing to us the olive branch, the olive branch has to be defined. Correct, has to be defined, you got to recognize it as a branch that is stable, it is strong, it is able it can carry my weight, it can meet my grip. Otherwise, it's not hope. If you see the olive branch and you're going down the rapid and you see this it's a weak branch. You don't have hoping it's saving you. Correct? Or would you? You drive it out of desperation. But you don't have you don't trust it. Ultimately, as a means of saving you, deep within you used to feel destined to
Allah subhanho wa Taala is revealing to us an olive branch that we can trust.
I thought about it a long time. And sometimes these long flights to Australia hope never ending 24 hours. You know, you fly from one country to another then you get a break and then you have this 14 hour flight. Normally I fly from the Middle East. I connect in the Middle East and I fly over 14 hour flights and I can't sleep
If I'm sitting I can't sleep, it's just how it is. And hamdulillah I've never slept in the classroom, and I've never slept while driving, and I've never slept. I can't sleep like mashallah you see people around you in deep slumbers on the flight. So what do you have left? Think
you think about this, Why did Allah this is the Quran Allah wants you to ponder, interact with the Quran, why are these four but Subhanallah if it dawned upon me after some time,
and Allah forgive me if I'm mistake, but it's a plausible conclusion that I reached SubhanAllah. That made me make sense of the surah in a in a complete way, in my, in my estimated in my view, if you think about it, if you think about it.
What is patients connected?
Patients are connected to time, to be patient, for the
patient that are connected to time.
To Be patient, you need to keep yourself together for a period of time. Patients about holding yourself together, protecting yourself from becoming lost, protecting yourself from losing your mind, from losing your heart, from losing your soul, from the circumstance upon you is so severe, it's doing everything to break you apart. But you hold yourself together. But you have to hold yourself together for a period of time until the blast dissipates until the tremors of the brass levers, there's going to be tremors after the disaster. Keep yourself together, right? So it's connected to time not so that's the end of this world. What is the beginning of the surah begin with
time? All right. So this is point number one. Point number two.
Think about it. Logically, in terms of the experiences of life again, this is from us interacting with the Quran.
If you don't have patience,
what will suffer ultimately, what comes before somebody in the sewer,
one of the main pillars of the hour is sober its patients
to Allah subhanho wa Taala tell the Prophet salallahu Alaihe salam to be patient.
For ceramah your Quran, be patient with that which they say, be patient with that which they do. That also has a lot highlight patients and our Connected meaning without patients you can't have
that won't succeed. If we have a community that are not patient with each other,
and are patient and uplifting each other but patient in dealing with the difficulties that the people that we're trying to make better present to us.
Can't give up on people. People will blame you they'll accuse you they will run a propaganda campaign against you they will
they will do things because you know they will tell you stop judging me and they will make you feel guilty. They will try and make you doubt yourself.
They will they might highlight your sins that focus on yourself.
They'll try and make you shine upon will make you forget you and what do you need to keep yourself together here? The patients because of our patients who stopped doing that? Okay. So without patients the casualty is down. Without doubt, what is the next casualty? What comes before the hour in the sewer?
Without what does the hour give rise to
good deeds becoming more prominent becoming more manifest becoming more widespread or less spread?
Widespread? That's what our does.
You quote Allah says that Morona will come out of you calling people to good deeds and you stopping them from bad deeds. So through that our you making good deeds rise, right. But without the our what will suffer good deeds will suffer and we will solve that will suffer.
Okay, if I'm slightly had suffered, if good deeds suffer, what will suffer ultimately what's the next casualty? Your image your faith, because we know that it's good deeds that builds our image.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam described our human to be at levels
first the month of Ramadan, you feel a level of human what is the good deed due to your faith and your connection to Allah and you believe in the asker Subhanallah without Saba you can't have our without our you can't have good deeds without good deeds. A man will suffer without a man suffering. All of mankind is indeed in a loss
How long have you been praying this raka for
you've been pondering over the surah as you reading it in your Salah. How long is longer than the Torah Torah we raka in which they recite so many pages. The such is the nature of the Quran and such is the nature of time
We have a subhanaw taala grant is the understanding. I understand that we've
we only a few moments away from the level of Salah and we have the sunnah to pray as well. So I will use this opportunity to round off our sitting together at hamdulillah Allah brought us together here in Sydney at the markers or the Marcus title merkezi Mohammed Masha Allah after a noble Imam, courtesy of the our team at National Soccer Foundation, Allah subhanaw taala bless them, and we discussed several things we discussed the virtues of, well, we discussed not the virtues of the month of Ramadan, but we we reminded ourselves of the importance of this month and then we reminded ourselves of the importance of seeking knowledge and its place in the hierarchy of excellent deeds
with Allah subhanho wa taala. And then we spoke about the excellence of knowledge in connection to time and then Hamdulillah that inspired us to discuss a little bit about Surah to Lhasa to be true to the month of the Quran and the month of Ramadan.
We almost panaway Tada except from us I will not accept from us what has passed except from us our salah, our dua, our sada our zecca our
good deeds, our
positive feelings towards the home of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam our desire to stand the knights and fast the day is our remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala May Allah accept our sittings of knowledge, and may Allah subhanaw taala bless what remains from our month and make this month our best month and make our ending to our month far greater than our beginning. We have the Spanaway Italia inspire us during this month to get as close as possible to the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam to love you soon to make a plan to adopt it soon. And we have hanaway to either inspire us to witness the Night of Power and decree and virtually little other and we have
more writers from those freed from the Hellfire with the passing of this month and from the people of Taqwa the people of Taqwa with the passing of this month, and may Allah preserve as it is obedience and bring to us many, many months of Ramadan once we are in good health. And whilst we are in a good state, I mean, they are a brand I mean how the whole island of Salallahu Salam wa barakaatuh Riviera Muhammad wa ala alihi wa sahbihi Adjumani I'll open the floor to q&a Insha Allah for the moments that remain should anyone have any questions inshallah.